this is the most accurate representation of this scene
this is the most accurate representation of this scene
Muggleborn students at Hogwarts (part 1/?)
"i will never understand why harry named one of his kids severus and not remus or sirius"
maybe because he felt it was up to teddy to keep a piece of remus to himself by giving the name to one of his children
maybe because he found another way to show respect towards sirius
maybe because he wasn’t a petty little fuck and decided to raise above it all and acknowledge snape’s sacrifice and the love he had for lily
maybE beCAUSE SHUT THE FUCK UP ALREADY
his first born’s name is james sirius potter. so sirius is definitely there. no need to complain. also: he called his daughter lily luna. luna means moon. pretty obvious symbolism if you ask me.
now, about albus severus potter.
dumbledore and snape are two sides of the same coin. i could write one hundred pages (hell, i did) on literary alchemy and how its subtext is pervasive in the whole harry potter saga, in the plot structure and in the character system as well. the point is: snape was a slytherin with an awful personality but still did good and saved the world. dumbledore was a gryffindor and everyone loved him but in the end we discover his dark side. but just as harry forgives dumbledore for his manipulation he also forgives snape for his abuse. albus severus potter is the incarnation, the living symbol of harry’s power of forgiveness. (you can disagree all you want about who harry should and shouldn’t forgive, or if some of the things dumbledore and snape did are really forgivable, but that’s a matter of personal opinion and not of literary criticism.)
the saga works according to literary alchemy. alchemy was a philosophy/science by which people tried to transform vile metals into gold. obviously it didn’t work but it wasn’t just messing around because people in the middle ages believed that every trasformation in the natural world meant a transformation in the spiritual world (this is called allegoric faith and is typical of the medieval times). this means that if you managed to transform lead into gold you were also able to undergo a process of self-transformation that made your soul better. the metals are only a symbol and a medium for the transmutation of the soul which is the ultimate goal of alchemy.
the alchemical work is divided into three stages:
1) nigredo (black), lead/vile metals, dissolution
2) albedo (white), action of contraries, purification
3) rubedo (red), gold and philosopher’s stone, perfection
the narrative of the harry potter saga works exactly like this (but also the bible works like this, shakespeare’s theatre works like this, the divine comedy works like this, and so on): after the first four novels, which represent the preparation of the instruments in the alchemist’s lab the proper alchemical work can start.
- order of the phoenix is the dissolution of the hero, because in this book harry loses everything that really matters to him, he feels isolated and alone, hogwarts is ruled by umbridge, he discorvers that his parents weren’t perfect and sirius BLACK dies (nigredo)
- half-blood prince is the purification of the hero, there is a lot of water (snow and rain, the sea outside the cave and the lake inside of it, the potion dumbledore drinks) which is a symbol of ablution and purification, hermione and ron are opposite and fight all the time, in this book ALBUS (latin for white) dumbledore dies (albedo)
- deathly hallows is the walk toward perfection. harry struggles with his faith in dumbledore and in his mission. he dies a metaphorical death and he comes back as a christological saviour who now has the necessary knowledge to destroy his enemy. ron and hermione resolve their contrasts and get together. RUBEUS (latin for red) hagrid is captured but not killed, whereas fRED weasley indeed dies but someone with the same name (george and angelina’s son) takes his place, because this last phase is all about rebirth (rubedo)
so albus severus potter is the personification of this process, he is the product of this alchemical work/narrative that has brought harry the means to destroy voldemort and that has enhanced his ability to forgive. albus severus potter is the embodiment of what snape and dumbledore meant to harry, he is a symbol for reconciliation of contrasts, because he has the names of two men that were opposite for many things and the last name of the person who brought them to work together toward the same goal despite their differences.
also, his initials are ASP, like the serpent, and this makes pretty sure that he’ll be sorted into slytherin, ultimately proving that slytherin doesn’t mean evil because it is our choices that show what we truly are far more than our abilities.
and that’s all i have to say about that.
(it’s not, but shhh)
(you can find all this stuff and much more in john granger’s books “how harry cast his spell”, ” unlocking harry potter” and ” the deathly hallows lectures”. more about alchemy and harry potter in “harry potter and history” edited by nancy r. reagin.)
People seem to forget that she studied languages and the classics at uni.
I think my favorite thing about this generation is how seriously everyone takes their Hogwarts house.
but why does sirius black have prison tattoos in the prisoner of azkaban movie? is there a strong prison culture in azkaban? did he find a non death eater or two to bond with? he literally has tattoos on each of his fingers what did he do over those 12 years do they have movie nights and crazy high jinx involving contraband what exactly happens in azkaban
orange is the new sirius black
*sirius black voice* remus will you kill this spider for me
*remus lupin voice* is it trying to hurt you, sirius
*sirius black voice* its on my bed and hurting my heart
*quiet james potter voice* engorgio
*loud, horrified sirius black shrieking*
I think you’re absolutely on the right side of this argument, and here’s what we say to Snape lovers:
We all accept the following to be true, right?
- Stalking is wrong.
- Emotional abuse is wrong.
- Cruelty to children and animals is wrong.
- Blaming someone for their parents’ actions is wrong.
- Racial discrimination is wrong.
- Murder (the killing of civilians when you have no self-defence excuse) is wrong.
We’re good so far, yeah? If you saw someone doing those things in real life, you’d stop them or call the cops, right? I just want to make sure we’re all on the same page here. Morally, those things are wrong (and illegal). So, moving out of hypothetical moral discourse and into the realm of things Snape actually did in the Harry Potter books and/or movies:
- Snape called Lily a Mudblood, which in the HP verse is a pretty serious racial slur. It’s like using the ‘n’ word or the ‘f’ word (not the ‘fuck’ word) in our society. It’s nasty.
- Snape treated Hermione terribly and heavily implied that it was because she was Muggle-born. Again, racial discrimination. A teacher in the real-life school I went to was fired for that.
- Snape was in a position of power over Harry and treated him (and many other Gryffindors) exceedingly poorly. He was rude, condescending, unfair in his enforcement of the rules, manipulative, and probably other things besides. This counts as emotional abuse. If someone in a position of power over you treats you the way Snape treated Harry, even if he saves your life, you are being emotionally abused.
- On that same note, Snape was a grown man who acted like a five-year-old throwing a tantrum at Harry and his friends.
- Snape was Neville Longbottom’s worst fear. JKR treats it lightly in the books, but the fact remains that a thirteen-year-old boy was so afraid of Snape that he couldn’t speak to him, and that the thought of him stepping out of a wardrobe was almost too much for Neville to handle. No adult should ever terrify a child like this. It’s emotional abuse, and it’s abuse of power.
- Snape mistreated Harry because of actions James had taken. Not only is it childish to hold onto this grudge, it’s just plain wrong to treat someone badly because you disliked their parents. This is the same prejudice the Dursleys held against Harry. If you believe that the Dursleys had no excuse for their behaviour, how can you believe that Snape does have one?
- Snape killed many innocent people just because they were Muggle-born.
I want to address this last point before I move on. Now, you can argue that the cost of a few lives for Snape to get close to Voldemort and help carry out Dumbledore’s grand plan for the war was worth it - and if that was the only crime that Snape had committed, I might be persuaded to see him as morally grey; you might be able to convince me that he was only being a vile person because he had to be. But if you look at the rest of this list, you’ll realise that really, Snape deeply enjoyed being a vile person.
So now you see that Snape was terrible to Harry, Hermione, Neville, and even Lily just because he enjoyed doing it, and you see that he did much worse to complete strangers who had committed no crime.
And that’s just the short list.
Great, now let’s talk about why Snily is one of the worst ships that anyone could ever ship.
- Snape was cruel to Petunia when they were children, even though Lily was trying very hard to maintain a relationship with her sister despite their differences.
