im so sorry that im not sorry
who the frick keeps bringing this back
it’s been a year ive changed
TW: Talk of rape culture
Let’s take a moment to talk about this. I mean, because first off, “Tell cars not to hit kids.” Well, yeah, we do that all the fucking time, idiot. Ever seen signs like these?
We have classes and signs and laws about it, and people are constantly reminded. So your argument only works if we put up signs everywhere reminding assholes not to rape. But you’d rather talk about how rape victims have it coming to them.
But the dumbest part of this crap? Roads exist for cars to drive on. Children need to be careful to cross the street because they’re entering into an environment that exists specifically for something that is dangerous to them. The only way this shit is a valid comparison is if you think that bars, parties, and the world in general exists specifically for men to have sex with women. And I gotta break it to the guys who support this stupidity- your dicks are not that important. So knock off this bullshit and stop excusing rapists.
no but seriously imagine being a muggleborn wizard at hogwarts and then when you learn to conjure your patronus it turns out to be a pikachu
#and everyone’s like ‘ooooh what sort of magical creature is this’ #meanwhile the muggle borns are laughing their asses off going ‘PIKA! PIKA’ at you #not but srsly how come muggle borns don’t have a super secret club making inside jokes and snarking right back at elitist purebloods
#i fully support this #muggleborns writing with pencils and pens instead of stupid quills #using muggle slang to answer to insults #teaching their housemates about muggle culture and introducing them to tv shows and books and movies #you have no idea how much i want this #hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home
I mean as a person who’s had to integrate in a foreign culture (which is think is similar to how muggle borns would initially feel in the wizarding world) I know how you, despite wanting to become part of the community, seek out people like you by instinct. Tbh, all the European kids in my town would spend at least the first thirty minutes of any conversation with each other talking about how seriously no Communist is like a dirty word here and why don’t they have Kinder eggs in this fucking place is2g. So it makes sense to me that muggle borns would seek each other out and make inside jokes and dude the new Pokèmon came out bloody hell I’ll have to wait for summer to play it ugh and shit please tell me your mum sent you ballpoints again I seriously cannot deal with all this ink I keep staining everything.
Sorry I vomited words on here omg sorry I just realized
It’s always really bothered me how fully and completely Harry and Hermione integrated into Hogwarts. Harry just took fucking everything at face value, and Hermione just ate it all up with a spoon. “Oh, non-magic people are called muggles? Great!” But did none of them ever sit back and think, “Hum, I wonder where that word comes from? What’s the history there? What does it actually /mean/?”
Ten bucks says it is not a kind word.
Hermione especially annoyed me. She’s supposed to be the smart one of the group. That kid who excels in every subject, and who genuinely enjoys learning. And yet, she doesn’t even question the fact that maths, sciences, arts, and language are not taught in the wizarding world. Outside of history of magic, did they even teach history? When, through the entire six years spent at Hogwarts, did we ever see these kids sit down to learn about WWII, or the Troubles, or the Falklands, or any of the many things that happened that, while not directly entwined with magic, would have affected magic users in one way or another? Why are these children not taught algebra or geometry? They have not one basic biology lesson. And no-one questions that. Not even the muggle-born students. Okay, they teach astronomy, but not proper astronomy. Astronomy in Hogwarts is more akin to Astrology. Astronomy when I took it was all physics and maths. Very little of it is memorising which stars make up which constellations. Those are incidental details, but they’re the only ones Hogwarts cares about.
Even if it had been a glossed-over throw-away, with Ron complaining about how he never wants to see another number ever again, I’d have been happy. But damn, these people grow up incredibly ignorant. No critical thinking classes. No debate. No politics or sociology. And these people go straight from this into positions with the Ministry? Fucking hell, no wonder nothing ever gets done. Their government is made up of morons who can barely count to ten without using their fingers.
How much do I love the critical examination of and expansion on Rowling’s worldbuilding happening on tumblr lately? So, so much.
I also kind of wonder - what about the friends muggleborn kids made before they got their letters? How do you keep those friends when you’re expected to keep this whole new existence a secret? Are you expected to blithely bound away from them because hey, they’re just muggles? Although I suppose that would be just as well, since it’ll save you the embarrassment of discovering in your teen years that your friends can do basic algebra and have been reading the standard literary classics and are just generally receiving an education while you, uh, learn how to make shit float when you can’t even use that knowledge until you’re seventeen anyway.
