How about Slytherin students who’s ambitious nature is set towards improving the social standing of muggle borns, half bloods, house elves etc. Slytherin students who use their cunning to sneak into other house dorms to help their friends with homework. Slytherin who use ruthless tactics to take down bullies at hogwarts, regardless of which house they’re from. Slytherins who stand proud with their muggle born friends, and never feel ashamed despite what their parents believe. Slytherins who devote all their natural born cunning and ambition and ruthlessness into changing and fixing the mistakes of the generations before them.
Hello everyone! Thank you to all the people who gave such kind feedback on this series! Today, in the final installment of this “series within a series”, today I’m going to talk about the symbolism, correspondences, and values of the Slytherin house and how they can relate to modern witchcraft. Enjoy, and keep watch for further Harry Potter inspired spells and posts!
“Or perhaps in Slytherin you’ll make your real friends. Those cunning folk use any means to achieve their ends.”
-The Sorting Hat
General House Info:
House values: Resourcefulness, cunning, ambition, leadership, determination, cleverness, fraternity, power
Notable members: Draco Malfoy (and his family), Tom Riddle (aka Voldemort), Severus Snape, Regulus Black, Merlin
Founder: Salazar Slytherin
Colors: Slytherin’s colors are green and silver. In modern magic, green is associated with money, prosperity, healing, luck, and harmony. Green may also be used in spellwork relating to fertility or growth. In modern witchcraft, silver is associated with intuition, dreams, meditation, and psychic growth. In Wicca and some branches of Paganism, silver is often associated with the Goddess and the Moon.
Animal: Slytherin’s animal is the snake or serpent. In modern magic, snakes are associated with wisdom and cunning. They are particularly used in magic relating to rebirth, transformation, and the cycles of life.
Element: Slytherin is often associated with the element of water.
The books don’t say anything specifically about the houses being connected to elements, but the fan-base has roughly associated each house with an element. Water is the element of emotions and dreams. It is often used in magic and spell work relating to divination, healing, psychic power, and cleansing/purification.
Herbs to help the Slytherin: Thyme, paprika and cayenne for magical power and strength. Meadowsweet and apple to encourage friendship and brother/sister-hood. Rosemary for cleverness and cunning.
Crystals to help the Slytherin: Carnelian to increase ambition and drive. Clear spinel and kaolinite for resourcefulness and determination. Imperial topaz for leadership as well as to keep pessimism away.
Magic for the Slytherin:In the Harry Potter books, it is seen that many Slytherins show a certain aptitude for potions (For example, both of Harry Potter’s potions professors, Severus Snape and Horace Slughorn, were Slytherins). Because of this, modern Slytherins may enjoy kitchen witchcraft or making magical brews, teas, or oils. Slytherin also has a certain reputation for producing “dark” wizards, most notably the infamous Voldemort (though it should be noted that not all Slytherins are ‘dark’, and not all ‘dark’ wizards are Slytherins. Keep in mind that Peter Pettigrew was a Gryffindor, and Quirinus Quirrell was a Ravenclaw). Some Slytherins may enjoy performing curses or baneful magic. Almost all known Occlumens in the Harry Potter universe are Slytherins, Slytherins may possess a talent for occlumency, the art of keeping your mind safe from invasion, manipulation, and “mind reading”. This may indicate that modern Slytherins may possess a certain talent for shielding and self-protections. Slytherins may also enjoy incorporating the above colors, animals, elements, herbs, and crystals into their spell work.
I hope you enjoyed! Keep in mind that no two Slytherins are alike, so not all Slytherins will benefit from all of the above magical information. This concludes my “Magic for the HP Houses” series, but there are still more Harry Potter inspired posts to come! Thanks for reading,
Pssst: Much of the info about Slytherin values and correspondences was appreciatively sourced from here
So I was rereading Harry Potter, when I came across this and thought- what if instead of Cedric Diggory, Cassius Warrington had been chosen to compete in the Triwizard Tournament?
