Arash’s “My passport to Slytherin” MONOLOGUE

If all you know about me is that I’m a Slytherin, then you don’t know anything about me. Just because I’m from the house whose mascot is a serpent and don the green and silver doesn’t mean I’m an evil, psychotic witch. It always bothers me that people are so quick to judge and assume the worst once they find out you’re in the house that has produced some of the darkest wizards of this era. It doesn’t mean that all Slytherins are destined to follow in their footsteps and that my idol is Tom Riddle.

Not all Slytherins are evil.

Slytherin itself values ambition, cunning, resourcefulness and determination. Which one of those is synonymous with evil? Ambition isn’t a path to evil. It can be if you don’t keep your head on your shoulders—but isn’t that true of anything? Cunning is often viewed as a dark side to cleverness, but it can help you in difficult situations. Also, bravery, loyalty and cleverness can be just as evil if used for the wrong purpose. You can use your bravery to commit atrocities. You can be loyal to the wrong side. Or you can use your wit for deceitful purposes.

Slytherin isn’t the only house that has produced Dark wizard and witches.

Does that mean that Slytherin is off the hook and is as pure as the unicorn’s backside? No, but who is perfect? I’m not. So do I regret being sorted into Slytherin and think maybe I should be in another more reputable house? Not at all, even if I don’t get along with many other Slytherins because I find them arrogant and ignorant, I feel I belong in Slytherin. I’m ambitious, I’m cunning, and I am very determined and resourceful. I’m not wicked, and anyone who makes an effort to get to know me can tell you that.

Being from Slytherin, I usually get one of two reactions when I tell people what School house I was in. People either recoil away from me and mistrust me or I get the irritating and condescending reaction of, “You were in Slytherin? But you’re so nice!”

Of course, not conforming to what some consider to be Slytherin’s ideals and just being in Slytherin – I don’t have very many friends. People don’t generally trust me because I’m in Slytherin. I don’t need your pity though, I have some friends. My closest friend is a Hufflepuff

So, don’t judge a potion by its colour. Give us the same chance you’d give someone from Gryffindor or Hufflepuff. That’s all I ask.

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Arash has been writing stories ever since he could hold a pencil! What started out as an intrinsic love for storytelling has turned into his lifelong passion. There’s nothing he likes better than writing (and reading) stories that is humorous in English and Persian languages, with a touch of Suspense and a poignant streak of truth running through them. Arash is also a YouTuber, Persian singer/songwriter, blogger, traveler, filmmaker, big dreamer, and professional kabob eater. When he’s not writing or dreaming up new stories, you can find him in an adventure road-tripping to national parks! If you want to see Arash in his element (ranting about stories) check out his YouTube channel.

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