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Or perhaps in Slytherin
You'll make your real friends,
Those cunning folk use any means
To achieve their ends.
The Sorting Hat

This Hogwarts House was founded by Salazar Slytherin and exemplifies ambition, cunning and resourcefulness. Its colour is green and silver, its animal is the serpent, its ghost is the Bloody Baron, its Head of House is Horace Slughorn (replaced by Severus Snape between his retirement and return) and it is associated with the element of water. Slytherins have a — not always fair — reputation for being underhanded bigots, and their house has the reputation of producing more dark wizards than any other house.

Notable Slytherins include Tom Marvolo Riddle, Severus Snape, Lucius Malfoy, the Blacks, Draco Malfoy, Vincent Crabbe, Gregory Goyle, Horace Slughorn, Leta Lestrange, Albus Severus Potter, Scorpius Malfoy, and Merlin.

  • Alpha Bitch: Produces bitchy clique leaders like Gryffindor makes heroes.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Played dead straight for the first five books. Every Slytherin student we see is at least implied to be an elitist, bullying creep concerned with blood supremacy. The password into their common room in Book Two is even "Pureblood." We don't get an actual decent Slytherin until the sixth book, when J. K. Rowling introduced the character of Professor Slughorn — and even he shows some mildly anti-Muggleborn tendencies.
    • The only other (comparatively) good Slytherins are bit characters that barely show up in-story. Regulus Black, Sirius's brother, was originally a Death Eater that got the heck out of Dodge once he realized just how evil Voldemort really was and subsequently stole and attempted to destroy one of Voldemort's Horcruxes, but he's long dead by the time the story begins. Andromeda Tonks is a genuinely good person who married a Muggle-born wizard despite being a member of the Noble House of Black, causing her to be disowned and burnt off the Black family tree — and she gets exactly one brief scene in the last book before being mostly forgotten about, her house being All There in the Manual.
    • The Cursed Child finally subverts this by providing some unambiguous, purely good Slytherin students with sweet Scorpius Malfoy and heroic Albus Potter.
  • Ambition Is Evil: The former Trope Namer. Ambition, as per the Sorting Hat, is the quality that Slytherin supposedly prized among his students alongside purity of blood and cunning. By the time of the series, Slytherin only contains a bunch of pureblood elite Rich Bitch who live on inherited wealth, with very few of them showing genuine ambition.
  • Animal Motifs: Sneaky, sneaky Slytherin is associated with sneaky, sneaky snakes.
  • Aristocrat Team: The Slytherin House of Hogwarts was founded to house magical students that held the characteristics that Salazar Slytherin valued: cunning, resourcefulness, and ambition. However, due to Salazar's belief that only those of the esteemed wizard families and those of pureblood should be allowed within the halls of Hogwarts, Slytherin House would soon garner a reputation of creating more dark wizards and witches than the other houses. Most of its student body would be from the families of corrupt politicians and aristocrats, harbouring a fanatical Anti-Muggle, Wizard Supremacist ideology that eventually led to the creation of Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters.
  • Barbaric Bully: Slytherin bullies tend to prefer beating the shit out of their victims, their Quidditch team is notoriously brutal, and many of past Slytherin, especially the worst generation from the 60s and 70s, go on to become Death Eaters.
  • The Beautiful Elite: When they aren't described as pug-faced and inbred, the Slytherins (usually the leaders) are depicted as gorgeous aristocrats. Averted for the two most prominent Slytherins in the series, Tom Riddle and Severus Snape, who come from poor upbringings which only spur them to be even more ambitious than the spoiled pureblood kids who don't have to study hard to get anywhere.
  • Black Sheep: Salazar Slytherin was this to the other Hogwarts founders due to his pureblood supremacist views.
  • Black Shirt: A lot of them ended up being Death Eaters.
  • Les Collaborateurs: More Slytherins supported Umbridge than anyone else did — though, like Voldemort's case, Umbridge may simply have focused on recruiting followers from her own house. According to Voldemort, a sizable number of Slytherins joined his army in attacking Hogwarts. The rest left with Slughorn and Word Of God says that gathered reinforcements from across Britain in support of Harry, though this was never mentioned in the books.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Their heraldic colours are green and silver, meant to represent brackish waters.
  • Combat Pragmatist: How they play Quidditch. Rowling also subsequently claimed that they left the school to gather reinforcements during the Battle of Hogwarts, although it was never mentioned in the actual book.
  • Cynic–Idealist Duo: The Cynics to Gryffindors Idealist. Most if not all Slytherins, have shown to be untrusting and skeptical of the intentions of others. Snape was perhaps the best example, but largely to how tragic his past was. Narcissa Malfoy was never truly loyal to Voldemort either, because despite his overwhelming power, she cared more for family.
  • Delinquents: Slytherins frequently rely on thuggery and violence to exert influence on other people in Hogwarts.
  • Dirty Coward: Self-preservation is one of the traits of Slytherin; while this doesn't always translate into cowardice,note  it often does for Slytherins that aren't on the side of the bad guys.
  • Dumb Muscle: Despite being described as cunning, witty, and ambitious, most Slytherins fit this trope, i.e. Crabbe, Goyle, and just about the entire Slytherin Quidditch team.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Slytherins, especially during Harry's school time, are frequently the children of snooty high society types, Death Eaters, psychos, murderers, and/or all of the above and many of them seem to have inherited their parents' prejudices and then you get the occasional half-blood in the house like Millicent and Tom Riddle—it's like blood in the water.
  • Elaborate Underground Base:
    • The Slytherin Common Room is located in the dungeons. It adjoins the Great Lake, giving it a greenish tint.
    • The Chamber of Secrets, accessible only by the Heir of Slytherin, is similarly located under Hogwarts.
  • Enforced Cold War: With Gryffindor.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Beyond Pansy Parkinson, none of the Slytherins seem to want to sell Harry to Voldemort in the Battle of Hogwarts.note 
    • In the film version of Order of the Phoenix, a few Slytherin students can be seen cheering the Weasley twins after they wreck Umbridge's classroom, implying that even they don't like her.
  • Evil Reactionary: Pure-blood supremacist ideas are a core of Slytherin's history, and it has resulted in the decay of the house, in Harry's times, into a cesspool of elitism, bigotry, and general social regression.
  • Fantastic Racism: Many Slytherin characters we are introduced to have serious Pureblood biases. Hell, their Common Room's entry password is "Pureblood", inviting questions whether the house even accepts Muggleborns at all. We know that it at least accepts Half-bloods like Tom Riddle and Severus Snape, though.
  • Fatal Flaw: Slytherins often lack the scruples to counteract their ambition, leading to ruthlessness and prejudice. Elitism is also a common issue for them.
  • Flanderization:
    • It's likely that Slytherin suffered an internalized version of this as a result of Voldemort's rise to power. The only major Slytherin free of interest in the Dark Arts and Blood Purity is Horace Slughorn, who comes from an earlier generation than Voldemort. Basically, Voldemort's obsession with being the Heir of Slytherin and the fact that he recruited Death Eaters from his own house and then their children after them, essentially cast a large blot on their legacy, making people believe that their extreme aspects were their core ideas.
    • As a Slytherin, Slughorn prizes reaching the maximum potential of your talent and the social impact and benefit it can have on the rest of the world, showing a commitment and interest in the bigger picture that other houses often lack and ironically doing more to encourage mixing of houses and building house unity than even a model of fair play like Professor McGonagall.
  • For the Evulz: What the worst of them lapse into, even if it's technically not their credo.
  • Four-Element Ensemble: Represents Water among the four Houses, reflected by their most prominent staff member, Severus Snape, who brews potions, and their common room, which is under the lake.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: While they were the only house that leave the castle en masse during the Battle of Hogwarts (see below), Slytherins did return to help Hogwartsnote  when everything started going to shit for Voldemort and the Death Eaters — although you'd never know that from reading the books, as Rowling only mentioned this later.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Salazar Slytherin, being the founder of pure-blood supremacist thought which drives most of the major villains.
  • Green and Mean: Their house colours are green and silver. The Slytherin Common Room is also depicted as having a constant greenish tint, because it's located underground, adjoining the Great Lake.
  • Informed Attribute: The Hat of Slytherin house, we are told, is ambition, but with the exceptions of Snape and Tom Riddle (which are ironically half-bloods, far from the Slytherin paragon), no one we see in Slytherin displays any genuine ambition. Slytherins are likewise supposed to be cunning, witty, and defenders of "wizarding pride," but most of the canon Slytherins are bullies and Dumb Muscle who enjoy more physical presence than wizarding talent, and whose idea of "cunning" is openly attacking Gryffindor Quidditch players before a game and then banking on their Head of House to bail them out. Then again, with no ambition to put as a hat, they are left with racism or being deceptive, which aren't values for a school to have. Presumably, most of them are in there because that's the House they wanted to be put in.
  • It's All About Me: A common trait and flaw of the Slytherin. They often do their deeds thinking of themselves and not others.
  • Jerkass: Pretty much all named Slytherins in the main series are assholes, except Slughorn, Andromeda Tonks, and possibly Regulus Black.
  • Jerk Jock: Slytherin's Quidditch players are often shown to be one of these. Higgs and Pucey are notable exceptions.
  • Motive Decay: It’s implied the whole house has undergone this over the centuries, having once produced great wizards such as Merlin that avert Ambition Is Evil by seeking to bring positive change to the wizarding world. Now, the house is almost all snobbish aristocrats pushing traditionist wizarding values of blood purity.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: What few Slytherins aren't complete jerks are this and can be quite amicable as Slughorn can attest.
  • Neutral No Longer: It's implied that the majority of Slytherin simply didn't pick sides in the war, probably due to their house's enmity with the other three leaving them no safe haven if they sided against Voldemort and the children of his supporters decided to get revenge. But when push came to shove and it was clear that Voldemort was going to take or lose everything, the Slytherins spread out across Britain to gather up just everyone they could find to help fight, and then returned with an army that could win purely through virtue of numbers — or so Rowling claimed in a interview later, the actual book has Slytherian House evacuated en masse after one of their number tries to turn Harry in to Voldemort. They're never spoken of again afterwards.
  • Never Be a Hero: Their trait of self-preservation manifests as this trope. While Slytherins are unlikely to perform the heroic feats of Gryffindor, they're also less likely to needlessly endanger themselves as a Gryffindor would.
  • Noble Demon: Though the Slytherin house's reputation for cruelty and selfishness is well deserved (and well-earned), to the few people whom they deem worthy of their love (or at the very least, respect) Slytherin are capable of loyalty, bravery, honor, love, kindness, and heroism fierce enough to equal (and sometimes even rival) any Gryffindor. Of course, they are not the majority, most of them genuinely live up to the worst of their House reputation.
  • Obviously Evil: Their emblem is a snake, they live in a dungeon, part of their folklore concerns their founder, who only wanted to teach pureblood, leaving a monster to "cleanse" Hogwarts of undesirables, and they are a group that extols underhandedness, self-centred behaviour, exclusivity, and at various points in history, outright bigotry. Oh, and it was the training ground for the vast majority of the 20th Century's dark wizards. Working around the house's unpleasant image was an uphill battle, both for the fandom and for Rowling.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: The Neutral No Longer / Gondor Calls for Aid. It would be great if we actually got to see that happen; instead it's just a vague "Hey look! reinforcements!" moment. Then Word Of God confirms in an interview that the Slytherins came through for the good guys, and probably because they realized that the situation was dire and some things were more important than their prejudices.
  • Planet of Hats: Until the sixth book, all Slytherins seen in the series are depicted as unpleasant people. They are either bullies, blood supremacists, or both.
  • The Spock: Slytherins are defined by their ruthless pragmatism and self-preservation. While this doesn't make the house inherently evil, in spite of its Motive Decay, it's hard-pressed to produce heroes as Gryffindor does.
  • Token Good Teammate: A small example, but Harry notes that two Quidditch players, Adrian Pucey and Terence Higgs, are genuinely good opponents who don't have a long record of fouls and cheats behind their names. Higgs is replaced by Malfoy after the first book while Pucey keeps fulfilling this role in the Quidditch team up until the third book, where he's replaced with Warrington who is more aggressive and underhanded. However, he returned for the fifth book.
  • The Unfettered: With ambition and pragmatism being two of their greatest traits, Slytherins will "use any means to achieve their ends".
  • Upper-Class Twit: Mostly those from Draco's year or social circle. Crabbe, Goyle, Pansy, Flint, Bulstrode, and Pike are all shown to be not very bright or outright unfriendly to the others.
  • The Usual Adversaries: Most Death Eaters were educated at Hogwarts, and with two known exceptions, every last one of those was a Slytherin.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Slytherins are stereotyped as "evil" wizards, yet the actually evil ones seem to have both an unusually high amount of followers and disproportionately large representation in the wizarding government.
  • Wicked Cultured: An article on Pottermore has been written on the various treasures owned by Slytherins, stating that they had "displayed some exquisitely dark, yet beautiful designs over the years". This is most apparent in their common room, with its dim green lighting, skull decor, black leather furniture, and views of Hogwarts Lake from beneath the surface.
    "Say what you like about Slytherin house, they had great taste."