Could you imagine what it must be like to come home for the summer, and all your friends who think you were sent off to some private school where the internet isn’t allowed (so obviously, it must be some sort of detention facility, right? What the fuck did you DO for your parents to be that pissed off at you?) are all just raving about this awesome new book that came out in December! And this happens every year, and the books get more and more complex and twisty, since they’re meant to sort of “age up” with the reader as the series progresses. And you don’t really have the time to read them, because while you’re at school, you’re spending all your time memorising star charts and what this fucking weed does, and trying to memorise goddamn passwords to get into your own common room. And by the time you get to them, you’re already graduated. And when you pick up these books that are aimed at 14 year olds, they’re using all these fucking words you don’t understand, and you just cannot follow the plot because Hogwarts doesn’t teach reading comp and fiction analysis.
But seriously, where is the higher education in this world? It was Bill Weasley, wasn’t it, who went off to study dragons? Which, it seems like all studying like that is hands-on, OJT training. Imagine going to St Mungos with a raging case of H1N1, while some 17 year old on their first day of residency (with zero classroom time before it) tries to decide if it’s this fucking root or that potion you should take, because these fuckers are so isolated from the rest of the world, they’ve never heard of the goddamn flu. I bet Influenza is still a killer amongst the wizarding world. They don’t have vaccines. Shit, yo. How many measles outbreaks do you think there have been at Hogwarts? Classes are cancelled, because the entire student body has fucking mumps. Oh shit, yo. Uncle Bertie has goddamn polio! Fix that with magic, fuckers.
Oh my GOD, the inability to use electronics at Hogwarts (and thus, presumably, every magic school). Cut off from technology for nine months out of the year like that? By fifth year you’ll be sounding like your grandparents, wary of smartphones because you’ve never had time to evolve beyond your flip phone and how does the Facebook work exactly?
It’s kind of creepy, really, how tidily the system is designed to just cut muggleborns right out of their lives and pull them into the wizarding world. Wanna have a life in the muggle world once you’ve graduated? Get ready to spend years (and money) catching up on all the education and pop culture and hiring requirements you missed while you were learning how to turn a teacup into a cat.
I can’t remember - is there ever any mention of what happens when a muggleborn child or the child’s family turns down the invitation to magic school? And keeps turning it down? And really, they do understand, but their kid has a life here and things they’ve been looking forward to for years and they’d rather not uproot them from everything they know and shove them into a culture they have no context for?
i think the last comment is very interesting in the way that this is the first time someone come up with the possibility of turning down the hogwarts letter. even though i think wizard world can come up with some potion to cure flu (possibly H1N1 too), smallpoxes and other things without having to inject vaccines. maybe they’re not as ignorant as we think. but it’s true that the wizard wolrd isolate themself from the muggles so much that it seems like to me the muggleborns are kidnapped from their normal lives. not literally but think about that. right when you are anticipating to start your middle school you get this invitation to enter this school that teach magic and you and your parents and anyone else around you have no idea about it. of course you’re so excited because magic is real but what about your life here with family and friends? and what about your dreams? what if you wanna be an athlete? a football player? a gymnast? a hockey player? a figure skater? a synchronized swimmer? the only sport at hogwarts and possibly in all the magic world is quidditch but what if quiddicth is not your thing? so maybe, not only there are secret groups of muggleborns of hogwarts, muggleborns who received the letter but turn hogwarts down, there are also muggleborns who come to hogwarts but decided to leave and go back to their normal life after 1 or 2 or 3 years because they find nothing they wanna do here. because after all the excitement about magic and potions, they wanna be the people that go to space, find new stars, new galaxies instead of looking at it and try to tell what their future maybe.
the only thing that comes to my mind is: reading this debating makes me realized more clearly that our world is also magical
and also yolo that i would chose both, life in Hogwarts and this fangirl life, because never too old to learn new thing! \m/
I DON’T CARE HOW YOU FAKED IT. I WANT TO KNOW WHY.
THE ONE PERSON HE THOUGHT DIDNT MATTER AT ALL TO ME WAS THE ONE PERSON WHO MATTERED THE MOST.
I THINK ILL SURPRISE JOHN. POP OVER TO BAKER ST WHO KNOWS, JUMP OUT OF A CAKE?
BAKER ST? HE ISN’T THERE ANYMORE. ITS BEEN TWO YEARS, HE’S GOT ON WITH HIS LIFE.
WHAT LIFE? I’VE BEEN AWAY.