I’ve always wondered why there was such hate on Hufflepuff. I mean, in the first movie the first girl to be sorted is a Hufflepuff. And my first thought is ‘Well, we won’t be seeing her again.’ Why? Hufflepuffs don’t play a huge role in the main conflict, true, but is that such a bad thing?
In order to find out what exactly this stigma is, We need to define Hufflepuff and the other houses. Most people think Hufflepuff as being the throwaway house, or the house filled with loyal friendly people. Gryffindor is for the brave, Ravenclaw is for the intelligent, and Slytherin is for the ambitious. These over simplified definitions are almost untrue. Because these things, at the core, are true of each member of each house. But are there not brave Ravenclaws? Are there not ambitious Hufflepuffs, loyal Slytherins, and intelligent Gryffindors? So I think we need a proper breakdown of the houses.
Gryffindor: The Gryffindor house is most commonly associated with bravery. There is a part people always seem to forget. A Gryffindor’s greatest strength and greatest weakness:
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry is what sets them apart. Not their bravery. A Gryffindor is someone who will use themselves as a human shield to protect someone. They will rally their troops with big speeches and a lot of yelling. Yes they are brave, they are daring. Sometimes they are showboaters and this can get them killed. But this nerve exists in day to say life, life when Neville tried to stop the golden trio from leaving the house at night to do that dangerous thing they wanted to do.
Slytherin: This house is most commonly associated with ambitious, cowardly, douche bags. No one seems to step up from this house to prove anyone wrong. Except for Snape of course. He redeems the whole house in the eyes of the wizarding world. But other the the whole Voldemort mess (and a few worshipers of the dark lord here and there), what have the Slytherins done wrong? Who actually is supposed to be in Slytherin?
The part that always trips up Slytherin is ‘any means to an end’. This whole thing seems to scream ‘manipulators!’. As if we have an entire house full of psychopaths and sociopaths. BUT, there is that one line everyone ignores about it being the place you’ll make your real friends. Slytherins stick together and are clearly very loyal to one another. Because of their ambitions, I image the greatest weakness of a Slytherin is not an assumed douche baggery, but rather major trust issues. The people in Harry’s era just don’t trust the non-pure bloods. And even then, the word ambitious is connected to dreamers. Who doesn’t love a house full of dreamers? Slytherins are just especially capable at making their dreams a reality.
Ravenclaw: Ravenclaw is usually attributed to intelligence and insanity. It’s hard not to misunderstand a Ravenclaw, but the house is usually pretty straightforward.
I have heard a lot of people wonder why Hermione is a Gryffindor and not a Ravenclaw. Other than the fact that she is clearly the type to up and punch someone in the face (less likely to see a Ravenclaw do that), she lacks wit. That creativity all Ravenclaws have that can make them uncomfortably insane-sounding. Wise, old souls, nobody understands what the heck they’re talking about. I shouldn’t say they, because I am a Ravenclaw. Let me tell you something about our people. We are logical. Which means we can be cold and detached some of the time. Empathy is hard. That’s why we have a mutual misunderstanding with Gryffindors. Say what you will about Slytherin, Ravenclaw is the house most opposite to Gryffindor.
Hufflepuff: This house is, of course, the house of the loyal and the useless. As far as most people are concerned, anyway. Never mind the fact that the champion of Hogwarts was a Hufflepuff. And Tonks. Let’s see what the hat says.
Basically, a Hufflepuff would be a terrible defense attorney but a fabulous judge or district attorney. A Hufflepuff knows what’s right, and they’re here to help. You’d think more people would love Hufflepuff, considering it is basically the anti-Slytherin. But alas, no. Because throughout the books, Hufflepuff largely isn’t involved in the main conflict. Why? Because Hufflepuffs don’t want to deal with that shit. At Howarts, the entire thing has become a petty argument between Slytherin and Gryffindor. They are used to being looked over, and they’d like it to stay that way. They know what’s right, and if they’re going to defeat Voldemort they aren’t going to do it by getting in fights at school. I’ve always considered a Hufflepuff to be very similar to a Gyrffindor. Hufflepuffs just have much more humility, and are less likely to throw themselves into the front lines. They are happy to be artillery. As long as they’re fighting for what’s right.
Looking at each house separately, it’s hard to really denounce any of them. There is nothing inherently bad or useless about any of the houses. They all have strengths and they all have weaknesses. Hufflepuff gets the hate becasue they seem like they just aren’t helping or they just haven’t taken a side. This is untrue. Cedric was the champion of Hogwarts. He was a Hufflepuff. And his death basically was Voldemort killing everything good about Hogwarts. I mean, everything really went to shit after the fourth book, didn’t it? It was bad before, but it got ten times worse after Cedric died. Could he perhaps be a symbol? I say yes. Because Ii like reading into to everything like that. I think it’s perfect that the symbol for everything good about wizards and Hogwarts was a Hufflepuff becasue, when you really think about it, this symbol of goodness could not have come from any other house.
Okay. So Hufflepuffs are undercover badasses. Why do we hate them, then?
Hufflepuffs are generally the type of people who are so nice you can’t help but hate them and everything they stand for. So, I implore you, throw away your preconceived notions, and hug a Hufflepuff!
I mean, I won’t be hugging a Hufflepuff. Because ew, people. I imagine I will be hugged by a Hufflepuff though. If you’re like me, let a Hufflepuff hug you. They just want to be loved.
And that’s all I have to say about that.