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Why Wasn’t Ron Weasley in Hufflepuff House?

Why Wasn’t Ron Weasley in Hufflepuff House?

Of all the Weasley boys, we get to know Ron Weasley on a deeper level. He is a very complex individual, full of insecurities and moments of confidence. Ron is the youngest son of the seven Weasley children.

While he grew up deeply loved by his family, they were very poor, and he often wore hand-me-downs from his older brothers.

Ron frequently tried to live up to his older siblings, and because of this, he became the insecure young wizard we came to know and love.

The reason Ron Weasley wasn’t sorted in Hufflepuff house is because he is a true Gryffindor to his core.

While he has seasons of doubt and fear, he is also courageous, bold, and heroic. He genuinely cares for others and stands up for them when necessary. He craves the attention of those around him, but deep down, he is humble and knows the true value of friendship and family.

Ron Weasley Sorting Hat scene

“You might belong in Gryffindor,

Where dwell the brave at heart,

Their daring, nerve, and chivalry set Gryffindors apart….”

“You might belong in Hufflepuff,

Where they are just and loyal,

Those patient Hufflepuffs are true and unafraid of toil….”

Professor McGonagall: “Ronald Weasley”

The sorting hat: “Ahhh, another Weasley, I know… Gryffindor!”

Ron: “Yes, I like that house!” (Applause).

Why wasn’t Ron Weasley in Hufflepuff?

Since Rupert Grint took the Pottermore house quiz and got Hufflepuff, speculation has sparked over whether Ron Weasley truly belongs in Hufflepuff House. However, Ron would’ve had more difficulty fitting in as a Hufflepuff than other witches and wizards from Gryffindor, like Neville Longbottom.

Some of the Hufflepuff characteristics that Ron embodies are his loyalty to his friends and family. Additionally, he is not very competitive, and he values the traditions and heritage of his family.

1. Not a very hard worker

Hufflepuffs value hard work and it’s no secret that Ron is lazy and doesn’t value his schoolwork as he should. He even tries to get Hermione to do his homework for him. For this reason, he wouldn’t fit in as a Hufflepuff.

But what he lacks in book smarts, he makes up for in street smarts.

Ron is more experienced when it comes to the real world and being a great friend.

2. Boldly stands up for others

Harry Potter and Ron Weasley
Harry Potter and Ron Weasley

While Hufflepuffs are very loyal, they are not necessarily bold. Some would say Ron is too bold at times, but regardless, he still chooses to stick up for his friends often.

For example, he stands by Harry when everyone thinks he is lying about Voldemort’s return. When Draco continually taunts Harry, Ron is there to fight back.

Again, this sometimes gets him into trouble too. Ron can speak without thinking about the consequences of his words. For example, in their first year at Hogwarts, Ron was annoyed with Hermione and rudely commented, “It’s no wonder no one can stand her…So? She must’ve noticed she’s got no friends.”

Obviously, Ron becomes one of Hermione’s closest friends and later her husband, so she forgave him, but their relationship wasn’t without rough patches.

3. Fulfilled his true potential

Hufflepuff would have accepted Ron, warts and all. However, for a guy like Ron, he wouldn’t have grown the way he did as a Gryffindor. He had to confront his fears and learn to accept and love himself.

He didn’t need to rely on other people to do it for him.

Time and time again, Ron does the right thing, and we know it’s because he genuinely wants to. It is no longer an obligation because of his childhood; he is developing into a mature friend and wizard.

4. Could be insensitive and jealous

Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger
Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger

Aside from being a part of a big family, Ron was also best friends with the famous “boy who lived,” Harry Potter. He thought he lived in Harry’s shadow, even if Harry did nothing to warrant those feelings.

It’s also painfully apparent that Ron was in love with Hermione during their time at Hogwarts. This is an area that he, unfortunately, lacks the courage to tell her how he feels.

Instead, he is often bitter from a distance when other guys show interest in her or ask her out. Sometimes he’s even passive-aggressive towards her.

When Ron wears the locket Horcrux, we discover that one of his fears is that his mother, Molly Weasley, loves Harry more like a son than him.

He gets intensely jealous, but if he took a moment to think logically (which was hard to do considering the power of the Horcrux), then he would know that wasn’t true.

In reality, Ron just had some growing up to do. He was a hormonal teenager that had to overcome a lot of difficulty during his years at Hogwarts. Any adult witch or wizard might’ve handled things the same way (or even worse).

