Young sirs and madams of Slytherin House,
A good morning to you all! As your esteemed Headmistress has already announced
, I will henceforth replace the librarian as your Head of House. An interesting little bit of history you might not know is that I have had the distinction in the past of presiding over your House for nearly fifty years! Yes, I would wager that all of your parents, and perhaps even some of your grandparents, were my pupils at one point, and so it follows that you are in the best of hands! I've been very pleased to become acquainted with
all of you over the past year, indeed a number of you show great talent for my subject, and I must say I'm looking forward to restoring this House to something of its former glory. Regardless of the popular opinion, you must never forget that Slytherin is the House of future leaders, and bright minds!
I have great plans for this House, great plans indeed, and while I have high expectations you'll find I'm not an unreasonable man. If any of you happen to have information regarding the recent hexings
, yes, even if it may be one of your classmates!, you'll find the reward in coming forward will be much greater than keeping silent. In fact, it so happens I have contacts within the Quidditch League itself who would be more than willing to provide a number of prime tickets to the League Cup, tickets I'd be quite disposed to pass on to any stalwart individuals who find it in themselves to stand up for the reputation of their House and divulge information leading to the identity of the attackers! I guarantee you'll find friends enough to accompany you to the match, I daresay quite enough to make up for any you might lose in coming forward!
Now then, I'm arranging for a bit of dinner to be brought to my rooms tonight, and I would like for the House Prefects to join me for a little get-together at seven. I look forward to working with the young leaders of tomorrow!
A good day to you all,
Professor Horace E. F. Slughorn