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{{Quote|I'll teach the lot and treat them just the same.|Professor Hufflepuff's view, unlike that of the other founders.|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
 
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'''Professor Helga Hufflepuff''' was a [[Wizardkind|witch]] of medieval times and was one of the four founders of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]]. While the other founders chose to have special students, Hufflepuff accepted them all, but the students of her house are described as loyal and hard-working. It is unknown when she died. Helga's portrait remains at Hogwarts.
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'''Professor Helga Hufflepuff''' was a [[Wizardkind|witch]] of medieval times and was one of the [[Hogwarts founders|four founders]] of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]]. While the other founders chose to have special students, Hufflepuff accepted them all, but the students of her house are described as loyal and hard-working. It is unknown when she died. Helga's portrait remains at Hogwarts.
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
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===Founder of Hogwarts===
 
===Founder of Hogwarts===
Helga Hufflepuff was one of the four founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.<ref name=CS>''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]''</ref> She was a friend of [[Rowena Ravenclaw]]. Hufflepuff helped to build the school, and admitted students into her House that were loyal, fair and unafraid of hard work. While the other founders took students based on either ambition, bravery, or intelligence, Helga Hufflepuff took the rest, treating them all equally and teaching them all she knew.<ref name=OP>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref> She brought people from different backgrounds together to help in the building of the school, and was known for her charming ways.<ref name=FWC>[[Famous Wizard Card]]</ref>
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Helga Hufflepuff was one of the four founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.<ref name=CS>''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]''</ref> She was a friend of [[Rowena Ravenclaw]]. Hufflepuff helped to build the school and admitted students into her House that were loyal, fair, and unafraid of hard work. While the other founders took students based on either ambition, bravery, or intelligence, Helga Hufflepuff took the rest, treating them all equally and teaching them all she knew.<ref name=OP>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref> She brought people from different backgrounds together to help in the building of the school and was known for her charming ways.<ref name=FWC>[[Famous Wizard Card]]</ref>
   
Helga Hufflepuff has a gift for food-related [[Charms]], and her recipes are still used as the basis for many Hogwarts feasts.<ref name=JKW>[[Wizard of the Month]], [http://www.jkrowling.com J.K. Rowling's official website]</ref> Helga Hufflepuff also arranged for the [[House-elf|house-elf]] contingent to work in the kitchens, giving them somewhere safe to work where they would not be mistreated or abused.<ref name=PC>[[J.K. Rowling PotterCast Interview]]</ref>
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Helga Hufflepuff had a gift for food-related [[Charms]], and her recipes are still used as the basis for many Hogwarts feasts.<ref name=JKW>[[Wizard of the Month]], [http://www.jkrowling.com J.K. Rowling's official website]</ref> Helga Hufflepuff also arranged for the [[House-elf|house-elf]] contingent to work in the kitchens, giving them somewhere safe to work, where they would not be mistreated or abused.<ref name=PC>[[J.K. Rowling PotterCast Interview]]</ref>
   
 
===Post-mortem===
 
===Post-mortem===
 
Helga Hufflepuff lent her name to one of the four Houses of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, [[Hufflepuff]]. She does not appear to have applied particularly strict standards of selection to her house, which sets her apart from the other founders by making her an egalitarian.
 
Helga Hufflepuff lent her name to one of the four Houses of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, [[Hufflepuff]]. She does not appear to have applied particularly strict standards of selection to her house, which sets her apart from the other founders by making her an egalitarian.
   
[[File:Helgaaa.gif|thumb|Helga Hufflepuff's Famous Witch card.]]One relic of Hufflepuff's, a [[Helga Hufflepuff's Cup|small golden cup]], had been passed down to her distant descendant [[Hepzibah Smith]]. Smith said the cup was supposed to have some magical powers, many of which she had not tested. The Cup was stolen from Smith by [[Tom Riddle]], who changed it into a [[Horcrux]] but the Cup was destroyed by [[Hermione Granger]] with a [[Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk|basilisk]] fang during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] in [[1998]].<ref name=DH>''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''</ref>
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[[File:Helgaaa.gif|thumb|Helga Hufflepuff's Famous Witch card]]
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One relic of Hufflepuff's, a [[Helga Hufflepuff's Cup|small golden cup]], had been passed down to her distant descendant [[Hepzibah Smith]]. Smith said the cup was supposed to have some magical powers, many of which she had not tested. The Cup was stolen from Smith by [[Tom Riddle]], who changed it into a [[Horcrux]]. However, the Cup was destroyed by [[Hermione Granger]] with a [[Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk|basilisk]] fang during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] in [[1998]].<ref name=DH>''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''</ref>
   
The symbol of Hufflepuff house is the badger, and the colours are yellow and black.
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The symbol of Hufflepuff house is the [[badger]], and the colours are yellow and black.
   
