You most likely know of Hufflepuff House, one of the four houses in Hogwarts and founded by Helga Hufflepuff. Hufflepuff takes in the loyal, kind, dedicated, patient, and hard working students, but also those who do not cater to a specific house. This is because Helga Hufflepuff believed that everyone should have a chance to attend Hogwarts, and that the houses do not define who you are. Which is very true—no person should be defined by their house!
Unfortunately, Hufflepuff’s reputation suffers because of this. Many people find them to “less talented,” as Helga Hufflepuff took in anyone under her wing. Even the Sorting Hat seems to misjudge Hufflepuff, as numerous songs have said that Hufflepuff “takes the rest,” something that is only partially true! Hufflepuff has also produced the least amount of Dark wizards out of all of the houses. While this is most admirable, it does not mean that those in Hufflepuff are safe from the darkness. Still, it’s something to keep in mind.
Hufflepuff is located in the basement by the kitchens—so if any Hufflepuffs are reading, feel free to steal some food! (Or don’t, it’s technically against the rules…) Their ghost, the Fat Friar, was a student in the early years of Hogwarts, also being Sorted into Hufflepuff. He ended up devoting his life to religion, but was soon executed due to increasing suspicions after he cured many people of Smallpox with just a simple tap with a stick! (Definitely not questionable at all!) He has since returned as a ghost, and become Hufflepuff’s resident ghost!
Hufflepuffs also seem to have a knack for Herbology, and this may be due to the fact that Hufflepuff is often associated with the element earth! Due to this, the colours of Hufflepuff house were chosen as yellow—to represent wheat—and black to represent the soil. The badger is their mascot due to its underestimated abilities, from being non-threatening unless provoked. After provoked, the badger will attack until either the enemy or itself has lost—sometimes going up against creatures such as wolves or snakes!
Here are some famous witches and wizards who were in Hufflepuff:
- Newt Scamander – Author of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
- Theseus Scamander – WW1 veteran, was once Head Auror
- Cedric Diggory – Hogwarts student who participated in the Tri-Wizard Tournament, unfortunately killed by Lord Voldemort
- Fat Friar – Hufflepuff’s friendly neighbourhood ghost!
Many people often overlook Hufflepuff, and forget some of the most interesting facts – for example, Helga Hufflepuffs recipes are still used today in the Hogwarts kitchen! She also owned a cup that was passed down through the generations before it was stolen by Tom Riddle and turned into a horcrux. It was a shining golden cup with two finely wrought handles on either side and a badger engraved on its surface. The cup was said to possess many magical powers, though the exact nature of those powers is unknown. Hufflepuff was brilliant with food-related charms and was kind to house-elves, so the cup may have been the very first dining utensil at Hogwarts to assist in the magical transportation of food from the House-Elf Kitchens.
Hufflepuff also seems have the least rivalry with other houses – except, of course, in Quidditch. However, the last Tri-Wizard tournament did put a strain on Hufflepuff and Gryffindor’s relationship, as two members from Hogwarts were chosen – First, Cedric Diggory (Hufflepuff) and then a faulty one, caused by dark magic from Barty Crouch Jr., Harry Potter (Gryffindor). All is well now, and Hufflepuff continues to remain the calmest house of all.
That’s the Tale of Hufflepuff! Feel free to check out fellow writer Frenzy’s articles on Gryffindor and Ravenclaw, and also my article on Slytherin, to get a full view of all the Hogwarts houses!