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What Would Have Happened If Harry Potter Had Been Sorted Into Slytherin

What would have happened if Harry Potter, Gryffindor's most famous alumnus, had been sorted into Slytherin house at Hogwarts School Of Wizarding And Witchcraft by the Sorting Hat? It's an intriguing question sparked not least by the fact that Harry was very nearly sorted into the magical school's green and silver house. Harry Potter was almost sent on an entirely different path, or at least one starting from a dramatically different point.

After coming to Hogwarts for the first time in Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone, Harry is told by the Sorting Hat during the Sorting ceremony that the decision is "very difficult" because he has so many characteristics that suit Slytherin as well as Gryffindor. Specifically, the Sorting Hat mentions courage, intellect, talent, and a thirst to prove himself, telling Harry that Slytherin would help him on his way to greatness. It's only because Harry expressly asks not to be put in Slytherin that the hat ends on Gryffindor.

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But just how different would the story of Harry Potter and the Second Wizarding War have been if the Sorting Hat had put him in Slytherin? What if he hadn't asked to be put in Gryffindor and had joined Draco Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle in Professor Severus Snape's house? And how would that have changed the ending of the Harry Potter series?

Harry Potter Would Still Have Fought Lord Voldemort

Fundamentally, Harry would still have been driven by the childhood trauma of losing his parents - Lily and James Potter - on that fateful night in Godric's Hollow. That was the single most defining moment in his life up until receiving his letter for Hogwarts and none of that would have changed by the Sorting ceremony. It's thus incredibly unlikely that Harry would have strayed from his path of wanting to stop Lord Voldemort, the murderer of his parents, once he became aware of his revival and intentions, regardless of them sharing a house.

In both the Harry Potter books and the movie series, Slytherin students are removed from the Battle of Hogwarts, despite the supposed message that they weren't all inherently bad. They are invited to join the battle against evil, but all leave Hogwarts and seemingly join Voldemort (as he tells Lucius Malfoy himself). The only Slytherins who seem to fight the Dark Lord notably are Professors Snape and Slughorn - and one is in secret. Harry would undoubtedly have stayed and fought, since it was his fight, and McGonagall's rule of all Slytherins leaving is a fallacy: those students over the age of 16 who were willing to fight were welcome to.

Crucially, Harry's affiliation with his house would not have changed his feelings about Voldemort, nor his desire to bring him down, despite the suggestion written into the very fabric of the books that Slytherin is the evil house and even despite Harry and Voldemort being related. What would have changed were his methods on the way to the final showdown and the impact he had on the make-up of Slytherin house.

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Harry Potter May Have Been Drawn To More Dark Magic

It seems logical to assume that a Hogwarts student starts to take on even more of the characteristics of the house they're placed in thanks to proximity with other like-minded students. In that respect, Harry Potter would have been open to the influence of children who had been placed in Slytherin because of their cunning, their self-preservation, and their ambition. Those characteristics combine to make Slytherins most likely to look after their own necks and to do whatever it takes to survive and to succeed.

That could also have drawn Harry Potter to using more Dark Magic in his long battle with Voldemort and his forces. After all, even with Gryffindor traits and after being Sorted into the house, Harry is willing to use Unforgivable Curses, untested hexes, and outright criminality to achieve his goals; add Slytherin influence and ambition to the melting pot and there's a recipe for more nefarious experimentation. Harry may not have turned outright evil simply because he was in Slytherin, but his means to an end may have turned darker. And closer association with the Dark Arts may also have meant his connection with Voldemort was noticed and acted upon earlier.

Harry Potter Would Have Caused Slytherin House To Implode

While it seems unfair that an entire house was written to be fundamentally evil in the series, the proof does appear to be in their actions, and Slytherin traits back it up. When Voldemort tells Lucius Malfoy that all of the Slytherins have joined his side, he is all but confirming that the bias against the house is well-earned. But what if the leader of the battle against Voldemort had been a Slytherin student?

The influence of Draco Malfoy - who was a prefect for Slytherin - and the perception that Severus Snape was aligned with Lord Voldemort seemingly warped the students into believing they too were part of Voldemort's Death Eaters. But if Harry Potter were a Slytherin and had formed key friendships with other students, they would have been more likely to side with him over the Dark Lord. Harry was a prodigiously talented wizard and the likes of Crabbe and Goyle would probably have been drawn to him thanks to their Slytherin-defining characteristics of self-preservation through proximity.

