I’m back with another Hogwarts House book recommendations post and today it’s Hufflepuff! I know it’s been quite a wait in between each of these posts, but hopefully the gap between this one and our last one (Ravenclaw) will be smaller. If you haven’t read my other two Hogwarts House book commendations, then allow me to explain a little about how these work…
In simple terms, this is essentially just a recommendations post, but the 5 recommendations will be based off of the Hogwarts house traits. Sometimes I pick the books based on what Hogwarts house I think the main character would be in, whether one of the traits is an underlying theme throughout the book or if I just kinda get that vibe from it. I also wanted to spice these posts up a little by doing a sort of honorary mention where I pick one of the Harry Potter books that I think represent their house the best. That will be at the end of the post though, so for now let’s get into the Hufflepuff recommendations…
Hufflepuff: Hard Work, Paitence, Justice, Loyalty
What’s a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne
My first Hufflepuff recommendation is ‘What’s a Girl Gotta Do?’ by Holly Bourne, which was a dead cert for me from the minute I decided I wanted to do these posts. If you haven’t read the normal series by Holly Bourne, then first of all I highly recommend you do because they are amazing, empowering and don’t shy away from difficult topics. Each book in the trilogy is told from a different girl’s point of view within their 3 person friend group and talks about their own individual struggles including mental health and divorce, but ‘What’s a Girl Gotta Do?’ specifically focuses on feminism, which is something I’m personally very passionate about.
The whole book shows the main character fighting for Justice in the way she’s treated, her job opportunities and everything else in between, which I think perfectly fits the Justice side of Hufflepuffs.
The Allegra Biscotti Collection by Olivia Bennett
I’ve talked about the Allegra Biscotti Collection several times now as one of my favourite tween books that I read in my late primary school years, but I actually think it suits Hufflepuff very well. For those of you don’t know, Allegra Biscotti is a book series about a young teenage girl (Emma) who loves sewing and designing clothes and ends up getting noticed and having her work take off, but she has to keep up the fake persona of Allegra Biscotti to make it work. I wanted to be a fashion designer when I was younger, which is what drew me to the books originally, but Emma’s continued hard work and persistence throughout the book to make her dreams come true is what made me think they would be perfect for Hufflepuff.
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
I feel like the link to Hufflepuff with ‘Starfish’ by Akemi Dawn Bowman is a little bit looser than some of the other books on this list, but allow me to explain…
I won’t spoilt anything, but the main character loves art and wants desperately to get into her dream art school. Naturally she gets rejected or else there wouldn’t have been a story, but she then goes on this journey with an old friend, meets a lot of different people including an artist that teachers her a lot, but in a bit of a roundabout way that requires a lot of patience on her part to let the lessons sink in.
Girlhood by Cat Clarke
I struggled to find a book that really spoke to me with the ‘loyalty’ side of Hufflepuff because while a lot of books have some sort of underlying loyalty theme, it isn’t the main point. In the end I went with ‘Girlhood’ by Cat Clarke because even though loyalty isn’t exactly what the book is about, there is a lot about friendship in it, which eventually turns to loyalty, so I felt that was the best I was going to get without doubling up on books or spoiling anything.
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
The final book on my Hufflepuff recommendations list is ‘The Poet X’ by Elizabeth Acevedo. I didn’t particularly love this book because I found that the format made it very difficult for me to connect to the characters, but there is an underlying theme of ‘justice’ of sorts throughout the book. In some ways it is similar to ‘What’s a Girl Gotta Do?’ because the main character spends the book struggling against something that’s holding her back, but in this case it is mostly a mixture of religion and her mother (although gender is a contributing factor too).
“You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true,
And unafraid of toil.”
And now onto the honorary Harry Potter book mention! For Hufflepuff I chose Goblet of Fire because it’s the first book that we properly meet someone from Hufflepuff when Cedric Diggory is chosen as a Triwizard Champion for Hogwarts. Throughout the book we see a lot of defining Hufflepuff traits in Cedric as he pays Harry back for tipping him off about the dragon, insisting they take the cup together and making sure that Fleur and Krum knew about the dragons too.
We also see a lot of Ron in this book mostly being a bit of an arse because he’s jealous of Harry, but he gets it together eventually and from that point onwards seems determined to prove his friendship and loyalty to Harry to make up for his being an arse at the beginning.
There you have it! Those were my 5 Hufflepuff book recommendations and my honorary Harry Potter mention at the end. What did you think of the books I chose? Do you think they suit Hufflepuff or would you have chosen differently? I’d love to know, so leave a comment down below or come and chat to me over on my Instagram: @theoriginalbookdragon Also tell me what Hogwarts house your in!
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