hermione & her boys
OKAY NO LET ME EXPLAIN YOU A THING.
My ENTIRE CHILDHOOD, this is what I imagined Hermione looked like. A curly haired girl of color who looked something like me, who had a hard time making friends like me because she was intelligent and sometimes she thought too much and didn’t have a problem losing herself in a book. I even ARGUED, tooth and nail with the other students in my class about my headcanon and questioned why she COULDN’T look like me, what was wrong with her looking like me, and why they felt she HAD to be white.
When I found out she wasn’t thanks to the movies, there was a kind of disconnect from her character, and the way I closed that disconnect was to ignore canon and keep picturing her as someone like me. I stopped talking about my headcanon to avoid arguments and name calling and teasing, but I never ever let go of the idea of a POC Hermione.
So to the artist, THANK YOU FOR DRAWING MY HERMIONE.
So it’s 3AM and It’s just occurred to me that the most telling scene in the entire Harry Potter franchise is the scene following the announcement of the participants of the Triwizard tournament.
When Harry’s name is pulled out of the cup, literally one of the first things he is asked is “did you ask an older boy to put your name in the cup for you?" or something to that effect, insinuating that, that was something nobody prepared for and that it was something that totally would have worked if anyone had been smart enough to figure it out.
However, in an earlier scene a student is turned into a hundred year old man when they try to artificially age themselves with a potion and put their name into the cup. Meaning someone trying to dangerously age themselves with potion they aren’t familiar with was something the teachers genuinely considered to be more likely than someone asking for fucking help from another student.
In other words, the wizards in Harry Potter’s world are so reliant on magic that it doesn’t occur to anyone save for people like Harry that asking for help is even an option in a given situation. This explains why wizards are so fucking ass-backwards at everything, they’re so confident that their magic is capable of doing everything for them that it has never occurred to fucking anyone that perhaps asking for help from the muggle world might be of some use.
Think about it, the wizarding world hasn’t changed in hundreds of years while in that same space of time the muggle world has figured out fucking space travel. I know it’s a cliché to say to say someone could have fucking shot Voldemort, but seriously, somebody totally fucking could have, he killed like 50 people, he was effectively a terrorist, if anyone in the wizarding world bothered to ask for help from the muggles instead of just telling them there was an invisible asshole flying around shooting death curses at everyone, they may have been able to help.
Pretty much the only reason Voldermort thinks he’s better than muggles is because he’s able to kill them with impunity using magic, something he’s only able to do so easily because muggles don’t understand what magic is. Voldemort is basically like a fucking disease, he’s an invisible, lurking entity preying on mankind from the shadows like a cowardly piece of shit. You know what else did that? Smallpox and we stomped that to death the second we understood it. That’s the difference between muggles and wizards, when muggles don’t understand something, they figure it out.
And here’s the kicker, the only reason muggles don’t understand magic at all is because the wizarding world deliberately withholds information about it. However, even if the wizarding world kept doing that, it’d only be a matter of time until a muggle figured out what magic was and how to stop or harness it because that’s what humanity does, it pushes past what we think is impossible to see what’s on the other side. We didn’t understand the sun as a species originally and now we use it to power satellites and smartphones.
The wizarding world isn’t a realm of infinite possibilities, it’s a universe of strict limitations where boundaries are never questioned. The muggle world is where the real magic happens. That’s why during the course of the Harry Potter books, which are set between 1991 and 1998, the muggle world (our world) discovered dark matter, cloned a sheep and invented fucking MP3s while the wizarding world were literally paying some dipshit to figure out what the purpose of a rubber duck was.
Wow, I really shouldn’t think about this stuff when it’s like 3AM, it gets kind of dark.
JK Rowling isnt the best at world building. Its a monumental tast, granted. Her skills are much better around characters and character development.
Like, a guy named Sirius. Sirius is the Dog Star. There is a Big Black Dog hanging around. Gee, I wonder who it is.
Lupin, or Lupine, means wolfish. Hey, hes a werewolf! Wow. What are the odds.
Its important to remember that these are childrens books so simplicity can be a good thing. Its cute. Its fun. And the writing does get better as she goes along.
But the world itself tends to break down if you look too hard.
Just looked at the books. You are Dead beat now, yes? Many consider that their favorite book. I think mine may be Small Favor.
I love the series. More, I love the world and how it works and how magic works. I often compare it to Harry Potter and how in the Potter world all magic is the same. Say the same words, the same wand motion, the same formula for every person for every spell, ever. I hate that.
In Dresden the magic is far more personal, far more organic. No two wizards are alike. And I say this to cast a spell, you say something different, and achieve the same effect but through an entirely different means.
For example, Harry uses a magic force shield. It pops up, and the force is either deflected or absorbed. Simple and straight forward. Ramierez, his shield, (you will see it later in the book. Not much of a spolier) creates a thick field in front of him that slows down and disintegrates incoming projectiles. Very different.
The White Council, the Courts (I love the Black Court) and Dragons. We havent seen near enough Dragons. I disliked in Potter how Dragons were far more animalistic as opposed to ancient beings of Majesty and magic.
When you finish Changes I want you to write to me about your thoughts.
Also this reminds me, I picked up extra copies of the first few books some months ago intended for a Giveaway. I will probably do that when I get back from Denver in a few weeks.
Here it is the whole view of the castle, made with a lot of paper, a bit of styrofoam, almost 4L of glue, and a really long time
By far the most difficult thing i have ever done, and i am so happy that i was able to find the time between semesters to finished it, i hope you guys like it, and if you want to see more of it go to my gallery to see more pictures and WIP’s
About the dimensions it’s set on a sheet of styrofoam of 175cmX170cm nad the highest tower is 99cm tall.
im not even a slytherin, im a ravenclaw, but i can’t tell you how much i hate house sterotypses
That sounds like something a Ravenclaw would say….