- “Or perhaps in Slytherin,
You’ll make your real friends,
Those cunning folk use any means,
To achieve their ends.“
- — The Sorting Hat[src]
Slytherin was one of the four Houses at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, founded by Salazar Slytherin. In establishing the house, Salazar instructed the Sorting Hat to pick students who had a few particular characteristics he most valued. Those characteristics included cunning, resourcefulness, leadership, and ambition. Many Slytherin students tended to clique together, often acquiring leaders, which further exemplified Slytherin’s ambitious qualities. Examples of these included Draco Malfoy’s gang, Merula Snyde’s gang, Pansy Parkinson’s gang and the Death Eaters.
The founder highly valued and favoured pure-blood students and the Sorting Hat admitted that it could be a factor when being sorted. Students of any blood status could be placed in the house. However, a Muggle-Born student from that house was considered to be quite rare.[external_link_head]
The emblematic animal of the house was a snake and the house’s colours were green and silver. There were two notable heads of the house; Horace Slughorn took the role twice (first leaving in 1981 and then taking the role again from 1997 until leaving before 2016), and Severus Snape. The patron ghost of the house was the Bloody Baron.
Slytherin corresponded roughly with the element of water due to serpents being commonly associated with the sea and lochs in western European mythology, as well as serpents being physically fluid and flexible animals. Similarly, in Celtic mythology, water is seen as a portal to another world, leading some to speculate that the element was chosen to symbolise many Slytherins’ hope for a pure-blood only community. The colours also corresponded with waters around lakes and lochs often being green, and silver being often associated with grey rainwater.
Slytherin’s opposition over the idea to allow witches and wizards from Half-blood and Muggle-born heritage to enrol at Hogwarts during its foundation created great controversy at the school and it was the root of a feud between former friends Slytherin and Godric Gryffindor. Slytherin later decided to leave the school when an argument started between him and Gryffindor, and they either duelled or started a civil war between the two houses. Such an argument would be forever known as the origin of the feud between their two houses and also made them the houses that are most competitive.
When Slytherin departed Hogwarts, he would leave behind the Chamber of Secrets with the purpose of an heir opening the chamber one day and unleashing a means of purging the school of those who, in his view, were unworthy to study magic: Muggle-borns. The chamber was opened twice and the Serpent of Slytherin was killed the second time by Harry Potter in 1992. Slytherin’s views at the time could be attributed to the persecution of witches and wizards at the hand of Muggles during that century.
Slytherins tended to be ambitious, shrewd, cunning, strong leaders, and achievement-oriented. They also had highly developed senses of self-preservation. This means that Slytherins tended to hesitate before acting, so as to weigh all possible outcomes before deciding exactly what should be done.
According to Albus Dumbledore, the qualities which Salazar valued in the students he had chosen included cleverness, resourcefulness, determination, and “a certain disregard for the rules“. Dumbledore noted that all of these were qualities possessed by Harry Potter, who was a Gryffindor but was almost placed in Slytherin.
Slytherins tended to take charge and possessed strong leadership skills. They were often self-assured and confident of their own competence and can be very loyal.
Another characteristic some Slytherins share was a tendency towards deep, unrequited love. Severus Snape and the Bloody Baron held abiding but unreturned feelings for Lily Evans and Helena Ravenclaw, respectively. Although some Slytherins, such as Tom Riddle, were incapable of feeling love at all, those that did were known to cherish their passion abidingly and unconditionally, although often tragically due to an inability to act appropriately on their feelings. Interestingly, Bellatrix Lestrange held feelings for Tom Riddle himself, which was a factor in her fanatical devotion to the Death Eaters; although Lord Voldemort was incapable of loving her in return, the existence of Delphini suggests that there was at least some kind of intimacy between them.
Although Merope Riddle likely never attended Hogwarts and therefore wouldn’t have been sorted into Slytherin at all, she was a descendant of Slytherin himself and fit the pattern of those sorted into his house, as she held deep and unreturned feelings for Tom Riddle Snr, who often travelled by her house on his carriage.
- “I always knew Salazar Slytherin was a twisted old loony, but I never knew he started all this pure-blood stuff. I wouldn’t be in his house if you paid me. Honestly, if the Sorting Hat had tried to put me in Slytherin, I’d’ve got the train straight back home…“
- — Ron Weasley expressing his opinions about Slytherin’s views[src]
The Sorting Hat claimed that blood purity was a factor in selecting Slytherins. It was not the main factor, but it suggests that the Sorting Hat took into account the lineage of the student as well as traits. Muggle-born Slytherins existed, but were very rare, as noted insultingly by Scabior the Snatcher.
