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May 9th, 2007

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06:25 am - Yellow and Black
According to J.K. Rowling's newly updated website, Nymphadora Tonks is a Hufflepuff.

Thereby shooting down any fanon conception of her as a "good" Slytherin.

(Now you know why I'm on a writing hiatus until after "Deathly Hallows" comes out!)

It's not that I have an issue with Hufflepuffs nor even really with her being one.

It's just that she, as a member of the House of Black, reknowned for putting out generations of Slytherins, was widely seen among fans as the likely sole example of a "good" Slytherin. Snape's tainted by Dumbledore's death and Slughorn is a posterboy for venality at best. Draco may be a dud as a Death Eater, but he still tried repeatedly to kill Dumbledore, even if Severus had to finally do it for him.

To me, this just underlines the "Slytherin = Evil" equation that has run through the series to date. Unless the last book has Lucius redeeming himself by switching sides and Severus being somehow loyal to Dumbledore, the message I get is that the Sorting Hat can determine that an 11-year-old child is likely to turn out to be a bad egg -- and possibly a VERY bad egg indeed.

So much for Dumbledore's assertations that "it is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities" and "it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be."

Given this, I'm surprised the Wizarding World doesn't set up a gas chamber in the backyard of Hogwarts to get rid of all the little snakes as soon as they're Sorted. Save everyone a whole lot of bother, now wouldn't it? "The only good Slytherin is a DEAD Slytherin" and all that.

~~ wants to throw rotten tomatoes at Rowling ~~
Current Mood: irateirate
Current Music: "The Voice Within (Dark Inception)" by Sintz

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Date:May 12th, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
My issue isn't really with Nymphadora being a Hufflepuff, per se. It has more to do with the profound lack of positive Slytherin characters.

I have no problem with Tommy and the other Death Eaters being Slytherins either -- what I find objectionable is that there has been no one identified as a Slytherin who is "good" to date. If there were at least one other definitively "good" Slytherin, I wouldn't have bothered to throw the minor tantrum that made me write this post. I'd just go "Meh -- that's nice to know" and move on, perhaps using her house affiliation in a future fic and thinking no more about it. The reason I had this little hissy-fit was because of this "moral imbalance" between the houses. Other houses have both nice and nasty members, but not Slytherin -- there we only see the rotten eggs. To me, that stinks.

Tonks is arguably NOT a member of the House of Black. She was expressly cut off. Her mother was literally pruned from the family tree for marrying a muggle.

I'd like to point out that that was done by Sirius' mother Walburga, not by her brother Cygnus, Andromeda's father and Nymphadora's grandfather. It is possible that Cygnus and Druella are still on speaking terms with their offspring, even if said offspring are being shunned by other members of the extended Black family.

For what it's worth, I also don't think anti-Muggle prejudice is Voldemort's primary driving force, but it's a strong one, and the events of the World Cup show that it's a strong draw to his followers.

I agree. I wrote an essay about it a while back, in fact.


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