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God Fearing: The god fearing question has been answered.
God Fearing: The god fearing question has been answered.

The god fearing question has been answered.

God Fearing: The god fearing question has been answered. by fazeligma28 MORE MEMES
God Fearing: The god fearing question has been answered. by fazeligma28
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The god fearing question has been answered. by fazeligma28 MORE MEMES

God Fearing: weepycat things that 15 year old me did sophomore year that my southern-bred god-fearing conservative christian teachers Did Not Like teacher refused to let me sit backwards in chairs. i made a point to sit backwards in chairs until she told me to stop, and then id manspread as much as possible. (semester one.) teacher got onto my friend and gave her a panic attack over her newly dyed hair. i told her my friend putting red streaks in her hair was no different than her removing the grey streaks from her hair got sent outside. (semester one) teacher told me my bra strap was showing. took my bra off in class and put it in bag. was sent to principal's office. mother was called, although she only muffled her laughter over the telephone (semester two) to homophobic teacher who disliked my mothers] "what language is gaelic from? gayland?" "that's where my moms are from, ma'am." teacher claimed i was lying about moving to uruguay and tried to force me into sitting in a personal meeting about my future classes and goals. told her to "sign me the fuck up for underwater basket weaving" and got sent outside. (semester two) was told by teacher that "ladies should not say they have to pee. try 'can i use the restroom' instead" replied with "alright. i gotta piss like a racehorse. can i use the restroom?" (got sent outside. again semester two) was told to "smile, you'll look nicer" by a 6'0" male coach i did not know. when he blocked my entrance out of the classroom until i smiled for him, i said "shove it straight up your ass," before elbowing him in the ribcage, ducking under his arm, and running for it. skipped class in that building for a week. (semester two) hopped a fence to catch my bus and flipped off an ancient male history teacher when he shouted at me to come back. he threatened to find me again. he never found me andy-the-anon An inspiration Source: weepycat omfmdjsk worth reading
God Fearing: weepycat
 things that 15 year old me did sophomore year that my southern-bred
 god-fearing conservative christian teachers Did Not Like
 teacher refused to let me sit backwards in chairs. i made a point to
 sit backwards in chairs until she told me to stop, and then id
 manspread as much as possible. (semester one.)
 teacher got onto my friend and gave her a panic attack over her
 newly dyed hair. i told her my friend putting red streaks in her hair
 was no different than her removing the grey streaks from her hair
 got sent outside. (semester one)
 teacher told me my bra strap was showing. took my bra off in class
 and put it in bag. was sent to principal's office. mother was called,
 although she only muffled her laughter over the telephone
 (semester two)
 to homophobic teacher who disliked my mothers] "what language
 is gaelic from? gayland?" "that's where my moms are from, ma'am."
 teacher claimed i was lying about moving to uruguay and tried to
 force me into sitting in a personal meeting about my future classes
 and goals. told her to "sign me the fuck up for underwater basket
 weaving" and got sent outside. (semester two)
 was told by teacher that "ladies should not say they have to pee. try
 'can i use the restroom' instead" replied with "alright. i gotta piss
 like a racehorse. can i use the restroom?" (got sent outside. again
 semester two)
 was told to "smile, you'll look nicer" by a 6'0" male coach i did not
 know. when he blocked my entrance out of the classroom until i
 smiled for him, i said "shove it straight up your ass," before
 elbowing him in the ribcage, ducking under his arm, and running for
 it. skipped class in that building for a week. (semester two)
 hopped a fence to catch my bus and flipped off an ancient male
 history teacher when he shouted at me to come back. he
 threatened to find me again. he never found me
 andy-the-anon
 An inspiration
 Source: weepycat
omfmdjsk worth reading

