accepted to hogwarts

things I want in 2017:
  • self esteem
  • motivation
  • excitement for my future
  • equality and freedom 
  • hopes and dreams
  • baby animals
  • emotional stability
  • less sad tears and more happy ones
  • compliments
  • more courage 
  • more hugs and love
  • sleep 
  • concert and plane tickets
  • random acts of kindness
  • social skills
  • more positivity 
  • more racial diversity in media
  • attention 
  • ten cats
  • my hogwarts acceptance letter
  • fifty million dollars
  • motivation
  • actually useful hobbies
  • a healthier body
  • twenty dogs

imagine this:

a nonbinary hogwarts student is female presenting and doesn’t necessarily mind being housed with other girls. but it becomes increasingly apparent that because of this reason a lot of people call them by the wrong pronouns and also don’t use the gender neutral name they chose for themselves because they are living with girls and are therefore assumed to be one.

said student gets upset enough that they approach dumbledore with this issue because they know that themselves and other trans kids have trouble with the binary dorms, and they want to create a middle ground because people who don’t identify with the binary shouldn’t be forced to choose a side. albus dumbledore just nods his head and says that something will be done about it.

they wait for a couple weeks feeling like their request will never be acted upon until one day they walk into the common room and there’s a new staircase that students are all crowded around, wondering why it’s there. it seems that there were a few unlucky folks who tried climbing up and were sent right back down.

the small brass plate next to the staircase says:

‘for those who shouldn’t have to choose’

If our Pottermore verification e-mail also said “Dear Mr/Ms. _____, We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry” instead of just “Please verify your account”, that would be great.

Slytherin and Hufflepuff

I think one of the reasons why Slytherins like Hufflepuffs so much is because they seem to see straight through prejudices and stereotypes, especially the negative ones. I’d like to think that Hufflepuffs are the kind of people who would accept the flaws of others and help them to be better people regardless of what they’ve done. As a Slytherin sometimes I feel like a bad person or damaged goods or whatever and it’s really nice when there are Hufflepuff types around you who bring the light back to your dark world. When someone accepts you for who you are good and bad it really makes you strive to be more good than bad. Slytherins (if they’re anything like me) just want to be understood and seen for all they are and accepted for just being themselves. Sometimes Hufflepuffs accept Slytherins even more than Slytherins accept Slytherins.

I don’t know if this even makes sense but oh well.

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I know, I know I’m so original with this one. But I mean. Come on. We all know this is the falliest out of all of them fally books.

Harry Potter och De Vises Sten - J.K Rowling (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone)

Why we didn’t get the letter-

So I had a dream that Hogwarts apparently had been closed for over 15 years which explains why no one got their Hogwarts letter. Dumbledore was alive somehow and standing in the middle of a clearing filled with now mostly adults and addressed them: “We had some difficulties with our schools and had to close them all down, but now that we are reopening again we realize that there are now adults who never received magic training and we feel that we should teach you what you should have learned over ten years ago.”

Ok so picture this: the entire hogwarts castle grounds was overrun by college-aged adults and older and everyone was just dumbfoundedly staring around like “well shiz, magic is real?” and probably just had their concept of reality shattered. Some large man in the background was holding his wand awkwardly and asked McGonagall, “So why do I have this stick thingy again?” And all the professors were hopelessly trying to wrangle up adults into a classroom similar to if we were all back in highschool. Then, I specifically remember there was a man running down the hallways being chased and shouted at by one of the professors, “Mr. Smith you cannot leave without a hall pass!” and he shouted back, “To hell I won’t!”

…. 

The interesting thing about the Hogwarts Houses personality theory, from where I’m standing, is that it seems to be based on motivation, rather than what’s strictly considered by the academic world to be personality traits. (It’s interesting because motivation is considered fairly changeable by personality researchers, while traits are more fundamental/biologically based and hard to change. Makes Dumbledore’s I sometimes think we sort too soon that more plausible. And painful.)

