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.
After reading countless stupid things about the Slytherin House, and after being called “evil” or “bitchy” after I told people I thought I was a Slytherin, I would like to remind people, Potterheads or not, that Slytherin is not a bad house. Actually, all houses are wonderful. So I would just like to make a little recap of the reasons to be happy to be a Slytherin:
1. Slytherins are smart, determined, ambitious, resourceful and have great leadership qualities. They also have great people skills, even though they sometimes use it to manipulate their peers. So basically, they’re strong people who do not give up easily, who have high standards for themselves and who are good with words. 2. Ther house, just like people, is far from being perfect. Its founder was not very tolerant (but then again, Salazar Slytherin was born in the 10th century) and a lot of Death Eaters come from that house. So sure, it sucks, but at least it makes the house more, well, human. It has flaws, it has bad sides, but that’s also what makes it interesting. It has layers. Ravenclaw is the perfect house to me for example but hey, isn’t it too perfect in a way? Great founder, great ghost, great emblem, great history, great motto, great everything. It’s too perfect for me. I relate to imperfect things. 3. Slytherins had a lot of cool and/or powerful members: Snape, Slughorn and Tom Riddle (he was a horrible person but a fascinating character). And of course, Harry was almost sent there as well. 4. The common room is pretty awesome: it’s basically a pirate ship, since it’s under the lake. Slytherins can see so many cool things happening while nobody else can’t. 5. The colors are really nice. Emerald and silver, I like it. Also, the snake is rather cool. 6. JKR said some Slytherins fought in the Battle of Hogwarts. So we’re not all cowards. We’re not all evil. Our traits are just a little more…grey. 7. Merlin was a Slytherin. The most famous wizard of all time! If that doesn’t make you proud I don’t know what will.
So here you go, seven reasons to not hate the house and seven reasons to be a little happier about being a Slytherin. I could make a longer list but I wanted to get to my point quickly to make it less boring to read.
I wish people were not that ignorant about Hogwarts Houses. I’m also really tired of people thinking Hufflepuff is for losers. This house represents everything a person should be: patient, hardworking, loyal, fair, nice and tolerant. Since when these are qualities of losers? I also wish JKR had introduced us to a really nice Slytherin student, as she had planned to.
I get really sad when people are upset about being sorted into Slytherin. I’m not even a Slytherin, I’m a hardcore Hufflepuff, but like… I keep seeing people be sorted into Slytherin and are just so upset. Like why? It’s not a bad house at all. It means you’re cunning and ambitious. It doesn’t necessarily mean you’re obsessed with power. It means you know what you want and you’ll go by any means to achieve it. And I don’t think that’s a bad thing.
Most of my really close friends are Slytherin. Like more than half. And they are all beautiful, wonderful, amazing people, with no ounce of evil in them whatsoever.
ok this is a slytherin headcanon interpretation post purely as reference for another post i might make later
here’s the thing about harry being a hatstall: when you look at it, there’s not much evidence for him being a slytherin. he’s not particularly ambitious; when he’s told his potions grade will stop him from taking at newt level and becoming an auror (pretty much the only career that interests him), he’s not too fussed. he has to be told by mcgonagall when it turns out slughorn’s requirements are lower than snape’s - he hasn’t really concerned himself with it. throughout the books he has responsibility thrust upon him, rather than taking it for himself. he has to be persuaded to take the leadership role with dumbledore’s army.
cunning? you could maybe make a case, but it’s not strong enough to balance out all the other things that clearly make him a gryffindor - his courage, his loyalty - his daring, nerve and chivalry. sure, he’s pretty nifty sometimes. but this is the boy who, during the triwizard tournament, needed a hint from cedric diggory, needed constant behind-the-scenes help from disguised “”moody”“, and didn’t even utilise all the resources at his disposal (“”moody”” berates him for not thinking of asking neville for help). it certainly isn’t his defining trait.
he doesn’t fit with the stereotype of slytherin. he’s not focused on self-preservation - he accepts the possibility or near certainty of his death several times over the course of the books! the trait that (in the books at least) pretty much most defines slytherin is one he completely lacks. he’s not in the least traditionalist or power-hungry. he’s enough of a gryffindor for the sorting hat to give him gryffindor’s sword after only two years.
against all of that, it’s hard to find evidence for the hat’s indecision unless you bring in an interpretation of slytherin which isn’t explicitly shown in the books.
[Something I wrote in the floo with maddy. Just kind of my headcanon I guess for Artimis growing up post war.]
You know how you got a speech your first day, your first year about how we all had to be united. Well Slytherins don’t get that speech. This is what our speech is like…
“Welcome to Slytherin Common room. Now for your welcoming speech…..You are a Slytherin and with that is a heavy burden and price to pay. You will be hated and looked down on, you will carry the sins of every dark wizard who ever entered these halls. And when they look at you, you will see distrust and hate. You will see them placing every bad thing that has ever happened on you. Things that happened before you were even born. You have to be better than they expect and you have to hold your head high. You are a Slytherin and you should be proud that you are talented and cunning, but remember you are feared. Your housemates are all you have and when you see a housemate in trouble, you defend them. Not because you like them, or they are right, but because no one else will. I will do what I can to help you in coping with times being as they are, but know, they are not going to. Every one of you will now be looked at like you have never been looked at in your life, but you are not alone. We all are Slytherins and we know your pain. You will be assigned a fifth year to guide you around, we do this to protect you first years from the older classes. Your prefect will show you to your rooms, Welcome to Hogwarts, welcome to Slytherin, I know you all will do great things.”