The Slytherin house is perhaps the least popular with fans of the Harry Potter book series. In the Harry Potter series, the magical Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry divides all of its students into four distinct "houses." The houses of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry include Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and of course, Slytherin. Slytherin definitely stands out among these four houses because it is considered the most dark and ominous of the four houses. Why does Slytherin have such a bad wrap with readers? There are many reasons why Slytherin may not be the most popular house of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
One of the ways in which the house of Slytherin distinguishes itself is through its apparent preference for "pure blood" students. Many critics have noted that many of the members of the Slytherin house appear to have been chosen because of their pure blood factor. It appears that students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry have a much greater chance of ending up in the Slytherin house than any other house. Who decides what house each member ends up in? The magical sorting hat decides who will be in what group. It appears that the sorting hat is more likely to sort pure bloods into the Slytherin house, although this does not always appear to be the defining factor.
What are some of the defining characteristics of the house of Slytherin? The house of Slytherin is believed to value most of all resourcefulness, ambition, intelligence, and cunning. All houses of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry are represented by a specific animal emblem. The animal emblem that represents the Slytherin house is the serpent, or snake. Each house also has its own specific color code. The color code of the Slytherin house is silver and green. The head of the house of Slytherin is Professor Horace Slughorn. Professor Horace Slughorn has replaced Severus Snape. The resident house ghost is known as the Bloody Baron. Each of the Hogwarts houses is also known to correspond roughly with a specific element. In the case of the Slytherin house, the element of choice appears to be water, according to an interview made by writer JK Rowling.
The Slytherin dormitories and common room are not described as extensively as the Gryffindor common room and dormitories. However, the Slytherin common room has been described in some sections, and it is physically described as a dark space with bare stone walls located in the school's dungeons. It is believed that the Slytherin common room is located under the Hogwarts Lake, which would explain the houses association with the water element.
Besides its dark physical description, Slytherin has gained a dark and somewhat ominous reputation on account of its members. In the novel Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Dumbledore asserts that most members of Slytherin are hand picked for their cunning. Most importantly however, it is widely believed that the majority of the ominous and dark wizards and witches that emerge from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry Potter himself almost got chosen to be in Slytherin, but he escaped this fate when the magical sorting hat placed him in the Gryffindor house. There certainly does exist a strong sense of rivalry between Gryffindor and Slytherin. In many instances, Slytherin appears to represent the dark side of magic and the arrogance and power issues that can develop when a person is given special powers. Choice is a strong theme that runs through the entire Harry Potter series, and many of the members of the Slytherin house appear to represent the less honorable choices that can be made at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
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