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D ifferences of language and habit are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.
(he couldn’t wear the contacts though, they tried.)
I never understood why Voldemort was the only one who could fly without assistance. They can all levitate objects and make them move. People are objects. Are you telling me he’s the only one to figure this out? That would be one of the first things I’d try to do.
I can’t understand why people would forbid their children to read « Harry Potter ».
These books are my home, they are my light in the darkness, my magic when I’m faced with the harsh thing that is life.
And the thought that some children are denied this moment of happiness that reading Harry Potter is, just breaks my heart.
There is indeed dark magic at work in this world if children are not allowed to read a book about hope…
|On your response about the lack of diversity, you brought up that Remus Lupin's lycanthropy was an analogy to HIV/AIDS. Can you explain this further? I'm NOT saying that you're not right, it's just an opinion I haven't heard of til now, and I'm curious.|
I’m not sure what you want me to explain so I’ll just quote Jo? She said it years ago. But the 2nd quote is more recent and from pottermore. which kind of made me mad cause i thought she’d go more in-depth about it but it’s practically ignored.
“I know that I’ve said publicly that Remus Lupin was supposed to be on the H.I.V. metaphor. It was someone who had been infected young, who suffered stigma, who had a fear of infecting others, who was terrified he would pass on his condition to his son. And it was a way of examining prejudice, unwarranted prejudice towards a group of people. And also, examining why people might become embittered when they’re treated that unfairly.”
“Lupin’s condition of lycanthropy (being a werewolf) was a metaphor for those illnesses that carry a stigma, like HIV and AIDs. All kinds of superstitions seem to surround blood-borne conditions, probably due to taboos surrounding blood itself. The wizarding community is as prone to hysteria and prejudice as the Muggle one, and the character of Lupin gave me a chance to examine those attitudes.”
|Realistically Karkaroff was a bit of an idiot and lacked any kind of self preservation, not only did he stick around Hogwarts for so long with a known death eater despite having sold out several death eaters INCLUDING SNAPE!!! He spat at Dumbledore, something you would have to be pretty stupid to do. So it isn't really all that surprising that he stayed in Britain|
lololol u rite
okay no more asks on the blog tonight though I’m sorry followers, but this made me laugh xD
|I don't understand the continual upset about lack of diversity. The series is about a magical story it was never intended to be about ethnic/gender diversity. Does it really matter? If you want a more diverse character range, imagine it that way :)|
first: Only off anon messages in reply to posts because I cannot keep putting asks on the blog! Best way to respond is to reblog it to reply. I read notes.
basically we are upset at the lack of representation we have in the media and it would be nice to have a little more. I’m assuming you didn’t have to grow up watching shows and movies where none of the heroes or good guys looked like you. Where the people that matched you best were always the side character or the bad guy. It sends a message, you know, to us. When you’re taught through media that fair skin/heterosexuality is beauty and good etc and you’re not those things, how do you think it makes you feel?
To say that harry potter was not intended to be about ethnic/gender diversity is kind of insulting. Because the entire story was about love, acceptance and difference. Voldemort was prejudiced and that was a huuuggee staple of the series, like to it’s core. But instead of putting it in the context of skin colour, culture, sexuality, body type it was about blood status. And Lupin’s lycanthropy, was a direct correlation to the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS. So in its way, through the lessons it taught, the series was very much so about diversity and learning to accept it.
so yes it really matters. it matters to the lot of us who are not the ‘default’ status of white/heterosexual/thin/other accepted norms of society and of course we can imagine it anyway we want, but it doesnt change the medias mind or show people that we’re equal. It can be CANON and people still go up in arms about characters not being ‘the norm’. As per, the hunger games racial controversy. Rue was stated in the book to be dark skinned and there was insane amounts of people complaining that she was cast so for the movie because ‘they didn’t see her that way’. They even went so far as to say they didn’t care about her death in the movie as much as the book because of her skin colour, they could see it instead of the ‘pure white girl’ (quoted from those tweets) they imagined in their heads. And when Rowling announced Dumbledore was gay? Same thing, people were outraged. Suddenly, their kids couldn’t read the books because ‘an older gay man teaching a young boy’ was ‘disgusting’ and what kind of role model was that even though they had no idea until she’d said so (which is another ordeal in itself that i wont get into here) or how about percy jackson’s casting of Clarisse? Shes supposed to be a biiig girl, triple extra large shirt size, tall and intimidating and she is so badass and for bigger girls that was such a boost! aaaaaand then they cast Leven Rambin and they’re all disappointed yet again.
anyway, rowling challenged a couple norms, with Hermione being so clever and bossy and Ron being ginger, but with such an impactful story and message and things… it would’ve been nice to see something more, at least in the later books after she could SEE how much it was speaking to people and how far it was reaching. But she didn’t. She was sending this message through her story but didn’t show it to us through characters.
And thats whats sad for the people who read the series searching for someone like them and finding none.