Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true,
And unafraid of toil.
This Hogwarts House was founded by Helga Hufflepuff and exemplifies loyalty and hard work. Its color is yellow and black, its animal is the badger, its ghost is the Fat Friar, its Head of House is Pomona Sprout, and it is associated with the element of earth. Hufflepuff has produced few great wizards, and has the reputation of being the house for those that could not get in anywhere else. However, Hufflepuff has perhaps the most decent and humble people of any house.
Notable Hufflepuffs include Pomona Sprout, Newt Scamander, Theseus Scamander, Cedric Diggory, Nymphadora Tonks, Hannah Abbott, Susan Bones, Ernie Macmillan, Justin Finch-Fletchley, Zacharias Smith, and Teddy Lupin.
- And the Rest: Although usually said to be chosen for loyalty and hard work, one of the Sorting Hat songs describes Helga Hufflepuff as "tak[ing] all the rest, and treat[ing] them all the same," demonstrating the most frequently mentioned defining traits of the House; fairness and equality. Of course, many people take it to mean that Hufflepuff is just a dumping ground for students none of the other Founders would deem "worthy".
- Animal Motifs: Badgers are adorable, unassuming, and will rip your face off if you threaten something they care about, which sums the House up quite neatly.
- Bad Ol' Badger: Double subverted—badgers are the house's mascot and this partially does symbolize Hufflepuff's friendliness... however, both Hufflepuffs and badgers can be downright vicious if you do anything to hurt their loved ones...
- Beware the Nice Ones: They spend the whole series just hanging out and being generally inoffensive... until the school is attacked in the final battle, and all but the youngest and Zacharias Smith take up their wands and fight without hesitation.
- The Big Guy: After Gryffindor, Hufflepuff contributed the most student combatants to the Battle of Hogwarts.
- Butt-Monkey: Hufflepuff is definitely the most maligned and mocked house in the fandom as well as canon. Hagrid tells us the first thing we ever hear about Hufflepuff, which is "everyone says Hufflepuff are a load o' duffers," although it's not made clear whether or not he actually agrees with this assessment. In any case, the books imply (and demonstrate) many times that Hufflepuff doesn't deserve its in-universe reputation as the house of weak-willed idiots. If anything, as mentioned below, Hufflepuff is strongly associated with loyalty and determination.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Do not anger the Hufflepuffs. Proof positive — the Hufflepuff common room door is the only one guarded by a non-verbal password, and if you get it wrong, the door squirts vinegar all over the offender. In point of fact, the Hufflepuff door has had the same password forever—it doesn't change like the others. It's also the only common room not entered by non-Hufflepuffs in the last thousand years.
- Determinator: The House that contributes the most fighters to Hogwarts at the end of the seventh book (after Gryffindor). Loyalty is one of their defining traits.
- The Generic Guy: Their one moment of glory was when Cedric Diggory was chosen as the Triwizard contestant for Hogwarts, which was soon overshadowed by Harry becoming the other contestant for Hogwarts.
- Hard Work Hardly Works:
- In-universe example, as Hufflepuff House rarely shines compared to the other Houses (noted in Goblet of Fire), despite being the house that hard work is associated with.
- It seems like the difference between Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff is supposed to be the one between gazelles and warthogs. Academically, Hufflepuff students keep plugging at things till they get them and do good studious groundwork. Ravenclaws on the other hand would excel at their talents while neglecting fields that don't interest them, and make breakthroughs that are possible because of the good groundwork in question. It is entirely possible that while the Gryffindors, Slytherins, and Ravenclaws are highly visible, it is the Hufflepuffs who make that visibility possible.
- Hufflepuff House: Trope Namer. Hufflepuff is first brought up to be made up of, and no major student is a Hufflepuff, except Cedric Diggory, who dies in the second book he appears in.
- Jack of All Trades: Although they are mocked in-universe for being the "throwaway" house, one of their greatest qualities is that they value and/or demonstrate the qualities the other three houses value equally, along with a helping of determination and hard work.
- Nice Guy: Being kind to a fault seems to be a thing with them.
- The Reliable One: As noted above, they made up most of the student fighters in the seventh book aside from the Gryffindors.
- Throw the Dog a Bone:
- The franchise does this for Hufflepuff by featuring former Hufflepuff Newt Scamander as the protagonist of the Fantastic Beasts series. For bonus points, Scamander was previously expelled from Hogwarts but still went on to live a successful life, even achieving fame.
