Becoming Cedric Diggory: Humble Hufflepuff #MNBHP
Ced’s talked about you, of course,” said Amos Diggory. “Told us all about playing against you last year….I said to him, I said—Ced, that’ll be something to tell your grandchildren, that will….You beat Harry Potter!”
Harry couldn’t think of any reply to this, so he remained silent. Fred and George were both scowling again. Cedric looked slightly embarrassed.
“Harry fell off his broom, Dad,” he muttered. “I told you…it was an accident….”
“Yes, but you didn’t fall off, did you?” roared Amos genially, slapping his son on his back. “Always modest, our Ced, always the gentleman…”
Amos Diggory, as we see in this scene, is an undeniable braggart. However, his son is anything but. When Cedric won against Harry because the dementors came onto the field, Cedric was furious. He wanted a rematch. He would have never caught the snitch if he had seen Harry faint off his broom. Cedric didn’t want to win as much as he wanted to play a fair game. Notice, Cedric talked about playing Harry at Quidditch, not at beating him.
Throughout the tournament and especially at the end of his life, Cedric shows us what it means to be humble. Though he could have won the tournament, he argued with Harry that Harry should win. Cedric recognized that Harry should have gotten more points in the second task for displaying a moral fiber that he, Cedric, admits he should have displayed. Eventually he and Harry decide to split the win and they grasp the cup together.
Dumbledore describes Cedric as good, kind, and brave—of which he is all—but I think his strongest quality is his humility. Cedric does his very best and does not let his achievements go to his head—he does not become prideful. He cares more about what is right than what is right for him and he is not afraid to own up to his own faults. He is a good, kind, brave, humble Hufflepuff.
Be Cedric. Don’t brag on yourself, lift up other’s achievements and merits. Don’t take the win because you can, insist upon a fair game. And, when you mess up, own up. Admit your faults. In short, be humble. Be humble and kind and good and brave like Cedric.
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