     Draco Lucius Malfoy 
See his page here.

    Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle
Portrayed by: Jamie Waylett (Crabbe), Joshua Herdman (Goyle)
Voiced by: Alan Prieto and Raúl Valadez (Latin American Spanish, Crabbe), Ricardo Méndez (Latin American Spanish, Goyle); Gustavo Sanches (Brazilian Portuguese, Crabbe)

"Honestly, Goyle, if you were any slower, you'd be going backwards!"

Draco's friends/underlings/bodyguards. They are nowhere near intelligent, and are both very large and brutish. They follow Draco everywhere, and when Draco joins the Death Eaters, they follow suit.

  • Acrofatic: In the last book, Crabbe, despite being described as overweight, is mentioned as outrunning everyone who is trying to flee the Fiendfyre in the Room of Requirement. It doesn't save him though.
  • Adaptational Comic Relief: Their stupidity is mostly played for laughs in the films, they’re also given much more comedic moments, whereas in the books, they did little more then flank Draco.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: While still not very smart, Goyle in the movies still shows more intelligence than his literature counterpart.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Crabbe in the movies, since he’s portrayed as more dumb than evil, has many Not so Above It All moments and his Not-So-Harmless Villain moment is given to Goyle. He is portrayed as giving in to his emotions, especially when everyone else around is doing it, for example clapping at Hagrid's return from Azkaban, singing the Hogwarts song or dancing with Viktor Krum. Draco usually motions for him to stop and Crabbe looks disappointed.
    • In the LEGO games, Crabbe is shown to be supportive of Harry during his duel against Draco in the duelling club and is the only student who claps for Harry after he wins Liquid Luck.
  • Alliterative Name: Gregory Goyle.
  • Asshole Victim: Crabbe, who crosses the Moral Event Horizon by trying to kill Hermione, eliminating any sympathy the reader might have when he gets his shortly after.
  • Big Eater: Crabbe is mentioned to be one of the last to finish eating at feasts, and leaves the Great Hall with more sweets to eat.
  • Bumbling Henchmen Duo: They're a pair of toadies that constantly follow Malfoy around and do his bidding. Both of them are dumb as a rock.
  • Butt-Monkey: In the films, Crabbe winds up on the receiving end of most humiliations regarding Slytherins, such as getting his pants pulled down by Harry in Prisoner of Azkaban, getting ferret!Malfoy shoved in his pants in Goblet of Fire, and getting Shot in the Ass by one of the Weasley's fireworks in Order of the Phoenix.
    • In the LEGO games, Goyle is Shot in the Ass by Ron in the Room of Requirement. As a nod to Goyle taking Crabbe's role from the books.
    • In the films, Malfoy also treats Crabbe with even less respect than Goyle, which is opposite to the books.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: By the end of the final book Crabbe has become adept at dark magic and is evil enough to try and kill Harry.
  • Death by Adaptation: Due to Jamie Waylett's trouble with the law, Crabbe was written out of the last two films and Goyle was killed off instead.
  • Demoted to Extra: Due to Josh Herdman receiving an arm injury shortly before filming, Goyle takes a temporary backseat for Malfoy's gang in the film version of Prisoner of Azkaban. His part is filled by Canon Foreigner Pike.
  • Disney Villain Death: In Deathly Hallows Part 2, Goyle is killed when a chair he's climbing comes loose, causing him to fall into the Fiendfyre.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: They start out as their book counterparts with very little to no personality, but starting from the second movie we see them get some unique characteristics. Crabbe becomes a Butt-Monkey who has his Not so Above It All moments while Goyle becomes The Big Guy with a Hair-Trigger Temper. Crabbe embodies the dumb part while Goyle embodies the muscle part. Also, in the books Malfoy prefers Crabbe since he's smarter than Goyle. In the movies it's the other way around.
  • Dumb Muscle: Basically their entire characterizations. For example, Snape mentions in Half-Blood Prince that they failed their Defence Against the Dark Arts OWLs. In the movies, Malfoy goes as far as to admit he thinks Goyle is illiterate.
  • Eviler than Thou: Crabbe is willing to kill Hermione, whereas Malfoy will not kill. (Though it could be debated that he probably would if he wasn't a coward and less squeamish. Fear of Voldemort and a risk of failing could have played a factor.)
  • Fat Bastard: Crabbe is short and round and in the books attempts to kill his classmates.
  • Fat Idiot: Crabbe in the films, although Goyle isn't exactly a genius. In the books, Crabbe is the smarter of the two.
  • Fingore: In the book version of Philosopher’s Stone, Goyle is bitten on his finger by Scabbers when they and Malfoy try to steal Harry and Ron's sweets on the train.
  • Flat Character: They're both very interchangeable, and have very little personality other than Draco Malfoy's dumb hench-bodyguards.
  • Gang of Bullies: The pair form one with Malfoy, acting as his personal henchmen when he picks on others.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: In the movies, Goyle tries to solve most problems using his fists instead of his wand or brain.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Goyle is prone to violent outbursts in the films.
