- "I really don't think they should let the other sort in, do you? They're just not the same, they've never been brought up to know our ways. Some of them have never even heard of Hogwarts until they get the letter, imagine. I think they should keep it in the old wizarding families."
- —Draco to Harry Potter before their first year at Hogwarts[src]
"Pure-blood supremacist" is a term for somebody who is the opposite of a blood traitor.
Those Considered "Blood Traitors"
Among those usually considered to be "blood traitors" are:
- A pure-blood supremacist (Muggle-hater or pure-blood maniac) is normally an elitist pure-blood (and ocassionally half-blood) wizard who thinks that Mudbloods are impure and not worthy. They often dislike Squibs, blood traitors and half-breeds. They are the opposite of blood traitor.
Attitude Towards "Mudwallowers, Half-breeds and Mudbloods''
Pure-blood supremacists consider themselves to be the elite of the wizarding world, akin to royalty. They look down upon half-bloods, Muggle-borns, and half-breeds, and consider the Muggle world to be inferior to their own. Pure-bloods, and even half-bloods, who do not share this view are considered traitors to their own kind, hence the term "blood traitor". They are considered disgraces by pure-blood supremecists such as the Malfoys.
Elitist pure-bloods believe that it is a sign of weak magic to enjoy non-magical company, and seem to believe that some of the supposed dirtiness of Muggles and Muggle-borns will rub off on those who associate with them, thus they consider blood traitors to be "filthy" as well.
Some extremists consider blood traitors to be nearly as bad as the Muggle-borns they are prejudiced against. Bellatrix Lestrange, for example, claimed that "blood traitor is next to Mudblood in [her] book", and her family often disowned and blasted off the family tree any members who could be considered blood traitors. Blood traitors might also be shunned by their families and acquaintances; for example, Bellatrix and her younger sister Narcissa Malfoy stopped seeing their sister Andromeda after she married a Muggle-born wizard, Ted Tonks.
Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters targeted blood traitors during the First and Second Wizarding Wars because they opposed their goals. When they were temporarily in control of the Ministry of Magic in late 1997 and early 1998, they kept blood traitors such as Arthur Weasley under surveillance. However, even most Death Eaters were reluctant to kill pure-bloods, even "traitorous" ones, if it could be avoided. The same situation existed at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry while Voldemort was in power.
|Dolores Umbridge||Umbridge hated Muggles, Muggle-borns and half-breeds. She was a supporter of Lord Voldemort and helped him by making sure the Ministry knew nothing of his existence and running the Muggle-Born Registration Commission|
|Members of the House of Black||The House of Black was an infamous, Slytherin Muggle-hating family who disowned family members who had anything to do with people they considered 'impure'.|
|Marvolo Gaunt||Gaunt was obsessed with being pure-blood and thought that pure-blood ancestry thought that you were royal. He disowned his daughter, Merope, for her little magical ability and her blood treachery.|
|Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters||Possibly the biggest Muggle-haters of their time. Led by Voldemort who thought that magical blood was pure and special.|
|Salazar Slytherin||Slytherin did not accept Muggle-borns in his house and subsequently ended his friendship with Godric Gryffindor.|
|Araminta Meliflua||An activist for Muggle-hunting. A relative of Walburga Black's.|
|Cornelius Fudge||Fudge favoured pure-bloods and disliked half-breeds.|
|Durmstrang Institute||Durmstrang did not allow Muggle-borns|
|Gellert Grindelwald||Grindelwald was anti-Muggle.|
Notes and references
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- ↑ The various terms for blood traitors, such as Dunglicker, Scumsucker, and Mudwallower, all make associations with uncleanliness. Marvolo Gaunt also called his daughter a "filthy little blood traitor" for admiring a Muggle, and Blaise Zabini once declared that he would never so much as touch a "filthy blood traitor" like Ginny Weasley, despite finding her physically attractive.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- ↑ Neville Longbottom says of the Carrows in Chapter 29 of Deathly Hallows: "They don’t want to spill too much pure blood, so they’ll torture us a bit if we’re mouthy but they won’t actually kill us.” Given this statement, and the fact that the Weasleys were only in direct danger after Ron Weasley's help of Harry Potter was revealed to the Death Eaters, it seems that they were hesitant to kill blood traitors unless they were very rebellious.