 
==Appearance==
 
==Appearance==
Hufflepuff is a round and plump woman. She usually wears a dress. She had red hair and shining blue eyes.
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Hufflepuff was a round and plump woman. She usually wears a dress. She had red hair and shining blue eyes.
   
 
==Personality and traits==
 
==Personality and traits==
Hufflepuff favoured loyalty, honesty, fair play, and hard work. Members of her [[Hogwarts Houses|Hogwarts House]] usually display at least one of these traits in varying degrees. [[Cedric Diggory]], the deceased [[Triwizard Tournament]] Champion, was one of the students who appeared to embody all four. Additionally, Hufflepuff was renowned for her compassionate nature; she took in the house-elves to work in Hogwarts Kitchen where they could work in peace and safety, and while the other founders were careful in selection of students, Hufflepuff took in the rest.<ref name=GF>''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''</ref>
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Hufflepuff favoured loyalty, honesty, fair play, and hard work. Members of her [[Hogwarts Houses|Hogwarts House]] usually display at least one of these traits in varying degrees. [[Cedric Diggory]], the deceased [[Triwizard Tournament]] Champion, was one of the students who appeared to embody all four. Additionally, Hufflepuff was renowned for her compassionate nature; she took in the house-elves to work in Hogwarts Kitchen where they could work in peace and safety, and while the other founders were careful in selection of students, Hufflepuff took in the rest.<ref name=GF>''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''</ref> She was said to be kind and caring, and particularly famous for her dexterity at food-related charms.
   
 
==Magical abilities and skills==
 
==Magical abilities and skills==
 
 
*'''Magical device inventor:''' Hufflepuff created a cup which, according to descendant Hepzibah Smith, had magical powers.
 
*'''Magical device inventor:''' Hufflepuff created a cup which, according to descendant Hepzibah Smith, had magical powers.
*'''Charms:''' Hufflepuff was skilled with [[food-related charms]], as many of her recipes are still used in Hogwarts.
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*'''Charms:''' Hufflepuff was skilled with [[food-related charms]], and many of her recipes are still used in Hogwarts.
   
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
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===Helga===
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The name '''Helga''' is from Helge, from Old Norse ''heilagr'', meaning "prosperous" or "brave." Their symbol is the badger, a large mammal related to the weasels with distinctive white stripes on its head. In Celtic mythology, a badger was a guide. The badger also can symbolize a tendency to be hard-working, strong, and tenacious. Hufflepuffs are known for loyalty and hard work.
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====Behind the scenes; origin and development of Helga====
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Helga was a name which was common in northern Europe; in countries such as Norway. It was soon adopted by many soviet coutries and others which borderd with the north, including; Russia, Latvia, Denmark and Belgium. As those in northern Europe pronounced the 'e' in Helga as more of a cross between 'e' and 'o', and, like the french, didn't pronounce the 'h', the soviet countries adopted the name as 'Olga'. Some countires, including Germany, kept the name as 'Helga'.
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===Hufflepuff===
   
*The name '''Helga''' is from Helge, from Old Norse heilagr, meaning "prosperous" or "brave." Their symbol is the badger, a large mammal related to the weasels with distinctive white stripes on its head. In Celtic mythology, a badger was a guide. The badger also can symbolize a tendency to be hard-working, strong and tenacious (sticking to something and not giving up). Hufflepuffs are known for loyalty and hard work.
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'''Hufflepuff''' could mean "huff and puff" or blustery. "Huff" also means to breathe; "puff" is a medieval term for pastry.
*'''Hufflepuff''' could mean "huff and puff", or blustery. "Huff" also means to breathe; "Puff" is a medieval term for pastry.
 
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
[[File:Helga_Hufflepuff.gif|thumb|115px|Helga Hufflepuff]]
 
[[File:Helga_Hufflepuff.gif|thumb|115px|Helga Hufflepuff]]
 
*Helga Hufflepuff was the May 2007 "[[Wizard of the Month]]" on [[J. K. Rowling]]'s website. Both the famous wizard card and the illustration on Rowling's website depict her as a plump woman with red hair.
 
