Real talk: When Pottermore first sorted me into Hufflepuff, I was more than a little disappointed. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I knew it was the house where I belonged. But after years of trying to convince myself that I was a Gryffindor, the Sorting Hat’s official decree felt like a low blow.
Sure, I loved Cedric Diggory, but he was no hero. Heck, he wasn’t even brave enough to defy his friends and publicly help Harry. Meanwhile, Potter over here was risking his life left and right because of some dumb prophecy created before he was even born. Mindy Kaling said it: “Nobody wants to be Hufflepuff.”
Enter Eddie Redmayne, who plays Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The character makes the shortlist of Pottermore’s “Famous Hufflepuffs Through the Ages,” and for good reason: He’s not ashamed of his house.
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“Hey there. I’m Eddie Redmayne, and I’m a Hufflepuff. Actually no—I am a proud Hufflepuff. For far too long now, Hufflepuffs have been victimized. They call us boring. They call us beige,” he said, getting emotional in a pro-Hufflepuff public service announcement for MTV.
“You know what I see in Hufflepuffs? I see loyalty. I see fierce friendship. So we are hard working, we are compassionate, and at the end of the day, we are going to do the right thing, and not because of the glory—not because of the glory—but because of the greater good,” he says in the PSA.
Redmayne reminds us of famous Hufflepuffs like Cedric Diggory and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who are known for their upstanding citizenship, fierce loyalty, and downright sexiness (please refer to Exhibit A and Exhibit B). “Also, Hufflepuff is J.K. Rowling’s favorite house,” he quips.
And, we’re sold. Watch the video at top and get proud of your Hufflepuff heritage.