are you fucking kidding me right now? i can just imagine the rest of the gryffindor boys getting acne and just looking at harry great skin™ potter and being like, “of course you dont get acne. you probably fought a pimple leprechaun as a baby and got glowing skin.”
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.
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.
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).
I still don’t understand why JKR couldn’t have written in just one Slytherin staying to fight for Hogwarts like do you really expect me to believe that none of the Slytherins cared about their school/teachers/friends and are just so cold hearted nothing matters but themselves? Cause I refuse to believe that. I mean even Voldemort tried to save as much of Hogwarts as he could and he’s the epitome of slytherin-gone-bad so why don’t any of the students?
Just wanted to share with you guys some of the tweets from the one who started the whole Snape debate, why JKR waste her time with this kind of people is beyond me.
“You have to be stupid to miss that, I have read the books plenty of times and I do know what I am talking about! Snape switched sides AFTER Voldemort killed the Potters. Everyone was a hero, he was just obsessed. He walked over James. Yeah he did some good but…”
I have so much to say about the Ginevra Weasley that we never got to see in the books.
I accept that at least part of that is because Harry an unreliable narrator. He’s pretty oblivious - he doesn’t really notice her until he develops feelings for her. So even when pretty major character stuff is happening, like what happened with the diary, we don’t notice it on the page until after it’s happened. It’s the same with her getting over her fangirl crush on Harry - Harry doesn't even realise it’s happened until Ginny tells him about the advice that Hermione gave her.
But as much as I love the female characters in Harry Potter, at least a little bit of it was because she was sidelined as a romantic interest. I can see why JKR would not want her going with Harry on his quest to destroy the Horcruxes in the Deathly Hallows, because it was the whole golden-trio-centric thing, but that’s no reason for her not to be in there of her own accord. There were so many ways she could have been a more active character in the last book. So here’s what I would have liked to see:
To start with, I would have liked to see her and Harry not break up. JKR did a good job of showing how in the first war, everyone was getting together left right and centre because they might not live to see tomorrow. But in the second war, everyone conveniently waited until after it was over to get together. There was no forged-in-fire-relationships, no heat-of-the-moment-oh-god-what-were-we-thinking relationship mistakes. And Harry and Ginny were both far too sensible at the end of HBP when Harry tells her that he has to break up with her to keep her safe. And not sensible enough. Breaking up with her wouldn’t stop Voldemort finding out about their relationship - Draco is a death eater, and they haven’t exactly been hiding up til now. And it’s pretty obvious he still cares about her. And his saviour complex extends to most people, never mind Ginny - Voldemort could just as easily get to Harry through half of Gryffindor house and it’d work. Ginny was so annoyingly accepting (because she’s supposed to be the “cool” girlfriend, perfectly mature about the situation.
I don’t want that. I want a Ginny full of fire, who points out how much of an arse he’s being about it. I want her angry and holding a grudge, at least until she can convince him he’s wrong and they can make up. Or I want them accepting it and realising through the pretty long summer they spend together that they’ve made a huge mistake, that they can’t do this separation thing and getting back together.
When Harry leaves after Voldemort takes power, I don’t want him leaving an ambiguous relationship with Ginny behind. I want him leaving behind a relationship, pining after her, praying she’s safe, dreaming about being reunited with her but knowing that can’t happen. Because that’s basically what happened anyway - the “they aren’t properly together thing” in DH fooled nobody. I want them crazy in love but unable to see each other, not Ginny being a side note to Harry’s thoughts when he thinks “I hope she’s alright and I hope she hasn’t gotten with anyone else”. That bit with Ginny being jealous of Cho when they return for the battle of Hogwarts. That was stupid. Those plotlines are annoying and unnecessary.
I want Ginny to go back to Hogwarts for the start of the term, because she has to keep up appearances (it would look strange if both she and Ron didn’t go). I want her running the DA with Neville and Luna and being the badass she is. That’s fine. Keep that in.
But when she doesn’t return after Christmas? What then? Are we expected to believe that Ginny sat around in hiding at Aunt Muriel’s? Have you met Ginny Weasley?
Consider this: Ginny Weasley who knows all abou the Horcruxes. Not from Harry, because he’s a moron who doesn’t want to put her in danger. But Hermione - now she’s sensible. She had their belongings packed from the moment they arrived at the Burrow, but that’s no all she did. She worked out before Harry why Dumbledore had told him to trust her and Ron. They might fail, and if they failed, someone needed to carry on their work. And what was the point of that if they were all heading off as a group?