  • Hate Sink: These two boneheads are Mr. Malfoy minus even the microscopic redeeming qualities that Draco himself possessed, or any kind of explanation for their actions beyond being obnoxious, brutish bullies. Having the same personality as Draco but being even dumber, uglier, and crueller, no one was remotely sorry when Crabbe (Goyle in the movie) got himself killed in an unbelievably stupid way by his own misdirected spell in an attempt to kill Harry, Ron, and Hermione, making him the only person in the series dumb enough to die in the Room of Requirement.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Goyle becomes a better person by the end of the seventh book.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • A villainous version of the trope: while the two are so stupid Malfoy once wonders if Goyle can read, they are both adept at casting dark spells, including Fiendfyre and the Unforgivable Curses.
    • In the films Crabbe seems to enjoy singing the Hogwarts song, much to Draco's annoyance.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Crabbe tries to kill the trio with Fiendfyre in the last book, but loses control of the spell and ends up being immolated himself.
  • Jabba Table Manners: They were digging into those cupcakes weren't they?
  • Karmic Death: Crabbe suffers one, killing himself with Fiendfyre.
  • Kill It with Fire: Crabbe (Goyle in the film) dies when his uncontrolled Fiendfyre burns down the Room of Hidden Things with him in it.
  • More Despicable Minion: Crabbe turns out to be even worse than Malfoy; while Malfoy was unable to kill Dumbledore, Crabbe had no problem with trying to murder Harry, Ron and Hermione with Killing Curses and Fiendfyre.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: While not skilled or smart by any means, Crabbe (Goyle in the film) reveals himself to be considerably more ruthless than previously thought in the Battle of Hogwarts, where he is able to cast Killing Curses and Fiendfyre without hesitation.
  • Pet the Dog: Crabbe has a few moments in the films, such as cheering with the rest of the school for Harry and enjoying Hogwarts’ song.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: When we finally hear them speak in the last book, Harry's narration noted that their voices are far softer than he expected.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Due to Jamie Waylett's trouble with the law, Crabbe was written out of the last two films and Goyle was killed off instead.
  • The Starscream: In the last book, Crabbe openly defies Draco's orders and mocks him, realising that he and his father have fallen out of favour with Voldemort and attempts to get directly into the Dark Lord's good graces by killing Harry.
  • Stout Strength: Both of them are described as thickset and strong at the same time.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Crabbe casting Fiendfyre, a jinx so deadly and unpredictable that even Hermione was afraid to try it. For most of the series, they were portrayed as too stupid to think without Malfoy. In the second book, they choose to eat cakes left in a random location without showing the slightest suspicion. The film makes it even more jarring when the cakes in question are floating in midair.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Vincent Crabbe in Deathly Hallows goes from a quiet thug to an arrogant fool who eagerly uses Dark Magic in order to torture eleven year olds and kill his classmates. In the film, since Crabbe is not present, Goyle is the one who becomes this evil.
  • Torture Technician: Said to have become quite adept at the Cruciatus Curse under the Carrows' tutelage in Deathly Hallows.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: They're thicker than brick walls, but during the seventh book, they get good at casting Dark curses, including the Cruciatus Curse. Crabbe also learned to conjure Fiendfyre, which creates enchanted flames so powerful they can destroy nearly anything, including Horcruxes.
  • The Voiceless: They don't have a single line of dialogue for the whole first six books. Crabbe's Not-So-Harmless Villain moment in Deathly Hallows is all the more shocking by the fact that he actually gets to talk. Although it is clear that the Trio has heard them speak before, as Harry goes out of his way to correct Ron's speaking voice to sound more like Goyle's during the Polyjuice scene in Chamber of Secrets. Also, in the book, where they do get the voices of Crabbe and Goyle after their transformation, Harry/Goyle's voice is described as being a low rasp, while Ron/Crabbe's voice is described as being a deep grunt.
    • The films avert this, as Crabbe is often heard talking in the third film and Goyle speaks for the first time in the fourth film. The second film has them remarking in an amused manner at the floating cakes, considering them cool.

    Pansy Parkinson
Portrayed by: Genevieve Gaunt, Lauren Shotton, and Scarlett Byrne
Voiced by: Marisol Romero (Latin American Spanish), Flávia Fontenelle (Brazilian Portuguese)

"Ooh, sticking up for Longbottom. Never thought you'd like fat little crybabies, Parvati."

