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Questions tagged [slytherin]

For questions about Salazar Slytherin, one of the four founders of Hogwarts, or the House that bears his name. Always use in conjunction with the [harry-potter] tag.

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Why did Salazar Slytherin arm the Chamber of Secrets with a Basilisk?

Why did Salazar Slytherin arm the Chamber of Secrets with a Basilisk? If the main reason was, as the legend says, to "let his heir purge those who were unworthy to study magic" (i.e., kill Muggles) it ...
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What do we know about the fight between Salazar Slytherin and Godric Gryffindor?

What do we know about the fight between Salazar Slytherin and Godric Gryffindor? We know that according to professor Binns, it was because Slytherin felt Muggle-Born students to be "untrustworthy". ...
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Which Side Did the Slytherins Ultimately Fight For at the Battle of Hogwarts?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a bit murky regarding the Slytherin students and their role in the final Battle of Hogwarts. We know the following: Professor McGonagall advises Professor ...
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Why exactly did the Sorting Hat originally want to put Harry in Slytherin?

I know that the Sorting Hat wanted to for other reasons, but if he made the right decision then why did he ever want to? The Sorting Hat made it very clear that he chose the right house, then why did ...
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What steps did Voldemort intend for his diary to take to prove he was the Heir of Slytherin?

I know a really similar question has been asked here (and I have been trying to convince myself with half-baked answers to avoid creating a duplicate) but please do note, my question isn't about why ...
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Does a non-Slytherin ever display blood prejudice?

We all know by now that Slytherin =/= evil. We also know that there have been plenty of good and evil wizards in all four Houses, and that even a few Muggle-borns end up in Slytherin. But the ...
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Why do less-bright students end up in Slytherin?

The main trait of Slytherin house is ambition and cunning. Malfoy fits the bill. Snape fits the bill. Harry Potter has both, to an extent. But how can someone argue that Crabbe, Goyle or Millicent (...
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Are there any non-Slytherin Death Eaters (besides Pettigrew)?

In Philosopher's Stone, Hagrid explains to Harry: All wizards who turned evil have been in Slytherin. Later we learn that he was wrong, as Peter Pettigrew was in Gryffindor and has been a Death ...
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How can Ron know that Voldemort was in Slytherin if nobody knows his real identity?

When Ron meets Harry on the Hogwarts Express in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, they have this conversation: “What House are your brothers in?” asked Harry. “Gryffindor,” said Ron. ...
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Is there a reason why the Slytherin dormitories are in the dungeons?

I'm just curious about why the Slytherin dormitories are in the dungeons. Because that dungeon extends partway under the lake. Is it because that their founder was very fond of snakes and snakes live ...
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The Heir of Slytherin — Why Was the Heir Tom Riddle?

If it will be helpful to anyone, here is Tom Riddle/Voldemort's timeline from the HP Lexicon. Okay, my math is generally terrible, but if Hogwarts was established approximately 1000 years prior to ...
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Why didn't Harry want to be placed in Slytherin?

I just read a question regarding Slytherin, then I searched around and found this question and corresponding answers: How far can a Hogwarts student persuade the Sorting Hat? This brings up another ...
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Was Salazar Slytherin a Dark Wizard?

Was Salazar Slytherin a Dark Wizard? E.g. we know he refused to teach Muggle-born magic. But was that because "it's a bad idea"; or for "Muggles are subhuman and need to serve the wizards" reason? ...
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Did Salazar Slytherin actually use the basilisk to kill anyone?

Did Salazar Slytherin actually use the basilisk to kill anyone during his lifetime? Or did he only hide the basilisk in a deep, dark, dank place? Prefer answers from canon sources.
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Is Slytherin Evil?

Maybe I'm just hearing the wrong comments, but it seems that Slytherin is considered a dark house by almost everyone. I know when both reading the books and watching the movies, I always had a ...
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Why did Hagrid say that all bad witches and wizards are from Slytherin?

Hagrid once said: "There's not a single witch or wizard who went bad who wasn't in Slytherin." Which simply isn't true. Take these awful people as examples: Peter Pettigrew betrayed his good ...
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Does “Dark Wizard” = “Bad”?

In Sorcerer's Stone Chapter 5, Hagrid tells Harry: There's not a single witch or wizard who went bad that wasn't in Slytherin. In Chamber of Secrets Chapter 5, however, this seems to be ...
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Theoretically, would Harry have been able to control the basilisk, since part of the true heir of Slytherin survived inside him?

