Last night, I went to see Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them. It was even magical in 2D, though I’m excited to take my parents to see it in full 3D glory! I could write the same review everyone on the Internet could write you a thousand times over, but I’d rather tell you a bit more about me. That’s what the Internet’s for, isn’t it? #millennial #egotismonfleek
So hi. My name is Rosalind, and I am a Hufflepuff.
You may belong in Hufflepuff, where they are just and loyal/ Those patient Hufflepuffs are true and unafraid of toil.
This was not an easy thing to come to terms with. As a self-identifying Ravenclaw, when my colleagues first drew attention to my Hufflepuffly qualities, I was a little – well, deflated. Like I’d had the Hufflepuff knocked out of me. (Terrible pun? No? Okay then.) Then I took the Pottermore test (which everyone knows is LAW), and by Merlin’s Beard, it came up with the same results. Hufflepuff. The blooming badger, for crying out loud.
It seems I am not alone in feeling that Hufflepuffs aren’t the sharpest quills in Flourish & Blotts. Indeed, even some people who I highly respect are defecting. But others are taking a stand. And sure enough, I’ve slowly come to appreciate Hufflepuff as a conglomerate of highly undervalued individuals, who deserve to be celebrated just as much as the others.
Consequently, after watching Fantastic Beasts, I was immeasurably heartened to see a Hufflepuff protagonist in the spotlight. Newt Scamander is basically the David Attenborough of the wizarding realm. He’s a bit shy, and more than a little awkward. Like a lot of geniuses, he’s misunderstood and ahead of his time. Scamander’s deep empathy and understanding for magical creatures makes him difficult for others, especially those not likewise-gifted, to relate to and understand. They consider him a nuisance; a bleeding-heart liberal who needs to be eliminated. Clearly, he feels things intensely. If his creatures are threatened, you can see his hurt goes far beyond personal disappointment or a sense of failure: he feels their pain. He cannot bear the thought of having betrayed them. And THAT is what being a Hufflepuff is all about.
Also, it needs to noted: Newt Scamander is not lacking in badassery. This is one brave and ingenious wizard. Yes, he may find himself in situations which require bravery by a slightly different route (he doesn’t seem to thirst after it like a Gryffindor, or see it as a means to power like a Slytherin), but when it comes to doing what needs to be done, Scamander the Hufflepuff proves that ‘nice’ doesn’t necessarily = ‘weak.’
Speaking of badasses – to revert to canon, may I call to your attention NYMPHADORA TONKS?! Another Hufflepuff, with bright hair and a wicked sense of humour. As if she wasn’t THE SHIZ on her own, she then marries Remus Lupin, by far one of the sexiest teachers at Hogwarts (excluding Snape, who loses hotness points for all that Dark Mark stuff. Spies are cool, but anarchic werewolf rebels are cooler).*
However, to my mind, the best thing about Newt Scamander, and Hufflepuffs in general, is the way he isn’t afraid to change and improve. He won’t adapt to fit in, or sacrifice his values (as evidenced by his romantic history… can’t say any more cos spoilers). He fights for the things he believes in, but he’s not too proud to learn things about himself, and others, along the way. Quite simply, he is constantly working out how he can love better. Non-Hufflepuff singletons, form an orderly queue.
To top it all off, J.K. Rowling, Mother of Magic herself, has even intimated that Hufflepuff is her fave house. She explains this is a lot to do with the way Hufflepuffs show their true worth, in times of crisis, such as the Battle of Hogwarts:
The Hufflepuffs, virtually to a person, stay – as do the Gryffindors. Now, the Gryffindors comprise a lot of foolhardy and show-offy people… You know, there’s bravery and there’s also showboating, and sometimes the two go together. The Hufflepuffs stayed for a different reason. They weren’t trying to show off, they weren’t being reckless. That’s the essence of Hufflepuff House.
The loyalty of the Hufflepuffs doesn’t make them saps, easily manipulated and hopelessly dependable, because it is accompanied by a profound sense of justice and home. Scamander, as a true Hufflepuff, perceives that he is not alone in the world, and that his actions have consequences. Hufflepuffs seek to be positive forces of love, kindness and loyalty. Quite frankly, it’s time the world woke up and saw how important we really are. Hufflepuff out.