The Slug Club
Horace Slughorn has taught Potions twice at Hogwarts, and both times he created something informally called the "Slug Club:" an elite group of students chosen because they have influential parents or because Slughorn believes they will be important some day.
Slughorn called the get-togethers "parties" or "suppers," and indeed, they are essentially social networking events.
The Potions Master stays in touch with his former students and uses these connections to help his new ones. Of course, he also loves it when they send him lavish gifts too.
Few Hogwarts student groups cross as many boundaries as the Slug Club. The Slug Club is open to all houses, all years, all ancestries, boys and girls. If Slughorn thinks you are powerful, successful or well-connected, chances are you will be invited to attend Slughorn's "parties."
The Slug Club
Who doesn't get invitations
Probable Slughorn "favorites" from earlier years *
*Note: It is difficult to definitively identify early "Club" members because Slughorn doesn't dwell on whether they were in the club or not. If Slughorn mentioned someone was one of "his" students, received gifts from them, or socializes with them, they made it on this tentative list. For example, Draco's conversation with Blaise aboard the train holds the clue about Lucius:
So Draco knew that his father had been one of the elite and fully expected to be treated the same way.
Members of the Slug Club are indicated on the Lexicon A-Z list with this icon:
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