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In short, Slytherin's inner dynamics would have completely changed and there would probably have been a civil war within the house, as those loyal to Harry Potter clashed with the more traditionally evil students.

Harry Potter's Relationship With Severus Snape May Have Changed

Harry Potter would always be terrified of Severus Snape: he is a formidable character and his own Slytherin students fear him. But as one of his own students, Harry may have had a far closer relationship with Snape, not least because being Sorted into Slytherin would challenge the Professor's belief that Harry is "just like his father." In light of his more favorable treatment, Harry may have excelled in Potions long before he came into possession of Snape's textbook because he would have had training from the man himself.

Would he have learned of the truth of his mission prior to Professor Snape's death? Probably not, because Dumbledore's agenda with Harry was always to keep him in the dark as much as possible, but the two would probably have enjoyed a less frosty relationship. That might also have impacted how much time and effort Harry spent assuming that Snape was the root of all evil and ignoring other helpful hints.

It's still unlikely that Harry's relationship with Lord Voldemort would have changed, however, because the Dark Lord was driven too much by his fear of the prophecy. While he attempted to recruit Lily and James Potter, their son still needed to be destroyed for Voldemort to thrive.

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Harry Potter & Draco Malfoy Would Have Been Friends

It's a little unthinkable in the early books, but there's a real possibility that Harry and Draco Malfoy would have ended up being close friends. As a Slytherin, Harry would have spent very little time in Hogwarts outside of the classroom with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. He would probably have encountered Ron as the son of Order Of The Phoenix members, but it's unlikely Ron and Hermione would have become such great friends without Harry as the bridge initially. Far more likely is that Harry's best friend would be Draco.

Malfoy initially hates Harry because of everything that should make him admire him: he sees him as arrogant, self-involved, and privileged. It's only because he's in Gryffindor and not Slytherin that those characteristics - which ironically would all make him a great Slytherin - are detestable to the not-very-self-aware Malfoy. He sees in Harry a sort of mirror image of himself and it's no accident that he initially offers Potter the chance to be his friend in Sorcerer's Stone. It's only because Malfoy is rude to Ron that he decides on the spot that he's not the kind of person he'd like to associate himself with. Given more proximity and without Malfoy's treatment of Ron as an issue, the pair would have become close, especially with the knowledge that Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy are related.

So what sort of impact would that have had on Malfoy? In the end, as well as conflict within Slytherin, the great House of Malfoy would also have been torn apart as Draco would most likely be drawn into Harry's adventures and misadventures and would be torn away from his parents' intentions for him. He would become a "blood traitor," in the words of his elitist father who may have ended up disowning him entirely (though his mother, Narcissa, would be more likely to take Draco's side).

Draco's story would be completely changed and he may even have ended up taking on a key heroic role in the story. In fact, the idea of a Slytherin born into the family of a prominent Death Eater turning his back on his father and Lord Voldemort would have been just as interesting a story as Neville Longbottom's tale of resilience and triumph over adversity. And Draco as a hero would also fit JK Rowling's fundamental idea throughout the series that being in Slytherin house - or being born into any background at all - does not determine your actions or where you end up. In not delivering that sort of redemption arc for Draco, she actually failed the Harry Potterseries in general.

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Why exactly did the Sorting Hat originally want to put Harry in Slytherin?

It’s hinted that the reason that the Sorting Hat was considering putting Harry in Slytherin was because of the piece of Lord Voldemort left inside of him.

“You can speak Parseltongue, Harry,’ said Dumbledore calmly, ‘because Lord Voldemort – who is the last remaining descendant of Salazar Slytherin – can speak Parseltongue. Unless I’m much mistaken, he transferred some of his own powers to you the night he gave you that scar. Not something he intended to do, I’m sure …’

‘Voldemort put a bit of himself in me?’ Harry said, thunderstruck.

‘It certainly seems so.’

‘So I should be in Slytherin,’ Harry said, looking desperately into Dumbledore’s face. ‘The Sorting Hat could see Slytherin’s power in me, and it –”
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 18 (Dobby’s Reward)

This is confirmed in an interview with J.K. Rowling, when she says the Sorting Hat was strongly tempted to put Harry in Slytherin because of the piece of the soul.

