there had to be slytherin students who didn’t go with the rest of the house and fought in the battle for hogwarts
kids who took off their ties so nobody could clock them, who blended in with the forces
kids who kept their ties on and realised it would be a lonely fight
kids who watched as the other houses recognised them, and stood in silent solidarity with them,
kids who hated slytherin house, but knew anyone who stayed was their ally
a group of school children are not a lost cause, are not rotten to the core, even if they’ve been raised on some poisonous shit. it’s a shame they were treated like they were irredeemable by the canon narrative
And then there also had to be the ones who evacuated with the younger students, looking over their shoulders in case of pursuit, wands in hand and hexes on their tongues.
Who counted heads and made sure, with the memory for faces and names that makes for a budding politician, that the youngest students were there - not only their own house, but the preteens in yellow and blue and red, too.
Who saw a third year about to sneak off to join the battle and stunned him and carried him out to safety, lying through their teeth - he fell and hit his head in the rush, someone make sure he’s ok - because tonight of all nights no one is going to buy that that attack was for the boy’s own good.
Who, when confronted with a girl in a red and gold scarf who is four months short of her seventeenth birthday and full of fire and steel, demanding why they’re here, why they’re hiding like cowards, why they aren’t fighting, could look down their nose at the bloodthirsty little fool and inform her that people will die tonight, good brave, loyal, intelligent people, but people will live tonight, too. And some of those people will be the generation of young students smuggled out of the castle, who we have seen get away safe, no thanks to your lust for battle. And some of those will be the veterans who limp away as the dust clears, and they will need succor - can you brew a bone knitting potion with the contents of your school bag over a tea light? Because I can. And the world will continue to turn and no matter how important the battle that is raging, the wizarding world is bigger than one castle and wizarding society is more than one institution.
Because cunning is not cowardice, and ambition is not a sin, and some day someone in this milling crowd of scared children will sit on the Wizengamot and someone will invent a startlingly effective magical treatment for a common illness and someone will create renowned works of art and it will, in part, be because I helped make sure they were safely clear of Hogwarts before the castle started falling down around our ears.
greatest of the hogwarts four | listen - cunning, clever, ambitious, and dangerous — slytherin will help you on your way to greatness.
i. power by kanye west | ii. 400 lux by lorde | iii. the king and all of his men by wolf gang | iv. okay i believe you, but my tommy gun don’t by brand new | v. fame < infamy by fall out boy | vi. seven devils by florence + the machine | vii. manners by icona pop | viii. casual affair by panic! at the disco | ix. off to the races by lana del rey | x. clique by kanye west ft. jay z & big sean | xi. kill all your friends by my chemical romance
a slytherin fanmix
i. this is the pretty green, this is society — ii. I chew you up and I spit you out — iii. you will hold on, despite my cons — iv. we mean it but I promise we’re not mean — v.at worst I feel bad for a while // but then I just smile I go ahead and smile — vi. our pride will never fall // and never change // you better toe the line — vii. whether or not he’s a good man // she doesn’t care just as long as she still has her friends —viii. People try to put us d-down (Talkin’ ‘bout my generation) — ix. But don’t you know that no one alive can always be an angel —x. your conscience will be mine, all mine — xi. Soft, soft or cruel // Can’t we change our minds — xii. Don’t try and make me out // To be the root of the evil – xiii. Well you don’t wanna trust nobody else (Always thinking ‘bout yourself) – xiv. Stick up for yourself, son // Never mind what anybody else done – xv. Never not chasing a million things I want
Songs to inspire the women of Slytherin house, the women who bleed emerald and silver, the women whose drive is their greatest asset and whose hard exteriors hide the fear that they’ll never be great enough.
They may be misunderstood or even feared, but make no mistake. They are on their way to greatness.
1.The World is Not Enough- Garbage 2.The Underdog- Dana Alexandra 3.Help I’m Alive- Metric 4.Empire- Alpines 5. Fly- Nicki Minaj & Rihanna 6.GO!- Santigold ft. Karen O 7.Glory and Gore- Lorde 8.Elastic Heart- Sia 9.Oh No!- Marina and The Diamonds 10.A Better Son/Daughter- Rilo Kiley 11.Dark Horse- Katy Perry 12.Burn- Ellie Goulding 13.Spectrum- Florence + The Machine
Proof that I have more fandoms (and a ridiculous amount of house pride for someone who would have gotten her letter 12 years ago). Ambitious ladies are awesome, yo.
I think the fact that within Hogwarts there’s a lot of distaste for Slytherin and Hufflepuff shows some interesting insight into the wizarding community. Like, Hufflepuff represents hard work and fairness, right? But there’s the idea that Hufflepuffs are losers, sort of the proverbial nice guys who finish last. On the other hand, Slytherins, who represent cunning and ambition and personal drive, are seen as cutthroat and generally nasty and mean.
Ultimately, Hufflepuff and Slytherin are both rooted in philosophies on self betterment and achieving success in life, both in terms of being a better person and being a more powerful/wealthy person. The obvious question raised by Hogwarts student’s disapproval of both Slytherin and Hufflepuff is this: if it makes you a loser to succeed through hard work and fairness, but a cheat to succeed through cleverness and an attitude of doing whatever it takes to achieve your goals, how is someone in the wizarding world expected to gain power/wealth/status if they aren’t already born with it?