Friday, November 10, 2006
Questions for Jo #4: Slytherin and monkeys
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets chapter 17, the statue of Salazar Slytherin is described as being "ancient and monkey-like." Why? This is such an odd break from the usual snake symbolism that Jo has used for Slytherin and the house he founded at Hogwarts. Should we be looking at folklore about monkeys?