Also, I always imagine that the Sorting Hat detected the presence of that piece of soul (JN: Yeah!) when Harry first tried it on, because it’s strongly tempted to put him in Slytherin. So that’s how I see it.
- Pottercast interview (Dec 23, 2007)

The Sorting Hat had decided not to put Harry in Slytherin at least somewhat in part due to Harry’s own desire not to be in Slytherin - but it seems fairly clear that the reason the Sorting Hat was considering putting him there to begin with was because he was “seeing” the Dark Lord’s soul as a part of Harry and that part seemed to be suited for Slytherin.

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Harry Potter: 10 Times Harry Behaved Like A True Slytherin

Harry Potter faces a vital identity crisis in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The Boy Who Lived begins to question the Sorting Hat's decision to place him in Gryffindor, lamenting over the Hat's remarks that he would flourish in Slytherin. However, Harry exemplifies several Slytherin qualities due to his mysterious connection to Voldemort.

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Harry chooses to be a Gryffindor and slowly comes to peace with that decision in the series. Nevertheless, there is plenty of evidence to suggests that the Hat was right about Harry's potential. Here are 10 times the Boy Who Lived behaved like a true Slytherin.

10 Using Sectumsempra Against Draco Malfoy

Harry unwittingly behaves like a true Slytherin in Half-Blood Prince when he uses the Sectumsempra spell against Draco Malfoy. The spell's savage effects are quickly revealed, as Harry almost kills his long-term enemy.

The young wizard learns the devastating price of this curse, though this isn't the first time he uses Sectumsempra. Driven by grief and rage after Snape kills Dumbledore, Harry later attempts to cast Sectumsempra against the spell's creator.

9 Wanting To Beat Cedric & Win The Triwizard Tournament

Initially, Harry is concerned solely with surviving the Triwizard Tournament after his name is entered into the Goblet of Fire. However, some of his Slytherin ambition begins to show during the third task, as he expresses a solid desire to beat Cedric and win the Cup for himself.

Harry comes to his senses and agrees to share the glory with Cedric. His brief moment of ambition highlights that, although he chose to be a Gryffindor, Harry could have excelled in Slytherin as well.

8 Speaking Parseltongue

One of the earliest clues about Harry's connection to Voldemort is their shared ability to speak Parseltongue. This skill is primarily associated with dark wizards, including Salazar Slytherin. Upon discovering he is a Parselmouth in Chamber of Secrets, Harry's peers begin to suspect that the Boy Who Lived might be the Heir of Slytherin.

Harry's abilities as a Parselmouth connect him to Slytherin during his second year, surrounding him with a stigma that he struggles to shed.

7 Casting The Cruciatus Curse On Bellatrix

Harry uses the Cruciatus Curse for the first time in Order of the Phoenix. After breaking into the Department of Mysteries, he and his friends are ambushed by Death Eaters. Bellatrix Lestrange murders Sirius Black, prompting Harry to use the torture curse on his godfather's killer.

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Harry's initial attempt at casting the Cruciatus Curse fails, as Bellatrix informs him that he "has to mean it." Nevertheless, Harry displays a Slytherin ruthlessness and desire for revenge.

6 Vowing Revenge Against Snape

Harry demonstrates similar Slytherin qualities in Half-Blood Prince. After Snape kills Dumbledore, Harry pursues the old Potions Master and tries to duel him. Snape overpowers Harry and escapes, prompting the Chosen One to swear vengeance against his former professor.

In the books, Harry later doubles down on his declaration of revenge at Dumbledore's funeral. This dedication to vengeance is another characteristic that highlights Harry's inner Slytherin.

5 Tricking Lucius Malfoy Into Freeing Dobby

Harry struggles with the Sorting Hat's decision to sort him into Gryffindor during his second year at Hogwarts. The young wizard further displays the Slytherin characteristics that alerted the Hat when he tricks Lucius Malfoy into freeing Dobby.

Harry hides his sock within the pages of Tom Riddle's diary before giving it to Lucius, who carelessly hands it to Dobby. This cunning trick is another example of Harry embracing his Slytherin side.

4 Using The Imperius Curse While Breaking Into Gringotts

Harry uses another Unforgivable Curse while breaking into Gringotts bank during Deathly Hallows. The Chosen One casts the Imperius Curse on a goblin, forcing him to assist with breaking into Bellatrix Lestrange's vault.

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Like a true Slytherin, Harry recognizes that this unsavory act is necessary for stopping Voldemort and saving the greater good. Harry has little trouble with casting this spell, highlighting his potential capabilities for the Dark Arts.