There had also been definite examples of half-bloods sorted into the house, including Tom Riddle, Dolores Umbridge, and Severus Snape. Harry Potter was nearly sorted into Slytherin, but because he asked not to be, he was placed in Gryffindor instead. Also, pure-bloods were not automatically placed in Slytherin. There had been various examples of pure-bloods sorted into other houses; the Weasley family, Sirius Black, Neville Longbottom, and James Potter were all sorted into Gryffindor house, and Ernie Macmillan was sorted into Hufflepuff.
The concept of blood purity playing a part in picking students for Slytherin house stemmed from the founder Salazar Slytherin, who wanted a stricter policy of admission to the school — one limited strictly to pure-blood students. This was contrary to the wishes of the other founders at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, who wanted to accept students of any blood status.
It is important to note that not every student in Slytherin agreed with the idea of blood purity, but every member would still be affiliated with their founder’s reputed views a thousand years later. Since the house would nearly always select students who shared his view for that house, many members would still give that impression of that house during their time at Hogwarts. For example, in December 1992, the password for the common room was “pure-blood”.
Slytherin and Gryffindor were generally rivals in Quidditch and for the House Cup, of which the former had won seven years in a row prior to Harry Potter’s arrival at Hogwarts in 1991. It was also rare for Slytherin and Gryffindor students to be friendly with one another, and was also quite common for them to share animosity. There were exceptions, such as Slytherin Merlin who had a friendship with Gryffindor Sir Cadogan and Slytherin Severus Snape and Gryffindor Lily Evans, who were best friends until Snape’s use of the slur “Mudblood”, as well as his aspirations to be a Death Eater, caused Lily to sever their ties.
Their rivalry was particularly the case during the First and Second Wizarding Wars. During the second war, no Slytherin student joined the association known as Dumbledore’s Army; however, this is likely the fault of Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, and Harry Potter, who only invited people they trusted. The three also shared a deep mistrust of any Slytherins.
There was a terrible tension, rivalry, and dislike among Gryffindors Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ronald Weasley, and Slytherin Draco Malfoy to the point that Hermione even once punched Draco. Also, from the moment Harry and Draco met, they became immediate enemies, which was even before they were sorted into their respective houses.
Slytherin’s relationship with the other two houses, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw, was variable. By the time of Harry Potter’s years at Hogwarts, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw were frustrated at Slytherin’s seven-year winning streak and readily supported Gryffindor in their efforts to break it, to the extent that they even turned against Harry and his friends when their rule-breaking cost Gryffindor 150 points (and thus the lead) with Slytherin rubbing it in at every opportunity. This persisted generally with Quidditch matches, where Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff supported Gryffindor by default if they were facing Slytherin.
When Harry was named as a Hogwarts Triwizard champion alongside Cedric Diggory of Hufflepuff, the three other houses assumed he was trying to steal Hufflepuff’s glory and supported Cedric as the “real” Hogwarts champion, though the Slytherin house may have likely only done this out of spite for Harry rather than any actual support for Cedric. After Cedric’s death by Lord Voldemort’s hands, the Slytherins joined the rest in toasting his memory but some, like Draco Malfoy, were not saddened by his death.
- “There’s not a single witch or wizard who went bad who wasn’t in Slytherin.“
- — Wizarding prejudice against Slytherin House[src]
Slytherin had a well-known reputation for creating Dark Witches and Wizards that many would even say that every Dark Witch or Wizard was actually in Slytherin (it also didn’t help that Voldemort himself was in Slytherin too when he was a student at Hogwarts). While it was true that many were in the house, it was untrue to say every single one of them was, as Peter Pettigrew, betrayer of James and Lily, was in Gryffindor and Quirinus Quirrell was in Ravenclaw.
It appeared that reputation had led to an ironic prejudice against the entire house. It is unknown how many Dark Witches and Wizards were from this house before Tom Riddle began recruiting Death Eaters, but many of them came from a family that valued blood purity and would prefer, like Riddle, to be in the house and recruit from there.
In fairer terms, there were many good witches and wizards in the house who opposed the use of the Dark Arts, as well as discrimination based on blood purity, such as Horace Slughorn, Andromeda Tonks, and Leta Lestrange. Andromeda was related to many dark witches and wizards, such as her own sister Bellatrix Lestrange, and brother-in-law Lucius Malfoy, but she chose to forsake the loyalty to her family in favour of marrying the Muggle-born Ted Tonks. Leta was quite different from the majority of her family with her kind – albeit self-deprecating and bitter – personality, her love for both Newt Scamander and Theseus Scamander, her career ambition without ruthlessness, and her self-sacrificing bravery in the face of Gellert Grindelwald, in stark contrast to the usually compassionate Queenie of house Pukwudgie, who joined Grindelwald rather quickly. Also, the allegiance of Severus Snape was found to ultimately be towards Albus Dumbledore to the point of serving as a triple agent for the Order of the Phoenix, in stark contrast to Peter Pettigrew, the former Gryffindor who became a double agent for the Death Eaters instead. Merlin (of King Arthur fame) was also a Slytherin.