*Helga Hufflepuff was the May 2007 "[[Wizard of the Month]]" on [[J. K. Rowling]]'s website. Both the famous wizard card and the illustration on Rowling's website depict her as a plump woman with red hair.
*While the other founders took students based on either ambition, bravery, or intelligence, the "Good Hufflepuff" took the rest and taught them all she knew, which make a further prove of Hufflepuff's kindness.
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*While the other founders took students based on either ambition, bravery, or intelligence, the "Good Hufflepuff" took the rest and taught them all she knew, which is further proof of Hufflepuff's kindness.
*It is theorized that [[Zacharias Smith]] is related to [[Hepzibah Smith]] and thus is a descendant of Helga Hufflepuff. Although Smith is obviously a very common last name, both Zacharias and Hepzibah are uncommon names of Hebrew origin. It seems unlikely that the two first names are a coincidence. Should Zacharias be truly a descendant of Hufflepuff, this would be an odd irony, as he lacks the loyalty and fair play that Hufflepuff's house commands, despite being in her house. It's possible that Zacharias was only put in Hufflepuff because he lacked the qualities needed for the other houses and going by one of the [[Sorting Hat]]'s songs, Hufflepuff did take those at Hogwarts who did not meet the needs of the other houses.
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*It is theorized that [[Zacharias Smith]] is related to [[Hepzibah Smith]] and thus is a descendant of Helga Hufflepuff. Although Smith is obviously a very common last name, both Zacharias and Hepzibah are uncommon names of Hebrew origin. It seems unlikely that the two first names are a coincidence. Should Zacharias be truly a descendant of Hufflepuff, this would be an odd irony because he lacks the loyalty and fair play that Hufflepuff's house commands, despite being in her house. It's possible that Zacharias was only put in Hufflepuff because he lacked the qualities needed for the other houses and going by one of the [[Sorting Hat]]'s songs, Hufflepuff did take those at Hogwarts who did not meet the needs of the other houses.
*In [[The Wizarding World of Harry Potter]], Helga Hufflepuff speaks in a Welsh accent in her portrait on the Forbidden Journey Ride.
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*At [[The Wizarding World of Harry Potter]], Helga Hufflepuff speaks in a Welsh accent in her portrait on the Forbidden Journey Ride.
   
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
 
 
*[[Godric Gryffindor]]
 
*[[Godric Gryffindor]]
 
*[[Rowena Ravenclaw]]
 
*[[Rowena Ravenclaw]]
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)]]'' {{Mention}} {{FWC}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)]]'' {{Mention}} {{FWC}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'' {{Mention}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'' {{Mention}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)]]'' {{FWC}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' {{Mention}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' {{Mention}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' {{Mention}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' {{Mention}}
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Helga Hufflepuff
Biographical information
Born

10th century, Wales[1]

Title(s)
Physical information
Species

Human

Gender

Female

Hair colour

Red

Eye colour

Blue

Skin colour

White

Family information
Family members
Affiliation
Occupation

Teacher

House

Hufflepuff

Loyalty
"I'll teach the lot and treat them just the same."
—Professor Hufflepuff's view, unlike that of the other founders.[src]

Professor Helga Hufflepuff was a witch of medieval times and was one of the four founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. While the other founders chose to have special students, Hufflepuff accepted them all, but the students of her house are described as loyal and hard-working. It is unknown when she died. Helga's portrait remains at Hogwarts.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

"... from valley broad..."
—The Sorting Hat on Hufflepuff's birthplace.[src]

Helga Hufflepuff was born in the 10th Century and came from the broad valleys of Wales.

Founder of HogwartsEdit

Helga Hufflepuff was one of the four founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[2] She was a friend of Rowena Ravenclaw. Hufflepuff helped to build the school and admitted students into her House that were loyal, fair, and unafraid of hard work. While the other founders took students based on either ambition, bravery, or intelligence, Helga Hufflepuff took the rest, treating them all equally and teaching them all she knew.[3] She brought people from different backgrounds together to help in the building of the school and was known for her charming ways.[4]

Helga Hufflepuff had a gift for food-related Charms, and her recipes are still used as the basis for many Hogwarts feasts.[5] Helga Hufflepuff also arranged for the house-elf contingent to work in the kitchens, giving them somewhere safe to work, where they would not be mistreated or abused.[6]

Post-mortemEdit

Helga Hufflepuff lent her name to one of the four Houses of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Hufflepuff. She does not appear to have applied particularly strict standards of selection to her house, which sets her apart from the other founders by making her an egalitarian.

