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Out of universe, some people think that Hufflepuff is "bad", in a condescending sort of way. Is there anything that parallels this in the books? Do the other wizards frown down upon Hufflepuffs and think that "getting sorted into Hufflepuff is a pat on the head and a kindly expectation that you'll never accomplish much"?

This question was based on another question, which seemed somewhat disdainful towards the Hufflepuffs.

  • Wizard People, Dear Reader refers to Hufflepuff as "the remedial class," but it also refers to it as "Hufferpuffer," so maybe it's not a reliable source. – Ryan Veeder Oct 25 '15 at 21:15
  • Noting that the title of this question has changed from "Is being in Hufflepuff bad?", the answer is, of course, No. Some inherently bad people are Sorted to Hufflepuff; Hufflepuff does not turn a person. Inherently bad people have been Sorted to all of the four houses and JKR has been up front about this. The attributes outlined in the first (older) question establish that being in Hufflepuff is not bad. I feel this is a duplicate question accordingly. But there is no point in a hammer war. – Slytherincess Oct 25 '15 at 22:07
  • The Helping Hands for Hufflepuffs Foundation made a video raising awareness for the poor wizards afflicted with being sorted into Hufflepuff :-) – Thunderforge Nov 3 '16 at 5:01
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There are certainly some people who look down on Hufflepuff.

Examples:

  • When Draco introduces himself to Harry in Philosopher’s Stone, he says:

    “Well, no one really knows until they get there, do they, but I know I’ll be in Slytherin, all our family have been – imagine being in Hufflepuff, I think I’d leave, wouldn’t you?”

  • Later, when Hagrid explains the house system to Harry, he mentions this notion (although it's not entirely clear whether Hagrid is just repeating the meme, or actually agrees with it):

    “And what are Slytherin and Hufflepuff?”

    “School houses. There’s four. Everyone says Hufflepuff are a lot o’ duffers, but –”

  • In the Pottermore welcome letter for Hufflepuff, the Prefect acknowledges a general sentiment that Hufflepuff is unimpressive:

    There are a few things you should know about Hufflepuff house. First of all, let’s deal with a perennial myth about the place, which is that we’re the least clever house. […] We’ve produced more than our fair share of powerful, brilliant and daring witches and wizards, but, just because we don’t shout about it, we don’t get the credit we deserve.

  • This is a bit different, but when Harry is chosen as a Triwizard Champion alongside Cedric, it’s repeated that Hufflepuff doesn’t have a great reputation:

    It was plain that the Hufflepuffs felt that Harry had stolen their champion’s glory; a feeling exacerbated, perhaps, by the fact that Hufflepuff House very rarely got any glory, and that Cedric was one of the few who had ever given them any, having beaten Gryffindor once at Quidditch.

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Malfoy was derisive of Hufflepuff House before he even arrived at Hogwarts:

"Well, no one really knows until they get there, do they, but I know I'll be in Slytherin, all our family have been — imagine being in Hufflepuff, I think I'd leave, wouldn't you?"
-- Draco Malfoy, HP and the Philosopher's Stone

But then he's never been known for his acceptance of non-Slytherins in any case.

The Sorting Hat's song (or one of them) suggests Hufflepuff is the house for leftovers, those who aren't considered 'good enough' (by various definitions of 'good') to fit into any other:

Said Slytherin, "We'll teach just those whose ancestry's purest."
Said Ravenclaw, "We'll teach those whose intelligence is surest"
Said Gryffindor, "We'll teach all those with brave deeds to their name."
Said Hufflepuff, "I'll teach the lot and treat them just the same."

[...]

For instance, Slytherin took only pure-blood wizards of great cunning just like him.
And only those of sharpest mind were taught by Ravenclaw
While the bravest and the boldest went to daring Gryffindor.
Good Hufflepuff, she took the rest and taught them all she knew,
-- Sorting Hat, HP and the Order of the Phoenix

There's also a line to suggest Hufflepuff is generally underappreciated:

Cedric was walking away from the sort of glory Hufflepuff hadn't had in centuries.
-- HP and the Goblet of Fire (when Cedric Diggory offers to let Harry take the Triwizard Cup)

However, it should be noted that J K Rowling does not believe Hufflepuff is bad:

"This may surprise people, but it is the truth...In many, many ways, Hufflepuff is my favourite House. Here's my reasoning, bear with me. [...] The Hufflepuffs stayed for a different reason; they weren't trying to show off, they weren't being reckless, that's the essence of Hufflepuff House. Now my oldest child [...] said to me —and she, by the way, was not sorted into Hufflepuff House— but, she said to me, 'I think we should all want to be Hufflepuffs.' I can only say to you, that I would not be at all disappointed to be sorted into Hufflepuff House."
-- J K Rowling, web interview Beyond the Page

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    Maybe JKR loves them, but she certainly did not write much interesting about them... – Edheldil Oct 26 '15 at 14:17
  • Agreed, Hufflepuffs do little in the books. – Bernard the Bear Apr 8 '18 at 19:49

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