It might also be possible (though quite unlikely) that the Sorting Hat simply sorted anyone with ill intentions into Slytherin, regardless of whether they possessed cunning and ambition, which helped to unfairly give this house a bad name. Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle were both incredibly stupid and did not have clever or cunning minds, but were still sorted into Slytherin. They could have possessed one of the minor traits as even Peter Pettigrew was not placed into Gryffindor for bravery, but for chivalry instead.
It is also likely that Crabbe and Goyle were simply placed there by process of elimination since they exhibited virtually none of the qualities valued by any of the other houses (lacking the work ethic or honesty of Hufflepuff, the academic prowess of Ravenclaw, or the bravery of Gryffindor). The Sorting Hat simply could have taken into account what house they wished to be placed in which, with their family history, was most likely Slytherin.
The behaviour of Slytherin house at the Battle of Hogwarts is also debated. The majority of their members departed Hogwarts before the battle started and a few joined their families in becoming Death Eaters. However, many of them returned to Hogwarts to fight against the Death Eaters and were led back by their Head of House, Horace Slughorn.
The traits of the house were considered obvious examples of people turning toward an ill purpose such as cunning and ambition, but they were not inherently negative. Furthermore, traits from the rest of the houses such as daring, intelligence, and loyalty could also become easily negative.[external_link offset=2]
Another trait that could be seen as a negative one was self-preservation. The idea that many of them seemed to value their own lives more than the lives of others could make them less thought of and trusted, but that was not always the case. Phineas Nigellus Black gave that impression when he saw Harry Potter trying to run away because he was afraid that his presence was putting his friends in danger. He stated that “We Slytherins are brave, yes, but not stupid. For instance, when given the choice, we will always choose to save our own necks“.
There were exceptions to this rule, however, such as Snape, who Harry said was a “Slytherin and… probably the bravest man I ever knew“, and Regulus Black, who gave his life in an attempt to destroy one of the Horcruxes of Lord Voldemort and told his house-elf Kreacher to save himself and leave.
The truth is that while most Dark Wizards were Slytherins, many members of Slytherin House did not have dark leanings and were even kind and accepting, while smaller groups of Voldemort’s supporters were aligned with the other three Houses. During the Battle of Hogwarts, while all of the Slytherin students left the school before the fighting started, several of them did return with Professor Slughorn as reinforcements to join the fight against Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters, and some decided to fight as a part of Dumbledore’s Army.
The Slytherin common room was in the dungeons of Hogwarts Castle and underneath the Black Lake. Because of this, the light in the common room was green. Harry Potter along with Ron Weasley entered the common room in his second year to find out if Draco Malfoy was the one opening the Chamber of Secrets. To enter the Slytherin common room one must merely speak aloud the current password in front of a stretch of a damp stone wall; once the word was uttered a concealed stone door would slide aside leaving a rectangular hole in the wall leading to the Slytherin common room. The only known Slytherin password was “pureblood”, used in 1992.
Head of House
Slytherin’s Head of House for Harry’s first six years of school was Severus Snape; however, as he fled with the Death Eaters in 1997 at the end of Harry’s sixth year, Potions Master Horace Slughorn became the head of Slytherin House. Upon Snape’s return as Headmaster later that year, he apparently approved of Slughorn’s appointment, as he did not assign any Death Eaters as the new Head of House.
