I think I'll be in Slytherin house. I'll be really surprised if I'm not. I'm more like a Slytheraven (Slytherin + Ravenclaw), I guess. I've always seen those two houses as very close, except Slytherin acknowledges that some of us have what we often see as unfavorable qualities- cunning skill in relation to a desire for power with a little bit of ruthlessness thrown in, plus the willingness to manipulate people or events when necessary. It's a Slytherin that recognizes these qualities within themselves, acknowledges them, and embraces them as an integral part of who they are. That's the way I see it anyway.
None of those things have to be a bad thing at all. They can be good or morally ambiguous but they don't always have to be straight up bad. Those qualities and abilities have their uses and can be used for good. I could write an essay on how those things can be good but I shouldn't have to. Their usefulness should be obvious. Those qualities are basically describing "ambition." Cunning, a desire for power (to be in charge), and the willingness to work for it no matter what.
I have those qualities and use those skills but those obviously aren't the only things that define me. I like to think I'm sweet and kind hearted, care for others, and I'm a dreamer. I'm an optimist, while being a realist. I'm loyal and I love with all my heart. I'm not perfect but I try to do the right thing. I'm emotional, not cold and calculating. OK maybe the calculating bit is true but I'm not a cold person.
But as you can see, it's easy for those Slytherin qualities to overpower everything else and become twisted and cruel. I think that's why many of the bad wizards and witches were from Slytherin. The qualities must be balanced out and can't entirely define who you are. However, again I think a Slytherin is defined by the acknowledgement of those qualities within oneself.
I'll be kind of disappointed if I'm not in Slytherin.
What house do you think you belong in and why?