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Old August 14th, 2007, 4:39 am
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Re: Hufflepuff House : Group Character Analysis

Some questions to start the discussion:

Is there a predominant quality that a Hufflepuff must have in order to be a Hufflepuff?
Ravenclaw has brains, Gryffindor has guts, Slytherin has a big mouth (they are mostly all talk and what they say is dishonest, hurtful or for personal gain), but Hufflepuff has heart.

I would hate to think of Hufflepuff as a “stoner house” – yet with the “puff” mentioned in the name and the Head of the House is an “herbalist” and the underachiever misconception, I can see it.

However, though I do not think drugs are a major factor in the Wizarding world (who needs drugs when you can do magic?), you could think of Hufflepuff as the “hippie”/”crunchy” house. Very down to earth. They are the most “natural” of houses.

Where as Ravenclaw is looking for old magic, Slytherin and Gryffindor look for powerful magic, Hufflepuffs look for “natural magic.” Perhaps the druids of old were Hufflepuffs (and where Professor Sprout gets her herbalist skills.)

I have said this on another post, but it is worthy to say here, the Hufflepuffs could be the most spiritual of houses. After all their ghost is the “fat friar” and “Helga,” their house founder means “holy” (as cited on Wikipedia which was citing from a dictionary of names).

Perhaps this is where they get a "first shall be last" type philosophy.

I think it is unfair to think that they would go along with authority just because they follow the rules. There is a philosophy of law which says that if a law is not just, then it was never a law to begin with. Even in our own society, you can break a law if it means a great crime is averted. That's justice.

I think they would just pick a different path to fight in justice. I think they could use their sense of hard work to pass out pamphlets and flyers. They would lobby to get things changed.

What Hufflepuffs do you think will be key players in the last book?
A sense of fairness prohibits me from answering as I have read the last book.

What are the significance of Earth and the Badger to Hufflepuff?
I haven’t read this anywhere (so let me know if I am the first here) but has anyone suggested the connection to the Badger in “The Wind and The Willows?” It seems so obvious, someone MUST have thought of it before.

I pulled this section off the web


From the chapter in The Wind and the Willows Chapter 4 - Mr. Badger

`Now, the very next time this happens,' said a gruff and suspicious voice, `I shall be exceedingly angry. Who is it this time, disturbing people on such a night? Speak up!'

`Oh, Badger,' cried the Rat, `let us in, please.

'It's me, Rat, and my friend Mole, and we've lost our way in the snow.'

`What, Ratty, my dear little man!' exclaimed the Badger, in quite a different voice. `Come along in, both of you, at once. Why, you must be perished. Well I never! Lost in the snow! And in the Wild Wood, too, and at this time of night! But come in with you.'

The two animals tumbled over each other in their eagerness to get inside, and heard the door shut behind them with great joy and relief.

The Badger, who wore a long dressing-gown, and whose slippers were indeed very down at heel, carried a flat candlestick in his paw and had probably been on his way to bed when their summons sounded. He looked kindly down on them and patted both their heads. `This is not the sort of night for small animals to be out,' he said paternally. `I'm afraid you've been up to some of your pranks again, Ratty. But come along; come into the kitchen. There's a first-rate fire there, and supper and everything.'

He shuffled on in front of them, carrying the light, and they followed him, nudging each other in an anticipating sort of way, down a long, gloomy, and, to tell the truth, decidedly shabby passage, into a sort of a central hall; out of which they could dimly see other long tunnel-like passages branching, passages mysterious and without apparent end. But there were doors in the hall as well -- stout oaken comfortable-looking doors. One of these the Badger flung open, and at once they found themselves in all the glow and warmth of a large fire-lit kitchen.

Sure, he’s grumpy at first (who isn’t especially when you don’t know who is outside your door in the middle of the night). Yet when it is a friend, he invites them in immediately and where do they go? Right to the kitchen!

J. K. Rowling was a school teacher.I am certain an English classic like The Wind and the Willows could have escaped her mind when she picked the badger as Hufflepuff’s mascot.

Perhaps too there is a glimpse of the Hufflepuff common room in that chapter as well!

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