How to say HUFFLEPUFF in Italian

If you are a Potterhead like me, you will certainly know that there are four Houses at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in Scotland. These are:

In this lesson, we will take a look at the translation of Hufflepuff in Italian, and we will even talk about its founder, Helga Hufflepuff, its main personality traits, and its resident ghost.

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kid greeting from hogwarts express

How do you say Hufflepuff in Italian?

Tassorosso is how you say Hufflepuff in Italian.

Tassorosso
Hufflepuff

The pronunciation is close to tahs-saw-rohs-saw. If you have trouble pronouncing Italian sounds, check out the Italian pronunciation guide.

Now, let’s see some example sentences with Hufflepuff in Italian to learn how to use this word.

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I colori di Tassorosso sono giallo e nero.
Hufflepuff’s colors are yellow and black.

Cedric Diggory è un Tassorosso.
Cedric Diggory is a Hufflepuff.

Unlike the English word Hufflepuff, it’s interesting to note that Tassorosso in Italian doesn’t have a plural form. The plural remains unchanged.

Un gruppo di Tassorosso studiava nella Sala Grande.
A group of Hufflepuffs were studying in the Great Hall.

great hall at hogwarts

Tassorosso is a compound word

Tassorosso is a compound noun. This means that it’s made up of two words. In this case, it’s made up of tasso (badger) and rosso (red).

Il tasso
The badger

Rosso
Red

Tassorosso literally means red badger in Italian.

a badger
5 red tomatoes

For example, you could say…

Un tasso ha rubato dei pomodori rossi.
A badger stole some red tomatoes.

If we were to translate Hufflepuff literally into Italian, we’d have to use a combination of the verb ansimare (to huff) and the noun sbuffo (puff).

It’s easy to see why it starts with tasso, because the symbol of the Hufflepuff House is actually a badger. The color red doesn’t have much of an explanation other than being consistent with the names of the other Houses. All the translations of the 4 Hogwarts Houses in Italian feature a different color.

New translation?
In the most recent Italian translation of the Harry Potter book series, Tassorosso was changed to Tassofrasso because the color red has nothing to do with Hufflepuff, although frasso means nothing in Italian and was chosen for its sound.

For example, if you buy Harry Potter e la Pietra Filosofale (Amazon link) nowadays, don’t worry if you read Tassofrasso! The Italian dubbing of the movies features Tassorosso as it was done before the latest translation of the books.


Who founded Hufflepuff in Italian?

As you may have noticed, all the Hogwarts founders’ names use alliteration:

  • Godric Gryffindor
  • Salazar Slytherin
  • Rowena Ravenclaw
  • Helga Hufflepuff

This too was reproduced in the Italian translations of the Harry Potter books. Since Tassorosso begins with a T, not an H as Hufflepuff, the name Tosca was used. So Tosca Tassorosso founded Hufflepuff in Italian!

Tosca Tassorosso
Helga Hufflepuff

For example, you could say…

Tosca Tassorosso è la fondatrice della Casa di Tassorosso.
Tosca Tassorosso is the founder of Hufflepuff House.

Fondatrice comes from the verb fondare, to found, and literally means female founder. If you’re talking about a male founder, use fondatore instead.

hogwarts castle in daylight viewed from afar

Who is the resident ghost of Hufflepuff in Italian?

The Fat Friar is Hufflepuff’s resident ghost in the original English versions of the Harry Potter books. This was translated into Italian as Frate Grasso, literally “fat friar”!

Il Frate Grasso
The Fat Friar

For example, you could say…

Il Frate Grasso è il fantasma di Tassorosso.
The Fat Friar is the ghost of Hufflepuff.

friar reading a book

Hufflepuff’s main traits in Italian

Each Hogwarts House values a different set of personality traits. Hufflepuff especially values:

  • Duro lavoro (hard-working)
  • Pazienza (patience)
  • Correttezza (fairness)
  • Gentilezza (kindness)
  • Fedeltà (loyalty)
  • Modestia (modesty)

For example, you could say…

La pazienza, la modestia e la gentilezza sono virtù che pochi hanno.
Patience, modesty and kindness are virtues that few have.

Paolo pecca spesso di falsa modestia.
Paul often errs on the side of false modesty.

And that’s it, now you know how to say Hufflepuff in Italian!


What next?

Read more info about Tassorosso here (in Italian).

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