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Cedric Diggory was a clever wizard. He was very expert in the field of magic and he also proved it every time. These qualities are suggesting that he should be in Ravenclaw rather then Hufflepuff.

So why wasn’t he sorted in Ravenclaw?

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Well he fell right into my trap so I wouldn't call him clever. –  Voldemort Jun 14 at 8:38
    
@Voldemort: He was clever enough to save Harry and also he was brave enough to stand in front of wormtail and you. –  Rajan Jun 14 at 10:11
    
Actually, I think he wasn't quite sure what was going on and died in the confusion. Anyway, he was braver than clever there. –  Voldemort Jun 14 at 10:33
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please expand the question to include instances of his cleverness & expertise in magic according to you. –  KharoBangdo Jun 14 at 12:44

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The key point comes from Dumbledore’s speech about him in Goblet of Fire:

“Cedric was a person who exemplified many of the qualities that distinguish Hufflepuff house,” Dumbledore continued. “He was a good and loyal friend, a hard worker, he valued fair play.”

All of those are consistent with the portrayal of Cedric in the canon, hence, he was well suited in Hufflepuff.

We have characters in the canon who are highly intelligent and intellectually capable, yet aren’t in Ravenclaw. Hermione is the best example. As I explained in my answer to that question, the values you hold are more important than your individual traits.

Diggory has never shown the level of intellectual curiosity required to be in Ravenclaw, but as Dumbledore says above, he does value traditional Hufflepuff traits.

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Succinct and correct! Nice answer +1 :) –  Slytherincess Jun 14 at 14:41
    
Oh come on, compared to Crabbe, Goyle, Harry, Ron, and pretty much every other character you'd be hard pressed to argue that Diggory wasn't in the top 25th percentile of intellect and curiosity. –  Jeff Jun 14 at 18:30
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Sorry, I've downvoted because I think this is actively wrong. a) you are arguably wrong about Cedric's levels of intelligence and b) you display a casual lack of knowledge about how the Sorting Hat functions. It's demonstrable many times over that a person's House is indicative only of their most prominent attributes or personality traits. E.g. Hermione is almost certainly the smartest student in her year, but isn't in Ravenclaw (because her boldness, bravery and integrity is more important to her than a mere pursuit of knowledge which characteries Ravenclaws). –  The Giant of Lannister Jun 15 at 11:23
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It's more about values than ability. If he doesn't value intelligence then he's not a ravenclaw, regardless of iq. –  Pureferret Jun 16 at 13:14
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@TheGiantofLannister -- I think if there's to be talk about fairplay, Cedric Diggory, and Hufflepuff, let's be honest here: It's convenient to ignore that Cedric gave Harry a riddle about the golden egg while Harry had outright told Cedric that the first task was going to be dragons, that there was a dragon for each of the champions, and that they would have to get by the dragon. Cedric gave Harry the password to the prefects' bath and told him the hot water would "help him think." This is not fairplay. –  Slytherincess Jun 17 at 4:50

To somehow expand alexwlchan's answer I've tried to gather some information about Cedric's Hufflepuff qualities. I will focus on, why Cedric is in Hufflepuff, not why he is not in Ravenclaw. First let me cite the the Sorting Hat:

You might belong in Hufflepuff Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true
And unafraid of toil;

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

For Hufflepuff, hard workers were
Most worthy of admission;

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Now about Cedric (from the Prisoner of Azkaban):

  • Looks like he's not misusing his appearence or built, but remains humble/silent.

    “He’s that tall, good-looking one, isn’t he?” said Angelina.
    “Strong and silent,” said Katie, and they started to giggle again.

  • The before-match-handshake differs from those with Slytherin, when they try to crush each others hand:

    The Captains walked up to each other and shook hands; Diggory smiled at Wood but Wood now looked as though he had lockjaw and merely nodded.

  • He is talented in Quidditch, a bit like Harry himself:

    He’s an excellent Seeker!

