Go Back   Chamber of Secrets > Forum Archives > Harry Potter Archives

"Was Sirius a Slytherin?" aka "The Marauders and their Houses"

Thread Tools
Old March 5th, 2003, 4:47 am
dorcasderr dorcasderr is offline
Seventh Year
Joined: 6016 days
Location: Virginia
Age: 72
Posts: 1,908
A lot of good arguments on ALL sides in this thread. I believe it is POSSIBLE that the Marauders were in different houses but I'm not sure it is likely. Perhaps during James' time at Hogwarts the House rivalry between Slytherin and Gryffindor was not so bitter. And IF they had as many classes together as they do in Harry's day then there was ample time to develop friendships. Because the class groupings have (in our experience) been limited to two houses to a class, I wonder, though, if the Marauders were in more than two different houses.

Sponsored Links
Old March 19th, 2003, 1:24 am
Quasi_EviL  Female.gif Quasi_EviL is offline
Second Year
Joined: 5792 days
Location: Canada
Age: 30
Posts: 249
Originally posted by Justin Etre (original post)
All four were in Gryffindor weren't they? Otherwise such a close friendship would not have been possible because they would have slept in different dorms and eaten on seperate table and had seperate lessons (probably)
I agree with that, especially seeing as so far in the series, JK hasn't shown many close friendships between houses. I don't think it would be as possible for the Marauders to know each other as thoroughly as they did if they were all in different houses.

As to Peter being in Gryffindor, he was obviously smart enough to pass beneath the radar of suspicion when it came to figuring out who was passing information to Voldemort. Voldemort must have seen some bravery in him at one point or another to trust him the way he did.

Old March 19th, 2003, 2:15 am
miri's Avatar
miri  Female.gif miri is offline
Hogwarts Graduate
Joined: 5822 days
Location: England, near Oxford
Age: 34
Posts: 2,935
Re: unidentified Marauder room-mate - how about Mr Longbottom?
I dont think he was a Marauder or we WOULD know, but I think they could have been friends.
I am equally happy with a *dorm of 4* idea - maybe DD saw that Sirius and James would coax Remus out of his shell, and that the 3 of them would help and support Peter? We don't know how dorms are assigned.

I think all the Marauders were in Gryffindor (she states after treating the idea of them sharing a dorm as fact).

I think that they thought Sirius had gone mad - the laughing. Insanity and evilness are different.


I am NOT a hobbit! (pic taken by the lovely Kizz of me with the Witch King of Angmar)
Old March 19th, 2003, 9:05 am
smartypants's Avatar
smartypants  Male.gif smartypants is offline
Fifth Year
Joined: 5800 days
Location: Smartylands
Age: 52
Posts: 774
And remember that the hat looks for things that the founders liked.
Wormtail is obviously a coward, and therefore a bad fit for Gryffindor. But he is also not bright, loyal and trustworthy or even ambitious. So he really doesn't have ANY of the things that the founders looked for. So maybe he then is a bit more brave than he is loyal, and ended up in Gryffindor because of that.

And with people like that, how can you say that the Hat put them in the right house. There IS no right house.


The Polyphonic Spree.
Old March 19th, 2003, 11:46 am
Leda  Female.gif Leda is offline
First Year
Joined: 5848 days
Location: doing a cloggdance on a tulip
Posts: 52
That's a good question, why was Peter placed in Gryffindor? I think that maybe we WILL see some bravery in him in the future. Remember what Dumbledore said to Harry after he saved Peter's life? Peter would be in his debt. I just don't think the sorting hat puts people in the wrong house.

Old May 6th, 2003, 9:37 pm
Puffskein  Female.gif Puffskein is offline
Seventh Year
Joined: 5934 days
Location: Jollity Farm
Age: 36
Posts: 2,026
I feel like bumping this up because I've got a few more thoughts on it:

1) Sirius
Until POA, as far as anyone knew, Sirius was a very notorious dark wizard. So it seems a bit unlikely for even Hagrid to say that bad wizards are generally Slytherins if Sirius was not a Slytherin. The other possibilities are that Hagrid just has a bias against Slytherin (very likely after what happened with Tom Riddle) or simply that it was too much of a mouthful to say "all wizards who went bad were in Slytherin except Sirius Black".

