The Awesomeness of Hufflepuff
  • Person: I like Hufflepuffs! They're particularly good finders lol.
  • Me: ...
  • Person: I mean, they're just kind of average, aren't they? There's nothing really special about them. They don't really do anything.
  • Me: ...
  • Me: Cedric Diggory was selected by the Goblet of Fire as the most worthy student of Hogwarts. He then proceeded to win (tie) the Triwizard Tournament fair and square, despite a Death Eater rigging it for Harry to win and Fleur and Victor both getting assistance from their cheating headmasters. Not to mention how he defended Harry (his opponent) against injustice done by his own supporters.
  • Me: Nymphadora Tonks let her very hair stand in rebellion of the world's expectations. She overcame the intense prejudice of the world and married a werewolf. She also worked undercover at the Ministry of Magic for the Order, then fought and died in the Battle of Hogwarts, despite having every excuse to stay out and stay safe.
  • Me: Pamona Sprout--the hero of Hogwarts who saved every single Petrified student when the Chamber of Secrets was opened.
  • Me: Ernie Macmillan stood up to the murderous Heir of Slytherin (or so he thought) to defend his good friend Justin, then admitted his mistake and apologized to Harry when he realized he'd been wrong.
  • Me: Susan Bones lost her ENTIRE family to Death Eaters over the course of the two wizarding wars. Yet she still chose to fight in Dumbledore's Army rather than succumbing to fear.
  • Me: The Fat Friar was executed for saving as many people as he could from the pox and was known for his willingness to give second chances, even after his death.
  • Me: Helga Hufflepuff was the only founder willing to teach ALL students willing to learn because give it a break guys, they're 11 years old.
  • Me: Hufflepuffs are loyal and true and fair and STILL manage to kickass against the traitors and the liars and the cheats.

sesame street characters as schools of philosophical thought,
i.e. what am i doing with my life?

Hufflepuff: The First to Request to Stay and Fight

Many people remember the scene in the final book where “the Slytherin table was completely deserted, but a number of older Ravenclaws remained seated while their fellows filed out; even more Hufflepuffs stayed behind and half of Gryffindor remained in their seats.” (Going to do another post on this quote about the breakdown of Houses and some other analysis later)

Though the teachers were willing to let those of age stay and fight, it was not an expectation of anyone. What many people forget is that it was a Hufflepuff student who requested to stay and fight once everyone was together in the Great Hall.

McGonagall: “Prefects, when I give the word, you will organize your House and take your charges, in an orderly fashion, to the evacuation point.”

Ernie Macmillan (prefect of Hufflepuff and DA member): *stands up and shouts* “and what if we want to stay and fight?”

*there was a smattering of applause*

Now we know many of the Gryffindors already intended to stay in fight regardless of what anyone told them. Hufflepuff, though, plays by the rules and if they were told they needed to leave they would have made sure everyone got out safely and left (ensuring they left behind a few surprises for the Death Eaters of course). Up until this point, we have not seen anyone actually tell the students they have the chance to stay and fight. Macmillan stood up and requested for the ability to. They aren’t staying for Harry. They are staying because it is right, just like their head of House.