Here is my new, and last until Lent ends in 40 days, post for the Castalia House Superversive Tuesday slot, “So you made it into Hufflepuff”. I had a lot of fun writing it. It is a short analysis of Rowling’s (poor) handling of the house systems in “Harry Potter”, as well as a light-hearted look at my feelings about Hufflepuff House.
There’s another dimension to Hufflepuff’s decision to take in the rejected students. In one sense, it makes Hufflepuff the loser house – but there’s more to it than that. It also makes Hufflepuff the wisest house.
Hear me out here. Is it really a good idea to be telling children exactly what their strongest and most important qualities are at the age of eleven? Is this healthy? Think of all of the trouble this causes at Hogwarts. In book five, the Sorting Hat warns the student body to come together in the face of the impending threat, and even questions the wisdom of sorting itself. Slytherin has the reputation as the house of dark wizards, so why would you wants children to grow up with that type of stigma?
The issues surrounding sorting didn’t even seem to occur to the most intelligent of the founders, Rowena Ravenclaw…but they did occur to one founder: Helga Hufflepuff.
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A happy Lent to all of you. Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.