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Why Sherlock is a Slytherin

Most people think that Sherlock is a Ravenclaw, and while everyone is entitled to their own opinions I disagree. I have done research on both houses but I may be considered biased since I am a Slytherin.
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Adriana Soto

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Transcript of Why Sherlock is a Slytherin

" He's not evil, so he
can't
be in Slytherin! "
Why Sherlock is a Slytherin
Ambition
This is the perfect quote to describe Sherlock. He did use ANY means to achieve his goal. What was that goal?
Save John Watson
. He DIED, maybe not technically, But he did. He jumped off that building to make sure those he cared about were safe. He spent
2 years
in hiding,
alone
, to make sure they'd stay that way. We saw this ambition to protect John again in Series 3, when Sherlock really did die. His heart
stopped
. He was DEAD but in the moments his brain was shutting down, the words "John Watson is definitely in danger."
Brought him back from
the dead.
If you don't think that's the most ambitious
thing ever, go buy a dictionary.

.
Loyalty
While it's true that Hufflepuffs are loyal, it's also true of Slytherins.
They protect those who earn and deserve their trust and wouldn't betray them. They would protect them until the end. This is one of the factors which make Hufflepuff/Slytherin friendships possible (Yes they exist and are not as uncommon as you'd think) A Slytherin will remain loyal to their true friends and protect them as Sherlock protected his. He could have easily let them die to serve his own safety but he didn't. He put himself in danger to save them.
-----LOYALTY-----
A Slytherin uses what they have to make something work. Even at a moments notice they can think up a plan that will work out for them in the end. Sherlock was very Resourceful, he always had a plan. he thought things out and made them work with whatever he had. Whether that be a Priest's costume, a bruised face, and some well said words, an entire plan that had to be carried out perfectly in a moments notice or the complete knowledge of London traffic lights and streets. Sherlock worked with what he had, just a Slytherin would.
"Or perhaps in Slytherin, You'll make your real friends
Those cunning folk use
any
means to achieve their ends."
-The Hogwarts Sorting Hat
The most commonly ignored Slytherin trait.
Probably the greatest flaw a Ravenclaw can have
A Ravenclaw strives to be the best. They will beat out their own house just to get the best marks. They might even cheat to get to the top. Because they need everyone to know how great they are, how smart they are, how much better they are. A Slytherin wouldn't care, they wouldn't give two flying f*cks what anyone else thought, as long as they knew that they had accomplished it. Slytherins aren't cheats, they want the knowledge that what they achieved, they achieved through their own devices. But if a friend was in need, a Slytherin wouldn't care what the world thought of them, they would help that friend (loyalty)
A Ravenclaw wouldn't be able to stand the thought of being called a
fraud. Sherlock was ready to give up his reputation for those he
cared for. Even though it meant he wouldn't be
the best anymore.
What I'll be
DISPROVING

"He's a genius! So he MUST belong in Ravenclaw!"
This presentation is my reasoning behind the belief that Sherlock Holmes, (from BBC's
Sherlock
) if sorted by the Hogwarts Sorting Hat in J.K Rowlings world of
Harry Potter,
would belong in Slytherin House and
not
in Ravenclaw.

" He's quirky and weird, like Lovegood, he
has
to be a Ravenclaw."
" He always wears a blue scarf! Obviously a Ravenclaw! "
" He doesn't understand feelings."
" He wants to know everything! Just to be smarter! "
Cleverness
The reason everyone assumes he would be in Ravernclaw.
Yes, Sherlock is intelligent. Obviously so. A genius really. But that doesn't automatically mean he would be in Ravenclaw. While it's true that Intelligence is what is most prized by Ravenclaws, they're not the only house who values it. Cleverness is a quality that most Slytherins hold dear. Most of them are very smart, quite a few even rivaling the brain capacity of the Ravenclaws. But Slytherins are different, they learn things for the purpose of gaining something, of accomplishing a goal. While most Ravenclaws learn simply for the purpose of learning. A true Ravenclaw would never 'delete' knowledge, of any kind. A Slytherin would
if they found no value in keeping that information. Ravenclaws
want to know
everything
. Slytherins want to
know what's
important
.
He's a Snake
Cunning
cun·ning
ˈkəniNG/Submit
adjective
1.having or showing skill in achieving one's ends by deceit or evasion.
" All of the 'smart' people are in Ravenclaw "
Sherlock knows how people think, contrary to popular belief. Does he know how they feel? No. But he does know what to do in order to get what he wants. He will lie to your face if he thinks it will help him. And you'll believe it. Because he knows what to say to get you to respond the way he wants. If that's not the mark of a cunning man, I don't know what is.
- yes I've heard this reasoning,
what does the color of his scarf have
to do with anything?
- again, what does this have to do with
being a Ravenclaw?
- not true
- Hermione Granger? Draco Malfoy?
Tom Riddle? Albus Dumbledore? Remus Lupin?
Severus Snape? Minevra McGonagal?
All smart people, none of them in Ravenclaw.
- NOT EVERYONE IN SLYTHERIN IS EVIL!
DOES ANYBODY REMEMBER HORACE SLUGHORN, ANDROMEDA TONKS (NEE BLACK), REGULUS BLACK, SEVERUS SNAPE
AND DRACO MALFOY? THEY WEREN'T EVIL!
- Everyone is weird,
Does that mean everyone belongs in Ravenclaw?
I don't think so.
Slytherin Qualities Sherlock Holmes Possesses
and Ravenclaw Qualities
He Does Not
Resourcefulness
Desire to be the Best,
No matter what
Working with what you've got
"Sherlock Holmes is
a Great man, and with
any luck, He might even
be a good one."
-Greg Lestrade
House of The Great
House of the Learning
“Sherlock Holmes is a great man - and I think one day - if we’re very, very lucky, he might even be a good one.” - D.I. Greg Lestrade
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