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veeisagenderneutralname:

(TRIGGER WARNING for mention of rape)
breenwolf:

okay. let me start this story by saying that, when i started reading harry potter, i was eight years old and the year was 1999.
the character closest to my age (and, as a bonus: a girl!) was ginny weasley. in the sorcerer’s stone, the most information you get about ginny is her being shy and standing behind her mother’s legs, but i already lived in a world where i was ginny weasley in my head. that was my fantasy as an eight-year-old girl. when i heard about the frist movie being made, i dreamed about being discovered and cast as ginny weasley. that was aLL I WANTED.
fast forward. book two is released, and ginny weasley became my favorite character of basically all time.
see, people hate ginny. people hate her because, frankly, HARRY-VISION sucks. for four of the first five books, ginny is no more than a peripheral character who harry speaks to only when necessary— hell, even in ginny’s story (chamber of secrets), she is treated as an accessory by harry. she is his best friend’s little sister. she doesn’t matter to him until he looks up one day and sees her as, to put it bluntly, a sexual creature. he has to see ginny making out with guys for him to realize that he’s been thinking (for six damn books) of ginny as being his.
people don’t like ginny, in my experience, because they hate harry/ginny. and that’s cool, man. i am WITH YOU SO HARD ON THAT. i HATE harry/ginny. i hate it because it doesn’t make sense; i hate it because it’s easy; i hate it because there’s no chemistry there; i hate it because it’s giving harry literally everything he’s ever wanted without considering ginny as a character and without considering what ginny wants. harry gets ginny because, when he has ginny, he’s finally a weasley like he’s always wanted to be!!!!! he and ginny are essentially ghosts of his parents when it comes to how they look, and they name all of their children after the ghosts from harry’s life!
which, eurgh.
but none of that is ginny’s fault.
see, ginny is my favorite character possibly of all time because people hate her so blindly. because people are so willing to forget what ginny went through— because jkr wrote all of her characters to forget what ginny went through.
at age eleven, ginny weasley stood up for harry potter and raised her chin towards draco malfoy in a clear this is my side gesture. at age eleven.
and then ginny weasley experienced something horribly, horribly traumatic.
she was lonely and in a big new place, where her brothers had their own friends and their own occupations. they played quidditch and hung out with harry potter… and ginny? ginny had nobody. the only person who would talk to her was a diary that was slipped into her things by lucius malfoy— a diary containing the spirit of tom riddle.
a diary that she knew she shouldn’t talk to, but she couldn’t help herself. she was eleven years old and lonely, so lonely. and she wanted to be brave like a gryffindor should be, so she didn’t think she could turn to anyone for help. not even when she was blacking out and waking up with actual blood on her hands. she was a scared eleven year old whose body and mind were being TAKEN AWAY FROM HER in a story that is not unlike rape. tom riddle wedged his way inside of her, stripped her of her agency, and fed off of her soul. 
until harry potter saved the day, of course.
but, after that? what happened to ginny’s story? 
it disappeared. it was completely buried by the excitement of sirius black’s escape in the third book. it was never brought up again until order of the phoenix when we get this dialogue:

“I didn’t want anyone to talk to me,” said Harry, who was feeling more and more nettled.
“Well, that was a bit stupid of you,” said Ginny angrily, “seeing as you don’t know anyone but me who’s been possessed by You-Know-Who, and I can tell you how it feels.”
Harry remained quite still as the impact of these words hit him. Then he wheeled round. “I forgot,” he said.
“Lucky you,” said Ginny coolly. 

