As I was catching up on my Youtube subscriptions (yes I am somewhat of a youtube addict – if you have channel or video suggestion please leave them below), I came across a video that it me much harder than I expected, and harder in an inspirational not saddening way (which I think you will agree is even more rare), and so I felt compelled to share.
The video was by Alex Day (sometimes known as Nerimon – link here) and was a short clip paraphrasing none other than J.K.Rowling (link to her clip here) – to cut a long story short, both Alex and J.K.Rowling argued that we should all want (and I will extend it to say try) to be Hufflepuffs. But why, I hear you saying, Hufflepuff has forever been presented as the place for misfits – the house you go to if you don’t fit any of the others – so why is it something you would choose to be in? The answer I am going to present is two fold – firstly, the J.K.Rowling reason that I will get to after a brief background for those who have never (I hate to admit you exist but still) read Harry Potter, and those, like me, for whom your peak Harry Potter reading period was sometime back. Secondly, I shall give you my extension of the support of Hufflepuff-ness, based on my own life experience (Part 2).
So, without further ado, a short description of the Hogwarts Houses (now you all of course know this is school that Harry (and Ron and Ginny and most other Harry Potter book characters attend) but I am explaining it just in case you are one of the above mentioned people). I will keep it brief, just: the house badge, a few character traits of house members, and the names of a few well known members.
Traits: a quest for power and/or greatness, traditionalism, being of pure magical blood (there a few rare exceptions), and as Albus Dumbeldore said “a certain disregard for the rules”. Notable Slytherins: Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, and the Black and Lestrange families (with the exception of Sirius Black).
Traits: intelligence, creativity, a certain level of individuality and wisdom. Notable Ravenclaws: Luna Lovegood, Cho Chang and Gilderoy Lockhart.
Traits: bravery and daring – Gryffindors always rise to a challenge. Notable Gryffindors: Harry Potter, the Wesley boys (including Ron), Hermione Granger and Neville Longbottom.
Traits: dedication, kindness and largely impartial. Notable Hufflepuffs: Tonks (Nymphadora), Cedric Diggory and Professor Sprout (Pomona).
So why should we want to be Hufflepuff’s?
To paraphrase both J.K. and Alex: in the final stages of the final book the four houses (and all their members) are giving to opportunity to rise to a final and somewhat world-defining challenge. Slytherins (with some understandbale reasons, admittedly) decline, only half of Raverclaws partake, and while the majority of Gryffindors and Hufflepuffs rise to the challenge, their reasons are very different. As J.K. says, while Gryffindor is a house of bravery, it is also made up of a fair few “fool-hardy and show-offy people” and while both houses stayed to fight, in is the reasoning given for the Hufflepuffs staying that had me so intrigued.
The Hufflepuffs stayed because it was THE RIGHT THING TO DO, a statement both simple and incredibly complex all at the same time. And there in lies the root of J.K. and Alex’s reasoning behind why we should all want (and in my opinion aim) to be Hufflepuffs. Being a Hufflepuff, fundamentally, is about choosing to do the right thing, however scary or complicated that path may be, and to me, that is the best life guide there is.
So what about my personal reasoning, that, my amazing readers, will be in Part 2 (I shall add the link here when it is up).
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All house images from: harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki