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Not to be dramatic but Harry Potter would lose his fucking shit if he knew how y'all treat Ron Weasley
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Golden Trio all grown up!

Just a little workday hangout with Harry, Ron, and Hermione, inspired by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Has everybody read it yet? Can I start drawing spoilery things??
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Olly Moss’s Harry Potter.

Olly Moss surprised everyone and is currently doing a timed release of these new, official, Harry Potter illustrations.  They’re only available until October 25th, 2016.  Check them out!
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a concept: Harry Potter with his mother’s hair and father’s eyes instead of vice versa.
Harry with fiery dark red hair and soft hazel eyes please and thank you

i imagine this is how harry and draco’s first meeting would have gone then haha

can you imagine how much more confused arthur would have been in that scene where he first meets harry 😂

his eyes would probably sweep right over harry at the breakfast table, and then he would freeze and have to do a mental tally of his children

I can see Fred and George really going with it too…“Come on Dad, don’t you remember Harry?”“Next you’ll tell us you don’t remember Craig”“Or Ethel”“Or Annie““Or Ryan”

“Or Ron”
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lmao pansy parkinson isnt a ‘’’tough girl feminist who doesnt play by anyones rules’’’ shes a bully and is blatantly racist and prejudiced and i wont have people glorifying her for this
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Tbh because there’s no good reason not to.

All the blood status in the hp universe is a metaphor for racism but you know what’s boring? Metaphors for racism that only involve white people. Harry is often described as “dark” and like if James Potter’s family was desi and Lily Evans’s was white, that would enhance Harry’s feelings of otherness while growing up with the Dursleys because lbr Vernon was probs a flaming racist.

“Potter” could easily be an anglicized version of a south Asian last name like Potdar or Potluri, and you could make an argument for a pure blood family like the Potters engaging in and profiting from cultural exchange through the British colonization of India so there was an opportunity to establish generational wealth there.

Also on the night he died, James was making pretty-colored lights for Harry. That was October 31st. In 1981, Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, started on October 27th. It lasts five days.
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#i’m a little bitter that tom will most likely never win anything for this role other than some stupid best villain mtv award even though he is probably the best character adaption of the entire film series HIS DRACO IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT OKAY

#he made the character more than it was tbh #i love book draco but you don’t get to SEE his struggle so much as infer it based on harry’s rather limited POV and in the movies you get tom felton being amazing and deep and showing the downward spiral of someone who made himself incredibly vulnerable at his first meeting harry because he’s sure that all the hype his parents have been doing towards his family and his winning personality are going to garner him all the cool friends but then the years go on and everyone but slytherin hates him and then everyone but his small group of friends hates him and then he’s not even at school at all and he thinks his parents resent him for not succeeding in killing dumbledore and not helping their family get out under voldemort’s control even though those are both impossible requests for someone who is still underage you can see him try and make a decision of what’s right and what’s easy and once he starts thinking for himself you can see him leaning towards the former because none of this is what he signed up for because from the moment his school career began he’s been failing to live up to the expectations he’s set for himself so he rejects everyone around him as lesser and latches onto the one thing that his parents taught him that comes in handy and condescends to anyone who’ll listen and by the end you can see it eat away at him to the point where he’s all but begging harry to save him from dying because he’s once again failed supremely but this time he’s hit the actual rock bottom and his throat is raw from his constant need to resist swallowing his pride and all he wants is a fresh gasp of air and when his parents get him back he flees without looking back because as much as they’ve been worn out by the war draco’s been worn out by so much more in addition to that #and this all happens int he background with no more than a page of dialogue in each movie whereas the main characters have massive arcs and long lingering moments where you see them break down and build themselves back up and tom felton does it all with such cohesion and quiet brilliance that you look back and deem him a main character when he’s really been lost among the massive cast only getting a few words in edgewise and sometimes i wonder if he maybe relates to draco on a level that makes everything that much more rich and nuanced#harry potter #word vomit #spoilers #malfoys appreciation blog ‘∞

*slow claps for 8226 years*
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and by ‘the accents of various Harry Potter characters’ I mean the LACK THEREOF and the Overwhelming amount of Posh Wankers in this series. I MEAN. it winds me up MASSIVELY, and it also opens a can of wooorrrmmmss re: the wizarding population around the British Isles. like… We Need To Talk About Wales. caveat: this is all coming from a Northerner, so as far as I’m concerned the Midlands are in the South, but I’m going to try to be geographical instead of Northern about this.