  • He is fair-player, which tells a great deal about his personality:

    “Diggory got the Snitch,” said George. “Just after you fell. He didn’t realize what had happened. When he looked back and saw you on the ground, he tried to call it off. Wanted a rematch. But they won fair and square... even Wood admits it.”

  • As a Quidditch player he knows how broom is important, and understands the Harry's loss:

    Cedric Diggory came over to congratulate Harry on having acquired such a superb replacement for his Nimbus,

And from the Goblet of Fire:

  • The situation before Quidditch World Cup:

    Ced, that’ll be something to tell your grandchildren, that will.... You beat Harry Potter!”
    Harry couldn’t think of any reply to this, so he remained silent. Fred and George were both scowling again. Cedric looked slightly embarrassed.
    “Harry fell off his broom, Dad,” he muttered. “I told you... it was an accident....”

  • Hermione's description:

    “He’s not an idiot. You just don’t like him because he beat Gryffindor at Quidditch,” said Hermione. “I’ve heard he’s a really good student — and he’s a prefect.”

  • He is not angry with Harry entering the Triwizard Tournament, although he probably does not believe him:

    “So,” said Cedric, with a slight smile. “We’re playing against each other again!”
    ...
    “Ah... okay,” said Cedric. Harry could tell Cedric didn’t believe him. “Well... see you, then.”

  • He wasn’t attracting nearly as much unpleasantness in the corridors anymore, which he suspected had a lot to do with Cedric — he had an idea Cedric might have told the Hufflepuffs to leave Harry alone, in gratitude for Harry’s tip-off about the dragons. There seemed to be fewer Support Cedric Diggory! badges around too

  • “Listen . . .” Cedric lowered his voice as Ron disappeared. “I owe you one for telling me about the dragons.
    ...
    “Tell you what,” Cedric said, “use the prefects’ bathroom. Fourth door to the left of that statue of Boris the Bewildered on the fifth floor. Password’s ‘pine fresh.’ Gotta go... want to say good night —”

  • The Triwizard Cup, final steps:

    “You take it. You should win. That’s twice you’ve saved my neck in here.”
    ...
    He stepped over the spider’s tangled legs to join Harry, who stared at him. Cedric was serious. He was walking away from the sort of glory Hufflepuff House hadn’t had in centuries.
    ...
    “Go on,” Cedric said. He looked as though this was costing him every ounce of resolution he had, but his face was set, his arms were folded, he seemed decided.

  • And finally Dumbledore's speech:

    “Cedric was a person who exemplified many of the qualities that distinguish Hufflepuff house,” Dumbledore continued. “He was a good and loyal friend, a hard worker, he valued fair play. His death has affected you all, whether you knew him well or not. I think that you have the right, therefore, to know exactly how it came about.”

Together I think he had a bit from everything. He was brave, clever, hard-working, talented, humble. He was not that much ambitious, he knew how to lose. That's why I think he fits in Hufflepuff.

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+1 for your description :) –  Rajan Jun 14 at 10:05
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Really thorough and nice answer! +1 –  Slytherincess Jun 14 at 14:09
    
@Slytherincess I do appreciate it from somebody, who sets the standards of an answer really high:) –  quapka Jun 14 at 14:16
    
It's disappointing that this is not the accepted answer because it is more correct than axelwchan's which ignores the subtlety of the Sorting Hat's decisions and the House traits. +1 –  The Giant of Lannister Jun 15 at 11:27
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I love the examples you chose because they really highlight what I think makes Cedric shine as a Hufflepuff. Being 'a good person' was his highest priority. Or rather, it was simply a matter-of-fact part of who he was. He was naturally friendly to everyone - including those who might be his opponents and was more interested in that than in ambition or smartness. Conceding the Twiwizard Cup to Harry is probably the best example of both the humbleness, sense of honor, and 'doing the right thing' that sort of just generally characterizes Cedric. –  Aith Jun 22 at 6:53

Are you insinuating that Hufflepuffs aren't smart?

But siriusly, though, just because a person is Sorted into one House doesn't mean that they only have the trait from that House. It just means that it's the strongest. I suppose he's just more Hufflepuffy than he is Ravenclawish.

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