|Name||Period Attending Hogwarts||Notes|
|Middle Ages||Hot-tempered lord and squire who remorsefully committed suicide for inadvertently killing the woman he loved in a fit of rage when she refused to come home from Albania with him, leaving his clothes stained with her blood. Later became the house ghost.|
|Merlin||Member of King Arthur’s court, advocate of Muggle rights, and arguably the most famous wizard in history.|
|Elizabeth Burke||Unknown||Headmistress of Hogwarts at some point. Now had a portrait at the base of the Grand Staircase between the Entrance Hall archway and First-floor corridor doorway, which was later hung near the Potions Classroom entrance and guarded the dungeons, telling Slytherins to be “Nasty to Mudbloods”.|
|Gormlaith Gaunt||1587–1594 (possibly)||Member of the House of Gaunt. Eventually became the Dark Witch of Hag’s Glen and parental guardian of Isolt Sayre. Killed by William the Pukwudgie in the Duel at Ilvermorny.|
|Corvinus Gaunt||c. 1700s||Member of the House of Gaunt. Later became a juvenile plumber who hid the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets.|
|Katie Rayknolls||1720s||Captain of the Slytherin Quidditch team from 1724–1728.|
|Vicky Bishopper||1720s–1730s||Captain of the Slytherin Quidditch team from 1728–1732.|
|Robin Higgy||1730s||Captain of the Slytherin Quidditch team from 1732–1736.|
|Mark Sommertime||1730s and 1740s||Captain of the Slytherin Quidditch team from 1736–1740.|
|Dan Darker||1740s||Captain of the Slytherin Quidditch team from 1744–1748.|
|Russell Lucky||Captain of the Slytherin Quidditch team from 1740–1744.|
|Jess Lafington||1740s and 1750s||Captain of the Slytherin Quidditch team from 1748–1752.|
|Kris Kolumbiko||1750s||Captain of the Slytherin Quidditch team from 1752–1756.|
|David Makehay||1750s and 1760s||Captain of the Slytherin Quidditch team from 1756–1760.|
|Mark Overcliff||1760s||Captain of the Slytherin Quidditch team from 1760–1764.|
|Phineas N. Black||c. 1858–1865||Eventually became Headmaster of Hogwarts from some point during the late 19th century to 1925. Now has a portrait in the Headmaster’s office.|
|Leta Lestrange||1908–1915||Made an experiment with a Jarvey in 1913, Newt Scamander took the blame for it. Later became an assistent of the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.|
|Callidora Black||c. 1926–1933||Members of the House of Black.|
|Cedrella Black||c. 1930s|
|Charis Black||c. 1930–1937|
|Dorea Black||c. 1931–1938|
|Lucretia Black||c. 1936–1943|
|Horace Slughorn||late 19th century and/or early 20th century||Well-connected player of favourites in his year. Eventually became Head of Slytherin House and Potions Professor of Hogwarts from 1931 to 1981 (a position he took up again from 1996 to 2015) and founder of the Slug Club.|
|Tom Riddle||1938–1945||Prefect and Head Boy, Leader of a gang of students, Disgraced Winner of the Special Award for Services to the School, member of the Slug Club, and Winner of the Medal for Magical Merit. Eventually became assistant shopkeeper at Borgin and Burkes from 1947 to around 1958, but disappeared into the deepest layers of the Dark Arts (creating several Horcruxes and an army of followers whom he named Death Eaters) and resurfaced around 1968 as the most dangerous Dark Wizard of all time, orchestrating the last two most destructive Wizarding Wars in history under the alias “Lord Voldemort”. Finally defeated and killed by a rebounding Killing Curse meant for Harry Potter in the Battle of Hogwarts.|
|Lestrange||Members of the Knights of Walpurgis and Slug Club. Eventually became two of the first Death Eaters.|
|Winky Crockett||1940s||Captain of the Slytherin Quidditch team from 1940–1944.|
|Neil Lament||Captain of the Slytherin Quidditch team from 1944–1948.|
|Alphard Black||c. 1940s||Member of the House of Black.|
|Orion Black||c. 1940–1947|
|Cygnus Black||c. 1949–1956|
|Andrew Snowy Owl||1940s and 1950s||Captain of the Slytherin Quidditch team from 1948–1952.|
|Jo King||1950s||Captain of the Slytherin Quidditch team from 1952–1956.|
|unknown||Servants of Lord Voldemort in both the First and Second Wizarding wars; both became professors when the Death Eaters assumed control of Hogwarts in 1997.|
|Rufus Winickus||1950s and 1960s||Captain of the Slytherin Quidditch team from 1956–1960.|
|Steve Laughalot||1960s–1970s||Captain of the Slytherin Quidditch team from 1968–1972.|
|Andromeda Black||Disowned member of the House of Black. Later married Edward Tonks and became an ally of the Order of the Phoenix.|
