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{{Youmay|the house in [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]]|the founder of this house, [[Salazar Slytherin]]}}
 
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|traits=*Traditionalism
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*Resourcefulness
 
*Resourcefulness
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*Cunning<ref name="PM"></ref>
*Ambition
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*Leadership qualities <ref>[http://pottercast.the-leaky-cauldron.org/transcript/show/167?ordernum=2 Interview with J.K. Rowling] on [http://pottercast.the-leaky-cauldron.org Pottercast]</ref>
 
*Leadership qualities <ref>[http://pottercast.the-leaky-cauldron.org/transcript/show/167?ordernum=2 Interview with J.K. Rowling] on [http://pottercast.the-leaky-cauldron.org Pottercast]</ref>
 
*Self-Preservation <ref>[http://pottercast.the-leaky-cauldron.org/transcript/show/167?ordernum=2 Interview with J.K. Rowling] on [http://pottercast.the-leaky-cauldron.org Pottercast]</ref>
 
*Self-Preservation <ref>[http://pottercast.the-leaky-cauldron.org/transcript/show/167?ordernum=2 Interview with J.K. Rowling] on [http://pottercast.the-leaky-cauldron.org Pottercast]</ref>
 
*Determination <ref>As stated by Dumbledore in Chapter 18 of ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]''</ref>
 
*Determination <ref>As stated by Dumbledore in Chapter 18 of ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]''</ref>
*Intelligence <ref>As stated by Dumbledore in Chapter 18 of ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]''</ref>
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*Cleverness <ref>As stated by Dumbledore in Chapter 18 of ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]''</ref>
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*[[Severus Snape]] (formerly)
 
*[[Severus Snape]] (formerly)
*[[Phineas Nigellus Black]] (formerly)
 
 
|ghost=The [[Bloody Baron]]
 
|ghost=The [[Bloody Baron]]
 
|common room=[[Slytherin Dungeon]]
 
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{{Quote|Or perhaps in Slytherin,<br>You'll make your real friends,<br>Those cunning folk use any means,<br>To achieve their ends.|[[Sorting Hat|The Sorting Hat]]|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
 
{{Quote|Or perhaps in Slytherin,<br>You'll make your real friends,<br>Those cunning folk use any means,<br>To achieve their ends.|[[Sorting Hat|The Sorting Hat]]|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
   
'''Slytherin''' is one of the four [[Hogwarts Houses|Houses]] at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], and is traditionally home to students who exhibit such traits as cunning, resourcefulness and ambition. Its emblematic animal is the [[snake]] and its colours are {{Wplink|green}} and {{Wplink2|silver (color)|silver}}. The house [[ghost]] is the [[Bloody Baron]]. Founded by [[Salazar Slytherin]], the house is composed mostly of [[pure-blood]] students, due to its founder's mistrust of [[Muggle-born]] witches and wizards. Slytherin house has a negative reputation, with many claiming that it is the source of most [[Dark Wizard]]s in Britain, notably [[Tom Riddle|Tom Marvolo Riddle]], a.k.a. Lord Voldemort, as well as many of his [[Death Eaters]] (followers). It has a traditional rivalry with [[Gryffindor]]. The great wizard Merlin was in Slytherin.
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'''Slytherin''' is one of the four [[Hogwarts Houses|Houses]] at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.]] Founded by [[Salazar Slytherin]], the house is composed mostly of [[pure-blood]] students, due to its founder's mistrust of [[Muggle-born|Muggle-borns]]. The house is traditionally home to students who exhibit such traits as cunning, resourcefulness, and ambition. Its emblematic animal is a [[snake]] and its colours are {{Wplink|green}} and {{Wplink2|silver (color)|silver}}. The house [[ghost]] is the [[Bloody Baron]].
   
Slytherin corresponds roughly with the element of {{Wplink2|Water (classical element)|water}}.<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2005/0705-tlc_mugglenet-anelli-3.htm The Leaky Cauldron and Mugglenet interview Joanne Kathleen Rowling]</ref>
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Slytherin corresponds roughly with the element of {{Wplink2|Water (classical element)|water}} with serpents being commonly associated with the sea and lochs in western European mythology as well as serpents being physically fluid and flexible animals.<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2005/0705-tlc_mugglenet-anelli-3.htm The Leaky Cauldron and Mugglenet interview Joanne Kathleen Rowling]</ref> The colours also correspond with waters around lakes and lochs often being green, and silver being often associated with grey rain water.
   
 
==Traits and values==
 
==Traits and values==
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===Blood purity===
 
===Blood purity===
{{Quote|I always knew Salazar Slytherin was a twisted old loony, but I never knew he started all this pure-blood stuff. I wouldn't be in his house if you paid me. Honestly, if the Sorting Hat had tried to put me in Slytherin, I'd've got the train straight back home...|[[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] expressing his claims on Slytherin's views.|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
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{{Quote|I always knew Salazar Slytherin was a twisted old loony, but I never knew he started all this pure-blood stuff. I wouldn't be in his house if you paid me. Honestly, if the Sorting Hat had tried to put me in Slytherin, I'd've got the train straight back home...|[[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] expressing his claims about Slytherin's views.|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
[[File:Sada2.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Slytherin's founder, [[Salazar Slytherin]]]]
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[[File:SalazarSlytherin.png|thumb|left|120px|Slytherin's founder, [[Salazar Slytherin]]]]
   
