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burdge:

ok but hear me out- what about a lightning bolt scar that looked like real lightning?

burdge:

ok but hear me out- what about a lightning bolt scar that looked like real lightning?

I found empirical support for the idea that the Harry Potter series influenced the political values and perspectives of the generation that came of age with these books. Reading the books correlated with greater levels of acceptance for out-groups, higher political tolerance, less predisposition to authoritarianism, greater support for equality, and greater opposition to the use of violence and torture. As Harry Potter fans will have noted, these are major themes repeated throughout the series. These correlations remained significant even when applying more sophisticated statistical analyses – when controlling for, among other things, parental influence.

"Harry Potter did help shape the political culture of a generation" by Anthony Gierzynski (The Conversation)

Totally fascinating research into how reading shapes political beliefs.

(via malindalo)

aud-works:

ron, harry & hermione!
i like to imagine that after the war ends & everything gets cleaned up, the three of them get a flat together while they recuperate & try to figure out where to go from there.  and they all have a tough time of it at first, but eventually they create someplace all of them can call home.

aud-works:

ron, harry & hermione!

i like to imagine that after the war ends & everything gets cleaned up, the three of them get a flat together while they recuperate & try to figure out where to go from there.  and they all have a tough time of it at first, but eventually they create someplace all of them can call home.

… “You must have shown me real loyalty down in the Chamber. Nothing but that could’ve called Fawkes to you.” That’s the very first thing Dumbledore thanks and praises Harry for. Not for rescuing Ginny, or saving the school from the basilisk, or for keeping Voldemort from coming back, but for loyalty.

Dumbledore judges the people he works with based first and foremost on how loyal they are to him. Not because he thinks he’s all that, but because, as I said, he views people as game pieces, and you can’t have your game pieces acting up, can you? He values his pieces. He wants to advance and protect them. But he doesn’t want them running off beyond his sphere of influence and doing their own thing. I think there’s something very ambiguous about Dumbledore’s habit of seeking out desperate, socially outcast people and doing them one or two huge favors that leave them bound to him for life. Remus, Hagrid and Snape all fit that pattern, and Trelawney and Firenze appear to join the ranks in OOP. It kind of makes me wonder what Dumbledore has done for Fletcher, Moody and Shacklebolt.

…The problem with Sirius is, he’s not loyal to Dumbledore at all; he’s loyal to Harry. From Dumbledore’s point of view, it’s as if he’s playing wizard chess, and one of the knights suddenly decides that he doesn’t care what happens to the king, he’s just going to take care of that little pawn on the left. So Dumbledore does the only thing he thinks he can do — he sticks his recalcitrant knight into a safe, isolated corner of the board and keeps him from making any moves. Perfectly sensible and strategically sound, as long as you don’t expect your game pieces to have any pesky emotions or psychological issue that need to be taken into account.

…Dumbledore’s actions at Hogwarts are another symptom of his general approach. He doesn’t treat it just as a school, but also as an instrument in his strategy. People like Snape, Hagrid and Trelawny — all lousy teachers, in very different ways — are given their jobs as perks, because of their past of future usefulness to the Order, and because it strengthens their bonds of loyalty to Dumbledore.

OTOH, look at Lupin, who is a talented teacher. Why wasn’t he hired before Harry’s third year, especially given the difficulty of finding qualified DADA professors? My theory is that Dumbledore didn’t consider it necessary. As far as he knew, Lupin was already totally loyal simply because Dumbledore had allowed him to attend Hogwarts. There was no need to bribe him with a job. He was hired only when his familiarity with Sirius became an important factor. Once Sirius proved not to be a threat, Lupin was allowed to resign…

prettybooks:

prettybooks:

Bloomsbury Children’s Books revealed the complete set of new Harry Potter covers today! They’re so beautiful. Prisoner of Azkaban is my favourite, if you couldn’t tell. They’re published on 1st September in paperback and hardback, and illustrated by Jonny Duddle. 

