Stories about people like Dumbledore are often told exclusively through symbols and subtext, rendering their queerness invisible.
Flashback to 11 years ago. My ten-year-old self had just been told by another little girl that I was going to hell because I read “Harry Potter”. This comment was followed by a list of ways I could repent and save my soul from the devil.
Because “Harry Potter” fans have come to learn that nothing J.K. Rowling writes is by chance, I embarked on this journey to look at the animal emblems of all four Hogwarts Houses. I wanted to find out how previously recorded legends, myths, and other symbolic systems mentioned these animals and how the nature of the animals in traditional symbolism reflected the House values in Rowling’s work. Gryffindor is an obvious connection between the symbol of a lion and bravery. I had to do a little more research when it came to the Ravenclaw eagle and the Hufflepuff badger, but there were interesting findings regarding those two animals and how they connected to their respective houses. For today’s post I’ll be concentrating on Slytherin House and its snake emblem.
Each of the Hogwarts Houses is associated with an animal emblem along with its colors. While the similarity between Gryffindor’s values and the bravery of lions is one of the more obvious connections when it comes to these mascots, I wanted to explore how all of the Houses’ traits are represented through the emblems they were assigned. I’ve already posted my research about Gryffindor’s lion and Ravenclaw’s eagle, so up next is Hufflepuff’s badger. I myself am a good old loyal Hufflepuff, so I will try to refrain from writing a novel about this fantastic house and its mighty badger.
Each of the Hogwarts Houses is represented by an animal, but it seems that the only two that have obvious connections to the characteristics valued by their assigned Houses are the Gryffindor lion and Slytherin’s serpent. In this post I’m aiming to find what the connection is between the golden eagle and the values of Ravenclaw House.