Posted on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
Of all the Hogwarts houses, none gets picked on more than poor Hufflepuff. The Gryffindors get to be the brave heroes, the Slytherins the seductive villains, and the Ravenclaws the cunning masterminds. But Hufflepuffs? They’re the nice, diligent types who toil in the background and get none of the glory. They have the goofiest house name and the least exciting mascot. No wonder they’re the underdogs.
But House Hufflepuff won’t stand for that kind of treatment anymore. In a tearful video, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them star Eddie Redmayne declares himself a “proud Hufflepuff,” listing all the house’s strengths and rattling off the names of some other famous Hufflepuffs (including the coolest Hufflepuff of them all, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson). Watch the Hufflepuff PSA below.
Redmayne should know all about Hufflepuffs. Not only does he consider himself part of that great House, he plays a character who does too — yes, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hero Newt Scamander is a Hufflepuff, and even has the black and yellow scarf to prove it. The Hufflepuff PSA has Redmayne getting gradually more emotional as he stands up for his House:
They call us boring. They call us beige. They say we’re the nice guys. But you know what? Do you know what I see in Hufflepuffs? I see loyalty. I see fierce friendship. We are hardworking, we are compassionate, and at the end of the day, we’re going to do the right thing. And not because of the glory. Not because of the glory, but for the greater good.
Stirring stuff, but… um, Redmayne has to know that “for the greater good” is an extremely loaded term in the Harry Potter universe, right? Is he trying to tell us he’s secretly #TeamGrindelwald? Let’s hope not, because I’m pretty sure Fantastic Beasts is meant to be all about battling intolerance and rejecting Grindelwald’s vile notions.
Hufflepuffs may struggle to get their due, but Redmayne isn’t the only one who’s stood up and spoken out in defense of the House. As he points out, the Rock is a loud-and-proud Hufflepuff. And the architect of this entire universe, J.K. Rowling, has indeed said Hufflepuff is her favorite House. Plus, there’s even a whole play about Hufflepuffs Off-Broadway in New York — apparently Puffs is quite good and worth checking out if you’re in the area.
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