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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. Hufflepuff is the most inclusive among the four houses; valuing hard work, dedication, patience, loyalty, and fair play rather than a particular aptitude in its members. The emblematic animal is a badger, and yellow and black are its colours. The Head of Hufflepuff is Pomona Sprout and the Fat Friar is the House's patron ghost.

Hufflepuff corresponds roughly to the element of earth,[5] and it is for that reason that the House colours were chosen: yellow represented wheat, while black was emblematic of soil.[6] The Hufflepuff points hourglass contains yellow diamonds.[7] Students sorted into Hufflepuff often demonstrate exceptional abilities in Herbology, owing to their correspondence to earth.



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, and are more modest about their accomplishments. Hufflepuff is the most inclusive among the four houses; valuing hard work, dedication, patience, loyalty, and fair play rather than a particular aptitude in its students.

Hufflepuffs are known to have a strong moral code, and a sense of right and wrong. Hufflepuffs are usually accepting of everyone. Students in Hufflepuff are known to value everyone and treat them as equal.

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. This was mended by 1998, where a majority of Hufflepuffs rose to defend Harry from Pansy Parkinson and later helped to defend Hogwarts.


"Everyone says Hufflepuff are a lot o' duffers,"
—Wizarding opinion of the House[src]

The badger, Hufflepuff's symbol

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 Hufflepuff is often thought to be the house of less talented wizards and witches. 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, such as the renowned Magizoologist Newton Scamander. A great number of exceptionally skilled witches and wizards also have their origins on this house, including noted Arithmancer Bridget Wenlock, and former Minister for Magic Artemisia Lufkin. What makes Hufflepuff differ from the other houses is the fact that it doesn't tend to boast about these accomplishments; it is not considered to be part of their nature.[8]


House ghost, The Fat Friar

Hufflepuff is the house that produced the fewest dark wizards through out its history. Their cheerful and friendly demeanour 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

Main article: Hufflepuff Basement
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

Hufflepuff Common room

As a security device to repel non-Hufflepuff students, tapping on the wrong barrel, or tapping the incorrect number of times, results in one of the other lids bursting off, drenching the impostor 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 welcome Hufflepuff students 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.[9][10]

Head of House

The Hufflepuff's head of house before and during Harry Potter's time was Pomona Sprout. She was the Herbology professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It is possible that before Pomona was appointed as the Herbology professor and made head of house that Herbert Beerythe previous Herbology teacher, was the head of house, depending on if he was a Hufflepuff or not.

Known Hufflepuffs

Hufflepuff Period Attending Hogwarts Notes
Fat Friar[11] Founders' time[12] Kind clergyman who was executed on behalf of his own monastic order for his magical cures and penchant for pulling rabbits out of the communion cup. Later became the house ghost.
Hengist of Woodcroft[3] Middle Ages Founded the all-wizard village of Hogsmeade.
Bridget Wenlock[3] c. 12131220 Famous Arithmancer who discovered the magical properties of seven.
Artemisia Lufkin[3] c. 17651772 Minister for Magic from from 1798 to 1811. First female who established the  Department of International Magical Cooperation.
Grogan Stump[3] c. 17811788 Minister for Magic from from 1811 to 1819. His legacy includes the creation of the Being, Beast and Spirit Divisions of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, and the establishment of the Department of Magical Games and Sports.
Theseus Scamander[13] 1899/19001906/1907 First World War veteran; Head of the Auror Office, c. 1927.
Newton Scamander[3] 19081913/1915 Considered for expulsion for endangering a human life with a beast in 1913[14], whether enforced or not is unknown. Famous magizoologist author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Known for duelling and apprehending the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald.
Unidentified Hufflepuff girl (V) c. 19081914
Dugald McPhail[3] unknown Minister for Magic from 1858 to 1865.
Eglantine Puffett[9] Inventor of the Self-Soaping Dishcloth.
Hepzibah Smith Descendant of Helga Hufflepuff.
Silvanus Kettleburn Later professor of Care of Magical Creatures.
Eustace Fawley
Abraham Grimblehawk
Unidentified boy who attended Charm School's father
Pomona Sprout[11] 19421949 or 19521959[15] Later professor of Herbology and Head of Hufflepuff House.
Jane Court 19801987 a Prefect; sentenced to a short period in Azkaban shortly after graduation for unknown reasons.
Diego Caplan 19841991
Penny Haywood the most popular girl in her year, known for skills at Potions
Nymphadora Tonks[16] Auror and a member of the Order of the Phoenix. Wed to Remus Lupin and mother of Teddy Lupin. She was killed in the Battle of Hogwarts.
Chauncy 1980s (possibly up til 1991)
Beatrice Haywood 19881995
Gabriel Truman[3] 1980s1990s Prefect.
Girl whose quill was taken by Cedric
Cedric Diggory 19891995 Prefect, Captain and Seeker for the Hufflepuff Quidditch team, Triwizard Champion; killed in his sixth year by Peter Pettigrew under orders of Tom Riddle.
Hannah Abbott 19911998 Prefect and member of Dumbledore's Army. Married to Neville Longbottom.
Susan Bones Member of Dumbledore's Army. Was the first to Splinch herself in Apparition lessons.
Justin Finch-Fletchley 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.
Megan Jones
Wayne Hopkins
Ernie Macmillan Prefect and member of Dumbledore's Army.

