I’ve been in Toronto for a couple of months now, and I love it. I’ve loved it since I arrived, but honestly, it’s taken me this long to even figure out why. After a bit of thought on the matter, I decided that if Canada were Hogwarts… Toronto would be Hufflepuff, and here’s why:
They’ll treat you just the same
“Said Slytherin, “We’ll teach just those whose ancestry’s purest.”
Said Ravenclaw, “We’ll teach those whose Intelligence is surest.”
Said Gryffindor, “We’ll teach all those with brave deeds to their name.”
Said Hufflepuff, “I’ll teach the lot and treat them just the same…..
Every major city in Canada has a thing. Montreal has European charm, Vancouver has pretty mountains and Ottawa has Justin Trudeau *pause for a sigh and stare into distance*. When it comes to Toronto, I think the most defining feature is that it is so open to everyone. Literally half the people who live in this city weren’t even born in Canada. I knew from the second I arrived here I felt a massive sense of inclusion, bloody great thing to have in a city in my opinion.
Hufflepuffs are notoriously loyal, as is Toronto. I learnt that the hard way the time I tried to convince a Maple Leafs supporter to cheer for The Habs in Montreal. Torontonians love their sports, and they love their teams even more. So if you live here, you better buy yourself some blue. You’ll be supporting the Blue Jays, the Maple Leafs and the Raptors – like literally every other person here.
Humble and kindness
All the Hogwarts houses scoff at Hufflepuff, even though they’re nothing but kind to everyone else… the same kind of happens here. All over Canada, people like to take jabs at Toronto like it’s a national sport.
But you ask anyone in Toronto what they think of Montreal? Oh it’s amazing, I love it. Vancouver? So beautiful! You must visit! Coming from a Melbournian (go on, ask me how I think it compares to Sydney) I think it’s pretty awesome that people here passionately love their city, but also only say good things about other places.
Helga Hufflepuff was the founder of Hufflepuff House. Legend goes, she had great skill at performing food-related charms. This could not be more fitting for Toronto. This city loves their food, you’ll find amazing cuisine from all over the world here. (Although maybe we’ve got a touch of slytherin in us as well, cos we also love our potions !)
When there’s a hero, everyone fully gets behind them
Remember when Cedric Diggory was made Hogwarts champion in the Triwizard Tournament and Hufflepuff like, lost their shit? I’ve got one word for you. Drake.
In Harry Potter, no one really wanted to be sorted into Hufflepuff, but I’m kinda chuffed to live in such an inclusive city, a city who will accept everyone from all walks of life, are humble, loyal, gave the world Drake, and who well, really care about food. My kinda place.
What do you think? Agree? Disagree?