SO, for those who can’t tell the difference between various UK accents/didn’t realise there were accents in England other than The Benedict Cumberbatch (which, if you’re going from these movies, is understandable), let me break down the film accents for you: McGonagall, Cho Chang and Oliver Wood are Scottish, Seamus Finnegan, Mad-Eye Moody and Luna Lovegood are Irish (Evanna Lynch is from the border region so her accent sounds slightly Northern Irish), Neville Longbottom has a Yorkshire accent (Yorkshire is a county in the North of England), Hagrid is from the West Country (which, despite how it sounds, is The South), and literally every other character sounds like they grew up below the Watford Gap. discounting the ones I’ve just mentioned, everyone else is Generic Southern or straight up Good Old Boy RP (Received Pronunciation, which is like standard BBC English that you hear on the telly/out of the gob of pretty much every HP character). 

(I mean, in fairness, this wasn’t really a Movie decision. in the books the Midlands and the North are just places the Hogwarts Express has to pass through to get to Scotland. Harry is from Surrey, the Weasleys are from Devon, it never really says where Hermione’s from but judging by how her dialogue reads I’m guessing it’s The South, Sirius grew up walking distance from King’s Cross, Godric’s Hollow is in the West Country somewhere, Malfoy Manor is in Wiltshire, and even though the footy team you support doesn’t always indicate where you’re from we’ll ignore that in this case and say that Dean Thomas is from Stratford, East London. and those are just the characters I can remember off the top of my head. that’s a lot of southerners. like, Pureblood wizards seem to be mostly very old aristocracy (I remember reading that the Malfoys came over from France with William the Conquerer in 1066), so you could argue that, like, they all had wizard babies in/around the capital and they’re slowly but surely spreading outwards hence the CLUMP of southern wizards (not to mention they tend to stick together in communities like Ottery St Catchpole and Godric’s Hollow) but a) that is a stupid, reaching theory and I seriously doubt it, and b) even if it WAS true, MUGGLEBORNS EXIST! why aren’t there wizards popping up in, like, Liverpool or Salford or Birmingham? why is EVERYONE so goddamn WELL-SPOKEN???)

I do think about the accents thing a lot. and I get mad about the movies a lot. I mean, Hagrid’s accent reads as Yorkshire. he says ‘summat’! he’s the most Yorkshire thing ever!! and Dean has a Generic Nice Southern accent, not an East London accent! he should sound like Alfie bloody Moon!!! also, considering Godric’s Hollow is in the West Country, DUMBLEDORE SHOULD HAVE HAGRID’S ACCENT!!!!! I JUST DIE OVER THE TERRIBLE ACCENT CHOICES FOR THESE FILMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHY WOULD YOU LET MICHAEL ‘I DON’T NEED TO READ THE BOOKS’ GAMBON DO A WEIRD DRUNKEN IRISH LILT WHEN HE COULD HAVE BEEN HAGRIDDING EVERYWHERE!!!!!! (also if Voldemort hadn’t ruined everything and Harry had been raised in Godric’s Hollow he would also have a Hagrid-ish accent. amazing.) AND, according to the HP wiki, Little Hangleton is in the North somewhere, which means Gaunt cottage is in the North somewhere, which means VOLDEMORT IS NORTHERN. LOL. take a moment for that one. let it sink in. Voldemort is my past, present and fookin’ future, innit. 


so if we’re going by the books there’s literally one Scottish person and one Irish person that we know of at Hogwarts (AND one of them is a teacher, AND I don’t think either of them were ever SPECIFICALLY said to have a Scottish/Irish accent). which begs the question: where the fuck is everyone who isn’t middle class English going to school??? what the hell is going on here???? as far as we know there is one (1) Irish student and this school and no (0) Scottish students. which… is wild. especially because the entire Irish quidditch team must have passed through the hallowed halls of Hogwarts in the preceding 10 years, but suddenly: a dearth. AND THERE’S NO WELSH STUDENTS! WHERE ARE THE WELSH? obviously the Holyhead Harpies are a Welsh team, and the common Welsh Green is a Welsh dragon, and Dai Llewellyn who had a ward in St Mungo’s named after him sounds Welsh, and I’m pretty sure Helga Hufflepuff was from Wales*, SO WHERE ARE THEIR SPROGS AT? 

*IIRC aren’t the four founders all from different countries? I’m sure it’s at least implied by the Sorting Hat at one point. like ‘Gryffindor from wild moor’** = Dartmoor, I assume, as Godric’s Hollow is in the West Country = England, Ravenclaw’s from ‘glen’ = Scotland, I’m sure there are glens in other places but SCOTLAND, Hufflepuff is something something valley? again, valleys are everywhere, but whenever someone says ‘valley’ my brain immediately puts on a Daffyd Thomas voice and goes ‘IN THE VALLEEEEYYYSS’ which it certainly doesn’t do for any other country, so = Wales, and SLYTHERIN = FEN = Ireland has a shitload of bogs and fens and stuff. plus Slytherin is green, Ireland is the Emerald Isle, I’m just REALLY GLAD SLYTHERIN’S IRISH HAHA ÉIRE GO BRÁCH LOSERS 

**FOR THE RECORD the HP wiki told me Godric’s Hollow is in the West Country, and that seems very likely as the North of England doesn’t seem to exist in the HP canon, HOWEVER I PERSONALLY choose to believe that the ‘wild moor’ is in fact THE YORKSHIRE MOORS and that Godric Gryffindor, like Tom Marvolo Riddle, is a top lad innit mate. 

but back to The Absent Welsh: I like to think that maybe they’ve set up their own school. it’s a weekly boarding. everyone speaks Cymraeg. all the Irish and Scottish students go there too because they fucking hate the English. it would certainly explain the lack of Scottish, Irish and Welsh students at Hogwarts. they’re all just getting on with it in Wales somewhere. probably Anglesey. or maybe there are actually wizarding schools that are just normal day schools and Hogwarts is just the famous one because it’s a big, old, prestigious boarding school. considering Harry apparently had his name down since birth… MAYBE HOGWARTS IS THE ETON COLLEGE OF MAGIC! THIS IS MAKING SO MUCH SENSE!!! all the middle class English lot are like ‘oh darling, you simply must go to the Eton College of magic!!’ meanwhile muggleborn Gary ‘Gazza’ Bloggs from the Wirral is like ‘nah mate I’ll just go t’ t’ local like.’

(SPEAKING OF ETON COLLEGE, Justin Finch-Fletchley had his name down for it, which is aaaaabsolutely hilarious. Eton is an independent all-boys boarding school which costs roughly £37,000 ($48,000) per academic year. if Justin hadn’t been a surprise wizard he probably would have gone to Eton, gone to Oxford, joined an elite drinking club, burned money in front of homeless people, rattled a dead pig and then become Prime Minister. but instead of doing all of that he has to go to a PUBLIC SCHOOL with negligible rules, very little uniform, girls, AND he can’t even tell any of his posh little mates about it when he goes home to MUMMY for the VAC. to top it all off he’s gone from being a Good Old Boy Top Shelf Jolly Hockey Sticks Young Chap on the path to upper class glory and the Houses of Parliament to being a MUGGLEBORN HUFFLEPUFF i.e. the bottom of the Wizarding world/Hogwarts food chain. but never mind, eh, he seems pleased enough. bet he has a CORKING accent, what!)

even though my Average Joe Wizard High School idea is definitely not true, I definitely 100% feel like Ireland should have its own wizarding school. the Republic of Ireland’s relationship with The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is so long and arduous that even I, who has an Irish mother, can’t keep it all straight in my head, but basically Ireland is not part of ~the UK~ or ~Great Britain~ even though it is part of the British Isles, so they really need their own school. (tbh I’m low key offending myself by talking about this like they Should have their own school rather than They Have Their Own School, Obviously, but… whatever.) THEY ALSO SHOULD HAVE THEIR OWN MINISTRY OF MAGIC! they might have! we just don’t know! why didn’t Harry make better friends with Seamus!!! UNLESS, of course, wizards don’t trifle themselves with Muggle Affairs and didn’t get involved with the Irish revolution and the Troubles etc. (although considering how the Order of the Phoenix being founded/the war really kicking into high gear coincided with the Winter of Discontent/widespread right wing sympathy across the UK… I doubt it), and so Irish wizards are still being governed from ~Westminster. but again, if that’s the case, WHY ARE NONE OF ‘EM GOIN’ HOGWARTS??????? WHY IS SEAMUS FINNEGAN THE LONE IRISH DIASPORA AT WIZARD SCHOOL???? 

