Harry Potter, Slytherin, Hogwarts

Why I am a Proud Slytherin

There was a trend going on Twitter for awhile, and while I don’t normally jump on random social media trends like that, I couldn’t skip this one. You see, I am a Harry Potter addict – There, I said it! Admitting it is the first step, right?

The trend flying through the Twitterverse was to ask your followers what house at Hogwarts they believed you would be in. Curiosity got the best of me, so I posted it and sat back to see what would come of it.

Twitter has spoken – By a slight margin you have voted RAVENCLAW!

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Alright, so you weren’t quite right BUT I can get behind the results. Ravenclaw barely edged out Slytherin for that top slot, and there are several qualities in Ravenclaw that I can connect with to some degree. I mean, let’s start with the fact I’m a musician so creativity and the arts are obviously a massively important part of my life. Couple that with the fact that apparently I decided returning to college at 30 was a good idea, so apparently I do have an interest in knowledge and learning…

I admit I am a HUGE Harry Potter geek. I mean, to the extent when my husband and I moved into our new house one of my favourite parts is that I have a cupboard under the stairs. I convinced my husband that I’m allowed to decorate it up so long as he gets use of the top shelf or two…. So, that’s happening!

Those that know me, and nothing anything at all about Harry Potter, can tell you that I am proud to be part of Slytherin. That being said, I get some crazy reactions for saying so!

Why would you want to be part of THAT house?

Aren’t all Slytherin evil?

Don’t you want to be part of a ‘good’ house?

Boy, I’m glad I didn’t get THAT result!

Well, newsflash: I’m PROUD to be a Slytherin!

That’s right! I hold my head high strutting my stuff in my green lined robes, the snake-adorned crest on my chest. I mean sure, there’s strengths and weaknesses to every house, but I must say that throughout the books and the movies Slytherin develops quite the negative reputation!

It’s important to remember that the books are written from Harry’s point of view on things. When you are hearing opinions of which house is better, which people are worth making friends with, etc – this is all who he and his friends view as being such. It’s a biased opinion. There is nothing wrong with that! Everyone is entitled to their personal views and opinions. It just changes the idea that the opinions depicted in the story are ‘fact’. They are a young boy’s personal thoughts.

Sure… we have a dark past to the house, and there HAVE been some quite evil alumni come from the house, but not all those that graced that common room are bad! There’s Severus Snape, who ultimately gave his life in the name of good and love. Then there is Regulus Black. How can you view someone who showed the courage to stand up and deflect from the Death Eaters in an effort to vanquish one of the Horcruxes as an evil person? I could keep going, but I think you get my point!

Peter Pettigrew was a Gryffindor…. The house of all that is righteous… Think on that for a minute…

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Slytherins are natural born leaders. We are driven and ambitious and are willing to do the work to ensure that we succeed when we set our sights on a goal. We are resourceful and cunning, and not afraid to analyze a situation enough to see just how to make it work for us, bettering our current situation.

We have a strong sense of self-preservation. This is what differentiates us largely from Gryffindor. While a Gryffindor will run into danger without so much as a thought (not even as to whether it is a danger they need to run into, they are adrenaline junkies) a Slytherin will stop, step back and analyze whether this is a battle worth fighting, and if so how to do so as to ensure that it is most beneficial both for ourselves and for those that we hold dear in the long run. This is in no way cowardly, this is smart! When we need to step up to protect the tight circle that we hold dear, try to hold a Slytherin back!

Those that are sorted into Slytherin are fierce and loyal to our inner circle. At the same time, however, we keep our inner circle tight. Quality over quantity!

Slytherins aren’t afraid to bend the rules when needed. We know what must be done in a situation, and will do so to get the result we want when all is said and done.

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While Slytherins don’t actively seek out intelligence for the fun of learning, like a Ravenclaw, we are still highly intelligent and seek out knowledge. The difference is our purpose. We want the knowledge so that it can help to put us ahead of others.

A quote I came across on Pinterest and had to save because I loved it far too much: The reality is that Slytherins are Hufflepuffs with standards, Gryffindors with common sense and Ravenclaws with ambition.”

This Slytherin is going to keep holding her head high, proud of her house!