 
The [[Sorting Hat]] claims that [[blood purity]], is a factor in selecting Slytherins. This suggests that it bases its decisions more upon the views of its members than on any accurate test of a student's lineage. [[Muggle-born]] Slytherins exist, but are very rare, as noted insultingly by [[Scabior]] the [[Snatchers|Snatcher]].<ref>''Deathly Hallows'', Chapter 23</ref> There have also been definite examples of [[half-blood]]s sorted into the house, including [[Tom Riddle|Tom Marvolo Riddle]] and [[Severus Snape]]. [[Harry Potter]] was nearly sorted into Slytherin, but ended up in [[Gryffindor]] instead. Also, pure-bloods are not automatically placed in Slytherin. There have been various examples of pure-bloods sorted into other houses, including the Weasley family, [[Sirius Black]], [[Neville Longbottom]], and [[James Potter I]] all being sorted into [[Gryffindor]] house, [[Ernest Macmillan|Ernie Macmillan]] being sorted into [[Hufflepuff]], and [[Morag MacDougal]] and [[Stephen Cornfoot]] being sorted into [[Ravenclaw]].
 
The [[Sorting Hat]] claims that [[blood purity]], is a factor in selecting Slytherins. This suggests that it bases its decisions more upon the views of its members than on any accurate test of a student's lineage. [[Muggle-born]] Slytherins exist, but are very rare, as noted insultingly by [[Scabior]] the [[Snatchers|Snatcher]].<ref>''Deathly Hallows'', Chapter 23</ref> There have also been definite examples of [[half-blood]]s sorted into the house, including [[Tom Riddle|Tom Marvolo Riddle]] and [[Severus Snape]]. [[Harry Potter]] was nearly sorted into Slytherin, but ended up in [[Gryffindor]] instead. Also, pure-bloods are not automatically placed in Slytherin. There have been various examples of pure-bloods sorted into other houses, including the Weasley family, [[Sirius Black]], [[Neville Longbottom]], and [[James Potter I]] all being sorted into [[Gryffindor]] house, [[Ernest Macmillan|Ernie Macmillan]] being sorted into [[Hufflepuff]], and [[Morag MacDougal]] and [[Stephen Cornfoot]] being sorted into [[Ravenclaw]].
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==Reputation==
 
==Reputation==
[[File:BaronHP.jpg|thumb|200px|House ghost, The Bloody Baron]]
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{{Quote|There's not a single witch or wizard who went bad who wasn't in Slytherin.|[[Rubeus Hagrid|Hagrid]] to [[Harry Potter]]|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
{{Quote|There's not a single witch or wizard who went bad who wasn't in Slytherin.|[[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] to [[Harry Potter]]|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)}}
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[[File:BaronHP.jpg|thumb|130px|House ghost, The Bloody Baron]]
   
 
It is said that all [[Dark Wizard]]s were in Slytherin (though it is untrue, as Peter Pettigrew was a Gryffindor and [[Quirinus Quirrell]] was a Ravenclaw), though how many were from this house before [[Tom Riddle|Tom Marvolo Riddle]] began recruiting [[Death Eaters]] there is unstated. As Slytherin was his own House, it was certainly most easy for him to recruit there.
 
It is said that all [[Dark Wizard]]s were in Slytherin (though it is untrue, as Peter Pettigrew was a Gryffindor and [[Quirinus Quirrell]] was a Ravenclaw), though how many were from this house before [[Tom Riddle|Tom Marvolo Riddle]] began recruiting [[Death Eaters]] there is unstated. As Slytherin was his own House, it was certainly most easy for him to recruit there.
   
It might also be possible (though unlikely) that the Sorting Hat simply sorts anyone with ill intentions into Slytherin, regardless of whether they possess cunning and ambition. [[Vincent Crabbe]] and [[Gregory Goyle]] were both incredibly stupid and did not have that clever, cunning mind, but were still sorted into Slytherin.
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It might also be possible (though unlikely) that the Sorting Hat simply sorts anyone with ill intentions into Slytherin, regardless of whether they possess cunning and ambition. [[Vincent Crabbe]] and [[Gregory Goyle]] were both incredibly stupid and did not have clever, cunning minds, but were still sorted into Slytherin. Though it does appear that perhaps they had more of the minor Slytherin traits, since the cowardly Peter Pettigrew was obviously not brought into Gryffindor by bravery, but by chivalry instead.  It is also likely that Crabbe and Goyle were simply placed there by process of elimination, since they exhibited virtually none of the qualities valued by any of the other houses (lacking the work ethic or honesty of [[Hufflepuff]], the academic prowess of [[Ravenclaw]], or the bravery of [[Gryffindor]]).
   
However, it must be noted that Slytherins who oppose use of the [[Dark Arts]] and discrimination based on [[blood purity]] do exist, such as [[Horace Slughorn]] and [[Andromeda Tonks]]; the latter was related to many different Dark wizards and witches (most notably her sister [[Bellatrix Lestrange]], her brother-in-law [[Lucius Malfoy]], and her nephew [[Draco Malfoy]]), but chose to forsake the loyalty to her [[House of Black|family]] in marrying the Muggle-born [[Ted Tonks]]. Also, the allegiance of [[Severus Snape]] was found to be ultimately towards [[Albus Dumbledore]], serving as a triple agent for the [[Order of the Phoenix]]. Furthermore, there have been Dark wizards from other houses; [[Peter Pettigrew]], who betrayed [[James and Lily Potter]] to Voldemort, was a [[Gryffindor]].
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However, it must be noted that Slytherins who oppose use of the [[Dark Arts]] and discrimination based on [[blood purity]] do exist, such as [[Horace Slughorn]] and [[Andromeda Tonks]]; the latter was related to many different Dark wizards and witches (most notably her sister [[Bellatrix Lestrange]], her brother-in-law [[Lucius Malfoy]], and her nephew [[Draco Malfoy]]), but chose to forsake the loyalty to her [[House of Black|family]] in marrying the [[Muggle-born]] [[Edward Tonks|Ted Tonks]]. Also, the allegiance of [[Severus Snape]] was found to be ultimately towards [[Albus Dumbledore]], serving as a triple agent for the [[Order of the Phoenix]]. Furthermore, there have been Dark wizards from other houses; [[Peter Pettigrew]], who betrayed [[James and Lily Potter]] to Voldemort, was a [[Gryffindor]]
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[[File:Serpentard.jpg|thumb|left|185px|The [[Slytherin Dungeon]]]]
   
[[File:Serpentard.jpg|thumb|left|200px|The [[Slytherin Dungeon]].]]
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Cunning and ambition are easily turned towards ill purposes, but are not inherently negative; furthermore, daring, intelligence, and loyalty can as easily become negative. A reason Slytherins may be thought less of by people is perhaps because many of them seem to value their own lives more than the lives of others. When Harry was trying to run away, because he was afraid that his presence was putting his friends in danger, [[Phineas Nigellus]] saw him and said, "We Slytherins are brave, yes, but not stupid. For instance, when given the choice, we will always choose to save our own necks". There are exceptions to this rule however, such as [[Snape]] , who Harry said was a "Slytherin and... probably the bravest man I ever knew"'', ''and [[Regulus Black]], who gave his life in an attempt to destroy one of the [[Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes|Horcruxes of Lord Voldemort]].
Cunning and ambition are easily turned towards ill purposes, but are not inherently negative; furthermore, daring, intelligence, and loyalty can as easily become negative. A reason Slytherins may be thought less of by people is perhaps because many of them seem to value their own lives more than the lives of others. When Harry was trying to run away, because he was afraid that his presence was putting his friends in danger, [[Phineas Nigellus]] saw him and said, "''We Slytherins are brave, yes, but not stupid. For instance, when given the choice, we will always choose to save our own necks''." There are exceptions to this rule however, such as Snape, who Harry said was a ''"Slytherin and...probably the bravest man I ever knew"'' and [[Regulus Black]], who gave his life in an attempt to destroy one of the [[Horcrux]]esofLord Voldemort.
 
[[File:Slytherinbg1600x1200.png|thumb|200px|Slytherin common room]]
 
   
The truth is that while most Dark wizards are Slytherins, most Slytherins are not Dark, and smaller groups of Voldemort's supporters are aligned with other Houses. During the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], while all of the Slytherin students left the school before the fighting started, several of them did return with the [[Hogsmeade]] reinforcements to join the fight against Voldemort and his Death Eaters; Furthermore, it should be noted that the acting head at the time ''ordered'' the entire house to leave due to a [[Pansy Parkinson|single Slytherin student suggesting]] the student body hand Harry Potter to Voldemort (although none of the Slytherins present moved to defend Harry from the suggestion, as the other three houses did).<ref>[[J.K. Rowling PotterCast Interview]]</ref>
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The truth is that while most [[Dark wizards]] are Slytherins, many members of Slytherin House do not have Dark leanings, and smaller groups of [[Voldemort]] 's supporters are aligned with other Houses. During the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], while all of the Slytherin students left the school before the fighting started, several of them did return with [[Horace Slughorn|Professor Slughorn]] and the [[Hogsmeade]] reinforcements to join the fight against Voldemort and his Death Eaters; Furthermore, it should be noted that the acting head at the time ''ordered'' the entire house to leave due to a [[Pansy Parkinson|single Slytherin student suggesting]] the student body hand [[Harry Potter]] to [[Voldemort]] (although none of the Slytherins present moved to defend Harry from the suggestion, as the other three houses did).<ref>[[J.K. Rowling PotterCast Interview]]</ref>
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[[File:Slytherin_common_room.jpg|thumb|170px|Slytherin common room
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==Common room==
 
==Common room==
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{{Main|Slytherin Dungeon}}
 
{{Main|Slytherin Dungeon}}
The Slytherin common room is found in the dungeons of [[Hogwarts Castle]], and is located underneath the [[Black Lake]]. Because of its location, the light in the common room is green. [[Harry Potter]] along with [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] entered the common room in his [[second year]] to find out if [[Draco Malfoy]] was the one opening the [[Chamber of Secrets]].
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The Slytherin common room is found in the dungeons of [[Hogwarts Castle]], and is located underneath the [[Black Lake]]. Because of its location, the light in the common room is green. [[Harry Potter]] along with [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] entered the common room in his [[second year]] to find out if [[Draco Malfoy]] was the one opening the [[Chamber of Secrets]]. To enter the slytherin common room one must merely speak aloud the current password in front of a stretch of damp stone wall, once the word is uttered a concealed stomne door will slide aside leaving a rectangular hole in the wall leading to the slytherin commonroom. the only known slytherin password is pureblood used in 1992.
   