omfmdjsk worth reading

God Fearing: the Chamber of "Oh, very well," he said slowly. et me see.. Secrets... "You all know, of course, that Hogwarts was founded over - the precise date is uncertain by the four chousand years ago greatest witches and wizards of the age. The four school Houses ar named after them: Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, and Salazar Slytherin. They built this castle together, far from prying Muggle eyes, for it was an age when magic was fearea by common people, and witches and wizards suffered much persecution. He paused, gazed blearily around the room, and continued. "For a few years, the founders worked in harmony together, seeking out youngsters who showed signs of magic and bringing them to the castle to be educated. But then disagreements sprang up between them. A rift began to grow between Slytherin and the others. Slytherin wished to be more selective about the students ad- mitted to Hogwarts. He believed that magical learning should be kept within all-magic families. He disliked taking students of Mug- ustworthy. After a while, gle parentage, believing them to be untrustv there was a serious argument on the subject between Slytherin and Gryffindor, and Slytherin left the school." Professor Binns paused again, pursing his lips, looking like a wrinkled old tortoise. "Reliable historical sources tell us this much." he said. "But these honest facts have been obscured by the fanciful legend of the Chamber of Secrets. The story goes that Slytherin had bun whatstheproblembaby: datvikingtho: datvikingtho: magelet-301: Here it is, canon evidence that Salazar Slytherin was NOT a racist bigot. He was concerned for the well-being and safety of the magical community, which could have been compromised by letting the 鈥渃ommon people鈥 know that wizards and witches existed. datvikingtho Shoutout to this fine lady for bringing this to my attention. Let鈥檚 further the argument:Hogwarts was canonically founded around 990 A.D. - The Christians were finally taking hold of Scandinavia, meaning that all of Europe was now Christian. It was towards the end of the Dark Ages, or else the Early Medieval Period, which (In Europe) was famous for its intolerance of non-Christiandom, which included the teachings of Ancient Rome, Greece, and of course any Eastern countries. People were publicly defamed and in many cases killed for as much as considering these old ideas and teachings. These teachings really didn鈥檛 come back to light until the Italian Renaissance in the 14th century.So when people did things the Christians couldn鈥檛 explain, they blamed it on Witches; people they believed to be inhabited by the devil, sent to earth to wreak havoc on every God-fearing man, woman, and child. So what did they do? Imprison or kill those people.Now, here comes Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin, who all agree to take pureblooded witches and wizards and teach them. But then they have to discuss magical folk who aren鈥檛 born from magic folk.Gryffindor is brave and brash, and imagines the glory of having an entire society of witches and wizards with great command of their powers.Hufflepuff is kind and loving, and wants to provide a sanctuary for all those who are under duress from the population at large.Ravenclaw sees the merit in bringing all these different people together - the amount of information regarding magic that can be shared is the stuff of her dreams.Slytherin is cautious. He recognizes that there is a great possibility for individuals to play spy for the Muggle community, in hopes to gain favor by outing them all the while hiding their own powers from muggles. He sees them as a potential threat, and instead of risking the safety of not only their own lives, but the countless volumes and tomes of ancient wizarding knowledge tucked away in their castle (see The Burning of the Great Library at Alexandria), Slytherin says聽鈥淚 really don鈥檛 think we should allow people with connections to Muggles in here. We could lost *everything.*Gryffindor calls Slytherin a coward, saying they would fight back and beat down any who try to oppose them. Slytherin suggests they do all they can to avoid confrontation. Hufflepuff can鈥檛 bring herself to deny that sanctuary she鈥檚 built. Ravenclaw sees endless potential in bridging that gap between worlds with learning. And this is what drives them apart. Future racists and pureblooded elitists will take and twist Slytherin鈥檚 words, having heard only the story that has been passed down for a thousand years. They use words of caution to justify their want for genocide.聽Slytherin isn鈥檛 the bad guy, here. And I am so down for clearing his name. To continue the crusade to clear the name of Salazar Slytherin, I have more evidence for your consideration. This is regarding the Chamber of Secrets.Now, the scene pictured above is one of Harry鈥檚 slightly less dull History of Magic classes, in which Professor Binns is asked to talk about the Chamber of Secrets. What we get from him is that the Chamber is a myth. There is legend surrounding it, no one is sure if it exists, etc etc etc. Here is the VERY NEXT PAGE in the book, in which Professor Binns again admits to the Chamber (as we know it today) to be a complete myth. We find out, obviously, that the chamber isn鈥檛 a myth, but I believe that the purpose of the chamber has been fabricated over a thousand years by misinformation and slander.Let鈥檚 check it out. Rowena Ravenclaw, Helga Hufflepuff, and Godric Gryffindor all know Salazar Slytherin and say 鈥測ep, he鈥檚 an upstanding man. Let鈥檚 start this school with him!鈥 For a number of years, they had a school together and it worked out great. What we know is that there was a falling out,聽not Slytherin declaring they needed to murder muggle-borns! A disagreement that may have ruined friendships but did little else, I think.What we know is that one of Slytherin house鈥檚 key virtues is self-preservation. As I discussed earlier in the thread on this post is that Slytherin was afraid of muggle-born witches and wizards acting as spies for the larger muggle community during a time in which wizards and witches were killed for their聽鈥渄emon powers.