Hufflepuff Traits

If you know me, you’ll know that I’m a HUGE Harry Potter fan.

I’ve loved it ever since I was a kid, and that love continued right through high school (even though I was in denial… more about that in a minute), and into university. I’ve done all of the sorting quizzes that I can find, and they all brought the same result: Hufflepuff.

I love being a Hufflepuff – I have such massive pride in my house! Out of all of the houses, I think it’s the one least represented, and the most misjudged. There are so many reasons why, in my opinion, Hufflepuff is the best Hogwarts house. From the beautiful common room, great alumni and the admirable traits, I’ll go through them all in this post!

My Harry Potter Background

I remember going to see the first film in 2000, and instantly being sucked in by the magic. I kind of forgot about my love for it during high school, when it was “uncool” to like Harry Potter. I was known as a proper geek and a teacher’s pet in school, and was often bullied for it. Loving Harry Potter was another reason for the stupid people to laugh at me. So, annoyingly, I went into a stage of denial and pretended I didn’t like it, for the sake of my sanity.Hufflepuff Crust

This continued right up until university. There, I met the most wonderful group of friends who, amazingly, all ADORED Harry Potter as much as I did. They made me realise my love for it again, and now I’ll never look back! Over the 3 years we were in uni, we built our uni’s Harry Potter Society from the ground up. It was a place where Potterheads like us could meet others, be sorted into houses, and win house points. It was the best feeling to be in love with the wizarding world again – more so than I’d ever been before!

It was in university that I realised I was a Hufflepuff. I did the Pottermore sorting and to begin with, I was a little unsure. It was the least known house to me, and I wanted to know that I truly fit. I read about it, and soon realised that it was perfect. I became the HP Society’s Head of Hufflepuff in my second year of uni, and I loved it! Hufflepuff is 100% the house for me, and when I read about it, I get a warm feeling that it’s where I belong. 💛

I’m not going to compare it to the other houses, because I don’t like to do that. Each house is great in its own way, and there are positives and negatives to them all. Hufflepuffs aren’t boastful. But here are just some of the reasons why I love Hufflepuff so dearly!

The Hufflepuff Traits

Hufflepuff Traits

Source: Pottermore

As you can see in the picture above from Pottermore, Hufflepuffs are loyal, patient, fair, hard-working and true. I fit into these traits so easily. My loyalty doesn’t just lie with my friends, but also with my work. This fits into hard-working, too – I hate to do things with only half the effort. I’m kind of a perfectionist! I’m incredibly patient, too. It makes me think that even though Hufflepuff aren’t usually the best at racking up house points, they’re all united and happy to help each other out in times of need. Pottermore states:

Hufflepuffs are trustworthy and loyal. We don’t shoot our mouths off, but cross us at your peril; like our emblem, the badger, we will protect ourselves, our friends and our families against all-comers. Nobody intimidates us.

The Hufflepuff Common Room

Hufflepuff Common Room

Source: Pottermore

I LOVE our common room. It’s never shown in any of the films which is disappointing, but Pottermore has some great portrayals of it! It’s so warm, friendly and the perfect place to relax. I love the idea of curling up by the fire with a book, surrounded by the warm sunshine and the leafy plants. Here’s what Pottermore has to say about the Hufflepuff common room:

The entrance to the common room is concealed in a stack of large barrels in a nook on the right hand side of the kitchen corridor. You will hear other houses boast of their security arrangements, but it so happens that in more than a thousand years, the Hufflepuff common room and dormitories have never been seen by outsiders. Like badgers, we know exactly how to lie low – and how to defend ourselves.

Once [you’re inside], you will emerge into the cosiest common room of them all. It is round and earthy and low-ceilinged; it always feels sunny, and its circular windows have a view of rippling grass and dandelions.

There is a lot of burnished copper about the place, and many plants, which either hang from the ceiling or sit on the windowsills. Our Head of house, Professor Pomona Sprout, is Head of Herbology, and she brings the most interesting specimens (some of which dance and talk) to decorate our room – one reason why Hufflepuffs are often very good at Herbology. Our overstuffed sofas and chairs are upholstered in yellow and black, and our dormitories are reached through round doors in the walls of the common room. Copper lamps cast a warm light over our four-posters, all of which are covered in patchwork quilts, and copper bed warmers hang on the walls, should you have cold feet.

To put it simply – it sounds perfect.

Hufflepuff Alumni

Famous Hufflepuffs past and present

Source: Pottermore

Some wonderful witches and wizards have come from Hufflepuff! Just look at our head of house, Pamona Sprout, and internationally-loved magizoologist/author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt Scamander. There’s also our beloved Triwizard Champion Cedric Diggory (RIP), and the beautiful Nymphadora Tonks (also RIP). Here’s what Pottermore says about Hufflepuff’s incredible alumni:

Hufflepuff is certainly the least boastful house, but we’ve produced just as many brilliant witches and wizards as any other. Want proof? Look up Grogan Stump, one of the most popular Ministers for Magic of all time. He was a Hufflepuff – as were the successful Ministers Artemesia Lufkin and Dugald McPhail. Then there’s the world authority on magical creatures, Newt Scamander; Bridget Wenlock, the famous thirteenth-century Arithmancer who first discovered the magical properties of the number seven, and Hengist of Woodcroft, who founded the all-wizarding village of Hogsmeade, which lies very near Hogwarts School. Hufflepuffs all.

We’ve produced the fewest Dark wizards of any house in this school. Of course, you’d expect Slytherin to churn out evil-doers, but even Gryffindor (the house we get on best with) has produced a few dodgy characters.

Hufflepuff is J. K. Rowling’s Favourite House!

Hufflepuff through the words of J.K. Rowling

Source: Pottermore

J.K. Rowling, the queen herself, has stated in the past that Hufflepuff is her favourite Hogwarts house. She’s written some great articles on Pottermore about Hufflepuff, so I’ll link them all here!

Conclusion

The point of this post isn’t to boast. It’s to show my pride, my love for my house! I hope, if you’re a Hufflepuff, you have as much house pride as I do – or if you’re not, I hope you can see some of the positives Hufflepuff has to offer.

As I said, it’s perhaps the least represented and the most misjudged. People often think everyone in Hufflepuff is a bit stupid, weak, or the ones who just don’t fit into any other house. I know this isn’t true. I like to believe that Hufflepuff is the friendliest house, the most supportive, and the thought of it makes me feel warm and fuzzy. I hope you can see this too!

Which house are you in? What do you like or dislike about it? Let’s chat! And here’s a handy pinnable graphic for you. Share the Hufflepuff love!

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