 
==Head of House==
 
==Head of House==
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==List of known Slytherins==
 
==List of known Slytherins==
 
<gallery orientation="portrait" position="center" spacing="small" widths="60" captionalign="center" captionsize="small" bordercolor="green">
 
<gallery orientation="portrait" position="center" spacing="small" widths="60" captionalign="center" captionsize="small" bordercolor="green">
Sada2.jpg|[[Salazar Slytherin]]
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PR_007_005-e1313269785740.jpg|[[Salazar Slytherin]]
 
BaronHP.jpg|[[Bloody Baron]]
 
BaronHP.jpg|[[Bloody Baron]]
 
Merlin1.jpg|[[Merlin]]
 
Merlin1.jpg|[[Merlin]]
 
Elizabeth Burke full.jpg|[[Elizabeth Burke]]
 
Elizabeth Burke full.jpg|[[Elizabeth Burke]]
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Blackfamilytreeootp5.jpg|[[House of Black]] (except [[Sirius Black]])
 
PhineasNBlack.jpg|[[Phineas Nigellus Black]]
 
PhineasNBlack.jpg|[[Phineas Nigellus Black]]
 
Horis.jpg|[[Horace Slughorn]]
 
Horis.jpg|[[Horace Slughorn]]
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Lestrange.jpg|[[Lestrange]]
 
Lestrange.jpg|[[Lestrange]]
 
Cygnus Black 1938-1992.jpg|[[Cygnus Black III]]
 
Cygnus Black 1938-1992.jpg|[[Cygnus Black III]]
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Orion Black.jpg|[[Orion Black]]
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Walburga Black.jpg|[[Walburga Black]]
 
Bellatrix Lestrange Profile.jpg|[[Bellatrix Lestrange|Bellatrix Lestrange (née Black)]]
 
Bellatrix Lestrange Profile.jpg|[[Bellatrix Lestrange|Bellatrix Lestrange (née Black)]]
 
Rodolphus_Lestrange_mark.jpg|[[Rodolphus Lestrange]]
 
Rodolphus_Lestrange_mark.jpg|[[Rodolphus Lestrange]]
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SeverusSnape.jpg|[[Severus Snape]]
 
SeverusSnape.jpg|[[Severus Snape]]
 
Scabior_DH_profile.jpg|[[Scabior]]
 
Scabior_DH_profile.jpg|[[Scabior]]
Flint.jpg|[[Marcus Flint]]
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Flint.png|[[Marcus Flint]]
 
Bole CoS.PNG|[[Lucian Bole]]
 
Bole CoS.PNG|[[Lucian Bole]]
Terrance Higgs.jpg|[[Terence Higgs]]
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Terrance Higgs.png|[[Terence Higgs]]
 
Adrianpucey-HS.jpg|[[Adrian Pucey]]
 
Adrianpucey-HS.jpg|[[Adrian Pucey]]
 
Vaisey.jpg|[[Vaisey]]
 
Vaisey.jpg|[[Vaisey]]
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CrabbeHBP.png|[[Vincent Crabbe]]
 
CrabbeHBP.png|[[Vincent Crabbe]]
 
Pansy_HBP.PNG|[[Pansy Parkinson]]
 
Pansy_HBP.PNG|[[Pansy Parkinson]]
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Unknown.jpeg|[[Miles Bletchley]]
 
MBulstrode.jpg|[[Millicent Bulstrode]]
 
MBulstrode.jpg|[[Millicent Bulstrode]]
 
KevinBletchley.png|[[Kevin Bletchley]]
 
KevinBletchley.png|[[Kevin Bletchley]]
 
Flora and hestia carrow.jpg|[[Flora Carrow|Flora]] and [[Hestia Carrow]]
 
Flora and hestia carrow.jpg|[[Flora Carrow|Flora]] and [[Hestia Carrow]]
Slytherin chess champion.jpg|[[Slytherin Wizard&apos;s Chess champion]]
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Slytherin chess champion.jpg|[[Slytherin Wizard's Chess champion]]
 
Slytherin Duelling Club Captain.jpg|[[Slytherin Duelling Club Captain]]
 
Slytherin Duelling Club Captain.jpg|[[Slytherin Duelling Club Captain]]
Orion Black.jpg|[[Orion Black]]
 
Blackfamilytreeootp5.jpg|[[House of Black]] (except [[Sirius Black]])
 
Walburga Black.jpg|[[Walburga Black]]
 
 
SlytherinBoy3.jpg|[[Pike]]
 
SlytherinBoy3.jpg|[[Pike]]
 
Roy.JPG|[[Roy]]
 
Roy.JPG|[[Roy]]
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Bridget.JPG|[[Bridget]]
 
Bridget.JPG|[[Bridget]]
 
Rachel.JPG|[[Rachel]]
 
Rachel.JPG|[[Rachel]]
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Nigel's nephew.jpg|[[Nigel's nephew]]
 
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|The [[Bloody Baron]]<ref>[http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/faq_view.cfm?id=62 F.A.Q. question] on J. K. Rowling's Official Site</ref>
 
|The [[Bloody Baron]]<ref>[http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/faq_view.cfm?id=62 F.A.Q. question] on J. K. Rowling's Official Site</ref>
|Founder&amp;apos;s time
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|Later became the house [[ghost]].
 
|Later became the house [[ghost]].
 
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|[[Merlin]]
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|[[Merlin]]<ref name="pottermore" />
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|Medieval era
 
|Medieval era
|Member of [[Arthur|King Arthur&amp;amp;amp;apos;s]] court, advocate of [[Muggle]] rights, and arguably the most famous wizard in history.
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|Member of [[Arthur|King Arthur's]] court, advocate of [[Muggle]] rights, and arguably the most famous wizard in history.
 
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|[[Elizabeth Burke]]
 
|[[Elizabeth Burke]]
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|[[Phineas Nigellus Black]]
|Unknown, possibly [[19th century]]
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|In later years he was a [[Headmaster]], his portrait hangs in the [[Headmaster's office|Headmaster&amp;amp;amp;apos;s office]].
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|In later years he was a [[Headmaster]], his portrait hangs in the [[Headmaster's office]].
 
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|The [[House of Black|Black family]]
 
|The [[House of Black|Black family]]
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|[[Tom Riddle|Tom Marvolo Riddle]]/[[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]
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|Later became the most powerful [[Dark Wizard]] in history. Finally defeated by [[Harry Potter]] during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]].
 
|Later became the most powerful [[Dark Wizard]] in history. Finally defeated by [[Harry Potter]] during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]].
 
