My Hogwarts House Identity Crisis and Embracing Hufflepuff House

Do you remember the early days of fanmade Harry Potter quizzes and the sorting games on the old promo websites for the movies? As a tween and teen I frequented sites like these and I always seemed to be sorted into the same house- Gryffindor. Yet, it never felt like a correct fit for me to be in the noble house of the lion.

I often wondered if, because the main trio from the books and movies were brave Gryffindor students, those early quizzes and/or my own personal bias towards Gryffindor would skew the results towards that house.

I never did accept being a Gryffindor, as it just felt off for me. Sorting is a complex business after all- Hermione would seem a clear fit for Ravenclaw, and yet she’s a Gryffindor. Was it at her own insistence that the sorting hat made its decision? Neville has certainly proved himself to be courageous by the end of the series, but wouldn’t most of his core traits be more in line with Hufflepuff? Fans have pondered these sorts of questions for years, and the only consensus might be that sorting is more of an art than a science. Add that to the multifaceted personalities and traits of witches and wizards, and the sorting hat has a difficult job indeed.

Some people will surely scoff at the seriousness we Potterheads have with regards to Hogwarts houses, but let me tell you it’s SIRIUS BUSINESS!

Anyway, when the first rendition of Pottermore was unleashed, I did the sorting quiz and – as usual- was placed in Gryffindor. Yet again, it didn’t feel right to me. Something in the back of my head was saying “you’re a Hufflepuff and YOU KNOW IT.”

When Pottermore was revamped and re-released, I did the new sorting quiz, and the result? Hufflepuff.

I think that most people might have a bit of all the houses in them- I certainly identify with Ravenclaw in a lot of ways, and I feel that Gryffindor does represent a part of me too. Slytherin has always felt the farthest from my personality, but my proclivity to adore the types of characters that Slytherin House attracts might speak to a darker side of my nature.

However, in the end each student is sorted into one house, and Hufflepuff is mine. It feels right.

Even though at first I felt torn (what? I’ve been trying to accept that I’m a Gryffindor all this time, and now here you are confirming my Hufflepuffdom!?) my friends convinced me- one comment: “Dude. You’re so totally a Hufflepuff.” Ok, so she has a point. The Wizardmore Extended Sorting Hat Quiz, which gives you the option of answering every possible quiz question from Pottermore, further confirms my place in Hufflepuff.

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When I look at the main traits of Hufflepuff House, I feel proud to be a part of it. We don’t like personal drama, we work hard, we are inclusive and fair. We are perhaps the least glamorous or remarkable of the houses, but that’s in line with what I want in my life- to simply do good and enjoy a good life with the time i’ve got.

The Hufflepuff common room is the sort of sanctuary that I could imagine myself relaxing in at Hogwarts- it’s closest to the kitchens. It’s a cosy, hobbity sort of dwelling that is warm and full of plants. The trick to entering it involves a bit of a rhythm game, which is totally up my alley.

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I officiated my Hufflepuff identity when I visited the Wizarding World area of Japan’s Universal Studios park in Osaka last year. 

When I picked out my house robes, pet puffskein Pinku, and accompanying willow wand (I always get willow for wand quizzes and such) the young woman who assisted me exclaimed excitedly “You’re Hufflepuff? Me too!”

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Author: HideNGoShauna

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9 thoughts on “My Hogwarts House Identity Crisis and Embracing Hufflepuff House”

  1. I got sorted into Hufflepuff and didn’t know how to feel at first, but after a while, I’ve learned to embrace it. Some people mock that Hufflepuffs don’t have defining characteristics, but I disagree. I think the other three houses are playing king of the hill trying to prove they’re the smartest, the bravest, etc, but Hufflepuffs can be all of those things, too. We just keep our heads down and keep on keeping on instead of trying to prove our awesomeness all the time, right?

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    1. Totally Hannie! I think the inclusive, patient, and fair messages of Hufflepuff are something all the houses can learn from (and have a part in) just as we can learn from and have a part in their characteristics, too ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Puffs are awesome Shauna, we just donโ€™t feel the need to prove it so hard. We will just be there when we are needed and do what we gotta do ๐Ÿ™‚ Our famous Hufflepuff Heroes Newt Scamander, Pomona Sprout, Nymphadora Tonks and Cedric Diggory are proof of that ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. It’s cool that you feel comfy with your house now ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m a Slytherin, but I also share many qualities with Ravenclaw. But I’m in Slytherin :p Despite it I have Newt’s scarf, just because I love it and I planned to cosplay him. Also: super cute pics ๐Ÿ™‚

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