You make me do this.
They’re good finders?
There’s nothing more or less great about Hufflepuff than any other house, but to me, what I love most about the house is our steadfast and strong support of one another and those who earn our friendship. We can perhaps seem a little inclusive sometimes, but really we’re just a little wary and once we get to know you and come to trust you we’ll give you our whole selves. If you get in good with a Hufflepuff, we’ll have your back come what may, because we value friendship and loyalty above everything. However if you turn on us, or attack us, or one of our own, you can bet we’ll band together to take you down. We also have a very strong sense of right and wrong, what is just and fair, and we will stick to our beliefs and fight hard for what is right.
One of the best things is that nobody gets left behind in Hufflepuff, we help each other out and encourage each other. We don’t need to step on anyone on our way to the top, because we know that hard-work and dedication will get us to where we want to be. If you are willing to give that hard-work, then we don’t care who you are, what your background is, your race, gender, sexuality, ‘blood status’, we’ll take you into our house. We’re incredibly accepting, and our house founder was a thousand years ahead of her time in determining that where you come from and who you are doesn’t matter, so long as you’re willing to be the best you can be.
There is this attitude that we are somehow the rejects because we don’t have the qualities required for the other houses, but I don’t think that is true at all.
“You might belong in Hufflepuff, where they are just and loyal, thosepatient Hufflepuff’s are true, and unafraid of toil”
give us the potential to have one or all of the other house traits, and in no small amount. Our sense of justice and our loyalty can make us braveand chivalrous. Our patience and willingness to work hard can be just another way to reach our ambitions. Then finally, our passion for truth, and again, our hard working attitude, can mean we get to the top of our class and be very intelligent.
I mean, look at Ernie Macmillan for example. He clearly was incredibly studious - at the very least we know he must have received an O in his Potions OWL because he took the class in HBP and the belief was you needed an O and nothing less to take it. He worked 9 hour schedules a day for revision, he was dedicated to learning and being the best (very Ravenclaw/Slytherin qualities stereotypically) and he always stood up for his fellows, he joined the DA and he was the one who stood up and said that seventh years - those of age - should be allowed to stand and fight in the Battle of Hogwarts. A lot of Hufflepuff’s stayed that day, they gave their lives to protect their school and the ideals they believed in.
Look at Cedric Diggory. From the ‘unremarkable’ house, the true Hogwarts Champion was chosen, and you know what, sans Dark Wizards, he could easily have won. He was tied for first with Harry going into the final task - and Harry was there more on merit than skill/ability. He was always fairminded - asking for a rematch when the Dementors screwed up the Quidditch game in Y3, and telling Harry to take the cup - and he didn’t tremble in the face of danger, he stood firm even if he died, he died bravely. Look at Nymphadora Tonks, she was one of the youngest people ever to complete Auror training, and the favourite of Alastor Moody. She was badass, loyal, strong, intelligent and incredibly brave - refusing to sit back while the man she loved fought, she had to find him, had to fight too. A more obscure example, is Amelia Bones, she was Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement - the highest office you could hold in the Ministry aside from Minister - she was a fair judge (at Harry’s trial) and a highly gifted witch, she was a skilled duelist and was considered one of the great witches of her time, she died fighting (and fighting well) against Voldemort, who clearly deemed her a big enough threat and worthy opponent.
So no, Hufflepuff is not unremarkable in the slightest. There are those who don’t do as well, and there are those that don’t reflect the house in the best light, but that happens for all houses. Still, we have the potential to turn out truly incredible and gifted individuals, strong in heart and mind, steadfast in their beliefs and with the willpower to work hard for what they want.
So yeah. That’s what’s great about Hufflepuff. The other houses have equally important and special qualities, but really I don’t see why people are so misinformed or uninformed about Hufflepuff. JK gave us all plenty to work with. In my opinion she is far more clear about what it is to be a true Hufflepuff than a true Ravenclaw.
Hufflepuff and proud!
Very well written. And very true.
