5 Irrefutable Reasons Why Hufflepuff is the Best Hogwarts House

5 Irrefutable Reasons Why Hufflepuff is the Best Hogwarts House

Alright, listen up. There’s a dirty rumor going around that has been circulating through the Potter Universe since the beginning of time and I am here to strike it down HARD. That rumor is that Hufflepuff is the worst house to be in and that, in some way, Hufflepuffs are wimps/useless/stupid. Nothing could be further from the truth. How do I know that? Because I am probably the most proud Hufflepuff on the planet and I have NO TIME for this nonsense and lies.

While there are 4000 reasons I can think of that make Hufflepuff the best house, here are 5 irrefutable pieces of evidence that make me a proud Hufflepuff:

  1. J.K. Rowling herself has said that Hufflepuffs are her favorite.Let me break this down for you. The creator of the entire series herself said that Hufflepuff is her FAVORITE house. Need proof? Check out this interview where she explains why Hufflepuff is her favorite (some of her reasons are the same reasons for why I also think Hufflepuff is the best house).

    J.K. Hufflepuff

  2. Hufflepuffs were the ONLY Hogwarts House aside from Gryffindor whose students stayed en masse to fight at the Battle of Hogwarts. 

    That’s right, Ravenclaws and Slytherins ran off into the sunset to avoid the battle in large numbers, but Hufflepuffs and Gryffindors were the only ones who stayed and fought bravely. Gryffindors are known for their bravery and strength, but, as J.K. explains in the interview I mentioned above, the Hufflepuffs stayed for an even BETTER reason. The reason? The Sorting Hat hints to why in his first song in The Sorcerer’s Stone: “You might belong in Hufflepuff, where they are just and loyal. Those patient Hufflepuffs are true, and unafraid of toil.” Because of the Hufflepuff dedication to justice, loyalty, being true to themselves and their friends, and their fearlessness in the face of toil, Hufflepuffs remain the heroes of the Battle of Hogwarts and without them, wizard and mugglekind would have been screwed! So, you are welcome! 😉

  3. Two words: Cedric Diggory 

    I know what you’re thinking with this one because almost every single person I use this argument with says “but he like totally died lololololol.” BUT what they fail to realize is the actions that LEAD to his death. He didn’t just slip on a banana peel and die, he died because he was doing things, incredibly brave things, that lead him to that moment in the graveyard.During the Triwizard Tournament, the most capable and WORTHY entrant is chosen to compete by the Triwizard Cup, an unbiased source (unless a total jerk tampers with the Cup, but I digress). Cedric Diggory, Hufflepuff extraordinaire, is chosen by the Cup. Out of every entrant from EVERY house, Diggory is chosen. Hence, he is the most worthy. Furthermore, without Diggory, Harry would have failed the tournament and never likely figured out the challenge at the Black Lake. Diggory also helped Harry fight through the last challenge, the maze, and agreed, YES, AGREED (because Hufflepuffs are loyal, just, and KIND), to make the win a tie and grab the cup at the same time (hence them both being transported by the Portkey). Yes, he did end up dying, but he died valiantly at the hands of the most evil wizard that ever lived protecting a friend that he cared for.

    So, in summation, Cedric Diggory is the perfect student example of why Hufflepuffs are the best. Point. Blank. Period. No further questions.

  4. Out of all of the Houses, Hufflepuff is the only one to accept ALL people regardless of their courage, smarts, or otherwise.

    In another Sorting Hat song that takes place during the Goblet of Fire, the Hat outlines the things that are valued most to each of the House founders (Godric Gryffindor, Rowena Ravenclaw, Helga Hufflepuff, and Salazar Slytherin):“By Gryffindor, the bravest were
    Prized far beyond the rest;
    For Ravenclaw, the cleverest
    Would always be the best;
    For Hufflepuff, hard workers were
    Most worthy of admission;
    And power-hungry Slytherin
    Loved those of great ambition.”

    Notice how Gryffindor values bravery, Ravenclaw values those who are clever, and Slytherin values ambition. Hufflepuff on the other hand? They value those who are hard workers and willing to do their best. To me, this means that Hufflepuff is the most inclusive House of all, taking students on who want to be there and are willing to put in the work to be successful. Forget about the rest, if you want to be here, we will take you!

  5. Hufflepuff and dark wizards? Nah, man. 

    Every single house has boasted lots of dark wizards. When Voldemort started gaining more and more power, Death Eaters from each house came out in abundance to show their support. Hufflepuffs didn’t have a seat at that table. Why? Again… loyal, just, kind, patient, morally sound. Hufflepuffs don’t kill their friends… they just don’t!

Alright, friends. Are you convinced that Hufflepuff is the best house yet? I will admit that I give Gryffindor an honorable mention here, but if I had to choose my house over again, I would still choose Hufflepuff every time.

What is your Hogwarts House and why are YOU proud to be in it?

15 Thoughts I Have While Reading

15 Thoughts I Have While Reading

If you are one of those people who can read a book and not think much of what you are reading and just take it as it is and roll with the punches, you are incredibly lucky. As someone who can be hypercritical of everything, including the books I read, I have an inner monologue going on at all times while reading, chatting to myself about my thoughts and opinions on the book both positive and negative.