so, while the rest of the whole damn world forgot about ginny’s AWFUL past, guess who didn’t? GINNY. for four years she handled that shit— seemingly— all by herself.
again, let me emphasize: all by herself. because ginny doesn’t have friends in the harry potter books. she has a connection to the golden trio because her brother is ron, but ginny and hermione do not have a best friends forever attitude. nor do ginny and luna. nor do ginny and neville. you see a few cases of ginny/luna/neville being together because they’re pushed together by their own isolation— by the way none of them really quite belong.
ginny is always brave. at eleven she stands up to malfoy. at fourteen, she hits malfoy with a bat-bogey hex and follows harry to the ministry of magic. she fights in all of the hogwarts battles. she never strays from the side of good— but she also never forgets that she has faced tom riddle. in the canon, she has had a more intimate relationship with tom riddle than anyone other than harry. she never lets herself forget that, even when everyone else in her life seems too eager to forget about it and move on. 
another thing about ginny: she doesn’t get ‘beautiful’ overnight, which is an argument i hear pretty often. ginny’s ALWAYS pretty— boys start to date her as early as her fourth year, so she’s clearly a desirable girl.
ginny exists in this realm between girls like lavender brown (who we get the idea dates frivolously and frequently) and hermione (who winds up in a One True Love storyline with the only ‘maybe’ before that love being victor krum). ginny dates around, finds out what she likes, and has what she likes. she doesn’t apologize for dating, she just dates. she makes out with boys! she acts like a freaking teenager! and that’s okay!!! i am so fucking sick of people bitching about ginny being a “mary sue” because boys like her. 
of course, the only times we see ginny are when harry sees her.
and once harry has a crush on ginny? he’s a sixteen year old boy— and teenagers with crushes do a great deal of idolizing their crushes. with HARRY-VISION, ginny is beautiful and talented and funny. to harry, there are no flaws to his crush; even the obnoxious/stupid things she’d do would be seen as ‘cute.’ so, of course, coming from harry’s point of view, ginny’s transition from “wallflower, girl with a fannish crush on me” to “stunning, mature girl i want to make my girlfriend” is QUICK and a little (a lot) jarring.
but, while JKR did NOT set up harry’s admiration for ginny in the earlier books (a book earlier, harry was kissing cho chang), JKR DID set up ginny weasley— but people had written ginny off so early that the little details about who she was dating, what she was saying, and how she looked were cast away. and now, post-HBP, people are so overcome with their dislike of ginny that they don’t see just how terrific a character she is in the re-reading.
ginny’s brave and beautiful; she doesn’t have to choose between being one or the other. but harry, and the readers, only notice that she’s amazing— strong and stubborn and harboring the darkest memories of any of the hogwarts students without batting the slightest eyelash — once harry has a crush on her. 
and in the surge of the shittiness that is harry/ginny, ginny takes the hit most frequently. people bitch and moan about “ginny’s my least favorite character” and “ginny sux” and “i hate her” and i just want to shake them and say
“give her some goddamn respect; she suffered more than just about ANYONE in that damn series and then everyone who claimed to care about her JUST FORGOT.” 
but ginny didn’t forget. she kept her chin up and went on with her life— went on to have the most normal life of all of the teenagers we saw in the harry potter series, really. even though she never let anyone get as close to her as tom riddle ever again— she kept no “best friends” that we know of— ginny fought through and stayed strong, and there is a whole story of recovery and strength that harry wasn’t there to see, so we never got to experience it as readers.
but it happened— it HAD to have happened. you don’t just get OVER that (ginny makes it clear that she STILL hasn’t in the quote i listed above). there’s a story there— one that harry never gives a shit about finding out. and i love ginny because of that aspect of her. because she can have this whole, unspoken story that we only get in TINY bits and pieces based on what HARRY sees of her.
and fuck the haters, that story is awesome. ginny is a badass motherfucker and she survived tom riddle trying to suck her soul out of her at age eleven. that deserves some god damn respect, ok.

