Slytherin Pride Day is celebrated by “Harry Potter” fans every year on March 21. It’s a day to enjoy one of the most captivating stories of our generation. Slytherin is one of four houses in the fictional Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry portrayed in the “Harry Potter” books. Slytherin Pride Day celebrates the house and its — sometimes eccentric — values. If you want to celebrate in style, check out our gift guide for Harry Potter fans.
History of Slytherin Pride Day
Slytherins are known for being ambitious, clever, devious, and powerful leaders. They also possess strong self-preservation instincts. This means that Slytherins prefer to think things through before acting, weighing all possible risks before deciding what to do. Salazar Slytherin, one of the Hogwarts founders, created Slytherin House. Salazar asked the Sorting Hat to select students who possessed a few specific attributes that he prized the most. Cunning, ingenuity, and loads of ambition are among these attributes.
Students in Slytherin form cliques, and many of them become leaders, demonstrating Slytherin’s ambitious nature. Draco Malfoy’s Crew and Lord Voldemort’s Death Eaters are two examples. Pure-blood pupils were greatly treasured and favored by the founder, and the Sorting Hat stated that it considers this when sorting students into the house. Even though all students are allowed in the house, a Muggle-born Slytherin is rare.
The snake is the house’s symbol, and silver and green are the house colors. Horace Slughorn and Severus Snape were two famous heads of the house, with Horace Slughorn serving twice (first in 1981 and then again from 1997 until 2016). The Bloody Baron is the house’s patron ghost. Despite much inquiry, there remains uncertainty over the origins of this celebration. However, it isn’t that strange that fans of the series take time to celebrate one of the most famous houses. That is reason enough for us to celebrate Slytherin Pride Day today.
Slytherin Pride Day timeline
Godric Gryffindor, Salazar Slytherin, Rowena Ravenclaw, and Helga Hufflepuff establish the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Voldemort’s mother, Merope Gaunt, uses a love spell to get Tom Riddle to marry her.
Tom Marvolo Riddle (Lord Voldemort) is born on December 31.
Voldemort is raised in the orphanage until Dumbledore comes to take him to Hogwarts.
Slytherin Pride Day FAQs
Is Slytherin evil or good?
Slytherin isn’t much different from the other houses. They do have a terrible reputation for producing a high number of dark wizards, but several other houses had some bad apples as well.
Are all Slytherins pureblood?
No, some are half-bloods. While the students’ bloodline does play a part in the house they’re sorted into, the sorting hat puts students in the house that best fits each individual.
Was Dumbledore a pureblood?
No, he wasn’t. Dumbledore’s mother was a Muggle-born witch, which makes him a half-blood wizard.
Slytherin Pride Day Activities
Dress like a Slytherin
This holiday is a great time to dress like a member of the Slytherin house. Fan shops sell costumes you can wear and there is the option of creating your own Slytherin uniform.
Watch the movie or read the books
If you haven’t seen the movies or read the books, you are in for a wild adventure. Make it a date and binge it with friends and family.
Share pictures on socials
Be a part of the vibrant online community of “Harry Potter” fans. Test your knowledge and join discussion forums to celebrate this holiday.
5 Harry Potter Facts That Will Blow Your Mind
Author J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter were both born on July 31.
Rowling came up with the Hogwarts house names at an inopportune time and had to use an airplane vomit bag to take down notes.
Art imitates life
The magical flora in the story has real-life inspiration.
Nicolas Flamel was a real person
Flamel, a character in the books, was based on a French scribe and businessman of the same name born in the 1300s.
The “Harry Potter” books are available in over 80 different languages.
Why We Love Slytherin Pride Day
We love “Harry Potter”
Slytherin Pride Day gives us another excuse to read the “Harry Potter” books and watch the movie adaptations. We never get enough of reliving our favorite parts and celebrating our favorite characters.
Slytherin produced several infamous characters
One thing is for sure, Slytherin students kept things interesting. From Snape to Voldemort, Slytherin was home to several key characters without whom the story wouldn’t be the same.
Slytherin represents brilliance and ambition
Say what you will about the founders’ motivations, but Slytherin's house was founded on some great principles. We could all use a healthy dose of ambition and a thirst for excellence in our daily lives.
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