Slughorn goes to Hogsmade for collecting reinforcements.

According to an answer on Quora, JK Rowling said in an interview last January 2008 that

the group who followed Slughorn from Hogsmeade to Hogwarts to fight for the school were mainly Slytherins and their families, because Slytherins are brave in a practical way and so they went home first and collected reinforcements before joining the fight. She says that this was one of her favourite scenes in the book so it’s unlikely this is an ex post facto rationalisation, But she forgot to specify that they were Slytherins in the book.

In the book they were no Slytherins who fought. Since she is the author, is this true? We don't know if those reinforcements are Slytherin because it's not in the books nor in the movie.

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    As she is the author, how could it not be true? – Blackwood May 20 '17 at 3:39
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    Word of God is canon with highest priority and what's your question exactly? Do you want us to verify author's words? – user931 May 20 '17 at 3:41
  • Blackwood,since it is not mentioned in the book. JKR only mentioned in her interview. – The Witch King of Angmar May 20 '17 at 4:38
  • A duplicate of: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/7349/…? – Mat Cauthon May 20 '17 at 4:51
  • It does seem like you are trying to ask the same question multiple times. Perhaps you could try editing the previous question to make it not duplicate? – Adamant May 20 '17 at 5:34


It's obviously true seeing as she's the author. Here is the interview as quoted from Slytherincess' answer.

JN: And how much is it that being sorted into Slytherin is, you know, sorted into good guys and bad guys here?

JKR: Well, they’re not all bad, that would- I know I’ve said this before, (JN: Yeah, I remember.) and I think I said it to Emerson [Spartz - Mugglenet.com], they are not all bad, and, well, far from it. As we know, at the end, they may have (laughs) a slightly more highly developed sense of self-preservation then other people because…

SU: Yeah, right.

JN: Yeah.

JKR: A part of the final battle that made me smile was Slughorn galloping back with Slytherins, (SU: Yes!) (JN: laughs) but they’d gone off to get reinforcements first, you know what I’m saying? But yes, they came back, they came back to fight, so I mean- but I’m sure that many people would say “Well, that’s common sense, isn’t it? Isn’t that smart, to get out, get more people and come back with them?”

  • Is it in the movie? Sorry I can't recall the movie because it was released 6 years ago. But if it in the movie what scene it is? – The Witch King of Angmar May 20 '17 at 5:25
  • Never happened in the books nor the movie(s). – Mat Cauthon May 20 '17 at 5:39
  • Then why is it not in the book nor the movie? Since jk rowling said that the reinforcements are slytherins – The Witch King of Angmar May 20 '17 at 5:46
  • Who knows. My guess would be that: JK Rowling only thought about that after writing the book. Probably wanted to redeem the 'bad' prejudice against the Slytherins. – Mat Cauthon May 20 '17 at 5:51
  • Correct me if I'm wrong.So basically they fought against voldemort.But it was off screen – The Witch King of Angmar May 20 '17 at 5:57

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