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{{quote|[[Horace Slughorn|He]] used to handpick favourites at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], sometimes for their ambition or their brains, sometimes for their charm or their talent, and he had an uncanny knack for choosing those who would go on to become outstanding in their various fields. Horace formed a kind of club of his favourites with himself at the centre, making introductions, forging useful contacts between members, and always reaping some kind of benefit in return...|[[Albus Dumbledore]] on the Slug Club.|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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{{quote|[[Horace Slughorn|He]] used to handpick favourites at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], sometimes for their ambition or their brains, sometimes for their charm or their talent, and he had an uncanny knack for choosing those who would go on to become outstanding in their various fields. Horace formed a kind of club of his favourites with himself at the centre, making introductions, forging useful contacts between members, and always reaping some kind of benefit in return ''[...]'' |[[Albus Dumbledore]] on the Slug Club.|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
   
The '''Slug Club''' is an informal name for [[Horace Slughorn]]'s favourite and sometimes famous [[Wizardkind|students]] at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]]. Slughorn taught [[Potions (class)|Potions]] at Hogwarts during two different stints; both times, he singled out students he thought had potential, either because they had influential relatives, such as [[Neville Longbottom]] and [[Cormac McLaggen]] or they themselves possessed fame or talent of some kind, such as [[Harry Potter]] and [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]], or even both. He invited these select students to parties, notably to a [[Slug Club Christmas party|lavish one]] at [[Christmas]], and kept in touch with them even after they had graduated, as they could provide him with insider information or various luxuries.<ref name="HBP4">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 4 (''Hoarace Slughorn'')</ref>
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The '''Slug Club''' is an informal name for [[Horace Slughorn]]'s favourite and sometimes famous [[Wizardkind|students]] at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]]. Slughorn taught [[Potions (class)|Potions]] at Hogwarts during two different stints; both times, he singled out students he thought had potential.
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The students he singled out eithether had influential relatives, such as [[Neville Longbottom]] and [[Cormac McLaggen]] or they themselves possessed fame or talent, such as [[Harry Potter]] and [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]], or even both. He invited these selected students to parties, notably to a [[Slug Club Christmas party|lavish one]] at [[Christmas]], and kept in touch with them even after they had graduated, as they could provide him with insider information or various luxuries<ref name="HBP4">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 4 (''Hoarace Slughorn'')</ref>.
   
 
==Meetings==
 
==Meetings==
[[File:Desk32xx9.jpg|thumb|left|188px|[[Horace Slughorn]] holds a supper party with the Slug Club.]]
 
 
{{quote|A toast, to Hogwarts' brightest and best!|[[Horace Slughorn]].|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)}}
 
{{quote|A toast, to Hogwarts' brightest and best!|[[Horace Slughorn]].|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)}}
During the course of the school year, [[Professor]] Slughorn would hold various get-togethers of the club. These were usually dinners with fine foods, during which Slughorn would lead conversation in order to get to know the members better and to encourage them to associate with one another as well. Sometimes he would invite famous former members in as well, such as when he introduced professional [[Quidditch]] player [[Gwenog Jones]] at a dinner in [[1996]].<ref name="HBP14">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 14 (''Felix Felicis'')</ref>
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[[File:Desk32xx9.jpg|thumb|left|188px|[[Horace Slughorn]] holds a supper party with the Slug Club.]]
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During the course of the school year, [[Professor]] Slughorn would hold various get-togethers of the club. These were usually dinners with fine foods, during which Slughorn would lead conversation in order to get to know the members better and to encourage them to associate with one another as well. Sometimes he would invite famous former members in as well, such as when he introduced professional [[Quidditch]] player [[Gwenog Jones]] at a dinner in [[1996]]<ref name="HBP14">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 14 (''Felix Felicis'')</ref>.
   
[[File:RiddleandSlughorn.jpeg|thumb|304px|[[Tom Riddle]] talking to [[Horace Slughorn|Professor Slughorn]] after a club meeting.]]
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[[File:RiddleandSlughorn.jpeg|thumb|240x240px|[[Tom Riddle]] talking to [[Horace Slughorn|Professor Slughorn]] after a club meeting.]]
   