- The house managed to snag a real world victory by winning Pottermore's final House Cup before the feature was removed from the site indefinitely. The best part? Gryffindor came in dead last.
- Undying Loyalty: The primary defining trait of Hufflepuff. JK Rowling herself has said that while more of the Gryffindors remained behind, for a lot of them it was simply because they wanted to fight, whether because they thought running away would be cowardly or for revenge. For the Hufflepuffs who remained behind, she says it was universally "something deeper".
- Portrayed by: Robert Pattinson (films), Tom Milligan (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, first West End run), TBD (Cursed Child, first Broadway run)Voiced by: Christian Strempler (Latin American Spanish)
Hogwarts Triwizard Tournament champion (In reader's POV, the other Hogwarts Champion), Cedric is an intelligent and talented Hufflepuff student. He believes in fair play and is very gentlemanly.
- Academic Athlete: He's an excellent student, and in the books he's captain of the Hufflepuff Quidditch team. However, this is never specified in the films.
- The Ace: A skilled Quidditch player, an excellent student, popular both with the general student populace and the Hogwarts staff, considered attractive by the girls, and he performs near-flawlessly in the Triwizard Tournament.
- Big Man on Campus: Very popular all 'round. The only people who ever express actively disliking him are Oliver Wood, Fred and George (who are almost always hostile to any of their Quidditch opponents) and Draco and his friends, who show no respect to him after he dies, subverted in the movies where they are shown to be solemn and respectful at his memorial.
- Chick Magnet: He's noted to be rather popular with girls.
- Death of the Hypotenuse: Cedric's death allows Cho and Harry to date, but Harry ends up with Ginny instead.
- FaceHeel Turn: Played with in The Cursed Child. Cedric is long dead but in the alternate timeline where Albus and Scorpius humiliate him in the Triwizard Tournament's second task, he becomes embittered, joins the Death Eaters, kills Neville, and wins Voldemort the war.
- First Love: Of Cho Chang. Deconstructed when she's still not over his death by the time she was dating Harry.
- Gray Eyes: Type four; his gray eyes are specifically listed as one of his Pretty Boy features.
- Honor Before Reason: When Hufflepuff wins a Quidditch match against Gryffindor, Cedric offers a rematch, since Harry fell off his broom because of Dementors. Another example is when he almost wins the Triwizard tournament, he wants to give the victory to Harry because Harry has been a good friend by helping him. (Harry refuses, eventually compromising they should take it together.)
- Humble Hero: In contrast to his pompous braggart of a father, he does not boast about his victory over Harry in the Quidditch match of the third book, nor is he offended by the way his role as the Hogwarts Triwizard champion is overlooked in favour of Harry.
- I Feel Guilty; You Take It:
- He tries to have his Quidditch team's victory against Gryffindor revoked when he learns that Harry passed out because of the Dementors, but is denied on the grounds of not having broken any rules.
- Tries to let Harry take the Triwizard Cup in his stead, arguing that he wouldn't be there if it weren't for his help. Harry counters with the exact same point and amusingly wonders at the fact that they're actually arguing about this. Finally, they decide to grab it together and the rest is history.
- Inspirational Martyr: In the later movies, Dumbledore's Army keeps a picture of Cedric on the bathroom mirror as a source of inspiration.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Magical abilities across the board were very good.
- Lovable Jock: Cedric is such a Nice Guy that he once tried to forfeit a match immediately after winning, but was denied said request on the grounds that since he hadn't actually broken any rules, it was a fair win.
- Nice Guy: Have you been spotting a theme here? Cedric is unfailingly courteous and fair-minded.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: His determination to be honorable at the end of the Triwizard Tournament does nothing to win him the tournament.
- Plot-Triggering Death: His untimely demise sparks the plot of The Cursed Child.
- Posthumous Character: Flashbacks and dreams abundant throughout Harry Potter and the Cursed Child offer Cedric a chance to reappear long after his death.
- Pretty Boy: His good looks are established as a Running Gag before he actually shows up.
- The Quiet One: Called "strong and silent" by Katie Bell.
- Sacrificial Lion: Formerly the Trope Namer. His death marks the point where major characters stop being safe in the books.
- Shout-Out: He's named for the main character in The Magician's Nephew.
