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    Elliryanna Novice
    So I am a Ravenpuff, and I personally love Hufflepuff. On this thread, please say if you hate Hufflepuff, or love them, and why. You can also post your Hufflepuff jokes. I'll start you off.
    What do you call a Hufflepuff with one brain cell?
    How about two brain cells?
    I love Hufflepuff. Here's one website (I copied and pasted) that tells why people discriminate against Hufflepuffs.
    In a rare annotated copy of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, J.K. Rowling commented that she wondered if people would have thought differently of Hufflepuff House had she gone with her original instinct and made their mascot a bear rather than a badger. Its an interesting thought, sure, but probably would have only led to droves of Winnie the Pooh comparisons, with pictures of Hufflepuffs holding their hands to their heads and shouting Think! over and over.
    While Slytherin and Hufflepuff both have their share of intensely dedicated fans, its no secret that among the general Potter-reading population, most would prefer to be a Gryffindor or a Ravenclaw. Why? Do people prefer lions and ravens? Red and blue? Or is it something a little less obvious perhaps something to do with the attributes awarded to each house, and the values we place on them as a culture?
    Lifes not easy for the Hufflepuffs out there. In every sketch, humorous fanfic, and rousing talk over butterbeer at the Harry Potter theme park, they are the butt of all the jokes. Sweet and slow like molasses, thats what people think. Sure friends, but not particularly talented. Or, as one of those hilarious Second City videos has put itI cant digest lactose; Im a Hufflepuff!
    And though the jokes are certainly funny, theyre not at all fair. Only last year, Rowling praised her daughter for saying that everyone should want to be a Hufflepuff, and claimed that it was her favorite house too for reasons that the last book makes clear; when the students have a choice about whether or not to fight in the Battle of Hogwarts, the badgers all stay for a different reason [than the Gryffindors]. They didnt want to show off, they werent being reckless, thats the essence of Hufflepuff. So why dont people get that? Why will Hufflepuff always be a shorthand term to make fun of those deemed dull and useless? Why are Slytherins assumed to be straight-up terrible people?
    And what if its just a matter of word association?
    Lets talk about the central terminology associated with each Hogwarts House.
    Gryffindors are brave.
    Ravenclaws are intelligent.
    Slytherins are ambitious.
    Hufflepuffs are loyal.
    Now, none of these terms are actually bad things to be, but in everyday society we read between the lines and give them other meanings. Bravery is all about heroics. If youre brave, you self-sacrifice, youre there to further the common good by helping those in need. Youre one fearless berserker. Intelligence is always valued, even when people want to tear it down out of spite. Smart people are always essential, they are always valuable. If youre smart, you are meticulous, the person to call upon in a crisis. You have expertise, and that is required in all areas of life.
    But ambition often reads like this: Youre selfish. Youre completely focused on your own evolution, and you dont care who you have to screw over to get to the top. You are looking out for Number One, and all that matters is your position, your station in life. And loyalty reads like this: Youre a follower. A pushover. You find the strongest voice, you latch onto it, and you are there til the bitter end whether or not its in your best interest. You are a good person to have at someones side, but you have no backbone.
    Its not too hard to figure out which of the four options are going to look most appealing to the general population.
    What many fail to realize is that the downsides of Gryffindor and Ravenclaw are just as undesirable. Intelligence is greatof course it isbut if thats your primary characteristic, you might also be cold and detached. Wit is entertaining, but it is often scathing as well. If youre too logical, you run the risk of being too cautious in your approach to life. Not every Ravenclaw chose to fight Voldemort and his followers in Deathly Hallows because they weighed the options, considered every avenue carefully, and decided what they thought about the possible outcomes. That doesnt make them bad people by any means, but it can mean that Ravenclaws are liable to pursue logic to the exclusion of compassion.
    And heres a good object lesson for Gryffindors from personal experience Im a Gryffindor. I know, its boring. Id sort of rather be a Ravenclaw, or maybe a Slytherin. But every time I do one of those dumb online tests or think about it really hard, I know where Id end up at Hogwarts. Whys that, you ask?
    Funny story: I once participated in a theatre workshop where the instructor had given us this really cool exerciseshe would give a group of six or seven of us a word, and we had 10 seconds to work out a tableau that imparted that word to the audience. My group was given Protect. We only had enough time to decide who in the group would be protected before she called on us to create the tableau. We assembled the picture and froze. Well, she said, in a very Professor McGonagall-y sort of way, Isnt that interesting.
    Using my peripheral vision, I could just make out the scene we had formed. Every other person in the group was working to corral the person who needed protecting away from harm, leading her to some safe haven. But I (alone) had flung myself in front of her, feet planted, arms spread wide to fend off whatever was coming.
    You see where Im going with this, right? Foolhardy. Inclined to grandeur. Big gestures without much forethought. Gryffindors come with their own special set of issues that are every bit as unattractive as Slytherin egocentricity and the Hufflepuffian potential for playing second fiddle to stronger personalities. The problem is, people in the wizarding world clearly have the exact same preconceptions about Hogwarts Houses. New students come in with all sorts of opinions about where they should want to be. Only people from Slytherin families actually want to be in Slytherin. Thats probably mostly true for Hufflepuffs as well, though they would likely be just as pleased to have their kids end up in Ravenclaw or Gryffindor. But theres a pervading sense that Slytherins are bad news and Hufflepuffs are lame, even among other wizards.