Slughorn's hope was to cultivate talent and to give his favourites "leg-ups" in their careers, hoping to reap the benefits of being connected to them once they became the "highfliers" Slughorn expected them to be.<ref name="HBP5">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 5 (''An Excess of Phlegm'')</ref> These benefits came to him in various forms, such as being able to recommend people to [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] positions to receiving various gifts and perks, such as excellent seats to any [[Quidditch]] match he cared to attend or his favourite treat, crystallised pineapple.<ref name="HBP4">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 4 (''Horace Slughorn'')</ref> However, some members tend to let Slughorn down once they grow up and graduate, such as [[Lucius Malfoy]] and [[Tom Riddle]], both of whom became [[Dark Wizard]]s. On [[20 December]], 1996, there was a lavish [[Slug Club Christmas Party]] for past and present Slug Club members held in Slughorn's office at Hogwarts. It was the only get-together of the club that [[Harry Potter]] attended, and reluctantly at that.<ref name="HBP16">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 16 (''A Very Frosty Christmas'')</ref>
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Slughorn's hope was to cultivate talent and to give his favourites "leg-ups" in their careers, hoping to reap the benefits of being connected to them once they became the "high fliers" Slughorn expected them to be.<ref name="HBP5">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 5 (''An Excess of Phlegm'')</ref> These benefits came to him in various forms, such as being able to recommend people to [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] positions to receiving various gifts and perks, such as excellent seats to any [[Quidditch]] match he cared to attend or his favourite treat, crystallised pineapple<ref name="HBP4">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 4 (''Horace Slughorn'')</ref>. However, some members tend to let Slughorn down once they grow up and graduate, such as [[Lucius Malfoy]] and [[Tom Riddle]], both of whom became [[Dark Wizard]]s. On [[20 December]], 1996, there was a lavish [[Slug Club Christmas Party]] for past and present Slug Club members held in Slughorn's office at Hogwarts. It was the only get-together of the club that [[Harry Potter]] attended, and reluctantly at that<ref name="HBP16">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 16 (''A Very Frosty Christmas'')</ref>. After Harry's failed attempt to get a particular [[memory]] out of Slughorn, Slughorn apparently stopped these meetings in order to prevent giving Harry another attempt.
   
It is unknown what became of the Slug Club under [[Severus Snape]]'s rule during [[1997–1998 school year]]. But it should be noted that Snape was described as "Bringing back [[Dolores Umbridge|Umbridge]]'s old laws", which included [[Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four]], banning all organizations not approved by the High Inquisitor (or in this case, Headmaster).
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It is unknown what became of the Slug Club under [[Severus Snape]]'s rule during [[1997–1998 school year]]. But it should be noted that Snape was described as "Bringing back [[Dolores Umbridge|Umbridge]]'s old laws", which included [[Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four]], banning all organisations not approved by the High Inquisitor (or in this case, Headmaster).
   
==Members==
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==Students accepted==
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===Slughorn's first tenure as Potions Master===
 
[[File:Slug Club1.png|thumb|right|[[Horace Slughorn|Slughorn]], two boys and a girl.]]
 
[[File:Slug Club1.png|thumb|right|[[Horace Slughorn|Slughorn]], two boys and a girl.]]
 
[[File:Slug Club2.png|thumb|right|Slughorn, [[Lily Evans]] and a group of other boys and girls.]]
 
[[File:Slug Club2.png|thumb|right|Slughorn, [[Lily Evans]] and a group of other boys and girls.]]
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[[File:Slug Club6.png|thumb|right|Slughorn, four girls and three boys.]]
 
[[File:Slug Club6.png|thumb|right|Slughorn, four girls and three boys.]]
   
