Why was Albus Potter in Slytherin

Why was Albus Severus sorted by Slytherin?

The text (both Sorcerer's / Philosopher's Stone as well as Cursed Child ) suggests that Albus, like his father, was influenced by the new friend he made on the Hogwarts Express. To see how, check out the similarities between Albus and Harry.

  • Everyone was out of place and driving when they boarded the Hogwarts Express. Harry because he was new to the wizarding world and Albus because he wasn't sure who he was.

  • Everyone quickly made friends on the Hogwarts Express who were confident of which house they would be in: Ron was (quite) confident he would be in Gryffindor, Scorpius in Slytherin.

  • Everyone ended up in the same house as their new friend.

Because of these similarities, my theory is that his new friend set a direction for each of them that could have affected his placement in the house. In Harry's case, this emerges from his conversation with Ron on the Hogwarts Express:

"What house are your brothers in?" asked Harry.

"Gryffindor," said Ron. The darkness seemed to settle on him again. "Mom and Dad were there too. I don't know what they're going to say if I'm not. I don't suppose Ravenclaw is too bad, but imagine they'd put me in Slytherin."

"This is House Vol-, I mean, you-know-who was in?"

"Yes," said Ron. He fell back in his seat and looked depressed.

And then later:

[Malfoy] turned back to Harry. "You will soon find out that some wizarding families are much better than others, Potter. You don't want to befriend the wrong kind. I can help you there."

He reached out his hand to shake Harry's, but Harry didn't take it.

"I think I can tell who is the wrong kind for me, thank you," he said coolly.

Finally, during the sorting:

"So where do I take you?"

Harry grabbed the edges of the stool and thought: Not Slytherin, not Slytherin.

"Not Slytherin, huh?" said the soft voice. "Are you sure? You could be great, you know, it's all here in your head, and Slytherin will help you on your way to greatness, no doubt - no? Well, if you're sure - better GRYFFINDOR!"

As @Skooba also mentioned in the comments, Hagrid had also told Harry, "There is no witch or wizard who has gone bad and has not been to Slytherin."I had forgotten this case of another friend that also influenced his choice of house.

In the confrontation with Malfoy on the Hogwarts Express, Harry really got sorted. The sorting has just confirmed this. Hadn't Ron indicated that Slytherin was not a desirable house, which added to Harry's reaction to Malfoy and the thoughts "Not Slytherin" ran through his head, he might have ended up in Slytherin because of his ambition.

For example, let's say Harry met Ernie Macmillan on the Hogwarts Express and befriended him. Couldn't he have become a Hufflepuff then? Certainly, at various points throughout the books, he exhibited some of the hardworking traits that were valued for the Hufflepuffs (although he probably exhibited more un-Hufflepuff traits that were looser).

Albus had a similar experience on the Hogwarts Express:

ROSE (discovers ALBUS 'loving look at the chocolate frogs) : Al. We have to focus.

ALBUS: Are you focusing on what?

ROSE: Who we want to be friends with. My mom and dad met your dad on their first Hogwarts Express, you know ...

ALBUS: So now we have to choose with whom we want to be friends for life? That's pretty scary.

And then Albus makes his choice:

SCORPIUS and ALBUS look at each other and something passes between them.

ROSE: Yeah, we should probably be sitting somewhere else. Come on, Albus.

ALBUS thinks deeply.

ALBUS: No. (From ROSE's eyes.) I am fine. You continue...

ROSE: Albus. I will not wait.

ALBUS: And I wouldn't expect that. But I'm staying here.

ROSE looks at him for a second and then leaves the compartment.

As with his father, this was where Albus' true sorting took place. The sorting hat only confirmed this.


Hagrid also said something like "Not a bad witch or wizard who isn't from Slytherin". So Harry wasn't good at Slytherin

Doug R.

@ Kokooba: Excellent point. I included it in my answer with an imputation.


However, Lily Evans chose to sit on the Hogwarts Express with Snape and he told her "'You'd better be in Slytherin'" and she was still placed in Gryffindor, so apparently who you are initially friends with and what you hear Your house does not decide on other houses from these friends for everyone. Even so, I like your theory, and it is certainly true in some cases.

Doug R.

@petra_delphiki: But Lily Evans wasn't her son with all the baggage he was carrying. Again, this was not intended to be a general statement; I was just trying to answer the OP's question about Albus by highlighting similarities between him and his father (intentional similarities, I'm sure).