鈥滱nd so, when it comes to the Chamber of Secrets, I believe Slytherin built a Panic Room, not an Evil Lair.Think about it. Slytherin is horrified that any day there might be an attack on the school. So he builds a secret chamber that only he (or another parseltongue, an incredibly rare magical ability) can open. He doesn鈥檛 want any double agents or spies to know about it, so he tells no one. He hopes, of course, that he never has to use it, but in the event that there is an attack, he can get the school to safety while he sets the basilisk on the attackers.But I鈥檓 sure you鈥檙e looking at the basilisk and thinking聽鈥渨hat sane man would put a monster in a panic room?鈥 Glad you asked. I can consider two possibilities.1) Slytherin put a basilisk that was under his control in the chamber, a creature that he could set loose on his enemies, aka, anyone attacking the castle. The basilisk would annihilate any army of thousands just by looking at them, and what鈥檚 more, it could get almost anywhere in the castle through the goddamn walls! That kind of power is exactly what you need to defend your castle. And again, ONLY HE or an heir could control it. I鈥檓 sure at this point he was thinking about himself and his potential progeny, not Tom Riddle some thousand years later.2) Slytherin didn鈥檛 put the basilisk there, and it was instead placed there later by Tom Riddle while he was at school. I don鈥檛 have evidence supporting or disproving this.So how does this get so misconstrued to modern-day Hogwarts lore? Maybe toward the end, the founders did find out about the Chamber. Maybe Slytherin said something to them, maybe he let it slip鈥aybe as they were cleaning out his room after he left, they found some journal entries about it. It could have been anything. But perhaps, in their wisdom, seeing no way to access the chamber, felt it best that no one knew about the existence of a (now) useless panic room, nor did they want anyone to worry about the basilisk.Maybe word *did* get out, though. And not one of the founders wanted to admit that Slytherin didn鈥檛 trust their students, and so to most of the student body, Slytherin鈥檚 departure was suspect. And the moment they heard about a secret room that no one was quite sure about, they started inventing campfire stories about it.聽Fast forward ONE THOUSAND YEARS and now everyone assumes Slytherin was always evil (despite being a good friend and founder of Hogwarts with three other lovely people) and created a secret evil lair to murder muggle-borns, which he could have easily done without a lair if that was *ever* his intention. no no no NO NO NO NO. Wanting to keep Muggleborns out solely because they are Muggleborn is motherfucking bigoted/racist, especially since there is NO REASON to believe that Muggleborns would want to destroy Hogwarts from the inside. Like, maybe y鈥檃ll are different, but I know if I鈥檇 suddenly found out that there were others like me and that I鈥檓 not evil like I鈥檝e always been taught, I wouldn鈥檛 exactly be rushing to take down the safe haven offered to me, y鈥檏now? Sure, maybe some Muggleborns would be brainwashed, but ALL of them? To the extent that you just want to ban them ALL for聽鈥渟afety鈥? That鈥檚 not smart planning, that鈥檚 fear and prejudice. Don鈥檛 play it like it鈥檚 some genius move when people have pulled and still want to pull the same shit with various racial/ethnic groups today. Also, the FUCK would Slytherin need a panic room for? HOGWARTS IS ENCHANTED SO MUGGLES CAN鈥橳 SEE HOW IT REALLY LOOKS. They鈥檇 have enough issues just getting through the damn hallways without a basilisk. Sometimes racists really are just racists, friends. Racists are racists but Salazar was most likely brought up having to be constantly cautious and most likely had some serious paranoia going on here.He probably really wanted to make sure that his students were at no risk whatsoever.Sure, excluding all muggleborns was a bit extreme, but just think about stereotypes. He was probably brought up on the basis that muggles were evil and muggleborns would betray you. And think about the era again. To them, stereotypes were true. They weren鈥檛 so equal rights as we are now.And then there鈥檚 also the psychology of this. 鈥淔ear makes people do terrible things.鈥 Salazar was most likely scared shitless that something was going to take away this wonderful place that he had created with his friends. He didn鈥檛 want anyone ruining this safety he鈥檇 helped create for younger witches and wizards so that they may learn to control the thing that probably caused people he knew to be killed.So, basically, Salazar鈥檚 mind had been twisted with fear for the safety of the magical world and the students which he most likely felt he had to protect, and this fear - along with the fact that muggles were pretty horrible - caused him to form a prejudiced and racist idea which then take in a resentment for muggleborns and a reluctance in meeting them come to Hogwarts. So he created the chamber to give himself peace of mind is what is most likely in this situation.As with many minds in history, Salazar Slytherin鈥檚 was warped with fear and prejudiced (toxic) ideas which he had grown up on.
God Fearing: the Chamber of
 "Oh, very well," he said slowly. et me see..
 Secrets...
 "You all know, of course, that Hogwarts was founded over
 - the precise date is uncertain
 by the four
 chousand years ago
 greatest witches and wizards of the age. The four school Houses ar
 named after them: Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena
 Ravenclaw, and Salazar Slytherin. They built this castle together,
 far from prying Muggle eyes, for it was an age when magic was
 fearea by common people, and witches and wizards suffered much
 persecution.
 He paused, gazed blearily around the room, and continued.
 "For a few years, the founders worked in harmony together,
 seeking out youngsters who showed signs of magic and bringing
 them to the castle to be educated. But then disagreements sprang
 up between them. A rift began to grow between Slytherin and the
 others. Slytherin wished to be more selective about the students ad-
 mitted to Hogwarts. He believed that magical learning should be
 kept within all-magic families. He disliked taking students of Mug-
 ustworthy. After a while,
 gle parentage, believing them to be untrustv
 there was a serious argument on the subject between Slytherin and
 Gryffindor, and Slytherin left the school."
 Professor Binns paused again, pursing his lips, looking like a
 wrinkled old tortoise.
 "Reliable historical sources tell us this much." he said. "But these
 honest facts have been obscured by the fanciful legend of the
 Chamber of Secrets. The story goes that Slytherin had bun
whatstheproblembaby:

datvikingtho:


datvikingtho:


magelet-301:


Here it is, canon evidence that Salazar Slytherin was NOT a racist bigot. He was concerned for the well-being and safety of the magical community, which could have been compromised by letting the 鈥渃ommon people鈥 know that wizards and witches existed.

datvikingtho


Shoutout to this fine lady for bringing this to my attention. Let鈥檚 further the argument:Hogwarts was canonically founded around 990 A.D. - The Christians were finally taking hold of Scandinavia, meaning that all of Europe was now Christian. It was towards the end of the Dark Ages, or else the Early Medieval Period, which (In Europe) was famous for its intolerance of non-Christiandom, which included the teachings of Ancient Rome, Greece, and of course any Eastern countries. People were publicly defamed and in many cases killed for as much as considering these old ideas and teachings. These teachings really didn鈥檛 come back to light until the Italian Renaissance in the 14th century.So when people did things the Christians couldn鈥檛 explain, they blamed it on Witches; people they believed to be inhabited by the devil, sent to earth to wreak havoc on every God-fearing man, woman, and child. So what did they do? Imprison or kill those people.Now, here comes Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin, who all agree to take pureblooded witches and wizards and teach them. But then they have to discuss magical folk who aren鈥檛 born from magic folk.Gryffindor is brave and brash, and imagines the glory of having an entire society of witches and wizards with great command of their powers.Hufflepuff is kind and loving, and wants to provide a sanctuary for all those who are under duress from the population at large.Ravenclaw sees the merit in bringing all these different people together - the amount of information regarding magic that can be shared is the stuff of her dreams.Slytherin is cautious. He recognizes that there is a great possibility for individuals to play spy for the Muggle community, in hopes to gain favor by outing them all the while hiding their own powers from muggles. He sees them as a potential threat, and instead of risking the safety of not only their own lives, but the countless volumes and tomes of ancient wizarding knowledge tucked away in their castle (see The Burning of the Great Library at Alexandria), Slytherin says聽鈥淚 really don鈥檛 think we should allow people with connections to Muggles in here. We could lost *everything.*Gryffindor calls Slytherin a coward, saying they would fight back and beat down any who try to oppose them. Slytherin suggests they do all they can to avoid confrontation. Hufflepuff can鈥檛 bring herself to deny that sanctuary she鈥檚 built. Ravenclaw sees endless potential in bridging that gap between worlds with learning. And this is what drives them apart. Future racists and pureblooded elitists will take and twist Slytherin鈥檚 words, having heard only the story that has been passed down for a thousand years. They use words of caution to justify their want for genocide.聽Slytherin isn鈥檛 the bad guy, here. And I am so down for clearing his name.


To continue the crusade to clear the name of Salazar Slytherin, I have more evidence for your consideration. This is regarding the Chamber of Secrets.Now, the scene pictured above is one of Harry鈥檚 slightly less dull History of Magic classes, in which Professor Binns is asked to talk about the Chamber of Secrets. What we get from him is that the Chamber is a myth. There is legend surrounding it, no one is sure if it exists, etc etc etc.

Here is the VERY NEXT PAGE in the book, in which Professor Binns again admits to the Chamber (as we know it today) to be a complete myth. We find out, obviously, that the chamber isn鈥檛 a myth, but I believe that the purpose of the chamber has been fabricated over a thousand years by misinformation and slander.Let鈥檚 check it out. Rowena Ravenclaw, Helga Hufflepuff, and Godric Gryffindor all know Salazar Slytherin and say 鈥測ep, he鈥檚 an upstanding man. Let鈥檚 start this school with him!鈥 For a number of years, they had a school together and it worked out great. What we know is that there was a falling out,聽not Slytherin declaring they needed to murder muggle-borns! A disagreement that may have ruined friendships but did little else, I think.What we know is that one of Slytherin house鈥檚 key virtues is self-preservation. As I discussed earlier in the thread on this post is that Slytherin was afraid of muggle-born witches and wizards acting as spies for the larger muggle community during a time in which wizards and witches were killed for their聽鈥渄emon powers.鈥滱nd so, when it comes to the Chamber of Secrets, I believe Slytherin built a Panic Room, not an Evil Lair.Think about it. Slytherin is horrified that any day there might be an attack on the school. So he builds a secret chamber that only he (or another parseltongue, an incredibly rare magical ability) can open. He doesn鈥檛 want any double agents or spies to know about it, so he tells no one. He hopes, of course, that he never has to use it, but in the event that there is an attack, he can get the school to safety while he sets the basilisk on the attackers.But I鈥檓 sure you鈥檙e looking at the basilisk and thinking聽鈥渨hat sane man would put a monster in a panic room?鈥 Glad you asked. I can consider two possibilities.1) Slytherin put a basilisk that was under his control in the chamber, a creature that he could set loose on his enemies, aka, anyone attacking the castle. The basilisk would annihilate any army of thousands just by looking at them, and what鈥檚 more, it could get almost anywhere in the castle through the goddamn walls! That kind of power is exactly what you need to defend your castle. And again, ONLY HE or an heir could control it. I鈥檓 sure at this point he was thinking about himself and his potential progeny, not Tom Riddle some thousand years later.2) Slytherin didn鈥檛 put the basilisk there, and it was instead placed there later by Tom Riddle while he was at school. I don鈥檛 have evidence supporting or disproving this.So how does this get so misconstrued to modern-day Hogwarts lore? Maybe toward the end, the founders did find out about the Chamber. Maybe Slytherin said something to them, maybe he let it slip鈥aybe as they were cleaning out his room after he left, they found some journal entries about it. It could have been anything. But perhaps, in their wisdom, seeing no way to access the chamber, felt it best that no one knew about the existence of a (now) useless panic room, nor did they want anyone to worry about the basilisk.Maybe word *did* get out, though. And not one of the founders wanted to admit that Slytherin didn鈥檛 trust their students, and so to most of the student body, Slytherin鈥檚 departure was suspect. And the moment they heard about a secret room that no one was quite sure about, they started inventing campfire stories about it.聽Fast forward ONE THOUSAND YEARS and now everyone assumes Slytherin was always evil (despite being a good friend and founder of Hogwarts with three other lovely people) and created a secret evil lair to murder muggle-borns, which he could have easily done without a lair if that was *ever* his intention.


