The entrance to the common room is concealed in a stack of large barrels in a nook on the right hand side of the kitchen corridor, which is one floor below ground level (this is also known as Hufflepuff Basement).
Tap the barrel two from the bottom, middle of the second row, in the rhythm of ‘Helga Hufflepuff’, and the lid will swing open. We are the only house at Hogwarts that also has a repelling device for would-be intruders. If the wrong lid is tapped, or if the rhythm of the tapping is wrong, the illegal entrant is doused in vinegar. You will hear other houses boast of their security arrangements, but it so happens that in more than a thousand years, the Hufflepuff common room and dormitories have never been seen by outsiders. Like badgers, we know exactly how to lie low – and how to defend ourselves. Once you’ve opened the barrel, crawl inside and along the passageway behind it, and you will emerge into the cosiest common room of them all. It is round and earthy and low-ceilinged; it always feels sunny, and its circular windows have a view of rippling grass and dandelions.
There is a lot of burnished copper about the place, and many plants, which either hang from the ceiling or sit on the windowsills. The Herbology Professor brings the most interesting specimens (some of which dance and talk) to decorate our room – one reason why Hufflepuffs are often very good at Herbology. Our overstuffed sofas and chairs are upholstered in yellow and black, and our dormitories are reached through round doors in the walls of the common room. Copper lamps cast a warm light over our four-posters, all of which are covered in patchwork quilts, and copper bed warmers hang on the walls, should you have cold feet.
Jonathan PrinceSecond Year Hufflepuff -Son of Ash and Charity Prince – 22:39, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
He was sitting in the Common Room, with his occamy beside him in its cage. He knew better than to take it out, but felt bad that all it got to see most of the time were the walls of his dormitory. So he was sitting in front of the fire, feeding it crickets.
Looking around the common room, she would spot a boy feeding an Occamy crickets. An Occamy! She had never seen one in person. She ran over to him, intending to say hi, but instead just sat on the edge of the couch and said, "I love your Occamy! Is it a he or a she?"
Jonathan PrinceSecond Year Hufflepuff -Son of Ash and Charity Prince – 22:54, June 4, 2019 (UTC)~
He glanced over his shoulder from his place on the floor. "It's a boy," he said with a smile. "His name is Orlando. You like magical creatures, too?"
"Are you kidding?" she would say with a smile. "They are my FAVORITE! Do you have any other animals? I have a TON. A rabbit, cat, owl... and lots of others that I am taking care of. Are you a first year? How do you like Hogwarts? Do you live in England?" Then, realizing he hadn't gotten a word in during her ramble, she blushed. "Sorry. I am very talkative, and sometimes I don't notice when others haven't gotten a word in since the start of the conversation."
Jonathan PrinceSecond Year Hufflepuff -Son of Ash and Charity Prince – 18:46, June 5, 2019 (UTC)
He gave her a quiet smile as she rambled on. "It's okay," he said. "My family has horses, and I've seen a lot of different creatures because my aunt is a magizoologist." He paused, reflecting on her other questions. "I am a first year, and yes I live in England. And I think Hogwarts is nice."
"Jonathan. I like that. Do you mind if I call you Jon? I don't have to if you don't like it." Then pondering his question, she would say, "I think my Mom liked the name Maple because it was strong, sweet, and steadfast. Everyone just calls me Cherry because it is short for my middle name, Cherish. My full name is Maple Cherish Sempter." Then pausing, she would say,"Can I ask you something?"
Jonathan PrinceSecond Year Hufflepuff -Son of Ash and Charity Prince – 23:35, June 11, 2019 (UTC)~
She'd already asked him about a hundred questions. "Sure. Did you want me to answer any of the others, first?"
She would laugh, a wonderful, bubbly laugh that is usually for a good reason. "Yeah." she would say. "Sorry, when I meet people who don't like o talk as much as me, I talk a bit more. Does that happen to you a lot? Ah! See, there I go again!"
Jonathan PrinceSecond Year Hufflepuff -Son of Ash and Charity Prince – 14:47, June 12, 2019 (UTC)
"No, I can't say that it does," he said, turning back to his pet.
She would watch him feed his pet for a couple minutes, and then would look up at the clock. "Oh! I forgot! My Mom's birthday is tomorrow, and I wanted to write her a letter. Do you happen to know where the place the owls live is? I can never remember what it is called..."
Jonathan PrinceSecond Year Hufflepuff -Son of Ash and Charity Prince – 15:48, June 12, 2019 (UTC)
For someone who claimed to love animals, he found it strange she didn't know what it was called. "The Owlery."
"Really? My Mom said that the Owlery was for taking care of the Thestrals. Weird... Anyway, thanks for helping!" She would then run up to the dormitories, grab a piece of paper and a quill, and settle down on the couch, engrossed in her writing.