- Portrayed by: Louis Doyle, Jamie MarksVoiced by: Héctor Emmanuel Gómez (Latin American Spanish)
A pompous and dramatic pure-blood Hufflepuff student in Harry's year. First appears in Book 2. Early on he functions twice as a very vocal critic of Harry, but only out of loyalty to his fellow Hufflepuffs (he suspects Harry of gunning for Justin in Chamber, and of cheating into the tournament to upstage Cedric in Goblet). However, once he joins Dumbledore's Army, he becomes a stalwart and supportive ally to Harry for the rest of the series. Following Cedric's death, Ernie is effectively promoted to the narrative role of Hufflepuff spokesman.
- Animal Motifs: His Patronus is a boar. Ernie has a tendency to be a bit of a ''boor''. He's also rather pig-headed, particularly in his second year.
- Big Fun: Well, for a rather pompous definition of "fun", but Ernie, who is described as stout and having pudgy hands, also brings plenty of good cheer and righteous enthusiasm to the Hufflepuff corner.
- Foil: To Draco Malfoy. Both of them come from one of the Sacred Twenty Eight pureblood families and are very pompous. However, while Malfoy is a bigoted Jerkass, Ernie is goodhearted and harbors no prejudice towards those with Muggle ancestry, including his best friends Hannah Abbott (half-blood) and Justin Finch-Fletchley (Muggle-born).
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Averted. He studies a minimum eight hours a day for his O.W.L.S.. He winds up receiving high grades and continues onto N.E.W.T level classes.
- Inspector Javert: When trying to support his theory that Harry is Slytherin's Heir.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Very up himself (and presumptuous), yet also very goodhearted and loyal. Notably, he was one of Harry's only supporters during the Ministry's smear campaign and made this known publicly.
- Large Ham: "CAUGHT IN THE ACT!"
- Not So Above It All: After he and a few D.A. members hex Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle, into oversized slugs when they try to jump Harry, he mentions he can't wait to see the look on Mrs. Malfoy's face when she sees her son in this state.
- One Steve Limit: Averted; the Knight Bus driver is also called Ernie.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He becomes a prefect in book 5, and doesn't hesitate for a second in believing Harry and joining Dumbledore's Army. When he learns that Malfoy and his Inquisitorial Squad have the power to deduct House Points he is understandably appalled.
- Rousing Speech: Has a habit of breaking into grandiloquent speeches regardless of situational appropriateness, usually to little success.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Ernie always talks rather formally and uses a more sophisticated vocabulary than the average twelve-year old.
- Took a Level in Kindness: He eventually apologizes for accusing Harry of being the heir of Slytherin.
- Undying Loyalty: Once Harry is definitively cleared of being Slytherin's heir, Ernie graciously apologizes for his behaviour to him and sticks by him for the rest of the books. He did turn against him once more during the Triwizard Tournament, but given that most of the school thought Harry was being a Glory Hound (and he was doing it in favor of his Housemate Cedric) this is understandable. More to the point, during the Ministry's Demonization of Harry and Dumbledore when many other students (such as Seamus) bought into it, Ernie was one of Harry's only supporters and functioned essentially as his House's representative for him.
- Portrayed by: Nick ShirmVoiced by: Luis Fernando Orozco (Latin American Spanish)
A member of the D.A. in the fifth book, Zacharias basically exists to complain, usually in a rude manner, about everything Harry does in teaching them. In the next two books, he makes scattered appearances and continues to act like a jerk.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: He's nicer in the film version, as seen before the Christmas holidays began, he applauded happily about Harry's Dumbledore's Army lessons and even shook his hand and gave him a smile.
- All There in the Manual: In the film, Nick Shirm is credited as "Somewhat Doubtful Boy", but he has Zacharias's attitude. In the video game version, Shirm voices his character and there he is explicitly identified as Zacharias Smith.
- Butt-Monkey: Most of his appearances boil down to him insulting Harry only for a Weasley sibling to get him to shut up in increasingly violent ways. Ron simply insults him. Fred and George covertly suggest sodomizing him with "a long and lethal-looking metal instrument". Ginny outright rams him with her broom mid-flight.
- Commander Contrarian: He apparently only comes to the D.A. meetings to complain about the way Harry teaches them.
- Dirty Coward: The very last time we see him he's pushing first-year students out of his way while fleeing from what is soon to become Hogwarts' final stand. My hero.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: He's part of the D.A., but all he ever does is whine and complain about it and understandably everyone (audience included) gets really sick of him.
- Informed Attribute: The Hufflepuff loyalty never once shows itself in this guy. He could be one of "the rest" that simply didn't fit into any house.
- Jerkass: His entire character is more or less just being a prick.
- Meaningful Name: In The Bible, Zacharias was a man who was temporarily struck dumb for doubting the word of the Lord. In Harry Potter, Zacharias is a boy who is temporarily shocked into silence by Fred and George for doubting the word of Harry.
