Out of the four Hogwarts houses, Hufflepuff has the worst reputation – as the most boring and least memorable House. They hardly factor in the story, and whenever one of their students plays a prominent role, they’re painted in quite the unflattering light, like Zacharias Smith, Justin Flinch-Fletchley, and Ernie Macmillan.
Hufflepuffs are known to be trustworthy, hard-working, humble people who are dependable and loyal. In short, they seem to be the House with the overall best people. They’re not conceited like Ravenclaws, hot-headed like Gryffindors, or power-hungry like Slytherins. So if they’re so nice, why aren’t they more respected? Why does Hufflepuff always get the short end of the stick? And why does the House seem to often go against its own principles?
Hufflepuff is the House with the least involvement in the main Harry Potter story. It’s also the only House that has no major supporting character to aid Harry during his journey. Slytherin has Draco and Ravenclaw has several, like Luna and even Cho. Except for Cedric, who is there only to die at the end, Hufflepuff is nearly irrelevant. Despite being incredibly loyal and plucky, no Hufflepuffs are deemed worthy enough to help Harry in his mission.
This is perhaps the reason why Newt Scamander, the protagonist of the Fantastic Beasts saga, is a Hufflepuff. However, considering how divisive those films were, it’s unlikely the House’s reputation will improve any time soon.
If Hufflepuffs are so persistent, why are they so bad at Quidditch? During the early books of the series, the Hufflepuff team never wins the Quidditch Cup. It’s often implied that they’re actually good players, they just perhaps lack some of the most savage instincts required for the violent sport.
In later books, Hufflepuff becomes more of a threat. However, this coincides with Quidditch becoming less of a focal point in the series. Indeed, as Harry turns his attention to the fight against Voldemort, Quidditch seems to be less of a concern both for him and for the story.
Hogsmeade, the all-wizard village nearby Hogwarts, is a major location in the books and movies. Third-year students and above take weekend trips to the village, which houses popular shops like Zonko’s and Honeydukes, as well as the supposedly haunted Shrieking Shack.
The village was founded by Hengist of Woodcroft, a medieval wizard who was also a Hufflepuff. Considering the House regularly gets ignored and overlooked, one might think that they would take advantage of every bright spot they got. Why doesn’t the village have a statue of Woodcroft or even one of a badger? The House’s colors could also be employed, yet Hufflepuffs, ever humble, seem to not be interested in such self-congratulatory displays.