english boarding school

I like to think that the information we’ve gotten about the american magical world comes entirely from outdated Hogwarts textbooks. like there’s a chapter in Hogwarts: a History on the wizarding school it inspired in america. and of course a bunch of it is exactly what happened…if you ignore everything that doesn’t make the old country look fabulous. Because of course the school based on Hogwarts,  founded by an Irish Immigrant, descendant of a Hogwarts founder would be the first and best and only decent wizarding school in America. Imagine teenage/early 20’s Hermione visiting the USA and realizing the chapter on Ilvermorney in “Hogwarts, a History” was  half entirely outdated and half colonial propaganda. like, she ’s in a room full of american wizards, and causally asks one which house she was in in Ilvermorny, and the other’s all, “oh, well, I actually didn’t go to Ilvermorny, I’m from Texas and I attended Nuestra Señora del los Milagros. Um…lesse, George and Ani both had after school programs, at least I know George was trained with the other magical children in his tribe, and I think Ani had a sort of cram school dojo thing she would port key to. Louise went to a magical school in New Orleans whose name I can’t pronounce right and which is pretty secretive, so you’d have to ask her about it. It definitely wasn’t one of your traditional English style boarding schools though. um, Saria is from Utah, and her no-maj school had free periods available for religious or magical studies during the school day. I think out of all of us only Sinjin and William went to Ilvermorny, but I think Sinjin was expelled for protesting the house names, fairly creatively I might add. Honestly it’s mostly upper class and traditional families that send their kids all the way to Ilvermorny nowadays, it’s just not that practical, even if you want a traditionally English magical education.”

ID #32656

Name: Sam
Age: 15
Country: USA

I’m Sam. My pronouns are they/them. I love to read, although I don’t have much time for it anymore. I go to a boarding school, and when you go to boarding school, there is nothing outside of that school whether you board or not.

Despite not always having time to correspond, and occasionally replying a bit late (sorry in advance) I enjoy talking about pretty much anything. From books, to politics, to your personal life. As long as you speak English we’ll have a swell time together (if I could speak any other language we would be having a swell time then too). I hope you’re having a great day, you deserve it!

Preferences: 14-19 preferab

“The English boarding school system works on a more cash, more posh, more queer basis.”

“And the school you went to?” said Merlin, his coughing slowing as he stared up. He bit the plump of his lower lip. It sprung back, white at first from the pressure, and then dark with blood.

“Eye-wateringly expensive,” said Arthur, in a low voice, tracking the movement of Merlin’s mouth. “And achingly posh.”

“Which means you are…?” said Merlin, burying his nose in his mug again, staring at Arthur over the top. “In terms of queerness, I mean? Just to be totally clear.”

“About a two the Kinsey scale,” said Arthur. He eyed Merlin’s messy hair and plump lips thoughtfully. “Actually, make that more like a three.” He shrugged. “It’s not set in stone.”

anonymous asked:

So if I read that Out quote right, Ben basically admitted to a gay magazine that he experimented in school and it was no biggie (am I correct? I know quotes can be misleading sometimes) and people still think he's totally straight? I know experimentation doesn't automatically = queer but it at least makes the idea he COULD be queer in some way less ~shocking u know? People get all up in arms if u so much as suggest this but yea. I would be more shocked if he was 100% straight but that's just me

(Nonny is referencing this quote)

Pretty much.  What I find amusing is the line right before that quote the interviewer says “[Ben] claims to have been oblivious to the kind of sexual antics for which English boarding schools are supposedly notorious.”  And literally the very next line, Ben shows he was actually quite aware of it. So he knows on one level he’s not supposed to admit to it, and on the other, well, he’s repeatedly described himself as “unable to keep [his] mouth shut”, especially when he starts rambling, and hence a “PR nightmare”.

And yes, for anyone who didn’t pick up on it by the name, OUT is a magazine for the gay community.


Looking for Alaska board game. Appx. 6 hours of work, but it’s done (cards and all)! Can’t wait to use this in my English I class with my freshmen on Monday.
Thank you for an incredible book, @fishingboatproceeds!

Notes: The question cards -
Comprehension - comprehension/analysis/plot questions about the novel
Life - real-world scenarios and thought exercises related to the novel
Truth - FAQ questions about alcohol, drugs, DUIs, and more.
Dare - Creative, often physically engaging activities, such as “Perform an obituary at Alaska’s funeral as the Colonel.”
Happy to send game instructions and more details to anyone upon request!

Cordy’s LGBT Book Rec

This is for the anon who had doubts about the hetero-ness of TRC!  If you’re looking for an explicitly LGBT book, here you go!

