Alright darlings, I’ve gotten many requests all for this since yesterday and these two are more similar than you think. It’s pretty common to confuse these two houses. For example, many people upon meeting me call me a hufflepuff and call a close friend of mine a slytherin, when really it’s the opposite. We’re just each more stereotypically the other house…. I bake cookies to bring into classes and she is more aggressively opinionated, but, I digress…..
Here’s how they’re similar: They’re both extremely hardworking and driven, tend to be steady in working towards their goals. They tend to treat everyone with a certain level of dignity, no matter their feelings towards you (unless you are truly BEYOND terrible for them, in which case they will be passive aggressive). Both care about what people think of them, though for slytherin it’s more about a general reputation than specific people’s opinions, and they each feel that other people should be able to do their own thing, or think what they like, as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone/isn’t pushed on them. They tend to be very likable and charismatic from the outside, and most people enjoy their company. Basically, they do tend to seem similar from the outside (unlike in the books where slytherins are like performing blood sacrifices and hufflepuffs just sit and cry all day (thank you, Harry, for your Gryffindor bias). So…. differences:
1. When they don’t like someone: Hufflepuffs tend to dislike them and go no further, like I hate you, you hate me, I’m going to ignore you now, let’s move on. Slytherins….. well, we’re a bit more petty. It’s more like, I hate you and I’m going to go out of my way to either make other people subtly dislike you, or I feel like I can’t move on until I have done something tangible with my own life to write this wrong. Basically, slytherins turn into VERY unhealthy, self-obsessed versions of gryffindors. They need to prove it to OTHERS that their better, so when they’ve finally completed this big task to do so, they’re looking around to see that no one cared about it as much as they did, and…. well, they tend to be bitter. Basically, in general, hufflepuffs tend to be more comfortable with emotions in general, and are usually healthier, while slytherins are so obsessed with perfection that they repress their emotions and either become whiny or unable to move beyond the point that they’ve told you TEN BILLION TIMES.
2. Honesty and fairness: I think I’ve brought this up before, but this is where hufflepuff gets its positive reputation while slytherin screws itself over. Hufflepuff wants thing honest and fair, even if its at their expense and for the benefit of someone they don’t like. They are a bit more ‘well this is right, and so this is how it should be, for ALL people’. Slytherin wants things fair for everyone, as long as they aren’t being hurt, and, well, they really don’t see anything wrong with favoritism as long as they’re on the receiving side. In fact, though they understand it’s wrong and may briefly feel bad, a slytherin who sees something unfair happening to an enemy accounts it more as ‘karma’ than something they should be stopping. Example: a hufflepuff and a slytherin both are students of a very frightening and intense professor who grades impossible, everyone hates them, but for some reason, this professor has taken a special liking to the student (and a few others), and treats them specially. They get easier grading, flexibility with deadlines, basically anything they ask for, freedom to say whatever they want, and do whatever they want. However, the rest of all the students are still stuck with nearly failing every assignment and being treated…. well, less than you are. The hufflepuff says ‘I know this is nice, but it’s still wrong, and really, the teacher shouldn’t do that to me’. They try to talk with the teacher offhandedly about how others are having difficulty and saying things are unfair, even if it means that they lose their spot as a ‘favorite’. Slytherin goes, no way man. If they did something to get special treatment, they won’t mess it up, they’ll use it. If one of their friends complains, they’ll tell then exactly how to become a favorite as well, but the slytherin won’t mess it up for themselves, because a little part of them inside LOVES to feel like they are being treated differently.
3. Idealism: Underneath everything, idealism is a big difference between the two houses. Slytherin sees things exactly as they are, and if that’s the game the world is playing, it’s stupid to play by any other rules. Hufflepuff has this more dreamy idealism about how things should be and how they could be, and tries to live and maneuver within the self-imposed constraints they have. Slytherin sets their rules based on how the world works, and how they can play the game more efficiently, and hufflepuff is playing based on their rules, because the world needs kindness and help, not ruthlessness. Hufflepuff is the most unrealistic house in this sense, and can often overlook the unfortunate state of reality, which means they are either extremely successful because they won’t accept what is, or very unsuccessful for the same reason. Slytherin is the most realistic house, meaning while they know how to accomplish much, they almost always become depressed and bitter at the state of the world, feeling as if there is no way to change it, and nothing will become better.
4. Centering in self: Both houses are the two that make their decisions based on the world, but slytherin is centered in self while hufflepuff is centered in others. Hufflepuff makes nearly all its decisions based on group dynamics and balance, and peace, calm, all those nice harmonious things. Ultimately, they want to do for other people and will sacrifice their own wants. Slytherin knows what it wants for itself, an typically makes the decisions that it thinks will help to get it what it wants, and though they try not to burn their bridges, slytherins can probably count on one hand the people they truly care about. Hufflepuff wants to save the entire world (again, idealism) while slytherin chooses a few and says screw all the rest (again, unhealthy bitter realism).
5. Openness in actions vs. Actions to serve other ends: I’ve found this one to be pretty consistent. When both houses do something, hufflepuff reasoning tends to be very clear while slytherin reasoning only makes sense to them. Basically, hufflepuff is doing things for the obvious reasons, or for the sake of doing them, while slytherin is doing them for a reason 600 steps later (any means to achieve their ends). Hufflepuff works at a soup kitchen. Why? They wanted to get some time volunteering and also helping other people feels nice. Slytherin works at the soup kitchen. Why? Because they will be accurately able to determine what it is the needy are lacking, how they can, ten years from now work and run an organization to stop homelessness. No, that makes too much sense; real life example. Hufflepuff starts a blog. Why? Because they maybe want to connect with people who share their interests, and it’s a place of self expression. Slytherin creates a blog? It’s because they feel that with this blog, they will get dedicated followers and later have a fanbase to promote a book they wrote even though the things are in no way connected. Basically, slytherin motivations are usually hard to understand in comparison to Huff’le puff.
“Alice is Jasper’s entire life. She is the most important thing in the universe to him, and he would do absolutely anything for her. For Jasper, there would be no limit to who or what he would destroy for Alice. Not that she wants him destroying anything. She’s the light side of their relationship–she makes him laugh (and he wasn’t much of a laugher before Alice).” - Stephenie Meyer
since a lot of people have been constantly asking for fic recs, one of my friends suggested that i should make an official fic recs page and i was like “why not?” lol so here it is! i’ll try to update it as much as i can. but for now, here are the ones that i like. enjoy!
tbh if i could date/marry any character in either series it would probably be Mor. She is just…so perfect and pure and good but also hilarious and knows how to have a good time and like Azriel u better make ur move soon otherwise u might have me as competition???
So hear me out on this: the Orange League doesn’t exactly follow along with the others, but Ash would be its Champion if it did. So what if there’s an episode where his new friends are talking about past achievements, and he brings that up? And a few episodes after that, there’s a cutaway to a scene in the Orange Islands, where some unseen figure is challenging Drake? And said figure wins, and Drake remarks that only one other person has beat him, and the figure says “I know?” Then a few episodes after that, the figure shows up, face covered, and challenges Ash “to really win the Orange League?” And of course Ash is up for it, and it’s a really tough battle, and Ash starts to get suspicious when his opponent uses a Gyarados, but what really gives it away is when Psyduck pops out and greets Pikachu instead of fighting, and the figure groans “Psyduck, you ruined the surprise!” Because of course it’s Misty, on leave from gym duty, and she’s decided to up her game and have fun with Ash at the same time by taking his “title.”