If you were asleep when I posted these this yesterday morning, here they are again! Which is your favourite?

holyshitspn:

Things Dumbledore Did That’d Be Creepy If You Did them

platoapproved:

isabelthespy:

spitefulbitch:

the stupidest thing in the entire harry potter series was when they go down to the slytherin dormitory and it’s all dark and slimy and freezing and shit. as if lucius malfoy would let his son live in squalor like that. the house with the highest concentration of spoiled purebloods are happy to live under the goddamn lake? no.

wow this is the #1 best harry potter criticism i have ever read

the essential dichotomy of the two very different things jkr seemed to be trying to embody in slytherin which are just not compatible if you ask me.

you’ve got the malfoy side of slytherin.  blood purity, deliberate class metaphors, deliberate race metaphors.  this kind of slytherin is all about old wealth, british identity, and privilege-based violence.  the malfoys are SUPER WHITE they are the WHITEST WHITE, and with that goes this image they project as benevolent philanthropists, while they privately (and then not so privately) degrade and exploit and abuse those they consider categorically lesser (muggle borns, house elves, people poorer than them, etc).  this is the slytherins-are-privileged-racists side of the house traits.

the other side has always kind of struck me as jkr’s-privilege-seems-to-have-led-her-to-use-racist-tropes-to-make-slytherins-more-loathesome side of things.  it’s the snape side of slytherin.  the side embodied by snakes (and all that weight of judeo-christian inflected nastiness they are supposed to carry).  why is the house of POWERFUL pureblood families not represented by some animal associated with institutional power in britain (like I DON’T KNOW A FUCKING LION).  this version of slytherin is the kind of evil that is “obvious” because everyone knows snakes are bad (just like rats are bad!!! :|).  everyone knows the guy with the black eyes, the greasy hair,  the “”“”“sallow”“”“” complexion, and the hooked nose (always comes back to the Ambiguously Ethnic thing doesn’t it) is evil.  you know it even before he says a fucking thing.  you can tell he’s evil by his body, by his phenotype.  because this shit doesn’t exist in a vacuum and like it or not, certain traits have a history of being coded in certain ways, racially/ethnically speaking.  the idea of sneakiness, of cleverness, of ruthlessness and questionably moral doing-what-it-takes-to-get-ahead, none of that is coded ROBUST HETEROSEXUAL WHITE CHRISTIAN let me tell you that.  slytherins are bad at sports (not like the VIGOROUS HEALTHY GRYFFINDORS) and when they do get close to winning it’s by cheating.

but the thing is if you are running the system, you don’t need to cheat the system.  the two sides of slytherin just don’t mesh together.

THIS IS SUPER INCOHERENT I need to structure this into something formal with capitalization when I’m not quite so beset with insomnia and inarticulate rage.  I’M NOT EVEN A SLYTHERIN.  I just care because if JKR had been really serious about the radical and anti-authoritarian message she seemed to WANT for harry potter, it would have been gyffindor that was the dangerous, privileged, racist house.  that’s the house with the traits associated with POWER, and so much of that second slytherin has been associated with groups that are ruthlessly marginalized.

this old post explains it pretty well actually, the antisemitism / anti-foreigner sentiment seething just beneath the surface.

i love harry potter but sometimes i fucking hate harry potter you know?

burdge:

victims of the 90’s

burdge:

victims of the 90’s

viria:

you never know when the desire to draw Luna Lovegood is gonna hit you… but it’s useless to fight it.

viria:

you never know when the desire to draw Luna Lovegood is gonna hit you… but it’s useless to fight it.

thesassiestsamwinchester:

thegreatnarwhalsmuffin:

schmergo:

A Harry Potter AU where everything’s exactly the same, except the house elves look like Lord of the Rings elves and Dobby’s, like, played by Orlando Bloom. But they’re still not allowed to have clothes

orlando bloom hitting himself in the face with a lamp

twelve year old Daniel Radcliff shoving a nearly-naked Orlando Bloom into his closet

bookriot:

