The second paragraph of your essay made me think if the trio and Hagrid would've been friends if the trio was in hufflepuff. If Hagrid wasn't the trio's friend because of that then Hagrid wouldn't have been able to give the trio hints about fluffy and Nicholas Flamel in the Philosopher's Stone. The whole series would be ruined if the trio was in hufflepuff. Just to let you know I have nothing against hufflepuffs but my statement is true.
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I completely agree. I personally love the Starkid shows, but the whole idea of the Hufflepuffs is incredibly off. Hufflepuffs aren't all necessarily weak, nor are they boring. Look at Tonks, was she boring? No, she was spontaneous, spunky, and just fantastic. Hufflepuffs are incredibly loyal, and that is one of the many traits that are thrown under the bus. Susan Bones was in the D.A. even when the Carrows ruled Hogwarts. That takes a lot of guts. Now look at Justin Finch-Fletchley. He and his friends saved Harry from Crabbe and Goyle. There are so many things about Hufflepuffs that are overlooked. They may not be as quick-witted, or as brave, but they are hard-workers, and friendly, and patient. A Hufflepuff would be an incredible friend to have.
Author's Response: I concur! :)
Hufflepuffs are known for their kindness, hard work, loyalty, and above all, tolerance. Of course Malfoy would make such a crack-- it's the very opposite belief system he was raised in. Each house deals with its own battles; Hufflepuffs have more to deal with socially, Gryffidors are pressured to prove themselves, Ravenclaws seem more academically competitive, and Slytherins have both familial and success rate pressures. Everybody deals with something, not just Hufflepuffs.
Author's Response: Yes I completely agree that all the houses have their own problems and are all stereotyped or made fun of a fair bit, but Hufflepuff is constantly being made out to be stupid and worthless when they are not. You don't see people going around saying "Oh those Gryffindors, they have to prove themselves, ha ha ha ha ha" or "Let's all make fun of Ravenclaws for being academically competitive!" So I think Hufflepuff really gets the worst of the House hate.
I love this article, and perhaps because I am a Hufflepuff student myself. Personally, I wasn't aware of the rumours about the house until my Sorting into Hufflepuff on Pottermore. I never even considered them to be stupid or weak, despite Hagrid calling them a bunch of duffers. I love how a member of another house is so willing to not only stick up for Hufflepuff but also sound so sincere about it - where many non-Hufflepuffs would be bagging us, you have risen above them all and not only provided a convincing argument, but also shown that you have lots of Hufflepuff qualities in you. Its lovely to know that people do notice and care that there are many wrong assumptions about people, but above all, that many of these assumptions in fact char the human race. Personally, there is nothing wrong in unbias, there is nothing wrong in loyalty and honesty - yet somehow these are fairly unimportant qualities to those baggers from other houses. Thank you for writing this, it was brilliant.
Author's Response: thank you!! it means a lot! personally, i think i dont have as much hufflepuff in me as i do slytherin and ravenclaw (mostly ravenclaw :P). however, i think the qualities would be great to have more of!!
This is interesting for me because over at the MNFF beta boards, I was Sorted into Hufflepuff. Most tests I'd done had Sorted me into Gryffindor - which naturally most people want to be when they first start reading the books and becoming obsessed, However, the MNFF test is, I think, an accurate one. What is noticeable on the beta forums is that the Hufflepuffs may be fairly disparate, but we're a pretty hardworking and enthusiastic bunch ... and we win the House Cup more often than not. Our recent run over the past four years (House Cup is awarded every term) has only seen Gryffindor and Ravenclaw beat us thrice. That's pretty darn impressive for a House 'o Duffers. (By the way, that wasn't Hagrid's opinion, he was quoting what others thought)
My view of Hufflepuff changed in the series on learning/ reading four things: Cedric Diggory was a Hufflepuff; Tonks was a Hufflepuff; Ernie stood up and declared 'And what if we want to fight?' and finally, when Pansy wanted to hand Harry over, it was the Hufflepuff's who stood up fractionally before the Ravenclaws to prevent her.