I… literally cannot believe how Away from me this has Gotten. 

accents. okay. 

yes, Sirius Black accidentally being EXTREMELY POSH is something I am very passionate about also. he tries to mask it by being all rebellious and Landaaaannn about everything but fails miserably because every so often he’ll say ‘one’, and when he’s tired or excited he’s just like… the Queen on steds. arrived at Hogwarts fluent in French and passable in Latin. knows how to use so many forks. a prank goes right and he’s like ‘YESSSS TOP SHELF, BOYS! ABSOLUTELY BANG ON!’ James is also posh but posh in the rich, big old farmhouse, Barbour jackets and Hunter wellies way, so he gets away with it because he’s never been to a cotillion and doesn’t sometimes slip and say ‘spiffing’. meanwhile Remus is from the Midlands in my heart (maybe Shropshire)*** and is just very normal and not at all impressed by these posh knobs he has to share a bedroom with. Peter is probably from somewhere with an accent that grates on you after a while, like Birmingham. (no offence @Brummies.) according to the HP wiki (it’s teaching me SO MUCH but literally where tf are they getting this info) Snape is from the Midlands, which means that surely Lily is from the Midlands, because they met when they were playing out as kids!!! this Excites Me! also imagining Snape with a Wolverhampton accent is just… exquisite. 

***I know a lot of people are All About Scottish Remus and while that is second in my heart to Midlands Remus it is certainly In My Heart. 

I love and support Neville Longbottom having a Yorkshire accent because I, too, have a Yorkshire accent, and his in the films means SO MUCH TO ME!! he’s OUR BOY!!! GO ON, LADDDD!!!!!! etc. I really want Lee Jordan to have a Limmy-esque Glaswegian accent, because IMAGINE him doing the quidditch commentary and just getting more and more incomprehensibly Scottish, and McGonagall keeps yelling at him because she can actually understand what he’s saying whereas everyone else can just manage to catch ‘Slytherin’ and ‘cheating’ and ‘10 points’ so they’re just like ‘???!!!!! ! !! ? !!’ also I’m a big fan of Bristolian Lavender Brown, for no other reason than I just thought of her greeting Ron by saying ALRIGHT MY LUVVER and nearly died. 

in conclusion, you could say that I do indeed have feelings about the accents of various Harry Potter characters and I hope you weren’t lying when you said you’d love to hear about it. 
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Imagine twelve year old Harry not even knowing how awful his childhood with Dursleys had been until he gets to the Burrow.

Imagine him seeing Percy asleep with a book on his lap, and being baffled that a kid might feel comfortable enough in his own home to be so vulnerable in the living room. 

Imagine Molly coming up to the attic to say goodnight to Ron and Harry, and Harry glancing at Ron when he hears her footsteps, trying to figure out what they had done wrong that day.

Imagine him asking George who does all the house chores, and thinking it’s a joke when George answers, “we all do.” 

Imagine Ginny pestering Arthur with questions over the Daily Prophet, and Harry trying to shoot her warning looks to stop it! but then Mr. Weasley looks up and patiently answers every single one. 

Imagine Bill popping in for a visit one evening and Harry being floored when Bill stops to chat with him. 

Imagine Fred chasing after Harry in the yard, playfighting, but Harry actually begins to run for real fear of being hurt. 

Imagine Molly burning something on the stove my accident and tossing it, imagine Harry mentioning to Ron, offhandedly, “she could’ve given that one to me, it’s what I eat at home when I mess up dinner” and not knowing why Ron is horrified.

Imagine Harry seeing what a normal, functioning family looks like, and realizing the absence of love in his own life. 

“What Harry found most unusual about life at Ron’s, however, wasn’t the talking mirror or the clanging ghoul: It was the fact that everyone there seemed to like him.” – Chamber of Secrets
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breaking news: harry potter has quit his job as an auror!

stating that ‘i have no idea why i thought that was a good idea, holy shit’, potter has since relocated to diagon alley and reopened florean fortescue’s ice cream parlour. in a comment, potter said ‘yeah. yeah, this seems more like it’ and added ‘i mean, he gave me ice cream that one time. loved that guy.’
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Headcanon that McGonagall is offended on a personal level that Umbridge loves cats. 