- Sour Supporter: Despite his near constant complaints about Harry, Zacharias continues going to all the D.A. meetings, doesn't betray the group, and seems to accept the truth about Voldemort being back. This support does not extend to actually staying to fight in the final battle though.
- Token Evil Teammate: Evil might be too strong a word, but he's one of the few Hufflepuff students with no likable qualities whatsoever.
- Portrayed by: Charlotte SkeochVoiced by: Georgina "Gina" Sánchez (Latin American Spanish)
Hannah is a Hufflepuff girl who hangs out with Justin Finch-Fletchley, Susan Bones, and Ernie Macmillan. She is very interested in Herbology, and speculates a lot on the weird things that always happen at Hogwarts. She is made a Prefect and joins Dumbledore's Army in her fifth year. In her sixth year, she is removed from school because her mother is murdered. She later returns to participate in the Battle of Hogwarts.
- Birds of a Feather: With Neville. She's hinted to have an interest in Herbology, like Neville, and is a Hufflepuff, which is where Neville thought he should have been Sorted until he Took a Level in Badass. Also, they were both in the DA together during the seventh book.
- Break the Cutie: She goes through absolute hell through books 5-7 and suffers a nervous breakdown at one point.
- First Girl Wins: A literal example. She's the first girl on the register and marries Neville in the future.
- Girlish Pigtails: In her early years, at least.
- I Warned You: Hannah insists in Prisoner of Azkaban that Sirius Black is evading the manhunt by turning himself into a flowering shrub. It turned out she was mostly right, except that he was turning into a dog, not a plant. However, the trope ends up subverted because she not only does NOT get to say "I warned you" to anyone, she never even finds out how close she was to the truth.
- Nervous Wreck: She completely falls apart under the pressure of O.W.L. exams. First she has a mental breakdown in the days leading up to the exams and needs a magical tranquilizer from the school nurse, and then she loses her head again in the middle of the transfiguration portion of the exams, multiplying her ferret into a flock of flamingos.
- Nice Girl: She earns points for doubting the Harry-is-Slytherin's-heir theory rather than blindly agreeing with Ernie (her own Housemate), and is generally one of the nicer girls in the school. She ''did'' shun Harry in the early Triwizard Tournament stages, but then most everyone thought he was being a Glory Hound anyway.
- Platonic Life-Partners: Always seems to be hanging around with Ernie, and their relationship is never given any romantic indications. Ends up, of course, married to Neville.
- Power Incontinence: The above-mentioned ferret-to-flamingos incident was the result of a botched Vanishing spell.
- Promoted to Love Interest: Ends up married to Neville in the epilogue with no prior known interaction between the two. Though, to be fair, Neville spends the last book completely Out of Focus until the very end. It's easy to assume they spent time together during their seventh year, especially since they were both part of Dumbledore's Army. Plus, nearly two decades pass between the last chapter and the epilogue.
- Regular Character: She is the only Hogwarts student from Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw who appears at least once in all seven books.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Hannah started out as a relatively normal young witch that the world suddenly decided to take a dump on around Book 5. First she has a nervous breakdown during her O.W.L. exams (May-June 1996). It's never stated how many O.W.L.s she actually got, either. Then, right as Book 6 starts (September 1996), her mother is killed by the Death Eaters. She misses that entire year but is forced to go back to Hogwarts and presumably retakes sixth year in 1997, except now Hogwarts is under the de facto leadership of the wizard who caused her mother's death. She finally gets a bone thrown to her in the end - by the time of the epilogue, she eventually marries one of the biggest still-living Badasses in the entire book series and becomes the landlady of the Leaky Cauldron.
- Portrayed by: Eleanor Columbus
Susan Bones is another member of the Hufflepuff clique, and was one of the first students to be Sorted. Her aunt Amelia is a senior Ministry official, but she is killed by Lord Voldemort, as were many of Susan's other relatives. At Hogwarts, Susan is friends with Hermione Granger, and later joins Dumbledore's Army. At the first meeting, she asks Harry if he can produce a corporeal Patronus. Later on, she participates in the Battle of Hogwarts.
- The Cameo: She's played in the first two films by Chris Columbus's daughter Eleanor and thus disappears from the movies when Columbus stopped directing.
