Hufflepuff Are Not Just A Bunch of Turnips

Posted February 2, 2016 by Inge in Features, Have I Gone Mad? // Discussions, Tea Party // Random Thoughts / 15 Comments

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.)

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15 responses to “Hufflepuff Are Not Just A Bunch of Turnips

  1. I am so glad this post now exists!

    I’m a Hufflepuff too. You’re right, it’s often seen as the most boring/”useless” of the houses. But I’m so proud to be a Hufflepuff, to be kind and compassionate, to work hard and be driven, to be a loyal friend. All qualities I’m proud of. AND close to the kitchens: what could be better?

  2. I love this, Inge. Hufflepuffs (or Ravenpuffs or Huffleclaws) all the way! 😀 I also used to look down on Hufflepuff, but I’ve come to realize that Hufflepuff is a great house. I’m actually surprised that it’s JKR’s favorite, considering how poorly she portrays it in the books. There’s a reason all of us thought it was uncool to be in Hufflepuff growing up. Now, though, we can appreciate it for all the reasons you listed! We also have the most comfortable common room, perfect for bookworms.

  3. OOOH yay! I am a Hufflepuff, but I have no real idea what it means. Like, yes, I fit the characteristics, I read those. But it felt like I was supposed to NOT want to be in it? Probably because it does sound like the name of a morbidly obese Disney character. Just saying. I was always in Hufflepuff- last Pottermore quiz AND this one- though this one felt more accurate and like, logical maybe?

    Anyway. Whatever it means, I am it. What happens to my house? Does Harry Potter kill me? (Does Harry kill people at all? I really don’t understand the premise of this book..) I assume it means I suck at Quidditch. Which, technically, I WOULD suck at because I have the hand-eye coordination of a baby elephant. (Actually, that is what a Hufflepuff could be- a confused, uncoordinated large baby elephant.)

    I am glad I found others of my kind- even if they excommunicate me for not knowing anything about it 😉

  4. Chantelle

    Well said, Inge! Who dare’s calls Hufflepuff’s turnips?!

    The first time I was Sorted, it was into Hufflepuff; I’d always considered myself a Gryffindor but after reading the welcome message I was completely OK with it – I call myself a Huffledor, lol.

    Hufflepuff’s are cool!

  5. OMG WHY DO HUFFLEPUFFS GET TO BE BY THE KITCHEN?? LIKE SERIOUSLY??? I’M MISSING OUT. *cries* Needless to say I’m a Slytherin. xD And it fits me really well? Ahem. But I think my biggest disappointment in the Harry Potter series is that not all houses were shown equally. GAHHHH. I mean Rowling made these amazing houses and had seven+ books to talk about them, but really only Gryffindors got paraded around and all the other houses were inferior. I mean, I know they said not all Slytherins were evil by the last book, but I STILL AM DISAPPOINTED. The sorting hat even says it! “WORK TOGETHER” Omg silly children. *smacks a few of them*

    I think being a Hufflepuff actually sounds freaking awesome. But it might just be my stomach speaking….kiiiiitchen.

  6. This is AMAZING!! I’m a Hufflepuff too! And though I felt others didn’t want to be, I was perfectly fine with this. I like the characteristics and was even happy to be the “nice guys”. That’s where I fall in life often, and I’m okay with that. But now, after reading your incredible post, I feel actually PROUD to be a Hifflepuff!! <3 (Darn that sticky yellow, though!)

  7. Um, you had me at we live next to the kitchen haha. From what I’ve read about it, their common room also sounds the coolest although I’m not sure why you always have to crawl through a tunnel to get to it? Like, that seems pretty darn annoying??? I wouldn’t wanna live in Slytherin, but at least they just have to enter through a door. I’m not hot on climbing through a portrait hole either, but it definitely beats riddles, because I couldn’t even solve the ones in the book haha. I usually got Gryffindor for everything, but I fit a lot of the Hufflepuff criteria as well, and when I took the new sorting quiz I was suddenly put into Hufflepuff. WHAT AN IDENTITY CRISIS. I will happily settle for both though haha. Let’s be real, the houses don’t make much sense anyway (four completely random qualities, being sorted when you’re still in your formative years etc.), so whatevs. Also, I think you could totally still be a Ravenclaw because I feel like it’s more about being curious and intelligent than remembering stuff, but Hufflepuff frickin’ rules too. And I like yellow, it’s a cheerful color.

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