So I was thinking about Parseltongue, and the weird fact that it seems to be an inherited skill instead of, you know, learned like any other language.
Imagine a Slytherin who can speak Parseltongue. When it gets out, they expect everyone to be freaked out, and a lot of people are, but most of the Slytherins just want to know how it’s done. Soon, Slytherins start sneaking snakes into the common room and the parseltongue speaker talks to the snakes while people observe. They start picking up on certain sounds and their corresponding phrases. Within a month, they’re all hissing at each other across the table in the Great Hall (mostly saying hello over and over, back and forth, because that’s the easiest phrase to learn, but no one else needs to know that). The first time one of them accidentally speaks Parseltongue at someone from another house, the Ravenclaw in question backs away like they’ve been threatened, but then another Slytherin quietly informs them that the other Slytherin was only saying hello, that in fact that’s all most of them know how to say. The Ravenclaw is appalled that they haven’t pursued this opportunity further, and soon, they’re working with the Slytherins to develop a working lexicon. Hufflepuffs are happy to join in, seeing an opportunity for interhouse unity, and even the Gryffindors decide to get in on it eventually.
Parseltongue becomes the student language. Parseltongue brings the houses together as students whisper back and forth to each other during class, and then feign ignorance when asked about the mysterious hissing sounds (there must be a problem with the pipes, Professor!). Parseltongue helps transform Slytherin’s legacy into acceptance and unity instead of elitism.
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Oh my gosh this is legit one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen in my life! This is SO COOL, seriously just click on it, oh my gosh. This is how I imagined wizard duels I actually like this better than the duels in the movie because there are spells that actually do things other than make stuff explode. If I didn’t know better I would have thought that this was professionally made, WOW. <3
Do you love to talk about your queer and/or trans* readings and headcanons? Do you create or consume fanfiction or fanart featuring queer and/or trans* readings of characters? Do you identify as queer and/or trans*? Are you below the age of 30? If you responded “yes” to all…
People say that Gryffindor is the brave house. Actually, what they mean, is that Gryffindor is the self-less house. A Gryffindor will risk his life for a complete stranger. The Slytherin will look at the same situation, and deem his life more important than the stranger’s, and continue on. The Gryffindor will always see the stranger’s life as more important. It’s not that Slytherins refuse to risk their lives. It’s that Slytherins are very selective about who they will risk their lives for. A Slytherin will be just as brave as a Gryffindor if his friend’s life is in danger. Does this make the Slytherin a coward? Perhaps, but perhaps the Gryffindor could also use a lesson in the best way to risk his life as well. The world wouldn’t be complete if it lacked either Slytherins or Gryffindors.
You might belong in Gryffindor, Where dwell the brave at heart, Their daring, nerve, and chivalry Set Gryffindors apart;
You might belong in Hufflepuff, Where they are just and loyal, Those patient Hufflepuffs are true And unafraid of toil;
Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw, if you’ve a ready mind, Where those of wit and learning, Will always find their kind;
Or perhaps in Slytherin You’ll make your real friends, Those cunning folks use any means To achieve their ends.
Notice how Slytherin is a combination of all the other three houses?
To be real friends, you need to be “just and loyal” to each other
To be cunning, you need wit/intelligence and knowledge (learning) and “a ready mind” to be ready to act on your plans
To use “any means” to “achieve ends,” you need to be brave, daring, and have nerve - without that, you can’t go out in the world to get what you want/achieve
This must be why JK Rowling made Slytherin the image of evil - it’s everything the other houses have in combination - hence why it’s the most “powerful” house, and it’s why it’s the last house in the song
It’s been a while since I solicited, and I think it’s overdue that I remind you that I am collecting Hogwarts House surveys in order to understand the diversities and complexities of each house.
What I’m asking of you is this: fill out the survey linked above and submit it to me (please be sure to include your house; the data is useless if I don’t know which house you identify with). It’d be appreciated if you could solicit this to other people, but it’s not a big deal if you don’t; it’d be beneficial to have as many surveys as I can get - especially if you can get a Gryffindor to fill it out, as I’m severely lacking in those surveys.
If you have anything that you want to add to the survey that you think would benefit this survey, then feel free to add it; the survey is more of a guideline system than anything (although I will urge you to heed my instructions in regards to answers; if every house answers the questions the same way, it leaves no room for differentiating them/noticing the patterns between specific houses as opposed to the majority of the fanbase).
I’m going to state right now that there is NOT a specific time span that I am accepting these surveys; if you stumble across this post or perhaps one of my previous posts a while after it was posted, I would urge you to submit anyway. I hope that I can get a more defined idea of the patterns of the houses so that I can create a more consistent sorting quiz (the pottermore one is temperamental and vague, and although it is one of the more accurate ones because it doesn’t sort you into Gryffindor because you like red or Ravenclaw because you get good grades, the symbolism is detrimental to the accuracy because symbolism is never perceived in the same way).
So please submit! Surveys from every house/person are appreciated. :)
J.K Rowling made a new series of books called “The Rise of Slytherin,” where house Slytherin made their house great and tarnished all of the negative feelings toward it? Thus gaining the respect and maybe admiration of the other houses? Huh?! Huh?? Anyone?!
ok I need to talk about Pansy Parkinson and locking the Slytherins in the dungeon again because this is a breakthrough for me
It always seemed SO out of character for McGonagall, and more importantly went against one of the major themes of the books, that nobody is as simple as GOOD or EVIL. McGonagall is supposed to be a trusted authority and she pulls this apparent dick move and locks up a quarter of the school? NAH BRO. My theory is that when Pansy turned on Harry and wanted to take him to Voldemort, and the rest of the school surrounded Harry, McGonagall had a realization… Many of the Slytherins have family ties to the Death Eaters, and giving any of them the slightest chance to fight in the Battle of Hogwarts would put them in a terrible situation; having to choose between their family and their classmates. McGonagall also realized it would put the other students in a terrible situation too… What if Dean Thomas ran into Blaise Zabini during the battle? Would Dean be prepared to fight against a classmate? Would that haunt him forever? It could have turned really nasty, and McGonagall realized that when the students surrounded Harry, facing Pansy. If McGonagall hadn’t been there, she probably would have been attacked. So she put them in the dungeon to protect the Slytherins from the other students.
I’m convinced this was purposeful because Draco was used as an example of what could have happened to the rest of the students. Although Draco was a good person at heart and wanted to make the right decisions when he was alone, his parents were there, as well as all the people with the power to hurt him and his parents. Draco was called over to the Death Eaters, and how could he really refuse? Even if he didn’t want to? So McGonagall put all the Slytherins in the dungeon so their parents wouldn’t have a chance to try to involve them in the battle, so the Slytherins wouldn’t be attacked by the other students, and so no one would have to make the decision of whether or not to kill a classmate.