Here’s the case for why Hufflepuffs would make complex, exciting and truly delectable best friends.
In Philosopher’s Stone, the Sorting Hat describes Hufflepuffs as ‘just and loyal’ and says ‘those patient Hufflepuffs are true and unafraid of toil’. In Goblet of Fire we learn that ‘For Hufflepuff, hard workers were most worthy of admission.’
Hear that? People who are just, loyal, true, patient and never one to shy away from a challenge. In other words, the perfect ‘best friend’ candidates.
The general consensus is that Hufflepuffs are all nice, loyal… but who’s to say they aren’t a pack of secretly, wild, badly-dancing, party animals? All the best parties gravitate towards the kitchen, and guess where the Hufflepuff common room can be found? Yup, right next to Hogwarts’ massive kitchens.
Their common room was something of a mystery in the books – it was the only one Harry never got to see. But there is no evidence to contradict that Hufflepuffs were having regular get-togethers, eating delectable snacks and partaking in a cheeky pumpkin juice or two.
We also have the Fat Friar, who compared to the other melancholy, lachrymose or downright frightening house ghosts, was known to be an official barrel of laughs. And everybody knows that badgers are the wildest animals out there.
A cosy, round, low-ceilinged room is revealed, reminiscent of a badger’s sett. The room is decorated in the cheerful, bee-like colours of yellow and black, emphasised by the use of highly polished, honey-coloured wood for the tables and the round doors.
‘Hufflepuff Common Room’ by J.K. Rowling, Pottermore
Hufflepuffs have a strong moral code and sense of right and wrong. J.K. Rowling has even said that almost all of Hufflepuff house stayed during the Battle of Hogwarts, so they’re incredibly brave when faced with real danger.
Just look at one of Hufflepuff’s fiercest alumni, Cedric Diggory in Goblet of Fire. When the Slytherins made offensive badges reading ‘Potter Stinks’ during the Triwizard Tournament, it’s likely Cedric asked people to stop wearing them – even though he was Harry’s competitor in the trials, and as far as Cedric knew, Harry did put his name in the Goblet of Fire on purpose.
‘Hey, listen… About the badges. I’ve asked them not to wear them.’
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
One of the things that has always stood out about Hufflepuff compared to the other houses is how accepting of everyone they are. Hufflepuffs value everyone and treat them as an equal. In Order of the Phoenix, the Sorting Hat summed that sentiment up nicely, in the words of Helga Hufflepuff herself.
Said Slytherin, ‘We’ll teach just those
Whose ancestry is purest.’
Said Ravenclaw, ‘We’ll teach those whose
Intelligence is surest.’
Said Gryffindor, ‘We’ll teach all those
With brave deeds to their name,’
Said Hufflepuff, ‘I’ll teach the lot,
And treat them just the same.’
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Your Hufflepuff best friend will never judge you. They’ll love you for who you are.
Even if it’s inconvenient – or a downright danger to their wellbeing – Hufflepuffs are going to help their friends out. Hufflepuffs may have been dubbed ‘a lot o’ duffers’, but heed Ernie Macmillan’s words during the Battle of Hogwarts.
‘... evacuation will be overseen by Mr Filch and Madam Pomfrey. Prefects, when I give the word, you will organise your house and take your charges, in an orderly fashion, to the evacuation point.’
Many of the students looked petrified. However, as Harry skirted the walls, scanning the Gryffindor table for Ron and Hermione, Ernie Macmillan stood up at the Hufflepuff table and shouted, ‘And what if we want to stay and fight?’
There was a smattering of applause.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows