I firmly believe that the reason many Slytherins were easily convinced to join Voldemort was because they were treated like shit by the rest of the houses while they were growing up. Imagine spending seven of the most important years of your life being told that you were part of the bad house and therefore bad yourself. Everyone boos your quidditch team. All the houses will hang out with everyone except you. You grow up being hated by your fellow students and many of your teachers.
Now imagine someone comes along and tells you that you’re not worthless and bad. That you’re invited to join a family where you will right the wrongs committed against you. You have the opportunity to be wanted and powerful instead of a hated outcast. Several of your former classmates are telling you how great it is. How you’re welcomed and needed. These are the kids you grew up with. The classmates who went through all the same things you did. Being a Death Eater sounds pretty good now.
I’ve been waiting for a post like this.
BLESS THIS POST
I always think about those slytherins who got ahead the RIGHT way. They worked extra hard, they were extra smart, they did extra credit. Their sense of competitiveness drove them to be the best. They didn’t want their house dragged down by slackers, so Slytherins who couldn’t make the grade would find themselves tutored (with sarcasm and impatience, but still, tutored) by other Slytherins who just wanted them to make DECENT grades so they wouldn’t be losing all the points their housemates won by excelling. Seriously, how did Crabbe and Goyle pass their tests? Don’t you think someone was bothering to make sure they made the grade? Those Slytherins who came up with fantastic experiments, who labored into the night working on group projects, who hunted down old and hard-to-find books so they could impress the teachers with their knowledge of subjects outside the provided materials… THOSE Slytherins sat there and watched all their accomplishments for their house be rendered meaningless because of Harry fucking Potter.
I have no Death Eater sympathies and I STILL would have been tempted to shank Harry. And it was always done in the most insulting way possible - First, Slytherin won the House Cup, and then it was TAKEN AWAY. That’s worse than just coming in second… that’s adding insult to injury. I would have been in Dumbledore’s office raising hell if I’d been a Slytherin prefect. That shit is NOT cool.