"And let it be known that Slytherin House played its part! Let our contribution not be forgotten!" — Phineas Nigellus, following the Battle of Hogwarts and Voldemort's death (Deathly Hallows - Page 747 US Hardcover)

I know that this answer says that "Phineas was talking about Snape". I disagreed with this answer. The accepted answer of this question is saying that Slytherins were reinforcements led by Slughorn. Now forgive me, I doubt these two answers. Nevertheless, who was Phineas Nigellus Black talking about? Was it Snape, Slughorn or the Slytherins who were reinforcements?


It seems likely that he was referring to Slytherin House in general.

The members of Slytherin House are commonly most associated with dark magic, and the Dark Lord himself was a Slytherin. Slytherin may get part of the blame for the rise of the Dark Lord, and it's done nothing to help their reputation. It seems likely that Phineas Nigellus Black is saying he wants the part Slytherin House and its members made to the defeat of the Dark Lord not to be forgotten, and to be remembered in history as much as the members of other Houses would be, and not only be remembered for being the House of the Dark Lord and many of the Death Eaters.

  • I like your answer, but do you have any quotes from the book or WoG to back this up? – Quasi_Stomach Jul 2 '17 at 4:32
  • @Quasi_Stomach The only relevant quote that I think exists is the one already included in the question, what he said wasn't significant enough to be mentioned again in the book. I've checked, and his statement isn't mentioned again after he makes it. There probably aren't any interviews that mention it either, but I can't say so definitively. – Arya Jul 2 '17 at 4:34
  • Bellatrix, How did you say that " It seems likely that Phineas Nigellus Black is saying he wants the part Slytherin House and its members made to the defeat of the Dark Lord not to be forgotten". What contribution did the slytherins do? Remember that this is during the battle of hogwarts,when phineas talks to harry. – The Witch King of Angmar Jul 2 '17 at 4:42
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    @Legolas Draco: After the battle. – chirlu Jul 2 '17 at 9:10
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    @LegolasDraco I think he's just talking about the members of Slytherin House in general, although he may have had more specific individuals in mind (like Snape, Slughorn, the Slytherin students Slughorn led as reinforcements - or even someone else, which is unlikely but possible) although unfortunately, there's no more information available other than the quote itself. It could also be possible that he wants to ensure that his House gets credit, but doesn't have any specific reason why, other than House pride. – Arya Jul 3 '17 at 19:21

I think he had multiple people he refered to. He liked Snape and knew the truth being in Dumbledores office. Also Malfoys (relatives) , his great great grandson regulus, Slughorns reinforcements etc. He wanted people to remember slytherin were not just death eaters but also helped.

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    Hi, welcome to SF&F. This seems to be essentially what the existing answer states; is there anything you could add, or additional references, that aren't included in that answer? – DavidW Feb 23 '20 at 2:01

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