"Slytherin produces more than share of Dark wizards,
but also turns out leaders who are proud, ambitious and cunning.
Merlin is one particularly famous Slytherin"-JK Rowling.

History of Slytherin

  • Slytherin is one of the four Houses at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
  • Founded by Salazar Slytherin. Salazar instructed the sorting hat to choose a few particular characteristics he most valued
  • Such character traits are cunning, resourcefulness, and ambition (mostly of pure-blood pure-blood supremacy, due to his mistrust of Muggle-borns)
  • Its emblematic animal is a snake and its colours are green and silver
  • The Head of Slytherin is Horace Slughorn (who left the role to Severus Snape for fifteen years before taking it up again in 1996) and the House's patron ghost is the Bloody Baron.
  • Slytherin corresponds roughly with the element of water with serpents being commonly associated with the sea and lochs in western European mythology,
    as well as serpents being physically fluid and flexible animals.
  • The colours also correspond with waters around lakes and lochs often being green, and silver
    being often associated with grey rain water.

  • Famous Wizards from Slytherin

    Salazar Slytherin

    One of the Four Founders of Hogwarts School For Witchcraft and Wizardry


    Former Student at Hogwarts, and a famous wizard

    Phineas Nigellus Black

    Great-Great Grandfather to Sirius Black and most hated former Headmaster

    Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Former student at Hogwarts and Lord Voldemort himself

    Severus Snape

    Head of Slytherin House, former Potions and Defence Against the Dark Arts Proffessor, and former Headmaster

    Horace Slughorn

    Retired Potions Proffessor, but is brought back to teach in Book 6-7, and Former Head of Slytherin

    The Bloody Baron

    Slytherin House Ghost, and the only one who can control Peeves

    Slytherin Forum!