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I just finished watching Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's (Philosopher's) Stone on DVD. Not my first time seeing in the movie by a long shot, but Quirrell captured my attention during the film. He was a servant of Lord Voldemort I have heard on Pottermore that Quinius Quirrell was a Ravenclaw, and that Hufflepuff has had the fewest Dark wizards, so I started thinking of some famous Dark Witches and Wizards each of the four Houses may have.

Slytherin had Lord Voldemort (most famously, along with many Death Eaters) Gryffindor had Wormtail; Ravenclaw had Quirrell.

I have tried to find some Dark Witch or wizard from the Hufflepuff house, but only in vain.

Are there any current Dark Wizards (most likely in Azkaban) or former Dark Wizards who are known to have been a part of the Hufflepuff House?

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Quirrel wasn't so much a servant of Voldemort as he was possessed - there's nothing I remember in the books or movie that suggest it was voluntary on his part. It just happened that Quirrel was in the wrong place at the wrong time when Voldemort was looking for a host. –  HorusKol Jan 11 '13 at 1:37
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@HorusKol That's wrong, Quirrel was only possessed after he failed to get the stone from Gringott's, as evidenced by his discussion with Harry stating that he[Voldemort] "...decided he[V] would have to keep a closer watch on me[Quirrel]". –  NominSim Jan 11 '13 at 4:52
    
hmm - fair enough, but still not entirely convinced Quirrel was acting of his own volition –  HorusKol Jan 13 '13 at 23:00
    
He doesn't have to be possessed to believe that aiding Lord V was the only way to save his scrawny ars –  balanced mama Jan 16 '13 at 0:54

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Harry Potter Wiki suggests that Hufflepuff has the fewest dark wizards of any house, but I have found several accounts that suggest that they have none.

So either they have none, or they have a few very-unknown ones as at least one Slytherin claims.

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Just a note: your second link is misleading in its representation of Slytherins. We are not chosen for being bigoted purebloods. We are chosen for being the seeds of greatness who seek fame and success, and we possess much cunning and no small amount of wisdom. But you're probably right about Hufflepuff; they are of the greatest integrity out of all the houses, and JKR's daughter was at least partially correct when she said we should all want to be Hufflepuffs. –  commando Jan 10 '13 at 21:05
    
I added an edit make it the voice of one person, as against to all Slitherin. However, it was a cited source from the wiki so vOv –  Pyrodante Jan 11 '13 at 16:03

The Hufflepuff welcome letter on Pottermore makes a claim about their dark wizard turnout:

However, it’s true that Hufflepuff is a bit lacking in one area. We’ve produced the fewest Dark wizards of any house in this school. Of course, you’d expect Slytherin to churn out evil-doers, seeing as they’ve never heard of fair play and prefer cheating over hard work any day, but even Gryffindor (the house we get on best with) has produced a few dodgy characters.

Of course, take that with a pinch of salt, since it comes from a Hufflepuff prefect.

That it says “the fewest” might suggest that they have turned out a non-zero number of dark wizards/witches in their history, but less than the other houses (so the answer to the original question would be yes). But I don’t know of any canon examples that back up that interpretation.

It’s also possible that this Prefect doesn’t know of any instances of dark wizards in Hufflepuff, but doesn’t want to say “no Dark wizards” in case there are some that they don’t know about.

Comments in the Slytherin welcome letter also hint at Dark wizards across all three houses, but again fails to cite specific instances:

I’m not denying that we’ve produced our share of Dark wizards, but so have the other three houses – they just don’t like admitting it.

But again, that comes with the bias of being written by a Slytherin prefect.

Overall, I’d say it’s pretty likely that Hufflepuff have turned out some Dark wizards and witches, but they probably pale in comparison to the number and notoriety of those turned out by Slytherin, hence they don’t tend to get mentioned must.

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But there's this quote from the first book:

"Better Hufflepuff than Slytherin," said Hagrid darkly. "There's not a single witch or wizard who went bad who wasn't in Slytherin. You-Know-Who was one."

In the film, pretty much the same quote is made by Ron. This implies that all the dark wizards were from Slytherin.

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Peter Pettigrew was a Gryffindor. –  Mark Beadles Jan 10 '13 at 21:22
    
@MarkBeadles well, precisely, and as OP notes Quirrell was a Ravenclaw. My point is just that the books give contradictory information on this point. –  Daniel Roseman Jan 10 '13 at 21:25
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Don't mistake a character's statement for the author's. Hagrid said that, not JK Rowling. He might have been mistaken, or simplifying, or exaggerating. –  Mark Beadles Jan 10 '13 at 21:25
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@MarkBeadles I agree; Hagrid was kicked out of Hogwarts because of a Slytherin. He's biased. –  Izkata Jan 11 '13 at 0:20
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@MarkBeadles Also, Hagrid didn't know about Peter Pettigrew being bad when he said this. –  cbbcbail Jan 12 '13 at 22:41

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