give me that look.
know, the “oh, a Slytherin, better avoid her”
look. The look of automatic distrust. There’s more to
me than my house.
I, Daphne Greengrass, don’t fit anyone’s criteria of
who I am. Ravenclaws immediately think I must cheat
at Herbology somehow, in order for me to be getting
better grades than them. Hufflepuffs still hate my house
for the death of Cedric Diggory, as if all of us have
parents who supported his murder, and therefore, tend to ignore me. Gryffindors play pranks on us at random. Most of the Slytherins respect me enough, but I know many of them wish
I were a bit more sinister.
that it matters; I have the friends I want, thank you. My friends are my little
sister, Persephone, and Eloise Midgen – one of the
few Hufflepuffs who didn’t decide to hate me after
You-Know-Who’s return was confirmed. Sure, it is just them, but I don’t need to
have a gang, like Pansy Parkinson’s got. The sixth years – Millicent Bulstrode, Nadine Vickerson, and
Pansy herself – bore me with their childish insults. I think the only reason
Pansy became Prefect was due to the fact that Lucius
Malfoy pulled a few strings.
far as my family goes… we Greengrasses
are not Dark Wizards. I believe Dad may have had a fourth cousin five times
removed or something that followed You-Know-Who, but that is all. I will admit
that not all of my relatives are as tolerant of muggles
as I wish they were, but I like to think that actually murdering muggles would never cross their minds.
ask me what on earth I am getting at; am I trying to make you feel sorry for
me, having to be one of the few good Slytherins?
a matter of fact, I’m not. I don’t take people feeling sorry for me well – I
don’t want to be pitied. However, I do feel maybe you should look beneath the
all Slytherins are evil. Do we have our minuses? Absolutely. But while Slytherin
has been the home of several Dark Witches and Wizards, not all Slytherins became Dark – and not all Dark Witches and
Wizards were Slytherin. It is a well-known fact
amongst the house that several of the captured Death Eaters were former Ravenclaws, Gryffindors, and even
As for the rumors that You-Know-Who himself was a Slytherin? I’d like to see the proof. I am not
saying it is not possible – it certainly is. However, even if it is true, I
doubt he discussed the matter with anyone over tea and crumpets. It was likely
a rumor that was easily believed – or, someone who knew for sure told, but
then, would that not be admitting to following him in the first place? Seems rather stupid of someone to do.
as for our Head of House, Professor Snape; I do feel,
believe it or not, that he can be unnecessarily harsh. However, it is not as if
all of us made him favorite us, and as he is a grown man, what some of his
students might expect of him should not influence his decisions. If it does,
there is clearly something wrong in that mind of his, and we should not be
then there are the house characteristics – namely, ambition. Ambition is not
automatically a path to wickedness. Rather, how some people misuse it is.
Ambition can be used, and has been used, for many good accomplishments. Salazar
Slytherin, for one – yes, he became evil, but he was
not always such. Students never seem to pause and wonder why the other Founders
would have let him in on their plans if he was always a horrible human being.
Which brings me to my next point – the notion that every single Slytherin to exit the doors of Hogwarts for the last time
became evil. Yet according to my Grandmother, Mad Eye Moody, a famous Auror in his day before he went insane, was a Slytherin. Beaumont Marjoribanks,
famous Herbologist, was also in Slytherin.
Both of these people did plenty of goodwill to the magical community – and
nothing, to my knowledge at least, that intentionally hurt anyone.
It amazes me that
other houses seem to be favored above Slytherin. At
the End of the Year Feast during my first year at Hogwarts (soon to be second),
we came into the Great Hall seeing our House colors, and assuming we’d won.
Instead, Dumbledore changed his mind. While I understand his reasons, and have
since heard that Snape had put the colors up, not
Dumbledore, it was still a severe disappointment, and I wish Dumbledore had
used a little more tact.
let’s not forget what other houses do to others, as well as one another. When
Potter and a few of his friends lost Gryffindor 150 points, I heard from Draco
(who was gloating) that nobody would speak to him. I speak to my fellow
classmates regardless of what mistakes they might have made – and some of them
made very severe ones.
Hufflepuff is also not exactly free of hypocrisy; they are
supposed to be loyal friends, yet don’t tell that to Eloise, who has no friends
there, although she’s semi-friendly with Susan Bones. Or to Cedric Diggory, whose own friends dismissed his death as an
accident. That’s not to say similar things do not happen in Slytherin.
However, we are also not the only house that includes students who will turn
their backs on their friends in an instant.
next time you see me, do not scowl, or move away quickly; I do not bite, and
neither do all of my classmates.
of us may even pick up the book you just dropped… if only you’d wait to see.