|Rodolphus Lestrange||c. 1960s–1970s||Member of a gang inspired by the Dark Arts. Eventually married Bellatrix Black and became a devoted Death Eater.|
|Bellatrix Black||c. 1962–1969||Eventually married Rodolphus Lestrange and became a devoted Death Eater. Killed by Molly Weasley in the Battle of Hogwarts.|
|Lucius Malfoy||c. 1965–1972||Prefect and member of the Slug Club. Eventually married Narcissa Black and became second-in-command of the Death Eaters during the First Wizarding War, Chairman of the Hogwarts Board of Governors from 1981 to 1993, Advisor to the Minister for Magic from 1990 to 1996, and disgraced Death Eater throughout the Second Wizarding War. Defected during the Battle of Hogwarts.|
|Narcissa Black||c. 1966–1973||Eventually married Lucius Malfoy and became an ally of the Death Eaters until her defection in Battle of Hogwarts.|
|Stuart Craggy||1960s||Captain of the Slytherin Quidditch team from 1964–1968.|
|Jody Jacknife||Captain of the Slytherin Quidditch team from 1960–1964.|
|Evan Rosier||1960s or 1970s||Members of a gang inspired by the Dark Arts. Eventually became a duo of Death Eaters at the height of the First Wizarding War. Killed by Alastor Moody in 1980.|
|Avery||Later became a Death Eater.|
|Mulciber||Later became a Death Eater, specialising in the Imperius Curse, during the First Wizarding War.|
|Emma Vanity||1970s||Captain of the Slytherin Quidditch team from 1972–1976.|
|Severus Snape||1971–1978||Brains of a gang inspired by the Dark Arts and member of the Slug Club. Eventually became a devoted Death Eater at the height of the First Wizarding War (until his last-minute defection), Head of Slytherin House and Potions Master of Hogwarts from 1981 to 1996, Professor of Defence Against the Dark Arts of Hogwarts during the 1996–1997 school year, Headmaster of Hogwarts for a majority of the 1997–1998 school year, and double agent within the Order of the Phoenix and Death Eaters throughout the Second Wizarding War. Murdered by Lord Voldemort’s snake Nagini in the Battle of Hogwarts.|
|Regulus Black||c. 1972–1979||Seeker on the Slytherin Quidditch team and member of the Slug Club. Eventually became a Death Eater, but defected and gave his life in an attempt to destroy one of the Horcruxes.|
|Duncan Ashe||1970s–1980s||Died during his school years and stayed at the school as a ghost.|
|Lucinda Talkalot||Captain of the Slytherin Quidditch team from 1976–1980.|
|Third Floor Corridor Slytherin prefect||c. 1980s||Prefect.|
|Felix Rosier||1980–1987||Prefect. Became a Dragonologist.|
|Barnaby Lee||1984–1991||Had a passion for Care of Magical Creatures. Member of the Hippogriff Club. His parents were Death Eaters.|
|Ismelda Murk||Had a passion for curses. Member of the Sphinx Club.|
|Merula Snyde||Students whose parents were Death Eaters. Member of the Sphinx Club. Joined R.|
|Liz Tuttle||Had a passion for Care of Magical Creatures. Member of the Hippogriff Club.|
|Gemma Farley||1980s and 1990s||Prefect.|
|Marcus Flint||1986–1994||Captain and Chaser of the Slytherin Quidditch team and he repeated a year.|
|Dungeon Corridor Slytherin prefect (I)||c. 1986–1993||Prefect who often patrolled the Dungeon Corridor.|
|Dungeon Corridor Slytherin prefect (II)|
|Lucian Bole||1988–1995||Beaters for the Slytherin Quidditch team during the 1990s.|
|Adrian Pucey||1989–1996||Chaser of the Slytherin Quidditch team until 1993.|
|Cassius Warrington||Chaser of the Slytherin Quidditch team from 1993 to 1996 and member of the Inquisitorial Squad.|
|Flora Carrow||1990s||Member of the Slug Club|
|Miles Bletchley||Keeper of the Slytherin Quidditch team from 1991 to 1995.|
|Terence Higgs||Seeker of the Slytherin Quidditch team in the 1980s and 1990s.|
|Urquhart||Captain and Chaser of the Slytherin Quidditch team during the 1996–1997 school year.|
|Vaisey||Chaser of the Slytherin Quidditch team in 1996.|
|Sixth-Year Inquisitorial Squad Member||c.1990–1997||Member of the Inquisitorial Squad.|
|Draco Malfoy||1991–1998||Prefect, Seeker for the Slytherin Quidditch team, member of the Inquisitorial Squad and later blackmailed by Lord Voldemort to become a Death Eater (defected). Eventually married Astoria Greengrass.|
|Vincent Crabbe||Beater of the Slytherin Quidditch team from 1995 to 1997; member of the Inquisitorial Squad; became a Dark Wizard in his seventh year. Killed by his own Fiendfyre during the Battle of Hogwarts.|