So, it makes sense that he is a Gryffindor instead of a tolerant, peace-keeping Hufflepuff.

5. Faces his greatest fear

Ron Weasley and Aragog
Ron Weasley and Aragog (Hagrid’s pet Acromantula)

Understandably, Ron’s biggest fear was spiders. A Hufflepuff would likely shove down their fears and deal with them quietly, but Ron chooses to be brave and confront them.

Ron accompanies Harry into the Forbidden Forest in his second year at Hogwarts. Many believed that Rubeus Hagrid’s pet Acromantula (massive spider), Aragog, was the beast of Slytherin that was harming muggle-born students.

Surprisingly when they approached Aragog, Ron didn’t desert his best friend. He stayed with him and only fled when their lives were truly in danger.

6. His loyalty takes a lot of effort

A core value for Hufflepuffs is loyalty. Yes, Ron can be fiercely loyal, but it usually comes with a struggle whereas it comes easily (almost to a fault) for Hufflepuffs. When Ron was camping with Harry and Hermione while they were searching for Horcruxes, he gets frustrated and leaves.

A true Hufflepuff would try to stick it out no matter what, but Ron takes some time, collects his thoughts, and returns to his friends.

He can definitely act childishly, but none of his family or friends doubts that deep down, Ron will always be there for them when they need him.

Plus, in Ron’s defense, he proves his loyalty to Harry and Hermione by frequently accompanying them on their quests when other people might chicken out or think it’s too dangerous. He can be loyal to the point of being willing to sacrifice his own life.

7. He could be a sore loser

One of the reasons Ron maybe could’ve passed for a Hufflepuff is that he wasn’t very competitive. However, losing was another story altogether and this is why he was a true Gryffindor. Gryffindors don’t take kindly to loss and can get pretty aggressive about it.

An example of this is his reaction to Harry being picked for the Triwizard Tournament in the Goblet of Fire. Now Ron would not likely have put his own name in the goblet, but he was still annoyed when the goblet picked Harry.

Instead of supporting his best friend, he spends the majority of the time leading up to the tournament being angry with him.

8. Made reckless decisions

Gilderoy Lockhart, Ron Weasley and Harry Potter
Gilderoy Lockhart, Ron Weasley and Harry Potter

While Gryffindors are admired for trying to do the right thing, they could always think through their decisions more comprehensively (like a Hufflepuff would).

It seems that the golden trio (Ron, Hermione, and Harry) tend to think they are pressed for time, so they follow through with the first plan that comes to them.

An example of this is when Ron and Harry attempt to rescue Ginny from the Chamber of Secrets. When they seek out Professor Lockhart’s help, they find him trying to flee from the school.

Instead of taking Professor Lockhart to Dumbledore or Professor McGonagall, they force him to go into the Chamber of Secrets with them by threatening him with their wands.

This doesn’t play out exactly how they intended. Yes, Ginny gets rescued, but with a lot more conflict and drama than needed.

9. Enjoys being the hero

Ron Weasley and Harry Potter
Ron Weasley and Harry Potter

Each Hogwarts House has witches and wizards who are heroic, even Slytherin. However, not all the houses seek credit the way Gryffindors do. Hufflepuffs, for example, are humble in nature.

Although they strive to do the right thing, Gryffindors are not the humblest people. This is another reason it’s difficult to see Ron as a Hufflepuff because they are okay with not receiving recognition.

Professor Lockhart is the prime example of a fame-hungry Gryffindor as he wrote many false novels about his adventures with dark, magical creatures. Ron is not similar to Professor Lockhart in that way, but Ron does love attention.

When he helps win the Quidditch match for Gryffindor, we see the entire house chanting his name, and Lavender plants a kiss on him.

He’s so taken with the attention that he neglects Harry and Hermione, or the fact that an entire team won the match together, not just him.

10. He can be hot-tempered

As previously discussed, Ron can be hotheaded, and for this reason, would definitely not make a good Hufflepuff. Gryffindor House is associated with the element of fire, so it makes sense that a lot of them get heated easily.

A lot of times, they get passionately worked up over injustices, but sometimes it’s due to their own immaturity.

Perhaps another student would’ve let Professor Snape’s snide comments roll off their back, but a Gryffindor, and more specifically Ron, have trouble staying level-headed.

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