FIVE SLYTHERIN HEAD CANONS
1. Slytherins are fiercely protective of their first years. Seriously. Messing with a baby Slytherin is comparable to harassing a newborn grizzly bear. It’s a long known fact that first year Slytherins are absolutely off-limits in terms of hazing unless you want to invoke the unholy wrath of the thirty upperclassmen who play the role of overprotective big siblings. Speaking of which - upon being sorted into Slytherin House, each first year student is assigned a fifth year “mentor”, and they remain paired up until the older student graduates.
2. Slytherin is the only house with an organized Alumni donation system. They use the funds they collect to do things like buy fancy new broomsticks for everyone on their Quidditch team, redecorate their common room every other year, and host summertime social events like debutante balls and dinner parties.
3. Their prefects don’t enforce any rules about “being nice to each other” or getting along”, mostly because Slytherin house is a fairly tight-knit community already, but one thing that is never tolerated is questioning if a fellow housemate really belongs in Slytherin. It’s seen as the worst possible insult and moreover it’s always seen as false. The Sorting Hat put everyone in the house for a reason, and the Sorting Hat was enchanted by Slytherin himself, so if you question the Hat you’re questioning Slytherin’s own judgement.
4. Slytherins do not hate all muggleborns. Even the most vindictive and petty Slytherins have grown past this in modern years; Pansy Parkinson’s best friend Tracey Davis was a half-blooded witch. Even though some of the pureblood students might occasionally let the insult “mudblood” slip in regards to muggleborns and halfbloods from other houses, it’s a very present-company-excluded kind of thing. In fact, since the two criteria for entry to Slytherin house are “pureblooded” and “destined for great things”, half-bloods and muggleborns sorted into Slytherin are considered to be perhaps destined for greater things than the rest.
5. In fact, not many Slytherin students actually supported Voldemort during the second war. Most of them did not even support the changes that Snape made during the ‘97-‘98 schoolyear at Hogwarts (especially after the Carrows began to single out the half-blood Slytherins for punishment, which was the worst possible betrayal in the eyes of the pureblooded students). However, their loyalty to their parents and house both meant that many of them stood quietly by while the war happened. Many of them believed that they would be on the winning side if not the right one, and that speaking out against Voldemort would only get themselves and their loved ones hurt or killed.
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FIVE GRYFFINDOR HEAD CANONS
1. Their common room has not been redecorated in decades. Centuries, maybe. The Slytherins definitely win the award for redecorating the most frequently at once every two years, but even Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw redecorate every decade or so. The armchairs and four poster beds that Harry and company used are the same ones that the Marauders, McGonagall, and even Dumbledore were familiar with during their school years. Most wooden surfaces in the Gryffindor common room are covered with carvings of previous students’ initials. Harry spent a fair deal of his free time looking for his parents’ initials but never found them.
2. They are the only house with a protective spell to keep boys out of the girl’s dorms. Godric Gryffindor was a tiny bit sexist, but in a very chivalrous way. He was all about defending a woman’s honor (which probably got him in trouble with his badass lady contemporaries on occasion). Even though the spell is a little archaic, nobody has ever thought to remove it - most Gryffindors don’t even realize that such charms don’t exist in other common rooms.
3. Gryffindor students are the ones who are most frequently caught out of bed after-hours. It wasn’t just Harry and his friends that liked sneaking around (although they were certainly the best at it and got caught the least frequently). Gryffindor students are caught out of bed roughly ten times a month, as opposed to four Hufflepuffs (most usually found to be sneaking out to the kitchens), two Slytherins, and one Ravenclaw. The number of Gryffindor infractions took a significant dive twice; after the Marauders graduated and after Fred and George bailed on their seventh year.
4. Gryffindor has produced the most head boys and girls. Their natural leadership qualities mean that Gryffindors make excellent head boys and girls. Besides winning the count for the most head boys and girls overall, Gryffindor has also boasted the most students who were made head boy or girl despite not having been first made a prefect - a relatively rare occurance, and over half the instances recorded are Gryffindors.
5. Gryffindors have the most varied NEWT scores of any house. The other houses have subjects that they are stereotypically skilled at; Hufflepuffs tend to excel at herbology and history of magic, Ravenclaws at charms and transfiguration, and Slytherins at potions and DADA. This is not true of Gryffindors. Every graduating class of Gryffindors has a fair deal of “O” scores in every single subject.
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harry potter meme: four locations
There was a loud “Oooooh!”
The narrow path had opened suddenly onto the edge of a great black lake. Perched atop a high mountain on the other side, its windows sparkling in the starry sky, was a vast castle with many turrets and towers.
do you guys ever wonder why the students at hogwarts are afraid of the shrieking shack because its “haunted” when they literally go to school with ghosts