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I think what probably gets me deeply into my feelings about this “JKR should have just made her students Of Color to start with, she can’t ret-con and pretend she did it right the first time” is that I grew up with Anne Rice and Anne McCaffery, two female fantasy writers who hated headcanons and fandom and sued people for deviating from their original vision or doing any kinds of derivative works without their express contractual permission.

I feel like people who get irritated with her about defending black!Hermione don’t appreciate how much healthier JKR’s attitude toward the inclusivity movement in her fandom is than theirs was. Or Moffat’s is. Or Gatiss’s. Or Whedon’s. Or Green’s. Or even, until very recently, Lucas’s.

She’s not a PCR, but goddamn, at least she’s passing us the milk rather than pissing in our cornflakes.

“Go on, have a pasty,” said Harry, who had never had anything to share before or, indeed, anyone to share it with. It was a nice feeling, sitting there with Ron, eating their way through all Harry’s pasties, cakes, and candies (the sandwiches lay forgotten).
—  J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Dating Fred Weasley would Include ...

Originally posted by peter-twerk

A/N: I’ll be honest, in gifs I can’t tell which twin is which so there’s both :)


. Snuggling by the Gryffindor fireplace

. Of course he brings you home to meet his parents and Molly and Arthur both adore you obviously !!

. Fred being very defensive of  you

. Even when George plays a little prank on you, you have to calm him down sometimes

. Putting your head under his jumpers so you’re both wearing it 

. He’s really quite sweet; always doing little things for you and just being a general cutie

. Lots of cuddles!!

. Him sneaking you around all the secret passages in the castle until you know your way around just as well as him

. He loves to kiss you, and will take every opportunity to kiss you; especially in front of George and Ron who just make disgusted faces.

. He blushes when you hold his hand but will still swing it proudly with a goofy grin on his face none the less

. Going for a butterbeer date at the three broomsticks every time there’s a trip to Hogsmeade, and sometimes when there isn’t…

. Fred making special fireworks for you

. Ones in the shape of your favourite animal

. Your name

. And on one occasion both your names in a heart (much to your embarrassment and his smugness!)

. Him watching you study

. He starts getting better grades because he actually learns stuff when he listens to you speak

. Fred being an all round smushy teddy bear, and you teasing him a little for it but loving it/ him none the less!

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Hope you enjoyed these :) please request more of what you’d like to see !!!

  • JK Rowling whilst writing the HP-series: Slytherin is the "evil house". The guy who bullies Harry, Ron and Hermione goes there with all his mean friends. Slytherin and Gryffindor, the house I put ninety percent of my main characters are always competing. Also lord Voldemort was a Slytherin. They only care about being from a rich and well-known family. Their password to get in was literally "pureblood". Only REALLY fancy/elite kids go there. Pretty much every death eather was a Slytherin. Their head teacher is the scary-scary Snape. Wow. Such evil
  • JK Rowling after finishing the series: WHO TF TOLD YOU SLYTHERIN WAS THE "EVIL HOUSE"??????? NO NO NO THEY ARE NOT ALL HOUSES ARE EQUALLY GOOD!!!!!11!!1!1!

Here’s a much more flexible diagram of Hogwarts/Ilvermorny house overlap than the rudimentary one I made on iPhone Notes a couple of days ago. My friend Jenn Levine expertly crafted this! It allows for some much-needed flexibility for, say, Ravenclaws in Thunderbird or, Hufflepuffs in Wampus.

I fully realize that JKR on Twitter has said there is no correlation between Hogwarts and Ilvermorny houses. I won’t argue! But, based on the initial writing, these traits still match up for me closest in this way. I’m thrilled that this idea should look so clean, and really just have my friends to thank. Jenn, and everyone else for their support on this.

Venn design by Jenn Levine, based on a theory by Eric Scull.

I don’t know if JKR is really lucky with names or she puts just THAT much thought into it, but

Hermione Granger-Weasley - one meaning of ‘Hermione’ is an ermine, which is a kind of weasel

Tina Scamander - There are layers upon layers of meaning in the names of Newt and Porpentina, by their own or together (which just adds to their perfection as an OTP). Her preferred mode of address ‘Tina’ means ‘river’. How surprised was I to find (from TvTropes) that ‘Scamander’ is the name of a mythological figure, to be more specific, a river-god? 

Even their grandson and granddaughter-in-law have complementary names.

Rolf and Luna - Rolf is a Germanic name from two root words, ‘renowned’ and ‘wolf’, married to the ‘moon’, ‘Luna’

I really like name meanings, and it is such a delight to discover all of these creative inspirations in JK’s wizarding world. 

JKR vs. representation 2

Textual proof that the conservativism of the magical society include cisheteronormativity (and that JKR’s claim that the magical society is not homophobic shows that she doesn’t understand the implications of what an upending of such structures would have looked like):

  • The dormitories at Hogwarts are divided according to binary genders.
  • The girls are allowed to enter the boys dormitoried but boys aren’t deemed trustworthy enough to enter the girls’.
  • The bathrooms (possibly with the exception of the prefects’ bathrooms) are divided according to binary genders.
  • Dolores Umbridge forbids male and female students of being a certain distance from one another.
  • Unicorns prefer women handlers to male handlers and thus the boys have to stand back and aren’t allowed to parttake in the lesson about unicorns.
  • Veelas affect men but not women (we don’t know how the entire audience of the Quidditch World Cup reacts to the Veela of course, but there is no textual proof that contradict this observation).

You’re welcome to add to this list!.

