Battle of Hogwarts House Breakdown Part 1:“Will You Join in our Crusade?”
So I mentioned in a previous post that I wanted to do a break down analysis of the text regarding how many students from each house actually stayed to fight in the battle of Hogwarts. Here is the text:
“the Slytherin table was completely deserted, but a number of older Ravenclaws remained seated while their fellows filed out; even more Hufflepuffs stayed behind and half of Gryffindor remained in their seats.”
Before we begin I want to stress point number 1 for all of them. These are teenagers all of whom are 17 and younger. If you were completely honest with yourself, could you picture yourself as a Junior in High School choosing to stay and fight the most powerful dark wizard of the time and his huge army of followers knowing you probably won’t survive? There is absolutely no shame directed at those who could have stayed but left. That’s not how this works. Now let’s break this down:
Slytherin: Now, thanks to Miss Parkinson’s outburst, McGonagall ordered Slytherin House to be escorted out of the Great Hall first. Please note that they are being escorted to the evacuation point (room of requirement) and not the dungeons! Too many people who are claiming to go off the book are saying all the students where sent to the dorms, which for Slytherin is the dungeons. This is in the film only. A Ravenclaw girl asks about getting their belongings, but McGonagall shuts her down and says everyone is leaving from the Great Hall to the evacuation point.
I am willing to bet that there were a few, if not several, Slytherins willing to stay and fight. In fact, I believe there were some Slytherins fighting for Hogwarts even though no one stayed at the table. Here is why I think the table was empty.