*[[Adrian]] – class of [[1978]], became a photographer.<ref name="script">Mentioned on the [http://warnerbros2009.warnerbros.com/assets/screenplays/hpathbp_screenplay.pdf ''Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'' script] released on the [http://warnerbros2009.warnerbros.com/#/movies/harrypotter/foryourconsideration/ Warner Bros. Awards website]</ref>
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*[[Adrian]] – class of [[1978]], became a photographer<ref name="script">Mentioned on the [http://warnerbros2009.warnerbros.com/assets/screenplays/hpathbp_screenplay.pdf ''Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'' script] released on the [http://warnerbros2009.warnerbros.com/#/movies/harrypotter/foryourconsideration/ Warner Bros. Awards website]</ref>.
*[[Ambrosius Flume]] – owner of [[Honeydukes]], who sends Slughorn sweets.<ref name="HBP4"/>
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*[[Ambrosius Flume]] – owner of [[Honeydukes]], who sends Slughorn sweets<ref name="HBP4" />.
*[[Avery (Riddle-era)|Avery]] – member in the [[1940s]], became a [[Death Eater]].<ref name="HBP17">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 17 (''A Sluggish Memory'')</ref><ref name="HBP23">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 23 (''Horcruxes'')</ref>
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*[[Avery (Riddle-era)|Avery]] – member in the [[1940s]], became a [[Death Eater]]<ref name="HBP17">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 17 (''A Sluggish Memory'')</ref><ref name="HBP23">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 23 (''Horcruxes'')</ref>.
*[[Barnabas Cuffe]] – editor of the ''[[Daily Prophet]]''.<ref name="HBP4"/>
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*[[Barnabas Cuffe]] – editor of the ''[[Daily Prophet]]''<ref name="HBP4" />.
*[[Dahlia F.]] unknown.<ref name="HBPmovie"/>
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*[[Dahlia F.]] unknown<ref name="HBPmovie" />.
*[[B. C.]] - mountain climber.<ref name="HBPmovie">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]''</ref>
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*[[B. C.]] mountain climber<ref name="HBPmovie">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]''</ref>.
*[[Dirk Cresswell]] – former Head of the [[Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures|Goblin Liasion Office]] with insider information on [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank|Gringotts]], killed during the [[Second Wizarding War]].<ref name="HBP4"/>
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*[[Dirk Cresswell]] – former Head of the [[Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures|Goblin Liasion Office]] with insider information on [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank|Gringotts]], killed during the [[Second Wizarding War]]<ref name="HBP4" />.
*[[Eldred Worple]] – author of ''[[Blood Brothers: My Life Amongst the Vampires]]''.<ref name="HBP15">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 15 (''The Unbreakable Vow'')</ref>
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*[[Eldred Worple]] – author of ''[[Blood Brothers: My Life Amongst the Vampires]]''<ref name="HBP15">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 15 (''The Unbreakable Vow'')</ref>.
*[[Gwenog Jones]] – now Captain of the [[Holyhead Harpies]].<ref name="HBP4"/>
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*[[Gwenog Jones]] – now Captain of the [[Holyhead Harpies]]<ref name="HBP4" />.
*[[Lestrange]] – member in the 1940s, part of [[Tom Riddle's gang]], became one of the first [[Death Eaters]].<ref name="HBP17"/>
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*[[Lestrange]] – member in the 1940s, part of [[Tom Riddle's gang]], became one of the first [[Death Eaters]]<ref name="HBP17" />.
*[[Lily Evans]] – top student, excellent at [[Potions (class)|Potions]], killed during the [[First Wizarding War]].<ref name="HBP4"/>
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*[[Lily Evans]] – good student, talented at [[Potions (class)|Potions]], murdered during the [[First Wizarding War]]<ref name="HBP4" />.
*[[Lucius Malfoy]] – good student, member of the rich and influential [[Malfoy family]], later a [[Death Eater]] under the mask of a respected [[Ministry of Magic]] official.<ref>[[:File:Slug Club3.png|See this image]]</ref>
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*[[Lucius Malfoy]] – good student, member of the rich and influential [[Malfoy family]], later a [[Death Eater]] under the mask of a respected [[Ministry of Magic]] official<ref>[[:File:Slug Club3.png|See this image]]</ref>.
*[[Nott|Mr. Nott]] – [[Theodore Nott]]'s father, who Slughorn inquired about and referred to as an old friend.<ref name="HBP7">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 7 (''The Slug Club'')</ref>
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*[[Nott|Mr. Nott]] – [[Theodore Nott]]'s father, who Slughorn inquired about and referred to as an old friend<ref name="HBP7">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 7 (''The Slug Club'')</ref>.
*[[Regulus Black]] – [[Slytherin]] [[Seeker]], became a [[Death Eater]] (later betrayed Lord Voldemort and was killed trying to destroy [[Salazar Slytherin's locket]], one of Voldemort's [[Horcrux]]es ).<ref name="HBP4"/>
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*[[Regulus Black]] – [[Slytherin]] [[Seeker]], became a [[Death Eater]] (later betrayed Lord Voldemort and was killed trying to destroy [[Salazar Slytherin's locket]], one of Voldemort's [[Horcrux]]es )<ref name="HBP4" />.
*[[Severus Snape]] – excellent student, brilliant at Potions and creating new charms. Became a [[Death Eater]], but defected. Succeeded Slughorn in the post of [[Potions master]] at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]],<ref name="script"/> killed during the [[Second Wizarding War]].<ref name="HBP15"/>
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*[[Severus Snape]] – good student, brilliant at Potions and creating new charms. Became a [[Death Eater]], but defected. Succeeded Slughorn in the post of [[Potions master]] at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]<ref name="script" />, murdered during the [[Second Wizarding War]]<ref name="HBP15" />.
*[[Tom Riddle|Tom Marvolo Riddle]] – very promising student with excellent marks, later became known as Lord Voldemort, the most powerful dark wizard, killed during the [[Second Wizarding War]].<ref name="HBP17"/>
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*[[Tom Riddle|Tom Marvolo Riddle]] – very promising student with excellent marks, later became known as Lord Voldemort, the most powerful dark wizard, killed during the [[Second Wizarding War]]<ref name="HBP17" />.
*[[Unidentified Minister of Magical Transportation|Unidentified individual]] – class of [[1967]], became Minister of [[Department of Magical Transportation|Magical Transportation]].<ref name="script"/>
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*[[Unidentified Minister of Magical Transportation|Unidentified individual]] – class of [[1967]], became Minister of [[Department of Magical Transportation|Magical Transportation]]<ref name="script" />.
 
