Fans of Harry Potter are eagerly awaiting the expected holiday release of the video game Hogwarts Legacy, which will allow gamers to attend Hogwarts, go to classes, and interact with the wizarding world in a way never before possible. So far, Warner Bros. has hinted that players will be able to choose which Hogwarts house they will be a part of when they start the game.
This will be an easy task for many who assigned themselves to one of the four houses long ago. Perhaps the most underrated of these houses is Hufflepuff, the home of notable characters like Cedric Diggory, Nymphadora Tonks, and Newt Scamander. These characters perfectly embodied the Hufflepuff values of loyalty and friendship, and their quotes from the books and movies prove it.
“I’ll Teach The Lot, And Treat Them Just The Same.”
Of course, Helga Hufflepuff was the first of her house in Harry Potter, and her values would become the foundation for Hufflepuff students for the next several centuries. She was known to be gentle and kind and did not mind much where a person came from, as long as they were willing to learn.
Helga’s quote was repeated by the Sorting Hat, the only one “alive” during Harry’s time who had personally known the Hogwarts founders. He explained how when Gryffindor, Slytherin, and Ravenclaw were arguing about what students should be allowed at Hogwarts, Hufflepuff provided the voice that said the school would be open to anyone.
“Go On, Take It! You Saved Me, Take It!”
Cedric Diggory was Harry’s competition in both the Triwizard Tournament and in romance, but he had a very difficult time disliking the charismatic older student. Even when Cedric was unsure whether or not Harry was lying about putting his name in the Goblet of Fire, he always treated him fairly.
Cedric demonstrated this in the third task when he insisted that Harry take the Triwizard cup. He could have easily made a grab for it himself, but he knew that wouldn’t have been right or fair. Harry would have reached the cup first if he hadn’t stopped to save Cedric, so it was his by right. Cedric spent his final moments of life proving that he was the bravest Hufflepuff in Harry Potter.
“I Shall Meet You In the Great Hall In Twenty Minutes With My House.”
When the heads of house realized that the castle would be coming under siege from Voldemort’s Death Eaters, Slughorn’s mind went quickly to escape. However, Professor Sprout shared a knowing look with McGonagall and promptly told her that she would meet her in the Great Hall, ready to fight.
While bravery is associated with Gryffindor, there is a certain kind of courage that comes with loyalty. Sprout knew that the right thing to do was stand and protect her friends. For a Hufflepuff, there could be no second thought, which was why Sprout was one of the most notable Hufflepuffs in the Harry Potter series.
“Harry Always Seemed So Nice, Though.”
Harry first met Hannah Abbott in Chamber of Secrets, as she was a friend of Justin Finch-Fletchley, the boy that had everyone believing that Harry was the heir of Slytherin. She was never the center of attention in the series, but she was a member of Dumbledore’s Army and later married fan favorite Neville Longbottom.
When everyone, especially the Hufflepuffs, believed that Harry was the one attacking Muggle-born wizards at Hogwarts, Hannah was the voice that stood up for him. She proved herself kinder than her classmates and pointed out that Harry was strangely friendly for a supposed murderer.
“Forgive And Forget, I Say, We Ought To Give Peeves A Second Chance.”
The Fat Friar
The Fat Friar was the Ghost of Hufflepuff and had been part of the house when he attended the school in life. The students knew him as jolly and good-natured, which is surprising considering his church executed him for suspicion of witchcraft (via Wizarding World).
Harry had few interactions with the jovial ghost, but when he did, he heard him come to the defense of Peeve’s the Poltergeist, who most everyone hated. Few in the castle could have found it in themselves to show forgiveness for Peeve’s mischief, so it took a proper Hufflepuff to be one of them.
“I Don’t Care Either, I Don’t Care! I’ve Told You A Million Times!”
Nymphadora Tonks was energetic, talkative, and clumsy. Harry described her as bordering on annoying, but he was very fond of her. For this reason, he was surprised to find in Half-Blood Prince that her demeanor had greatly changed. She was quiet, morose, and completely lacking the fiery personality everyone was used to.
Of course, it turns out that this was because Remus Lupin had been avoiding a romantic relationship with her since he feared his status as a werewolf made him a bad match. However, Tonks made it clear that she didn’t care if he was a werewolf; she loved him all the same. Most of wizarding society avoided werewolves, but as a loyal Hufflepuff, Tonks just didn’t care.
“They’re Watching You.”
The Fantastic Beasts series introduced the first lead Hufflepuff characters, much to the delight of fans who identify with that house. One of these was Theseus Scamander, who was introduced in Crimes of Grindelwald as Newt’s Auror brother.
Theseus is represented as very different from his eccentric brother. He takes great pride in his Ministry job and can’t understand why Newt would be so resistant to cooperating with the government. However, when it came down to it, he was still loyal to his family first. He respected his position and superiors, but his Hufflepuff dedication still led him to warn Newt that they were watching him.
“Because I Like You. Because You’re My Friend.”
Newt Scamander may be the most popular Hufflepuff, and he is perfectly representative of the house. While he certainly had the brains and passion for study like a Ravenclaw, his goal was never purely academic; he studied magical creatures because he wanted to help them. Newt may have changed significantly throughout the Fantastic Beasts series, but this one thing remained constant.
Newt may have been better with beasts than people, but he still applied this same value for life to those around him. He never understood the wizarding world’s prejudice against Muggles, which made him the perfect candidate to assist Dumbledore against Grindelwald. When he accidentally roped a Muggle, Jacob Kowalski, into his mission, he immediately recognized his value and quickly saw him as a dear friend.
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