Pansy Parkinson is a Slytherin in Harry's year, described as arrogant and always insulting anyone she pleases to. She is Draco Malfoy's girlfriend for most of the series, and is in many ways the female version of Draco. But just before the battle of Hogwarts, she suggests the Hogwarts students betray Harry Potter to Voldemort, so she is the first student to be evacuated.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Does not have a pug face (see below) in the films.
  • All Girls Like Unicorns: She works hard to hide it but she's just as enamoured by the unicorn foals as Lavender and Parvati.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Pansy seemed to be quite fond of Draco
  • Alliterative Name: Both her first and last name start with "P".
  • Alpha Bitch: Word Of God states that Pansy is an amalgamation of every girl who's ever teased her in school. It certainly shows.
  • Animal Motifs: Is said to have a face like a pug.
  • Dirty Coward: When Voldemort delivers an ultimatum to Hogwarts in Book 7 to either surrender Harry or face a massive siege, she's more than ready to turn him in.
  • Everyone Has Standards: She proves this of the faculty student body of Hogwarts. When Voldemort offers to spare the school in return for Harry, she is the only student who jumps at the offer. One could be forgiven for being tempted, considering what they were up against, but not even the youngest, meanest or most cowardly characters support her plan.
  • Evil Counterpart: Pansy seems to be considered Hermione's "show", as Malfoy is Harry's "show". Ultimately, Pansy is Hermione's Arch-Enemy and not Harry's. Harry and Pansy never really even interact with each other, though she does hurl taunts at him.
  • Floral Theme Naming: A pansy is a type of violet.
  • Girl Posse: She has one, though the other members are never named.
  • Hate Sink: She is unmistakably rude, insulting, prejudiced and cruel. Many Slytherins share these traits in the earlier books, but she is never given any redeeming qualities or depth and remains a gossip and a bully to the end. Taken to the extreme before the Battle of Hogwarts, where she is notably the only student to suggest taking up Voldemort's offer to turn Harry over to the Death Eaters. Even Malfoy stops associating with her at some point after graduation.
  • Informed Deformity: We are constantly told that she has a pug face and is not very pleasing to look at in general. However Rita Skeeter describes her as pretty in her article about her. We are never really given an unbiased opinion of her looks in the books, however Draco (who is known to be a snob) seems to find her attractive. All three of the actresses who portray her in the films are very pretty.
  • Informed Flaw: We are told by Hermione that Pansy isn't particularly smart ("thicker than a concussed troll"), however she was never stated to do poorly in class and was even appointed Slytherin prefect. It should be noted that Hermione strongly dislikes her so this description may not be entirely accurate.
  • Lap Pillow: Draco rests his head on her lap on the train in The Half-Blood Prince.
  • Malicious Slander: She feeds Rita Skeeter's phony love triangle and suggests Hermione's been drugging Harry and Krum with love potions. After all the hate mail (some of it cursed) this leads to, Hermione is rather satisfied whenever Pansy gets in trouble.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Aside from believing in Pure Blood supremacy, it's possible to read Pansy as a racist. In Order of the Phoenix, she mocks Angelina Johnson, who is black, for her hair braids, which she claims look like "worms."
  • The Quisling: Is the only student to openly suggest that Hogwarts should turn Harry over to Voldemort.
  • Rich Bitch: It's never confirmed how wealthy her family is, but she certainly acts like she belongs in this category.
  • The Rival: To Hermione. The two seem to have a similar (though less intense) relationship that Harry and Draco have.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: Pansy was often ship teased with Draco and they even went to the Yule Ball together. However, he ended up marrying Astoria Greengrass.
  • Ship Tease: With Draco, who she seems to have a crush on. It doesn't go anywhere.
  • Stupid Evil: Hermione claims her to be thick as a troll. This may not be entirely accurate though.
  • Troll: Doesn't bother hiding the fact that she loves to shittalk about others out of malice.
  • Villainous Cheekbones: When played by Scarlett Byrne - also plays into Adaptational Attractiveness due to the fact that Scarlett (and Genevieve or Lauren for that matter) are actually quite lovely in Real Life.
  • Villainous Friendship: Her friendship with Malfoy does seem genuine; for example, she was genuinely brought to tears when he was injured by Buckbeak.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: What happens to her after the conclusion of the Battle of Hogwarts is never elaborated on, other than that her friendship with Draco supposedly ended at some point after graduating from Hogwarts.

    Blaise Zabini
Portrayed by: Louis Cordice

"Yeah, Zabini, because you're so posing..."

Blaise Zabini is a Slytherin student in Harry's year and an associate of Draco Malfoy. He's left unseen for the first five books, but finally gets a physical description and role in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Although he doesn't take part in bullying like his peers, he shares their same prejudiced views.