no no no NO NO NO NO.
Wanting to keep Muggleborns out solely because they are Muggleborn is motherfucking bigoted/racist, especially since there is NO REASON to believe that Muggleborns would want to destroy Hogwarts from the inside. Like, maybe y鈥檃ll are different, but I know if I鈥檇 suddenly found out that there were others like me and that I鈥檓 not evil like I鈥檝e always been taught, I wouldn鈥檛 exactly be rushing to take down the safe haven offered to me, y鈥檏now? Sure, maybe some Muggleborns would be brainwashed, but ALL of them? To the extent that you just want to ban them ALL for聽鈥渟afety鈥? That鈥檚 not smart planning, that鈥檚 fear and prejudice. Don鈥檛 play it like it鈥檚 some genius move when people have pulled and still want to pull the same shit with various racial/ethnic groups today.
Also, the FUCK would Slytherin need a panic room for? HOGWARTS IS ENCHANTED SO MUGGLES CAN鈥橳 SEE HOW IT REALLY LOOKS. They鈥檇 have enough issues just getting through the damn hallways without a basilisk.
Sometimes racists really are just racists, friends.

Racists are racists but Salazar was most likely brought up having to be constantly cautious and most likely had some serious paranoia going on here.He probably really wanted to make sure that his students were at no risk whatsoever.Sure, excluding all muggleborns was a bit extreme, but just think about stereotypes. He was probably brought up on the basis that muggles were evil and muggleborns would betray you. And think about the era again. To them, stereotypes were true. They weren鈥檛 so equal rights as we are now.And then there鈥檚 also the psychology of this. 鈥淔ear makes people do terrible things.鈥 Salazar was most likely scared shitless that something was going to take away this wonderful place that he had created with his friends. He didn鈥檛 want anyone ruining this safety he鈥檇 helped create for younger witches and wizards so that they may learn to control the thing that probably caused people he knew to be killed.So, basically, Salazar鈥檚 mind had been twisted with fear for the safety of the magical world and the students which he most likely felt he had to protect, and this fear - along with the fact that muggles were pretty horrible - caused him to form a prejudiced and racist idea which then take in a resentment for muggleborns and a reluctance in meeting them come to Hogwarts. So he created the chamber to give himself peace of mind is what is most likely in this situation.As with many minds in history, Salazar Slytherin鈥檚 was warped with fear and prejudiced (toxic) ideas which he had grown up on.

whatstheproblembaby: datvikingtho: datvikingtho: magelet-301: Here it is, canon evidence that Salazar Slytherin was NOT a racist b...

