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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...