jk rowling unilaterally writing that not a single member of slytherin house fought in the battle of hogwarts and instead every single one of them hid like cowards is honestly one of the laziest most flaccid writing decisions of our time








regulus black, unappreciated bamf extraordinaire

i will pretty much defend regulus until i die because of how fucking enraged i was by this being removed from the films

people say that gryffindors are the selfless ones but regulus is your shining bloody beacon of NO because his courage is entirely that of his house. it isn’t remotely reckless. it is clever. when harry has to ask kreacher to stalk draco in HBP, he has to make sure to close all the loopholes in kreacher’s thinking, to prevent him from telling draco what he’s up to. to prevent him from serving draco instead of harry. and that’s complicated enough.

regulus’ instructions provide kreacher with absolutely no method of sacrificing himself for regulus - the person he absolutely adores - and regulus never falters in that because it is the right thing to do. he knows, surely, how much this is going to destroy kreacher, but he also knows that it’s his choice to die and he cannot pass it off onto a house elf. that’s slytherin courage. it’s borne out of calculation, knowledge of the emotions of others and being able to put your own aside to protect what is yours.

tl;dr i have a lot of regulus feels OK

He knew he could make the most meaningful impact in getting that locket; he knew it would mean his death; he planned, strategically, to make sure it would be a flawless plan; and he knew the success of his mission would mean that no one could know about what happened.

Regulus is a bamf to the tenth degree. He’s a little lion, little king, and I adore him.

YES. there was no reason, really, to leave that letter other than that he wanted voldemort to know it was him. nobody else. it wasn’t about seeking glory. regulus had voldemort’s death in mind when he wrote the letter so i don’t think he cared if the secret went to voldemort’s grave. but he wanted voldemort to know, all the same, and i think that’s a big part of snake courage. it isn’t showmanship but it is about cold, calculated revenge. his legacy wasn’t as important as voldemort’s downfall and i think that’s so inspirational.

Exactly. He weighed his options very carefully. I was okay doing these charts until I got to the last list when I just imagined his shaking hand as he’s trying to write this letter and he knocks over an inkwell and he berates himself, calms his breath, and writes draft after draft, stroke after stroke, until it’s smooth as fuck so no trace of fear is visible in those tiny letters. And it was a very calculating thing to do; he didn’t rush into death, defending someone else, like his brother, and he had no idea if his mission would be successful in the long or the short run, but he did it anyway.

that’s exactly it. exactly. courage isn’t the absence of fear but the judgment that something is more important than fear, and all that. i think harry’s walk into the forbidden forest at the end of DH is a good example of the different kinds of death - harry envies his parents’ deaths because they acted in the heat of the moment, to protect someone else. he has to walk alone and slowly towards his own death. and i often think about how regulus had to do that very same thing at almost the same age - only he didn’t have the resurrection stone to help him. 

He did have kreacher though. I just wonder how much he was thinking of sirius, then, and his parents, or if he wouldn’t have allowed such thoughts just then.

He was EIGHTEEN, a death eater who absolutely idolized this man, fervently believed it all—never questioned—lost his brother, and then it all comes crashing down when he realizes what kind of monster Voldemort really is.

But yes, their marches to death were so similar—eyes wide open, focusing on the task at hand, measuring their breaths, knowing they were going to die.

  • salazar: hey everyone just wanted your opinion on something
  • helga: shoot
  • salazar: okay what if we get giant versions of our house symbols
  • rowena: what
  • salazar: like godric would have a giant lion chilling out somewhere and rowena would have a big canary
  • rowena: its an eagle
  • salazar: okay whatever
  • godric: i dont think uh
  • salazar: it cant be too hard to find a huge badger
  • godric: okay dude wtf no this is ridiculous absolutely no giant house symbols
  • salazar: oh um okay because i kind of uh
  • helga:
  • rowena:
  • godric:
  • salazar:
  • helga: what did you do
  • salazar: NOTHING

Okay, okay, I’m going to tell you what Hermione sees in Ron.

A trio is a balancing act, right? They’re equalizers of each other. Harry’s like the action, Hermione’s the brains, Ron’s the heart. Hermione has been assassinated in these movies, and I mean that genuinely—by giving her every single positive character trait that Ron has, they have assassinated her character in the movies. She’s been harmed by being made to be less human, because everything good Ron has, she’s been given.

So, for instance: “If you want to kill Harry, you’re going to have to kill me too”—RON, leg is broken, he’s in pain, gets up and stands in front of Harry and says this. Who gets that line in the movie? Hermione.

