All the Extras
This page is where I'll discuss a mix of other topics which either are important or I just want to discuss and let you know about.
I've been planning this post for months and now it's finally here- Happy Hufflepuff Pride Day to all my fellow badgers out there! :D
Now, this is basically going to be a post on reasons as to why I'm a proud Hufflepuff and to show off some of my HP memorabilia. There isn't too much (at the moment), but I am hoping to go to the Warner Bros Studio tour later this year (fingers crossed). I'll definitely be buying things then! :)
Let's get started.
Sometimes, I think people think Hufflepuffs are the rejects of the other houses, or that we don't have any of those qualities to make it...or something else?? Not true. The last time I checked, Hermione could have been a Ravenclaw, Neville a Hufflepuff and Harry a Slytherin. In real life, people are made of up of many different qualities.
I am many of the things that make a Hufflepuff, yes, but I've had to work at some of them. I'm not naturally patient, for example. I can be really clumsy. Trust me when I say I have a temper at times. I thought I was a Ravenclaw for a while, before realising that decent qualifications were more through hard work than any overly natural abilities.
Badgers are very capable of defending their own and there's a joke that a badger could rip your face off but there's probably some truth in it. Likewise, one of the most important things to me is loyalty, which is a two-way thing. Don't forget, most Hufflepuffs stayed to fight at the Battle of Hogwarts because it was the right thing for them to do.
From a nicer, personal point of view, I love being a Hufflepuff because of their accepting nature. I've said it before on the blog that Hermione was the character I related to the hardest as an 11 year old just discovering the books for the first time. She was me, in many ways. Later on, I found some of that in Luna and Tonks as well. I'm so happy Newt is representing Hufflepuffs in the Fantastic Beasts films- I see me in him too.
See, I think Hufflepuff house bring out the best in people. I love the idea of the Hufflepuff common room. I'm a socially anxious, introverted, perfectionist. Only one of those things in that sentence is good. I didn't even know what half of that meant ten years ago- the pressures of school then, society and not being like everyone else made me become that, or try and become something I wasn't.
It's taken a while to get there, but I'm being more of me every day. Don't get me wrong, I love the other houses. I have favourite characters and also friends from them all, I think. But the bottom line is this:
Being a Hufflepuff means I can just be myself.
And that's why I'm proud to be one.
Several years ago, my family went to Florida and I got my first look at the Orlando HP world. Yes, it's been updated a fair bit now and I want to go back. But it was brilliant at the time and the above are some of what we got up to. The Chocoloate Frogs were a bit expensive or else I'd have gotten more, but they're quite big to eat, from what I remember.
Of course, I couldn't go away without a wand of my own. After debating between an original or a character wand, I went for the latter and queued for quite a while outside Olivander's. I had a fun time in there, and the wand I came away with is a willow one, as the underneath of the box says. I don't remember anything else about it now, but knowing what Pottermore says about willow wands, wand cores and knowing my own personality, it's probable it would also contain unicorn hair, if all of this were real. :)
Also from Orlando- and a friend- is this HP mug. I actually kept the box just for this post- I love how the 'Hogwarts Mug' bit is basically a label from the Marauders Map. Anyway, it has the Hogwarts logo, a pretty pattern along the bottom and is something I use all the time.
This beauty is a money box my parents bought me from a local merchandise shop as a surprise this last Christmas. They knew my Hogwarts house probably because I keep going on about it, so they couldn't get it wrong. :) I haven't really used it yet, but I will.
It's also heavier than it looks!
And finally, my cushions from Primark! The Hufflepuff one is smaller than the Hogwarts silhouette one, but the really important thing for me is that both are firm to help with my occasional back problems.
That's all, folks. Let's raise a Butterbeer to all other Hufflepuffs out there!
(Of course, I'm also not forgetting the other houses when it's their day this week. Let's be proud of who we are.)
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