It's no surprise that you can find great books based on your Hogwarts House. After all, the Sorting Hat knows who you are as a person and what you like. (Come to think of it, Madam Pince should hire the hat as a librarian's assistant...) As a proud Hufflepuff, I value loyalty and kindness, and I fall hard for any book that exemplifies those values.
Science fiction has always been a potent tool to explore the different facets of humanity, something that most Hufflepuffs are fascinated by. On this list, you'll find a variety of worlds and creatures, but you'll also find keen commentary on what humans are. You'll see loyalty, empathy, and kindness, all of those Hufflepuff values, come to life as powerful forces. These authors play with the way those values can shape the universe. A lot of these authors like to play with the things that make us human, and each one of these book shares a unique perspective on how they can all fit together.
So, if you're a badger through and through, you're sure to love these excellent sci-fi reads. Trade in your Firebolt for a starship, and let's explore some new frontiers.
1. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin
From literary legend Ursula K. LeGuin, this book is about the power of kindness and a fight to end a system of hatred. Brilliant physicist Shevek makes the unprecedented journey to the utopian mother planet, Urras, on a mission to make change.
2. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
In this amazing book by the sci-fi goddess Ocatvia Butler, our heroine, Laura Olamina, suffers from hyper-empathy in a post-apocalyptic world that is simmering with pain. You'll find yourself totally engrossed by the story when her fight for survival yields a new religion.
3. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep ? by Philip K. Dick
This book is all about empathy, which is something every Hufflepuff knows a lot about. In this world, androids are detected through an empathy test, and as we follow a bounty hunter charged with finding androids, we question what truly makes us human. This is the book upon which Bladerunner is based.
4. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Loyalty drives this amazing read. Marguerite's physicist parents have developed a machine that can move between universes. So when her father gets murdered, she chases his killer into the other dimensions, finding herself face-to-face with the alternate versions of the people that she knows.
5. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
In this wild, fantastic, and funny classic, friendship is at an all-time high. When the world ends, Arthur Dent discovers that his best friend has been an alien the whole time, and he sets off on a romp throughout the universe, accompanied by some truly lovable characters.
6. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
The protagonist in this amazing book is a woman, Breq, who used to be a starship. Now she's on a quest for vengeance. The first in a trilogy, this is a book every sci-fi lover needs to read, and Hufflepuff's will be especially drawn to its unique perspective on humanity.
7. Unplugged by Donna Freitas
In the world of this novel, the world is divided into two: the App World (an extravagant virtual world for the wealthy) and the Real World (the bleak physical world, left to the poor). Skylar Cruz's family sent her to the App World for a chance at a better life, but all she wants is to be with her family. But as the borders between worlds suddenly closed, she must risk everything if she wants to see her family again.