Slytherin’s are all evil. You can’t trust a Slytherin. They’ll stab you in the back. They don’t care if a dark lord takes over the world. They’ve got so much money they don’t know what to do with it. They are racist. They are mean. These are all things people have said about my Hogwarts house and frankly it’s very rude.
As a Slytherin I love the house. Sure it has it’s bad parts but there are many amazing things about the house. To me Slytherin’s are ambitious, they stick to what they believe and they are loyal to their family and friends. Do any of these things sound like bad qualities to have? Sure you could turn evil and try to take over the world (Tom Riddle) or you could make a good difference in the world.
According to Pottermore, Slytherin’s are cunning, ambitious, resourseful, shrewd and determined. These don’t just mean “dark wizard” it could possibly mean “teacher” or “politician” (I think these fit the characteristics). They also say that Slytherin’s are born winners. Honestly nobody can be a born winner but with enough effort you can win at anything.
The truth is that while most Dark wizards are Slytherins, many members of Slytherin House do not have Dark leanings
There are many great wizards who have come out of the Slytherin house. Take one of the most famous wizards in history, Merlin was a Slytherin. Severus Snape gave his life up because of his love for Lily Potter. Horace Slughorn, a potions teacher seemed like he was a pretty great guy. Narcissa Malfoy betrayed Voldemort because she loved her family.
By 1970, the Knights of Walpurgis (later renamed the “Death Eaters”) was an organisation that included people that Tom Marvolo Riddle, who became Voldemort, knew from his time at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Nearly all of those recruited were from Slytherin House. However, there may have been recruits from Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, and even from foreign schools within the ranks as well.
There are also bad wizards to come out of other houses. Take Peter Pettigrew, a Gryffindor who became Voldemort’s right hand man (in a way). Professor Quirrell was a Ravenclaw and he let Voldemort hang out on the back of his head. Maybe not as many people from other houses turn evil but Slytherin’s also have that reputation that may lead them to that life.
Bad people come from everywhere but also do good people. I have no physical proof but I’m sure the good people out number the bad people in this world. You can’t just say that all Slytherin’s are evil because that seem’s like a very Donald Trump move (he was sorted into Gryffindor.). It’s like how you can’t say all Muslim’s are terrorists or all American’s are fat because obviously they’re not.
If it comes down to it Slytherins are so greatly stereotyped that people don’t even realize that there are good people in Slytherin too.