What were the Slytherins doing during the battle of Hogwarts?

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In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows : Part 2 which is the movie version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the Slytherins were sent to dungeons by Professor McGonagall. I know in the books they were just evacuated. But as you can see in the video above, the Slytherin students were able to escape the dungeons. Now, the question is where did they go afterwards? And whose side were they fighting for?

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Let’s tally up the Slytherins whose whereabouts we know…

When it became clear that the Slytherins were quite willing to deliver Harry to Voldemort, Pansy Parkinson and the bulk of them were escorted out of the Great Hall first, to be brought to the Room of Requirement and then through the Hog’s Head, where the students were expected to escape from the upcoming battle. If we go by Voldemort’s words:

“He (Draco) did not come and join me, like the rest of the Slytherins”

We can assume that, instead of going home, they instead joined Voldemort’s forces. Likely most if not all of their parents were either Death Eaters or Voldemort followers.

Crabbe, Goyle and Malfoy had doubled back a lot earlier than that, and decided to lay in ambush, under a Disillusionment Charm, by the door of the Requirement Room, hoping to capture Harry so they could deliver him to Voldemort. They may not have been fighting by his side, but they were still fighting ON his side.

So it would appear that each and every Slytherin student fought for Voldemort bar none, and the only Slytherins who fought against Voldemort were the teachers - Slughorn, openly, and Snape, covertly.

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What happened to the Slytherin students during the Battle of Hogwarts?

When they were "locked up in the dungeons", that was only in the movie. The book shows that the Slytherin's were evacuated with the rest of houses, since none of their "of age" members wanted to stay and fight.

Did any Slytherins fight in the Battle of Hogwarts Reddit?

Not only is it canon that no Slytherins fought, Voldemort mentions that all (or at least many) Slytherins joined him outright.

Did all Slytherins support Voldemort?

Voldemort advises Lucius Malfoy that all the Slytherins have joined Voldemort's side. (Deathly Hallows - Page 641 US Hardcover) Phineas Nigellus, following the Battle of Hogwarts and Voldemort's death, says to Harry when Harry visits the Headmaster's Office, "And let it be known that Slytherin House played its part!

Did Ravenclaw fight in the Battle of Hogwarts?

This means that about 199-200 people in TOTAL were fighting at the Battle of Hogwarts. The Light Side Army (aka Hogwarts Army) consisted about most of Gryffindor, half of Ravenclaw, quarter of Hufflepuff, all of the Professors, the Statues, and all of the Order you get around 200 Battle Members using my calculations!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 - McGonagall sends the Slytherin students away (HD)

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