  • Ascended Extra: Since Crabbe's actor was fired before the filming of the final movie, Blaise's character becomes his replacement in the Terrible Trio. However, rather than condemning Blaise to a fiery death, screenwriter Steve Kloves conferred Crabbe's actions and demise onto Goyle instead, so Blaise gets away alive as Goyle did in the book.
  • The Beautiful Elite: The most aristocratic of Malfoy's group. While Malfoy can be prone to snivelling, and Crabbe and Goyle are just Dumb Muscle, Blaise has the looks, the snobbery, and the withdrawn temperament to fit the Slytherin ideal.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Actually subverted, in an uncharacteristic move for Rowling. After his Early-Bird Cameo in Stone (see below), Blaise was shelved until Prince, whereupon he was given a very rich, detailed introduction aboard the train as a friend but no lackey to Malfoy. The seasoned HP reader knows to expect from that kind of intro that Rowling's got something important lined up for the character, but not in this case: Blaise makes no particular contribution to the plot, and all but disappears from the series halfway through Prince. In retrospect, it's clear that the only reason Rowling pulled Blaise out of the woodwork was that she wanted a Slytherin in the Slug Club (and she'd rejected the obvious choice, Malfoy, since it was to be a point of sympathy for Slughorn that he treated Malfoy with pleasant indifference). Alas, filling a narrative niche is not the same thing as adding to the plot, and Blaise never quite donned the holster and joined Rowling's stable of Chekhov's Gunmen.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Blaise is mentioned as the last new Hogwarts student to be sorted in 1991.
  • Fantastic Racism: He seems to believe in pure-blood supremacy. Though it should be noted that he also views a lot of fellow pure-blood supremacists with distain.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Rarely seems to hang out with Malfoy's Gang. The one time he's shown with them he and Draco spend most of their conversation snarking at each other and Goyle reacts with violence when Blaise accidentally falls on him.
  • Jerkass: To everyone, even Draco to an extent.
  • Jerk Jock: He's seen as one of the Chasers in the sixth film. This is never mentioned in the books, but only two of the Chasers are identified making it possible that he's the third.
  • Narcissist: He's handsome and he knows it.
  • Pretty Boy: Takes after his famously beautiful mother. What's interesting is that fandom had already pegged him as this even before they knew what he actually looked like.
  • She's a Man in Japan: Is renamed to Bella in the Dutch translation of Philosopher's Stone. After Half-Blood Prince revealed Blaise' gender, the Dutch translation of said book corrected this, by changing the name to the masculine Benno.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Insults everyone, prompting Ginny to insult him back with "You're so talented... at posing."
  • Smug Snake: Seems to be his main personality trait. He even displays little respect for Malfoy, a rare move for a Slytherin of his year.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Described as tall, dark-skinned and attractive, taking after his famously beautiful mother.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: He doesn't speak much in the books, but scoffs, sneers or taunts in most of his appearances. Unlike his housemates, however, his snark isn't just limited to other houses, muggles and the muggle-born, as he also seems to hold pureblood elitists and Death Eaters in low esteem.
  • Token Minority: Only Slytherin of colour mentioned.
  • The Unseen: For the first 5 books. This led to an interesting case of Fanon considering both his personality and gender.note  He was later described as being a tall, handsome black boy in the sixth book.

    Theodore Nott 

A Slytherin boy who wants nothing to do with Draco Malfoy.

  • Fantastic Racism: Along with most of the Slytherins, of course, but as far as Nott goes, he's more than likely related - perhaps a direct descendant - of a man named Cantankerus Nott, who is credited with anonymously publishing the Pure-Blood Directory, listing the British wizarding families who were still "truly pure-blood" by his time. In other words, Cantankerus Nott literally wrote the book on pure-blood supremacism. His father was also a Death Eater, and one of the longest serving ones at that. He was shown at least once making fun of Hermione's blood-status along with Draco.
  • I See Them, Too: During a Care of Magical Creatures lesson in his fifth year, he was one of only three students present who could see Thestrals, suggesting that he may have witnessed his mother's death firsthand. He found the creatures rather distasteful as he watched one eating, judging by his face.
  • Missing Mom: Is dead according to JK Rowling.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, he is arrested for possession of an illegal Time-Turner... a Time-Turner which is used by Albus, Scorpius and Delphini to go back in time and change the past.
  • The Stoic: When Harry witnesses him talking with Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle he was the only one who didn't have a sinister reaction to Harry's presence.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We never hear about him in the final book. He presumably remained at Hogwarts where he likely was treated better than most others as he was a pure-blood and the son of a Death Eater. Whether or not he participated in the final battle is unknown as well.

    Millicent Bulstrode 
Portrayed by: Helen Stuart

Another bullying Slytherin, not part of Draco's gang per se but apparently quite intimidating in her own right.

  • Adaptation Expansion: In the Chamber of Secrets video game there is an unnamed Slytherin girl who other characters describe as a real witch, and voices her opinion that Severus Snape is more attractive than Gilderoy Lockhart.
  • Brawn Hilda: Described as large and square with a heavy jaw and rather hag-like.
  • The Bully: More than once she's been physically violent with Hermione.
  • Combat Pragmatist: She's paired with Hermione in the Duelling Club scene in Chamber of Secrets, and when the dust settles after the first round, she's forgone magic and has Hermione in a headlock.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Sort of a female version of Crabbe and Goyle.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Is said to be taller than Harry and larger in general than a lot of other students.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: She's part of the Inquisitorial Squad in Order of the Phoenix, but doesn't feature in the Death-Eater-fication of Slytherin in the last two books.

    Marcus Flint
Portrayed by: Jamie Yeates
Voiced by: Jorge Roig Jr. (Latin American Spanish)

"Take that side!"

Captain of the Slytherin Quidditch team when Harry arrives at Hogwarts (he's a Chaser).

  • British Teeth: And how. Pretty much a caricature of the stereotype. This character description from the books even made it onto the first two films where he made his onscreen appearance, with actor Jamie Yeates wearing false teeth over his real teeth.
  • Dumb Muscle: Described as troll-like.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Not necessarily in a moral sense, but he's happy to indulge in Draco's father buying the team brooms and seems amused by Draco's calling Hermione a mudblood. When Draco costs the team a win because he was too busy taunting Harry to notice the Snitch hovering within his reach, Flint wastes no time in yelling at him afterwards.
  • Held Back in School: The reason why he's in school during what would be his eighth year. In some copies though, his age is changed to be the same as that of Oliver Wood and Percy Weasley.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's unknown what becomes of him after the events of the Second Wizarding War, and what his involvement in it was (if any).
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: He's still at Hogwarts in the third book even though he should have left at the end of the second. When asked about this, JKR said that he'd had to repeat his last year. This was later changed so he was only a fifth year in the first book.

