I do realise that his house was revealed on Pottermore, but since the legend of King Arthur was said to be in roughly the 600's AD, wouldn't this make it impossible for Merlin to have attended the school which was founded in the late 10th century? And the list of English Kings goes back to late 700's with a good deal of certainty, meaning Arthur would have had to have come before. Could this be a Slytherin attempt to make their house look good? -—The preceding unsigned comment was added by Miraitrunks766 (talk • contribs).
- Okay, first of all, the book says hogwarts was founded OVER a thousand years ago, not a thousand years EXACT. Even binns states that the exact date is uncertain, and SECONDLY, any harry potter fan should know about JK rowling's notoriety when it comes to maths! (Anonymius (talk) 17:23, March 1, 2013 (UTC))
- That's speculation. Regardless of historic fact/ literature in the real world, the HP universe has a different history. If Pottermore says he's a Slytherin, then he's a Slytherin. Also, please sign your posts with four tildes ~~~~ on talk pages. - Cavalier One(Wizarding Wireless Network) 07:39, August 17, 2011 (UTC)
I wonder why he was sorted in Slytherin? Any ideas based on the information from Pottermore and the common legend? 18.104.22.168 13:48, October 25, 2011 (UTC)
- Maybe because the Sorting Hat could tell that he was an immensely powerful wizard, something which slytherin values most? Or merlin came from a long line of prejudiced pure-bloods, and it was later in life he developed his ideas of protecting the muggle world (seems most likely to me). 22.214.171.124 00:15, March 18, 2012 (UTC)
- The sorting hat does NOT sort you according to what family you have, but on what your attributes and values are. What you are saying COMPLETELY contradicts the books. If people are sorted in the same houses as their families, it's probably because they may tend to hold the same values as their families (but as can be seen from sirius and padma this isn't always the case!) (Anonymius (talk) 17:21, March 1, 2013 (UTC))
- I very much doubt that either of these was the reason, given that Albus Dumbledore was also a very powerful wizard who, at the time of his Sorting, was prejudiced against Muggles (albeit not to the degree of his then friend, Grindelwald), and yet he got sorted into Gryffindor. — RobertATfm (talk) 22:23, December 20, 2012 (UTC)
while pottermore says merlin "was" a slytherin we no other proof than a slytherin's word which isn't much as all their welcome message is just BS and complaining about other houses do you really think j.k. would have made such a huge mistake of 500 or more years between merlin and the founding of hogwarts?
126.96.36.199 02:21, April 9, 2013 (UTC)
- Regardless, Pottermore is canon; it doesn't matter that it's the word of a Slytherin that makes it so. If we use that logic, we would have to take Dumbledore off the list of Gryffindors. And regardless of historical fact/fiction, in the world of Harry Potter Merlin went to Hogwarts. --Hunnie Bunn (talk) 02:27, April 9, 2013 (UTC)
Although it isn't actually confirmed or anything, but I have a hard time imagining that Merlin were his entire name. Since there is no canon sources to cotradict it, can we assume that his name indeed was Merlin Ambrosius, like many of the Arthurian Legends states? (Simen Johannes Fagerli)
- I'm afraid we can't because that name never appears in canon. Until a full name is given in canon, we have to stick with just "Merlin". --Hunnie Bunn (talk) 20:59, June 1, 2013 (UTC)
- I know it wouldn't be canon, but its likely, isn't it?
- Unfortunately, it isn't all that likely - the Merlin in Harry Potter lived in a completely different era from the mythological Merlin. Besides, every canon source to date has given his name as "Merlin" whereas those above and below him on the list had both surname and given name. Adding "Merlin Ambrosius" as his name would be speculative at best, and speculation in articles isn't allowed (save for Behind the scenes, and even that is only allowed if there is a general support for its addition). --Hunnie Bunn (talk) 15:15, June 2, 2013 (UTC)