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Ravenclaw Giles- by _extraflamey_

In honor of the upcoming release of The Half-Blood Prince...

... I would like to dip a tentative toe into HP fandom and ask the following discussion question of certain members of my f-list:

Why Slytherin? Why Draco?

As someone who really isn't a fan of Draco or the Slytherin children en masse, I have my own thoughts on the subject, but I would like to hear from you. Let's get a real discussion going if we can.


Why does any fannish faction attach itself to a "bad guy?" Me, I think it's a knee-jerk impulse to be contrarian. To be a daring rebel, to embrace what the conventional don't-rock-the-boat sheep recoil from.

It's one thing to be curious/intrigued by the kids from the "wrong" side of the tracks (the Spike-thing spoonishly mentioned - the "he's not really Bad, *I* can bring out the Good in him"), and another thing to buy into the "oh, you think *he's* bad? I can be Bad like that, too! Just look!"

Contrarian for the sake of going against the grain. That's what I think.
There may be an element of "rebellion for the sake of rebellion" in all of this, but a number of these fans strike me as a little more thoughtful than that- which is why I threw the question out there in a public post.