Zacharias Smith

Chaser and Captain of the Hufflepuff Quidditch team; member of Dumbledore's Army (abandoned).
Unidentified Hufflepuff girl (I)
Unidentified Hufflepuff girl (III) 19921999
Eleanor Branstone 19942001
Owen Cauldwell
Laura Madley
Kevin Whitby
Rose Zeller 19952002
Alys 19962003
James Tuckett
Teddy Lupin 20092016 Orphaned son of Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks. Head Boy during the 2015-2016 school year.

Hogwarts attendance c. 1990s

Hufflepuff Notes
Tamsin Applebee Chaser for the Hufflepuff Quidditch team.
Patrick Bagby Usually spent time by the second-floor stairs. Didn't like Quidditch or Potions.
Martin Beccles Seen walking around in the 1993–1994 school year.
Wayne Bostock
Robin Botesdale
Trisha Buttermere Extremely fond of Butterbeer.
Cadwallader Chaser for the Hufflepuff Quidditch team.
Melvin Catterick Seen walking around in the 1993–1994 school year.
Poppy Caxton Competed in the Gobstones tournament in the 1996–1997 school year.
Linda Chaddesley Seen walking around in the 1993–1994 school year.
Luke Cholderton Played informal Quidditch matches.
Martine Copplestone Seen walking around in the 1993–1994 school year.
Rohit Das
Irene Denholm Usually spent time in the first-floor corridor. Played Exploding Snap.
Thora Dinnet Seen walking around in the 1993–1994 school year.
Nitin Divekar
Nicola Dodworth
Craig Dunn Competed in the Gobstones tournament in the 1996–1997 school year.
Haruka Endoh Seen walking around in the 1993–1994 school year.
Annabel Entwhistle
Sullivan Fawley
Amelia Fittleworth Usually spent time in the Owlery.
Rhonda Fladbury Name was seen on Marauder's Map. Member of Duelling Club.
Herbert Fleet Keeper for the Hufflepuff Quidditch team.
Kay Formby Seen walking around in the 1993–1994 school year.
Michael Frimley
Trudy Galston
Brendon Halkirk
Gwendoline Hedgeflower Present during the Battle of Hogwarts
Raashid Hussain Seen walking around in the 1993–1994 school year.
Doris Irlam
Matthew Kettletoft Usually spent time in the Viaduct Courtyard. Enjoyed playing Gobstones.
Hamish Knighton Seen walking around in the 1993 - 1994 school year.
Duncan Knottingley
Karl Limpley Exchanged various items with Harry. Leader of Duelling Club.
Heidi Macavoy Chaser for the Hufflepuff Quidditch team.
Sisi Makerere Seen walking around in the 1993 - 1994 school year.
Bernard Maltby
Benjamin McEwen
Gregory Munslow Usually spent time in the Transfiguration classroom.
Grace Nutley Seen walking around in the 1993 - 1994 school year.
Harvey O'Brien Competed in the Wizard Skittles in the 1996 - 1997 school year.
Maxine O'Flaherty Beater on the Hufflepuff Quidditch team.
Hecate Oakham Often roamed Hogwarts alone.
Kouta Ohnishi Exchanged various items with Harry. Member of Duelling Club.
Madeline Ormskirk Seen walking around in the 1993 - 1994 school year.
Gillian Ossett Lover of Wizard's Chess. Usually spent time in the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom.
Anthony Otterburn Usually spent time in the Herbology greenhouse.
Manoj Pandit Competed in the Exploding Snap tournament in the 1996 - 1997 school year.
Madhumati Parmar
Ashish Patel
Bhavana Patel
Edna Patridge
Sean Peakes
Eldon Pembroke
Gareth Pewsey
Gayle Pocklington
Malcolm Preece Chaser for the Hufflepuff Quidditch team.