GINNY WEASLEY IS THE BEST CHARACTER AND SHE DESERVES BETTER AND I WANT TO REWRITE THE BOOKS SO THEY’LL BE BETTER TO GINNY

veeisagenderneutralname:

(TRIGGER WARNING for mention of rape)

breenwolf:

okay. let me start this story by saying that, when i started reading harry potter, i was eight years old and the year was 1999.

the character closest to my age (and, as a bonus: a girl!) was ginny weasley. in the sorcerer’s stone, the most information you get about ginny is her being shy and standing behind her mother’s legs, but i already lived in a world where i was ginny weasley in my head. that was my fantasy as an eight-year-old girl. when i heard about the frist movie being made, i dreamed about being discovered and cast as ginny weasley. that was aLL I WANTED.

fast forward. book two is released, and ginny weasley became my favorite character of basically all time.

see, people hate ginny. people hate her because, frankly, HARRY-VISION sucks. for four of the first five books, ginny is no more than a peripheral character who harry speaks to only when necessary— hell, even in ginny’s story (chamber of secrets), she is treated as an accessory by harry. she is his best friend’s little sister. she doesn’t matter to him until he looks up one day and sees her as, to put it bluntly, a sexual creature. he has to see ginny making out with guys for him to realize that he’s been thinking (for six damn books) of ginny as being his.

people don’t like ginny, in my experience, because they hate harry/ginny. and that’s cool, man. i am WITH YOU SO HARD ON THAT. i HATE harry/ginny. i hate it because it doesn’t make sense; i hate it because it’s easy; i hate it because there’s no chemistry there; i hate it because it’s giving harry literally everything he’s ever wanted without considering ginny as a character and without considering what ginny wants. harry gets ginny because, when he has ginny, he’s finally a weasley like he’s always wanted to be!!!!! he and ginny are essentially ghosts of his parents when it comes to how they look, and they name all of their children after the ghosts from harry’s life!

which, eurgh.

but none of that is ginny’s fault.

see, ginny is my favorite character possibly of all time because people hate her so blindly. because people are so willing to forget what ginny went through— because jkr wrote all of her characters to forget what ginny went through.

at age eleven, ginny weasley stood up for harry potter and raised her chin towards draco malfoy in a clear this is my side gesture. at age eleven.

and then ginny weasley experienced something horribly, horribly traumatic.

she was lonely and in a big new place, where her brothers had their own friends and their own occupations. they played quidditch and hung out with harry potter… and ginny? ginny had nobody. the only person who would talk to her was a diary that was slipped into her things by lucius malfoy— a diary containing the spirit of tom riddle.

a diary that she knew she shouldn’t talk to, but she couldn’t help herself. she was eleven years old and lonely, so lonely. and she wanted to be brave like a gryffindor should be, so she didn’t think she could turn to anyone for help. not even when she was blacking out and waking up with actual blood on her hands. she was a scared eleven year old whose body and mind were being TAKEN AWAY FROM HER in a story that is not unlike rape. tom riddle wedged his way inside of her, stripped her of her agency, and fed off of her soul. 

until harry potter saved the day, of course.

but, after that? what happened to ginny’s story? 

it disappeared. it was completely buried by the excitement of sirius black’s escape in the third book. it was never brought up again until order of the phoenix when we get this dialogue:

“I didn’t want anyone to talk to me,” said Harry, who was feeling more and more nettled.

“Well, that was a bit stupid of you,” said Ginny angrily, “seeing as you don’t know anyone but me who’s been possessed by You-Know-Who, and I can tell you how it feels.”

Harry remained quite still as the impact of these words hit him. Then he wheeled round. “I forgot,” he said.

“Lucky you,” said Ginny coolly. 

so, while the rest of the whole damn world forgot about ginny’s AWFUL past, guess who didn’t? GINNY. for four years she handled that shit— seemingly— all by herself.

again, let me emphasize: all by herself. because ginny doesn’t have friends in the harry potter books. she has a connection to the golden trio because her brother is ron, but ginny and hermione do not have a best friends forever attitude. nor do ginny and luna. nor do ginny and neville. you see a few cases of ginny/luna/neville being together because they’re pushed together by their own isolation— by the way none of them really quite belong.

ginny is always brave. at eleven she stands up to malfoy. at fourteen, she hits malfoy with a bat-bogey hex and follows harry to the ministry of magic. she fights in all of the hogwarts battles. she never strays from the side of good— but she also never forgets that she has faced tom riddle. in the canon, she has had a more intimate relationship with tom riddle than anyone other than harry. she never lets herself forget that, even when everyone else in her life seems too eager to forget about it and move on. 

