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The Misunderstood Hogwarts House - Slytherin

So for those of you who don’t know, Hogwarts is a school of Magic (officially named Hogwarts School of Whichcraft and Wizardry) from the book and film series called Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling.

There are four Houses in Hogwarts, each named after one of the four founders of the school: Godric Gryffindor, Rowena Ravenclaw, Helga Hufflepuff and Salazar Slytherin.

Rereading the Harry Potter series, I noticed the prejudice against Slytherin House is positively horrendous.

The first mention of Slytherin is in the second chapter of the first book of the Harry Potter series (Harry potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) in Madam Malkins ‘Robes for all occasions.’ And naturally, Draco Malfoy - the epitome Slytherin - introduces us to the house. He is depicted as an arrogant, posh, upper-class, selfish snob and instantly makes most of us abhor him and by extension - Slytherin and the Malfoy name and family.

The second mention of Slytherin House appears later in the same chapter when Harry asks Hagrid what Slytherin is. He explains to Harry that it is a house at Hogwarts. Hagrid then proceeds to build the foundation of Harry’s hate towards Slytherin and everything associated with it -  "There’s not a single witch or wizard who went bad who wasn’t in Slytherin.” (rubeus Hagrid).

Before I go on, I would like to explain what the official and official traits of Slytherin are.
Official:
Ambition
Power
Influence
Shrewdness
Cunning
cleverness
resourcefulness
determination

The latter three are mentioned in Book 2 By Dumbledore.

Unofficial (These I shall explain in more detail)

House Unity - This is displayed several times in the books. Slytherin House never sorts out disaccords in public. When around other people not in their house, Slytherins appear aloof, supportive and proud.

Abuse - Now, before you scowl angrily at your device and move onto the next post, hear me out. This isn’t a trait that applies to many students but after a little bit of research I found that children that have been abused either physically or emotionally in their childhood are more likely to be more controlling, ambitious, cunning and mature than other children their age. This is a result of their need to be cunning in situations in which require self-preservation. This can be seen with Tom Riddle. Bullied as a child, he became cunning, resourceful, powerful, manipulative and ambitious. The situations he found himself in, required him to be like that so that he could avoid any physical damage. Harry Potter is also an example of this. As much as some Slytherin haters like to deny, Harry Potter has many Slytherin traits: Resourcefulness, determination, power, influence, shrewdness, cunning, cleverness and quick wit (the films failed to show this - they were extremely biased and showed an extremely Gryffindor Harry). Harry was almost sorted into Slytherin but the hat decided to grant him his wish and sorted him into Gryffindor. People who have been deprived of power are often more likely to crave power over their own lives.

Aristocracy - Slytherins seem to all be pure-bloods and and some of them aristocrats. It was surprisingly hard to find any information about this topic, but I managed to find out that there are at least four ‘Most Ancient and Noble Houses’: Malfoy, Longbottom, Black and Greengrass. Three of these  Houses are almost always in Slytherin. I also managed to find out that most purebloods are seen as the nobility of the Wizarding World. Curiously, most of them are in Slytherin. I assume that this is because pureblood children are often taught how to be cunning and ambitious. They are brought up to value the wizarding aristocratic traits - many of which coincide with Slytherin traits.

Blood Purity - Many Slytherins are purebloods as already stated above.

Sarcasm

Quick wit

The general idea is, that these traits make people evil. But isn’t this a contradiction? Harry himself has most of these traits, and yet he’s a ‘hero’ and a completely benevolent and altruistic person, simply because he’s a Gryffindor.

Evil. That is what most witches and wizards perceive Slytherins as.

Before I rebuttal this terrible accusation i just want to say how hilariously moronic this is.

Slytherin being one of the four houses of Hogwarts is one fourth of the schools population. JK. Rowling stated in an interview that Hogwarts houses more or less 1.000 students, a fourth of which have to be either Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or Slytherin. This means that 250 people are Slytherins. Can you honestly believe that 250 children between the ages of 11-18 are evil? That 250-f****ing-students are sadistic, homocidal psychopaths intent on following a clearly man man?

