..a boy who was good, kind, and brave.
..a boy who was good, kind, and brave.
Yeah I don’t know. This is not what this drawing started out as…
[image description: a yellow banner reading “queer books for hufflepuff” is surrounded by six book covers of the titles listed below]
Yes, I have saved the best for last! I myself am a VERY proud Hufflepuff - if you’re curious why, check my personal tumblr’s Hufflepuff tag, particularly this post. In general, I see us Puffs as gentle souls who always aim to be helpful and hopeful despite a lack of more formal smarts or skills.
This is the final of my four recommended reading lists of queer and queer-ish books, organized by Hogwarts houses. Check out previous posts on Gryffindor, Ravenclaw and Slytherin. And enjooooy!
A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The True Story of a Nice Jewish Boy Who Joins the Church of Scientology and Leaves Twelve Years Later to Become the Lovely Lady She is Today by Kate Bornstein
This newest memoir is actually one of the few of Auntie Kate’s books that I haven’t read, but I couldn’t resist the Hufflepuff-yellow cover. Open, honest and compassionate, Bornstein’s books always feel like a big hug and kiss to outcasts everywhere.
Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
Green might be the most famous living Puff since he proclaimed it on The Late Late Show. I’m not sure what Levithan’s sorting is, but this book - about two boys with one name, how people come together and how they drift apart - is definitely a good one for us sensitive badgers.
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
I was tempted at first to prescribe this YA book to Ravenclaws, as its heroine, Astrid, is a philosophy nerd who regularly meets with her invisible friend Socrates. She does, however, nickname him Frank and compare him to a cute dog. Moreover, her questions are more of the heart than the head: How can I be seen for who I am? Why isn’t equality easy? Where can my love be safe?
10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert and Rex Ray
Need a bright dose of hope? Pick up this beautiful children’s book about a young trans girl who finds someone who believes in her dreams and appreciates her for just who she is.
Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg
A great resource for shy or insecure Hufflepuffs who have trouble communicating, or badger activists who want to get their words across without invalidating anyone’s feelings and experiences. If you get too overwhelmed by conversation, I also recommend The Highly Sensitive Person.
Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
While I strongly prefer the Dangerous Angel books that focus on Witch Baby, Weetzie’s sunny but sensitive disposition is probably more Hufflepuff appropriate. Her naïveté fits perfectly with mainstream perceptions of Puffs, while her big deep loud love for her chosen family is reminiscent of Hufflepuff as I know it.
forgot I made founders in the shire
The only point I need make when getting huffle-shamed is Helga Motherfucking Hufflepuff.
She was the best founder in my book, hands down.
You know the story. Each founder wanted only a certain type of student at Hogwarts. When they saw they couldn’t agree they split the school into quarters and set up credentials for their houses.
Said Slytherin, “We’ll teach just those
Whose ancestry’s purest.”
Said Ravenclaw, “We’ll teach those whose
Intelligence is surest.”
Said Gryffindor, “We’ll teach all those
With brave deeds to their name.”
Said Hufflepuff, “I’ll teach the lot
And treat them just the same.”
Salazar was essentially a eugenicist who wanted to implement background checks and only teach you if your lineage was ‘pure’. Rowena probably would have had some sort of rigorous aptitude test to make sure only the most academically gifted were accepted. Godric wanted only brave students so feats of strengths perhaps? Tests of valor?
Helga thought that a student was a student and deserving of the opportunity of receiving an education. What if any one of them was the sole founder of Hogwarts? If anyone but Helga was in charge, hundreds of witches and wizards in Britain would never be able to properly learn magic.
Helga Hufflepuff, Witch of Equality
Hufflepuff wallpapers with quotations, inspired by the various sources found on http://harrypotterhousequotes.tumblr.com/
Feel free to use, if you so wish.
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