This literally got 600 more notes just while I was at dinner what the fuck

How has nobody thought about this before tbh

Ok but imagine McGonagall in cat form prowling around the castle, in strategically chosen places so that Umbridge will come across her. 

Umbridge takes the cat back to her office and feeds it a little saucer of milk. The cat starts coming back to Umbridge’s office around the same time every night, until eventually Umbridge gets into a little routine of setting out a saucer of milk for the cat before bed. McGonagall now has all the best secrets on Umbridge, all of the results of the evaluations, and most importantly, is in a perfect position to spy on the ministry for the Order of the Phoenix. 

All because Umbridge is obsessed with cats.

The mental image McGonagall lapping up that milk while full of burning hatred for Umbridge amuses me in ways I can hardly describe.
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It always baffles me when people peg Harry Potter as a brainy nerd. Like, no, no that’s you, the writer, who is a brainy nerd (love you). 

Harry Potter was a jock. 

Not one of those stereotypical dumb as doorknobs arrogant jerks you see on TV shows and teen-cartoons (because animators were all the brainy kids that got picked on and thus only remember their experiences with jocks negatively). No I mean, Harry was the school’s ACTUAL golden boy jock. Star of his house team, genuinely nice, intelligent, a little thick when it comes to girls and feelings but genuinely well meaning, wasn’t all that interested in books or studying and would rather hang out and have a laugh with mates than do homework. Seriously, Harry Potter was a jock who had a brain, and a heart of gold. Don’t try to tell me otherwise.
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“We’ll be at Hogwarts in ten minutes,” said Professor Lupin. “Are you
all right, Harry?“ Harry didn’t ask how Professor Lupin knew his name.

Okay Harry dear let me tell you how he knew your name:

He bought you your first knit sweater, it was red because he knew red brought out your mother’s eyes.

He was there when you got sick for the first time. He comforted your parents because he was the first person they called. “Moony come here right this second, Lily’s freaking out” 

During your first winter you liked being in his arms the best because he was warmer than the other Marauders

He took care of you so many times when mama and dada were having a date night

You were the only thing that made him as happy as chocolate after a particularly rough full moon

You liked to ran your little hands over his big scars, you were the second person he didn’t mind doing that. Sirius was the first

You made him smile even though there was a war going on and there wasn’t much to be happy about

All he wanted was you after he lost it all, he was denied that right.

He thought about you and all his friends on full moons, how all of them sat on the living room floor of the Potters and played with you, no one had died or betrayed each other

He knew your name Harry, because the moment he opened his eyes in that compartment, he thought James was sitting across him and they were back in their 3rd year.

He knew who you were because when he looked into your eyes to say “sit still” he saw Lily Evans’ eyes.

He knew your name, Harry, because you were all he had left as a reminder that everything they went through with Marauders were real.

And the worst part is you knew him,too. You loved him at one point and now you didn’t even recognise him. 
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Say what you want about Snape as a person, but it’s incredibly difficult to argue that Snape was a good teacher.

Harry learned better from a book annotated by Snape than he did from Snape himself. If your job can be done better by a textbook (even if it’s one you modified), then you’re not a good teacher.

Snape makes his students nervous, negatively affecting their performance. In 1st year, Snape is specifically said to make the students nervous during their final exam: “Snape made them all nervous, breathing down their necks while they tried to remember how to make a Forgetfulness potion.”

Snape plays favorites. Obviously he hates Harry and will vanish Harry’s potion to ensure he gets a zero. But even if we put Harry aside, he’s pretty blatant about it.

Snape relentlessly bullies the worst student in his class. Harry asserts that Snape’s bullying has a negative impact on Neville’s work: “Neville regularly went to pieces in Potions lessons; it was his worst subject, and his great fear of Professor Snape made things ten times worse.” He bullies Neville in front of his peers and even other teachers. He tells Lupin that Neville is useless without Hermione to help him, and tells the entire dueling club that Neville “causes devastation with the simplest of spells.”

Snape is also cruel to one of the top students in the class. In addition to bullying Neville, Snape humiliates Hermione on multiple occasions. He insults her appearance, calls her an insufferable know-it-all, tells her to stop showing off, shouts at her for helping Neville, etc. And this is all despite the fact that she’s likely one of his top students. At one point, he stops mid-lesson to read Rita’s Skeeter’s Witch Weekly article about Harry/Hermione out loud, in its entirety. He even throws in a few of his own comments and pauses to allow for laughter at the end of sentences. And remember, this is a 14-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl who have the misfortune to have their “relationship” speculated about in a tabloid.

