Why Hufflepuff is the best Hogwarts house

Hogwarts_coat_of_arms_colored_with_shading.svg           Hufflepuff might be a ‘bunch of old duffers,’ according to Hagrid but he couldn’t be more wrong.  If you wanted a house that makes everyone welcome and were everyone regardless of who they are, are expected to chip in then Hufflepuff is the house to be in.  You can already picture the chilled out vibe of the Hufflepuff common as they relax with some cool music deep in the burrow of Hogwarts.  Added to which being next to the kitchens means getting your hands on the best food.  “A butterscotch beer?  Don’t mind if I do.  Oh and pass over the biccies will you?”

The big names of Harry Potter, Hermione Grainger, Ron Weasley, and probably the best wizard ever Dumbledore might belong to Gryffindor, hell they might have the best colours but I’d be telling that sorting hat that Hufflepuff is the house for me.

Slytherin is a house full of devious snides and certainly holds no appeal.  Let’s face it Slytherin’s probably sneer at poor wizards, and that’s in between expressing their disgust and outrage at mud bloods as they read the wizarding equivalent of the Daily Mail.  Indeed Slytherin’s are probably the type to put a spell on a galleon to disintegrate when giving it to a beggar.

The only redeeming feature of Slytherin is Severus Snape who acts as a double agent and ultimately sacrifices himself against Voldemart.  It’s hardly surprising that the majority of dark wizards and witches come from Slytherin and with the likes of Voldemart and Bellatrix Lestrange amongst it’s illustrious alumni I would give that a house a wide berth.  If it was a football club it would be Chelsea.

Ravenclaw might attract the best brains and have the best pass rate but there’s a certain smug superior air that certain intellectuals have.  You can also picture it as the house that the pushy Parents try to get their kid in.  “Darling you should see it’s pass results and look how many witches and wizards get into the magical version of Oxbridge?”  They would be frantically hiring tutors and looking at spells even techniques into teaching their precious offspring to trick the sorting hat into sorting them into Ravenclaw.

Indeed the pushy Parents would be devastated if their precious child was sorted into Gryffindor and would be positively suicidal if the kid got sorted into Hufflepuff.

Of course Ravenclaw has got its benefits.  No doubt there is probably a thriving art scene  and it would be great being involved in that artistic circle of writing, putting on plays, etc.  Plus if Luna Lovegood is a member of Ravenclaw then it does allow for eccentricity.  However Luna or ‘Loony,’ Lovegood as she was nicknamed during her time at Hogwarts would have been more than welcome in Hufflepuff.  Misfit or not everyone is welcome and being yourself is more than positively welcomed in Hufflepuff.  If anything I would argue that Luna was a Hufflepuffer and that the sorting hat got it wrong.

Nevertheless there is a arrogance of Ravenclawer’s knowing how intelligent they are that sticks in the craw.  They probably mock anyone who isn’t as bright as they are.  Yes you can argue they don’t suffer fools but with Hufflepuff everyone has a role to play so long as they are prepared to put the effort in.

If Ravenclaw was a football team then it would be Arsenal.  A little smug at their own brilliance but very fickle when things go wrong.  Filius Flitwick  has a air of Arsene Wenger about him so you can imagine a one week of Flitwick we trust to Flitwick out a week later.

Gryffindor appears to be the house that nearly every Potter fan wants to be sorted in.  It’s not hard to see why with the exploits and bravery of Harry Potter, Ron, and Hermione.  Added to which they always win the house cup if that’s your bag and at Quidditch.  In fact you can bet that Gryffindor probably play the Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona tika taka such is their talent and admiration that everybody seems to have for Gryffindor.

Despite Gryffindor’s popularity there is a hint of always showing off and enjoying the limelight.  Everything always has to be flamboyant and are always positively in the headlines.  True Gryffindor’s are always at the front when the chips are down but so are the Hufflepuffer’s.  They might be quiet and understated but I wouldn’t want anyone else by my side.  After all it was Hufflepuff that stood by Harry and his fellow Gryffindors during the battle of Hogwarts against Voldemart.

Hufflepuff is about getting the job done quietly and efficiently.  It’s not about the glory but working together for the group. A Hufflepuffer would even sacrifice their own personal glory if it was for the better good.  You can see Hufflepuff winning the Quidditch cup and rather than a full triumphant period it would be a few butterscotch beers and throwing the winners their medals from a cardboard box.  Understated and concentrating on the next job on hand.

Cedric Diggory is a good example of what it is to be a Hufflepuffer.  After Harry Potter was also named as a Hogwarts Champion and stole the headlines Cedric wasn’t bothered.  He spoke out against the enchanted badges that proclaimed Cedric as the true Champion and that Potter stank.  Indeed he worked with Harry both benefitting from working together during the Triwizard tournament.  It was also Cedric that showed true sportsmanship at Quidditch when Harry was overcome by Dementors and fell off his broom, Cedric after catching the golden snitch for Hufflepuff offered to replay the match.

These are all true values that any decent person would want to be part of.  I also think that Hufflepuff is a fun house on the sly.  With a relaxed vibe and everyone made welcome there are probably a few fun parties.  It’s the House that no matter how awkward and uncomfortable the decision is they will do what is right.  In short it’s a house were everyone is welcome and who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?  Gryffindor might have the stars and the glory but Hufflepuff are the house that welcomes everybody.  Geeks, kooks, punks, artists etc so long as your prepared to work for the common good then you are welcome.  Hufflepuff might be the unfashionable house but who cares so long as they have the right values which is why it’s Hufflepuff for me.

Brian Benjamin

 

 

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Author: Brian Benjamin

I love football and will watch any game. Writing is also a passion of mine and apart from writing about football I have also tried my hand at short stories in my spare time.

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