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Helga Hufflepuff

Founder of Hufflepuff House and one of the co-founders of Hogwarts, described with the other founders as “the greatest wizards and witches of the age.”  She was much more accepting than the other founders, taking “the lot” of students and treating them all equally.  Hufflepuff House continues to be notable for those traits that Helga Hufflepuff herself prized: fairness, loyalty, and hard work.

Hufflepuff was particularly famous for her dexterity at food-related Charms. Many recipes traditionally served at Hogwarts feasts originated with Hufflepuff (JKR)

According to the Sorting Hat, Hufflepuff came “from valley broad,” which possibly indicates Wales.  She was the one to first employ a contingent of house-elves in the Hogwarts kitchens, giving house-elves a safe home and benevolent master (PC130).

Skills

Hufflepuff was particularly famous for her dexterity at food-related Charms. Many recipes traditionally served at Hogwarts feasts originated with Hufflepuff (JKR). Her Famous Wizard card states that "[s]he brought people from different walks of life together to help build Hogwarts and was loved for her charming ways." (FW).

Helga Hufflepuff
Gender Female
Dates fl. 900s
Species / Race Witch
Hair red
Eyes blue
School Hogwarts - Staff Hogwarts - Hufflepuff
Affiliations The Founders
First Introduced CS9

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Notes

"Valley Broad"
As noted above, the sorting hat clued us into Helga's origins in "valley broad," and most likely the region of Wales. On Mugglenet's podcast Alohomora! during discussion of Goblet of Fire, Commentors theorized that this "valley broad" connection may also reflect Helga's associations with food, sustenance in general, and agriculture in the fertile valleys of Wales. This also may reflect general fertility associations related to feasting and the productivity of the land. Her associations with the Hogwarts greenhouses and gardens highlights the agricultural associations as well. Helga may have also been a robust woman and so may be accurately described as a "valley broad" herself. --Hufflepuffskein

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