|Gregory Goyle||Beater of the Slytherin Quidditch team from 1995 to 1997; member of the Inquisitorial Squad; became a Dark Wizard in his seventh year.|
|Millicent Bulstrode||Member of the Inquisitorial Squad|
|Pansy Parkinson||Prefect and member of the Inquisitorial Squad.|
|Blaise Zabini||Member of the Slug Club.|
|Daphne Greengrass||Sister of Astoria Greengrass.|
|Theodore Nott||Friend of Draco Malfoy who illegally created a Time-Turner in his adult life.|
|Bespectacled Slytherin girl|
|Unidentified blonde Slytherin girl||Attended her Charms O.W.L. exam. Evacuated before the start of the Second Wizarding War. Please note that she may be either Tracey Davis or Daphne Greengrass.|
|Unidentified Slytherin boy in the Battle of Hogwarts||Locked in the Dungeons but when the cell exploded, fought in the Battle of Hogwarts.|
|Unidentified Slytherin girl (II)||Sat next to Harry in Charms class.|
|Unidentified Slytherin girl (III)||Sat next to Ron in Defence Against the Dark Arts class.|
|Bridget||1992–1999||Duelling Club member.|
|Harper||Reserve Seeker of the Slytherin Quidditch team in 1996.|
|Mafalda||An estranged member of the Weasley family.|
|Albus Potter||2017–2024||The second son and child of the famous Harry Potter. The only member of his family to be sorted into Slytherin House.|
|Scorpius Malfoy||The only child and son of Draco and Astoria Malfoy.|
|Zoe Accrington||1990s||Seen walking around in the 1993–1994 school year.|
|Uchi Akimbo||Challenged Harry to a duel.|
|Tabitha Bainbridge||Seen walking around in the 1993–1994 school year.|
|Diane Carter||Challenged Harry to a duel.|
|Fergus Cowley||Member of the Duelling Club in the 1996–1997 school year.|
|Irving Cram||Guarded off-limit places.|
|Sebastian Daley||Seen walking around in the 1993–1994 school year.|
|Simon Dedworth||Guarded off-limit places.|
|Bowen Duffield||Seen walking around in the 1993–1994 school year.|
|Niles Hanley||Usually spent time by the Viaduct.|
|Maynard Hatton||Ran a Duelling Club in the 1996–1997 school year.|
|Manami Ichijoh||Seen walking around in the 1993–1994 school year.|
|Holden Ledbury||Guarded off-limit places.|
|Gabriel Lithgow||Seen walking around in the 1993–1994 school year.|
|Xander Lofthouse||Tried to steal Harry’s borrowed broomstick.|
|Scarlett Lympsham||Played informal Quidditch matches.|
|Charles Machin||Seen walking around in the 1993–1994 school year.|
|Thomas McGruder||Challenged Harry to a duel.|
|Gertrude Meads||Seen walking around in the 1993–1994 school year.|
|Agnes Monkleigh||Challenged Harry to duel.|
|Graham Montague||Played as a Chaser on the Slytherin Quidditch team from 1993–1996. Member of the Inquisitorial Squad.|
|Selina Moore||Seen walking around in the 1993–1994 school year.|
|Timothy Morcott||Challenged Harry to a duel.|
|Daryl Morden||Played informal Quidditch matches.|
|Shawn Morris||Challenged Harry to a duel.|
|Adelaide Murton||Seen walking around in the 1993–1994 school year.|
|Irfan Mustaq||Member of the Duelling Club.|
|Tracey Nettlebed||Told secrets about many students for her own satisfaction.|
|Garrick Newbourne||Seen walking around in the 1993–1994 school year.|
|Penelope Padgett||Prefect. Eventually married Grim Fawley and joined the Ministry of Magic as an Auror. Went missing in 2015.|
|Ona Parangyo||Seen walking around in the 1993–1994 school year.|
|Gordon Pummell||Guarded off-limit places.|
|Bastien Queensbury||Competed in the Gobstones tournament in the 1996–1997 school year.|
|Hayley Quentin||Seen walking around in the 1993–1994 school year.|
|Imogen Stretton||Guarded off-limit places.|
|Junpei Suruga||Competed in the Wizard Skittles tournament in the 1996–1997 school year.|
|Alex Sykes||Guarded off-limit places.|
|Atsushi Takagi||Seen walking around in the 1993–1994 school year.|
|Vikram Thakur||Competed in the Wizard Skittles tournament in the 1996–1997 school year.|
|Heather Thatcham||Seen walking around in the 1993–1994 school year.|
|Ella Wilkins||Seen walking around in the 1993–1994 school year. Competed in the Exploding Snap tournament in the 1996–1997 school year.|
|Peter||Duelling Club member.|
|Pike||Member of Draco’s gang.|
|Rachel||Duelling Club member.|
|Vaisey||Chaser on the Slytherin Quidditch team.|
|Nigel’s nephew||Had an uncle who married a Muggle woman, which angered his father.|
|Sixth-year Inquisitorial Squad member||Member of the Inquisitorial Squad.|
|Slytherin Duelling Club Captain||Duelling Club Captain for Slytherin in 1996.|
