i spent so much longer on this than i intended

my friends and i stayed up until 2 in the morning talking about how much BETTER the hp series would have been had harry been sorted into slytherin bc it just flips the typical dynamics on their head sO HARD and like would have given sO MUCH ROOM for heroic slytherins and i am SO UPSET JK DIDNT DO THIS

bc like sure the de parents when they’re in their 20s are ALL INTO IT but like now??? THEY HAVE FAMILIES and so many of them will put their families FIRST even BEFORE VOLDEMORT and bc slytherin priorities are like set in stone it would be so interesting to watch this dynamic play out

bc now that these people have families their priorities change (and sure some are gonna remain loyal and some dont have families but the fact remains that it cuts out a hUGE PERCENTAGE OF DEATH EATERS) and like??? some of their kids are going to be harry’s friends - OR AT THE VERY LEAST his housemate and like seeing someone in another house and hearing terrible things about them is different than living in the same dorm and knowing his personal habits and seeing him everyday. like even if you dont really like the person you KNOW them and that changes EVERYTHING 

AND THEN HOW DO THE DE PARENTS REACT to their kid not hating harry and not wanting him to die (or even being his friend) bc nOW THEY HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THEIR KID OR THEIR LORD and like you KNOW a majority of them are going to choose their kid (EVEN IF they pretend it’s their lord - think narcissa malfoy everyone slytherins are pros at subterfuge its literally their house description)

in this way does harry still make friends with people in other houses??? bc he’s a sweet kid no matter what and that wouldnt change - like i can definitely see him and luna still being friends (i cant see luna letting something like house prejudice stop her) and???? dOES RON STILL WANT TO BE FRIENDS bc like wHAT IF THIS LITTLE 11 YEAR OLD DECIDES TO IGNORE WHAT HE’S BEEN TAUGHT ABOUT THIS HOUSE AND TRIES TO BE HARRY’S FRIEND ANYWAY and suddenly we have another slytherin/gryffindor friendship in the making and wHAT IF this causes ron’s brothers to like harry (bc how could you not) and then suddenly the weasley house (and so many others) doesn’t associate slytherin with evil!! AND THEN SUDDENLY THE ENTIRE SCHOOL QUESTIONS THE HATRED TOWARD SLYTHERIN AND THEIR UNFAIR TREATMENT

and i could just SCREAM about how this would have PERFECTLY ripped apart the house stereotypes and dumbledore’s blatant preference for gryffindor (and like literally every other house than slytherin) bc suddenly???? his golden boy is aCTUALLY A SNAKE HOW DOES THE ENTIRE WW AND HIM REACT like does he only show favoritism to harry?? does he try to change his bullshit??? does he remain this manipulative old grandfather figure but now harry can see the hypocrisy bc he’s in the house that gets the shaft constantly??? thIS COULD BE SO GREAT

AND THEN snape would be his hoh. snape who doesn’t put up with anybody’s shit (aND WHOSE JOB IS TO PROTECT THIS KID) HOW DOES THIS CHANGE THINGS??? CAN HE EVEN BE A SPY AGAIN LATER BC HOW CAN HE CONVINCE HIS LORD HE WANTS THE KID DEAD IF HE’S BEEN HIS MENTOR IN SOME WAY OR ANOTHER???

in this way hOW DOES THIS AFFECT THE VOLDEMORT/HARRY SIMILARITIES BC NOW DUMBLEDORE CANT USE THE BULLSHIT “YOU CHOOSE THE “”””RIGHT”””” HOUSE THAT’S WHY YOU’RE DIFFERENT” IF THEY’RE IN THE SAME HOUSE AND LIKE

IF HARRY WAS SORTED INTO SLYTHERIN IT WOULD FLIP THE HP BOOKS ON THEIR HEAD AND WOULD HAVE DONE SO. MUCH. BETTER AT COMBATING THE STEREOTYPES IT TRIED (AND FAILED) TO