When the Sorting Hat first introduced us to the four Hogwarts houses in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Hufflepuff was championed for recognizing wizards who are “just and loyal” and “true and unafraid of toil.” But over the years, Helga Hufflepuff’s pledge to teach all wizards — not just those who are pureblooded or naturally brilliant — has resulted in Hufflepuff being seen as a bit of a reject house. Sure, Hufflepuff has its heroes, like Tonks and Professor Sprout, but it’s never quite garnered as much acclaim as Gryffindor, Slytherin, or Ravenclaw.
But not anymore! The yellow-and-black badgers have a new champion in Eddie Redmayne, who plays magizoologist Newt Scamander (a Hufflepuff himself) in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Redmayne filmed a short public service announcement for MTV, in which he not only proudly declares his own Hufflepuff status but calls for fairer treatment of Hogwarts’ least loved house.
“For far too long now, Hufflepuffs have been victimized,” Redmayne says on the verge of tears. “They call us boring. They call us beige. They say we’re the nice guys. But you know what? You know what I see in Hufflepuffs? I see loyalty. I see fierce friendship. We are hardworking, 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 for the greater good.”
Redmayne also calls upon his fellow Hufflepuffs to take pride in their famous brethren — like Cedric Diggory and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson — and remind everyone that J.K. Rowling has said that Hufflepuff is her favorite house. So there.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters on Friday.