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|Later became one of the first [[Death Eaters]].
 
|Later became one of the first [[Death Eaters]].
 
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|[[Dolores Umbridge]]
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|[[Dolores Umbridge]]<ref name="UMBRIDGE" />
<ref name="UMBRIDGE"/>
 
 
|Unknown
 
|Unknown
|Later became [[Senior Undersecretary to the Minister for Magic]], [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] Porfessor, [[Hogwarts High Inquisitor]], [[Headmaster|Headmistress of Hogwarts]] (1996), and Head of the [[Muggle-Born Registration Commission]]. Imprisoned for her crimes against [[Muggle-born]]s.
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|Later became [[Senior Undersecretary to the Minister for Magic]], [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] Professor, [[Hogwarts High Inquisitor]], [[Headmaster|Headmistress of Hogwarts]] (1996), and Head of the [[Muggle-Born Registration Commission]]. Imprisoned for her crimes against [[Muggle-born]]s.
 
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|[[Rodolphus Lestrange]]
 
|[[Rodolphus Lestrange]]
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|[[Bellatrix Lestrange|Bellatrix Lestrange née Black]]
 
|[[Bellatrix Lestrange|Bellatrix Lestrange née Black]]
|[[1960s|1962]] - [[1970]]<ref>[[House of Black|Black family tree]]</ref>
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|Later became one of [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]&amp;apos;s most loyal [[Death Eaters]]. Killed by [[Molly Weasley I|Molly Weasley]] during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]].
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|Later became one of [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]'s most loyal [[Death Eaters]]. Killed by [[Molly Weasley]] during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]].
 
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|[[Lucius Malfoy]]
 
|[[Lucius Malfoy]]
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|[[Narcissa Malfoy|Narcissa Malfoy née Black]]
 
|[[Narcissa Malfoy|Narcissa Malfoy née Black]]
 
|[[1960s|1966]] - [[1973]]
 
|[[1960s|1966]] - [[1973]]
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|[[Evan Rosier]]
 
|[[Evan Rosier]]
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|Became a [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]]. Killed by [[Alastor Moody]].
 
|Became a [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]]. Killed by [[Alastor Moody]].
 
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|[[Flora Carrow]]<ref name="twins">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]]''</ref>
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==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
[[File:Slytherin_Banner_(WBshop).jpg|thumb|right|200px|Slytherin Banner]]
 
[[File:Slytherin_Banner_(WBshop).jpg|thumb|right|200px|Slytherin Banner]]
*The fact that [[J. K. Rowling]] intended to place a character named [[Mafalda]], a half-blood who was the daughter of a [[Squib]] and a [[Muggle]], in Slytherin, suggests that Rowling at least does not view the Slytherin House desire for blood-purity as particularly influential upon the [[Sorting Hat]]. Also as [[Voldemort]] and [[Severus Snape|Snape]] are both [[half-blood]]s there seems no reason to suspect a racially pure Slytherin.<ref name="Mafalda"/>
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*The fact that [[J. K. Rowling]] intended to place a character named [[Mafalda]], a half-blood who was the daughter of a [[Squib]] and a [[Muggle]], in Slytherin, suggests that Rowling at least does not view the Slytherin House desire for blood-purity as particularly influential upon the [[Sorting Hat]]. Also as [[Voldemort]] and [[Severus Snape|Snape]] are both [[half-blood]]s there seems no reason to suspect a racially pure Slytherin.<ref name="Mafalda" />
*Slytherin students might possess a certain skill in [[Potions (class)|Potions]]. [[Harry Potter|Harry]]'s two Potions masters, [[Severus Snape]] and [[Horace Slughorn]], both belonged to the Slytherin house. However, it is possible that this talent in Slytherin students could merely be a coincidence, as students from other houses at Hogwarts also shared this talent, such as Harry Potter's mother, [[Lily Evans|Lily Potter (nee Evans)]] (whose skills were shown through Slughorn's many references to her skill in the subject throughout most of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]) ''and [[Hermione Granger]] who were both [[Gryffindor]]s.
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*Slytherin students might possess a certain skill in [[Potions (class)|Potions]]. [[Harry Potter|Harry]]'s two Potions masters, [[Severus Snape]] and [[Horace Slughorn]], both belonged to the Slytherin house. However, it is possible that this talent in Slytherin students could merely be a coincidence, as students from other houses at Hogwarts also shared this talent, such as Harry Potter's mother, [[Lily Evans|Lily Potter (nee Evans)]] (whose skills were shown through Slughorn's many references to her skill in the subject throughout most of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'') and [[Hermione Granger]] who were both [[Gryffindor]]s.
 
*Slytherin students also seem to be gifted in [[Occlumency]]. Most of the known Occlumens in the books come from Slytherin (namely [[Voldemort]], [[Severus Snape]], [[Bellatrix Lestrange]], [[Draco Malfoy]], and [[Horace Slughorn]]).
 
*Slytherin students also seem to be gifted in [[Occlumency]]. Most of the known Occlumens in the books come from Slytherin (namely [[Voldemort]], [[Severus Snape]], [[Bellatrix Lestrange]], [[Draco Malfoy]], and [[Horace Slughorn]]).
 
*[[Elizabeth Burke]] was most likely a Slytherin.
 
*[[Elizabeth Burke]] was most likely a Slytherin.
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*It is interesting to note that Slytherin is both the first Hogwarts house mentioned in the series (by [[Draco Malfoy]]), as well as the last mentioned in the series (by [[Albus Potter]]).
 