Anyway, let me give this a go:

Gryffindors are motivated by what they believe is Right. They’ve got a very clear idea of justice, of the way things should be, and if that isn’t the case they are willing to fight for it. Gryffindors have principles. They will go to war over the things they believe in. But this also means they might just as well become fundamentalists. As someone put it, a gryffindor will happily fuck you up if they believe they’re doing the Right Thing.

Huffepuffs are motivated by loyalty. They put personal relationships above abstract ideas. Huffelpuffs will follow you into battle not because they believe in what you’re saying, but because they are your friend. On the other hand, this may also lead to a my master right or wrong kind of situations, where they stop thinking about moral principles and just trust the person they’ve chosen as a friend. 

Ravenclaws are motivated by rationality. They value cold logic and hard facts, and are unlikely to be swept along by passionate speeches or emotional pleas. They’re the type to consider the benefits and disadvantages for all when making decisions. Again, this can be potentially scary, because -for example- Ravenclaws would kill you without any hesitation if they believed it could prevent the death of others.

And finally, Slytherins are motivated by self-interest and ambition. They’re moral relativists, who don’t believe in the great Right or Wrong (the way Gryffindors very strongly do) and wouldn’t hesitate to do things others would consider morally wrong as long as it’s in their advantage. Sounds evil, but it isn’t necessarily so: it means just as much that a Slytherin can be charming and loyal - being hated and despised isn’t exactly a good thing, is it? It all depends on what kind of ambitions they have - and how smart they are, of course.

Seen like that, Ravenclaws and Slytherin are quite close to each other, both being cold rationalists, with the difference that Ravenclaws think firstly of the good of all, while Slytherins think firstly of the good for themselves. And Hufflepuff and Gryffindor are quite close too, both led by their emotions, but while Gryffindors are loyal to ideas of right and wrong, Hufflepuffs pledge their allegiance to people they believe to be worth following.

Put shortly: Gryffindor: belief in ideas; Hufflepuffs: belief in people; Ravenclaw: belief in rationality; Slytherin: belief in themselves.

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Do you want to hear a story about how great my boyfriend is? I’ll tell you a story about how great my boyfriend is.

Right before we got in my car to drive to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, he stopped and looked at his windshield.

“Wait, someone left something on my car,” he said, and plucked an envelope out from underneath his windshield wiper.

I didn’t really think anything of it; I just assumed it was an ad or a flyer. But he frowned and went, “It’s for you.”

Puzzled, I took the envelope from him.

I turned it around and saw the Hogwarts seal and flipped out.

“What is this?” I said.

……Squealed, let’s be honest here. My voice went up an octave.

He shrugged.

“I don’t know,” he said. “You should open it.”

I did. It was a Hogwarts acceptance letter, but instead of the beginning term date–September 1 in the books–he included, as if Dumbledore had hand-written it, the dates of our vacation. At the bottom, Albus had written, “Excuse the typos.”

Needless to say, I launched into more squealing and hand-flailing and what may objectively be described as a mincing sort of potty dance. He’d penned it all with a fountain pen and ink several months ago, bought a wax candle and Hogwarts seal, hand-dyed the paper with coffee so it would look like parchment, and wrote the letter. He did it all for me.

Holy crap. I mean, holy crap. @jamesbousema
I love you so much.

And I’m keeping this letter forever as proof that HOGWARTS IS REAL AND NO ONE CAN TELL ME OTHERWISE.

A first year trans gryffindor girl going to her dormitory for the first time and getting worried that the stairs might turn into a slide because that’s what she heard from others, but then being delighted that she is let up without a problem

Here’s my confession for the day: when I was younger I used to write myself hogwarts acceptance letters and then stick them through the letter box and I’d come back 5 minutes later like ‘oh look there’s a letter I wonder who it’s from? hoLY SHIT IT’S FROM HOGWARTS WOW WHO’D’VE GUESSED IT?? THIS IS SO UNEXPECTED! LOOKS LIKE I’M GOING TO HOGWARTS SEE YOU LATER LOSERS’ 

922. Rose Weasley was one of the brightest students Hogwarts had ever seen, but left school in her sixth year to become the lead singer of her muggle girlfriend's death metal band.
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