God Fearing: the Chamber of "Oh, very well," he said slowly. et me see.. Secrets... "You all know, of course, that Hogwarts was founded over - the precise date is uncertain by the four chousand years ago greatest witches and wizards of the age. The four school Houses ar named after them: Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, and Salazar Slytherin. They built this castle together, far from prying Muggle eyes, for it was an age when magic was fearea by common people, and witches and wizards suffered much persecution. He paused, gazed blearily around the room, and continued. "For a few years, the founders worked in harmony together, seeking out youngsters who showed signs of magic and bringing them to the castle to be educated. But then disagreements sprang up between them. A rift began to grow between Slytherin and the others. Slytherin wished to be more selective about the students ad- mitted to Hogwarts. He believed that magical learning should be kept within all-magic families. He disliked taking students of Mug- ustworthy. After a while, gle parentage, believing them to be untrustv there was a serious argument on the subject between Slytherin and Gryffindor, and Slytherin left the school." Professor Binns paused again, pursing his lips, looking like a wrinkled old tortoise. "Reliable historical sources tell us this much." he said. "But these honest facts have been obscured by the fanciful legend of the Chamber of Secrets. The story goes that Slytherin had bun psychopompious: datvikingtho: datvikingtho: magelet-301: Here it is, canon evidence that Salazar Slytherin was NOT a racist bigot. He was concerned for the well-being and safety of the magical community, which could have been compromised by letting the 鈥渃ommon people鈥 know that wizards and witches existed. datvikingtho Shoutout to this fine lady for bringing this to my attention. Let鈥檚 further the argument:Hogwarts was canonically founded around 990 A.D. - The Christians were finally taking hold of Scandinavia, meaning that all of Europe was now Christian. It was towards the end of the Dark Ages, or else the Early Medieval Period, which (In Europe) was famous for its intolerance of non-Christiandom, which included the teachings of Ancient Rome, Greece, and of course any Eastern countries. People were publicly defamed and in many cases killed for as much as considering these old ideas and teachings. These teachings really didn鈥檛 come back to light until the Italian Renaissance in the 14th century.So when people did things the Christians couldn鈥檛 explain, they blamed it on Witches; people they believed to be inhabited by the devil, sent to earth to wreak havoc on every God-fearing man, woman, and child. So what did they do? Imprison or kill those people.Now, here comes Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin, who all agree to take pureblooded witches and wizards and teach them. But then they have to discuss magical folk who aren鈥檛 born from magic folk.Gryffindor is brave and brash, and imagines the glory of having an entire society of witches and wizards with great command of their powers.Hufflepuff is kind and loving, and wants to provide a sanctuary for all those who are under duress from the population at large.Ravenclaw sees the merit in bringing all these different people together - the amount of information regarding magic that can be shared is the stuff of her dreams.Slytherin is cautious. He recognizes that there is a great possibility for individuals to play spy for the Muggle community, in hopes to gain favor by outing them all the while hiding their own powers from muggles. He sees them as a potential threat, and instead of risking the safety of not only their own lives, but the countless volumes and tomes of ancient wizarding knowledge tucked away in their castle (see The Burning of the Great Library at Alexandria), Slytherin says聽鈥淚 really don鈥檛 think we should allow people with connections to Muggles in here. We could lost *everything.*Gryffindor calls Slytherin a coward, saying they would fight back and beat down any who try to oppose them. Slytherin suggests they do all they can to avoid confrontation. Hufflepuff can鈥檛 bring herself to deny that sanctuary she鈥檚 built. Ravenclaw sees endless potential in bridging that gap between worlds with learning. And this is what drives them apart. Future racists and pureblooded elitists will take and twist Slytherin鈥檚 words, having heard only the story that has been passed down for a thousand years. They use words of caution to justify their want for genocide.聽Slytherin isn鈥檛 the bad guy, here. And I am so down for clearing his name. To continue the crusade to clear the name of Salazar Slytherin, I have more evidence for your consideration. This is regarding the Chamber of Secrets.Now, the scene pictured above is one of Harry鈥檚 slightly less dull History of Magic classes, in which Professor Binns is asked to talk about the Chamber of Secrets. What we get from him is that the Chamber is a myth. There is legend surrounding it, no one is sure if it exists, etc etc etc.Here is the VERY NEXT PAGE in the book, in which Professor Binns again admits to the Chamber (as we know it today) to be a complete myth. We find out, obviously, that the chamber isn鈥檛 a myth, but I believe that the purpose of the chamber has been fabricated over a thousand years by misinformation and slander.Let鈥檚 check it out. Rowena Ravenclaw, Helga Hufflepuff, and Godric Gryffindor all know Salazar Slytherin and say 鈥測ep, he鈥檚 an upstanding man. Let鈥檚 start this school with him!鈥 For a number of years, they had a school together and it worked out great. What we know is that there was a falling out,聽not Slytherin declaring they needed to murder muggle-borns! A disagreement that may have ruined friendships but did little else, I think.What we know is that one of Slytherin house鈥檚 key virtues is self-preservation. As I discussed earlier in the thread on this post is that Slytherin was afraid of muggle-born witches and wizards acting as spies for the larger muggle community during a time in which wizards and witches were killed for their聽鈥渄emon powers.鈥滱nd so, when it comes to the Chamber of Secrets, I believe Slytherin built a Panic Room, not an Evil Lair.Think about it. Slytherin is horrified that any day there might be an attack on the school. So he builds a secret chamber that only he (or another parseltongue, an incredibly rare magical ability) can open. He doesn鈥檛 want any double agents or spies to know about it, so he tells no one. He hopes, of course, that he never has to use it, but in the event that there is an attack, he can get the school to safety while he sets the basilisk on the attackers.But I鈥檓 sure you鈥檙e looking at the basilisk and thinking聽鈥渨hat sane man would put a monster in a panic room?鈥 Glad you asked. I can consider two possibilities.1) Slytherin put a basilisk that was under his control in the chamber, a creature that he could set loose on his enemies, aka, anyone attacking the castle. The basilisk would annihilate any army of thousands just by looking at them, and what鈥檚 more, it could get almost anywhere in the castle through the goddamn walls! That kind of power is exactly what you need to defend your castle. And again, ONLY HE or an heir could control it. I鈥檓 sure at this point he was thinking about himself and his potential progeny, not Tom Riddle some thousand years later.2) Slytherin didn鈥檛 put the basilisk there, and it was instead placed there later by Tom Riddle while he was at school. I don鈥檛 have evidence supporting or disproving this.So how does this get so misconstrued to modern-day Hogwarts lore? Maybe toward the end, the founders did find out about the Chamber. Maybe Slytherin said something to them, maybe he let it slip鈥aybe as they were cleaning out his room after he left, they found some journal entries about it. It could have been anything. But perhaps, in their wisdom, seeing no way to access the chamber, felt it best that no one knew about the existence of a (now) useless panic room, nor did they want anyone to worry about the basilisk.Maybe word *did* get out, though. And not one of the founders wanted to admit that Slytherin didn鈥檛 trust their students, and so to most of the student body, Slytherin鈥檚 departure was suspect. And the moment they heard about a secret room that no one was quite sure about, they started inventing campfire stories about it.聽Fast forward ONE THOUSAND YEARS and now everyone assumes Slytherin was always evil (despite being a good friend and founder of Hogwarts with three other lovely people) and created a secret evil lair to murder muggle-borns, which he could have easily done without a lair if that was *ever* his intention. Thank you so much! I鈥檝e been looking for this post. I always felt like Slytherin being a horrible evil bigot never really made any sense historically speaking, and it just doesn鈥檛 add up. Although I have to say I don鈥檛 put much stock in option 2. The dude could talk to snakes. And as Hagrid will happily tell you, a creature being scary and 鈥渕onstrous鈥 doesn鈥檛 make it evil. Why couldn鈥檛 he be a Hagrid, with a fondness for big 鈥渕isunderstood鈥 creepy crawlies? Having a basilisk doesn鈥檛 make Slytherin evil in and of itself, any more than Hagrid having an acromantula makes him evil, even if most of wizarding society would condemn him for it. Obviously popular opinion isn鈥檛 always accurate.The conservationist and history nerd in me feels a pang whenever I think about how much of a loss that basilisk was. I know it was being used for murder and that it needed to be stopped, but it鈥檚 a knee-jerk reaction to such a huge loss of knowledge. That thing was alive a thousand years ago. It knew one of the original founders of Hogwarts. Any parselmouth could have spoken to it and asked it what things were really like in those days and gotten a first hand account, but unfortunately the only person to speak to it in a millennium was an idiot who only thought about killing people. Did he even think to ask its name? Nagini clearly had a name, but he never refers to the basilisk by name. That鈥檚 just鈥 really sad to me.I think a lot of people forget that Slytherin house is more than just self-preservation too; loyalty is a core value. Slytherin鈥檚 message is about protecting your own more than nearly anything else. Slytherin pushes unquestioning acceptance of and loyalty to your fellows, regardless of blood status, even in Harry鈥檚 day, according to their welcome message on Pottermore. You very rarely see a Slytherin making a disparaging remark about another Slytherin. You do see even the most bigoted Slytherins (like the Malfoys) being supportive of Slytherins who are much lower on their little social hierarchy than them (like Snape). In Salazar Slytherin鈥檚 day, I think he would have extended that loyalty to the whole school and the other founders. They were 鈥渉is own鈥, and he would have wanted to protect them.
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 Secrets...
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 - the precise date is uncertain
 by the four
 chousand years ago
 greatest witches and wizards of the age. The four school Houses ar
 named after them: Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena
 Ravenclaw, and Salazar Slytherin. They built this castle together,
 far from prying Muggle eyes, for it was an age when magic was
 fearea by common people, and witches and wizards suffered much
 persecution.
 He paused, gazed blearily around the room, and continued.
 "For a few years, the founders worked in harmony together,
 seeking out youngsters who showed signs of magic and bringing
 them to the castle to be educated. But then disagreements sprang
 up between them. A rift began to grow between Slytherin and the
 others. Slytherin wished to be more selective about the students ad-
 mitted to Hogwarts. He believed that magical learning should be
 kept within all-magic families. He disliked taking students of Mug-
 ustworthy. After a while,
 gle parentage, believing them to be untrustv
 there was a serious argument on the subject between Slytherin and
 Gryffindor, and Slytherin left the school."
 Professor Binns paused again, pursing his lips, looking like a
 wrinkled old tortoise.
 "Reliable historical sources tell us this much." he said. "But these
 honest facts have been obscured by the fanciful legend of the
 Chamber of Secrets. The story goes that Slytherin had bun
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datvikingtho:

