Hello friends! How are you? Today I’m doing one of the most exciting Top 5 Wednesdays I’ve ever written! 😈🐍
Slytherins get such a bad rep. (You don’t need to remind me why.) But J.K. Rowling also frames this house as unfavourable from the get-go, where most Slytherin characters are positioned as a rival or enemy or something synonymous with that.
Harry and his friends unfavourable opinion of Slytherin is littered through-out the series too. Ron tells Harry “there’s not a witch or wizard who went bad who wasn’t in Slytherin.” However, this is clearly (to me) child naivety. I think we can assume a witch or wizard can go bad even when they’re not from house Slytherin.
There are some Slytherin traits or aspects to the house that I fully neglect and don’t associate with. Particularly their history with being obsessed with pure ancestry. Although this is a dominant association of this house that should not be forgotten, it’s just not something I resonate with. Other well known Slytherin traits – cunning, power-hungry, great ambition and shrewdness – are the traits that I’ll probably be focusing on.
This is a mostly subjective list and some will be really obvious. Others maybe not, but to me had dominant traits that I notice shine through as being distinctly Slytherin. Although you might not agree with my choices – that’s totally okay! I’m not in the mindset that we strictly are one house, we can have primary and secondary’s, despite being loyal to a house. This list is completely just for fun and feel free to agree/disagree in the comment section below!
Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo
Kaz is what I like to think the most Slytherin on this list because he’s just the one that is glaringly obvious. (Even author confirmed, which doesn’t matter but it’s fun to know anyway!) I don’t think I need to try hard to convince anyone here who has read the Six of Crows duology, but I mean a character who lies and manipulates to get his coin and to make sure he owns Ketterdam… yeah this guy’s a Slytherin.
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Victor Vale is another glaringly obvious character that is so distinctly Slytherin that I couldn’t avoid putting him on this list. I probably shouldn’t say this about a sociopath but… I’m slightly obsessed with him. He’s my Slytherin boyfriend and there’s no other justification I’m leaving here for having him on my list.
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
I have been slowly re-watching The Hunger Games and could not help but sort Katniss into Slytherin. Although I think she’s absent of being power-hungry, other aspects to her characters (particularly that she’s incredibly shrewd) just lead me to believe she’s a Slytherin. She is ambitious in the sense that she wants better for herself and for her family and manipulates The Hunger Games to her favour in order to stay alive.
“She is sly and cunning and ambitious, for who else but a Slytherin would crawl through a fence to the outside forest for meat (the fence is no longer electric so the only risk is getting caught. She doesn’t try again once the electric current runs through it. She’s a Slytherin, cautious and calculated and knows that the risks are greater than the rewards to try to go back. She’s not a foolhardy Gryffindor who would brave current anyway, no matter the risk). She goes back and back again not for fun and games, not for the entire district but for not only the survival of her family but also the improvement.” (Source.)
The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
Lysandra has a sharp mind and uses it to get what she wants. She mostly appears to use her cunningness to survive. Although I don’t think she’s necessarily power-hungry, she is similar to Katniss in the sense they are both survivors and a they accomplish a fair bit on their own. She then strategically aligns herself with Celaena, eventually becoming a friend.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Evelyn Hugo – deeply flawed, yet undeniably easy to love and champion – to me is the epitome of what it means to be Slytherin. She was unapologetically who she was, a badass Cuban woman. With an obvious thirst and ambition to become an actress in an industry that wanted her to tone herself down. She manipulated, lied and plotted to pave the way for herself. And I loved EVERY second of her in this book.
Let me know your house below, and do you have any characters that you’d want in your corner at Hogwarts? I’d love to hear from some of you! 😀