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Fashion Inspired by the Hogwarts Houses – Slytherin

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Slytherin

JK Rowling changed the world when she wrote the Harry Potter series. Not only did she write seven amazing novels, but she created a new and exciting world for all of her readers to lose themselves in. And after the responses to our recent posts on Hermione Granger’s style, and Fashion Inspired by Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part I, we know you guys love these books as much as we do!

If you don’t already know the story of Harry Potter, there’s too much to summarize here, so we recommend picking up the books already (you’ll thank us!) or checking out the HP Wikipedia Page for a detailed summary. Suffice to say the books revolve around Harry, an orphan boy who, on his 11th birthday, finds out he is a famous wizard, and is invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Hogwarts is separated into four houses, each named after one of the founders of the school: Hufflepuff, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Gryffindor. Once students arrive at Hogwarts for their first year, the magical Sorting Hat is placed upon their head to choose which house they belong in according to their personality.

Each Hogwarts house has a distinct set of characteristics that it values, along with an interesting historical background. This series of articles features fashion inspired by each of the four Hogwarts houses. After the great response to the Hufflepuff article, I continue the series with Slytherin.

Slytherin History and Facts

Slytherin Sorting Hat Song

  • Founder- Slytherin was founded by Salazar Slytherin, a very intelligent wizard who was a Parselmouth, meaning he had the rare ability to speak to snakes. Salazar Slytherin also created the Chamber of Secrets.
  • Animal Mascot- Snake, naturally.
  • Colors- Green and Silver
  • Head of House- Severus Snape, until the 7th book when Snape becomes Headmaster and Slughorn become Head of Slytherin.
  • Common Room- The Slytherin Common Room is located in the dungeons underneath the Hogwarts Lake. To enter, one must speak the correct password to a wall in the cellar of the castle. The light is greenish, due to the location under the lake, and there are dark green and black sofas. There are dark wood cupboards and skulls as decor. The atmosphere is regal, yet eerie. Harry and Ron enter the Slytherin Common Room in their second year in attempt to find the identity of the heir of Slytherin.

Do you have what it takes to be a Slytherin?

Slytherin decor

Salazar Slytherin had a strict set of traits that he valued when choosing students for his house.  To be chosen as a Slytherin, you must be clever, resourceful, determined, ambitious, and cunning. According to Dumbledore, Slytherins also have “a certain disregard for the rules.”

These traits don’t sound negative, but the Slytherin House seems to have a bad reputation. This is because many Slytherins turned to the Dark Arts and became followers of Lord Voldemort. Even though lots of Slytherins were evil, there were also some that turned out to be good. Many Slytherins even fought with Hogwarts against Lord Voldemort in the Battle of Hogwarts.

A pure wizard bloodline was important to Salazar Slytherin, so important that he left Hogwarts after getting into an argument about it with the other founders. Because of this, most Slytherins are pure-bloods, however, there are also a few half-bloods.

Famous Slytherins

Slytherin Draco

  • Tom Marvolo Riddle/ Lord Voldemort- Before he was the most powerful dark wizard in the history of the Wizarding World, Voldemort was a charismatic Slytherin.
  • Bellatrix Lestrange- She became one of Voldemort’s most loyal followers.
  • Severus Snape- the Potions Master at Hogwarts who you can never decide whether you love or hate.
  • Regulus Black- Death Eater and brother of Sirius Black who later decides that he is not loyal to Voldemort.
  • Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy- Death Eaters who lend their home to Voldemort for meetings with other Death Eaters.
  • Draco Malfoy- Son of Lucius and Narcissa, Draco is a boy in Harry’s year who constantly gives trouble to Harry and his friends.
  • Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle- two large and unintelligent boys who are basically Draco’s minions.

Staying Cozy in the Slytherin Dungeons

The dungeons can be a bit cold and bleak, so when you’re trying to relax there, you can wear this comfy green and silver sweater dress with leggings. I included lace up boots to keep the outfit rebellious, and a locket because Salazar Slytherin left a locket as his relic.

