One thing you may not be aware of in the run up to Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (it’s out on Friday 18) is that its protagonist, Newt Scamander, was a Hufflepuff. If that means nothing to you, then you’re probably a complete Potter noob, because as we all know, Hufflepuff is generally thought of as the bland, meh, ‘nice’ house. Even being in Slytherin indicates you have more personality.
But maybe we were all mistaken, because in the film JK Rowling’s brilliant magizoologist character – who was once expelled from Hogwarts – later turns up in New York City with a bag of insane magical creatures. And to mark his affiliation with Hufflepuff, actor Eddie Redmayne has made a passionate, expletive-filled public service announcement on behalf of all Hufflepuffkind. As he notes, it’s JK Rowling’s favourite Hogwarts house. Robert Pattinson was one. His character Newt Scamander is one. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson (probably) was one.
“I’m a proud Hufflepuff,” he says. “They call us boring, they call us beige, 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 and we are compassionate, and at the end of the day we’re going to do the right thing – not because of the glory but because of the greater good, because fuck it – we do it because that’s what Hufflepuff means.” Convinced yet? See the video below and check out our review of Fantastic Beasts.