i have this headcanon that Slytherins and Hufflepuffs work together really well and that Slytherins protect their precious Hufflepuffs with their lives and both parties are totally cool with the arrangement and that Gryffindors and Ravenclaws have a similar relationship, except that Ravenclaws can get kinda offended sometimes and are like “Uh no. We can take care of ourselves, thank you very much. And plus we’d probably do a better job of protecting you” and the Gryffindors are like “YES you’re smart we get that but we can use a hex better than you and we can totally use anything to beat anyone up” and then it turns into a competition of who can protect better and eventually the arrangement is just that Gryffindors rush headlong into situations (we do that a lot) without thinking and the Ravenclaws just kinda shake their heads, roll their eyes and then help their precious Gryffindors out of whatever stupid situation they’re in. but only to prove they’re better at protecting, obviously.
Not for the first time, I wish I get to go to Hogwarts.