Slytherin Casual
Locket- Overstock.com,  Boots- Forever 21,  Dress- Urban Outfitters, Leggings- Topshop

Taking Care of Business

If you’re an ambitious Slytherin, chances are you have an important job. This outfit is perfect for work, with the great slim fitting pants and statement top. I also included a snake ring, since Slytherin’s animal mascot is a snake.

Slytherin Business
Ring- Avalaya, Shoes- Arden B, Top- ASOS, Pants- Yes Style

Rule Breaker

Slytherins are sure to break a few rules anywhere they go, especially when they’re out with friends. I made this outfit for a girl’s night on the town, with a form-fitting one shoulder metallic dress, sheer green tights, gorgeous velvet shoes, and a skull necklace that perhaps you borrowed from the Slytherin Common Room.

Slytherin dressy
Tights- Forever 21, Dress- Forever 21, Necklace- Plastic Land, Shoes- Irregular Choice

What do you think?

Are you inspired by Slytherin and the other Hogwarts houses? Which house do you think you would belong to if you lived in Harry Potter’s world?  Which Hogwarts House-inspired article are you excited to read in the future? We want to know what you think, so be sure to leave a comment!

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59 Responses to “Fashion Inspired by the Hogwarts Houses – Slytherin”

  1. 1
    December 29th, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Loving all these outfits except for the last dress! Slytherin is the house that piques my curiosity the most, despite being bad, because I’m someone who can’t resist those kind of guys…

  2. 2
    December 29th, 2010 at 10:48 am

    A+

  3. 3
    December 29th, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Love this! Slytherin is my favorite house!

  4. 4
    December 29th, 2010 at 11:13 am

    LOVE

  5. 5
    December 29th, 2010 at 11:14 am

    I was totally looking forward to this! (:
    Awesome post, can’t wait for the next ones.

  6. 6
    December 29th, 2010 at 11:17 am

    BRILLIANT, especially the jewellery

  7. 7
    December 29th, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Such a fantastic post! I have (naturally) always disliked Slytherin in the books, but these outfits are very cute! I can’t wait for Ravenclaw.

  8. 8
    December 29th, 2010 at 11:45 am

    I Love this! Its all put together so well. I can’t wait for the other two. Thanks for the great post!!

  9. 9
    December 29th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I love that green blouse!

  10. 10
    December 29th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    This post is fantastic. I am absolutely in love with the green and silver sweater dress. The green statement top is amazing too. I also really like the jewelry you chose. The locket is perfect. It looks old and like it could be enchanted. The snake ring is perfectly edgy. I don’t love the green skull necklace. It looks like something you would get out of those 25-cent machines at the grocery store.

  11. 11
    December 29th, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    I think I was hoping for something more old-fashioned…when I think of Slytherin, I think almost more Victorian era than the modernity of these outfits. But I really do like the first outfit in particular!

  12. 12
    December 29th, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Love it!! Can’t wait for Ravenclaw and Gryffindor, of course n_n

  13. 13
    December 29th, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Love these Fashion Inspired by Hogwarts Houses segment. I really can’t wait for the Ravenclaw version, since I’m supposed to be sorted there. Of the Slytherin version, I loved the first outfit, and the Hufflepuff I loved all three =). Hope to see this continuing =)

  14. 14
    December 29th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Loving this! those outfits (besides the dress on outfit three – kinda space-looking) are to die for. :)

  15. 15
    December 29th, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    LOVE the green blouse.

  16. 16
    December 29th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    I love it! lol I love the comfy first outfit! I think you got Slytherin feel just right! I can’t wait for Ravenclaw and my sorted house- Gryffindor! :)

  17. 17
    December 29th, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    I died laughing at the picture of Draco. That is sheer genius. <3

    I loved this! The first outfit is my favorite. GREAT JOB! Ravenclaw should so be next ;)

  18. 18
    December 29th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    I’m not a fan of Slytherin, but the 1st and 2nd outfits are great! However, I didn’t like the last one, but that’s a matter of taste…

    Can’t wait for Ravenclaw, it’s my favorite House and the colors are beautiful :)

  19. 19
    December 29th, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I LOVE the last dress- it’s the tights i’m not a fan of…i think I’d wear it with lighter green tights, and thick wooly ones.

