‘‘I'm Eddie Redmayne and I'm a Hufflepuff. Actually, no. I'm a proud Hufflepuff.’’
Eddie Redmayne, also known as Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, has given us a PSA (Public Service Announcement) about Hufflepuffs. The main message? Be proud to be a Hufflepuff!
He says that Hufflepuffs have been victimized. And frankly, I agree with him. From all four houses, it’s Hufflepuff that is often viewed as the ‘weaker’ house. Hufflepuffs are stereotyped as boring, weak and naive. But Hufflepuff is so much more than that, or better said it is entirely different.
‘‘Do you know what I see in Hufflepuffs? I see loyalty. I see fierce friendship. So we are hard working. We are compassionate.’’
A good example would be Cedric Diggory. He was a Hufflepuff, and yet he showed strength and bravery - traits usually more associated with Gryffindor - by entering the Triwizard Tournament, a very dangerous competition as we all know. We may have only seen him for a relatively short amount of time, we have seen enough to know that he doesn’t fit the negative stereotype Hufflepuff.
Cedric was someone who wanted to do things the right way. He didn’t cheat, he rather wanted a fair game. He worked hard, and by doing so becoming an excellent student, prefect and Quidditch captain. He also seemed to put others before himself, offering Harry the victory of the Tournament even though he wanted to win as well. He disliked bullying and was brave enough to say something about it, even when it were his friends.
All of this seems to be more in line with Eddie’s message, than with the stereotype so many people believe.
Not convinced? What about Newt Scamander, Eddie’s character in Fantastic Beasts - the first Hufflepuff to play a lead role in the franchise. I got to see it last Friday, and I must say that I absolutely loved Newt. He has a very kind heart, fiercely protects those he cares about. He also shows a kind of bravery based on knowing how to act. He is a great Hufflepuff and he sure was not boring, or weak.
No, Hufflepuff is a loyal, noble and great house and anyone who gets sorted into Hufflepuff should be proud! And let’s not forget:
‘‘Hufflepuff is J.K. Rowling's favorite house so frankly, f-’’