Plus ... badgers are vicious little gits. whicher whicher whicher. ~Carole~
Author's Response: Yes, that is very impressive! Not as much can be said for the Hufflepuffs on Pottermore I'm afraid. And although the true Hufflepuffs deserve the cup as much as the rest of us, the people who were sorted there and didn't like it just gave up and stopped trying. This gives the poor Hufflepuffs an incredible disadvantage and are now in last place, by 8 million points. (Oh, and yes I know Hagrid doesn't think ill of Hufflepuffs, I just liked the phrasing he used (: ) I wasn't aware of the Hufflepuffs standing up first, but I'm not surprised, as Ravenclaws keep to themselves more and Hufflepuffs are very loyal and protective. Thanks for reading!
As a Pottermore Slytherin myself I have a lot of respect for Hufflepuff House as it is a hard-working, fair and stands up for its house members. I really love the fact that their entrance to their common room is concealed in a stack of large barrels in a nook on the right hand side of the kitchen corridor. Tap the barrel two from the bottom, middle of the second row, in the rhythm of ‘Helga Hufflepuff’, and the lid will swing open. We are the only house at Hogwarts that also has a repelling device for would-be intruders. If the wrong lid is tapped, or if the rhythm of the tapping is wrong, the illegal entrant is doused in vinegar.
It is so Cool !
Only Hufflepuff has a defence on their house common room!
Hufflepuff House sprays intruders with acid!!
So much for being pure and innocent! Respect! What are they hiding in there??
Author's Response: Oh yes, I love the entrance to the common room and defense system! However, I think the method of getting in could possibly spark some house hate, saying that while the other houses have to answer riddles or remember constantly changing passwords, Hufflepuff just uses a never-changing rythmic tapping to enter. I think the vinegar bit really shows the loyalty of this house, and how they will fiercely protect their friends and family. As for the last comment, I don't think its really a matter of what they are hiding, just that they want to punish anyone that threatens their house, because it is in their nature. Thanks for the comment!!
What the HELL is a "Hufflepuff?"
Author's Response: AVPM FOR THE WIN!! :D
I'm a Slytherin and I agree with this, however I think a lot of the marring is due to the spotlight of the other houses overshadowing Hufflepuff. Huffkepuffs are humble, and not ones to brag like Gryffindors, which may be a reason they and their achievements are so easily overlooked. Jo failed in a way to really cast them out in the limelight(except for Cedric, but that lasted only for 1-2 books). They are played out to be the most overlooked and vague house, so it's really no surprise of the treatment they receive.
Author's Response: Very good point! They are definitely less bold than their fellow houses
THANK YOU FOR THIS.
Excellently written as well, btw.
-A proud Hufflepuff
Author's Response: Why thank you :)
I'm a Hufflepuff and agree with this wholeheartedly! I don't mind a little here and there, but everyone seems to take it a little far. One incident that could have led to people not liking Hufflepuff is when Ernie is talking with Hannah in the library about Harry being the heir of Slytherin and trying to kill Justin. I think that the Hufflepuffs vilifying Harry was just their way of standing up for Justin. They were trying to justify Harry "wanting" to kill him because they couldn't wrap their heads around someone wanting to "kill" their dear and sweet friend. This may have been misconstrued as backstabbing and gossipy, but I firmly believe that in their own way, the Hufflepuffs were once again only trying to protect their own.
Author's Response: Yes, very good point! They are sweet and kind, but if they are threatened, the claws come out! (literally in the case of their mascot :P)
I have to ask though, what is the difference between stereotyping Hufflepuff, versus the stereotypes of each of the other three houses? It is just as bad to assume that any witch or wizard who goes into Slytherin is going to be dark or cruel or remarkably selfish. Each house suffers at the hands of others, just in different ways-- so why does Hufflepuff get classified as the one house who should get all sympathy?