    If only there had been someone in those books who could have shifted our perceptions and taught us betterwait, there was. In fact, he had a depressingly abrupt death that you might recall from the end of Goblet of Fire.
    Cedric Diggory was supposed to be the lesson in all of this. Instead of inciting irritation and confusion in readers, the reaction to his selection in the Triwizard Tournament should have only ever been, Of course the Hogwarts Champion is a Hufflepuff. That was precisely the point. Of course the person who represents everything excellent about Hogwartsits students, legacy, caliberwould come from Hufflepuff. Some roll their eyes and claim that Diggory was mis-sorted; clearly hes a Gryffindor. No, hes not. Being brave and charismatic does not make you a Gryffindor. Gryffindors can also be smartHermione is a prime example who was also not mis-sortedjust as Ravenclaws can be cunning, and Slytherins loyal. The houses are not as cut and dry as they seem. Where you are sorted has to do with what is important to you, what parts of your person need to be nurtured as youre learning and growing.
    Cedric Diggory was the Hogwarts Champion and he was pure Hufflepuff, through and through. Just, honest, hardworking and fair. Helpful, capable, and a fierce friend, just as Dumbledore said. Its not as flashy as Gryffindor swagger, but its infinitely more admirable.

    On the other hand, Slytherin presents a unique set of issues in perception. That poor house is the wors
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    Elliryanna Novice
    t kind of self-fulfilling prophecy; its obviously possible to be ambitious and still be a good person, but you attract a certain type of personality by making it the soul of your snaky crest. What Slytherin seems to need is more students who are constructively ambitious, and the fact that they dont have them is largely the wizarding worlds faultin part due to the reputation of the house, but even more because wizarding society is stagnating in the shadows during Harrys time. If the future generation continues to build and create better relations with the muggle world, its possible that new Slytherins will be the architects of that world, so long as they dont have all that pureblood station propaganda to worry about anymore. Slytherins are not inherently evil at all, but they need more interesting goals to achieve now that the primary one is no longer Keep Voldemort happy with my family or well all die.
    And why do we continue to think of Gryffindors as the ultimate heroes? They have those knightly complexes, thats for sure, and weve never quite put our admiration for chivalry to rest. The fact that some of those lionhearts may be enacting impressive feats for their own glorification isnt as important to readers as the fact that they do it. We also have to consider that being so willing to throw yourself into harms way, but being incredibly flawed in how you go about it, is just plain interesting. Gryffindors make good heroes because their hubris gives them imperfections. Its fun to watch them land hard when they dont think things through.
    What it means is that Hufflepuffs might actually be too good to be interesting protagonists. And Slytherins wont get invited to the party until they have new points of interest. Instead of the damage of word association propagated by the Sorting Hat and family histories, it would be better to ignore what people say about the founders and the former alumni, and instead focus on what each house has to offer its students. Its clear that Harry has adopted this policy by his middle age, prompting him to tell his son Albus that being sorted into Slytherin was really entirely okay as long as it made him happy. The houses should be an exercise in celebrating the diversity of the student population, not a dividing line that makes it easier to bully each other.

    The generation that battled Voldemort was markedly imperfect, but with a little work they could achieve a future where everyone is proud to be sorted anywhere in Hogwarts at all. We should think on that future, and stop giving Hufflepuffs and Slytherins such an unduly hard time.
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    Saratheamaze Experienced
    I hate Hufflepuff, being Sytherin yess
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    funniebunnie01 Advanced


    but Hufflepuffs dorms are closer to the kitchens so... IDK man IDK
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    WolfLove Senior
    Let me Slytherin here and say that I have don't understand any of this.
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    S_E_ Novice
    Honestly, I kinda have problems with all the houses(no offense, peeps!). Slytherin are all whiny pricks, Griffindor arefull of themselves(I mean, they think they're awesome), Hufflepuff are pretty much saying they're smarter than everyone, and Ravenclaw, they almost act like they're in a different, better, school.
    Again, sorry that I offended you, but it's true, read the books. Rowling had a few plot holes when it came to the houses personalities themselves.
  • Julie Fropan Newbie
    I love Hufflepuffs! Especially Cedric Diggory!
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    The Coldest Sun Hot Shot

    Love the Hufflepuffs, by the way. Imagine how peaceful the world might be if we were all Hufflepuff.
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    Selena112 Expert
    I'm a Gryffindor with the thoughtfulness of a Hufflepuff.
  • DarkSong42 Newbie
    I iz not a hater, much...

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