datvikingtho:

magelet-301:

Here it is, canon evidence that Salazar Slytherin was NOT a racist bigot. He was concerned for the well-being and safety of the magical community, which could have been compromised by letting the 鈥渃ommon people鈥 know that wizards and witches existed.

datvikingtho

Shoutout to this fine lady for bringing this to my attention. Let鈥檚 further the argument:Hogwarts was canonically founded around 990 A.D. - The Christians were finally taking hold of Scandinavia, meaning that all of Europe was now Christian. It was towards the end of the Dark Ages, or else the Early Medieval Period, which (In Europe) was famous for its intolerance of non-Christiandom, which included the teachings of Ancient Rome, Greece, and of course any Eastern countries. People were publicly defamed and in many cases killed for as much as considering these old ideas and teachings. These teachings really didn鈥檛 come back to light until the Italian Renaissance in the 14th century.So when people did things the Christians couldn鈥檛 explain, they blamed it on Witches; people they believed to be inhabited by the devil, sent to earth to wreak havoc on every God-fearing man, woman, and child. So what did they do? Imprison or kill those people.Now, here comes Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin, who all agree to take pureblooded witches and wizards and teach them. But then they have to discuss magical folk who aren鈥檛 born from magic folk.Gryffindor is brave and brash, and imagines the glory of having an entire society of witches and wizards with great command of their powers.Hufflepuff is kind and loving, and wants to provide a sanctuary for all those who are under duress from the population at large.Ravenclaw sees the merit in bringing all these different people together - the amount of information regarding magic that can be shared is the stuff of her dreams.Slytherin is cautious. He recognizes that there is a great possibility for individuals to play spy for the Muggle community, in hopes to gain favor by outing them all the while hiding their own powers from muggles. He sees them as a potential threat, and instead of risking the safety of not only their own lives, but the countless volumes and tomes of ancient wizarding knowledge tucked away in their castle (see The Burning of the Great Library at Alexandria), Slytherin says聽鈥淚 really don鈥檛 think we should allow people with connections to Muggles in here. We could lost *everything.*Gryffindor calls Slytherin a coward, saying they would fight back and beat down any who try to oppose them. Slytherin suggests they do all they can to avoid confrontation. Hufflepuff can鈥檛 bring herself to deny that sanctuary she鈥檚 built. Ravenclaw sees endless potential in bridging that gap between worlds with learning. And this is what drives them apart. Future racists and pureblooded elitists will take and twist Slytherin鈥檚 words, having heard only the story that has been passed down for a thousand years. They use words of caution to justify their want for genocide.聽Slytherin isn鈥檛 the bad guy, here. And I am so down for clearing his name.

