Hi everyone and welcome to the final post of the Harry Potter themed Top 5 Tuesday (hosted by Shannah @ Bionic Book Worm).
This week is the house that we love to hate. Which is a shame because Slytherin traits are not bad ones to have, in fact they are just as fantastic as the other houses.
While some of the traits may lend themselves to characters who can become corrupted and some of those characters on my list below are particularly complex (number 5 comes to mind) those sorted into Slytherin house are not always villains nor should be treated as such.
Here are my 5 characters from other books that I think would belong in Slytherin.
Reminder: Not all characters have every single trait but I’ve tried to place them where I think the majority of their traits will end up.
They are ambitious, driven, goal focused, determined, prepared, perfectionists, adaptable, realistic, self reliant, charming, assertive, and ruthless. They are highly selective with their loyalty, love positive attention and thrive on praise, care about the impression they give, demand respect, and can be disloyal.
There are plenty of characters in The Hunger Games who would be sorted into Slytherin house and yes, I do think some of the more morally corrupt (like Snow and Coin) would be in there.
But for me it’s not that those two characters in particular are villains because they are Slytherin but they are Slytherin’s because they are ambitious, goal orientated and ruthless. Those traits also don’t make them villains. They’re villains because of what their ambitions and goals mean for others and what they do to others in order to obtain them.
Haymitch is ambitious. He has goals and he’s determined to achieve them. He knows that sometimes he has to do morally questionable things (betraying trusts for example) in order to win. But, the goal isn’t to cause harm. Haymitch has been part of the rebellion for years. He sees the suffering of people and he wants to end their oppression.
Ultimately for Haymitch, the ends justify the means. He doesn’t have to be happy about it though.
Controversial opinion coming up….
I friggin’ love Amy from Little Women. There, I’ve said it. I’ll just watch you all leave me now.
I have a real thing for female characters who are not nice. Not that Amy isn’t nice, she does have a heart underneath it all but there are some traits that hide that heart quite well.
If anyone had built her castles in the sky and was determined to achieve them it was Amy. If it was anyone who knew exactly what she wanted it was Amy. If anyone was such a perfectionist that they would use a clothes peg on their nose to get it the shape they wanted, well it was Amy.
You keep doing you.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: everyone from The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King are assholes. The protagonist, Jude Duarte is no exception.
She is most definitely a Slytherin simply based on her sheer levels of ambition. This ambition is fueled by the fact that she is a human in faerie.
Being a human in faerie is problematic because everyone else is immortal and magical and nasty. Years of bullying and abuse combined with witnessing her parents be killed and then being raised by the man who killed them has left Jude with the desire to never feel vulnerable again.
But to not feel vulnerable means she needs power. So its power she sets out to get until that becomes her focus above all others.
(Artist: Anderson Mahanski)
Cersei from A Song of Ice and Fire is pretty much after the same thing Jude above wants – power. Power means protection in Westeros and power means being free. Treated as a brainless breeding beauty all her life has made Cersei aware that it’s a man world and she doesn’t like it one bit.
She’ll do whatever is necessary to get what she wants. Does she do it well? Um, no. Not really. Having ambition doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve got what it takes. Sorry, Cersei.
Amy Dunne from Gone Girl is…. complicated.
There’s a lot to unpack as to why she does what she does but let’s face it, she knows what she wants and she goes about making it happen and ensures she covers all bases.
The other very Slytherin thing about Amy is that she doesn’t want to be caught but she does want you to know how very clever she is. For someone who has a ruthless mind, she is starved for praise and absorbs being put on a pedestal like a sponge soaks up water.
So here are my sorting hat selections for Slytherins!
Slytherin house is not a bad house and it’s not filled to the brim with evil people no matter how the novels seem to suggest otherwise.
Traits such as cunning, ambition and independence are not negative and I think it’s unfair to portray them as such. Every house has its positive and negative but like anything, it’s all about the individual in question.
Even I, a massive Potter nerd got fed up with the way Slytherin was treated in the books.
Remember – Peter Pettigrew was actually a Gryffindor after all…