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Wizarding World of Harry Potter: The Best Slytherins, Ranked

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Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy

Slytherin House is commonly regarded as the evil house of Hogwarts students. While most prominent Slytherins are antagonists, the traits that the Sorting Hat looks for in a wizard or witch are not inherently evil. To be sorted into Slytherin, one must have cunning, ambition, and resourcefulness that knows no limits.

Here, we will look at the Slytherins featured throughout the franchise. We will be ranking them based on various factors, including how they match up to the legacy of Slytherin, the growth they experienced over the franchise’s lifespan, and how much of an impact they had on those around them.

Dolores Umbridge is infamous for her time as Hogwarts’ Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor, appointed by the British Ministry of Magic. During her tenure, Dolores would do whatever she believed she had to do to keep Harry from lying about the return of Voldemort. From banning literature on school grounds to enforcing a new policy that stated no groups larger than three people could be formed, Dolores’s reign of terror would impact the entire school.

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Her worst offenses would be levied against Harry himself, with Dolores forcing him to mutilate himself in the form of a magical punishment and even threatening to use an unforgivable curse to torture him, stating that what her boss doesn’t know wouldn’t hurt him. During this harsh interrogation, Dolores even noted that she had sent Dementors after Harry and his cousin, hoping that either Harry would be attacked or expelled.

Lucius Malfoy was a man of high influence thanks to his ambitious politicking and family money. Due to his high standing with multiple Ministry officials, Lucius managed to escape a tragic fate in Azkaban by making everyone believe he had only followed Lord Voldemort under the effects of the Imperius Curse.

Lucius would prove to be a powerful antagonist early on, often keeping dark artifacts that he would use to curse anyone that dared cross a path. In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Lucius inserts Tom Riddle’s diary into Ginny Weasley’s belongings, knowing that the dark artifact would strongly influence the young girl causing the Chamber of Secrets to open and release the basilisk that was being kept within. While Lucius didn’t fully know that Lord Voldemort still held an influence, his strong distaste for muggle-born and half-blood wizards and witches led him to take extreme actions.

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