Curious to know what I think about? Here are 15 common thoughts I have while reading:

  1. “Okay, here we go, new book. I wonder how the pages smell…. Yup, smells like paper. So satisfying!”
  2. “Alright, so I guess this is just another watered down version of Hunger Games with a “magical twist.” Glad we are on the same page here…”
  3. “Okay, this girl is getting WAY too detailed about that man’s eyelashes and hair. Give it 2 more chapters and they will be making out.”
  4. “How the heck are they making out already?? They just met at that stupid club an hour ago!!!”
  5. “Yes, because that’s totally what a woman would say about her body while undressing in front of her boyfriend. Totally realistic.”
  6. “Wait, who is that person again? The main character’s best friend’s brother’s cousin? Okay, got it.”
  7. “Welp, there’s a racist/sexist/homophobic/prejudice comment. Throwing this thing RIGHT in the trash.”
  8. “How many more pages do I have left in this book? 200? Yeah, I can totally finish this in 30 minutes.”
  9. “Wait, was that a typo?? YESSSSS!!! I FOUND ONE!!!!”
  10. “Could this chair BE any more uncomfortable??? *flips upside down with legs behind head* Okay, that’s not great either….”
  11. “Where the heck did my bookmark go?!”
  12. “I KNEW HE WAS THE KILLER!!! I am a genius. I deserve a genius award of some sort…”
  13. “I think I need more snacks to really enjoy this book.”
  14. “How do you even pronounce this person’s name? Fantasy novels be cray…”
  15. “Phew. Another book finished…. Now what…?”

So there you have it, your exclusive sneak peek into my mind during reading! Does anyone else have similar thoughts? Different ones? Let me know! 🙂

-Alisa

5 Ways to Get Away With Reading at Work

5 Ways to Get Away With Reading at Work

 

If you are a bookworm after my own heart, you will know that reading and consuming literature is a full-time grind. This is not a hobby for the weak. If you aren’t thinking about books 24/7, you can’t sit with us.

Just kidding, you can sit with us, but just know that we are going to ignore you and not make eye contact in favor of finishing our third book for the week.

One of the things that get in the way of being able to read every day and all the time is this weird adult trapping mechanism called a “job.” Most of us work at least 40 hours a week, precious time that could be dedicated to our novels. So what can we do to make sure that we still have time to read at work without jeopardizing your paycheck (that will ultimately be used to buy more books)? Here are a few of my creative ideas:

  1. Read at your desk, but cover yourself with a blanket so that nobody can see you.This tactic worked really well for me as a kid. My mom would come into my bedroom to check on me at 10:00pm and lo and behold, there I was with my flashlight on and my book open wide. I would get scolded for not sleeping and have my book taken away, breaking my youthful, innocent heart into a million tiny pieces. This was the worst thing that could ever happen to me. I am still scarred by it today and thank you for your thoughts and prayers. But as I got older and wiser and crept up on the ripe old age of 10, I discovered that if you put your blanket over your head, shielding your book and Barbie flashlight beam from view, your parents would be fooled into thinking you were sleeping and carry on with whatever Moms even did back in the day. Take that, Ma, I got you so good!!!My confidence that this will work with your coworkers is at LEAST 40%. I will take that chance.
  2. Copy your books onto 8.5×11” paper with the company copy machine, print it out, grab a highlighter, and tell all your coworkers that you need to “finish these reports by the end of the day.”There are very few people in the business world who would deny that deadlines are stressful, especially when there is a big stack of papers sitting on the corner of your desk waiting to be completed and judging you harshly every time you open Amazon.com or google “baby otters” instead of getting them completed. Because everyone can relate to this stress beast, this particular scheme works incredibly well. Someone walks into your office and asks for a financial breakdown? Not now, Linda, gotta get this report done by the end of the day. Your boss needs you to go drop off a super important binder to a client? Not now, Deborah, these numbers aren’t going to crunch themselves, pal, sorry. The building is about to be attacked by a modern day Godzilla that will likely cause major destruction and upset to the entire organization? Sorry, gotta figure out who Kendra picks in this insane love triangle. Priorities.
  3. Convince your officemates to hold your book up for you so you can expertly multitask.It’s pretty obvious to other people when you a reading a book. It’s in your hands, your head is down, and you’re in a state of ignorant bliss. This is not conducive to sneaky reading and your boss will know right away that you are not being a productive citizen (the horror). That’s why you need to enlist a book-holding buddy so that THEY are the ones who get in trouble for holding the book, not you. Seems like a simple concept right? Not only that, but you can do so many other productive things while they hold your book like finishing stapling those documents together or eating a steaming, sloppy cup of noodles. The choices are limitless! You may be asking yourself “but what do THEY get out of this arrangement?” The answer: Killer biceps and forearms. Have you ever held a book up for 8 hours straight? They will thank you later when they look like Gaston.
  4. Listen to an audiobook and obnoxiously scream “I AM SORRY, I JUST CAN’T HEAR YOU” every time someone tries to talk to you.This tip is pretty straightforward. If you have any questions, please feel free to stop by my office and ask me, but I probably won’t be able to hear you.
  5. Hide under your desk and claim you are getting ready for disaster preparedness.Remember those tornado drills they made us do in elementary school where you were forced to sit under your desk with a book on your head for an hour while sirens screamed through the classroom (aka the good old days)? Now is your time to shine! Get under that desk, surround yourself with military-grade tornado shields, and hoard some snacks and books to keep you occupied for 8 hours. If anyone laughs at you for doing this, kindly let them know that you will be the one prepared for the impending tornado disasters, not them, and then who will be laughing? Probably me, Richard, probably me.

I hope these tips and tricks help inspire you to be the best reader you can be despite having to work 40 hours a week. Let me know if you try out any of these tips, and please send pictures.

 

Best of luck,

Alisa