Imagine Dumbledore calling out the name of the Hogwarts champion and it isn’t a Gryffindor, or a Ravenclaw, or even a Hufflepuff, but it’s a Slytherin. A student from a House most people hate.
Imagine Cassius Warrington getting up, and three out of four Houses are booing at him and shouting things like “NO!” or, “We can’t have a Slytherin champion!” or demanding a retry. But he’s a Slytherin- he’s been dealing with this shit since he got sorted, so he keeps his head high and joins the other champions.
Imagine Harry trying to catch Warrington alone because he doesn’t really want to associate with Slytherins (plus Malfoy seems to be around the guy ALL THE TIME now that he’s the Hogwarts champion), but at the same time he’s also fair enough not to want him to walk into the first task unprepared.
Imagine Warrington walking over to Harry a few months later, and Ron and Hermione both jump into a protective stance, wands out, but instead of attacking Harry he just tells him to stick the egg underwater. (Because Slytherins don’t forget those who helped them out).
Imagine Warrington and Harry helping each other out in the labyrinth.
Imagine Harry being devastated when Peter kills Warrington- because Voldemort doesn’t care what house they’re form, a spare is a spare.
Imagine the uproar that causes among the Slytherins, because some of their parents really are Death Eaters and they know what really happened.
Imagine Slytherins fighting in the Battle of Hogwarts and shouting “This is for Cassius!”
Here it is, canon evidence that Salazar Slytherin was NOT a racist bigot. He was concerned for the well-being and safety of the magical community, which could have been compromised by letting the “common people” know that wizards and witches existed.
Slytherin:the first snow of winter, vodka, coy smirks across the room at your lover, black silk, the feel of satin against your skin, a wife and a mistress sharing a knowing smile across the coffin at the funeral, Arctic Monkeys songs, Lana Del Rey songs, the look of trees in winter, foggy mornings, the flash of gray eyes, whispered threats, film noirs, black tie events, lacy black lingerie, fur coats, the smell of expensive perfumes, the scent of old paper, “Take Me to Church” by Hozier, jazz funerals, New Orleans, making threats against any person who dares cross you or anyone you care for, mirrors draped in black, silent comforts from a loved ones, New York high society, burning photographs, spilt wine, the way your chin trembles while you’re trying not to cry, sucking in deep breaths of frigid air, being pricked by the thorns of a beautiful flower, crying alone in your bed late at night, every song that’s ever made you feel like you could rule the world, Russia, grunge, romantic languages
Gryffindor:running through wheat fields, walking barefoot through grass as night falls, slamming doors, loud arguments, angry tears, a room warmed by a crackling fire, cable-knit sweaters, Dublin, having a drink with your friends, whiskey, brown, silent prayers, kissing a cross for good luck, coming home for Thanksgiving, loss of innocence, dark wood, heavy quilts, the burn in your chest when you hold your breath for a long time, rolling Irish fields, modern houses done in all dark woods and glass, weathered hands, callouses, freckles, the feeling in your stomach you have right before you ask someone on a date, Rome, The Killers songs
Ravenclaw:intelligent conversation, biting remarks, academic debate, English boarding schools, opals, Indie music, old records, perfectly written research papers, silver rings, days spent in bed reading, nails bitten down to the quick, eye-rolling, bitter laughter, sly smiles, angry blushing, independent films, witty banter, flirting in another language, school uniforms
Hufflepuff:the happy laughter of small children, stealing an extra cookie off the plate, cute little cottages nestled on the edges of forests, letting someone cut you in line, the feelings of saying “I do” at the altar, the feeling of catching your breath after a good run, C.S. Lewis novels, silent prayers, smiling at your friend from the back of the room, encouraging nods, standing to applaud someone, silent self-doubt, skinned knees, mismatched socks, silly drawings, curious glances, shy giggles, laughing until your sides hurt, “We’re Going to Be Friends” by The White Stripes, crystals, your first day of college, inspiring speeches, dark curly hair, happy blushing, your first kiss, playing hopscotch, whispering encouraging things to someone who’s doubting themself