One might argue that several students in Harry’s year ended up as Slytherins. I don’t deny that… It has been confirmed, that Draco Malfoy, Vincent Crabbe, Gregory Goyle, Theodore Nott and Pansy Parkinson were all in Slytherin and ended up becoming Slytherins. I would also like to remind you that all of these students had at least one parent who was already involved with the Death Eaters. They had literally no way of escaping their fate.

What often disgusts me is that there are only four Slytherins which ended up ‘reforming’ themselves. Only four Slytherins that in the eyes of the public were ‘good’. Personally this disgust me. Slytherins are depicted as universally bad people. There isn’t a single likeable Slytherin. Not in the Order of the Phoenix, nor in the Auror Corps, nor in Dumbledore’s Army.

Horace Slughorn
Andromeda Tonks
Severus Snape
Draco Malfoy

These are the only people in Slytherins who have been depicted as likeable…  Isn’t it odd, that Severus Snape, one of the most unpleasant and discriminating people (as pointed out by Harry) is one of the most likeable Slytherins?

Essentially, the only Slytherins that contributed to the side trying to defeat the genocidal maniac aka, Voldemort, were Severus Snape, Horace Slughorn, Regulus Black and Andromeda Tonks - and these were all exceptions to the general social rule that Slytherin was evil.

To summarise; Slytherins aren’t evil. Their traits make them seem underhanded and sly, and people don’t often like being outsmarted (which is something Slytherins often do), hence that is the reason why society collectively bullies them.

I just want you to give Slytherin a chance - look behind all that snark and sarcasm. Focus on their ingenuity and talent in manipulation. Personally I admire Slytherins for their self-preservation, and ability to gently manipulate a conversation in any direction (as seen with Horace Slughorn and Tom Riddle).

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anonymous asked:

So i have an essay to right on nordic religion and i really cant find much about rituals and sacred places.... please help?

There’s been a lot of research on the subject so this is quite far from exhaustive, but should be enough to get you started and they are all very well-sourced so that will give you other threads to pull. We’ve included a huge list of possible sources below for you to look through. Some are going to be more easy to find than others. If you’re in college, your university library should have a database for you to look through which should have at least some of these sources. If you’re not a university student, your access might be more limited, but the local college should still be able to help you out.

Sacred places in traditional norse paganism were typically based on the landscape. Clearings, bodies of water, burial mounds, locations of local interest, and unusual geological formations were all sacred.
There are historical accounts of sacred groves where sacrificial animals were hung from the trees, and lots of archaeological evidence of outdoor worship sites. Burial monuments are a long standing tradition in Scandinavia, for a large part because of the continuing relationship between the monument and the community. Be is dolmen, stone ship or mound, burial monuments served as places of meeting, celebration and ritual.

In Gotland, the picture stones (which sometimes had cremation burials associated with them) represent more outdoor sacred sites, and evidence of ritual practice in the form of animal bones and sacred objects have been found around many of the stones. Both picture stones and burial mounds were erected to be visible from a distance, to create a sacred landscape which one could see when the looked over the land.

Sacred places could also be created through the use of depositing hoards of treasure, usually in water. Hoards have been found in old lake and river beds, and the act of sacrificing a large amount of wealth to the water is an act that creates a sacred site. (This is talked about in Iron Age Myth and Materiality by Lotte Hedeager, but that book is not solely about sacred places, so we haven’t added it to the list below.)

Archaeology

Other papers:

A good book on Old Norse religion in general that also incorporates your topic is Old Norse Religion in Long-Term Perspectives, edited by Anders Andrén, Kristina Jennbert, and Catharina Raudvere, which is the collected presentation papers from a conference in Lund in 2004. The Google Books preview is pretty good.

Some saga sources (which may or may not be useful depending on what you’re writing about — they are not considered reliable anymore) include:

  • Hákonar saga góða in Heimskringla (especially chapter 16).
  • Eyrbyggja saga chapter 4
  • Kjalnesinga saga chapter 2
  • Víga-Glúms saga chapter 25
  • Gesta Hammaburgensis (‘History of the
    Archbishops of Hamburg’) by Adam of Bremen (a contemporary report on the temple at Gamla Uppsala)

But most of these will also have been referred to, quoted, or summarized in the above sources.

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