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I’m just gonna post this here.
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All Rights Reserved
Love them ❤
glorious costumes from the upcoming The Empress of China
I’ve decided I’m going to do a fic fest tomorrow once I’m home, but today I have the end of conference and a lot of travel and I am a bit walking wounded right now so I am offering a TURNAROUND FEST to give me reading material in the airport.
If you see this, comment or reblog with a tiny short fanfic in the fandom, ship, and/or trope of your choosing. Doodles also welcome.
CREATIVITY! *jazz hands*
I’m late to the party, ‘cause I was traveling this weekend myself, but this is a snippet of post-TWS Bucky angst that just won’t leave my head even though it’s not actually a fic:
He hates to admit it, even if only to himself: but he kinda misses the drugs
OH BUCKY NO D:
Dumbledore, notorious for giving second chances Dumbledore, let Sirius rot in Azkaban for twelve years.
He must have known Sirius well due to his time in the Order, he must have known what James meant to Sirius. Dumbledore was a member of the freaking Wizengamot yet he didn’t fight the Ministry’s horrifying trial-optional policy.
This is a man who took back Death Eater!Snape at his word, shielded him from prison, and employed him at a school for children.
But he didn’t have a use for Sirius, so he didn’t care about him.
I got 99 problems with Dumbledore and his treatment of Sirius Black accounts for like 64 of them.
To be honest, Albus Dumbledore is one of the most disturbing, terrifying characters I’ve ever found in a book, because he thought he was a good guy and so did everyone else and the books don’t really challenge it either (given that Harry forgives him for everything he did), but when you look between the lines he was profoundly, profoundly immoral and unethical.
A couple of months ago, I was talking about HP characters with a friend, and he said that Dumbledore was one of his least favorite characters of all time.
Naturally, this took me back a bit since he’s one of the heroes of the series, misguided as he was at times. Still, I was curious and asked my friend why he hated him. His answer still strikes a chord with me.
"There is never, ever a reason to leave a child in an abusive home. Never."
It bothered me that there were no Squibs allowed in Hogwarts. Fine, I can get that Squibs would not be able to do any wand magic, and would not be able to fly a broomstick. They still apparently possess enough innate magic to see the school and other magically hidden locations. Out of the classes at Hogwarts that the kids take, a Squib could take and benefit from the following classes: History of Magic, Astronomy, Divination, Care of Magical Creatures, Herbology, MUGGLE STUDIES, Potions (there will be little foolish wand-waving here), Arithmancy, Ancient Runes, and partially theoretical classes on Defense Against the Dark Arts and Charms.
That’s a long list of classes. And some of them are particularly upsetting to me because there’s stuff like History of Magic being left out- that’s their own history they’re being barred from learning. Since Squibs are often forced into the Muggle world, a Squib would make an ideal Muggle Studies teacher and would no doubt be able to teach a more realistic and informative class than someone going off of biased wizarding texts. Squib kids looking into living in the Muggle world would absolutely benefit from learning Muggle studies, especially if they’re from a mainly pureblood family who doesn’t venture out all too often.
And then there’s the rest of them! Arguably you could have a Squib gifted with prescience, and Divination is supposed to be a very accessible branch of magic. Squibs being excellent at taking care of magical plants and animals and making groundbreaking advancements, Squibs working in tandem with each other to breed different magical herbs for potions, Squib potion masters creating all sorts of amazing concoctions. Squibs working with muggleborns and using logic and science to advance magic theoretically, Squibs being huge pro-muggleborn/pro-muggle advocates, Squibs making star charts and Squibs going into the muggle world to use their healing potions in their jobs as nurses and doctors.
Squibs being so completely shut out of magical education was such a sore point for me in the books, especially viewing the treatment of our only prominent Squib- an angry, bitter, glorified janitor often at the mercy of brats with wands. I’m not justifying or endorsing his abusiveness at all, but this was an awful character to use to explore people without magic in a society that bases your worth on it. A lot of time Rowling seems to validate Wizarding prejudices more than she challenges them. While I really enjoy reading the headcanons about Hogwarts being very accessible to people with disabilities, I can’t bring myself to see that as the case with Squibs being treated as they are.
Just because they can’t do magic with wands doesn’t mean they should be shunted to the fringes of the culture they were raised in! I know it’s based around magic, but imagine being a wizard shoved into the Muggle word where you can’t even get your favorite candy!