Snape’s retention rate is not particularly high. Out of Harry/Ron’s entire year, 12 students achieve E/Os and continue the subject. We know that aspiring Aurors are required to take Potions, as are Healers. You would think that Potions would be quite relevant for a student in anything vaguely science/medicine-related. It’s a fairly important part of magical life with a very practical application. And yet only 12 students chose to continue, with a disproportionate number coming from in Snape’s own house.

 I feel like it’s kind of worth pointing out that this incredibly dysfunctional, toxic situation is the result of an employer using political, carceral, and emotional blackmail to force someone to take and keep a job they don’t want and aren’t capable of performing to standard?   And then refusing to take any kind of disciplinary or corrective methods when that employee behaves destructively in all the ways this post describes, because their unhappiness/karmic punishment is a bigger priority than the damage they cause.  

Like, seriously, everything up there is true, but Snape wasn’t doing this while squatting in a tenured track or abusing teacher’s union rights or refusing to leave his position.  I don’t think there was any reason he had to keep that teaching job other than Dumbledore thinking it was both useful and amusing to keep him close, in a job he hated.  If you want to get more into the psychological manipulation involved, trapping someone in a job where they’re isolated from adult society and constantly fucking things up is a fantastic way to keep them emotionally dependent on you.  You keep them in a constant state of that transgression/punishment cycle because they’ll be even *more* dependent if they think they deserve it.  

On a practical, workplace politics level though, Snape couldn’t hack it at being a teacher, started lashing out abusively, and never stopped, and was never made or allowed to stop.  Dumbledore was more invested in keeping Snape in a constant state of subservience and petty misery than he was in the academic and emotional welfare of 17 years of students.  When you have someone in your employee base who is routinely incompetent and destructive, you fire or move that person, unless you on some level enjoy the chaos and misery they’re constantly creating around them, which all those descriptions of Dumbledore’s twinkling eyes seemed to be flagging that he very much did.

One of my favorite fanfics once pointed out that Snape became a teacher only a couple years after he graduated, and that he must have had to teach the same students that watched him be bullied. Like, the 5-7th years, the year he started teaching, knew him as “Snivellus.”

So it’s interesting to think that he must subconsciously, or even consciously, see all students, no matter their actual age difference, as his peers/rivals. That these kids are threatening and awful. In those first few years, it was probably not far from the truth.

And since the kids never age, but he’s stuck in a horrifying limbo, he hasn’t departed at all from fighting other students like they’re his age and all his enemies. He doesn’t mature or develop at all. He bullies them first, and revels cruelly in any scrap of superiority. he’s verbally abusive. He sees children as his rivals.

Just all-over, overwhelmingly, a bad idea to have him teach. Imagine having to go right back to your high school to teach the same students who saw you be bullied. Not for a million dollars.

But, you know, Dumbledore apparently thought “it was a valuable life lesson to have the students have to learn to deal with bad teachers” in his school, or however JK explained his reasoning (someone asked her once why the hell Gilderoy was ever a teacher).

so ok, everybody gets to suffer.

an idea occurred to me a while back – the only reason Snape wanted the DADA job was that the curse on the position meant he had a decent shot at never having to teach again.  We don’t see him do anything remarkable when he has the position, he doesn’t seem to enjoy teaching any more than usual, but it’s ultimately an escape route.

I very much appreciate that the replies in this post (the version I’m reblogging anyway; haven’t looked elsewhere) are fairly even-handed wrt Snape. It offers an explanation for part of why his shitty behavior is the way it is, and why it’s allowed to continue unchecked, without excusing him from blame. He’s a petty, vindictive person who made some phenomenally bad choices; and someone in a position of power over him ensured that he was trapped him in the same psychological cycle that contributed to him being a petty, vindictive, miserable human being. I haven’t thought about him from this angle, which made it interesting to read.
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I always see posts about what we wish was in the movies/they didn’t change, and there are SO MANY THINGS THAT FIT THAT LIST. But honestly the movies did a great job and stayed pretty true to the books. SO, here’s a post to point out the great things the movies did! Please add on and let’s celebrate the movies that brought these amazing books to life!