To continue the crusade to clear the name of Salazar Slytherin, I have more evidence for your consideration. This is regarding the Chamber of Secrets.Now, the scene pictured above is one of Harry鈥檚 slightly less dull History of Magic classes, in which Professor Binns is asked to talk about the Chamber of Secrets. What we get from him is that the Chamber is a myth. There is legend surrounding it, no one is sure if it exists, etc etc etc.Here is the VERY NEXT PAGE in the book, in which Professor Binns again admits to the Chamber (as we know it today) to be a complete myth. We find out, obviously, that the chamber isn鈥檛 a myth, but I believe that the purpose of the chamber has been fabricated over a thousand years by misinformation and slander.Let鈥檚 check it out. Rowena Ravenclaw, Helga Hufflepuff, and Godric Gryffindor all know Salazar Slytherin and say 鈥測ep, he鈥檚 an upstanding man. Let鈥檚 start this school with him!鈥 For a number of years, they had a school together and it worked out great. What we know is that there was a falling out,聽not Slytherin declaring they needed to murder muggle-borns! A disagreement that may have ruined friendships but did little else, I think.What we know is that one of Slytherin house鈥檚 key virtues is self-preservation. As I discussed earlier in the thread on this post is that Slytherin was afraid of muggle-born witches and wizards acting as spies for the larger muggle community during a time in which wizards and witches were killed for their聽鈥渄emon powers.鈥滱nd so, when it comes to the Chamber of Secrets, I believe Slytherin built a Panic Room, not an Evil Lair.Think about it. Slytherin is horrified that any day there might be an attack on the school. So he builds a secret chamber that only he (or another parseltongue, an incredibly rare magical ability) can open. He doesn鈥檛 want any double agents or spies to know about it, so he tells no one. He hopes, of course, that he never has to use it, but in the event that there is an attack, he can get the school to safety while he sets the basilisk on the attackers.But I鈥檓 sure you鈥檙e looking at the basilisk and thinking聽鈥渨hat sane man would put a monster in a panic room?鈥 Glad you asked. I can consider two possibilities.1) Slytherin put a basilisk that was under his control in the chamber, a creature that he could set loose on his enemies, aka, anyone attacking the castle. The basilisk would annihilate any army of thousands just by looking at them, and what鈥檚 more, it could get almost anywhere in the castle through the goddamn walls! That kind of power is exactly what you need to defend your castle. And again, ONLY HE or an heir could control it. I鈥檓 sure at this point he was thinking about himself and his potential progeny, not Tom Riddle some thousand years later.2) Slytherin didn鈥檛 put the basilisk there, and it was instead placed there later by Tom Riddle while he was at school. I don鈥檛 have evidence supporting or disproving this.So how does this get so misconstrued to modern-day Hogwarts lore? Maybe toward the end, the founders did find out about the Chamber. Maybe Slytherin said something to them, maybe he let it slip鈥aybe as they were cleaning out his room after he left, they found some journal entries about it. It could have been anything. But perhaps, in their wisdom, seeing no way to access the chamber, felt it best that no one knew about the existence of a (now) useless panic room, nor did they want anyone to worry about the basilisk.Maybe word *did* get out, though. And not one of the founders wanted to admit that Slytherin didn鈥檛 trust their students, and so to most of the student body, Slytherin鈥檚 departure was suspect. And the moment they heard about a secret room that no one was quite sure about, they started inventing campfire stories about it.聽Fast forward ONE THOUSAND YEARS and now everyone assumes Slytherin was always evil (despite being a good friend and founder of Hogwarts with three other lovely people) and created a secret evil lair to murder muggle-borns, which he could have easily done without a lair if that was *ever* his intention.

Thank you so much! I鈥檝e been looking for this post. I always felt like Slytherin being a horrible evil bigot never really made any sense historically speaking, and it just doesn鈥檛 add up. Although I have to say I don鈥檛 put much stock in option 2. The dude could talk to snakes. And as Hagrid will happily tell you, a creature being scary and 鈥渕onstrous鈥 doesn鈥檛 make it evil. Why couldn鈥檛 he be a Hagrid, with a fondness for big 鈥渕isunderstood鈥 creepy crawlies? Having a basilisk doesn鈥檛 make Slytherin evil in and of itself, any more than Hagrid having an acromantula makes him evil, even if most of wizarding society would condemn him for it. Obviously popular opinion isn鈥檛 always accurate.The conservationist and history nerd in me feels a pang whenever I think about how much of a loss that basilisk was. I know it was being used for murder and that it needed to be stopped, but it鈥檚 a knee-jerk reaction to such a huge loss of knowledge. That thing was alive a thousand years ago. It knew one of the original founders of Hogwarts. Any parselmouth could have spoken to it and asked it what things were really like in those days and gotten a first hand account, but unfortunately the only person to speak to it in a millennium was an idiot who only thought about killing people. Did he even think to ask its name? Nagini clearly had a name, but he never refers to the basilisk by name. That鈥檚 just鈥 really sad to me.I think a lot of people forget that Slytherin house is more than just self-preservation too; loyalty is a core value. Slytherin鈥檚 message is about protecting your own more than nearly anything else. Slytherin pushes unquestioning acceptance of and loyalty to your fellows, regardless of blood status, even in Harry鈥檚 day, according to their welcome message on Pottermore. You very rarely see a Slytherin making a disparaging remark about another Slytherin. You do see even the most bigoted Slytherins (like the Malfoys) being supportive of Slytherins who are much lower on their little social hierarchy than them (like Snape). In Salazar Slytherin鈥檚 day, I think he would have extended that loyalty to the whole school and the other founders. They were 鈥渉is own鈥, and he would have wanted to protect them.

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