I've always been frustrated with this idea. As the storyline between Voldemort and Harry unfolded in the seventh book, we learned of the deep connection between the two. Since part of Voldemort's soul ...
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Why did the Basilisk in Harry Potter only listen to the Heir of Slytherin?

So in both the books and movies, the basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets is said to only listen to the Heir of Slytherin. We all know Tom Riddle was the Heir, but I want to know why the basilisk could ...
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Were there muggleborns in Slytherin?

Is it possible for a Muggle-born to be sorted to Slytherin? We know that half-bloods can like Snape and Voldemort, but how about Muggle-borns? If it is possible, was there an example from canon to ...
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Are there any good Slytherins besides Snape and Slughorn? [duplicate]

Presumably Slytherins aren't inherently bad, they just value different traits in a person compared to the other houses. But it seems that in the stories, being a Slytherin equates more or less with ...
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Why did the Slytherin team opt for size over skill, given their many defeats?

We know that till the first book, Slytherin had won the House Trophy six times in a row. As an answer on this site pointed out, this was probably due to winning the Quidditch Cup all those years (an ...
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Marvolo Gaunt's Wife

In the Harry Potter books, we never get to know who Voldemort's grandmother is on the Gaunt side; and in the memory in the 6th book, we only see Marvolo, Merope, and Morfin Gaunt. Does anyone know ...
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Aside from Snape, are there any other Slytherins in the Order of the Phoenix?

Excluding Severus Snape, are there any Slytherin House members of Order of the Phoenix? If not, why not?
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Who was Phineas Nigellus Black talking about?

"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 ...
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Who are the reinforcements led by Slughorn? [closed]

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 ...
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Any reference from Harry Potter books, movies or canons that all the pureblood Slytherin family tree is tracked back to Salazar Slytherin?

In the family tree drawing of Sirius Black's house (12 Grimmauld Place) it's been mentioned that most of the Slytherin families are inter-related with each other. Is there any reference that all the ...
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Was Salazaar Slytherin a descendant of Herpo the Foul? [duplicate]

While perusing through the many many questions about Harry Potter here, I stumbled upon this one that says Slytherin was not the first parselmouth and in fact a man named Herpo the Foul predates him. ...
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Where did the Slytherin house go during the Battle of Hogwarts? [duplicate]

Now when the Slytherin students were able to escape, they were running and shouting, except for Goyle and Zabini who are grabbed by Malfoy. Where did the House go afterwards? Did they fight the Death ...
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When were the Peverell and Slytherin families joined?

Voldemort was a descendant of Salazar Slytherin and Cadmus Peverell. Is there any source stating when the two families joined?
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Who knew first that Tom Riddle was the Heir of Slytherin: Tom Riddle or Dumbledore?

While watching Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince this morning, my son asked a lot of plot questions, and one of his inquiries about Tom Riddle stumped me. So, here I am, asking all you fine ...
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Is Tom Marvolo Riddle the only one who opened the Chamber of Secrets after Salazar Slytherin?

Is there any canon-based information on whether Tom Marvolo Riddle (a.k.a. Lord Voldemort) is the only wizard in history (after Salazar Slytherin, of course) who opened the Chamber of Secrets and ...
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How did Voldemort know he was a descendant of Slytherin?

Tom Riddle was an orphan. He never knew his parents. IIRC, the orphanage only knew the name his mother wanted to give him, not even her own name. How did he trace his mother's family and find the ...
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Why did Slytherin House not get disbanded?

If every former Hogwarts student who goes bad was in Slytherin, why has Hogwarts kept the house over the years? Why not disband it?
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Why would the eleven year old Snape want to be sorted in Slytherin

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II we see the eleven-year-old Snape on the Hogwarts Express with Lily. He shares with her that: You'd better be in Slytherin Are there any explanation ...
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Why are (out-of-universe) people so proud to be sorted in Slytherin? [closed]

After looking at the question Is Slytherin Evil?, it got me thinking. The loudest Harry Potter fans I see online all seem to be from Slytherin and they are so proud of it. I've seen people from the ...
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Were the Peverell brothers and Salazar Slytherin related?

Were the Peverell brothers and Slytherin related or not? In the books it is mentioned that both were ancestors of Voldemort, but I couldn't find their mutual relation.
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How does Salazar Slytherin speak Parseltongue?

From what I can tell it is an inherited skill from wizard to wizard. According to this question: Was there a Parselmouth before Salazar Slytherin? Herpo the Foul seems to be the first or one of the ...
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Was there a Parselmouth before Salazar Slytherin?

Was Salazar Slytherin the first Parselmouth, or did somebody else use it before him? I’ve read the books, but I can’t find any examples.