Word Count: 100
Characters: Phineas Nigellus, Harry
Slytherins are ambitious, they say. It's their defining trait as a House, the one thing the Sorting Hat chooses to mention in its song, every year without fail.
Conceded. Every House needs its defining trait, after all. But, Potter, have you ever stopped to consider the possibility that ambition is not always a bad thing?
Of course you haven't. The answer might interfere with your beautifully simplistic view of the world. And we couldn't have that, so Dumbledore has never encouraged you to open your mind.
Try asking a Slytherin what their dreams are, sometime. You may be pleasantly surprised.