I missed a week of Top 5 Wednesday posts last time, but I’m back today with 5 characters that embody my Hogwarts House – which if you can’t tell from the title happens to be Hufflepuff. To be honest, it took me a while of going through my ‘read’ shelf on Goodreads to come up with these picks, because I feel like a lot of books don’t have Hufflepuff protagonists. In my opinion, a lot of main characters would be sorted in Slytherin or Gryffindor but that may be because I read a lot of fantasy and science fiction novels… Either way, let’s take a look at the loveliest Hufflepuff characters.
Daenarys Targaryen – A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
I know this may seem like an unconventional pick to a lot of people, but hear me out, will you? In the first book, Dany’s only 13 years old when she is married off to Khal Drogo. She does so in order to escape her brother’s anger, and he needs her to marry the Dothraki in order to take back their throne in Westeros. Dany says that she doesn’t want a throne; all she wants is to go home. When she is wronged and the people closest to her are hurt, she turns into a powerful ruler to take the offenders down. When she acquires a certain level of power, she steers away from her ‘dream’ to help thousands of people who have been enslaved for years. She’s such a Hufflepuff.
Meg – The Others by Anne Bishop
When the story starts, Meg has escaped a compound where blood prophets are bred and kept in captivity. She ends up in the Lakeside Courtyard, where she is taken in as the liaison between humans and The Others. All Meg truly wants throughout this show is to be able to make her own decisions, and create a home for herself. She befriends so many people/creatures, and doesn’t really care about the recurring prejudices around The Others. She wants everyone to be treated equally, and for everyone to have the ability to make their own decisions.
Evan – A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert
I simply adore Evan. His character was based on Chris Evans, who is most definitely a Hufflepuff. He is such a kind person! He often helps one of his co-workers out by cooking for him and his sick mom, he cooks for Ruth when he finds out she doesn’t really cook, and he’s always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone. He’s also not afraid to speak up when he witnesses injustice or discrimination, which is another Hufflepuff trait.
Sebastian – Running With Lions by Julian Winters
I’ve mentioned this quite a few times, but this book is basically a LGBTQIA+ sports romance for Hufflepuffs. Sebastian and his friends go to summer camp for the last time, to start football training before the school season starts. His teammates are like family to him, and he’s always protecting them and acting as a mediator between others. He’s just a wholesome boy, okay?
Sam – The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Shout out to Sam, one of the most underrated characters ever. Even though he has never set foot outside of the Shire, he follows Frodo to the scariest place in Middle Earth without hesitating. His loyalty to his best friend is remarkable, and he often puts Frodo first as well. Without Sam, Frodo would never have gotten anywhere near Mordor.
There you have it, 5 Hufflepuff characters! Tell me, do you (dis)agree with me? I’d love to talk about it in the comments. If you’ve read any books with Hufflepuff protagonists, please let me know as well. I want to add more of them to my to-read list.