There are four houses in J.K. Rowling’s Hogwarts, each with their own pros and cons. But with such distinct personalities, the question often arises, how do these houses compare? And which of them is the worst?
Although there are strengths to every house, Hufflepuff house in particular often comes up short. While the other houses seem cool and invite a certain allure, Hufflepuff is a little different. Often considered the least desirable of all the sorting options, here are some reasons why Hufflepuff house is the worst.
Updated November 22nd, 2020 by Ian Goodwillie: While the Hufflepuffs are endearing in their own special way, the reasons they are the worst are almost too innumerable to count. They mean well but they just never quite seem to offer up anything of substance to Hogwarts. This is the house for people who like rooting for the least likely to win in almost any competition.
15 Falling Down
Being a member of Hufflepuff means constantly falling flat on one’s face, sometimes quite literally. This is a group of the least physically gifted people in Hogwarts, with one or two notable exceptions, of course.
Hufflepuff is a house that is constantly picking itself up, dusting itself off, and telling itself tomorrow is going to be better. And if they do succeed, it’s completely by accident. They are collectively like the Mr. Bean of magic users.
14 No Impact
In general, Hufflepuff has contributed nothing of note to the world of magic, though Newton Scamander would be a notable exception to that. But as a typical Hufflepuff, even Scamander is quiet, unassuming, and keeps to himself.
As a rule, Hufflepuffs are known to not be afraid of hard work and toiling through difficult tasks. That’s great but it also rarely leads to great leaps forward in magic or the implementation of it.
13 Hard To Take The Name Seriously
Not to put too fine of a point on the problem, but Hufflepuff is a difficult name to take seriously, even by Wizarding World standards. Yes, it’s the last name of the founder of the house but it kind of damns its members by slotting them into a specific category of person.
When someone ends up in Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, and Slytherin, it’s not hard to know what to expect based on the name and it’s probably going to be pretty cool. But the name Hufflepuff conjures up images of someone in a bean bag chair eating eclairs.
12 Underdog Syndrome
Just joining Hufflepuff automatically makes new members the underdog. A new wizard could be incredibly powerful and highly adept at a young age, a virtual mystical prodigy. But being part of Hufflepuff already puts them five steps behind everyone else.
Hermione Granger is one of the most badass witches to ever walk the face of the Earth and even she would have had a hard time being a winner in Hufflepuff. It’s just not a great start to a career in magic.
11 Too Nerdy
Hufflepuff is, without question, the biggest pack of nerds in Hogwarts. And that’s counting the pack of voracious readers who make up Ravenclaw. Members of Ravenclaw are definitely having long arguments about Star Wars every night and trying to use their magic to make lightsabers.
Still, Hufflepuffs are even bigger nerds than Ravenclaws. It’s no wonder that the members of Slytherin, a house filled with thugs who can barely do basic math, are constantly picking on them.
10 No Distinct Personality
The fact is, while other houses have a defining rallying point, Hufflepuff house lacks a central characteristic. Slytherin is seen as ambitious, Gryffindor, brave, Ravenclaw, wise, but what is Hufflepuff? Honestly, no one knows.
Without a central feature to unify them, it does seem like Hufflepuff isn’t the best choice.
9 Not Notable
Hufflepuffs just aren’t particularly notable. While other houses have lots of prestigious witches and wizards, Hufflepuffs self proclaim that the biggest thing to ever happen to them was Cedric getting selected for the Triwizard Tournament. This lack of resume just doesn’t invite the house to be considered the best.
In fact, so little achievement kind of makes them the worst.
8 Too Nice
Hufflepuffs are perceived as too nice and while kindness is a quality that is important to have, too much of it is also not a great thing.
Being nice has its time and place, but Hufflepuffs seem to feel that time and place should be always, which just isn’t true. This lack of perspective doesn’t become the house or recommend it.
7 Walked All Over
Similar to the above failing, Hufflepuffs will let themselves be walked all over by their more intense classmates from other houses. There’s room to all get along, but a Hufflepuffs will likely take this to extremes.
No one wants to be seen as a doormat, but that’s the reputation Hufflepuff house has.
6 Never Win Anything
Hufflepuffs just always seem to lose. Whether it’s the House Cup or other competitions, Hufflepuffs just don’t seem to come out on top.
Even when they do happen to have a lucky strike, like when Cedric beats Harry at Quidditch or is selected as Hogwarts champion, it never sees itself all the way through for Hufflepuff. This losing streak makes them eligible for the worst house.
5 Still Have Bullies
Although Hufflepuffs tout kindness, there plenty of unpleasant Hufflepuff characters. The Hufflepuffs readers meet are sometimes pretentious, rude, and unsupportive. Ernie McMillan, for instance, and Zacharias Smith, for another, both make terrible impressions on readers. They don’t really uphold the Hufflepuff standards, as lax as they already are, and sometimes appear to be even worse than some of the characters who are overtly evil. No one likes a hypocrite.
If one is going to be sorted into a house without much note, it would at least be good to be rid of bullies.
4 Not Many Great Characters
While Hufflepuff introduces the readers to some less than stellar characters, there aren’t really many great ones to make up for it. Tonks is the one exception to that rule, and while she is pretty cool, she doesn’t make up for the lack of other great Hufflepuffs. Cedric might be another, but he doesn’t really make too much of an impression.
Even if they are terrible people, the other houses offer at least a handful of truly notable individuals each.
3 No Standards
Ultimately, Hufflepuff self proclaims that it takes “all the rest.” While it’s a nice sentiment, it doesn’t do much for the house overall. If there aren’t a set of standards or goals to meet, often people won’t try to aim for them.
Hufflepuff doesn’t totally set up its students for success by not giving them a framework. Although the argument can be made that it allows freedom, it also doesn’t give Hufflepuffs any personality or really specific dynamic at all.
2 Hard Work Required
The one thing Hufflepuff does note is that it wants those who will work hard. While hard work is important, it’s not really anyone’s goal per se. People want to achieve, and they’ll work hard to do so, but the hard work itself isn’t often what they’re after.
Having this be a notable part of being in Hufflepuff makes it a little worse. What are they working hard towards really? What is the hard work going to provide…Will it even really get Hufflepuffs anywhere?
1 Seem Uncool
Ultimately, even if none of these stereotypes are true, Hufflepuff just seems uncool. And, as is sometimes said, perception can be everything. After all, a house that is already being branded as unglamorous and no fun isn’t going to be very attractive. Seeming uncool can be a kiss of death to the overall amount of fun any house can be and Hufflepuff really bears the brunt of this reputation.
In this way, Hufflepuff is worse than the other houses.
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