- Snape tried to manipulate Lily into loving him and only him, and putting aside all of her other relationships.
- Snape did not respect Lily’s beliefs and opinions.
- After Lily started dating James, Snape started referring to her as a Mudblood - indicating that his friendship and his “love” were not unconditional.
- Snape willingly became a Death Eater, a member of a group who hunted people like Lily for fun, and at the time he saw absolutely nothing wrong with that.
- After Lily’s death, Snape left her son in his crib. He left a crying, helpless infant all alone in a wrecked house in a thunderstorm while there were rogue Death Eaters on the loose. He essentially left Harry to die.
- And then he cut the two people she loved most out of her photograph and pretended that they had never existed, that he was the only person who mattered in her life.
- And then, as mentioned above, he abused Harry emotionally and became the bane of his existence for years.
Snape did not love Lily. You don’t call someone you love a racial slur. You don’t insist that the person you love choose you over her other friends. If the person you love has a son she gave her life for, you don’t treat him badly just because you feel like it.
Yes, even if that love is unrequited.
What Snape felt for Lily was not love; it was possessiveness. He wanted her to be his. He wanted her to leave James for him. He wanted her to pick sides for him. He wanted to hold her close and smother her and never let her go. Snape didn’t love Lily; he loved himself. He was a narcissistic, bitter, emotionally abusive creep who couldn’t deal with the fact that his first crush ended up marrying someone else.
"But wait!" you say, white-knuckling your desk and probably wishing you had a wand to hex me with for saying such things about your baby. "He had an abusive childhood! He was lonely! He was sad! He was greasy and no one loved him! Doesn’t that excuse everything?”
Keep your shirt on. No, it doesn’t excuse anything.
People are responsible for their own actions. Tom Riddle’s dad didn’t love him either, and does that excuse him committing genocide? No? So why should Snape’s acne problem excuse him participating in genocide and attempting to make his supposed “true love“‘s child into someone just as bitter and miserable as he was? Look, Snape wasn’t just a little creepy. He was a murderer. He was as abusive as Dolores Umbridge. He was as self-centered as Voldemort. Harry was abused as a child, and he didn’t turn out to be a complete monster, so why does Snape get a free pass?
Romanticisting Snape is not only incredibly stupid and short-sighted, it’s dangerous. Putting men like this into fiction and presenting them as “good guys” or morally grey or brave or deserving of sympathy encourages the boys who read these books to behave like Snape, and it encourages the straight girls/gay boys who read these books to accept the existence of these men in real life and to want to date them. Which you don’t ever, ever want to do.
If you ever meet a Snape in real life, run the other way, and don’t give him your sympathy.
tl;dr Having a sad backstory does not automatically make you sympathetic. Doing one good thing does not automatically make you a beacon of bravery and justice. Fuck you, Snivellus.
Casual reminder that Remus Lupin was not “the nice one”, he was the one who held onto a grudge so hard that 20 years later he humiliated his colleague in front of a group of 14 year olds to make himself look cool.
Whoa whoa whoa you mean the colleague who bullied a thirteen year old student so relentlessly that he became his GREATEST FEAR? The colleague who vindictively outed him as a werewolf even before any of the Sirius shit came to a head? The colleague who fought on the side of unambiguous fucking evil in the war, and only changed sides when their rampant heartless murder threatened the woman he claimed to love despite being a racist shit to her and every other muggle-born?
Remus relied on Snape to prevent him from turning into a rampant monster once a month. What would he gain by antagonizing him? He didn’t choose the form of Neville’s boggart. All he did was help a child overcome his fear.
THIS! This right fucking here.
You know Sirius and James would be those guys who are super into zombie movies and laugh in public like it was not scary at all but then climb into each other’s bed at night because “bro, I think I heard something in the kitchen”
New from J.K. Rowling: Dumbledore’s Army Reunites At Quidditch World Cup Final
it’s been seven years and we are still getting new stuff
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.