And what wasn’t touched on was my personal favourite about the House.. In one of the books, the Sorting Hat said, “Dear Hufflepuff, she took the rest and taught them all she knew.”
People think this just means she’d take in all the other House rejects. But no. This means taking in everyone for THEIR OWN STRENGTHS, and celebrating people for who they are. There is a light in everyone, something each individual person shines at, and Helga Hufflepuff knew that. She wanted to build up each student in her House, instead of saying, “This is my House and this is what I value, so stick to it.”
Whenever a friend of mine asks me which House they should be Sorted into, I almost ALWAYS say Hufflepuff. They usually wrinkle their noses, but really? I know my friends are all what “normal” people.. wouldn’t consider one of them. My group of friends is full of highly unique people, who each have something special to them. Hufflepuff would take them in, love them all, guide them in what would bring out them best in them.
Of course, Hufflepuff is the best House, anyway. That’s just my loyalty coming out. ;D
finally mine’s here.
I’ve been waiting for almost seven years. I would have graduated Hogwarts this year. BUT, it’s better late than never.
you’re the one that i want to keep, forever and a day. you know who you are, and you know the way you make me feel, and i wouldn’t have it any other way. so stay with me until the early hours, and never leave my side, because i would be so lost without you.
Well, you’re my future too.
How could I hate anything in lolita? That would be sad..
So, instead, dislikes?
1. The prices. I understand the cost of all the fabric and trimmings, and that someone has to make it perfect and not everyone can do that, but.. on the cheap side, 60$ or 70$ for a JSK? It sucks. Not going to lie.
2. Inaccessibility. Especially not being in Japan, a person can’t just go downtown to the shops and pick up a nice lolita dress. I live in the Bay Area, and BTSSB is in San Francisco now, but it’s still very expensive to even GET there. And I certainly can’t get a lolita dress at the mall. AND there aren’t really any patterns in English to go off of, for those who sew.
3. The creepers. A lot of guys I pass on the street while walking give me these looks.. Looks that just say that they want me, someone looking very child-like and cutesy. It’s just gross. Especially when a lot of them are a lot older, like in their 50s or 60s.
4. The colour coordinations. It looks brilliant when everything in an outfit matches, with maybe a few deviations. But I’m a poor girl! I can’t afford to get every piece and accessory of an outfit with new colours! So I have to either go accessory-less or wait forever until I can manage to scrape together enough money for a decent hairbow or seven. Because I want to be an OTT lolita. And that doesn’t happen when you’re forced to be a plain Jane.
5. The isolation. There are a lot of lolitas, sure. But in person? You rarely ever see a lolita walking around town. It’s sad. I know I’ve only ever seen one—my beautiful friend, Glenni.
6. Style rivalry. Lolitas are separated from “normal” culture already, so why separate ourselves further and even fight over which style is best?
7. Layers. I love the layers, don’t get me wrong. But here in the Bay Area? It’s really hot. And I’m pale, so I appreciate a bit of protection from the sun, but it gets sooo hot and stuffy wearing the many layers of a lolita outfit.
8. Brands. I hate that some people look down on others just because they wear Bodyline instead of Angelic Pretty, or whatever other super expensive brand. Why should it matter?
9. Loose straps on rocking horse shoes. My rocking horse shoes had straps that were to be wrapped up to the knee, but I’d take about three steps before they would fall down again. It sucks. So I took my seam ripped and took the straps off! It’s much easier to walk now knowing I won’t have a slight wardrobe malfunction all the time.
10. People accusing me of being a cosplay lolita. This bothers me. A lot. Do you see me wearing the exact outfit of a character? Or cat ears and tail? Really dorky, costume-y accessories? No. I don’t skip about going, “Lalala I’m a lolita, look, look! I look just like ___!” NO. I’m a lady. Wearing lady clothing. ..I just failed explaining this. But I’m tired. So rawr.
I’m into Lolita fashion. It would make me so happy if one day you were to dress up with me and be my Kodona Prince. What do you say? (I swear we’d make one damn cute couple.)