This week I found out that house sorting was back up on the PotterMore site. Listen closely. Do you hear that cheer? Harry Potter fans all over the world are clinking their Butterbeer.
Have you been sorted yet?
The sorting - done by a series of questions - is eerily accurate. So imagine my surprise when two people I love were sorted into Slytherin. SLYTHERIN. That’s right. The house of Lord Voldemort. Malfoy. Bellatrix. So naturally I found myself second guessing them as any sane person would do.
Are they really trustworthy?
Maybe they aren’t the people I thought they were.
Should I watch my back!?
But because I'm a Ravenclaw (right?!) I decided to do some research before I kicked them to the curb. After all, we had years of friendship under our belts. They deserved that at least!
Do you know what? Turns out House Slytherin is not all bad.
Let me explain:
Top 5 Reasons Slytherin Is Great
Now, you could say that people who like to flirt with the Dark Side like Slytherin, but then you could also say that braggarts like Gryffindor, stuck-up academics who back-stab for the highest marks like Ravenclaw, and the rest of the dregs like Hufflepuff. Boo hiss.
Which leads me to the greatest thing I realized in rethinking Slytherin:
Lumping people into groups can be dangerous for your heart.
As soon as you label a group you stop being mindful in the moment to an individual, a situation, or your intuition.
For example, if you met a Slytherin in the corridor near Sir Cadogan and they were scowling you might have the urge to step aside and let them pass with a wary eye. Unless they are your friend, in which case you would give them a big hug or a high-5 or a the latest teen wizard handshake and ask them s'up?
If you met a Gryffindor in the Great Hall and there were in a bad mood (angry their Quidditch team lost, perhaps?) you might give them a wary eye and a wide berth, unless they were your friend, in which case you give them a Gryffindor lion hello howl (I'm guessing).
The point is, as soon as you lump people into a group and label that group “bad” you may be stepping out of love. As soon as you lump people into a group and label that group “good” (and you keep going with that assumption no matter what is presented to you) you may be stepping out of your intuition.
I knew this, but I forgot.
Those people I love who are in Slytherin...they actually do fit into the "edgiest group in Hogwarts". They do garner respect with a hint of fear. They do have that hard-to-define thing called “greatness” about them. And they are people I have known for years whom I trust and adore.
While it's true you don't see any nice Slytherins in the books (maybe Professor Slughorn?) that doesn't mean they don't exist. I am almost embarrassed to admit I had never thought of that before. But not as much as I am excited to realize I'm a Slytherin fan!
It feels so good to love everybody!