Now that the new Pottermore website has introduced the Sorting Hat again, I have a few things to say. First of all, I’d like to say that this is a friendly post. I am not trying to shame or hate on any of the other Houses. I love them all, and every House is equal. So there. Spoken like a true Hufflepuff.
BUT. I wasn’t always like this. Hufflepuff is often seen as the weakest House, and for a long time, I felt the same way. When I first started reading the Harry Potter series, I was all, “Oh yeah, Gryffindor is where the cool kids are. Gryffindors are brave, Slytherins are cunning, Ravenclaws are clever, Hufflepuffs are ??? WHAT DO THEY DO? You can’t even use them as a coffee table!”
I used to be a proud Ravenclaw. I was always the “smart kid” in school, the one who didn’t have to study as hard, the one to beat on tests. I kind of liked that. Then my buddy Anxiety came along and my brain turned into pudding and now I can’t even remember which direction yellow tastes like. I could study schoolbooks all day and would retain absolutely nothing.
I could no longer call myself a true Ravenclaw. This felt like a loss of identity at first, but now I believe it’s for the best. After all, Ravenclaws have to solve riddles in order to enter their Common Room, and I can’t solve a riddle to save my life. I would be stuck outside the Common Room forever.
My anxiety has also changed me for the better. I became more empathic. I strived to be a more positive person. I love making people laugh, and I value the underappreciated kindness above all else. And that’s when it hit me: I had become a Hufflepuff. And I didn’t think they were useless at all.
Here are a few more points in support of the noble House of Helga Hufflepuff.
It is J.K. Rowling’s favourite House
Ms Rowling understands better than anyone else the true value this House brings with it. On Pottermore, Hufflepuffs are described as “loyal, patient, fair, hard-working, true”, and J.K. Rowling has openly named Hufflepuff as her favourite House. Even her daughter has said, “I think we should all want to be Hufflepuffs.” The Rowlings have spoken.
We, too, have badass people
I give you: Cedric Diggory, Hogwarts champion and shared winner of the Triwizard Tournament.
I give you: Nymphadora Tonks, Metamorphmagus, member of the Order of the Phoenix, and brave and beautiful enough to love a werewolf.
I give you: Pomona Sprout, who knows plants unlike anyone else (except maybe Neville Longbottom), and who is the Head of this beautiful House.
I give you: Newt Scamander, author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Also, Eddie Redmayne.
We live close to the kitchens
I can’t stress enough how important this point is. You know where the Slytherins live? THE DUNGEONS. Or the Ravenclaws? ALL THE WAY UP A TOWER. So many stairs! No, I will gladly take residence right next to the kitchen, with all the pumpkin juice and hot chocolate and other glorious foods I can stuff in my piehole.
We are kind
We may not go to extremes and walk through fire for someone, like no doubt a Gryffindor would bravely do. But I’d walk through very hot air for you? And I’d offer you a cup of tea and a biscuit once I’m done. Kindness is often taken for granted, but in a world like ours, it is like a breath of fresh air to see a person simply be kind. It is such an appreciative and beautiful characteristic.
It is the most accepting of all Houses
Gryffindors will be like, “Slytherins drool”, and Salazar Slytherin initially only wanted to educate purebloods. In comes Helga Hufflepuff who was all “nah” and proceeded to accept everyone into her House.
And there you have it. Five solid reasons for why Hufflepuffs aren’t just a bunch of sitting turnips.
(Although I really do not look good in yellow.)
Show me your House pride!