Whats your dark hufflepuff theory?
Why, Nonny, I’m glad you asked. My Dark Hufflepuff theory is also known as “My Case for Killian as a Hufflepuff”.
Killian is one of the most interesting characters I have ever played “Sorting Hat” with and that’s because he has traits that could land him in any of the houses. He’s brave and reckless, like a Gryffindor. He’s smart and witty (see what I did there???), like a Ravenclaw. He’s cunning and when we met him the only person that mattered to him was him, like a Slytherin (Well, that’s not quite true, but we’re getting there). But he’s also loyal and he believes in fairness, like a Hufflepuff, and once you earn that loyalty there’s no end to the things he’ll do for you. Think of what happened with Liam. With Milah. How he saved David even though they couldn’t really stand each other at the time.
The real kicker, the thing that solidifes Killian as a Hufflepuff for me, is what happens when you betray that loyalty. Look at what happened with Liam. Most people would have just been like “Fuck it, I’m deserting”. Killian’s like, “This king doesn’t deserve us, he doesn’t deserve this ship, I’m deserting and I’m taking you all with me”. And then with Milah, he doesn’t go drink himself to death in a ditch. He launches a centuries long vengeance quest, goes back to the last place he probably ever wanted to visit, just to avenge her death. But the thing that real cinched the deal for me, was his complete 180 when he found out what Emma had done, the way he focused on how, after everything, she betrayed him. And that got me thinking…which house would you least want to cross?
A Gryffindor would duke it out with you and then be fine (unless you’re a Slyrtherin). A Slytherin will leave you be as soon as you prove useful to them (unless you’re a Gryffindor). A Ravenclaw, well, one of us would probably be too caught up in our favorite project to care for long. But a Hufflepuff? You cross a Hufflepuff (or someone they care about) and I feel like they’ll remember. And if you took a Hufflepuff and twisted and warped them until they had shut everyone else out simple to survive, well then, you’d get a cold, cruel sociopath with a knack for reading people and a jarring belief in fair play.
And that was how my Dark Hufflepuff theory was born. Because I looked Dark Hook and compared him to S2 Killian and both times I saw exactly what I would expect from a Hufflepuff that had been pushed past the breaking point. I saw someone with a knack for connecting with others and a penchant for kindness–even before Emma turned everything upside down, we saw glimpses of his kindness through Bae and Ursula and his initial response to Emma and we’re seeing it again with Emma and Henry and Belle–but who had learned to distance himself out of necessity. I saw someone who had once been loyal to others, but who had learned that loyalty to anyone but himself would only end in ruin. His most dramatic shifts in character can be linked to his loyalty to someone. He became a pirate because of Liam. He became a villain because of Milah. And he became a hero because of Emma.
So basically, I think when we met “Hook” he was a Dark Hufflepuff and he’s been slowly making his way back to being a “True” Hufflepuff. And in my opinion, Killian’s reaction to Emma’s lie and what happened with the shears further confirms this in my mind. Because True Hufflepuff Killian would have done exactly as Emma asked, but in keeping the shears, Killian is veering back into Dark Hufflepuff territory. The major difference between this season and last is that now he’s doing so to protect her (and that’s fascinating because Emma has twice simultaneously played both betrayer and motivator) instead of to make her pay.