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"You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true,
And unafraid of toil
The Sorting Hat[src]

Hufflepuff is one of the four Houses of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Its founder was the medieval witch Helga Hufflepuff. The Head of Hufflepuff is Pomona Sprout. The Fat Friar is the House's patron ghost. Hufflepuff is the most inclusive among the four houses; valuing hard work, patience, loyalty, and fair play rather than a particular aptitude in its members. Its emblematic animal is the badger, and yellow and black are its colours.

Hufflepuff corresponds roughly to the element of earth.[1]



Hufflepuff's founder, Helga Hufflepuff.

Students belonging to this house are known to be hard-working, friendly, loyal, honest and rather impartial. It may be that due to their values, Hufflepuffs are not as competitive as the other houses, or are more modest about their accomplishments.

Hufflepuff appears to have the least rivalry with the other houses, except in Quidditch, although the Triwizard Tournament did temporarily put a great deal of strain on the relationship between Gryffindor and Hufflepuff, due to unusual circumstances of the selection of both Gryffindor student Harry Potter and Hufflepuff student Cedric Diggory as Champions.

According to Minerva McGonagall, all four of the houses have produced exceptional witches and wizards in their time, but due to Helga Hufflepuff's policy of accepting any student and its usually poor performance in the House Cup, Hufflepuff is often thought to be the house of less talented wizards. However, this is merely a misunderstanding of the Sorting Hat's poem. The Hufflepuff house has produced a great many of successful and influential members of the wizarding world.


The badger, Hufflepuff's symbol.

Hufflepuff has produced the fewest number of dark wizards than any other house at Hogwarts. Their cheerful and friendly demenor can probably account for this property of the House. Hufflepuff firmly demonstrated its loyalty during the Battle of Hogwarts in 1998, when they were second only to Harry Potter's own house of Gryffindor in the number of students willing to stay and fight against Voldemort and his forces in the defence of their school.

Common Room

The Hufflepuff Dormitories and Common room have never been seen by outsiders and is the only house with repelling devices in case of intruders. They are accessed through a pile of large barrels, found stacked in a shadowy stone recess on a right-hand side corridor near the kitchens. The barrel two from the bottom, middle of the second row, will open if tapped in the rhythm of 'Helga Hufflepuff'.*


Hufflepuff Common room

As a security device to repel non-Hufflepuffs, tapping on the wrong barrel, or tapping the incorrect number of times, results in one of the other lids bursting off and drenching the imposter in vinegar.

However, once you make it through the tunnel entryway, the Hufflepuff dormitory is a quite cosy and welcoming place; it always feels sunny. The common room is a large, earthy, round room with low ceilings. The view from the round windows is of dandelions and rippling grass.

The decor emphasises the earthy-feel of the room with plants hanging and resting all about the room, some that even sing and dance. Burnished copper touchings with plush, cosy yellow and black patterned sofas and chairs welcoming a Hufflepuff student to relax and discuss the interesting specimens brought in by the Head of House, Professor Sprout. A Hufflepuff student retires through big, round doors in the walls of the common room to their dormitory. [2][3].

Known Hufflepuffs

Hufflepuff Period Attending Hogwarts Notes
The Fat Friar[4] unknown Now the house ghost.
Hengist of Woodcroft[5] Medieval era Founded the all-wizard village of Hogsmeade.
Bridget Wenlock[5] c. 1213 to 1220 Famous Arithmancer who discovered the magical properties of seven.
Artemisia Lufkin[5] c. 1765 to 1772 Minister for Magic from from 1798 to 1811
Grogan Stump[5] c. 1781 to 1788 Minister for Magic from from 1811 to 1819.
Newton "Newt" Scamander[5] c. 1908 to 1916 Famous magizoologist and Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Dugald McPhail[5] unknown Minister for Magic in an unknown period.
Eglantine Puffett[2] Inventor of the Self-Soaping Dishcloth.
Hepzibah Smith Descendant of Helga Hufflepuff.
Pomona Sprout[4] 1942 - 1949 or 1952 - 1959[6] Later professor of Herbology and Head of Hufflepuff House.
Nymphadora Tonks[7] 1984 - 1991 Auror and a member of the Order of the Phoenix. Wed to Remus Lupin and mother of Teddy Lupin. She was killed in the Final Battle.
Gabriel Truman[5] 1980s and 1990s Prefect
Cedric Diggory 1989 - 1995 Prefect, Captain and Seeker for the Hufflepuff Quidditch team, Triwizard Champion; killed in his sixth year.
Anthony Rickett 1990s Beater for the Hufflepuff Quidditch team.
Cadwallader Chaser for the Hufflepuff Quidditch team.
Gregory Munslow Only seen in the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)
Heidi Macavoy Chaser for the Hufflepuff Quidditch team.
Herbert Fleet Keeper for the Hufflepuff Quidditch team.
Malcolm Preece Chaser for the Hufflepuff Quidditch team.
Maxine O'Flaherty Beater for the Hufflepuff Quidditch team.
Summerby Seeker for the Hufflepuff Quidditch team.
Tamsin Applebee Chaser for the Hufflepuff Quidditch team.
Zacharias Smith Chaser and Captain of the Hufflepuff Quidditch team; member of Dumbledore's Army (abandoned).
Justin Finch-Fletchley 1991 - 1997 (?) Member of Dumbledore's Army. Due to Muggle-born status, most likely did not attend his final year, during which Lord Voldemort controlled Hogwarts and the Ministry of Magic.
Ernie Macmillan 1991 - 1998 Prefect and member of Dumbledore's Army.
Hannah Abbott Prefect and member of Dumbledore's Army. Married to Neville Longbottom.
Leanne Friend of Katie Bell and witnessed her being cursed. Fought in the Battle of Hogwarts. Survived the war.
Megan Jones
Susan Bones Member of Dumbledore's Army. Was the first to Splinch herself in Apparition lessons.
Wayne Hopkins
Oliver Rivers
Heather 1992 - 1999 Duelling Club member.
Eleanor Branstone 1994 - 2001
Kevin Whitby
Laura Madley
Owen Cauldwell
Rose Zeller 1995 - 2002
Rohit Das Observed during 1993–1994 school year

Behind the scenes

  • Hufflepuff has produced the fewest Dark wizards of all the four Houses, if any.[2]
  • Giffard Abbott was most likely a Hufflepuff, given his attitude towards this House and sharing a surname with known Hufflepuff Hannah Abbott .
  • Amos Diggory may have been a Hufflepuff if he attended Hogwarts, as his son, Cedric was.[8]
  • The most members of Hufflepuff house appear to have either blonde or brown hair, while Susan Bones and Helga Hufflepuff had brownish-red hair. Furthermore, Professor Pomona Sprout often wore brown clothes. Interestingly, this is reminiscent of the house attributions; brown is associated with the element of earth and is similar to black (one of the Hufflepuff colours). Likewise, blonde hair could represent yellow — another house colour.
  • The Hufflepuff Basement was the only common room that Harry Potter didn't enter during his years at Hogwarts.

See also

Notes and references

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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