*It is interesting to note that Slytherin is both the first Hogwarts house mentioned in the series (by [[Draco Malfoy]]), as well as the last mentioned in the series (by [[Albus Potter]]).
 
*In early drafts of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', members of the Slytherin house were known as "Slytherites".<ref>[http://www.hp-lexicon.org/about/sources/jkr.com/jkr-com-trans-ps-draft1.html]</ref>
 
*In early drafts of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', members of the Slytherin house were known as "Slytherites".<ref>[http://www.hp-lexicon.org/about/sources/jkr.com/jkr-com-trans-ps-draft1.html]</ref>
*Slytherin House was the winner of the first house cup on ''[[Pottermore]]''.<ref name="slytherinwins">[http://insider.pottermore.com/2012/07/congratulations-slytherin-on-winning.html Congratulations Slytherin on Winning...]</ref>
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*Slytherin House was the winner of the first house cup and the third house cup on ''[[Pottermore]]''.<ref name="slytherinwins">[http://insider.pottermore.com/2012/07/congratulations-slytherin-on-winning.html Congratulations Slytherin on Winning...]</ref>
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*The Sorting Hat considered placing Gilderoy Lockhart in Slytherin. He finally chose Ravenclaw. <ref>Pottermore biography of Gilderoy Lockhart. audio clip by J. K. Rowling</ref>
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup]]''
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*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4]]''
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*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]''
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*''[[Wonderbook: Book of Spells]]''
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*''[[Pottermore]]''
   
 
==See also==
 
==See also==

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"Or perhaps in Slytherin,
You'll make your real friends,
Those cunning folk use any means,
To achieve their ends.
"
The Sorting Hat[src]

Slytherin is one of the four Houses at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Founded by Salazar Slytherin, the house is composed mostly of pure-blood students, due to its founder's mistrust of Muggle-borns. The house is traditionally home to students who exhibit such traits as cunning, resourcefulness, and ambition. Its emblematic animal is a snake and its colours are green and silver. The house ghost is the Bloody Baron.

Slytherin corresponds roughly with the element of water with serpents being commonly associated with the sea and lochs in western European mythology as well as serpents being physically fluid and flexible animals.[8] The colours also correspond with waters around lakes and lochs often being green, and silver being often associated with grey rain water.

Traits and valuesEdit

PersonalityEdit

"You could be great, you know, and Slytherin will help you on the way to greatness, no doubt about that."
—The Sorting Hat to Harry Potter[src]

Slytherins tend to be ambitious, shrewd, cunning, strong leaders, and achievement-oriented. They also have highly developed senses of self-preservation.[9] This means that Slytherins tend to hesitate before acting, so as to weigh all possible outcomes before deciding exactly what should be done.

According to Albus Dumbledore, the qualities which Salazar valued in the students he chose included cleverness, resourcefulness, determination, and "a certain disregard for the rules." Dumbledore noted that all of these were qualities possessed by Harry Potter, who was in Gryffindor.

Blood purityEdit

"I always knew Salazar Slytherin was a twisted old loony, but I never knew he started all this pure-blood stuff. I wouldn't be in his house if you paid me. Honestly, if the Sorting Hat had tried to put me in Slytherin, I'd've got the train straight back home..."
Ron Weasley expressing his claims about Slytherin's views.[src]
SalazarSlytherin

Slytherin's founder, Salazar Slytherin

The Sorting Hat claims that blood purity, is a factor in selecting Slytherins. This suggests that it bases its decisions more upon the views of its members than on any accurate test of a student's lineage. Muggle-born Slytherins exist, but are very rare, as noted insultingly by Scabior the Snatcher.[10] There have also been definite examples of half-bloods sorted into the house, including Tom Marvolo Riddle and Severus Snape. Harry Potter was nearly sorted into Slytherin, but ended up in Gryffindor instead. Also, pure-bloods are not automatically placed in Slytherin. There have been various examples of pure-bloods sorted into other houses, including the Weasley family, Sirius Black, Neville Longbottom, and James Potter I all being sorted into Gryffindor house, Ernie Macmillan being sorted into Hufflepuff, and Morag MacDougal and Stephen Cornfoot being sorted into Ravenclaw.

Contrary to the wishes of the other founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Salazar Slytherin wanted a stricter policy of admission to the school —one limited strictly to pure-blood students. The controversy this created apparently led to him leaving the school and the Chamber of Secrets behind. A millennium later, the house's students are still considered affiliated with Salazar's reputed views, and open expression of pro-blood purity sentiment does seem to be more common in Slytherin than in other Houses.

This disagreement over blood purity, which caused Salazar Slytherin's friendship with Godric Gryffindor to break, is the origin of the feud between Slytherin and Gryffindor, the two most competitive of the houses. Slytherin and Gryffindor are generally rivals in Quidditch and for the House Cup, which the former had won seven years in a row prior to Harry Potter's arrival at Hogwarts in 1991. It is also rare for Slytherin and Gryffindor students to be friendly with one another, and common for them to share animosity. This was particularly the case during the First and Second Wizarding Wars. During the latter conflict, no Slytherin students joined an association known as Dumbledore's Army; however, this could be explained by the fact that only those Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, and Harry Potter trusted were invited. Some Slytherins declined to defend their school in the Battle of Hogwarts, with some joining the Death Eaters. However, there are exceptions, such as Slytherin Severus Snape and Gryffindor Lily Evans, who were best friends until Snape's use of the slur "Mudblood" and his aspirations to be a Death Eater caused Lily to sever their ties.