2) Peter
It's a bit hard to see Peter as a Gryffindor since he says himself "I was never brave". Maybe he has some hidden bravery in a very obscure place, or he was in another house and knew one of the Marauders before Hogwarts, or he begged the hat to put him in Gryffindor.

3) Remus
Remus admits to being cowardly when he failed to tell Dumbledore that Sirius was an Animagus. But bravery comes in many forms, and I think he has been brave in fighting the beast that society thinks he is. He could just give up all attempts to prove his humanity since it won't work on most people, but he doesn't. I think he was a rather bookish child, superficially a Ravenclaw type, but so's Hermione and she is a Gryffindor because she values bravery over books and cleverness.

4) The Mystery Fifth Room-mate
We may never find out if there was another Gryffindor boy in the Marauders' dorm, but if there was, he would have been a bit puzzled when first one room-mate disappears every month, then four of them do...

My chief weapon is shipping neutrality...and avoidance of over-analysis. My two weapons are shipping neutrality, avoidance of over-analysis, and a sense of humour. My three weapons are shipping neutrality, avoidance of over-analysis, and a sense of humour...and an almost fanatical devotion to Remus Lupin. Among my weapons are...
...I'll come in again.
Old May 7th, 2003, 4:47 am
Weatherby's Avatar
Weatherby  Female.gif Weatherby is offline
Registered Animagus
Joined: 5871 days
Location: A small apartment
Posts: 3,968
I think you can go bad despite what house your in.
The house traits look for the best in people but it doesn't mean the other characteristics aren't there.
I think the only reason Slytherin gets the bad reputation is because ambitious people aim higher therefore might get into more trouble.

Sirius must have been a Gryffindor unless they changed the rule about eating with your house.
James and Sirius would've had a harder time being inseperable otherwise. Of course it's not impossible. Percy managed to see his girlfriend..

As for Lupin - defeintly a Gryffindor.
The only thing I'm curious about is bravery being Peter's strongest point. He's a real coward.

Enjoy the Unknown
Old July 14th, 2003, 5:33 pm
gingerskat  Female.gif gingerskat is offline
First Year
Joined: 5683 days
Location: Denmark
Age: 29
Posts: 28
In the book it's mentiond several times that Remus, Sirius and James was in Gryffindor...but theres something that i don't understand

Was he in Gryffindor...?

He must've been 'cos he was "friends" with Remus, Sirius and James, and i don't think that they would hang out with a Slytherin.

The only problem is that Peter dosen't have any of the socalled Gryffindor/Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff qualities. His neither brave(Sirius says that he's always been a coward), he's not smart nor loyal to his friends, but i don't understandwhy the Sorting-hat would put Peter in Gryffindor...!

Please help me understand...!

'Just thinking ...' she said, still frowning at the rain-washed window.
'About Siri-Snuffles?' said Harry.
'No ... not exactly ... ' said Hermione slowly. 'more ... wondering ... I suppose we're doing the right thing ... I think ... aren't we?'
Harry and Ron looked at each other.
'Well, that clears that up,' said Ron. 'I't would've been really annoying if you hadn't explained yourself properly.'
Hermione looked at him as though she had only just realised he was there.

to you if you're new on this forum... !
Old July 14th, 2003, 11:13 pm
pavonia black pavonia black is offline
First Year
Joined: 5676 days
Location: texas (yeehaw)
Posts: 50
James Potter was the seeker for Giffindor (sp). Also Peter's badness is not common knowelege. I would put them all in the same house b/c then they could have said 'hey, his bed is empty again'. I don't think they really made a head count or anything to see where all the death eaters came from, it sounds more like round-the-table-talk.

<center><img src="http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-7/198881/Pavonia_Blac_30957.gif" width=300 height=40> </center>
Black magic operates most effectively in preconscious, marginal areas.
Old July 16th, 2003, 11:07 pm
Amadeus's Avatar
Amadeus  Female.gif Amadeus is offline
Fifth Year
Joined: 5709 days
Posts: 835
well, the part that he didn't go bad like everyone else means his dark wizard family... He wouldn't have been friends with the other Marauders at all if he was in Slytherin..

