Hufflepuff – a house that doesn’t always have the best reputation.
During the Sorting Hat Songs, the Sorting Hat sometimes claims Hufflepuffs to be hard-working and loyal, and sometimes that Helga Hufflepuff created a house for those left out by the other three houses. These two statements seem to contradict.
But they don’t, exactly.
The four houses are based on the four founders – Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, Godric Gryffindor, and Salazar Slytherin. Each house values what the founder valued; Ravenclaw values wit and wisdom, Slytherin ambition, and Gryffindor bravery. Helga Hufflepuff valued loyalty and hard work, but she also valued acceptance – as would the true Hufflepuffs. Therefore, the core of what makes Hufflepuffs Hufflepuffs would make them the house that accepts those who don’t fit in elsewhere.
Yet, somehow, being a true Hufflepuff (in my opinion) is the hardest, and one the best things to be. Hard work and loyalty is a vital part of character, more so than wisdom, bravery, or ambition. As values, the Hufflepuff values are in a different field than the other three.
(But Ravenclaws still rule, by the way).
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