Who doesn’t love a look at the behind-the-scenes process of some of our favorite books? Here’s a look at a scrap of J. K. Rowling’s outline for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
[via OpenCulture]

bookriot:

Who doesn’t love a look at the behind-the-scenes process of some of our favorite books? Here’s a look at a scrap of J. K. Rowling’s outline for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

[via OpenCulture]

ktnissevurdeen:

buttalecki:

what do you do at hogwarts if you start your period? 

like do you go and see madam promfrey? or your head of year? because i’m just trying to imagine the slytherin girls going snape and asking for tampons

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QUESTION you mentioned a lot things about bluthyonce like house values, animal, and colors and so naturally i would like to know what those would be for the other three houses at EAGLECREST
Anonymous

sashayed:

GREAT QUESTION ABOUT EAGLECREST, THE AMERICAN HOGWARTS. THANKS FOR ASKING! The house system at EAGLECREST differs slightly from that at European wizard schools: students are assigned to a House upon entry, but in acknowledgement of the complexity of human nature and the FREEDOM of AMERICA, each also chooses a Minor or Secondary House at which they spend at least one week per semester. The Houses are as follows.

BLUTHYONCÉ: 

  • values: hilarity, sequins
  • animal:
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  • colors: i know i originally said Caribbean Blue and Tangerine but I think actually it’s Hot Pink + Atomic Tangerine
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  • house located in Thomas Jefferson’s “dreamy” left eye, equipped w/ craft supplies and a bar 
  • house ghost is Dorothy Parker
  • Fun Fact: a bald eagle delivers house copies of Sassy, Vogue Wizard, and J-14 to Bluthyoncé every week. No one knows where the new issues of Sassy come from and no one asks questions. 

JUSTITOPIA: 

  • values: determination and fairness
  • animal:
  • image 
  • colors: Camo and Hemp
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  • house is located in Abraham Lincoln’s “problematic” jaw and has its own pirate radio station
  • house ghost is Ida B. Wells. Justitopia at its best is the REAL SHIT.
  • Fun Fact: Justitopia’s communal garden provides up to 45% of EAGLECREST’s vegetable supply. With the help of a simple avian translation spell, the many Rescue Chickens living in the Freedom Hutchery may also volunteer to donate their unfertilized eggs.

LAXDISICK: 

  • values: affluence, ambition, broery
  • animal: 
  • image
  • colors: seersucker
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  • house is located in TEDDY BROSEVELT, right in the monocle. Has outdoor and indoor badminton courts. 
  • house ghost is Zack Morris.
  • Fun Fact: a small door located behind Laxdisick’s F. Scott Fitzgerald Memorial Bathroom opens into the guest bedroom of some dude’s stepdad’s house on the Vineyard. It is always 1:30pm and partly sunny, and there is always an open sign-up spot for beer pong. Students who attempt to stay at the house for more than an hour, however, are struck with a gradually incapacitating lockjaw and eventually forced to leave.

SHRUGSTAGRAM: 

  • values: chill
  • animal:
  • image
  • colors: Mood Ring
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  • house is located in George Washington’s nose because it’s closest to the main entrance. Every surface is guaranteed nappable. Best Wifi reception in all of EAGLECREST.
  • House Ghost: Walt Whitman.
  • Fun fact: the password to Shrugstagram House (“Uh what?”) has not been changed since 1973.

goodmorningvelma:

alexandraerin:

justlikeamillionlittlestars:

GUYS
DUMBLEDORE WAS 115 WHEN HE DIED
WHAT IF HE MAKES A CAMEO APPERANCE IN THE MOVIE
HE WOULD BE 45 
GUYS

Oh, hey. Since J.K. Rowling is writing it and since this before Grindelwald’s fall, this would be the perfect chance for her to establish Dumbledore’s sexuality in canon as fact rather than subtext.

So, I have every confidence we won’t see him.

nymre:

choluna doodles from yesterday ;;wheeZEajksdfjaksdDONT LOOK AT ME.