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Excluding Severus Snape, are there any Slytherin House members of Order of the Phoenix?

If not, why not?

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    Your title asks "why aren't there any", your question asks "are there any". – Adam V Jul 26 '17 at 17:37
  • One does not contradict with the other. – The Witch King of Angmar Jul 26 '17 at 17:39
  • If the answer to the second question is "yes", then that does contradict the first. – Adam V Jul 26 '17 at 17:41
  • then who is that Slytherin, aside from snape? – The Witch King of Angmar Jul 26 '17 at 17:42
  • What I'm asking is "Aside from Snape, are there any slytherins who is(are) in the order?" – The Witch King of Angmar Jul 26 '17 at 17:44
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Maybe there were.

Obviously, Snape was a Order member and a Slytherin. Even if we discount the most prominent example of a Slytherin Order member, there may well have been others. Many, indeed most, of the Order members (particularly the ones which are mentioned in passing from the First Wizarding War) don't have their Hogwarts house specified in the books. These people include:

  • Sturgis Podmore
  • Marlene McKinnon
  • Dedalus Diggle
  • Edgar Bones
  • Gideon Prewett
  • Fabian Prewett
  • Kingsley Shacklebolt
  • Dorcas Meadowes
  • Caradoc Dearborn
  • Benjy Fenwick
  • Emmeline Vance
  • Alastor Moody

This probably isn't an exhaustive list. Any one of these people could have been a Slytherin. We just don't have a specific example of another Slytherin Order member from the books, other than Snape. That doesn't mean that there weren't a couple of Slytherins within their ranks.

(Of course, remember that alongside actual Slytherins like Snape were people like Sirius Black, who wasn't a Slytherin himself but came from long line of Slytherin-only wizards.)

Assuming there were no other Slytherins in the Order, why might this be?

The out-of-universe answer is, as ever, that Slytherins are the bad guys and Gryffindors are the good guys. This may be stereotypical and one-dimensional but that's how Hogwarts houses seem to work. Wizards like Pettigrew and Snape who bucked the trend were the exceptions, not the rules. Although perhaps it's not altogether surprising that an organisation which was characterised by gallantry and daring in standing up to Voldemort was largely populated by Gryffindors.

In-universe, it seems that Slytherins are none too keen on fighting Voldemort. Judging by the Battle of Hogwarts, at any rate.

Slowly, the four tables emptied. The Slytherin table was completely deserted, but a number of older Ravenclaws remained seated while their fellows filed out; even more Hufflepuffs stayed behind, and half of Gryffindor remained in their seats, necessitating Professor McGonagall's descent from the teachers' platform to chivvy the under-age on their way.
(Deathly Hallows, Chapter 31, The Battle of Hogwarts).

The vast majority of Slytherins didn't believe in fighting Voldemort and so obviously wouldn't have been interested in the Order.

  • What are you trying to point out? That slytherins are all in league with voldemort? – The Witch King of Angmar Jul 26 '17 at 19:35
  • It's all in the answer. Many of them were but not necessarily all. – The Dark Lord Jul 26 '17 at 19:51

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