Kids these days will never know the true stress of waiting for your Pottermore e-mail. That's right! Back in my day, you had to wait until J.K. Rowling, or whoever, granted you access into the magical website where you could be sorted by the sorting hat, take quizzes, take classes and just become encompassed by nerdy things. When I first got onto Pottermore and began my sorting house quiz, I was excited, but by no means anxious. Because I knew I was a Gryffindor, just like Hermione. Obviously.
Much to my surprise, the sorting hat analyzes my test results and declares me:
I. Was. Devastated. I was convinced, in that moment, that life would be over. I could never show my face in public again. I would be the laughing stock of all my friends.
A little dramatic, I know. But my teenage naivete aside, I did figure out, through years of research, that the Hufflepuff is actually the best house in this whole dang school. Don't believe me? Check out my seven reasons why everyone should want to be a Hufflepuff.
1. Three words: Location, location, location
Little known fact: The Hufflepuff Common Rooms are located just next to the immaculate Hogwarts Kitchen! This makes us an expert on midnight snacks and disposing of leftovers.
2. Our "squad" is "on point," or whatever
If you're a Hufflepuff, you're in good company. There are some self-proclaimed Hufflepuffs, like John Green, but the Internet has also done us the favor of sorting some of our other favorite celebrities into Hogwarts Houses (thanks, Entertainment Weekly). Other famous Hufflepuffs include: Tom Hanks, Josh Hutcherson, Jimmy Fallon and, by the grace of God, Kevin Jonas.
3. And who can forget the most important Hufflepuff of them all?!
Cedric Diggory! Aka pre-"Twilight" Robert Pattinson. Need I say more?
4. Our mascot is a freaking badger!
OK, so maybe a badger isn't as horrifying as a snake or as noble as a lion... But badgers are pretty damn ferocious, and practical.
5. We actually get things done!
Author Elizer Yudkowsky says, "Clever kids in Ravenclaw, evil kids in Slytherin, wannabe heroes in Gryffindor and everyone who does the actual work in Hufflepuff."
Throughout the "Harry Potter" series, we seldom see anyone doing any sort of actual school work, except Hermione. This is, of course, because we are seeing the point of view of Harry Potter and his fellow Gryffindor cohorts. Meanwhile, over in Hufflepuff, people are studying and making a positive impact on this community.
6. Hufflepuff House is Rowling family-approved.
Any disappointed Hufflepuffs need to watch the video above! J.K. Rowling praises Hufflepuffs for participating in the final battle, not to "show off or be reckless" like Gryffindor, but because of their morals. Thank you for that shout out, queen! Sincerely, Hufflepuffs everywhere.
7. Oh, and if that's not enough, Nymphadora Tonks was a Hufflepuff.
Any other argument you may have had was just disproved with the above GIF, thank you.