Poor Hufflepuff. Everyone who wasn’t cunning, intelligent, or brave got sent to Hufflepuff
Ding-dong, you are wrong.
Everyone who had immense amounts of courage but, when given the choice, would decide that fighting is not as important as staying put to care for the people a war leaves in its wake ended up in Hufflepuff.
Everyone who was extremely intelligent but simply considered it a much more defining characteristic to be loyal and faithful to people they love, rather than taking pride in their intelligence*, ended up in Hufflepuff.
Everyone who wanted to do something important and had enough cunning to manipulate others and wind their way to the top, but never would because they considered it more important to be honest and earn their success fairly and through hard work ended up in Hufflepuff
Everyone who was brave, and smart, and cunning, but did not consider those traits to be the most important and defining aspects of their personality ended up in Hufflepuff.
Helga Hufflepuff made a conscious decision to accept only those students who were honest and loyal and true enough to themselves to say “No. Courage and intelligence and cunning are all valuable traits, but I will not define myself by them because I believe there are things more important than that.”
We are not your fucking leftovers.
I feel it is also important to mention that Helga Hufflepuff accepted non-pure blood folks of great cunning, and everyone who wasn’t a “sharpest” mind, and those who weren’t the bravEST and boldEST - which is a fucking lot of people who do a lot of important shit. We can’t build a world around those considered “elite” by very rigid and arbitrary standards. Hufflepuff is the house that believes everyone can contribute something worthwhile. From this poem, Hufflepuff took “all the rest” and “taught them all she knew” i.e. took a fucking stand to say “yo, these kids have something to contribute too!”
Hufflepuff, the House of Acceptance.