Adding the word Potter to… “Scared Potter?” “You wish.”

Showing us what Neville forgot was to wear his robes

Bellatrix torturing Hermione by carving the word mudblood into her arm

Barty Crouch Jr. licking his lips (good job David)

Amos Diggory’s reaction to his son dying

“Look at it this way: every great wizard in history has started out as nothing more than we are now – students. If they can do it, why not us?” 

In the OotP when they’re in the Hog’s Head a goat walks by… Aberforth owns the Hog’s Head/is the barman

Slughorn’s story about Lily and the fish

Voldemort hugging Draco

Showing Lupin and Tonks reaching for each other and just not touching. It killed me, but I loved it.

Continually having Seamus blow up things through out the movies

“I’ve always wanted to use that spell!”

Showing them just being kids and having fun! PoA scene where the boys eat the candy and make the animal noises

“The spiders… They want me to tap dance! I don’t wanna tap dance!”

“You tell those spiders, Ron!”

The shrunken heads in PoA

Burning The Burrow in HBP (I know people had issues with it but I actually liked it. It was a good way of visually representing how Voldemort and the Death Eaters effected people’s lives on a very personal scale)

Neville giving Harry the gillyweed on GoF - it makes more sense for Dobby to have been able to get it like in the books, but in the film it made Neville more involved and also added another clue to ‘Moody’s’ real identity

All of Filch’s screen time. He’s hilarious

The little glimpses we got of what Draco was up to in HBP. It gave us a slightly wider perspective than just Harry’s POV which made it more interesting, without revealing what he was actually doing

That muggle girl flirting with Harry at the beginning of HBP, showing he still has a life outside of fighting Voldemort and he’s still just a teenage boy

‘Who’d wanna be taught by me? I’m a nutter, remember?’ ‘You can’t be worse than old toad face.’ ‘Thanks, Ron.’ ‘I’m here for you, mate.’

‘Hermione’s got nice skin.’ ‘I think I’ll be going to sleep now.’
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Every now and then, the Marauders fandom gets upset that James was chosen to be a Head Boy when he wasn’t a Prefect.

But of course he was.

It started in the autumn of his fifth year. The fifteen-year-old marched through the corridors, feeling rather important, a badge pinned to his robes.

Filch caught him within the first five minutes. To be fair, James hadn’t tried to run. (If he had, he would have gotten away). He had no reason to. Still, the caretaker grumbled threats of torture as he dragged the Chaser to Professor McGonagall’s office.

“Pretending to be a Prefect,” Filch snarled.

“I’m not pretending you old—” James eventually broke off as he realized that there was no use shouting at the lump of clay that was the caretaker. And so, he turned to Professor McGonagall and said, “I’m a temporary Prefect for the night.”

“Are you?” she asked, with a flicker of amusement. “I don’t seem to recall appointing you as such.”

“You know, Sirius’ brother told me something interesting the other day,” James said. “Did you know that if you looked at the night sky, you could see a star that represents them both? Isn’t that strange. Look for yourself, Professor.”

And she glanced out the window and saw the stars in question. Right next to the nearly full moon. Her face gave away nothing, but she curtly dismissed the caretaker, who seemed surprised if not furious.

“Surely you want me to stay to deliver the punishment?” Filch asked.

“There will be no punishment,” Professor McGonagall said curtly. “You caught a Prefect out of bed. That’s not exactly against the rules, is it?”

James could have hugged her.

As soon as the caretaker was gone, she pushed the tin of biscuits towards James. It didn’t even need saying at this point. He grinned and took his favorite kind. She always had them.

“I didn’t even think…” she whispered. “It’s not full for another three days.”

“I know,” said James. “But he’s really sick this time.”

“He should have told me,” she said. “I would have given him the time off.”

“Yeah, well,” James shrugged. “You know Remus.”

She smiled; she did indeed.

“Did he brief you on your responsibilities?” the professor asked.

“If by ‘briefed’ you mean ‘went into a three-hour lecture on what I should or should not do’ then yeah.”

“You know that I can’t make this official,” Professor McGonagall said. “People would talk.”

“Nah, I know,” James said. 

“You can’t brag about this.”

“I know.”

“You can’t abuse your privileges.”

“I know.”

“Take another biscuit.”

He grinned and did so.

