Slytherins (the House) Are Misrepresented in the Harry Potter Books/Movies
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The is a large general discrepancy between Slytherin behaviors in HP and the Sorting Hat's and others' descriptions of the House's values.
And power-hungry SlytherinLoved those of great ambition.
We Slytherins are brave, yes, but not stupid. For instance, given the choice, we will always choose to save our own necks.
Or perhaps in SlytherinYou'll make your real friends,Those cunning folk use any meansTo achieve their ends.
Without cunning, there is no innovation. Without ambition, there is no accomplishment.
Slytherins are consistently in direct contradiction to their house values whereas the other three houses have almost no contradictions.
The fact that Crabbe and Goyle are bumbling idiots rather than cunning sociopaths does not change the fact that Slytherin fits them best
the [examples] you already provided have been shot down like a WW1 aircraft in an advanced extra-terrestrial dog fight.
Granted, I can't seem them in any of the other houses, but Rowling is still representing Slytherin badly. There should, by the math I showed earlier, be as many Ravenclaws of average intelligence as there are Slytherins of average cunning.
That's a matter of opinion.
almost every IRL Ravenclaw type is a scientist or artist.
although Ravenclaw is more straightforward than Slytherin, it is still not entirely what you would expect. Take Luna Lovegood for example, she is a right-brained Ravenclaw (more of an artist than a scientist) but Ravenclaw by it's description appears inherently left-brained in many ways. A Ravenclaw could theoretically be poor at academics and even appear dumb on the surface, but be a super-witty artistic genius who is only bright/witty when it comes to creativity.
Nothing is truly a matter of opinion.
According to basic math (1 out of 4 options), roughly 25% of the world is technically a "Ravenclaw." Obviously, artists and scientists don't make up 25% of the population, so you're most definitely wrong.
There should be, on average, one mediocre (in every aspect, left or right brained) intelligence Ravenclaw for every "conniving" rather than "cunning" Slytherin