Public service announcements (PSAs) are usually pretty dull, but once in a while someone creative will be involved and churn out something extra special that gets an important point across. This time it’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them‘s Eddie Redmayne who takes a shot at convincing you being Hufflepuff isn’t anything to be ashamed of.
Hufflepuff’s have a certain…reputation in Harry Potter fandom. Personally I never understood it. There’s four Houses at Hogwarts and since Gryffindor, Slytherin, and Ravenclaw are so picky, why wouldn’t Helga Hufflepuff take everyone else? They might not win the House Cup very often (they’re also not that competitive) or produce tons of heroes but they’ve produced the fewest Dark Wizards, which is a great thing to have going for you.
The very brave Tonks and Cedric Diggory are also notable Hufflepuffs but Redmayne’s character in Fantastic Beasts, Newt Scamander, was also sorted into Hufflepuff when he went to school at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. MTV got the Academy Award-winning actor to express his feelings on the matter of his House.
“They call us boring, they call us beige, say we’re the nice guys,” says Redmayne. “But you know what I see in Hufflepuffs? I see loyalty, I see fierce friendship. We are hard-working, we are compassionate and at the end of the day we’re going to do the right thing, and not because of the glory, not because of the glory, but because of the greater good.”
“Be proud, stand tall,” Redmayne urges his fellow Puffs. But perhaps they should have directed this PSA at everyone else?