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[–] byezplatno 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Exceptional Slytherins include Merlin himself, Slughorn, and RAB. The average Slytherin is more self-serving than the other houses (perhaps matched only by Ravenclaw) and ambitious. We're not looking at teacher's pets, but we are looking at students who perform well in class only when it suits them (truthfully, probably only when it comes easily to them or gives them a clean purpose).

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[–] varialus 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Slytherins are family oriented and progressive. Our families are strong because we support one another without remembering our family members' debts and we never give up on one another. We know that not everyone has such strong support systems, so we support public policy that provides members of society a means to get back on their feet when they fall on hard times.

We're against using enchantments on muggles because it's unfair to them. Those were the ideals of Merlin, the greatest wizard who ever lived. Tom Riddle was a powerful wizard, but he definitely wasn't a great wizard. He was small and warped in his thinking. He came from a broken home and he never learned what it really means to be a Slytherin. He was a blight on the Slytherin good name and the havoc that he wrought turning wizards against wizards and wizards against muggles will take centuries to undo.

We're not exactly against wizards marrying muggles, but integration of extended family members from two different worlds can be tragically difficult as can be seen in the case of Petunia turning against Lily. If Lily and her sister had been been Slytherin at heart they never would have had the falling out that they did and Lily would have helped Petunia become a right decent squib. Many people nowadays shun squibs, but I am of the opinion that they can do much good in the wizarding world given the right magical artifacts and proper training of the same.

If all transitions into the wizarding world went as smoothly as Hermione Granger's transition, then the ugly term mudblood would have never come to be. The reason why Salazar only wanted to admit pure-bloods wasn't because they're inherently better, but simply because he didn't want families to be torn apart nor did he want wizards and muggles warring. Believe it or not, a muggle born wizard is many times less likely to attempt suicide at some point in their life if they never learn about the wizarding world. Imagine all the pain and suffering and lives that would have been spared if Tom Riddle had never been admitted to Hogwarts. I wish muggles and wizards were able to live together in peace, but sadly that's not the reality of the world we currently live in.

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[–] monkey-doodoo 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

i always just viewed them as overly driven for their own gain at all costs. that drive is their primary motivator and it expands into being successful, powerful, etc. having that drive, itself isn't neccessarily bad. they are ppl in my life that i classify as those who always get shit done. the added element of gain, that sometimes creates the trouble. we all want to be successful and so forth, but it comes down to at what cost. i may be driven or want xys, but i may step back on decisions for sake of friends and family and how that would impact them. i not so sure slyterins would. lol, sometimes, that would make things easier!