Have you done the Pottermore sorting quiz? What house have you been sorted into? Do you feel as though you genuinely connect with the traits of this house?

28 thoughts on “Why I am a Proud Slytherin”

  1. OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG I FUCKING LOVE THIS BLOODY POST!!!!! I’m “technically” a Slytherpuff, but as the quote says, a Slytherin is a Hufflepuff with standards. My bestie and my partner are Slytherins, too! Gonna share this with them. I love how in-depth you go with this post!!!!! Well done

    1. You should try it – Pottermore has a bunch of fun things like the spring quiz, identifying your wand, your patrons, etc

  2. sophia tranter

    You aren’t actually the first person I have seen to say they are Slytherin. I am a Gryffindor though. I love that you did a post on this, as I am a massive Harry Potter fan!!!

    Sophia xo

    1. Slytherins get such a bad rap – most people see it as a bad thing if they get sorted there! It’s far from a bad thing! Yay for Harry Potter! Love that I am seeing so many HP Geeks like myself come out of the woodwork since posting this! Thanks for reading!

  3. I love this post! I was voted a Ravenclaw on the Twitter poll that I ran, and I felt that it was a good fit for me! I definitely think Slytherins get an unfairly bad rap, it’s great to see you embracing your House with pride! Leadership, resourcefulness and cunning are fantastic qualities, worthy of being celebrated! Thanks for sharing!

    Abbey ? http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    1. Ravenclaw is a great house as well, and if I had to choose would be the runner up for houses I think I could fit into with the creative side of it all. Have you tried the pottermore quiz? If you’re a Harry Potter lover it’s a ton of fun! You can even find out your wand and everything!

  4. When I got sorted into Slytherin on the Pottermore quiz I was happy! I definitely walked around saying that pretty proudly as well, personally I think it’d be quite cool to be a Slytherin, I don’t really think any of the houses are bad though.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    1. I agree, none of the houses are bad, they are just different – each is unique in its own way with its own strengths! Yay Slytherin! I was pretty happy too when I got sorted there lol

  5. YES! YES YES YES! I’m a Slytherin through and through. I’ve done the Pottermore quiz 3 times; Slytherin each time. And I’ve never been given the choice at the end either. My mum and my boyfriend did but I didn’t. Even Harry Potter house quiz under the sun has put me in S and I’ve also done a poll on Twitter and the majority said Slytherin and I am SUCH a proud Slytherin! It makes me sad when people say they don’t want to be haha. I identify with all of the traits and am very much a believer of doing what is necessary sometimes. Sometimes there isn’t a right or wrong xxx

  6. A little while ago on Twitter, another user told me that I was in the same house, on the basis of the colour of my bag. Great minds think alike ?

  7. A fellow Harry Potter fanatic!! I love that you’ve embraced this and don’t care what others thing. Everyone should be more like this! I got Slytherin in the Pottermore sorting quiz, so this has made me feel better about my answer haha.

    Faye Jessica

    1. I think the key is to remember that the books and movies were written to showcase Harry, so they are biased in regards to the houses and the depiction of the different characters. Imagine the story told from Draco’s POV… it would be a completely different ball game!
      Britt | https://alternativelyspeaking.ca/

  8. Great post.

    I am a Ravenclaw, Tried and true. I can use the Ravenclaw traits as a checklist for my own personality. That said, I do show and admire so many of the traits of the other houses.

    I think a lot of people lose sight of the fact that the Four Founders came together in 990 A.D. Tom Riddle didn’t attend until the early 1940’s. Voldemort was a monster of the 20th century, not all of Hogwarts history… and it didn’t matter that he was a Slytherin – he had hate in his soul; a hat that would have been there no matter what house he resided in. Many Death Eaters were Slytherin, yes, but quite a few weren’t…

    … but I digress.

    No one house stands above another. It is the differences between the houses that makes Hogwarts great!

    1. Not to mention the fact that while there are examples of ‘bad’ witches and wizards in Slytherin, the opposite is also true… look at Merlin!

  9. I was just happy I got my letter. I am a Slytherin and proud of it but I can tell you I would have been happy with any house I was sorted into.

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