Welcome back to Magicians Monday, fellow Fillorians! If you eat, sleep and breathe The Magicians like I do, then this column is for you. Each week, we’ll delve deeper into our favorite show about magic. Be sure to keep a glass of wine handy and your spell-casting fingers at the ready. We’ll be reveling in all things The Magicians until the Season 4 premiere on January 23rd!

Now, I’m a huge proponent of “what ifs” and hypotheticals. It’s how my over-analytical brain functions. And what better way to channel that meticulously detail-oriented side of my mind than sorting The Magicians characters into Hogwarts houses? I’ve always viewed The Magicians as an adult version of Harry Potter. Would the Sorting Hat place Quentin in Gryffindor? Margo in Slytherin? Hey, we have to pass the time somehow while we impatiently wait for January 23rd.

Alright, let’s kick off this week’s festivities with a deep dive into Hufflepuff – the loyal brethren of Hogwarts. Here’s the official description of Hufflepuff from Pottermore

Hufflepuffs value hard work, patience, loyalty, and fair play. The house has produced its share of great wizards – not least Newt Scamander, author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

So, the wizards sorted into this house are patient, loyal, hard working and fair. Might I also add that one Nymphadora Tonks was also a Hufflepuff? Tonks, Newt Scamander – Hufflepuff churns out the best of the best in the world of magic. The Magicians has no shortage of loyal and hard working characters. Every magician has fought tooth and nail to rise above the tide. Not to mention, loyalties are the foundation of any great relationship. Look at Eliot and Margo – they are the quintessential model of friendship. 

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Hufflepuff

Quentin Coldwater

Pictured: Jason Ralph as Quentin Coldwater

Ah, you thought our dear hero Quentin (Jason Ralph) would be sorted into Gryffindor? Think again! Yes, present day Quentin is a bastion of bravery, but he wasn’t always so courageous. I’d say Quentin’s most prominent trait is his loyalty, especially where Alice (Olivia Taylor Dudley) is concerned. He exerted every ounce of energy toward raising his girlfriend from the dead…and he succeeded! If that isn’t an expression of loyalty, then I don’t know what is. Quentin is also staunchly loyal toward Eliot (Hale Appleman) and Margo (Summer Bishil), both of whom he considers to be his best friends. 

Now, Quentin is also an incredibly hard worker, which is evident in his quest to save magic in Season 3. Through magic he discovered his life’s purpose – the objective that drives him. Magic is sewn into the very fabric of his being. Quentin, alongside our other protagonists, worked harder than ever to revive that sacred spark. That screams Hufflepuff to me. 

Josh Hoberman

Pictured: Trevor Einhorn as Josh Hoberman

Everyone loves Josh (Trevor Einhorn) – The Magicians’ laid back spirit who’s in a perpetual state of partying. Josh is a perfect fit for Hufflepuff because of his good-natured attitude. Hufflepuffs are patient people, after all. That’s not to say that Josh doesn’t have his impatient moments, but compared to Margo he’s the poster boy for the adage “Patience is a virtue.” Josh, like Quentin, is also a hard worker…when he needs to be. Briefly, he acted as High King of Fillory in Eliot’s stead. Well, he spent most of his short tenure introducing Fillorians to marijuana, but he worked hard at doing so. Everyone needs to occasionally unwind, especially magical beings from another realm. 

Now, Josh developed his loyalty muscle over the course of The Magicians. Initially, when the gang squared off against The Beast in Fillory, Josh headed for the hills. However, he contributed to the epic quest in Season 3, proving he was loyal to the cause. Long live Transient Party King Josh!

Fen

Pictured: Brittany Curran as Fen

Of course, nobody fits the bill for Hufflepuff more than Fen (Brittany Curran). She’s loyal, patient, hard working and fair. Despite being roped into an arranged marriage with a man she didn’t know, Fen remained loyal to Eliot. She even gave him a child, although said baby unfortunately perished during childbirth in the fairy realm. Fen’s steadfast loyalty isn’t a prevalent quality in most people, so it’s refreshing to see her as a pillar of support for her loved ones while still being a strong female character. 

Now, I’d say Fen’s patience is another unique quality, especially on a series where characters are apt to lose their tempers. However, she’ll stand her ground when it’s necessary. If you’ll recall, in Season 3 she put a defiant foot down as a show of strength against the Fairy Queen (Candis Cayne). One thing’s for certain – don’t mess with Fen’s loved ones. Fen also worked diligently alongside Julia (Stella Maeve) to free the fairies, making certain no one could enslave them again. Fen is just an all-around good person. 

Well, that’s a wrap on the Hufflepuff sorting session! These three are exemplary members of their house, and I’ve no doubt they’ll make Helga Hufflepuff proud.

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Be sure to stick around, Fillorians, as we continue chugging along on The Magicians train! Next week for Magicians Monday I’ll give you a Season 3 recap – just in time for The Magicians premiere! So, don’t forget that glass of wine, your best b***h and your wittiest of one-liners. I solemnly swear Mondays will be magical. Here’s to no longer dreading the start of the week, Fillorians.

 

 

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