Green font today for this post, mostly because today as you can see from the banner above is SLYTHERIN PRIDE DAY! Ah, Slytherin… Say what you will about this house, my house, but many would argue that this house is merely misunderstood. Of course we’re remembered as the house which the Dark Lord himself came from but throughout the Harry Potter series what most people – characters in the fictional world and individuals in reality – don’t seem to realize is that a fair few characters who were either unpleasant, bad or evil, happened to originate from the other houses as well. That being said, I know fine well that whilst the Sorting Hat sorts individuals into their houses based upon the person they are, that doesn’t mean that they are incapable of showing the traits associated with the other houses of Hogwarts. I myself, had I not been sorted into Slytherin, am sure that I would be in Ravenclaw given my thirst for knowledge and obsession with learning, reading and the likes.
Side thought: I would never survive as a Ravenclaw at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Given that the students of that house are only permitted entry to their Common Room should they correctly answer a riddle – something which I’m terrible at – I would forever be waiting for someone to do it for me.
That being said, I’m not talking about Ravenclaw today so enough of that, no need to get sidetracked… Today, I’m talking about Slytherin. Going back to what I was saying previously, Slytherin is ultimately a misunderstood house. Just read the Harry Potter novels or watch the movies and you’ll see that not all Slytherins are bad. Why, Merlin himself was a Slytherin! However, Merlin was not one of the founders of Hogwarts and thus our story for today doesn’t begin with him.
Our story begins with Salazar Slytherin…
(The video (above) was uploaded to Youtube by Harry Potter Folklore who kindly granted permission for his video to be an addition to this blog post. If you’re reading this, thanks again for allowing me to feature it in todays post!)
Now I’m not going to give a history lesson because if you’re a fan of Harry Potter and are in the Slytherin House (or have done research of the house) then you know all about it. Besides… It’s Slytherin secrets,
other houses keep your noses out!
The point I’m hoping to make in this post is that should you be sorted into Slytherin or have been but are not comfortable with the sorting, just remember not all of us are Death Eaters. Am I one? Well, that’s for me to know and you to… No, really, we’re not all bad and if you’re in Slytherin then you can be sure that the rest of us will always have your back! Maybe you’re not in Slytherin, maybe you’re in Gryffindor, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw… Well let this also be a message to you and if any of you, from any house, find yourself falling for a Slytherin or already in a relationship with one, don’t feel like you have to be wary or end it, in fact… Look at what’s on Pottermore.com – Why you SHOULD fall in love with a Slytherin. The link below will direct you to the page.
I know, I know, there are still a few of you out there adamant that Slytherins are evil and shouldn’t be trusted but as I said before, not all of us are and not all Slytherins within the Harry Potter series whom originated from the Slytherin house were ultimately evil: Professor Severus Snape, Draco Malfoy, Horace Slughorn, Regulus Black, Scorpius Malfoy, etc. Also let’s not forget… Cue the comparison!
Now we’ve got a Potter too!
(The image at the top of this comparison collage was taken from my copy of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (Slytherin Edition). The image at the bottom was taken from my copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Screenplay)
This being said, even within the series there is proof that Slytherins are not all bad and their cunning can be used for good as well as a means to achieve their own ends. The following image is an extract from the Harry Potter and Philosophers Stone book (Slytherin Edition) but does include an excerpt from the seventh book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
So, there’s your proof, not all Slytherins are bad, not all of us are cruel and not all of us would save our own skin and leave others to face an unshared fate. I could go on but the proof is all around us, for you Muggles who know nothing of the Wizarding World, there’s source material in the books, online and even the movies.
To those who come from the houses of Gryffindor, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff, please try not to sterotype us. To those of you from Slytherin…
Happy Slytherin Pride Day!
(The following video was uploaded to YouTube by misspatricia who granted me permission to include the link in todays blog post. Misspatricia, should you be reading this, I thank you again for granting permission!)