Author's Response: I have no problems with any of the other houses, and I know that not all Slytherins are evil (as it is my second option for my house next to Ravenclaw). I just felt that Hufflepuff has been constantly insulted and underestimated and that it should stop. Yes, I do agree that the other houses get picked on a little bit by each other, but that is natural house rivalry, and it is impossible to like every quality in everyone. Also, all the houses have negative qualities that come with the positive. Hufflepuffs are maybe not always the brightest bulbs in the bunch, Slytherins can sometimes be mean and cheating, Gryffindors tend to be show-offs, and Ravencaws occasionally stuck-up and not as friendly as they could be. I accept the flaws in all the houses along with the good things, and that is a quality that some people lack.
I always like Hufflepuff. They are laid back. they are caring, hardworking, dependable. I also think people mistake them for house-elves.
Author's Response: hahaha yes i guess that is one way to look at it :)
Although a Gryffindor, I find that I agree with your assessment of the Hufflepuff House for the most part. Personally, though, I have several friends who consider Hufflepuff to be their own and I've never had a problem with them. Harry doesn't seem to have a problem with them either-- he just gets a tad bit overly focused on his goals.
We're never really given a lot of insight into the Hufflepuff House in the books, but the characters we are exposed to tend to be upstanding and generally good. People tend to not like the wholly good. Look at Slytherin, for example, the characters we have there are not nice, yet Draco Malfoy and Severus Snape have been favorites long before they were rounded out. Harry can be tunnel-visioned, and Hermione judgmental. Luna is, well, a bit odd to put it nicely and Cho is one of the most disliked characters by the fans. It seems that Hufflepuffs (as presented) are, well, boring.
As the main body of fans have grown up (those who were between, say, 8-12 or so when SS/PS was released), I do think Hufflepuffs have gotten more credit and appreciation, especially with the revelation of Tonks-- definitely a fan favorite-- as a Hufflepuff. I only imagine it will get better as more fans get Sorted into Hufflepuff or come to realize that they're not the Gryffindor or Slytherin they'd thought they were at 11.
I find myself agreeing with everything that was said, especially if I'm brutally honest with myself as to what house I'd most likely be sorted into would be Hufflepuff, I believe... I also wondered about the omission of Cedric Diggory - being chosen as the school champion is definitely shows the strengths of Hufflepuff. I suppose you could also consider that even the fact that there is a Hufflepuff ghost shows that at that difficult choice in death, Hufflepuff can still make those difficult decisions.
I think also that there isn't a whole lot of history about house status, and it could just be that it's a phase that Hufflepuff is going through at the moment where they aren't doing as well as the other houses.
Of course, it may just be that the lack of major interaction with Hufflepuff would not have added any real value to the story, and that what we have been given was done at least in part to encourage discussions such as this!
All in all, a well thought out quibble, making a good point that seems obvious once pointed out!
Author's Response: Thank you! yes, i think a lack of information is also a factor. and yes, i reread it recently, and thought "well this sounded so intelligent when i wrote it" and i guess because it should go without saying that all houses get the same amount of respect
I believe that part of the reason for this is that the Hufflepuff house is not defined right away in the same way as the other houses. Gryffindor is bravery, Ravenclaw is smarts, Slytherin is cunning (and evil), but what is Hufflepuff. All that is given is loyalty, but that is not made as big a deal of as the other traits. I do not believe that the Hufflepuff house ever had a clear definition as to what it was.
Author's Response: Yes that is another one! they only have several undefining traits that are mentioned so people dont have anything to sum them up in just one word, other than "good" or "nice". But those are too vague to even mean anything.
I think the biggest contributor to the marring of the Hufflepuff name is the lack of a standout Hufflepuff in the books that doesn't die. Had Jo had a powerful Hufflepuff character similar to Ravenclaw's Luna Lovegood, the house may have become more widely accepted amongst the fandom.
Author's Response: Oh yes, that would definitely have been a smart move by Jo! She should have made Harry better friends with Justin Finch-Fletchley or Hannah Abbot or Susan Bones or someone, then killed them off (that sounds awfully cold blooded of me). Also, one other thing I didn't mention is that it is the only common room not visited in the books. Although Jo did say she tried to fit it in but she could not find a logical reason to, it could have contributed to the idea that Hufflepuffs are less important.
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