Gladys Prescott
Sidney Puckeridge
Caroline Purvis
Anthony Rickett Beater for the Hufflepuff Quidditch team.
Graham Romsey
Lynette Sawley
Satinder Singh
Adrian Speke
Manish Sreenivasan
Stebbins Attended the Yule Ball with S. Fawcett.
Aki Sugiyama
Summerby Seeker for the Hufflepuff Quidditch team.
Summers Attempted to cross the Age Line surrounding the Goblet of Fire to enter his name into the Triwizard Tournament.
Natsumi Suzuki
Malcolm Swannage
Lina Tande
Gabriel Tate
Siobhan Templeton
Alistair Thaxted
Agatha Thrussington
Isabella Tintwistle Competed in the 1996–1997 Wizard Skittles tournament.
Lesley Toddington
Jessica Tring
James Tuckett
Darrel Turner
Zara Valli
Eugene Warmsley
Dora Williams
Katsuji Yamazaki
Kousuke Yoshioka
Albert Wished there was an Heir of Hufflepuff. Received a bag of beetle pincers by owl.
Arthur Collected beetle pincers.
Emily Trusted Harry that he was not the Heir of Slytherin, but blamed him for the attack on Mrs Norris.
Heather Member of the Duelling Club.
James Member of the Hufflepuff Quidditch team.
Leanne Friend of Katie Bell and witnessed her being cursed. Fought in the Battle of Hogwarts. Survived the war.
Boy in Study Hall Studied in the Study Hall with Ernie, Hannah and an unidentified boy.
Cedric Diggory's friends Resented Harry for being the second Hogwarts champion in the Triwizard Tournament.
Hufflepuff Duelling Club Captain Duelling Club Captain for Hufflepuff.
Hufflepuff boy that blames Harry Potter (I) Blamed Harry for being the second champion in the Triwizard Tournament.
Hufflepuff boy that blames Harry Potter (II)
Hufflepuff Wizard Duelling Champion Duelling champion for Hufflepuff.
Potions Club girl Leader of Potions Club.
Unidentified Choir Member (I) Performed in the Frog Choir.
Unidentified Hufflepuff boy (II) Blamed Harry for being the second champion in the Triwizard Tournament.
Unidentified Hufflepuff boy that greets Sir Nicholas (I) Greeted Sir Nicholas after he had been petrified.
Unidentified Hufflepuff girl that greets Sir Nicholas (I)
Unidentified Hufflepuff girl at the Battle of Hogwarts Present during the Battle of Hogwarts
Unidentified Hogwarts Hufflepuff boy who carried a body during the Battle of Hogwarts

Two Hufflepuffs talking outside of the Astronomy classroom in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery

Behind the scenes

@privetdrivex: "Joanne, there are people who have a certain prejudice against Hufflepuff. What do you think about this?"
@jk_rowling: "They do not understand the special mystique of the badger. Do not hate them - pity them."
— J. K. Rowling responds to a fan's comments on Hufflepuff on Twitter.[17]
  • In J. K. Rowling's earliest concepts for the series, Hufflepuff's mascot was a bear rather than a badger.[18]
  • Hufflepuff has produced the fewest Dark wizards of all the four Houses.[9] In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, in an alternative timeline, Cedric Diggory became a Death Eater. He is, to date, the only Dark Wizard or Witch from Hufflepuff known in canon.
  • 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.[19]
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    Hufflepuffs, applaud, during the third task of the tournament of the three wizards