another thing about ginny: she doesn’t get ‘beautiful’ overnight, which is an argument i hear pretty often. ginny’s ALWAYS pretty— boys start to date her as early as her fourth year, so she’s clearly a desirable girl.

ginny exists in this realm between girls like lavender brown (who we get the idea dates frivolously and frequently) and hermione (who winds up in a One True Love storyline with the only ‘maybe’ before that love being victor krum). ginny dates around, finds out what she likes, and has what she likes. she doesn’t apologize for dating, she just dates. she makes out with boys! she acts like a freaking teenager! and that’s okay!!! i am so fucking sick of people bitching about ginny being a “mary sue” because boys like her

of course, the only times we see ginny are when harry sees her.

and once harry has a crush on ginny? he’s a sixteen year old boy— and teenagers with crushes do a great deal of idolizing their crushes. with HARRY-VISION, ginny is beautiful and talented and funny. to harry, there are no flaws to his crush; even the obnoxious/stupid things she’d do would be seen as ‘cute.’ so, of course, coming from harry’s point of view, ginny’s transition from “wallflower, girl with a fannish crush on me” to “stunning, mature girl i want to make my girlfriend” is QUICK and a little (a lot) jarring.

but, while JKR did NOT set up harry’s admiration for ginny in the earlier books (a book earlier, harry was kissing cho chang), JKR DID set up ginny weasley— but people had written ginny off so early that the little details about who she was dating, what she was saying, and how she looked were cast away. and now, post-HBP, people are so overcome with their dislike of ginny that they don’t see just how terrific a character she is in the re-reading.

ginny’s brave and beautiful; she doesn’t have to choose between being one or the other. but harry, and the readers, only notice that she’s amazing— strong and stubborn and harboring the darkest memories of any of the hogwarts students without batting the slightest eyelash — once harry has a crush on her. 

and in the surge of the shittiness that is harry/ginny, ginny takes the hit most frequently. people bitch and moan about “ginny’s my least favorite character” and “ginny sux” and “i hate her” and i just want to shake them and say

“give her some goddamn respect; she suffered more than just about ANYONE in that damn series and then everyone who claimed to care about her JUST FORGOT.” 

but ginny didn’t forget. she kept her chin up and went on with her life— went on to have the most normal life of all of the teenagers we saw in the harry potter series, really. even though she never let anyone get as close to her as tom riddle ever again— she kept no “best friends” that we know of— ginny fought through and stayed strong, and there is a whole story of recovery and strength that harry wasn’t there to see, so we never got to experience it as readers.

but it happened— it HAD to have happened. you don’t just get OVER that (ginny makes it clear that she STILL hasn’t in the quote i listed above). there’s a story there— one that harry never gives a shit about finding out. and i love ginny because of that aspect of her. because she can have this whole, unspoken story that we only get in TINY bits and pieces based on what HARRY sees of her.

and fuck the haters, that story is awesome. ginny is a badass motherfucker and she survived tom riddle trying to suck her soul out of her at age eleven. that deserves some god damn respect, ok.

GINNY WEASLEY IS THE BEST CHARACTER AND SHE DESERVES BETTER AND I WANT TO REWRITE THE BOOKS SO THEY’LL BE BETTER TO GINNY

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arkhamsiren

crystalzelda:

offbeatorbit:

arkhamsiren:

offbeatorbit:

arkhamsiren:

I honestly have no issues with people who ship james/lily, honestly, I don’t care.

But if you dont understand why people ship snape/lily, let me just ask you one question

could you really let yourself fall in love with someone who’s bullying your best friend? 

could you really let yourself fall in love with someone who wants to join a terrorist organization with an ideology built off the notion that you’re inferior and should be exterminated?

Severus didn’t join the death eaters until after he lost lily to James. And he was being corrupted by Malfoy and the other future death eaters. Take it from someone who was bullied before… You’re vulnerable to make mistakes, especially when you want to make it look like there’s nothing wrong with you. Bullying never steered anyone in the right direction. 

