According to Hagrid, poor ol’ Hufflepuff have always had a bit of a reputation as ‘a lot o’ duffers’. Strong words, but why does this Hogwarts house always draw the short straw? Why can’t people just be nice? And who doesn’t love badgers?

Hufflepuff has produced many talented wizards, from Triwizard champions…

Hufflepuff Triwizard champion Cedric Diggory showed great promise, before dying a tragic and unexpected death.

He was a bit of a Hogwarts heartthrob; girls swooned in his wake, he was both Captain and Seeker of his Quidditch team, a diligent prefect to boot. He even helped Harry solve the riddle of the second task, so he had a strong sense of fair play and sportsmanship.

An Illustration of Cedric's dress robes for the Yule Ball

… to talented Magizoologists

Newt Scamander, renowned Magizoologist and author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, also hailed from Hufflepuff.

After working in the Ministry of Magic, the keen magical creature expert travelled the world to write one of the most famous books in wizarding history. Boy, what an under-achiever.

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Their common room seems to be a genuine joy

The Hufflepuff house colour is yellow, so a few hours inside their common room will surely inspire calm in any visitors. It’s built rather like a badger’s sett, of course, with honey-coloured wood tables and a welcoming portrait of Helga Hufflepuff over the mantelpiece.

It’s sadly the only common room Harry never got to take a peek inside himself.

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Hufflepuff has produced the least amount of Dark wizards

Although Hufflepuff is not exactly known for its glorious victories in the Hogwarts House Cup, it gets points for not producing that many evil wizards, Death Eaters, and Lord Voldemort-types. J.K. Rowling has previously said that nearly all the Hufflepuffs stay to fight during the Battle of Hogwarts. ‘They didn’t want to show off, they weren’t being reckless, that’s the essence of Hufflepuff.’

In fact, the most evil deed we can remember a Hufflepuff ever doing was Ernie Macmillan wearing a ‘Potter Stinks’ badge. Ouch!

Illustration of Ernie Macmillan from the Dumbledore's Army infographic

They have a way with plants

With Herbology teacher Pomona Sprout as Head of House, you can bet your bottom Sickle that many Hufflepuffs are fervent gardeners. The common room is also packed with colourful flowers and plants, which must help when it comes to studying Herbology.

Get placed in this house, and your green thumb is practically assured. Just don’t become obsessed with ‘world’s biggest Mandrake’ competitions; that path can only lead to darkness.

Pomona Sprout in her greenhouse from the Chamber of Secrets

They aren’t always conventional

The great witch Nymphadora Tonks was also a Hufflepuff, despite not really exuding the house’s ‘just’ and ‘patient’ traits.

As well as being a talented Auror and Metamorphmagus, Tonks was a fierce member of the Order of the Phoenix, usually found shouting loudly at people daring to use her unusual first name. She was also a lover of vibrant hair colours.

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Hufflepuff espouses the best message of any Hogwarts house

Thanks to the kindness and acceptance of Hogwarts founder Helga Hufflepuff, this house is famous for accepting everyone.

Compared to Salazar Slytherin’s pure-bloods-only ethos, Helga’s house is a breath of fresh air. And for this wonderful reason, Hufflepuff should be applauded.

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