Why Do We Hate Slytherin?

*MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*

Harry gripped the edges of the stool and thought, Not Slytherin, not Slytherin.

Since Harry’s Sorting Ceremony, we held the mistaken belief that Slytherin was a house of dark magic. Why’d we even think of showing favor to a house our hero himself loathed? So, at every mention of Slytherin, we scowled in our minds.

Yes, we all agree that some Slytherins we know were no more than foul, loathsome, evil little cockroaches. For an instance, Lord Voldemort. He terrorized and tortured the wizarding world, resulting in people being so terrified of him that they wouldn’t even call him by his name. And most people, when we talk about Slytherin on the positive side, would think of Severus Snape.

Albus Severus, you were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew.

When we think of Slytherin as evil, we picture Moldy Voldy. When we think of it on the brighter side, Snape comes into our heads. But there are many who are, when Slytherin comes into thought, footnotes.

Okay, let’s face it, Draco Malfoy was a doubtless jerk in the books. His mannerisms and speech just made it clear that he was out there to harass the trio. But people change. The way Draco acted was because of the way he was brought up. He came to realize when he grew that he hadn’t really been a good person. Here’s what JK Rowling has to say about Draco.

[…] hints at a wish for something other than wealth, perhaps even the wish to be a better man. I have high hopes that he will raise Scorpius to be a much kinder and more tolerant Malfoy than he was in his own youth.
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And oh, how can we forget our enemy for life, Dolores Umbridge? If you ask me, she was a pig in heels (not to be rude, but we all think that way, don’t we?).

Aren’t we all forgetting that before Harry entered Hogwarts, Slytherin had won the House Cup six times in a row? Their strong ambition doesn’t prove them bad at achieving things.

Think of Regulus Black, Sirius Black’s brother. He spent his life trying to hunt down and destroy Salazar Slytherin’s locket, one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes. We have Andromeda Tonks and Horace Slughorn, both Slytherins. We haven’t really hated those guys, have we?

Taken from Pottermore’s resources, we come to know that Merlin himself was a Slytherin. Till date, the Order of Merlin is an award given to a wizard or witch for an impressive accomplishment.

Our eternal rivalry against what we think is the Dark House is just a misconception. I may not be the best at explaining it, but won’t you believe Rowling herself?
Pottermore tells you 6 reasons why it’s great to be a Slytherin and why Hogwarts needs Slytherin house.

If you’re one of the Slytherin rebels, you’re fighting against the wrong thing. They say one rotten apple can spoil the lot, but at the end of the day, the other apples are still good ones. Just because Voldy was a horrible old chap doesn’t make the entire house spoilt. Yes, most Death Eaters were Slytherins. Yes, most twits were Slytherins. But without Slytherin, Harry Potter just wouldn’t be the same.

We all know it.

~Mukta@ Born Free

10 thoughts on “Why Do We Hate Slytherin?

  1. Yaay to that. I am a Gryffindor according to Pottermore . But I have a strong suspicion that I unconsciously wanted to be there.Just like any other potterhead I hated Slytherin in the beginning. But somewhere in between the 6th and 7th book I started feeling sympathetic,courtesy Draco Malfoy and Severus Snape.Now I am a full on Slythendor , as I like to call myself. Love your posts. Potterhead hi-five!

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