“Fear of a name increases the fear of the thing itself.” Hermione doesn’t say Voldemort’s name until well into the books—that’s Dumbledore’s line. When does Hermione say it in the movies? Beginning of Movie 2.

When the Devil’s Snare is curling itself around everybody, Hermione panics, and Ron is the one who keeps his head and says “Are you a witch or not?” In the movie, everybody else panics and Hermione keeps her head and does the biggest, brightest flare of sunlight spell there ever was.

So, Hermione—all her flaws were shaved away in the films. And that sounds like you’re making a kick-ass, amazing character, and what you’re doing is dehumanizing her. And it pisses me off. It really does.

In the books, they balance each other out, because where Hermione gets frazzled and maybe her rationality overtakes some of her instinct, Ron has that to back it up; Ron has a kind of emotional grounding that can keep Hermione’s hyper-rationalness in check. Sometimes Hermione’s super-logical nature grates Harry and bothers him, and isn’t the thing he needs even if it’s the right thing, like when she says “You have a saving people thing.” That is the thing that Harry needed to hear, she’s a hundred percent right, but the way she does it is wrong. That’s the classic “she’s super logical, she’s super brilliant, but she doesn’t know how to handle people emotionally,” at least Harry.

So in the books they are this balanced group, and in the movies, in the movies—hell, not even Harry is good enough for Hermione in the movies. No one’s good enough for Hermione in the movies—God isn’t good enough for Hermione in the movies! Hermione is everybody’s everything in the movies.

Harry’s idea to jump on the dragon in the books, who gets it in the movies? Hermione, who hates to fly. Hermione, who overcomes her withering fear of flying to take over Harry’s big idea to get out of the—like, why does Hermione get all these moments?

[John: Because we need to market the movie to girls.]

I think girls like the books, period. And like the Hermione in the books, and like the Hermione in the books just fine before Hollywood made her idealized and perfect. And if they would have trusted that, they would have been just fine.

Would the movies have been bad if she was as awesome as she was in the books, and as human as she was in the books? Would the movies get worse?

She IS a strong girl character. This is the thing that pisses me off. They are equating “strong” with superhuman. To me, the Hermione in the book is twelve times stronger than the completely unreachable ideal of Hermione in the movies. Give me the Hermione in the book who’s human and has flaws any single day of the week.

Here’s a classic example: When Snape in the first book yells at Hermione for being an insufferable know-it-all, do you want to know what Ron says in the book? “Well, you’re asking the questions, and she has to answer. Why ask if you don’t want to be told?” What does he say in the movie? “He’s got a point, you know.” Ron? Would never do that. Would NEVER do that, even before he liked Hermione. Ron would never do that.

Melissa Anelli THROWS IT DOWN about the way Ron and Hermione have been adapted in the movies on the latest episode of PotterCast. Listen here. This glorious rant starts at about 49:00. (via karakamos)




Infamous 3rd year “My father will hear about this” Draco refusing to participate in Lupin’s class on boggarts because the whole thing is ridiculous but when it’s his turn he walks up to the wardrobe and Lucius Malfoy steps out


It upsets me, too, because it’s completely baseless. There’s nothing in canon that indicates Draco feared his father. Nothing. Wanting a parent’s approval doesn’t automatically equate to being abused and it’d seriously be great if this website would stop writing nonexistent tragic back stories for every less-than-savoury character they come across. Lucius Malfoy was an elitist and a bigot, and he sort of sucks for passing his moral compass onto his son, but that’s not abusive, it’s ignorant. In truth, both Lucius and Narcissa did their best for Draco and also whatever it took to keep their family safe and whole. So try again.


if i went to hogwarts i’d start a running club and call it jogwarts

first years playing kiss chase but calling it snogwarts



My favourite part in Order of the Phoenix is when Harry and Sirius are playing hide and seek in the Ministry and Sirius is being silly behind the veil then he jumps out at Harry like “Haha found you!” and then they laugh and high five and go out for ice cream at Fortescue’s.



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

  • rowena: i'm looking over the plans
  • godric: yeah
  • rowena: what's this weird series of rooms accessible only by a hatch in a room on the right hand side of the third floor corridor
  • godric: oh that's for if we ever need to hide a priceless artifact for some reason
  • rowena: why would we hide a priceless artifact in a school
  • godric: safest place
  • rowena: fucking is it though?? there's a giant snake somewhere
  • [in the distance]
  • salazar: there's no snake you are wrong stop being wrong

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