*[[Wendy Slinkhard]] – author.{{Fact}}
 
*[[Wendy Slinkhard]] – author.{{Fact}}
   
===During Slughorn's second tenure as Potions Master===
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===Slughorn's second tenure as Potions Master===
[[File:Horace3.JPG|thumb|right|250px|Professor Slughorn with [[Harry Potter]] in [[1996]].]]
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*[[Blaise Zabini]] – his [[Blaise Zabini's mother|mother]] is a beautiful [[witch]], who has been married and widowed at least seven times and has thus inherited a great deal of gold from her former husbands<ref name="HBP7" />.
*[[Blaise Zabini]] – His [[Blaise Zabini's mother|mother]] is a beautiful [[witch]], who has been married and widowed at least seven times and has thus inherited a great deal of gold from her former husbands.<ref name="HBP7"/>
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*[[Cormac McLaggen]] – uncle [[Tiberius]] is well connected within the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]]<ref name="HBP7" />.
*[[Cormac McLaggen]] – Uncle [[Tiberius]] is well connected within the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]].<ref name="HBP7"/>
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*[[Flora Carrow|Flora]] and [[Hestia Carrow]]<ref name="SS">''[http://www.snitchseeker.com/harry-potter-news/new-original-characters-cast-half-blood-prince-updated-54082/ New original characters cast for Half-Blood Prince]''</ref>
*[[Flora Carrow|Flora]] and [[Hestia Carrow]]<ref name="SS">''[http://www.snitchseeker.com/harry-potter-news/new-original-characters-cast-half-blood-prince-updated-54082/ New original characters cast for Half-Blood Prince]</ref>
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*[[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]] – popular student, talented at casting the [[Bat-Bogey Hex]]<ref name="HBP7" />.
*[[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]] – top, and popular, student. Talented in casting the [[Bat-Bogey Hex]].<ref name="HBP7"/>
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*[[Harry Potter]] – "The Boy Who Lived" and "The Chosen One", son of Lily Evans, a former 'Slug Club' member<ref name="HBP7" />.
*[[Harry Potter]] – 'The Boy Who Lived' and 'The Chosen One', son of Lily Evans, a former 'Slug Club' member.<ref name="HBP7"/>
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*[[Hermione Granger]] – the best student in her year<ref name="HBP14" />.
*[[Hermione Granger]] – the best student in her year.{{Fact}}
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*[[Melinda Bobbin]] – her family owns a large [[Bobbin family's chain of apothecaries|chain of apothecaries]]<ref name="HBP11">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 11 (''Hermiones' Helping Hand'')</ref>.
*[[Melinda Bobbin]] – her family owns a large chain of apothecaries.<ref name="HBP11">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 11 (''Hermiones' Helping Hand'')</ref>
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==Students not accepted==
[[File:13harryhermione.jpg|thumb|250px|[[Neville Longbottom]] (left), [[Hermione Granger]] (middle), and [[Harry Potter]] (right) at Slughorn's Dinner Party.]]
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*[[Marcus Belby]] – his uncle [[Damocles]] invented [[Wolfsbane Potion]], but Marcus hadn't spoken to him in a while since his father and uncle weren't on good terms<ref name="HBP7" />. Belby was nevertheless invited to one of the club's supper meetings, but by the time of the Slug Club Christmas party, Slughorn had Belby passing out towels in the loo<ref name="HBPf16">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]'' - Chapter 16</ref>.
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*[[Neville Longbottom]] – his parents, [[Alice and Frank Longbottom]] were great [[Auror]]s, but Neville was held not to show their talent<ref name="HBP7" />.
   