…the people who mean something to you at 16, 17 are the people who are getting you through stuff. So I absolutely understand why someone who is hanging on to Harry Potter as a safe place at 13 is excited at 21 to talk about what [Hogwarts] house they’d be in. I don’t think it’s infantile.
—  J.K Rowling (full interview)
I can’t believe Jo understands exactly how I feel about Harry Potter. 
Please Stop.

Okay, but the first HP book came out in 1997. That was almost twenty years ago. No, JKR was not fully aware of her white/straight/cis privilege at that time. She has had 20 years to get better. She also wrote the first draft on table napkins while working as a single mother of multiple children and receiving public support.

We are allowed to retrospectively critique her lack of inclusivity. We are also allowed to think that perhaps her awareness of the lack of said inclusivity has improved.

Just as a goddamn FOR EXAMPLE, in 1997, if Rowling had tried to pitch Dumbledore, a school headmaster, as openly homosexual, her book would never have been published. Want some evidence? I can do that.

Regulations were introduced for discrimination protections on sexual orientation in employment on 1 December 2003, following the adoption of an EC Directive in 2000, providing for the prohibition of discrimination in employment on the grounds of sexual orientation.

Right, so he (Dumbledore) could have been fired for being gay at any point prior to 2000, even assuming Wizarding law was keeping up with Muggle law, which is a goddamn stretch considering how shoddy trials and evidence are maintained throughout Auror procedurals.

And, regarding “she could have made more students of color in the first place,” um:

The Race Relations Act 1965 outlawed public discrimination, and established the Race Relations Board. Further Acts in 1968 and 1976 outlawed discrimination in employment, housing and social services, and replaced the Race Relations Board with Commission for Racial Equality[3] that merged into the Equality and Human Rights Commission in 2004. The Human Rights Act 1998 made organisations in Britain, including public authorities, subject to theEuropean Convention on Human Rights.[4] The Race Relations Act 2000 extends existing legislation for the public sector to the police force, and requires public authorities to promote equality.

After 2000, some argued that racism remains common, and some politicians and public figures have been accused of promoting racist attitudes in the media, particularly with regard to immigration, however race and immigration although related are not the same concepts.[5] There have been growing concerns in recent years about institutional racism in public and private bodies. Although various anti-discrimination laws do exist, according to some sources, most employers in the UK remain institutionally racist including public bodies such as the police[6] and the legal professions.[7][8]

I’m not saying “JKR has always been conscious of her White Privilege.” I’m not saying “she intended this from the start.” I’m saying, she started this fucking series when she was 25, she got it published when she was 32, and she is now fifty and has millions of dollars, resources, and feedback.

Hey, check it out: she’s had twenty-five years to learn.

Jo Rowling is a white British woman with a Bachelor of Arts in  French and Classics from the University of Exeter. It may very well have taken her this much time and this much exposure to the greater, wider world- outside her very white, very British influences in Tolkien and Dickens- to realize, “Oh, shit, I could/should have made my books more diverse, that’s such a lovely idea, my fans are so wonderful, I love their headcanons, they have taught me so much, I’m really lucky to have learned all of this.”

We want people to grow, don’t we? We want them to expand their minds and change. So can we please stop hating on people who weren’t born into the movement for finding it later?

Thanks.

Dumbledore strode into his office, the weight of a long day heavy on his shoulders. As Headmaster, his day was full of dreary, tedious tasks. But all wasn’t without a silver lining, he supposed. The students had reacted remarkably well, been enthused even, at the prospect of the Triwizard Tournament replacing Quidditch for the year. Pleased, Dumbledore began towards his desk to finish up the day’s work.

Suddenly, he heard a rapping at the window. He spotted an owl hovering in view, a piece of mail clutched in its claws. Puzzled yet intrigued, Dumbledore opened the window and admitted the creature. It dropped the mail into his hand: a Howler.

This was not the first Howler Dumbledore had received, nor, he speculated, would it be his last. With a slightly amused sigh, Dumbledore opened the envelope.

“YOU CAN’T JUST CANCEL QUIDDITCH!!!!!!!!” it screamed, Oliver Wood’s distraught voice echoing through the room.

SCOR--rose?

Dear JKR,

As readers of the Harry Potter series, we are very familiar with queer-baiting. You may recall a character named Malfoy. We know him as Draco. He’s in love with your protagonist. 

You see, this is entirely out of our hands, as you produced the material that led us to these conclusions. I would like to now take a moment for another pairing you neglected to acknowledge (we know you knew it was there).

I have carefully selected quotes from the newly released Cursed Child script. Please carefully read and assess the following.

Key word in those stage directions: Heartbroken. You can see why this would lead any sensible reader to the conclusion that Scorpius has feelings for Albus. Not convinced? There’s more.

Severus makes a clear analogy here: Lily is to him what Albus is to Scorpius. To refresh your memory, Snape was in love with Lily. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume Scorpius was also in love with Albus. This is not all.

Pardon my language, but what the FUCK is this implying if not jealousy at Albus’ crush on Delphi? Please explain to us what exactly that line was referring to? 

These are only a few examples. I suggest referring to pages 1-308 for more evidence of these claims.

And perhaps some of this was out of your hands, as there were others involved in the project. We get that. We also would have understood if a future romantic relationship between Albus and Scorpius was implied. It would have been left up to our–very active and very gay–imagination. This would have been acceptable. 

It seems, however, that there was a rather extensive typo near the end which made it almost possible to infer that Scorpius was destined for Rose. Of course, that would be unlike you–to set up a beautiful love story between two characters of the same sex only to deny them their love in favor of a heterosexual couple? Never. Not our JK. We trust you will fix this small error.

Thank you in advance,

Cursed Child Readers