Old July 16th, 2003, 11:23 pm
Elbereth Elbereth is offline
First Year
Joined: 5674 days
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Posts: 16
I think that all four of the marauders were in Gryffindor. I believe that the statement that "all bad wizards are from Slytherin" is an exaggeration. It's fairly obvious that James was a Gryffindor, and no doubt his best friends also would have been. I always assumed that people from other houses could go bad too. The reason Slytherins get called evil is because they are the power-hungry, crafty, mud-blood-hating house, and these traits cause them to side with Voldemort. I think calling all Slytherins evil and the other houses good is entirely too black and white. For one thing, I do not believe Snape is an evil character, and he went to Slytherin. He's certainly not a nice character, and there was a time when he sided with Voldemort, but he has made it up and done very good things for Dumbledor.

Treat the earth well; it is not a gift from your parents, but a loan from your children. - Kenyan Proverb
Old July 16th, 2003, 11:58 pm
M a r v o l o  Female.gif M a r v o l o is offline
Second Year
Joined: 5785 days
Location: my loft
Posts: 175
But, Sirius didn't ACTUALY go bad. He was only accused of "going bad."

Old July 17th, 2003, 12:09 am
marspeach  Female.gif marspeach is offline
Fourth Year
Joined: 5733 days
Location: Michigan
Age: 31
Posts: 520
I think they were all in Gryffindor. I can think of Wormtail in Hufflepuff(leftover) or Lupin in Ravenclaw, but that's it. But didn't Sirius tell Harry that Lupin was made prefect and not James? Did he mean out of the Marauders or out of their house? Oh well. It's easier for me if they're all in Gryffindor.

Old July 17th, 2003, 1:08 am
donkey_luv donkey_luv is offline
First Year
Joined: 5686 days
Posts: 8
Sirius wasn't a slytherin there is no evidence that he was!

Old July 17th, 2003, 5:46 am
vickygirl4  Female.gif vickygirl4 is offline
Fourth Year
Joined: 5691 days
Location: Guess
Age: 32
Posts: 551
I had considered this before, but now after book 5 (which I can't discuss here) I'm almost sure that Sirius and the others were in Gryffindor. So Peter probably was an exception to the rule.

Old July 17th, 2003, 11:55 am
Slytherin Slytherin is offline
First Year
Joined: 5670 days
Location: ...in an old mansion...
Age: 31
Posts: 2
I also think that all the marauders were in gryffindor, though I can't understand why peter was... I don't think that sirius was in slytherin, because of the friendship between him and james... I think it's nearly impossible to have such a close friendship between gryffindor and slytherin...

"Good Lord Arthur! What did you have to sell to get seats in the top box? Surely your house wouldn't fetch this much."-Lucius Malfoy
Old July 17th, 2003, 12:19 pm
marspeach  Female.gif marspeach is offline
Fourth Year
Joined: 5733 days
Location: Michigan
Age: 31
Posts: 520
I don't think Sirius's personality is like a Slytherin's. I think the saying that all dark wizards are from Slytherin was an exaggeration. There must be dark wizards who went to other schools. Karkaroff was a Death Eater and he probably went to Durmstrang. Also, Harry said in other books about Slytherin turning out more dark wizards than any other house. So, not all the dark wizards came from there, just most.

Old July 29th, 2003, 5:42 pm
dishking23 dishking23 is offline
First Year
Joined: 5657 days
Posts: 4
James Potter's House

Can anyone tell me in which book (and approximately where) it states that James was in Gryffindor House. I have it stated that he was a best boy and that both he and Lily were in Gryffindor house, but I can't recall every actually reading that.

Old July 29th, 2003, 5:59 pm
M a r v o l o  Female.gif M a r v o l o is offline
Second Year
Joined: 5785 days
Location: my loft
Posts: 175
Hm, not sure... But it says he was a seeker for Gryffindor House somewhere. So, obviously... He was in Gryffindor...

Old July 29th, 2003, 6:15 pm
Alorra Spinnet  Female.gif Alorra Spinnet is offline
Third Year
Joined: 6014 days
Location: New Jersey
Age: 50
Posts: 301
it doesn't actually state his house anywhere in the books. JK confirmed in chats that James, Lily, & Hagrid were in Gryffindor.

Alorra Spinnet

Wand:Mahogany & Unicorn Hair 11 in
W.O.M.B.A.T. Scores - O/E/O!

Fox. You sly thing you.
What Is Your Animagus?
Go Back  Chamber of Secrets > Forum Archives > Harry Potter Archives


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 6:16 am.

Powered by: vBulletin, Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Original content is Copyright MMII - MMVIII, CoSForums.com. All Rights Reserved.
Other content (posts, images, etc) is Copyright its respective owners.