Welcome to Slytherin house! There’s no great honour than being a Slytherin, there’s no greater housemate than me, Hestia Withka, 5th year Slytherin, but this isn’t about me, it’s about you!
So you’re a first year, you’re new to the castle, new to this house. Maybe your frighten, maybe it’s our reputation that has you scared, but I’m going to explain to you why you don’t have to be afraid.
As we know Slytherin has been known for its leadership trait. For the past three years our head boys have been Slytherin students, three years ago both head girl and boy were Slytherin. Our former and dearly missed Headmaster Fox was himself, a Slytherin alumni. Our current Headmistress O’Keeffe is also a Slytherin alumni.
The legacy shows that not only do us Slytherins run the school, but Slytherin produces the most fierce and brilliant witches and wizards of time, so, ask a matron for a calming draught and settle those nerves because being sorted in Slytherin is where the real potential lies.
There’s nothing to fear being a Slytherin, it’s where you will find your real friends because we will stand by each other. You’d rather be a team than alone, see, a group of Slytherins would be more daunting than one Slytherin alone, but that’s not to say a serpent on its own is less daunting. Slytherins, as a group, work better together. Slytherin is stronger when we work together.
Slytherin is where you learn to be resourceful. We know how to be cunning, to achieve our goals, we know how to evade danger, to evade the ire from professors. We act when we know all of our possible outcomes. Do you want to skip class without getting detention? Be cunning, be resourceful and come up with a grand plan. Not that I would ever suggest you skip class.
Self-preservation is another trait of Slytherin house. Slytherins want to be known for great things, to be respected by any witch or wizard they pass by, to hold their heads high with pride, showing off our house colours of green and silver.
The sorting hat placed you into Slytherin because it felt your ambition, your determination. The sorting hat knows you have the potential. To have a name everyone will remember.
With all that said, I’m sure it’s clear to you now why Slytherin is the best Hogwarts house, if you got sorted into Slytherin this year, you’re a winner.
- Hestia Withka