This post has been a long time in the making, but one I felt was too important to just skip over. So, without any further ado, here are “The reasons we should all want to be Hufflepuffs” (based on the life experiences of Bec).
I guess I would class myself as weird, not eccentric in a hipster kind of way, but just plain odd. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t think badly of myself for this, in fact I embraced my oddness, made in my badge of honour in fact, many years ago. That’s not to say that being yourself (whatever combination of odd, ‘normal’ and numerous other factors that may be) is easy, but it is most certainly worth it. But what does all this have to do with being a Hufflepuff I hear you ask – nothing and everything is probably the best answer.
See, to me, the main aims of life should be to do the right thing WHILE being yourself. See, both missions require courage, but not the big, flashy Griffyndor kind; the internal kind the pushes you through adversity and struggle because you know better things lie beyond. It’s also true that this two part goal requires brains, but not the ‘memorise the books’ Ravenclaw sort; an intelligence that is as much about understanding yourself as it is being able to accurately assess the situation. And finally, it requires a sort of pride, but not the boastful Slytherin type, a pride that comes from being as proud of your achievements as you are of the lessons you learnt from the challenges you’ve faced.
I guess then, in the odd mind of Bec, being a true Hufflepuff is taking the best quality of all the other houses and adding a large splash of humility – the result is a wizard (or muggle) who strives to be as good to themselves as they are to others.
I would love your thoughts on whether this makes any sense outside the oddness of my mind :)
P.S. For the Hufflepuff-themed back story look no further than here
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