3 Casting The Cruciatus Curse On Amycus Carrow

In the books, Harry uses the Cruciatus Curse for a second time during a confrontation with Amycus Carrow. Carrow spits in McGonagall's face during a confrontation in Deathly Hallows. Enraged, Harry removes the Invisibility Cloak and successfully casts the torture curse on the Death Eater.

Harry derives satisfaction from the spell, remarking that Bellatrix was right and he had "to mean it." His intentions were noble, but this is undoubtedly a Slytherin act of justice.

2 Using The Half-Blood Prince's Book To Win Felix Felicis

Harry's Slytherin ambition makes another appearance during Half-Blood Prince. The Boy Who Lived uses the Half-Blood Prince's annotated spell book to cheat at Potions and win Slughorn's vial of Felix Felicis.

Harry disregards Hermione's feelings and embraces his ambition by willfully following the Prince's instructions. Once again, Harry's ambition allows him to fight against Voldemort as he uses the potion to obtain a crucial memory from Slughorn.

1 Breaking School Rules With His Invisibility Cloak

Another Slytherin quality that Harry frequently exemplifies is his disregard for school rules. After he is given his father's Invisibility Cloak by Dumbledore in Sorcerer's Stone, Harry uses it to break into the Restricted Section of the library and read about Nicolas Flamel.

It could be said that Harry's ego gets the better of him, as the young wizard believes himself exempt from Hogwarts' rules. This is another trait evidencing that the Boy Who Lived would have thrived if the Sorting Hat had placed him in Slytherin.

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What If Harry Potter Was Sorted Into Slytherin?

If you've ever been on Tumblr, or any other Harry Potter obsessed part of the internet (so... all of it), you've probably come across a few wild theories. One of the most common fan theories (or alternate universes for anyone who reads fanfiction) revolves around what it would be like if Harry Potter had been in Slytherin house. Would he have been completely evil, or would he break the typical Slytherin stereotype and show that you can rock a green scarf while defeating Voldemort?

We're all used to hearing Slytherin referred to as the "evil" house, but don't go jumping to conclusions before you have all of the facts. Ever heard of Andromeda Black? What about Astoria Greengrass? Does Horace Slughorn ring a bell? They were all honorable members of Slytherin and good people who defied house stereotypes by showcasing their kindness, bravery, and resourcefulness.

It used to be my dream to be placed in Gryffindor and drink pumpkin juice with Harry and the Golden Trio in the Great Hall. That all changed three years ago when Pottermore sorted me into the infamous Slytherin house. I’ll admit, at first I was surprised and a little bit heartbroken that I would never have my Gryffindor fantasy come true. As I did my research and got to know more about Slytherin, though, I came to realize I was incredibly proud to (metaphorically) don my black and green robes after all.

Harry Potter may be known as the epitome of a Gryffindor, but wouldn't it be great to know just what would have changed if he'd been placed in Slytherin after all?

For those of you who need a quick refresher, during his sorting ceremony at Hogwarts, the Sorting Hat very much wanted to place Harry in Slytherin but changed its mind when Harry pleaded with it not to — because it does take your desire into consideration after all. But how would Harry's years at Hogwarts have been different if Ron had never mentioned the house's dark past and Harry hadn't asked to be kept out of Slytherin? Your house is based on the traits you possess as well as the traits you value most. Even though Slytherins are seen as sly and cunning, we also exhibit immense ambition, determination, and fierce loyalty — traits that could definitely come in handy when fighting The Dark Lord.

1. Everyone's Reaction Would Be Different

It's no secret that everyone at the sorting ceremony was hoping for the legendary Harry Potter to join their Hogwarts house. If Harry had been sorted into Slytherin, you can bet the only smiling faces in the Great Hall that day would have been sporting green and black robes.

2. He'd Have So Many Friends

Harry was super lucky during his time at Hogwarts to have friends as supportive and caring as Hermione, Ron, Neville and Luna. If he'd been in Slytherin, though, it's likely Harry would have a completely different group of friends who liked him more because of his history with Voldemort (or because he could have become the next Voldemort), or who just liked him because he was the rich, athletic Chosen One. I'd say this is one difference Harry wasn't missing out on.

