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Salazar Slytherin is one of the founders of Hogwarts. He created Slytherin House. He was a Parselmouth and likely a Dark wizard.


Salazar Slytherin was the founder of Slytherin house, after whom it is named.

From the Story[]

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets[]

Discovered in chapter 9, The Writing on the Wall[]

Salazar Slytherin is one of the four founders of Hogwarts and the person after whom Slytherin house is named. He believed that Hogwarts should be selective about its admission of magical students, only opening doors to those who came from all-magic families. He believed that students of Muggle parentage were untrustworthy. The differences in philosophies caused a rift between the founders, and Slytherin left the school. After he departed, a legend emerged that Slytherin had left a Chamber of Secrets within the castle. The Chamber supposedly held a beast which he alone could control, which had the power to purge the school of those with less than purely magical blood. Extensive searches of the castle had not turned up any evidence of the Chamber.

Discovered in chapter 11, The Duelling Club[]

Salazar Slytherin was known for his ability to speak Parseltongue, or snake language. This ability made him a Parselmouth.

Discovered in chapter 17, The Heir of Slytherin[]

A large statue of Salazar Slytherin stands in the Chamber of Secrets. The ancient statue is monkey-like, with a long thin beard that falls almost to the bottom of his sweeping stone robes.

Voldemort is revealed to be Slytherin’s only living heir.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire[]

Discovered in chapter 12, The Triwizard Tournament[]

During its song at the Sorting Ceremony, the Sorting Hat says that the power-hungry Salazar Slytherin valued very ambitious students over all others. Along with the other founders, Slytherin helped give the Sorting Hat brains to allow it to sort the students itself after they were gone.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince[]

Discovered in chapter 20, Lord Voldemort's Request[]

Salazar Slytherin's locket was handed down to his descendants, and was in the possession of the Gaunt family before being sold by Merope Gaunt to Caractacus Burke.

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