|Slytherin student that blames Harry Potter (I)||Blamed Harry for being a champion in the Triwizard Tournament.|
|Slytherin student that blames Harry Potter (II)|
|Slytherin Wizard Duelling Champion||Duelling champion for Slytherin.|
|Slytherin Wizard’s Chess champion||Wizard’s Chess Captain for Slytherin.|
|Third-floor Slytherin Prefect||Prefect.|
|Unidentified Slytherin Beater||Beater on the Slytherin Quidditch team.|
|Unidentified Slytherin Beater (II)|
|Unidentified Slytherin girl at the Battle of Hogwarts||Fought in the Battle of Hogwarts.|
|Unidentified Slytherin girl at the Battle of Hogwarts (III)||Locked in the Dungeons but when the cell exploded, fought in the Battle of Hogwarts.|
|Unidentified Slytherin girl in the Battle of Hogwarts (IV)||Locked in the Dungeons but when the cell exploded, fought in the Battle of Hogwarts.|
|Unidentified Slytherin girl (I)||Member of the Inquisitorial Squad.|
|Unidentified Slytherin Keeper||Keeper on the Slytherin Quidditch team.|
|Abraxas Malfoy||Unknown||Lucius’s father.|
|Dolores Umbridge||Unlikeable model in her year. Eventually became Head of the Improper Use of Magic Office at some point, Senior Undersecretary to the Minister for Magic from 1990 to 1998, Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor and “High Inquisitor” of Hogwarts during the 1995–1996 school year, Headmistress of Hogwarts from April to June 1996, and Head of the Muggle-Born Registration Commission from 1997 to 1998. Imprisoned for her crimes against Muggle-borns.|
|Scabior||Snatcher during the height of the Second Wizarding War.|
|Merula Snyde’s father||Death Eater. Merula’s father. Imprisoned for allegiance to Lord Voldemort.|
|Merula Snyde’s mother||Member of the Frog Choir. Death Eater. Merula’s mother. Imprisoned for allegiance to Lord Voldemort.|
- Salazar Slytherin
- Slytherin’s Locket
- Slytherin Quidditch team
Behind the scenes
- The fact that J. K. Rowling intended to place a character named Mafalda, who was the daughter of a Squib and a Muggle, in Slytherin, suggests that Rowling at least does not view the Slytherin House desire for blood-purity as particularly influential upon the Sorting Hat. Also, as Voldemort and Snape are both half-bloods, there seems no reason to suspect a “blood-pure” Slytherin.
- Slytherin students seem to possess a certain skill in Potions. Harry’s two Potions masters, Severus Snape and Horace Slughorn, both belonged to the Slytherin house. However, it is possible that this talent in Slytherin students could merely be a coincidence, as students from other houses at Hogwarts also shared this talent, such as Harry Potter’s mother, Lily Potter (nee Evans) (whose skills were shown through Slughorn’s many references to her skill in the subject throughout most of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), and Hermione Granger who were both Gryffindors, and Penny Haywood who was in Hufflepuff.
- Slytherin students also seem to be gifted in Occlumency. Most of the known Occlumens in the books come from Slytherin (namely Voldemort, Severus Snape, Bellatrix Lestrange, Draco Malfoy, and Horace Slughorn).
- J. K. Rowling stated in a PotterCast interview that some Slytherins were among the reinforcements brought by Slughorn during the Battle of Hogwarts.
- J. K. Rowling stated that by 2017, Slytherin is no longer the pure-blood bastion that it once was. However, its dark reputation still lingers, hence the reason for Albus Potter’s fears.
- It is interesting to note that Slytherin is both the first Hogwarts house mentioned in the series (by Draco Malfoy), as well as the last mentioned in the series (by Albus Potter).
- In early drafts of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, members of the Slytherin house were known as “Slytherites”.
- Slytherin House was the winner of the first, third and seventh house cup on Pottermore.
- The Sorting Hat considered placing Gilderoy Lockhart in Slytherin, as he showed cunning, resourcefulness and ambition, which are some of the qualities that fit Slytherin House. However, it finally chose Ravenclaw.
- In the Game Boy Advance Game Mother 3, there is an enemy called Slitherhen. The name is a reference to Slytherin.
- Peter Pettigrew was a Hatstall and considered for Sorting into Slytherin, but, in the end, was Sorted into Gryffindor.
- Scarlett Byrne, the actress who portrayed Pansy Parkinson in the films, was sorted into Slytherin on Pottermore.
Pottermore House Cup
- Slytherin won the first house cup with 72,734,274 house points.
