Happy Wednesday! I know I said I’d be back to a semi-normal schedule last week, but I’ve been suffering from a case of “Oh god, my reviews and posts are flaming piles of garbage” and “WHAT ARE WORDS????” which has had the added benefit of wreaking havoc on my reading pace.
Fun, fun times.
But more on that in my wrap up post! Because today’s a Wednesday which means it’s time for another rendition of Top 5 Wednesday! Or as I like to call it, “Top 5 Characters/Books/Things That I Can Actually Remember That Day Day.”
Today’s topic is: Characters that Embody Your Hogwarts House
So Pottermore says that “Hufflepuffs value hard work, patience, loyalty, and fair play.” And that sounds kind of vague. And bland. And…side-kick-y. Which is probably why I’d spent most of my childhood and teenagehood hating on the Hufflepuff House.
But I think, for me, the crux of Hufflepuffs is their value of deep emotional connections (humans and nature both) through love and passion and caring. So that’s the definition that I’ve based this list on.
Also, I’m pretty sure this is the first Harry Potter/Sorting House related post I’ve done (an absolute sacrilege, I’m sure, considering I mostly do fantasy-related posts), so allow me to take the time to rant about the sheer messed-upness of shoving pre-adolescent kids into groups based around personality and telling them “This is where you’re going to be for the next seven years of your life.” Because I’m pretty sure the Sorting Hat isn’t prophetic, so it can’t possibly predict the trajectory of someone’s character development from childhood to adulthood.
And I’m also pretty sure there’s an echo chamber thing going on. If a Gryffindor kid does remain a Gryffindor kid for the rest of their childhood, is it because they embody Gryffindor traits to their core, or is it because everything around them is telling them that this is who they are–they’re so brave and daring and wow, look at Harry Potter always being so brave and daring, don’t they want to be just like Harry Potter?–that they end up molding themselves according to that image?
I would love to see someone in the HP world do an extensive psychological study comparing the development of Hogwarts kids verses the development of kids from other magic schools. And then make an exposé documentary out of it–part of a series called “The Sinister Goings-On at Hogwarts.” Episode 139.
But I digress.
On with the show!
FitzChivalry Farseer – Realm of the Elderlings
No character, absolutely no character, in any other book goes through the amount of shit that Fitz goes through in the course of this series. Every horrible, tragic thing you can imagine happening to a person? You can bet he experienced them. Got T-shirts and all.
Yet somehow, he never loses his ability to love and care and to just feel with every inch of his being. And while that leaves him vulnerable to so much pain, it also leaves him open to many, many incredible and beautiful connections. Connections that have shaped him–that he has allowed to shape him. And while he can never direct it towards himself, the love he has for others in his life can overflow thousands of oceans.
It’s literally impossible for me to write about him without crying and I’ll always be okay with that.
(Fun fact: adding Fitz to the list was what made me go, “Okay, fine, online quizzes. You’re right. I’m a Hufflepuff.” Because he’s pretty much me in character form.)
Auri – The Kingkiller Chronicles
Auri is one of the most beautiful, broken, egoless characters I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. While there’s still so much we don’t know about her, I think we know the most important bits. That she’s a kind and gentle soul who keeps her loved ones close (though there are very few of those in her life). And that she cares and comforts Kvothe in the rare moments when he’s unguarded.
The Slow Regard of Silent Things (Auri’s novella) is through and through a Hufflepuff book.
Samwise Gamgee – The Lord of the Rings
Way back when, my friend said to me after binge-watching the movies for the first time, “Sam did all the work!” While that’s completely uncharitable to Frodo because being the ringbearer is a different kind of burden–an insidious, mostly invisible one–Sam is a force of love and hope and loyalty that stood toe-to-toe with evil and won. For that he deserves at least half the credit.
It’s getting late (why I’m writing this at 3 AM I cannot tell you), so I’ll just leave you with Frodo’s own words: “Frodo wouldn’t have gotten far without Sam.”