- Character Focus: In the first four books, Susan was just a minor student with a small role. In the fifth and sixth books, she comes slightly into focus and is shown to be particularly distressed about Voldemort's return as most of her family was killed in the previous war against him. Harry's trial includes Madam Amelia Bones, who takes his side, and she's later revealed to be Susan's aunt. This is how Susan finds out that Harry can make a Patronus and comes to ask him about it when the D.A. first meets in the Hog's Head.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She is not seen in the films after the second one. While her presence in the films initially could be attributed to Chris Columbus, the fact that she doesn't come into focus is quite glaring.
- Commonality Connection: When she involuntarily becomes the target of gossip in The Order of the Phoenix after the Death Eater who murdered several members of her family escapes Azkaban in a mass breakout, she thinks she knows what it's like to be Harry Potter — and she doesn't know how he stands it, it's horrible.
- Glory Seeker: Inverted, as with Harry.
- Teleporter Accident: During the apparition lessons in The Half-Blood Prince, Susan ends up being the first student to apparate. Unfortunately, she left one of her legs behind. The supervising professors quickly tended to her, but Susan was extremely shaken up by the incident.
- Portrayed by: Edward Randell
The Muggleborn boy who causes Harry to out himself as a Parselmouth in Chamber of Secrets and then gets Petrified by the basilisk, fueling Ernie MacMillan & Co.'s suspicions that Harry is the Heir of Slytherin. Later a member of Dumbledore's Army.
- Mouthy Kid: Ernie thinks Justin is putting himself in danger by shooting his mouth off to Harry.
- Upper-Class Twit: Implied by several factors including his double-barreled Preppy Name and the fact that he says he was headed to Eton until his Hogwarts letter arrived, and generally seeming a little hapless and naive. Ernie considers him Too Dumb to Live for running his mouth about his Muggle blood with the Heir of Slytherin making attacks, but of course Ernie's barking up the wrong tree. Unlike many examples of this trope, he is a sympathetic character; as well as being initially friendly to the Trio, he later apologises to Harry for having ever thought he was the Heir of Slytherin, and in the 5th book, he joins the DA. It's notable that he's one of the few characters to approach the trio and introduce himself to Ron, Hermione, and Harry, rather than just Harry.Justin: Justin Finch-Fletchley, he said brightly, shaking Harry by the hand. Know who you are, of course, the famous Harry Potter... And youre Hermione Granger always top in everything (Hermione beamed as she had her hand shaken too) and Ron Weasley. Wasnt that your flying car?
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He is a Muggleborn, and we don't know what became of him after Voldemort to power in the seventh book.
- Portrayed by: Isabella LaughlandVoiced by: Marisol Romero (Latin American Spanish)
Leanne is a Hufflepuff girl who is friends with Katie Bell from Gryffindor in their sixth year. She is also a member of Dumbledore's Army and would later fight in the Battle of Hogwarts.
- The Generic Girl: Very little was known about Leanne, other than being Katie Bell's friend.
- Appears in: Deathly Hallows
Son of Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks. Implied to be a Metamorphmagus like his mother, and according to Rowling's Twitter was the Head Boy of Hufflepuff in 2015, the year James began school.
- Class Representative: Became Head Boy his last year; in all likelihood was a Prefect for Hufflepuff leading up to that point.
- Cool Big Bro: Since Teddy ended up being raised by Harry Potter, Teddy ends up being an admirable older sibling-type for James, Albus, and Lily.
- Dead Guy Junior: Named after his maternal grandfather, Ted Tonks, and his father (though Remus was still alive at the time of his birth).
- Intergenerational Friendship: Teddy maintains a friendship with his godfather, Harry, who's eighteen years older than Teddy.
- Happily Adopted: Word of God says that he was raised by his grandmother, but it's made clear that Harry's had a big role in his upbringing.
- Lineage Comes from the Father: Averted. He does not inherit Lupin's lycanthropy, but does inherit Tonks's Metamorphmagus abilities. He also gets sorted into Hufflepuff like his mother.
- Make-Out Kids: Caught snogging Victoire in public places on several occasions.
- Official Couple: With Victoire Weasley, after the timeskip. By 2017, they've been together for three years.
- Raised by Grandparents: Specifically, his maternal grandmother.
- Voluntary Shapeshifter: Like his mom, Teddy is a Metamorphmagus, so he can shapeshift. He mainly uses this to shift his facial features, especially his hair and eyes.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: As a baby, we see him with turquoise hair at one point. According to Lupin, his hair keeps changing colour, so it's a strong indication that he's a Metamorphmagus like Tonks. It's also implied, though, that he keeps to the turquoise hair as his usual hair color.