“I believe you have work to do,” she said.

James gave her a mock salute and marched away. He performed Remus’ duties all night, never once abusing the power, knowing that doing so would tarnish Remus’ reputation. He performed them the next two nights as well and told a very skeptical Professor McGonagall that he was sick on the night of the full moon. (”Oh dear,” she said. “I hope your illness stagnates.”)

Truth be told, James was a Prefect almost as much as Remus was.

They were some of the only times in his term at Hogwarts that he solemnly swore that he wasn’t up to no good.

IM MAKING THIS CANON! I declare it canon!!! So be it!!! @asktheboywholived
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So I’m rereading Harry Potter, and in order to freshen up the experience and to make sure I don’t forget my Spanish, I’m reading it in translation.

I like the way that Hagrid sounds in Spanish. Everything is much cozier-sounding. And I have no way of knowing for sure, but I think my impressions of the characters are probably closer to the way that JK intended them to be. As an American, I don’t have any frame of reference for the accent that Hagrid has, what the cultural stereotypes of people with that accent are, and I definitely didn’t have that reference when I was eight and first reading the books.

On the other hand, I absolutely have mental images of people who talk the way that Hagrid does in the Argentinean translation. Hagrid, Madame Malkin, and Mrs. Weasley*, I can picture them much more clearly; I feel like their characters have come into focus for me in a way I didn’t expect to happen. I expect it’s probably me knowing many more types of people now than I did when I was eight, and where I know people who are warm and friendly and uneducated like Hagrid. There was one line that Hagrid says when he first meet Harry, and I laughed with recognition because oh, he sounds like this older man I worked with in rural Peru. I’ve never met anyone who talks like Hagrid in English, but because I’ve met people who talk like him in Spanish, suddenly I have a frame of reference for his character that I didn’t before.

*(Mrs. Weasley sounds exactly like my friend’s mom in my head, which is delightful. She is tall, dark, and lacks freckles, but is otherwise basically the same person)

Harry’s dialogue, on the other hand, doesn’t really change the way I feel about him, but my increased reading comprehension skills since I last read the books has. I can figure him out a little better: he’s clever and resourceful and fucked up from a lifetime of abuse that he’s normalized to a frightening degree, and it hasn’t broken him the way it would’ve broken me. In a strange way, he seems to expect to be treated like a shameful secret, someone impossible to love, but he has no idea why – or, anyway, it doesn’t seem to have affected his … pluckiness, for lack of a better word. Sort of attitude of, “well, this is the way it’s always been, it’s not so bad once you learn how to manage it, and anyway there’s nothing I could change that would please them because I’m Not A Dursley”, without any understanding that the way it’s been is profoundly wrong. And I didn’t really understand how to analyze characters for myself until college, and as an adult reading about this eleven-year-old child locked in a closet for days or weeks at a time, who’s never been allowed to eat as much as he wants, I’m fucking horrified because I can empathize a lot better now than I could as a small child myself.

And of course he feels weird and disappointing when everyone in the Leaky Cauldron thinks he’s great! No one has ever expected him to be anything but underfoot (and it never mattered what he actually did, he’d always be perceived as a failure). Having expectations to rise to when he knows, knows, knows that he’s always going to be a disappointment and no matter what he does, someone will be angry at him. It doesn’t seem to be something that he’s consciously aware of feeling, but it bubbles to the surface whenever there’s a lull in the conversation between him and Hagrid, or him and Malfoy, or him and Ron.

I understand Sirius’s massive reaction in Stealing Harry much better upon rereading the books, is what I’m saying.
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She said there are other smaller, less known schools.

Oooh source? Has she said anything else about them that you know of? (It doesn’t change my overall irritation at her bizarre attempt to superimpose British-style boarding school culture on the entire world, but I’d be interested to know when she said that in relation to previous statements on the State of Wizardry worldwide, etc.)
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Illustrator Gabriel Picolo’s Magical Art Book Of Potions And Spells Inspired by Harry Potter

Who wouldn’t want a real illustrated spellbook taken from Harry Potter’s magical world? Illustrator Gabriel Picolo creates an enchanting potions and spell manual sketchbook filled with the most memorable moments of one of the most touching stories ever written - Harry Potter. The freelancing artist from Brazil has created a series which features Harry Potter inspired artwork drawing in elements of calligraphy, watercolor, illustration and anime art.

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