Portrayed by: Bronson Webb

A Slytherin student in the films and minor member of Malfoy's gang.

  • Not His Sled: Webb's character was theorized for years to be Theodore Nott, another Slytherin character in Harry's year before Word Of God revealed that they were different characters. One distinction between the two is that while Nott wasn't a part of Malfoy's gang, Pike is.
  • One-Shot Character: Created exclusively for the third film. It's implied he takes Goyle's role in this film because of Josh Herdman's injury.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: When invisible Harry grabs him by the scarf and spins him around.

    Flora and Hestia Carrow
Portrayed by: Amber and Ruby Evans

These girls only appear in the films. They are young Slytherin girls who are members of the Slug Club, and are seen at Horace's party. In the final film, they and the other Slytherins are evacuated to the dungeons.

  • Canon Foreigner: These twins were created for the films and aren't referenced in the books.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The appearance of the twins was supposed to tie into Draco Malfoy travelling between the Vanishing Cabinet in Hogwarts and the one in Borgin and Burkes, but this connection was not highlighted in the final cut of the film.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The dresses they wear at the Christmas party are Slytherin green.
  • Creepy Twins: No insight is given into their personality. They're creepy primarily for no other reason being identical, pale, and not saying a word in any of their appearances.
  • Fantastic Racism: While unknown if they harbour these traits, they like many other notable or incidental Slytherin students are related to Death Eaters, in this case the brother-sister Carrow pair.
  • Theme Twin Naming: The twins are named for the Roman goddess of flowers and the Greek goddess of the hearth, and their actresses are both named for gems.

    Albus Severus Potter
Click  to see him in The Cursed Child
Portrayed by: Arthur Bowen (films), Sam Clemmett (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, first runs on West End and Broadway)
Voiced by: Fernando Calderón (Latin American Spanish), Marcus Junior (Brazilian Portuguese)

"Hogwarts isn't actually that pleasant a place when you don't fit in."

The middle son of Harry Potter and Ginny Potter (née Weasley) and the best friend of Scorpius Malfoy. Singled out for his fame and magical ineptitude, Harry finds it hard to relate to his son's plight and the young Slytherin seeks to compensate for some of Harry's worst mistakes.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Like his father, Al's eye colour changed from green to blue in the movie adaptations.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: The only Potter to be sorted into Slytherin, and is introverted and insecure compared to his confident siblings and cousins.
  • Ascended Extra: Albus is the protagonist of the eighth story, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
  • Birds of a Feather: The basis for his and Scorpius's friendship: both are the gossiped-about children of famous fathers, both feel determined to break free of the past's legacy, and both have a well-intentioned troublemaking streak.
  • Black Sheep: Albus alone is sorted into Slytherin, and it takes its toll.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Seems to have inherited Harry's impulse to try to save people.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: In many ways, an inverse of his father. Harry grew up unaware of the wizarding world, was sorted into Gryffindor, was popular (most of the time) and a talented wizard with great skill on a broom. Albus, by contrast, grew up in the wizarding world with two famous parents, is sorted into Slytherin, and is a bullied Inept Mage who's rubbish on a broom.
  • Cool Pet: In the movie franchise, Al owns a ferret.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Al is named in honour of two past headmasters; Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Particularly when Scorpius is involved. Another thing Albus inherited from Harry.
    Albus: How to distract Scorpius from difficult emotional issues. Take him to a library.
    Albus: I’m not sure being fearless is going to be good for your health.
  • Emo Teen: Albus's situation isn't great, but his brooding and self-pity take it over the top. Scorpius and Harry - both of whom had a tougher time growing up - eventually call him out on this.
  • Failure Hero: Albus is terrible at magic and most of his attempts to do good end up furthering Big Bad's plan. Tellingly, the climax of Act IV has Albus take a backseat while Harry and his friends fight the Big Bad.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: Albus is mentioned in the epilogue as the only one of Harry and Ginny's three children to have inherited the green eyes.
  • Famous Ancestor: The "Chosen One" is his father, and his mother is a war hero and renowned Quidditch player.
  • Hate at First Sight: Subverted. Everyone (in and out of universe) expects him to loathe Scorpius on sight, which Rose even invokes. Instead, they become the best of friends instantly.
  • In-Series Nickname: His family calls him "Al" though he prefers Albus.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: With Scorpius. Scorpius is Albus's only real friend, and they help each other overcome grief, evil and death throughout The Cursed Child. They share several moments of intimacy and romantic moments, most notably when they meet on the moving staircases. It became even more relevant when they updated the play. All Scorpius' ship tease with Rose, and any mentioning of the boys getting girlfriends are taken out. Plus, some more scenes with Scorpius are added or modified to be more romantic. There's now a scene where Albus tells his father Harry that Scorpius is "the most important person in my life" and "he might always be the most important".
  • Messy Hair: Just like dear old dad. But averted in the movies, where his hair's actually neater than even movie!Harry and this trope plays straight for James.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Much of Albus's turmoil comes from feeling this way, believing that his siblings are much more like his heroic parents, while he's the odd one out.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: Realises he's more similar to his dad than he thought; namely, both of them are insecure, constantly struggled growing up and have a heroic trouble-making streak.
  • Odd Name, Normal Nickname: Unlike his first namesake, Albus Potter is shortened to "Al" by his family.
  • Only Friend: Mutually with Scorpius, as most Hogwarts student are suspicious of Harry Potter's son being sorted into Slytherin. (Ironically if not for his friendship with the Death Eater's son, he'd probably be on friendlier terms with his extended family and other Gryffindors, but Albus makes it clear he won't give Scorpius up for anyone).
    Albus: I've - I've got a friend, Scorpius, and I know you don't like him but he's all I need.
  • Odd Name Out: Being the only one of Harry's kids not named after the former's more normally-named parents probably doesn't help his Middle Child Syndrome much.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: If he had just done as he was told by Harry, then nothing would have gone wrong. Ultimately, his and Scorpius's attempts to undo Harry's mistake end up strengthening the Big Bad.
  • Retgone: In the world where Voldemort rules the world, he was not born due to Harry dying in 1998.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: A carbon copy of his father.
  • Undying Loyalty: He's fiercely devoted and defensive of Scorpius despite the longstanding enmity between the Potters and Malfoys, and suspicions that Scorpius is Voldemort's son.
  • You're Not My Father: Albus comes to resent Harry over the course of his first years at Hogwarts and eventually comes to think Harry wishes he wasn't born. They mend their relationship by the end.