They should have some kind of course that’s compulsory for squibs and purebloods, some half-bloods … basically anyone raised in a Magical family. It’d be a bit like how some Muggle schools have Home Ec, but it’d be like “Okay, poof, you can’t use a wand FOR ANYTHING” Muggle Cooking/Muggle Sewing-Mending/Muggle Currency/Muggle Adulting. It’d include field trips to Muggle London toward the end of the year, etc.
AND a squib may very well have children who ARE magical - JKR kinda said at some point that Muggleborns usually had some wizard or squib way back in their family tree.
Would being a squib suck - not just because of the social stigma (which is huge) but because YOU CAN’T DO MAGIC? Yes. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to function or make you own choices!
And something like Defense Against the Dark Arts would be vital - at least recognizing the spells and more mundane stuff like “Eat chocolate if Dementor”.
Because guess who the Nazi-esque Dark Wizards are going to come after? If you’re a squib? That would be you.
Care of Magical Creatures is also useful for certain career paths and isn’t really limited by your magical ability. At the very least you’d know what to do if a Knarl showed up and how to distinguish it from a regular hedgehog.
You’d still send mail via Owl Post if you wanted.
Being a squib could be viewed as a sort of disability, and in the Muggle world at least we’re usually required to MAKE ACCOMMODATIONS for people who are disabled. (Doesn’t always work out real well because of funding and douchebaggery, unfortunately, but there are LAWS.)
You know what else would be helpful? Knowledge of stuff like “If you’re poisoned, a bezoar will probably save you.”
I’m unclear on whether a squib could actually brew a potion or if you have to be inherently magical, but knowledge of them would sure help - appearance, taste, effects, etc.
So when most of the class is working on the practical aspects of stuff, give the Squib students assignments that will help them at least RECOGNIZE what’s going on and generally prepare them for both life in the Muggle World OR life in the Wizarding World and make it THEIR CHOICE.
I want to see a squib - NOT FILCH - who DOES choose to stay in the Wizarding World despite the discrimination and difficulty and gets a job. (And doesn’t take a lot of shit.) You don’t need magic to run a bookshop (for example) generally. That’s business and accounting and customer service! Muggles manage it! (Okay, It might HELP if you had an assistant for Just In Case, but I figured that books like The Invisible Book of Invisibility or The Monster Book of Monsters - and even then I’d imagine that knowing to stroke the spine a Squib could handle it - would be the minority.)
I want magically-abled relatives and friends to come to the Squib character kind of embarrassedley because they need to use the Muggle world and “Muggle money/clothes/mail/whatever - HOW DO THEY FUCKING WORK?” (Cue some degree of well-deserved smugness.)
And since the Wizarding World is bigoted as all hell, how about some kind of Squib support group that rallies for Squib rights?
#MAN I LOVE THIS MOMENT BECAUSE #THIS FILM IS NOT ABOUT SOPHIE FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOWL NOT REALLY #IT’S ABOUT SOPHIE FALLING IN LOVE WITH HERSELF #SOPHIE DISCOVERING THE FREEDOM TO BE WHO SHE IS AND LOVE IT #LIKE COULD YOU BE GIVING YOUNG GIRLS A BETTER MESSAGE #’LOVE YOURSELF BECAUSE YOU ARE FUCKING AWESOME’ #and there’s no bullshit about howl only being able to love her once she loved herself or having his love ‘cure’ her #howl and sophie love each other and help each other be the best versions of themselves they cuold possibly be #can you get a better love story than that
This is my little brother, reading my Hawkeye issue #19. He is hearing impaired and is currently using/learning sign language as his primary means of communication. He spent his entire lunchtime pouring over this comic, so excited about his language being in one of my books! And a superhero book!
mattfractionblog, thank you for this.
(We have the entire Signing Time series too, and our lives would be poorer without it! Such a blessing.)
the idea of harry potter not only straddling two worlds between him (the british wizarding world and the british muggle world) but also being met at each end by two entirely different systems of historical dehumanization/subjugation (with harry on one hand being a half-blood in a society built on blood pedigree and on the other hand being black mixed-race in a society built on white supremacy) is at once extremely tragic and extremely compelling narratively
it’s also interesting that either status has a completely negligible effect within the opposite world (i.e. harry’s blood status means nothing in muggle britain and his race means nothing in wizarding britain)
mixed-race harry continues to rise to the top as the most narratively compelling interpretation of the text