    I love these outifits way more than hufflepuff- i guess these are more my style than the other ones. I would wear all three of them the way they are. I can’t even decide which one I like the most!

    I can’t wait for ravenclaw- my sorted house.

  20. 20
    December 29th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Totally. Epic. LOVE this series!!! Great job on the outfits; I especially love outfit #1! =]

  21. 21
    December 29th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Awesome job, again! I seriously need that green sweater-dress in my wardrobe ASAP! :D

    Just a small correction that is making my OCD senses tingle, lol. Sirius’ brother is Regulus instead of Regalus :).

    I can’t wait for Ravenclaw’s turn!

    Lots of love.

  22. 22
    December 29th, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    I love these outfits, especially the second one because I could see myself wearing it. :) That green blouse is beautiful.

    I’ve always thought that there was nothing wrong with being a Slythie. Surely the world couldn’t be so black and white that all Slytherins were evil and dark. Personally, Draco and Snape are two of the most intriguing characters in the entire series, though both are obviously morally questionable/ambiguous.

  23. 23
    December 29th, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    All my favorite characters are from Slytherin (Snape, Draco, his parents) because they have such amazing internal conflict. That said, I always wanted to be a Slytherin because of their too-cool bad girl/boy attitudes. These outfits are PERFECT.

  24. 24
    December 29th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    love this! I wanna see Ravenclaw!

  25. 25
    December 29th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Love this serie. Too bad there are only for houses. Really looking forward to the next article!

  26. 26
    December 29th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    This is AMAZING. The colors, the style, the feel – it captures Slytherin perfectly. I love contrasting this with the Hufflepuff outfits, haha.

    Great job :)

  27. 27
    December 29th, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    I loved the second and last outfits. You did good in channeling Slytherin’s attitude in the outfits.

    If I went to Hogwarts I would be a Slytherin so I liked this post A LOT! My favourite characters are Slytherins :D.

  28. 28
    December 29th, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    This is one of the best “Fashion Inspired by…” posts I’ve ever seen. It’s very creative, fun and it takes a lot of imagination, and I can’t wait to see the rest of the Houses! I love the first outfit but I like the the snake ring in the second. Great job!

  29. 29
    December 29th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Slytherin is my second favorite house and this segment is GREAT! I love all of these outfit (although the third one’s a bit questionable)
    I can’t wait for Gryffindor, that’s apparently my Hogwarts House

  30. 30
    December 29th, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    This post is spot-on, and the green/sliver color combo is one of my favorites. Oh, and the picture of Draco is too funny–I love me some Tom Felton :)

  31. 31
    December 29th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    I’m obsessed with this…I always get the nerdy houses like Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff when I take sorting quizzes, but Slytherin is definitely the most interesting. I like the bad boys too hahaha!

  32. 32
    December 29th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    again – AMAZING! :D

  33. 33
    December 29th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Draco is always nice to look at :) LOVED all of your Slytherin outfits, especially the second one! :] Great job!

  34. 34
    December 29th, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    I liked this article, as I did the one you wrote on hufflepuff! I thought the outfits were all nice, except for the last one. Not a fan of the dress or the green tights.

  35. 35
    December 30th, 2010 at 12:49 am

    YES. This is perfect. By far my favorite collegefashion article EVER!

  36. 36
    December 30th, 2010 at 1:02 am

    I’m excited for Ravenclaw! I always get sorted into it.

  37. 37
    December 30th, 2010 at 1:31 am

    Albeit predictable, I’m definitely Team Gryffindor. However, this post was AMAZING! I love the last outfit in a weird way. Great job!!! Geaux Tigers!

  38. 38
    December 30th, 2010 at 3:05 am

    Love this series! Keep going with it please :)

  39. 39
    December 31st, 2010 at 1:41 am

    Love the ring in the second outfit! Cant wait for Ravenclaw and Gryffindor!!!

  40. 40
    December 31st, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Ive been waiting for the Slytherin fashion inspiration and it is AWESOME! One nitpick though, Slytherin’s relic with the horcruxes is Gaunt’s ring. Hehe. (Outing myself as a Potter-nerd)

  41. 41
    December 31st, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    You have to do Gryffindor!