Gon Freecss – Hunter x Hunter
I make no secret my love for HxH and this guy right here is what makes this masterpiece work. “You are light” is what another character says of Gon at one point, and I couldn’t have said it better myself. While Gon gains some super neat powers later on in the series, his greatest power is and always was his unwavering optimism and loyalty and the belief that good will prevail in the end. This kid will believe in you until you begin to believe in yourself and that’s a beautiful, beautiful thing.
And we see how that’s so cruelly turned against him in the Chimera Ant arc, demonstrating how your strongest traits can easily become your greatest weakness.
Jesse Pinkman – Breaking Bad
Oh, Jesse. We first meet him as the drug dealer/meth cooker/comic relief punk that Walter White “enlists” to help make money for his family. Little did I know that he would become the heart and conscience of the series. Because Jesse cares. A lot. Too much, you could say, considering the line of work he’s in. For his friends. For the girls he dates. For the random people he meets out in the world. For, perhaps to his detriment, Walter White.
Jesse Pinkman is a character stuck in the wrong story and all I wanted was to pluck him out of this hellhole and into a sweet romantic road trip comedy.
And that’s it! These are obviously not set in stone (except for Fitz. He’s 1000% a Hufflepuff and you can fight me on that), so holler at me below if you disagree/agree with any of my choices and we can have a good ol’ debate! 😀
Samwise should be house captain of Hufflepuff!!
I mean, that’d be the BEST?? He can make taters–er, potatoes–the official house food. 😛
😂🤣😂🤣 OMFG YES!!!!!!
Jesse Pinkman is not somebody I would automatically connect to Hufflepuff but I love your explanation and it totally makes sense. Great list.
Aw, thank you! I always felt that while W.W. embraced the criminal world, even from the beginning, and fit into it really well, Jesse was too…innocent for it. Not enough ruthlessness to drive him.
Yes, Fitz goes through a ton. Hobb does like to torture her characters apparently.
The whole house-for-school-life thing is a great issue to bring up! Must be lots of real-world Muggle kids stuck, too!
Thank you! It’s an issue I never thought about as a kid, but since I hit teen years it’s been bothering me a lot. 😛
Samwise would definitely have been in hufflepuff. He’s still the MVP from the party and the only reason the quest succeeded.
For sure! And I’ll never not cry at that scene where he literally carries Frodo to the top of the mountain.
I am living for your rant about the Sorting Hat!
Glad you enjoyed!!
Love this post, Kathy, and L-O-V-E seeing you! ♥️ I think you did an amazing job with your words!
*Throws flowers and hearts through the screen* You’re the best, Jennifer!! <3 <3
I think Samwise is kind of like Neville tho and could have been in Gryffindor! Tho I think Neville could have been in hufflepuff too 🙂
Oh yeah, totally, they’re super alike! I guess my reasoning is that it’s Sam’s loyalty and love for Frodo that ultimately *drives* his bravery. So a 60/40 split on Hufflepuff/Gryfindor. 😛
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I love Hufflepuffs and they don’t get nearly enough love as they deserve. I think its because we (people as a whole) don’t place enough value on emotional connections. We see emotions and creating human connections as something lacking or less than the traits of the other houses.
That’s codswallop of course, emotional connections and loyalty are some amazing traits and there are plenty of people and characters who have those traits and they are awesome.
I 100% had Samwise in my list of Hufflepuffs. I agree with your comment – Frodo’s burden with the ring was different than Sam’s. Sam carried Frodo and without him there would be no happy ending. The great thing about Sam is that while we can objectively see that Sam carrying Frodo *was* a burden, Sam would have seen it as a simple non negotiable act of love. And *that’s* what makes Sam a fantastic Hufflepuff and even more fantastic little Hobbit.
Such a fantastic post about Hufflepuffs 💛 I only know Sam (it is really time to rewatch LOTR, as it has been a while!!), but the other characters sounds so interesting as well! 😊
Thanks, Caro! It’s been a while since I last watched LOTR too and I got a serious urge to do a marathon after writing this post. 😀
Oh Fitz my poor boy. I just finished the second tawny man book and just ugh.
He just gets no breaks in life. 🙁 And wait ’till you get to book 3!