Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in English Composition



First Advisor

Carlson, David

Second Advisor

Rhodes, Jacqueline

Third Advisor

Hyon, Sunny


The Slytherin characters of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series are generally thought of as the "bad guys," always causing trouble for the hero and repeatedly taking the wrong side of nearly every fight; however, these characters are not the stereotypical villains that often grace the pages of children's literature. The Slytherins fit the many faces of the Other, giving them a multitude of identities and, hence making them more complex than the characteristically static villain role provided in most children's literature. This thesis argues not only how the Slytherins fulfill the role of Other but how the often negative view of otherness is challenged by the actions of many of the Slytherin characters; as well, this thesis illustrates the influence fandom has had in rehumanizing the Slytherins, culminating in a discussion on fants identifying with these characters.