Stereotyping, Hate and Harry Potter
One of the things I saw recently in the Harry Potter books (and movies, but those don’t count for much) that concerned and bothered me was how members of Slytherin House are portrayed up until the very last book. If you haven’t read the books or watched the movies read the end of this post then come back to this.
The problem I see is how being sorted, especially into Slytherin (my own house), cam influence a persons choices and character. I think most of the reasons Slytherins go to the dark side (the cookies are a lie) is because it’s expected, people hate them because of the stigma of evil. And then because the students given the stigma become evil it reinforces the stigma. How does this relate to “real life”? Queer youth face the stigma of promiscuity, so queer youth become promiscuous and the cycle continues.
I, for one, cannot abide that stigma, it does not represent me and I am not promiscuous in any way shape or form. SWEET SIXTEEN AND NEVER BEEN KISSED BABY! But it still bothers me that people make that assumption, and that so many of my friends have become what is expected. It makes me feel like some kind of alien creature when I am with my friends and they have all been to second base (at least) and I still haven’t left the dugout.
Lets forget about stereotypes and stigmas; Slytherins can be good people and Queer teens can be virgins and proud of it!
Yours in Queerness,
The Houses of Hogwarts
In Harry Potter at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry the students are sorted into four Houses; Slytherin, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Gryffindor for the sake of dorm rooms, classes and building friendships. Each house has traits and history associated with it, here is the very basic (like really, really basic) run down of each house:
Slytherin – Slytherins are known for their cunning and ambition, the colors are Green and Silver and Slytherins have a history of turning to the dark arts and are known for being rather sneaky in getting what they want.
Ravenclaw – Ravenclaws are the brainiacs, they are known for their smarts and dedication to their education, the colors are Blue and Bronze. Ravenclaws go into all kinds of fields that requier smarts.
Gryffindor- Gryffindors are known for courage and bravery, the colors are Red and Gold. Gryffindors are known as the loud, strong and brash house. Gryffindors often go into magical law enforcement or become Aurors. (dark wizard catchers)
Hufflepuff – A quote from the first book describes this house best:
You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true,
And unafraid of toil – “Sorting Hat”
The colors are Yellow and Black, Hufflepuff is the place for every student who does not fit in the other three houses.