===Students who didn't make the cut===
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Both were invited to the initial meeting in Slughorn's cabin on the [[Hogwarts Express]], but failed to pass muster.
*[[Marcus Belby]] – his uncle [[Damocles]] invented [[Wolfsbane Potion]], but Marcus hadn't spoken to him in a while since his father and uncle weren't on good terms.<ref name="HBP7"/>
 
*[[Neville Longbottom]] – his parents, [[Alice and Frank Longbottom]] were great [[Auror]]s, but Neville was held not to show their talent.<ref name="HBP7"/>
 
   
 
==Benefits==
 
==Benefits==
====Slughorn’s Benefits====
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===Slughorn’s benefits===
When helping others become famous, which, if successful, gained him influence and/or benefits from them, such as being able to recommend the next junior member of the [[Goblin Liaison Office]], free [[Quidditch]] tickets or a box of his favourite crystallised pineapple. Horace preferring to be a "back-seat driver", obtaining things he desires by using his contacts makes his life comfortable and cosy.<ref name="HBP4"/> In Harry Potter's case, Slughorn was able to profit from him even before the young man graduated, by attaining [[Acromantula venom]] from [[Aragog]]'s corpse.
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When helping others become famous, which, if successful, gained him influence and/or benefits from them, such as being able to recommend the next junior member of the [[Goblin Liaison Office]], free [[Quidditch]] tickets or a box of his favourite crystallised pineapple. Horace preferred to be a "back-seat driver", obtaining things he desired by using his contacts makes his life comfortable and cosy.<ref name="HBP4" /> In Harry Potter's case, Slughorn was able to profit from him even before the young man graduated, by attaining [[Acromantula venom]] from [[Aragog]]'s corpse.
   
====Students====
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===Students' benefits===
 
To students being in the Slug Club is an honour and opportunity because of its exclusiveness and with Slughorn’s connections they would have future first-rate careers after Hogwarts set.
 
To students being in the Slug Club is an honour and opportunity because of its exclusiveness and with Slughorn’s connections they would have future first-rate careers after Hogwarts set.
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
*In the book Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince it is mentioned that there are two seventh-year girls. This may be referring to Flora and Hestia Carrow. Twins [[Flora Carrow|Flora]] and [[Hestia Carrow]] have only appeared in the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.]]''<ref name="SS"/>.
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*In ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' it is mentioned that there are two seventh-year girls. This may be referring to Flora and Hestia Carrow. Twins [[Flora Carrow|Flora]] and [[Hestia Carrow]] have only appeared in the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.]]''<ref name="SS" />.
 
*[[Sybill Trelawney]] and [[Unidentified female Hogwarts teacher|an unidentified female teacher]] may have been members of the Slug Club.
 
*[[Sybill Trelawney]] and [[Unidentified female Hogwarts teacher|an unidentified female teacher]] may have been members of the Slug Club.
 
*In ''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]'', Marcus Belby makes it into the Slug Club.
 