Helgaaa

Helga Hufflepuff's Famous Witch card

One relic of Hufflepuff's, a small golden cup, had been passed down to her distant descendant Hepzibah Smith. Smith said the cup was supposed to have some magical powers, many of which she had not tested. The Cup was stolen from Smith by Tom Riddle, who changed it into a Horcrux. However, the Cup was destroyed by Hermione Granger with a basilisk fang during the Battle of Hogwarts in 1998.[7]

The symbol of Hufflepuff house is the badger, and the colours are yellow and black.

AppearanceEdit

Hufflepuff was a round and plump woman. She usually wears a dress. She had red hair and shining blue eyes.

Personality and traitsEdit

Hufflepuff favoured loyalty, honesty, fair play, and hard work. Members of her Hogwarts House usually display at least one of these traits in varying degrees. Cedric Diggory, the deceased Triwizard Tournament Champion, was one of the students who appeared to embody all four. Additionally, Hufflepuff was renowned for her compassionate nature; she took in the house-elves to work in Hogwarts Kitchen where they could work in peace and safety, and while the other founders were careful in selection of students, Hufflepuff took in the rest.[8] She was said to be kind and caring, and particularly famous for her dexterity at food-related charms.

Magical abilities and skillsEdit

  • Magical device inventor: Hufflepuff created a cup which, according to descendant Hepzibah Smith, had magical powers.
  • Charms: Hufflepuff was skilled with food-related charms, and many of her recipes are still used in Hogwarts.

EtymologyEdit

HelgaEdit

The name Helga is from Helge, from Old Norse heilagr, meaning "prosperous" or "brave." Their symbol is the badger, a large mammal related to the weasels with distinctive white stripes on its head. In Celtic mythology, a badger was a guide. The badger also can symbolize a tendency to be hard-working, strong, and tenacious. Hufflepuffs are known for loyalty and hard work.

Behind the scenes; origin and development of HelgaEdit

Helga was a name which was common in northern Europe; in countries such as Norway. It was soon adopted by many soviet coutries and others which borderd with the north, including; Russia, Latvia, Denmark and Belgium. As those in northern Europe pronounced the 'e' in Helga as more of a cross between 'e' and 'o', and, like the french, didn't pronounce the 'h', the soviet countries adopted the name as 'Olga'. Some countires, including Germany, kept the name as 'Helga'.

HufflepuffEdit

Hufflepuff could mean "huff and puff" or blustery. "Huff" also means to breathe; "puff" is a medieval term for pastry.

Behind the scenesEdit

Helga Hufflepuff

Helga Hufflepuff

  • Helga Hufflepuff was the May 2007 "Wizard of the Month" on J. K. Rowling's website. Both the famous wizard card and the illustration on Rowling's website depict her as a plump woman with red hair.
  • While the other founders took students based on either ambition, bravery, or intelligence, the "Good Hufflepuff" took the rest and taught them all she knew, which is further proof of Hufflepuff's kindness.
  • It is theorized that Zacharias Smith is related to Hepzibah Smith and thus is a descendant of Helga Hufflepuff. Although Smith is obviously a very common last name, both Zacharias and Hepzibah are uncommon names of Hebrew origin. It seems unlikely that the two first names are a coincidence. Should Zacharias be truly a descendant of Hufflepuff, this would be an odd irony because he lacks the loyalty and fair play that Hufflepuff's house commands, despite being in her house. It's possible that Zacharias was only put in Hufflepuff because he lacked the qualities needed for the other houses and going by one of the Sorting Hat's songs, Hufflepuff did take those at Hogwarts who did not meet the needs of the other houses.
  • At The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Helga Hufflepuff speaks in a Welsh accent in her portrait on the Forbidden Journey Ride.

See alsoEdit

AppearancesEdit

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. The Sorting Hat refers to Helga as "sweet Hufflepuff, from valley broad", which is likely a reference to the Welsh valleys. Furthermore, in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Helga's portrait speaks with a Welsh accent.
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  4. Famous Wizard Card
  5. Wizard of the Month, J.K. Rowling's official website
  6. J.K. Rowling PotterCast Interview
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  8. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  9. Hufflepuff is available in the Nintendo DS version of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7. For other devices, she is available in the "Downloadable Character Pack" DLC for the game.


Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Hogwarts Houses:
G final H final R final S final
Namesake Founders:
Godric Gryffindor · Helga Hufflepuff · Rowena Ravenclaw · Salazar Slytherin
Heads of House:
Minerva McGonagall · Pomona Sprout · Filius Flitwick · Horace Slughorn
House Ghosts:
Nearly Headless Nick · Fat Friar · Grey Lady · Bloody Baron


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