Here we are at the last week of February’s Harry Potter-themed Top 5 Tuesday. This final week is dedicated to the Slytherins.
While portrayed in the books as the evil house, there is a lot more to Slytherin. According to Pottermore, members of the Slytherin house are cunning, ambitious, creative, and resourceful.
Here are five books that I feel fit those traits.
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
This book is chock full of Slytherins. There is so much manipulation and backstabbing, with most of the characters doing whatever it takes to achieve their goal.
Plus, everyone is just SO ambitious. They all want to be on top in various ways, and they’re all willing to do whatever it takes to get there.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Not going to give an explanation for this one in case anyone reading this hasn’t read it or seen the movie. But definitely very Slytheriny.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Okay, this one plays a bit into the stereotype that all Slytherins come from rich, pureblood families. But hear me out. In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby uses the resources at his disposal (money) to get what he wants (Daisy).
He’s kind of creepily obsessed with Daisy, but he sure is ambitious and driven when trying to win her over.
The Martian by Andy Weir
I know a lot of people have been putting Watney in Gryffindor or Ravenclaw, but I think he also belongs in Slytherin. One of their traits is that they are resourceful, and I can’t think of a more resourceful character than Watney. He literally uses his own poop to grow potatoes! He uses everything available to him to survive until he can be rescued.
And he’s not only resourceful, but cunning and ambitious. I mean, you kind of have to be ambitious to be an astronaut. And it takes a lot of critical thinking to be able to survive in such an uninhabitable environment for as long as he did.
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
I definitely feel like this belongs in here because I feel like Bri is such a Slytherin. Faced with extreme poverty and the possibility of her family becoming homeless after her mom loses her job, she uses her talents to try to make something of herself and her family.
She always keeps her eyes on the prize and is willing to do whatever it takes to get to the top.
She’s resourceful as heck and uses her personal connections and what’s available to her to succeed.