Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has four distinct houses, and Slytherin gets the worst rap of them all. Yet even though Slytherins can be sneaky, immoral, and just a tad snobby, we should also remember that they can be fiercely loyal in their own way, they are incredibly resourceful, and, let’s be honest, they have the best house colors.
We’ll be talking about the most badass house in the school of wizards ‘Hogwarts’.Here we go!
OH! THAT UNIFORM!
Who wants to wear scarlet and gold anyway? Slytherin’s house colors of green and silver are classy, timeless, and oh-so-chic. Emerald green dress robes? Sign me up for the next Dark wizard war!
A SLYTHERIN MASCOT
Lions and ravens and badgers, oh my! But while Gryffindor has its king of the jungle, Ravenclaw its wise bird, and Hufflepuff its, uh, noble beast, Slytherin has the sneaky Snake, a symbol of Salazar’s Parseltongue abilities. Salazar’s locket, which eventually became Voldemort’s third horcrux, fittingly depicts a snake on its surface.
Besides Slytherin himself, there have been two notable Heads of House: Horace Slughorn, the professor who first told Tom Riddle about the Horcruxes, once served as top snake, and everyone’s favorite tragic hero, Severus Snape, was also Head of Slytherin for a time.
Slytherin in general has a pretty impressive list of alumni, even if they haven’t always been the good guys. The House of Black, including Narcissa Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange, and Dolores Umbridge all came from Slytherin. But these alums also aren’t always the bad guys either: Andromeda Tonks, mother of Nymphodora Tonks, was not only a Black but also a Slytherin, and was a close ally of the Order of the Phoenix.
Each Hogwarts House is linked to a different element: despite their green emblem, Slytherin is actually connected to water. Snakes have long been associated with water, and have a fluidity and flexibility that recalls water’s amorphous form.
While Slytherins may not exactly be brave, they make up for it with a very unique skill set: They are gifted at Occlumency (the ability to resist having your mind read by Legilimency). Voldemort, Snape, Bellatrix Lestrange, Draco Malfoy, and Slughorn are all notable Slytherin Occlumens. Indeed, most known Occlumens in the world are Slytherin alums.
FIRST AND LAST
Slytherin is the very first Hogwarts House mentioned in the Harry Potter series, in Chapter 5 of The Philosopher’s Stone. It’s also the last house mentioned: at the end of The Deathly Hallows, Harry’s son Albus worries he’ll be sorted into Slytherin.
PATRON GHOST’S DARK SIDE
Slytherin’s house ghost, the Bloody Baron, has a fittingly bloody backstory. He stabbed himself to death in remorse shortly after he brutally murdered Rowena Ravenclaw’s daughter, Helena. He was in love with her, but after one too many rejections he killed her in a fit of rage, then turned his sword on himself. The two (Helena is the Grey Lady who roams for Ravenclaw House) have haunted Hogwarts ever since. Twisted Romeo and Juliet anyone?
NOT EVERYONE’S A VILLAIN
It’s worth repeating: not all Slytherins are bad or destined for evil. In fact, the Harry Potter’s own son, Albus Severus, was sorted into Slytherin upon his arrival at Hogwarts. This is hinted at in The Deathly Hallows, but fully revealed in The Cursed Child. He’ll do the House proud—and maybe set them straight a little.
Many readers don’t think that Slytherin House was very helpful during the Battle of Hogwarts: in the books, Slytherin students appear to flee as soon as things go south. However, Rowling later clarified that this was not the case: the students actually went “off for reinforcements,” and many returned to fight alongside the rest of the Houses.
Slytherin has got to be the most famous house in terms of popularity.I mean,who doesn’t like something which is dark,sinister and kicks ass!
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