smoke break at hogwarts*
a poot because harry potter has re-entered my life. violently.
"In my headcanon Hogwarts is tolerant and accepting of all kinds of disabilities and makes tons of special allowances for everyone and isn’t at all the kind of place that lets teachers and ghosts and stairways emotionally and physically mutilate their students for funsies" more like did you actually read that shit
did you read the books like at all hogwarts was a galloping lethal crapfest staffed by abusive manchildren, charity cases, alcoholics, and oh yeah a dead guy, one of the teachers died and they never bothered to tell him he was dead so they didn’t have to pay him, how does that sound better than living in a universe where the government doesn’t sic ghastly soulsucking rapeghosts on a bunch of schoolchildren because it’s trying to cover its ass over the escape of a man convicted without trial
just oh my god i am so done with ‘what if the stairs magically agreed with your pronouns and the slytherins learn ASL to accomidate hard of hearing classmates and the house elves will make you vegan breakfasts’ fantasy posts i don’t know what fucking school everyone’s masturbating to but it isn’t fucking ‘remember how the headmaster hired a teacher who had the badguy sticking out the back of his head to see if some eleven year olds could kill him’ hogwarts
There’s literally nothing wrong with a bunch of kids for whom the HP series was a fundamental part of their growing up re-imagining it as a place that would be accepting and accommodating in ways that their real life and real world experiences haven’t been.
In fact, as far as I’m aware, the primary driving force behind all of those head-canons seems to have been sentiments along the lines of “Wow JKR really screwed the problematic pooch in ways most of us didn’t notice when we were younger but the HP world [and Hogwarts particularly] still holds an important place in our hearts so we’re going to take in a direction of what we wish it could have been or could be in the future”.
It’s the same sentiment of exquisite corpse/interactive media consumption that drives meta and fanworks in general, so I find it kind of strange that you dislike it so strongly, outside of the fact that it is deliberately and unabashedly positive and hopeful.
It’s like the other end of the spectrum from the super-gritty-childhood-stories-reimagined-as-tragic-or-horror meta fad. It doesn’t mean people are ignoring the source material. It’s just a different way of reacting to/coping with/recognizing problematic issues with something you love/grew up with.
Okay, in that context I can see where you’re coming from with it and now I kinda feel like a bitter territorial jackass. I don’t think I can really articulate why I dislike hogwarts hugbox posts so strongly. I guess I don’t see them as hopeful so much as revisionist, and revisionist in a way that for me chews off all the morbidly compelling edges of the thing that I grew up with trying to come to terms with, and this sweet fluffy escapist fantasy of the place takes away a lot of why I like, and like to dislike, the thing, and the lessons I learned from it. It feels like deciding Hogwarts is nice just betrays a hell of a lot of the point of the place and my own investment in the series.
I definitely get a lot out of holding these two schools of criticism in my head simultaneously, doublethink-style, just like when I’m reading the canon and I can take Harry’s quirky, hyperbolically bad childhood in the spirit it was probably intended, while also doing a literal, grim as hell reading of, say, Dumbledore’s extreme horrifying negiligence and manipulation, use of brainwashing and child soldiers, etc. I feel like both were to some degree present and intentional throughout, to get that “quaint and delightful but also extremely unnerving” vibe.
Also, in the interest of combining those two readings smoothly, I like the idea of post-war Hogwarts really cleaning up its act due to the kids looking back on the HP era and deciding WOW YUP, TIME FOR SOME STUDENT BODY ACTIVISM
WE DEMAND FEWER OF US GET MURDERED
I think the fact that within Hogwarts there’s a lot of distaste for Slytherin and Hufflepuff shows some interesting insight into the wizarding community. Like, Hufflepuff represents hard work and fairness, right? But there’s the idea that Hufflepuffs are losers, sort of the proverbial nice guys who finish last. On the other hand, Slytherins, who represent cunning and ambition and personal drive, are seen as cutthroat and generally nasty and mean.
Ultimately, Hufflepuff and Slytherin are both rooted in philosophies on self betterment and achieving success in life, both in terms of being a better person and being a more powerful/wealthy person. The obvious question raised by Hogwarts student’s disapproval of both Slytherin and Hufflepuff is this: if it makes you a loser to succeed through hard work and fairness, but a cheat to succeed through cleverness and an attitude of doing whatever it takes to achieve your goals, how is someone in the wizarding world expected to gain power/wealth/status if they aren’t already born with it?
It’s also worth noting that in a world where magic can do your work for you, Hufflepuffs are scoffed at for being willing to work at all, and Slytherins are shunned for taking advantage of magic to it’s fullest.
this is how i really imagined him
poc!potter makes so much sense though
think about it: petunia and vernon /hated/ james potter, made up stories about him “probably being unemployed” and they seemed to thoroughly dislike him for more than just the magic. how much d’you wanna bet me that their prejudice may have been on the racist side? they treated harry pretty awfully, even considering his magic. they hated that he looked like james as well.
plus, harry has “great skin” but no specified skin colour or tone or anything!
draw and write about east asian harry, south asian harry, black harry. draw harry potter in every single race there is.
poc!potter is not really a racebend bc it’s all within canon
I just did a thought.
Umbridge’s inquisition into first-generation witches / wizards, accusing them all of having stolen a “real” wizard / witch’s wand.
Somewhat like the sequestering of sexual agency to “real” men born with penises.
You can’t have our magic.
Hell yes we can, Umbridge.
We can have whatever we like.
She didn’t mean James Potter.
She meant Severus Snape.
(first quote: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter Two: A Peck of Owls; second quote: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter Thirty-Three: The Prince’s Tale)
I remember realizing that when I read the last book. Oh JK, sometimes you really did make me smile.
I took a trip down memory lane today, have a sketch of some gay wizards
- If wizardborn kids are homeschooled with basic maths and stuff before Hogwarts, does every family really do that?
- What about single parent families or families where both parents have to work?
- Are there public elementary schools…
transparent wizard boyfriends for your dash
|—||an io9 comment on Harry Potter (via frantzfandom)|
“The very first time I saw you Harry, I recognised you immediately. Not by your scar, by your eyes. They’re your mother Lily’s. Oh yes, I knew her. Your mother was there for me at a time when no one else was. Not only was she a singularly gifted witch, she was also an uncommonly kind woman. She had a way of seeing the beauty in others, even, and perhaps most especially, when that person couldn’t see it in themselves. Your father, James, however, had a certain, shall we say, talent for trouble. A talent, rumour has it, he passed onto you. You’re more like them than you know, Harry. In time you’ll come to see just how much.”
there’s something really interesting in this passage that I wanted to point out
Trelawney assumes that Harry was born in midwinter because of his “dark hair” and “mean stature” and “tragic losses so young in life”
Tom Riddle was born in midwinter, is describe in CoS as resembling Harry, and his mother died right after his birth
Harry has a piece of Voldemort’s soul in him
that’s why Trelawney made that assumption
I pointed this out in my Harry Potter class today and everyone started yelling and about five people told me to go to hell