This is the final week in Feburary and therefore my last entry in the month-long Harry Potter themed Top 5 Tuesdays. If you haven’t come across one of these yet, the themes come from Shanah @ Bionic Bookworm. Last but not least is Slytherin House!
I’ve met many Slytherins – hey, my best friend is a Slytherin! Though the house is generally known for the dark witches and wizards it produces, Slytherins are not all bad! Let’s provide some positive light for this cool Hogwarts house! Let’s look at the traits:
According to the Sorting Hat, you might be sorted into Slytherin where, “You’ll make your real friends,/ Those cunning folk use any means,/ To achieve their ends.”
Slytherins are known for their cunning, their ambition, and their creativity. Like with Ravenclaws, who pursue knowledge singlemindedly, Slytherins also are determined to achieve their goals and strive to be the best. And, as the Harry Potter wiki page on Slytherin states, “Slytherins will never leave their own behind.” I think that sounds rather nice!
So, with these traits in mind, here are my recommendations for books for those of Slytherin house:
I read this book when I was younger and I remember really loving it. One of the things that sticks out most in my memory is how badass Morgan is in this book. Ultimately, Springer is attempting to give a backstory to Morgana from Arthurian legend that does her some justice, blurring the lines of an otherwise evil, remorseless portrait of her.
I’ve chosen this book to recommend because Morgan is ambitious. She wants revenge against Pendragon for taking away her family, she wants freedom for herself. But Morgan is also very cunning and she uses her magic to great effect. I think she’s a really cool anti-hero, written in a time before anti-heroes were all the rage. If you love Camelot and Arthurian legend, this book is here for you!
Speaking of badass ladies, Margaret Beaufort is wicked smart, ruthless, and an overall badass. As a child-bride, her future is completely in the hands of others, but as she grows, Margaret learns to take the reins of her own destiny and set the course not only for her future, but the future of her son.
I love Philippa Gregory and her books on the Tudors and Plantagenets are amazing! This book follows the Tudor side in the Wars of the Roses. Margaret’s son, Henry Tudor, becomes king of England and he wouldn’t have gotten there without Margaret. She’s cunning, ambitious, and creative – she undermines the York family in the guise of friendship to supplant them with her own family. She’s devious, but you can tell that everything she does is for her family. This book is an amazing read and I think any history-loving Slytherin would love this book.
As is my habit, I had to include a non-fiction book in this mix. I love Ben Mezrich and his wide array of subjects for his books. This book in particular caught the eye of Hollywood because they made a movie of it. You might have heard of it, or seen it, but they changed the title to 21, I guess to make it catchier? Anyway, it’t the true story of a group of college students who used their amazing brains to make a lot of dough…off of casinos.
The book follows these students as they use their cunning and creativity to create a rotating network of people to count cards, use tells, and all manner of mathematical tricks to win big at Casino games, particularly 21. Needless to say, it all goes south eventually because…the house always wins.
4. The Prestige
When I was going through my books to decide what to recommend, I came across Christopher Priest’s The Prestige and I though, huh, yeah, I think this would be a good fit for a Slytherin reader.
So there’s a pretty popular movie of this book, featuring Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, and Scarlet Johansson. It’s abook about two rival magicians and it’s rather sad, but when I saw the movie, I hadn’t realized it was a book first, so I quickly went and found it and read it. I have to say, the book has way more going on (surprise, surprise). Ultimately, the story is about revenge, but I think both magicians are cunning and have the ambition to try to be the best magician ever. They both have single-minded goals that they want to achieve and don’t stop at anything to make these goals happen. If you like magic, books about rivals, or period dramas, this book is definitely for you.
5. Six of Crows
This is the first book in a duology, and upfront, I’m going to say the second book absolutely destroyed me and I like to pretend it doesn’t exist. So anyway, this book is perfect for Slytherins and I’ll tell you why. Kaz is a Slytherin for true. He is ambitious and cunning and he has one goal and one goal only and he will stop at nothing to achieve it, but he is also incredibly loyal to the people in his corner. He looks out for them and he has their back, just like he knows they have his.
But otherwise, this story is full of intrigue and ingenuity and I think Slytherins would really dig a heist story, especially since the people carrying out the heist are smart and relentless and are total badasses. Not to mention there is a lot of grey-area here about whether certain characters are “good” or “bad,” and I think Slytherins in particular would enjoy this interplay because if you come from a house known for dark witches and wizards, you might know better than anyone that blanket terms don’t serve anybody and everyone has a bit of good/bad in the mix.
What do you think? Did I intrigue you? Pique your interest? If you’re a Slytherin, let me know if you’ve read any of these books and agree, or if you’re thinking of adding them to your TBR!
If you’re not a Slytherin, let me know what you think about my selections. As always, I’d love to hear from you if you have read these books – share what you thought of them! Or, if you haven’t, let me know if you’re interested in reading them.
Let’s all agree to keep reading – see you in the next review 🙂