    * The most members of Hufflepuff house appear to have either blonde or brunette hair, while Susan Bones and Helga Hufflepuff had reddish hair. Furthermore, Professor Pomona Sprout often wore brown clothes. Interestingly, this is reminiscent of the house attributions; brown/brunette is associated with the element of earth.
  • The Hufflepuff Basement was the only common room that Harry Potter didn't enter during his years at Hogwarts.
  • On Harry Potter: Beyond the Page, J. K. Rowling had this to say about Hufflepuff House; "This may surprise people, but it is the truth...In many, many ways, Hufflepuff is my favourite House. Here's my reasoning, bear with me. (Again, I don't want to spoil things too much for people who haven't read the whole series, so I'm going to say what I'm about to say quite carefully). There comes a point in the final book where each House has the choice whether or not to rise to a certain challenge, and that's everyone in the House. The Slytherins, for reasons that are understandable, decide they'd rather not play. The Ravenclaws, some decide they will, some decide they won't. The Hufflepuffs, virtually to a person, stay, as do the Gryffindors. Now, the Gryffindors comprise a lot of foolhardy and show-offy people, that's just the way it is, I'm a Gryffindor, I'm allowed to say it. You know, there's bravery, and there's also showboating, and sometimes the two go together. The Hufflepuffs stayed for a different reason; they weren't trying to show off, they weren't being reckless, that's the essence of Hufflepuff House. Now my oldest child (my daughter, Jessica) said something very profound to me, not very many days ago, actually, she said to me --and she, by the way, was not sorted into Hufflepuff House-- but, she said to me, 'I think we should all want to be Hufflepuffs.' I can only say to you, that I would not be at all disappointed to be sorted into Hufflepuff House."
  • Gabriel Truman states that Hufflepuffs are often good at Herbology, likely stemming from their house element of earth. Neville Longbottom was known to excel at Herbology but was placed in Gryffindor, despite begging the Sorting Hat to place him Hufflepuff.
  • Hufflepuff House won the fourth House Cup on Pottermore
  • In the video game adaptations of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the Hufflepuff robes are purple, instead of yellow. This is most likely because yellow is a difficult colour to animate.
  • The fact that Hufflepuff's secondary colour is black and emblematic of the soil is symbolic of the fact that unlike the other three houses whose secondary colours are those of precious metals, Hufflepuff house is humble, down-to-earth, and enduring, unlike gold, silver, and bronze, which are soft metals that are easily broken or warped. It shows the Hufflepuff house's ability to act as a shield, protecting the precious metals, which in this analogy are the other houses' students, and serves as the humble foundations of their unified strength.
  • Hufflepuff is the only house which Harry and Ginny did not name any of their children after a member of, and this, along with the fact that it's the only common room that Harry Potter never visits at any point and the only one whose house ghost is never part of anything important to the plot (other than appearing at the start of year feast in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone), makes it possibly the least important house of the four in the series. One's estimation of this may change, though, if they also consider the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series, which features a Hufflepuff as its lead character.

Pottermore House Cup

  • Hufflepuff came fourth for the first house cup with 62,596,368 house points.[citation needed]
  • Hufflepuff came third for the second house cup with 48,438,276 points.[citation needed]
  • Hufflepuff came fourth for the third house cup with 26,715,401 points.[citation needed]
  • Hufflepuff won the fourth house cup with 24,915,860 points.[citation needed]
  • Hufflepuff came third for the fifth house cup with 27,350,412 points.[citation needed]
  • Hufflepuff came fourth for the sixth house cup with 32,259,036 points.[citation needed]
  • Hufflepuff came second for the seventh house cup with 50,109,456 points.[citation needed]
  • Hufflepuff won the eighth house cup with 26,796,774 points.[citation needed]


See also

Notes and references

  1. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Colours" at Pottermore
  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 3 (The Letters from No One)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Pottermore introduction for Hufflepuffs (transcription available here)
  4. Have just heard that James S Potter has been Sorted (to nobody's surprise) into Gryffindor. Teddy Lupin (Head Boy, Hufflepuff) disappointed. posted by JKR on Twitter on 1 September 2015
  5. The Leaky Cauldron and Mugglenet interview Joanne Kathleen Rowling
  6. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Colours" at Pottermore
  7. JK Rowling's Twitter, 24th April 2014
  8. Pottermore Introductions to Hogwarts Houses#Hufflepuff (Archived)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 transcribed Pottermore House information
  10. "A transcript of a web chat with J.K. Rowling" from The Leaky Cauldron
  11. 11.0 11.1 F.A.Q. question on J.K. Rowling's Official Site
  13. SnitchSeeker: "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald cast on the final trailer and major spoilers"
  14. Second teaser trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  15. Pottermore biography of Minerva McGonagall (transcription available here)
  16. F.A.Q. question at J. K. Rowling's Official Site
  17. [1]
  18. J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - with annotations, The Guardian
  19. In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Horace Slughorn remarked that House membership usually runs in families.

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Namesake Founders
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