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"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 made up of Horace Slughorn's most well-liked and sometimes famous students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Professor Slughorn, who taught Potions at Hogwarts from the 1920s-1981 and again from 1996-?, he sought students who were well connected, held fame, and/or showed true promise in some field(s) of magic.

These select students were invited to parties (such as the particularly lavish one held on the 20th of December, 1996) where Professor Slughorn would then weed them out further. He was sure to keep in touch with those who "made the cut", even after they had graduated, as they would often provide him with useful information and/or various luxuries. [1]


"A toast, to Hogwarts' brightest and best!"
Horace Slughorn toasting the Slug Club[src]

Horace Slughorn holds a supper party with the Slug Club

Along the course of the school year, Professor Slughorn would hold various club get-togethers (most often dinners with fine food and around 10 student-attendees). Slughorn would lead the conversation in order to get to know the members better and encourage them to associate with one another. For the grander parties he would invite famous former members, such as professional Quidditch player Gwenog Jones[2].


A Slug Club meeting taking place in the 1940s

Professor Slughorn's aim was to cultivate talent and give his favourites a nudge toward fame and fortune, hoping to reap the benefits of his connection to them once they became the "high fliers" he expected them to be [3]. On the 20th of December, 1996, there was a lavish party for past and present Slug Club members held in Professor Slughorn's office at Hogwarts. It was the only get-together of the club that Harry Potter attended [4]. After Harry's failed attempt to get a particular memory out of the Professor, 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 Heamastership during the 1997–1998 school year. It may have been disbanded due to the return of Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four, though the decree technically only affected student-founded clubs (such as Dumbledore's Army). Under the Headmastership of Minerva McGonagall beginning in 1998, it likely that Professor Slughorn stayed on as Potions master and Head of Slytherin House at Hogwarts, and due to his nature the Slug Club was likely reinstated (if it was ever disbanded).

Students Accepted

Slughorn's First Tenure as Potions Master

Slughorn's Second Tenure as Potions Master

Students not accepted

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


Benefits for Slughorn

Helping others become famous gained him influence (such as being able to recommend the next junior member of the Goblin Liaison Office) and various benefits (such as free tickets to any Holyhead Harpies match or a box of his favourite crystallised pineapple). Horace forechose to obtain things he desired by using his connections to make his life comfortable and cosy, rather than obtain them directly. [1]

Benefits for Students

Being in the Slug Club is both an honour and an opportunity due to it's exclusiveness, and with Professor Slughorn’s connections they would likely have first-rate careers ahead of them (if they possessed proper talent to begin with).

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