Ummmmmm, but it was clear in canon that Snape intended to join the DEs when Lily confronted him about it after the Mudblood incident.  That, on top of the friends he associated with (especially Avery and Mulciber), and his interest and prowess at dark arts like…he did not just decide to join a terrorist organization because Lily wouldn’t hop on his dick like can we NOT?  Because first of all he didn’t lose Lily to James, he lost Lily because of his own fuck ups.  Second of all, suggesting that Snape only joined the Death Eaters because he was corrupted is so weak.  Snape had a fucked up childhood but he also believed that the DEs were a path to greatness for himself.  To assume that he only joined up because he didn’t have Lily in his life and was peer-pressured into it is a really inaccurate assertion.  And it also minimizes how fucked up Snape’s personal choices were, because he loved Lily but also loved the idea of being a DE, and he chose the latter over the former.  

THAT’S what is so messed up about Snape’s story.  It’s not about other people’s behavior prompting him to make shitty decisions, it’s about him making shitty decisions that he thought were good decisions that, in reality, led to the loss of Lily’s friendship and eventually the loss of Lily’s life.

We can acknowledge that shitty things happened in Snape’s youth, like a neglectful household and being bullied.  But let’s not forget that Snape was also a prejudiced piece of shit who, by age 16, didn’t even deny that he planned to join the Death Eaters when his Muggle-born bestie called his ass out.  You can have a shit upbringing and still have some responsibility for your destructive life choices.  

And I’m saying all of this as a fan of Snape so…

To add to that, Snape, in their 5th year, called Lily a Mudblood. He did that, two entire years before Lily dated James, and when he did that, it was marked as the end of his relationship with Lily. From that we can decipher that he was still friends with Lily up until that point, and the fact that he said that word to the person that’s supposedly meant the world to him meant that he was already a terrible bigot.

He did that. He firebombed his relationship with Lily by falling into step with an ideology that labelled her as inferior, dirty, and would later call for her extermination - Lily didn’t do that to him by not being his friend anymore, since he’s the one that severed these ties. Lily didn’t do that by dating James, when that occurred two years after Snape made his choice and threw his lot in with the DEs.

What’s so tragic about Snape is that all his biggest torments save his abusive childhood, all his pain was absolutely self inflicted and brought on by himself and the choices he made. Harry Potter is ALL about choices, and Snape serves as a character who made all the wrong ones and becomes a bitter, cruel man over it.

lollapulizer

Why Hogwarts Was All In Harry's Head

amberguessa:

lollapulizer:

It makes sense, but No.  Too sad.

Oh…

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memosfromfury
memosfromfury:

[Submitted by: antonomasia09
Agents with the ability to fly are not allowed to play Quidditch on the Helicarrier deck, even when it is not in flight.]

memosfromfury:

[Submitted by: antonomasia09

Agents with the ability to fly are not allowed to play Quidditch on the Helicarrier deck, even when it is not in flight.]

xanthophiliac

Kingsley Shacklebolt is a BLACK MAN!

xanthophiliac:

Why is it so hard for some HP fans to grasp this concept is completely beyond me when JKR EXPLICITLY said he was a Black man several times in the books — so no, you can’t even pull out the old, ‘It never said he was Black’ excuse like so many of you do with Cho to erase her being Asian (and lack of a specified race is NOT proof that a character is white, by the way), or the ‘Well, Kingsley being a Black man is just the film’s interpretation, and it’s not necessarily book canon’ argument. In fact, I have even written out three quotes from the books below that mention him as being Black (bold emphasis mine) —

‘Yeah, I see what you mean, Remus,’ said a bald black wizard standing furthest back — he had a deep, slow voice and wore a single gold hoop in his ear — ‘he looks exactly like James.’ (OotP3)

‘And this is Kingsley Shacklebolt.’ He indicated the tall black wizard, who bowed. (OotP3)

Kingsley, bald, black, broad-shouldered; […] (DH4)

And don’t try to get around it with, ‘Oh, by “black”, it really means he has black hair’ — first, he’s bald (see the quotes above), and second, black-haired characters like Harry and James are NEVER described as ‘black wizards’, ever. So no, Kingsley Shacklebolt is NOT a super-pale, blond-haired white man who looks prototypically Aryan, nor does he look like Robert Sheehan or Zachary Levi. And don’t start that ‘But African-Americans can’t exist in Britain because they’re Americans, and “Harry Potter” isn’t set in Africa either’ bullshit — the UK isn’t an all-white country (hasn’t been for centuries), there are Black Britons, and you have to be kidding me if you think Black people only exist in the US or Africa.

