I’m a Slytherin and pretty darn proud of it. Seeing as how I live in a country where the HP hype did happen, but was somehow forgotten, I end up explaining how my house is not evil on a daily basis.
This mostly happens because I have a metric ton of Slytherin merch, but I’m not about to apologize for that.
So, in order to combat the Muggles and make my defensive thoughts more structured, this blog was created.
Here’s 5 kick-ass Slytherins who helped fight against You-Know-Who.
Andromeda Tonks (née Black)
Andromeda is easily in the top 3 of my favorite HP characters. While even the books leave her story arch obscure, the thought of a Black living in the prime time of Voldemort going off and marrying a Muggle-born is captivating for me.
You may know her as Sirius’ favorite cousin or Tonks’ mom, who, while she dismissed everything her family stands for, still opted for keeping the tradition of naming children after myths and stars.
The Tonks family allowed the Order of Phoenix to use their house as one of their hiding places, placing them firmly in the “good guy” category. The fact that Tonks was an Auror and Ted a Muggle-born might have had something to do with that, too.
She was even tortured by Death Eathers at one point, but refused to reveal any information about the Order to Harry.
At the end, she was left widowed and awarded guardianship of her grandson Teddy. Her entire life story is pretty damn tragic, if you ask me.
Is my obsession with the Black family obvious yet?
Regulus, a small boy who was a Seeker on the Slytherin Quiddich team, and who probably did everything to please his parents after his older brother/idol was sorted into Gryffindor.
From what we know of him, he was noble to house elves, a bit soft and extremely loyal to his family and tradition.
In order to bring glory to the house of Black (that’s my best guess, in any case), he joined Voldemort’s ranks at the tender age of 16.
He had to be extremely intelligent and well-versed in the Dark Arts to realize that Voldemort decided to make a Horcrux. Once he understood that, he did all he could to counteract this action.
He died fighting Voldemort, on a quest to rid the world of his Horcrux (that he believed was the only one).
I just really wish Sirius was alive to see that Regulus wasn’t such an evil git, that he actually did do the right thing in the end.
Phineas Nigellus Black
This will be the last Black on my list, I promise.
While Phineas was most certainly deceased at the time of Voldemort’s first & second reign, he did join in on the fight and I’m including him for that. It’s my list, so you can’t stop me.
The essence of Hogwarts’ least loved Headmaster captured in his portrait was bound to serve the current Headmaster of the school.
While Phineas did not hold much love for Muggles or Muggle-borns, which he made known with snide comments, he did do several useful things that ultimately led to Voldemort’s downfall.
He regularly passed on messages to Harry from Dumbledore, easily going from his portrait in the school to the one in Grimmauld Place. Notably, he informed Sirius of what happened to Arthur at the Ministry, helping save him.
But, most importantly, he revealed the whereabouts of Harry and Hermione to Snape, unknowingly allowing him to deliver Gryffindor’s sword aka the Horcrux-destroyer to the trio.
He may not have known it, but Phineas was instrumental in bringing Voldemort down.
This Potions Master is quirky from the second we lay eyes on him. He transfigures into a chair to hide from Dumbledore, likes “to collect” people and has an overwhelmingly odd aura.
That being said, he never shows any hatred towards Muggles or Muggle-born. Instead, he values talent above all else.
One of his favorite students of all time was Harry’s mom, Lilly Evans, who was a mighty talented witch, according to him.
At the time Dumbledore finds him, he says he has been in hiding, trying to stay off the radar of Voldemort supporters.
He reveals one of his darkest secrets to Harry, confirming Dumbledor’s suspicion in the existence of Horcruxes. He also fights in the Final Battle, defending Hogwarts and even leads some of his Slytherins in the fight.
It also helps that he wasn’t a completely terrible teacher and was actually nice to his students once in a while.
You knew it was coming, I knew it was coming.
My feelings about Snape are complex, to say the least. While I can’t deny the fact that he was vital to the fight against Voldemort, I also can’t forgive his bullying ways.
The way he acts towards Harry is understandable, even if we don’t take the conflicts he had with James Potter in school into account, simply because he still had to maintain his cover. I can totally justify that. My main issue with him is his treatment of Neville.
But, whether I like it or not, Snape’s double-agenty behavior is what allowed Harry to bring Voldemort down.
Even if he did play a huge role in the Potters being targeted in the first place.
But I digress. Once he decided to be a double agent, boy did he play his part well. He did his best to protect the students during his stint as Headmaster & did everything Dumbledore ever asked him to do. Including killing him.
Overall, Snape is one of the best written characters out there. His motives are complex and his behavior does not make us like him a bit. I love-hate him for it.
Do you agree with my list? Is there anyone you would add? Anyone you don’t want to count in?
*all images used are from the HP Wiki