Helga Hufflepuff

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“I’ll teach the lot and treat them just the same.”
—Professor Hufflepuff’s view, unlike that of the other founders.[src]
Professor Helga Hufflepuff was a witch of Medieval times and was one of the four founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. While the other founders chose to have special students, Hufflepuff accepted them all, but the students of her house are described as loyal and hard-working. It is unknown when she died. Helga’s portrait remains at Hogwarts.

Biography
Early life
“… from valley broad…”
—The Sorting Hat on Hufflepuff’s birthplace.[src]
Helga Hufflepuff was born in the 10th Century and came from the broad valleys of Wales.
Founder of Hogwarts
Helga Hufflepuff was one of the four Founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.2 She was a friend of Rowena Ravenclaw. Hufflepuff helped to build the school, and admitted students into her House that were unafraid of hard work. While the other Founders took students based on either ambition, bravery, or intelligence, Helga Hufflepuff took the rest, treating them all equally and teaching them all she knew.3 She brought people from different backgrounds together to help in the building of the school, and was known for her charming ways.4
Helga Hufflepuff had a gift for food-related Charms, and her recipes are still used as the basis for many Hogwarts feasts.5 Helga Hufflepuff also arranged for the House-elf contingent to work in the kitchens, giving them somewhere safe to work where they would not be mistreated or abused.6
Post-mortem
Helga Hufflepuff lent her name to one of the four Houses of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Hufflepuff. She does not appear to have applied particularly strict standards of selection to her house, which sets her apart from the other Founders by making her an egalitarian.
One relic of Hufflepuff’s, a small golden cup, had been passed down to her distant descendant Hepzibah Smith. Smith said the cup was supposed to have some magical powers, many of which she had not tested. The Cup was stolen from Smith by Tom Marvolo Riddle, who changed it into a Horcrux. The Cup was destroyed by Hermione Granger with a Basilisk fang during the Battle of Hogwarts in 1998.7
The symbol of Hufflepuff house is the badger, and the colours are yellow and black.
Personality and traits
Hufflepuff favoured loyalty, honesty, fair play, and hard work. Members of her Hogwarts House usually display at least one of these traits in varying degrees. Cedric Diggory, the deceased Triwizard Tournament Champion, was one of the students who appeared to embody all four. Additionally, Hufflepuff was renowned for her compassionate nature; she took in the House Elves to work in Hogwarts Kitchen where they could work in peace and safety and while the other founders were careful in selection of students, Hufflepuff took in the rest.8
Magical abilities and skills
• Magical device inventor: Hufflepuff created a cup which, according to descendant Hepzibah Smith, had magical powers.
• Charms: Hufflepuff was skilled with cooking charms, as many of her recipes are still used in Hogwarts.
Etymology
• The name Helga is from Helge, from Old Norse heilagr, meaning “prosperous” or “brave.” Their symbol is the badger, a large mammal related to the weasels with distinctive white stripes on its head. In Celtic mythology, a badger was a guide. The badger also can symbolize a tendency to be hard-working, strong and tenacious (sticking to something and not giving up). Hufflepuffs are known for loyalty and hard work.
• Hufflepuff could mean “huff and puff”, or blustery. “Huff” also means to breathe; “Puff” is a Medieval term for pastry.

Helga Hufflepuff

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