*In ''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]'', Marcus Belby makes it into the Slug Club.
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Slug Club logo
Slug Club
Organisation information
Founder(s)

Horace Slughorn

Leader(s)

Horace Slughorn

Headquarters

Horace Slughorn's office

Intentions

Cultivate students who Horace Slughorn thought had potential or connections.

Affiliation

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

"He used to handpick favourites at Hogwarts, sometimes for their ambition or their brains, sometimes for their charm or their talent, and he had an uncanny knack for choosing those who would go on to become outstanding in their various fields. Horace formed a kind of club of his favourites with himself at the centre, making introductions, forging useful contacts between members, and always reaping some kind of benefit in return [...] "
Albus Dumbledore on the Slug Club.[src]

The Slug Club is an informal name for Horace Slughorn's favourite and sometimes famous students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Slughorn taught Potions at Hogwarts during two different stints; both times, he singled out students he thought had potential.

The students he singled out eithether had influential relatives, such as Neville Longbottom and Cormac McLaggen or they themselves possessed fame or talent, such as Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley, or even both. He invited these selected students to parties, notably to a lavish one at Christmas, and kept in touch with them even after they had graduated, as they could provide him with insider information or various luxuries[1].

MeetingsEdit

"A toast, to Hogwarts' brightest and best!"
Horace Slughorn.[src]
Desk32xx9

Horace Slughorn holds a supper party with the Slug Club.

During the course of the school year, Professor Slughorn would hold various get-togethers of the club. These were usually dinners with fine foods, during which Slughorn would lead conversation in order to get to know the members better and to encourage them to associate with one another as well. Sometimes he would invite famous former members in as well, such as when he introduced professional Quidditch player Gwenog Jones at a dinner in 1996[2].

RiddleandSlughorn

Tom Riddle talking to Professor Slughorn after a club meeting.

Slughorn's hope was to cultivate talent and to give his favourites "leg-ups" in their careers, hoping to reap the benefits of being connected to them once they became the "high fliers" Slughorn expected them to be.[3] These benefits came to him in various forms, such as being able to recommend people to Ministry of Magic positions to receiving various gifts and perks, such as excellent seats to any Quidditch match he cared to attend or his favourite treat, crystallised pineapple[1]. However, some members tend to let Slughorn down once they grow up and graduate, such as Lucius Malfoy and Tom Riddle, both of whom became Dark Wizards. On 20 December, 1996, there was a lavish Slug Club Christmas Party for past and present Slug Club members held in Slughorn's office at Hogwarts. It was the only get-together of the club that Harry Potter attended, and reluctantly at that[4]. After Harry's failed attempt to get a particular memory out of Slughorn, Slughorn apparently stopped these meetings in order to prevent giving Harry another attempt.

It is unknown what became of the Slug Club under Severus Snape's rule during 1997–1998 school year. But it should be noted that Snape was described as "Bringing back Umbridge's old laws", which included Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four, banning all organisations not approved by the High Inquisitor (or in this case, Headmaster).

Students acceptedEdit

Slughorn's first tenure as Potions MasterEdit

Slug Club1

Slughorn, two boys and a girl.

Slug Club2

Slughorn, Lily Evans and a group of other boys and girls.

Slug Club3

Slughorn, Lucius Malfoy, two girls and a boy.

Slug Club4

Slughorn, five girls and a boy.

Slug Club5

Slughorn and a group of boys and girls.

Slug Club6

Slughorn, four girls and three boys.

Slughorn's second tenure as Potions MasterEdit

Students not acceptedEdit

Both were invited to the initial meeting in Slughorn's cabin on the Hogwarts Express, but failed to pass muster.

BenefitsEdit

Slughorn’s benefitsEdit

When helping others become famous, which, if successful, gained him influence and/or benefits from them, such as being able to recommend the next junior member of the Goblin Liaison Office, free Quidditch tickets or a box of his favourite crystallised pineapple. Horace preferred to be a "back-seat driver", obtaining things he desired by using his contacts makes his life comfortable and cosy.[1] In Harry Potter's case, Slughorn was able to profit from him even before the young man graduated, by attaining Acromantula venom from Aragog's corpse.

Students' benefitsEdit

To students being in the Slug Club is an honour and opportunity because of its exclusiveness and with Slughorn’s connections they would have future first-rate careers after Hogwarts set.

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