at the heart of me

In the 1950s, where we begin, there was a firm expectation […] that required men to grow up, marry, and support their wives. To do anything else was less than grown-up, and the man who willfully deviated was somehow “less than a man.” […] The man who postpones marriage […] into middle age, […] who is dedicated to his own pleasures, is likely to be found […] suspiciously deviant
—  Barbara Ehrenreich, The Hearts of Men: American Dreams and the Flight from Commitment

umm did no one else know that as a parselmouth i can only communicate with other slytherins, so can someone tell the professor that i’m sorry, but the honour of my ancestor is more important to me than doing the assigned homework