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Old 08-19-2015, 10:51 PM   #76 (permalink)
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I am a proud Slytherin, and whenever someone brings this up, I immediately give them this lecture:

1. Of course Slytherins were portrayed as "evil." Even though the story is written in third person, it is still from Harry's POV, which is biased, as he is a Gryffindor. If Harry were in, say, Ravenclaw, we might think of Snakes in an entirely different light.

2. JK Rowling only ever describes about five Slytherins who go to the school at the same time as Harry— Malfoy, Crabbe, Goyle, Pansy, and Zabini. I find it incredibly hard to believe that there were only five Slytherins at that time. Rather, I think that they are mentioned because they were noteworthy as upholding the stereotypical Gryffindor view of their house. The rest of the Slytherins, for all we know, just went about minding their own Hogwarts business.

3. Pottermore explicitly states that the only House that has never had an evildoer is Hufflepuff. Peter Pettigrew, anyone?

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2. JK Rowling only ever describes about five Slytherins who go to the school at the same time as Harry— Malfoy, Crabbe, Goyle, Pansy, and Zabini. I find it incredibly hard to believe that there were only five Slytherins at that time. Rather, I think that they are mentioned because they were noteworthy as upholding the stereotypical Gryffindor view of their house. The rest of the Slytherins, for all we know, just went about minding their own Hogwarts business.
And there also was the girl, Millicent Bulstrode (?), who Hermione was going to turn herself into, except she accidentally used a cat hair.
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I believe that these six Slytherins I can't believe there's only six, dang that stood out enough to make it on Harry's radar were chosen for the main narrative because they were not nice characters. The not nice ones, or rather, the ones that are supposed to be not nice, are always the complex ones. J.K Rowling needed school aged antagonists to be Harry's blight all throughout his years at Hogwarts and since Draco was already in Slytherin, I'm guessing one thing led to another.

Also^^^ if I remember correctly, Milicent Bulstrode wasn't described in the nicest light either. She was written as big and brutish and when they were taking lessons outside of lessons in the second book, she went for Hermione and basically took her down, even though Hermione was barely half her size. Basically, she wasn't a nice girl.

It kind of stinks that this one house was made as the scapegoat because that's not in the description of Slytherin at all. They are described as ambitious and cunning, and into tradition. I have friends who were sorted into Slytherin and they are extremely nice. They want to get ahead and they'll do that in several different ways. Hence why a lot of the Death Eaters are described as being from Slytherin. Because when Voldemort was in power the first time, it was extremely beneficial to let everyone know you were on his side. And when he began rising to power? Well, in the fourth book, someone refused to tell Voldemort what she knew and he wiped her mind. Completely. Still beneficial to be on Team No Nose.

Ths is also why I believe that many of the Slytherins didn't stay and fight in the final battle. It never told us what they were doing, they could have been hiding and waiting for it to blow over, directing younger students to safer grounds, trying to find their parents. A lot of their parents were Death Eaters and knew very well that they might be fighting them out there. Not to mention, if Voldemort catches them fighting against their 'loyal' parents, it doesn't look good. At the time, no one really had any idea how this thing was going to blow over. This is also why I believe Mcgonagal sent the kids to the dungeons. Because she knew that a lot of them were going to see their parents killing their classmates, using spells they were taught were unforgivable, or be marching with the very people Harry JUST told them they didn't like. That's extremely traumatic.

Sorry for the essay, I have no idea if it made sense, I just have a lot of anger towards this fact.
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