I-thought-it-couldn't-get-better

anonymous asked:

I'm sorry for sending this but i just started reading HP in my old age and found it too funny to pass. GoF. chapter 15 - "Professor Snape was forcing them to research antidotes. They took this one seriously, as he had hinted that he might be poisoning one of them before Christmas to see if their antidote worked." Can we appreciate the beauty that is Severus? Goodness, when i thought he couldn't get any better!!!!

I love this line, not just because it’s hilarious, but because it’s a really clear moment of Snape’s classroom management style.  I’m sure everyone recalls a similar incident in Prisoner of Azkaban, when Snape says:

“Longbottom, at the end of this lesson we will feed a few drops of this potion to your toad and see what happens. Perhaps that will encourage you to do it properly.”

Snape explicitly tells Neville his intention, why he’s doing it, and - most importantly - keeps his word:

“Everyone gather ‘round,” said Snape, his black eyes glittering, “and watch what happens to Longbottom’s toad.“

Kids soon realise when a teacher makes idle threats.  It works once or twice, but then you realise that you can call their bluff, and they lose their authority.

Snape doesn’t do this - and this is a very cunning way of controlling his class.  He maintains that element of unpredictability; they all know that they wouldn’t really come to any harm - but nobody really wants to be the person poisoned, and who then discovers that their potion was brewed imperfectly because they hadn’t researched it correctly.

I know that many people will find his method of teaching distasteful, but there are two really interesting things about this, to me.

Firstly, we are told that the student workload has increased substantially:

All the fourth years had noticed a definite increase in the amount of work they were required to do this term.

Snape is competing against the other teachers and their set homework.  We’ve discussed before his high OWL standards, and McGonagall explicitly discusses how close their OWLs are in this very section of text.

So, if Snape wants to maintain a high pass rate, then he needs the kids to do the work he sets - and if it comes down to a toss up between his essay and Divination, he needs to motivate the kids to choose his.  (We later see this happen when Harry debates skiving Divination to write his Potions essay; he would never dare do the opposite.)

And secondly, Snape’s method is canonically and explicitly shown to work.

"They took this one seriously.”

  • DM: You hear a thunderous roar coming from the cave entrance, and you look behind you to see Thurston running up the tunnel.
  • Me: Oh, shit, he got bit, didn't he? He's a werewolf!
  • DM: As he comes roaring into the cave, you notice that he is floating slightly; he is using Tenser's Floating Disk.
  • Me: Magic werewolf! I thought Thurston couldn't get better, but he did!
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My headcanon Megatron is an idiot.

I’m sorry, I know everyone’s been making comments about Rung’s eyes, but I wanted to finish drawing this anyway.

Also, I hope it’s perfectly clear to everyone by now why Rung is my favorite Transformer ever.

redhoodrobinette  asked:

I absolutely love your art style! I thought it couldn't get any better but then I saw your robins and I might've just died of happiness for a sec.

Thank you so much for the kind message. I’m glad you like the boy wonders!