ReputationEdit

"There's not a single witch or wizard who went bad who wasn't in Slytherin."
Hagrid to Harry Potter[src]
BaronHP

House ghost, The Bloody Baron

It is said that all Dark Wizards were in Slytherin (though it is untrue, as Peter Pettigrew was a Gryffindor and Quirinus Quirrell was a Ravenclaw), though how many were from this house before Tom Marvolo Riddle began recruiting Death Eaters there is unstated. As Slytherin was his own House, it was certainly most easy for him to recruit there.

It might also be possible (though unlikely) that the Sorting Hat simply sorts anyone with ill intentions into Slytherin, regardless of whether they possess cunning and ambition. Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle were both incredibly stupid and did not have clever, cunning minds, but were still sorted into Slytherin. Though it does appear that perhaps they had more of the minor Slytherin traits, since the cowardly Peter Pettigrew was obviously not brought into Gryffindor by bravery, but by chivalry instead.  It is also likely that Crabbe and Goyle were simply placed there by process of elimination, since they exhibited virtually none of the qualities valued by any of the other houses (lacking the work ethic or honesty of Hufflepuff, the academic prowess of Ravenclaw, or the bravery of Gryffindor).

However, it must be noted that Slytherins who oppose use of the Dark Arts and discrimination based on blood purity do exist, such as Horace Slughorn and Andromeda Tonks; the latter was related to many different Dark wizards and witches (most notably her sister Bellatrix Lestrange, her brother-in-law Lucius Malfoy, and her nephew Draco Malfoy), but chose to forsake the loyalty to her family in marrying the Muggle-born Ted Tonks. Also, the allegiance of Severus Snape was found to be ultimately towards Albus Dumbledore, serving as a triple agent for the Order of the Phoenix. Furthermore, there have been Dark wizards from other houses; Peter Pettigrew, who betrayed James and Lily Potter to Voldemort, was a Gryffindor .

Serpentard

The Slytherin Dungeon

Cunning and ambition are easily turned towards ill purposes, but are not inherently negative; furthermore, daring, intelligence, and loyalty can as easily become negative. A reason Slytherins may be thought less of by people is perhaps because many of them seem to value their own lives more than the lives of others. When Harry was trying to run away, because he was afraid that his presence was putting his friends in danger, Phineas Nigellus saw him and said, "We Slytherins are brave, yes, but not stupid. For instance, when given the choice, we will always choose to save our own necks". There are exceptions to this rule however, such as Snape , who Harry said was a "Slytherin and... probably the bravest man I ever knew"and Regulus Black, who gave his life in an attempt to destroy one of the Horcruxes of Lord Voldemort.

The truth is that while most Dark wizards are Slytherins, many members of Slytherin House do not have Dark leanings, and smaller groups of Voldemort 's supporters are aligned with other Houses. During the Battle of Hogwarts, while all of the Slytherin students left the school before the fighting started, several of them did return with Professor Slughorn and the Hogsmeade reinforcements to join the fight against Voldemort and his Death Eaters; Furthermore, it should be noted that the acting head at the time ordered the entire house to leave due to a single Slytherin student suggesting the student body hand Harry Potter to Voldemort (although none of the Slytherins present moved to defend Harry from the suggestion, as the other three houses did).[11]

Slytherin common room

Slytherin common room

Common roomEdit

Main article: Slytherin Dungeon

The Slytherin common room is found in the dungeons of Hogwarts Castle, and is located underneath the Black Lake. Because of its location, the light in the common room is green. Harry Potter along with Ron Weasley entered the common room in his second year to find out if Draco Malfoy was the one opening the Chamber of Secrets. To enter the slytherin common room one must merely speak aloud the current password in front of a stretch of damp stone wall, once the word is uttered a concealed stomne door will slide aside leaving a rectangular hole in the wall leading to the slytherin commonroom. the only known slytherin password is pureblood used in 1992.

Head of HouseEdit

Slytherin's head of house for Harry's first six years of school was Severus Snape; however, as he fled with the Death Eaters in 1997, Potions master Horace Slughorn became the head of Slytherin House. Upon Snape's return as Headmaster later that year, he apparently approved of Slughorn's appointment, or at least did not assign any Death Eaters as a new head of house.