    Scorpius Hyperion Malfoy
Portrayed by: Bertie Gilbert (films), Anthony Boyle (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, first runs on West End and Broadway)

"This is mayhem to the nth degree. Which is great, thumbs-up great, it's just- I have got to say- I don't mind admitting- I am a tiny bit- just a tiny bit scared."

The son and only child of Draco Malfoy and Astoria Malfoy (née Greengrass). His isolated upbringing left him socially awkward and his only friend at Hogwarts is Albus Potter, who sucks Scorpius into a dangerous adventure.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: According to Word Of God, he's a little maltreated due to his family's past (and his name).invoked
  • Badass Bookworm: Heavy on the "bookworm." About as capable as a teenage wizard can be expected to be in a magical fight, but with a love of knowledge second only to Hermione's.
    Scorpius: My geekness is a-quivering.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Albus, both are the gossiped-about children of famous fathers, both feel determined to break free of the past's legacy, and both have a well-intentioned troublemaking streak.
  • Deadpan Snarker: So very much, probably even moreso than Albus.
    Albus: You were right, Scorpius. This train is magical.
    Scorpius: At this precise moment in time, I take no pleasure in being right.
  • Deuteragonist: Scorpius appears almost as much as Albus and gets a significant amount of solo attention in Act III.
  • Foil: He's about as far removed from his father as you can get. While Draco was a haughty and entitled jerkass who hated Harry's guts, Scorpius is a complete geek who immediately hits it off with Harry's son Albus.
  • Friend Versus Lover: Scorpius resents Delphi once he realises Albus is attracted to her.
  • The Heart: Of the Malfoy clan, as his kindness and compassion stand out amidst a traditionally cruel and ruthless family. He also acts as the moodier Albus's conscience and moral compass a lot of the time.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: With Albus. Albus is Scorpius's only real friend, and they help each other overcome grief, evil and death throughout The Cursed Child. They share several moments of intimacy and romantic moments, most notably when they meet on the moving staircases.
    • It became even more relevant when they updated the play. All Scorpius' ship tease with Rose, and any mentioning of the boys getting girlfriends are taken out. Plus, some more scenes with Scorpius are added or modified to be more romantic. There's now a scene where Albus tells his father Harry that Scorpius is "the most important person in my life" and "he might always be the most important".
  • Identical Grandson: Heavily resembles Draco, who himself resembled Lucius.
  • In-Universe Nickname: Come Act III, a few unsavory characters start calling him "The Scorpion King," which confuses and upsets Scorpius.
  • The Lancer: To Albus. Unusual for Lancers, Scorpius is meek, kind and rule-abiding, while Albus is the moodier, rebellious part of the duo.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Invoked by Draco. Despite their almost carbon copy looks, eleven-year-old Scorpius is nothing like his father was as a child, and Draco actively went to lengths to ensure his son doesn't become a second Draco, the same way he was during his time at Hogwarts.
  • Missing Mom: By Scene Four of Act One, his mother has died of her illness.
  • Morality Pet: Heavily implied to become this to his father. Having a son made Draco determined to make sure Scorpius wasn't raised like he was.
  • Nice Guy: Sweet, forgiving and relentlessly upbeat despite his rather painful life so far.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He and Albus attempts to undo Harry's mistake end up strengthening the Big Bad Augurey.
  • Only Friend: With Albus, as he's ostracized by the rest of the school for his family's Death Eater ties.
  • Only Sane Man: Strongly feels this way while Albus embraces convoluted schemes.
    Scorpius: Okay, whatever was holding your brain together seems to have snapped.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: Shy, geeky and prone to babbling when he's nervous which doesn't help him win over other students. (Within a minute of meeting Albus and Rose he manages to stumble over his own name and burst into song). He gains more confidence thanks to his friendship with Albus and the events of the play.
  • The Smart Guy: Scorpius is quite studious, and is able to recall minor details regarding the mechanics of magical objects from love potions to Time Turners.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Rumours say that Scorpius is Voldemort's child. Given that Scorpius is described as resembling Draco as much as Albus resembles Harry - which is basically identically - it's clear that, despite the rumours, the only person Astoria has conceived a child with is the man she married - Draco.
  • Theme Naming: Continues his grandmother's family tradition of naming children after stars and constellations.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Scorpius is much more confident and less fearful after fending for himself in Act III
  • True Companions: When he and Albus find themselves potentially with no way out, he pulls a Samwise-worthy line:
    Scorpius: Still, if I had to choose a companion to be at the return of eternal darkness with, I'd choose you.
  • Turn Out Like His Father: Defied by the Malfoys themselves.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Albus, following his hare-brained plans and even resetting the timeline - where he had a much easier and more comfortable life - to get Albus back.
  • Villainous Legacy: Rumours abound that Scorpius is actually the son of Voldemort. It's a bunch of baloney, given that Scorpius looks identical to Draco.
  • White Sheep: He's a very sweet, heroic Malfoy compared to his ex-nasty father and even nastier grandfather.