In defense of Slytherin House

Slytherin may not have the best reputation in the wizarding world. The Harry Potter series as a whole paints the house as pretty awful, I mean there is the Malfoy family, the Lestrange/Black family and not to mention the main man himself, Tom Riddle, better known as Lord Voldemort.

Not many children reading the books for the first time want to be in Slytherin. As Hagrid says “There’s not a single witch or wizard who went bad who wasn’t in Slytherin”, but the house does have it’s strong points.

Slytherin’s value ambition and resourcefulness. They are cunning and will do anything to achieve their end. They are brave like Gryffindor’s, they are loyal like Hufflepuff’s and they are quick-witted like Ravenclaw’s. They hold a lot of the other house’s values but they go about things a bit differently and, even in the wizarding world, different is sometimes seen as a bad thing.

Because Slytherin’s are seen as “the bad guys” people tend to forget about the not so bad wizards that came from this house.

Salazar Slytherin himself, maybe his views on only letting pure-bloods into Hogwarts was a bit mad, but he was only trying to protect those he cared for. Also the world famous wizard Merlin, he was also a member of Slytherin house.

Regulas Arcturus Black or better know as R.A.B, a death eater who risked his life to steal a horcruxe and die in an act of bravery in order to kill the dark lord. He may have been bad at the start but it is very brave to stand up against Lord Voldemort.

My favourite Hogwarts teacher Horace Slughorn, was head of Slytherin house. Slughorn may be a little hard to figure out – he is a bit of a social climber and he may have told Voldemort about Horcruxes but Slughorn did Slytherin house proud in the battle of Hogwarts and he proved himself to be a good drinking partner for Hagrid at Aragog’s funeral.

And of course Serverus Snape. In the beginning Snape comes across like a typical Slytherin, mean and unloving but towards the end you find out he was a troubled man who had loved and lost and was just trying to make up for his mistakes.

So all in all, is Slytherin really the worst Hogwarts house? No. Sure it might have it’s bad points but so does every house. Not every wizard in Slytherin turned out to be bad. I may be a bit biased but I like Draco Malfoy. I love his character in the Harry Potter world. He is just another case of a good Slytherin who doesn’t know what to do. He’s conflicted and scared and I think there is a bit of Slytherin in us all.

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