- Slytherin came second for the second house cup with 48,495,275 points.
- Slytherin won the third house cup with 26,990,924 points.
- Slytherin came second for the fourth house cup with 24,865,387.
- Slytherin came second for the fifth house cup with 27,795,479 points.
- Slytherin came fourth for the sixth house cup with 31,926,625 points.
- Slytherin won the seventh house cup with 52,652,850 points.
- Slytherin came second for the eighth house cup with 26,564,159 points.
In translated editions, “Slytherin” remains the same and is used for the Arabic, Croatian, Danish, German, Hebrew, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal), Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, and Vietnamese editions. The following translations have changed the name:
|Chinese (Simplified)||斯莱特林 (Sī-lái-tè-lín)|
|Chinese (Traditional)||史萊哲林 (Shǐ-lái-zhé-lín)|
|Czech||Zmijozel||from Zmije “viper snake” or Zmij “adder”|
|Dutch||Zwadderich||from the old Dutch noun zwadder “snake poison”; zwadderig “dirty”|
|Finnish||Luihuinen||from the adjective luihu “deceptive” or “sneaky”|
|French||Serpentard||from serpent “snake” and the suffix -ard which gives it a pejorative consonance|
|Hindi||नगशक्ति (Nāgaśakti)||Nāga “Snake”; śakti “power”|
|Hungarian||Mardekár||mar “bite” (like snake), de kár “but it’s a pity”|
|Lithuanian||Klastūnynas||from the noun klasta “guile” or “ruse”.
Also could be translated as “viper” or “scoundrel”
|Portuguese (Brazil)||Sonserina||from Sonso a term for “someone who pretends to be innocent or harmless”|
|Слизь (Sleezerin) “slime”
/Пресмыкаться (Pryesmikat’sya) “to slither”
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (film)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (play)
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – The Original Screenplay
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
- Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
- LEGO Dimensions
- LEGO Harry Potter
- LEGO Creator: Harry Potter
- Creator: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- LEGO Harry Potter: Characters of the Magical World
- Harry Potter for Kinect
- Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World (Seen on house scarf)
- Wonderbook: Book of Spells
- Harry Potter Trading Card Game
- Wizarding World
- Harry Potter: The Character Vault
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
- Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells
- Harry Potter: Magic Awakened
- Hogwarts Legacy
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 9 (The Writing on the Wall)
- ↑ Writing by J.K. Rowling: “Colours” at Wizarding World
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Chapter 3 (The Letters from No One)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 11 (The Duelling Club)
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 The Leaky Cauldron and Mugglenet interview Joanne Kathleen Rowling
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 18 (Dobby’s Reward)
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 All About Slytherin from Pottermore (via the Internet Archive)
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Celebrating Slytherin House Pride from Pottermore (via the Internet Archive)
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Chapter 7 (The Sorting Hat)
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Interview with J.K. Rowling on PotterCast
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 4 (Horace Slughorn)
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Chapter 8 (The Potions Master)
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 12 (The Polyjuice Potion)
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (see this video)
- ↑ Leaky Surprise
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 Pottermore Introductions to Hogwarts Houses#Slytherin (Archived) from Pottermore
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 11 (The Sorting Hat’s New Song)
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 23 (Malfoy Manor)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 17 (The Heir of Slytherin)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 33 (The Prince’s Tale)
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 31 (The Battle of Hogwarts)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 28 (Snape’s Worst Memory)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 15 (The Quidditch Final)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Chapter 6 (The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Chapter 15 (The Forbidden Forest)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Chapter 11 (Quidditch)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 18 (The Weighing of the Wands)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 37 (The Beginning)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Chapter 5 (Diagon Alley)
- ↑ 30.0 30.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 36 (The Flaw in the Plan)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 23 (Christmas on the Closed Ward)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Epilogue (Nineteen Years Later)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 10 (Kreacher’s Tale)
- ↑ Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies, Chapter 3 (Horace Slughorn)
- ↑ F.A.Q. question (Internet archive) from J. K. Rowling’s official site
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
- ↑ ARTICLE – Add to Template:WW at Wizarding World
- ↑ Extra Stuff: Mafalda at J. K. Rowling’s official site
- ↑ http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/2007/7/30/j-k-rowling-web-chat-transcript
- ↑ 
- ↑ Congratulations Slytherin on Winning…
- ↑ Pottermore biography of Gilderoy Lockhart. audio clip by J. K. Rowling
- ↑ Let’s Test MOTHER 3 #15 – The Magyspy Scene That Isn’t What You Think But Whatever
- ↑ Writing by J.K. Rowling: “Hatstall” at Wizarding World