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A pleasingly ambiguous character in many ways, Slughorn is undoubtedly a good man, eschewing the less palatable characteristics of some of his Slytherin brethren, and yet he is also vain and self-serving, paying little attention to those pupils he feels have little to offer him. Jim Broadbent portrays the character brilliantly, tempering his signature twinkly-eyed routine with a healthy dash of preening self-regard.
“One spring afternoon I discovered a bowl on my desk, just a few inches of clear water in it. Floating on the surface was a flower petal...as I watched, it sank... just before it reached the bottom, it was transformed into a fish. It was beautiful magic, wondrous to behold. The flower petal had come from a lily, your mother. The day I came downstairs, the day the bowl was empty, was the day your mother... I know why you're here... but I can't help you. It would ruin me.”