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lestwins

bana05:

gold—rush:

Short Fic I wrote for FF.Net

You’re a Weasley?”

Roxanne and Fred never quite understood that question. Of course they were Weasley’s there was just something different about them.

Thick lips, wild kinky hair, brown skin.

“Oh Merlin, that’s Fred Weasley II? Well he doesn’t look like his uncle.”

Angelina tried to help them understand; she told them that they were Weasley’s no matter what anyone said. She told them they were beautiful.

The day Roxanne wanted to straighten her hair so that she would look like everyone else broke Angelina’s heart. The day Freddie wanted to cut all of his hair off so that he could blend in with his cousins was Angelina’s breaking point

Who told them that their differences made them…ugly?

Hogwarts seemed to only make things worse. “You two are Weasley’s?”

Fred and Roxanne tried to identify with Kamal and Daya Thomas.

They were different, they were biracial. But Kamal and Daya weren’t Weasley’s. Kamal and Daya didn’t have to have straight red hair and pale skin to be members of their family.

Of course the Weasley clan accepted Roxanne and Fred. They loved the brother and sister to death, but they didn’t realize that sometimes they tried too hard to make them fit in.

I wish my hair was curly like yours Freddie. Everyone has my hair. It’s so dull and straight.”

I hate how pale I am, wish I had that natural tan you have.”

Roxanne, those curves…I wish I had those in my day.”

They didn’t understand that Roxanne and Fred wanted to be like everyone else.

Angelina hated it. She wanted them to see that it was okay to be different.

“You’re beautiful,” Angelina whispered, “From your brown skin to your kinky hair. Your lips, your nose, your eyes, your ears. The curves on your body and the soft baritone of your voice, all of those things make you strong. Both of you are beautiful and just because you don’t look like your cousins doesn’t mean you’re not apart of the family. It means you’re different, and different is good.”

*hugs this fic*

I want to love this fic, but I don’t. Not because of the writing, but because of the implication that there’s only value to be found in being a Weasley & not in being a Johnson. One of the things that bugs me about the Golden Trio narrative in the books is the implication that it is only the sacrifices made by Harry, Hermione, & Ron (and by extension Ron’s family) that matter. Everyone that fought was a hero, whether they wound up with a famous last name or not.

sirlestrange

sourcedumal:

Mrs. Weasley threw off her cloak as she ran, freeing her arms. Bellatrix spun on the spot, roaring with laughter at the sight of her new challenger. “NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH!” With a swipe of her wand she began to duel. Harry watched with terror and elation as Molly Weasley’s wand slashed and twisted, and Bellatrix Lestrange’s smile faltered and became a snarl. Jets of light flew from both wands, the floor around the witches’ feet became hot and cracked; both women were fighting to kill. [..] Molly’s curse soared beneath Bellatrix’s outstretched arm and hit her squarely in the chest, directly over her heart.

I felt like this scene was way too short. Molly and Bellatrix should have duked it out hardcore, especially with the buildup the book describes. Or maybe my mind is just imagining a more elaborate scenario than it should be…

I was disappointed by this scene too. It should have been more elaborate & if Bellatrix could just be blown to bits why didn’t that happen ages ago?

offbeatorbit

Srsly tho we all know Roxanne Weasley was a cute little brown girl with freckles and an afro puff and a slightly pointy nose and was all mischievous and shit

offbeatorbit:

We all know this, right?  Okay, good.  So we’re all on the same page.

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fuckyeahsnape

fuckyeahsnape:

How Harry Potter Should Have Ended 

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