  42. 42
    January 2nd, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    omg cool!!

  43. 43
    January 3rd, 2011 at 11:29 am

    LOVE it! I can’t wait for Gryffindor (it’s my favorite house)!!

  44. 44
    January 5th, 2011 at 7:41 am

    I love your fashion inspired posts and this Slytherin one is awesome!
    I love the first outfit best I think but the ring from outfit 2 is gorgeous :)
    Looking forward to Ravenclaw!
    Lettie

  45. 45
    January 7th, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Love. Love. Love.

    Great job with Slytherin house. I think you really captured the “and what exactly are YOU going to do about it?” vibe that I associate with this house. But You forgot to mention Pansy Parkinson as one of the famous Slytherins! She’s basically Draco’s for most of the series.

  46. 46
    January 23rd, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE. this is perfect(:

  47. 47
    January 26th, 2011 at 2:12 am

    BWAHAHA DRACO, I LOVE YOU!! XD

  48. 48
    January 30th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Aw, damn, I looooove Slytherin outfits. Their colors are the best. Too bad I’m a Hufflepuff… :(

  49. 49
    June 30th, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I love this post, you did such an amazing job!

  50. 50
    July 15th, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    OMG I am a true Gryffindor but I am loving that 1st dress! Is that wrong?? If so SORRY GODRIC! But seriously that DRESS! I wanna have it so bad! (along with a weasley sweater, I wonder……. could i marry RON and get one OHHHH I hope!)
    -Katie Bell

  51. 51
    September 28th, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    hahaha, i love the draco meme!! And those combat boots–somethin fierce!

  52. 52
    May 5th, 2012 at 1:40 am

    For me, us Slytherin folks are a little more…sleek and classy. I think we would wear the best, most striking designer garments with interesting touches. I’m going to a concert this week and I’m wearing a silk, Gothic style blouse with an open chest, fitted black pants and black suede ankle boots with a gold heel and diamante snakes that clasp around the ankle. With my fetish for strong lines and snakes it was no suprise I was sorted in Slytherin :)

  53. 53
    July 10th, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    love this! we need more harry potter stuff!!! and…SLYTHERINE PRIDE!!!

  54. 54
    January 20th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Thanks for the amazing post! I love the first outfit, and the fact that you bothered to reaserch slytherin traits. I’d say I would be in slytherin.

  55. 55
    March 21st, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Cool outfits… Im not sure about the last dress, but I like the top two.

    Anyway for those who think Slytherin was evil in the books, I woukd have to disagree. Slytherin is not really a “bad” house, just like how Gryffindor is not purely a “good” house. The only house that is closest to being purely good is Hufflepuff (doesn’t mean a Hufflepuff can’t be bad either, but generally Hufflepuffs are the nicest and most loyal. Hufflepuff has produced the least amount of dark wizards and they are considered hard-working). Slytherin has produced the most dark wizards, but Ravenclaw has apparently produced their fair share too, followed by Gryffindor. While most dark wizards come from Slytherin, it has been stated that most Slytherins are not actually dark. They are smart, ambitious and resourceful. They are also more likely to break some rules… But being smart, ambitious and resourceful are great traits when used for the right purpose. Slytherin is probably the most difficult and complex house to understand (so like their symbol – the snake, I think they are often misunderstood because people might be intimidated by them). In general all the houses have good and bad traits, just like all people do. Slytherins may have been portrayed as the “bad guys” most of the time in the series because Slytherin & Gryffindor are competitive and before Harry came to the school, Slytherin won the House Cup for several years in a row (which would have made the other houses somewhat intimidated and bitter). The view towards Slytherins in the book is often one-sided as well because Harry and all his friends were usually from Gryffindor, so they had a rivalry with Slytherin. Dumbeldore and Hagrid were also from Gryffindor, so they may have had some biased towards their former house too. Just saying :)

  56. 56
    August 19th, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Hello muggles, I am Astoria Greengrass from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. I am in Slytherin House. I have better things than your muggle things. Mine are from Diagon Alley and from around the world. I didn’t need any of this.

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