3. His Friendship With Ron and Hermione Wouldn't Be Great

Even worse than him having a bunch of fake friends, Harry wouldn't have nearly the kind of relationship he had with Ron and Hermione if he were a Slytherin. Sure, he met them on the train before they were sorted, but being in opposing houses can cause a lot of strain on friendships, and they wouldn't have been nearly as close. Hopefully, I'm wrong, though, and the Golden Trio would be able to work through the stigma of Gryffindors being friends with Slytherins.

4. His Relationship with the Entire Weasley Family Would Be Almost Nonexistent

Because of his potentially unstable friendship with Ron, Harry might not have had as many opportunities to visit the Weasley family or get close to them. The Weasleys are practically Harry's second (or first?) family, and without their support, he would have missed out on Molly's Christmas sweaters, flying Arthur's car, getting the Marauder's map from Fred and George, and spending time with Ginny and the rest of the family during holidays. Harry's friendship with Ron gave him more than one friend. It gave him a family.

5. His Relationship with Snape Would Be Even More Complicated

Snape treated Harry and the other students at Hogwarts terribly for many controversial reasons that could be discussed at length in the Harry Potter fandom. It's difficult to say, though, whether he would treat Harry better or worse if he had been in Slytherin. I think it's more likely he would have tried to win Harry over or get him to be even less like his father by turning him into a stereotypical Slytherin. Harry never got a good vibe from Snape, though, so I'm not so sure that plan would have really worked.

6. He'd Probably Be More Confident

We all remember in the Half-Blood Prince when Hermione has to remind Harry not to let his reputation as The Boy Who Lived go to his head. It's easy to feel a little high and mighty, though, when most of your friends are adoring Slytherins who see you as their future leader. I'm not saying everyone would look up to Harry, or even particularly like him, but his self-esteem would definitely go up if he were a member of Slytherin house — which wouldn't be a bad thing for Harry. After all, he could have used a little more support through all his struggles.

7. He'd Have More Access to Info About Voldemort and the Death Eaters

Voldemort would be a huge topic of conversation in the Slytherin dorms, especially among Draco and his gang. Listening in on their conversations or even making himself a part of their chats would be the perfect, sneaky way to get the upper hand on the Death Eaters and help him defeat Voldemort — if he doesn't get caught.

8. He'd Have Duels with Draco in the Common Room

Even though they'd share a house, it's still unlikely Harry and Draco would ever be friends (as much as I wish they'd just get along). It's possible that being in such close proximity to each other all the time would even lead to a few hexes and spells being cast towards one another in the common room. Their constant battling might put on a good show every now and then (and send them to the hospital wing occasionally) but it wouldn't do any good for Slytherin trying to win the house cup.

9. He'd Totally Fail His Classes

As bright as he is, Harry is not the best at prioritizing. Without Hermione by his side constantly reminding him to study or finish his potions essays, Harry would have been too focused on defeating Voldemort and trying to stay alive to do well in school, especially in his last few years at Hogwarts.

10. He'd Have an Even Bigger Existential Crisis

Coming from a family of Gryffindors, Harry would ultimately end up struggling with the fact that he wasn't placed in the same house as his parents. This is a classic dilemma for a lot of Hogwarts students (see Sirius Black). Luckily for Harry, his parents wouldn't judge him if he were placed in Slytherin. Unluckily for Harry, a majority of the school would judge him because of Slytherin's history of producing so many dark wizards. This might make him wish he were a Gryffindor even more and lead to some kind of moment where he has to find himself and realize that his ambition, loyalty, and kindness are truly great (Slytherin) traits to have.

11. He'd Realize Not All Slytherins are Evil

Going through this existential crisis might make Harry consider why he was sorted into Slytherin after all and why not all of his Slytherin friends are complete jerks like he imagined they would be. Getting to know some Slytherin students better and truly becoming good friends with them wouldn't only change Harry's perspective of his house, but it would help him see useful characteristics within himself and his new friends that would help him through his journey.

12. Harry Would Still Be A Good-Hearted, Courageous Person

Maybe it's just me, but I don't think being put in a different house automatically changes your personality. You're placed into your house because of who you are, so your characteristics are already set. I've heard a lot of theories that Harry would act like a snob, dislike the Weasleys because they're blood traitors, and just become an overall jerk if he were placed in Slytherin. But I like to think Harry would have gone against the grain of being a stereotypical Slytherin and still gone out of his way to help others and be a good friend.

Even if these predictions are off or you think Harry's life would have gone in a completely different direction, I think it's important to remember Harry had some control over his destiny, no matter which house he was placed in. After all, like Dumbledore once said, "It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."

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