List of known SlytherinsEdit

Slytherin Period Attending Hogwarts Notes
The Bloody Baron[12] Founder's time Later became the house ghost.
Merlin[6] Medieval era Member of King Arthur's court, advocate of Muggle rights, and arguably the most famous wizard in history.
Elizabeth Burke Unknown Has her portrait hanging at Hogwarts, and tells Slytherins to be "Nasty to Mudbloods".
Phineas Nigellus Black 1858 - 1865 In later years he was a Headmaster, his portrait hangs in the Headmaster's office.
The Black family Except Sirius Black
Horace Slughorn Unknown Later became Potions teacher and Head of Slytherin.
Tom Marvolo Riddle/Lord Voldemort 1938 - 1945 Later became the most powerful Dark Wizard in history. Finally defeated by Harry Potter during the Battle of Hogwarts.
Avery Later became one of the first Death Eaters.
Dolores Umbridge[7] Unknown Later became Senior Undersecretary to the Minister for Magic, Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor, Hogwarts High Inquisitor, Headmistress of Hogwarts (1996), and Head of the Muggle-Born Registration Commission. Imprisoned for her crimes against Muggle-borns.
Rodolphus Lestrange 1960s Later became a very loyal Death Eater.
Bellatrix Lestrange née Black 1962 - 1969 [13] Later became one of Lord Voldemort's most loyal Death Eaters. Killed by Molly Weasley during the Battle of Hogwarts.
Lucius Malfoy 1965 - 1972 Prefect; later became a Death Eater (defected).
Narcissa Malfoy née Black 1966 - 1973
Evan Rosier 1960s or 1970s Became a Death Eater. Killed by Alastor Moody.
Rabastan Lestrange Later became a very loyal Death Eater.
Avery Later became a Death Eater.
Severus Snape 1971 - 1978 Became Death Eater, but defected to the Order of the Phoenix; later Potions master and Head of Slytherin, and became Headmaster for one year. Killed by Lord Voldemort during the Battle of Hogwarts.
Regulus Black 1972 - 1979 Became Death Eater but defected and gave his life in an attempt to destroy one of the Horcruxes.
Gemma Farley[6] 1980s and 1990s A Prefect.
Marcus Flint 1986 - 1994 Captain and Chaser of the Slytherin Quidditch team and he repeated a year.[14]
Lucian Bole 1988 - 1995 Beater for the Slytherin Quidditch team during the 1990s.
Peregrine Derrick
C. Warrington 1989 - 1996 Chaser of the Slytherin Quidditch team from 1993 to 1996; member of the Inquisitorial Squad.
Graham Montague Chaser of the Slytherin Quidditch team during the 1990s
Adrian Pucey 1990s Chaser of the Slytherin Quidditch team until 1993.
Flora Carrow[15] Member of the Slug Club.
Hestia Carrow[15]
Miles Bletchley Keeper of the Slytherin Quidditch team from 1991 to 1995.
Terence Higgs Seeker of the Slytherin Quidditch team in the 1980s and 1990s.
Urquhart Captain and Chaser of the Slytherin Quidditch team during the 1996–1997 school year.
Vaisey Chaser of the Slytherin Quidditch team in 1996.
Blaise Zabini 1991 - 1998 Member of the Slug Club.
Daphne Greengrass Sister of Astoria Greengrass.
Draco Malfoy Prefect, Seeker for the Slytherin Quidditch team, member of the Inquisitorial Squad and later blackmailed by Lord Voldemort to become a Death Eater (defected).
Gregory Goyle Beater of the Slytherin Quidditch team from 1995 to 1997; member of the Inquisitorial Squad; became a Dark Wizard in his seventh year.
Millicent Bulstrode Member of the Inquisitorial Squad
Pansy Parkinson Prefect and member of the Inquisitorial Squad.
Theodore Nott Was supposed to be a member of the Slug Club.
Tracey Davis
Vincent Crabbe Beater of the Slytherin Quidditch team from 1995 to 1997; member of the Inquisitorial Squad; became a Dark Wizard in his seventh year. Killed by his own Fiendfyre during the Battle of Hogwarts.
Bridget 1992 - 1993 Duelling Club member.
Peter
Rachel
Roy
Harper 1992 - 1999 Reserve Seeker of the Slytherin Quidditch team in 1996.
Graham Pritchard 1994 - 2001
Mafalda The infamous cousin of the Weasley family who was cut from the books.[16]
Malcolm Baddock
Tabitha Bainbridge
Sadie Baldock
Tristram Bassenthwaite
Darius Berrow
Kinjal Bhatia
Cameron Boyle
Sebastian Daley
Damon Gosforth
Amrish Gupta
Niles Hanley
Manami Ichijoh
Sourav Kartik
Hirohisa Kubo
Gertrude Meads
Sylvia Melville
Byron Miller
Titus Mitcham
Garrick Newbourne
Ona Parangyo
Mildred Peebles
Horatio Pershore
Poonima Shah
Bhupen Shastri
Archana Shetty
Reiko Sibazaki
Norman Stacey
Atsushi Takagi
Spencer Whiddon
Phylis Whitehead

Translations of the nameEdit

In many translations they have changed the name:

French Serpentard
Norwegian Smygard
Finnish Luihuinen (taken from the adjective 'luihu' which means 'deceptive' or 'sneaky')
Dutch Zwadderich
Afrikaans Sibberin
Portuguese (Brazil) Sonserina (taken from "Sonso" a term to someone who pretends to be innocent or harmless)
Czech Zmijozel (taken from "Zmije" = viper snake)
Hungarian Mardekár
Russian Слизерин [Slizerin](Sleezerin - Слизь means slime), Слайзерин [Sluytherin], Пресмыкайс [Presmykais] (Пресмыкаться means to slither)
Bulgarian Слидерин [Sliderin]
Greek Σλίθεριν [Slitherin]
Serbian Слитерин/Sliterin
Slovak Slizolin
Romanian Viperini
Italian Serpeverde ("Green Serpent")
Albanian Gjarpërblertit (Green snake)
Slovenian Spolzgad
Hindi Nagshakti नगशक्ति (Sanskrit naga-shakti = "snake-power")
Macedonian Змијолик (Zmijolik, which means "Snakeface")
Welsh Slafenog
Traditional Chinese 史萊哲林 (Shi-lai-zhe-lin)
Simplied Chinese 斯莱特林 (Si-lai-te-lin)
Thai สลิธีริน (Sa-li-thee-rin)
The same name is used for the Arabic, Croatian, German, Hebrew, Swedish, Spanish, Danish, Turkish, Icelandic, Irish, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal), and Indonesia languages. Slytherin

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Notes and referencesEdit


Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Hogwarts Houses:
G final H final R final S final
Namesake Founders:
Godric Gryffindor · Helga Hufflepuff · Rowena Ravenclaw · Salazar Slytherin
Heads of House:
Minerva McGonagall · Pomona Sprout · Filius Flitwick · Horace Slughorn
House Ghosts:
Nearly Headless Nick · Fat Friar · Grey Lady · Bloody Baron

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