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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.

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The Harry-as-privileged (or the opposite) discussion hobsonphile referred to is here:

http://www.livejournal.com/community/hp_essays/25893.html

So I won't repeat any of the points marinarusalka makes.

Re: Slytherins - I have to point out here that even leaving Snape as the ambiguous character par excellence aside, book 5 offers Phineas Nigellus (or rather the portrait of same), who is presented (by the author, not fanon) as sarkastic but dead-on in most of his observations, and most certainly a Slytherin. Also, the song the Sorting Hat sings directly points out the division between the houses was originated by all of the Founders, not just Salazar, and that it wasn't good, that they won't survive unless it's overcome.
There are definitely two ways (at least) to read Harry's privilege or lack thereof. I'm buying the Slytherin view not just because I'm enamored of muggle-tossing but because the author's preferences become grating when she refuses to give much more than a 2-D characterization of the majority of Slytherins.

I wonder if that division of the houses isn't just a story point but is also perpetrated by the author.