No, she needed to entrust their mission to someone, someone who could be trusted absolutely. Someone who would be relatively safe while they hunted the Horcruxes, because it was no good if they died first. Order members weren’t a good option then. Besides, Order members might try to stop them, or accompany them, or might tell other order members what Harry was up to (in a well intentioned way).
So she tells Ginny. Because she was the best positioned and the best qualified. “Don’t tell Harry you know,” she says, because Harry obviously doesn’t think logically when it comes to Ginny if his attempt to break up with her is anything to go by. “But if something happens to us, you need to take over. You, Neville and Luna need to take up our mantle.”
Hermione doesn’t even tell Ron and Harry everything she knows about the Horcuxes, because they’re not good with info-dumps and she’ll be with them to instruct them on how to destroy the ones they find. But she tells Ginny everything - she writes out a list of things she needs to know - just in case they can’t finish the mission.
And Ginny, who returned to Hogwarts with this information bursting out of her, who takes up the mantle of the leader of the DA at the age of sixteen, spends every moment not focussed on the DA thinking about those Horcruxes. About that information. Namely, about the Diary she poured her soul into and the chamber she woke up in.
why did jkr make umbridge a slytherin? like, she never displayed particular ambitious qualities, especially in the fifth book (you could make an argument for her having them in her scene in the seventh, but that’s stretching even before you consider she was probably being at least slightly controlled by voldemort at the time) and her methods were about as subtle as an elephant in a small room, so i don’t really see cunning from her in the strictest sense of the word. sure, she gained power, but that was not so much her goal as making sure the ministry itself didn’t look bad and doing whatever was in her power to keep it that way
to be honest, more than anything she is clearly a hufflepuff that went horribly, horribly wrong. she shows almost religious loyalty to both the minister of magic (especially fudge, come on) as well as the ministry as a whole. in addition, she clearly loves her job, and works hard to accomplish the tasks regulated to her.
like, i get it. she’s evil. clearly she’s one of the big bads of the series. but that doesn’t automatically mean she’s a slytherin and in this case the more i think about her canon house the more it just doesn’t make sense. this could have been a lesson on how even people from stereotypically ‘good’ houses can be rotten and how positive qualities can be warped and alienated if you do not watch yourself but instead jk chose to pull the 'slytherin is evil so (almost) all the bad guys go there’ card even though, when you think about it past surface level, it’s absolutely ridiculous.
I feel like the polyjuice potion scene where the trio broke into Gringotts wouldn’t have messed up so badly if Ron was pretending to Bellatrix and not Hermione. We’ve seen throughout the series that Ron is a good actor and Hermione, although smart, isn’t always great under pressure. I understand why JKR chose Hermione though. If plans work perfectly than it’s no fun.
Okay fellas. I get why JKR didn’t make Drarry canon and still fights it off. Some people see their chemistry, some don’t. I’m very much okay with that, as long as I can still read smutty fanfiction about it.
I even like Ginny and Astoria very much. JKR planned them to be rivals and all that. I get it.
But why the heck is JKR making Scorrose canon. W h y.
I mean if you’ve read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, you’ll understand what I mean. That book is so gay. Scorpius and Albus mean everything to each other and they hug a lot and, you know, do gay stuff.
Plus Scorpius and Rose have, like, no chemistry at all. Rose hates Scorpius. She never wanted to befriend him, she believed the rumour that he was Voldemorts son, damn she even ended the friendship with Albus, her cousin, because he was close to Scorpius. I don’t see why they should end up together. For me, it’s just a bad attempt to bring a love story into this which isn’t gay. Because heteronormativity is sadly still a thing.
So guys, if you don’t agree with me, that’s okay, I just felt the need to say this. Scorbus was going so strong in CC.
I fell in love with Harry Potter when I watched the movies and I wanted to get more in depth so I bought the books. After reading all 7 books I must say the movies were horrible with the pairings. In the movies they made no sense like there were no chemistry between Ron and Hermione and Ginny and Harry. I used to wonder why JKR paired them, but when I read the books I understand everything now and they’re fit for each other. Overall, if you haven’t, read the books! It’s so worth it, trust me!!