My friend Tara and I are re-watching all the Harry Potter movies, and we’ve concluded that there’s a group of “good Slytherins” that secretly abhor the Dark Arts, support Harry Potter, and commit random acts of kindness throughout Hogwarts as well as mild acts of mayhem during Umbridge’s short but memorable regime. They’re easy to pick out of a crowd—the “good Slytherins” are the ones who join Flitwick’s school choir in the third movie, the ones who applaud when Gryffindor wins the House Cup in the first movie, and who hover in the background whenever Draco taunts Harry, quietly refusing to laugh.
They are a small but growing number. They are a quiet people, living underfoot. Quiet, yet determined. One day they will rise up and give Slytherin House a good name.
(Here’s a fun drinking game—while watching the first and second movies, take a drink every time you see Susan Bones awkwardly hanging out with the Gryffindors or skulking in the background for no apparent reason. She’s kind of an all-purpose extra. Also, I’m convinced the director of the third movie did not actually read the book, and instead had somebody give him a brief summary. I realize it’s hard to incorporate everything from such a stellar novel into a single movie. But bits of this movie were just silly.)