Everyone knows that Hufflepuff is the most-teased Hogwarts House in the Harry Potter universe — no contest. And sure, they may not be brave and bold like Gryffindors, or be as clever and ambitious as their Slytherin peers, or be as innately creative and book-smart as Ravenclaws — but do Hufflepuffs actually deserve all the hate?
Even J.K. Rowling herself thinks our friendly neighborhood 'puffs deserve more credit than they're given. When a fan asked her what she thought about "certain prejudice against Hufflepuff" on Twitter in 2014, she said the haters just don't get the "special mystique" of the Hufflepuff badger.
Still, there are some people who just can't get over the Hufflepuff stereotypes — including some actual Hufflepuffs.
Rupert Grint, who played Ron Weasley in all the Harry Potter movies, told Vulture that he's kind of bummed that he got sorted into Hufflepuff because he's well aware of its bad rap.
"(I was) little bit disappointed to be honest. That’s just not the coolest one, is it?" he said of the House.
Grint's Hufflepuff placement is kind of surprising, considering his character (and all other Weasleys) was confidently sorted into Gryffindor by the all-knowing Sorting Hat.
We're guessing Grint thought the same thing, because he told Vulture that he tried to game the official Pottermore system in an attempt to get a different House — you know, just in case a mistake had been made somewhere along the line.
Alas, his Hufflepuff-ness was meant to be: "I think I did it a few times ... and it was always Hufflepuff," Grint confessed. "You want to be like Gryffindor or Slytherin."
"There comes a point in the final book where each House has the choice whether or not to rise to a certain challenge, and that's everyone in the House. The Slytherins, for reasons that are understandable, decide they'd rather not play. The Ravenclaws, some decide they will, some decide they won't. The Hufflepuffs, virtually to a person, stay, as do the Gryffindors. Now, the Gryffindors comprise a lot of foolhardy and show-offy people, that's just the way it is, I'm a Gryffindor, I'm allowed to say it. You know, there's bravery, and there's also showboating, and sometimes the two go together. 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 (my daughter, Jessica) said something very profound to me, not very many days ago, actually, she 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."