These books are 100% super actually gay:

  • The Song of Achilles
    • big shocker here!  It’s about Patroclus and Achilles and their love from childhood to Troy
  • The Captive Prince trilogy
    • This one is an adult series, not YA, but still great  Prince Damianos is captured and sent as a pleasure slave to Prince Laurent in a neighboring kingdom.  Damen can’t let Laurent know who he is or he’ll be killed, and Laurent needs to navigate the complicated court politics with his uncle (who is King Regent until Laurent is fit to take over the crown).  It’s fantasy gay fun, what’s not to love??
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
    • This is a really great coming of age tale of two young Mexican American boys in the 1980s who are close friends and grow even closer as they grow up.  
  • Beauty Queens (by Libba Bray)
    • Lord of the Flies only with beauty queens!  There are all kinds of girls here: gay and straight and bi, cis and trans, different races and body types and skills, one of the girls is deaf.  It’s so diverse!  Basically, a plane crash lands on an island and the girls have to work together to survive!
  • Simon vs. the Homosapien Agenda
    • Two gay email pen-pals are hopelessly in love but don’t know each others’ identity.  Simon has to figure out who his mysterious love is while navigating high school as the only out gay boy.
  • The 5 Stages of Andrew Brawley
    • Andrew’s parents have died and now he lives in a hospital, not ready to face the outside world.  He gets a job in the cafeteria, hangs out in the ER, and sleeps in an abandoned wing.  He has friends in the children’s ward and he reads to another teen boy who he quickly starts falling for.
  • Great (by Sara Benincasa)
    • It’s the Great Gatsby but with lesbians.  If you’re looking for a happy lesbian story, this is not it.
  • Ash (by Malinda Lo)
    • A retelling of Cinderella where Ash is actually bisexual, never falls for the prince, and has to choose between an elf prince and the mysterious huntress. 
  • The Dark Wife
    • It’s the story of Hades and Persephone, only Hades is a woman and not as bad as you think.  
  • Proxy series (by Alex London)
    • Based off of The Whipping Boy, Syd is a poor proxy who gets money by being the the whipping boy for a spoiled rich kid named Knox.  This is set in a dystopian future and is a really wild ride.  The poor people of this society are kept down by the proxy system, and Syd decides that something should be done about that.
  • Fanart (by Sarah Tregay)
    • This is about Jamie who’s in love with his best friend, but doesn’t want to ruin the friendship.  The girls in his art class decide to draw fanart of him and Mason, which eventually helps Jamie tell Mason what he’s been so scared to say.  (This one is a little iffy for me bc people are outed against their will, so beware of that)
  • Archangel Academy by Michael Griffo
    • This series is basically gay Twilight set in an English boarding school.  There are water vampires and swim teams and Michael and Ronan are hopelessly in love.  Very sappy!
  • Openly Straight
    • Rafe is sick of being the only out gay kid in school so he transfers to a boarding school in another state.  There, he pretends to be straight so that he doesn’t have to deal with the stereotypes and attention that comes with being out.  However, he learns that forcing himself to be someone he’s not just to fit in isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.  There really isn’t much of a romance in this, it deals more with gay identity.
Once upon a time, there was a girl who flew.

This is a quote (slightly adapted - the original quote is boy who flew) from one of my favourite people - Chris Colfer. It makes more sense in context: throughout the book, you have excerpts of this little kid trying to write a story, and it starts out as this little kid who wants to fly, but doesn’t know how. And the kid tries to figure out how to fly, until he realises it’s not about wanting it - you have to be an active agent in your own life and do it: do it and trust that it’ll work out.

I’ve spent my whole life looking at things that I want to do, but giving myself a thousand reasons why for me, that’s not possible - why I can’t do it. 

This year, that changes.

This year, I fly.


Tuesday 2nd June : 3:04pm 

Another intensive day of studying A level Music. In the morning I wrote an essay comparing two Jazz pieces, one by Joe “King” Oliver and one by Count Basie. I also did some general music revision. This afternoon I did some practice questions for my exam in 8 days. 

I’m feeling a lot more prepared than last year when sitting my AS music exam, but I really want to do well and have to know the pieces inside out! 

The sun actually came out today, it may have only been a little but its a hundred times better than the torrential downpour that we had yesterday. Summers in England are not the best, but oh well, at least I’m not tempted to go lounge around in the sun! 

I hope that everyones exams are going well, I wish you all the best of luck! Study hard and stay healthy! :) 

Lumos ~ Chapter 1

Summary-  supernatural!dan, high school au. Phil is sent to a boarding school to help improve his education and while he is there he meets Dan, who is an arrogant bastard but is a lot more than he seems underneath…

Genre- everythINg idek

Word Count- 1,681

a/n: wow okay so i’ve started another long chaptered fic, but i decided to go a little supernatural ^^ i really hope you like it, feedback would be very much appreciated :o 

A wave of nerves hit Phil as he got out of the car, slamming the door shut behind him. The main cause of the butterflies in his stomach- and his slightly shaking hands- was because the sight before him was one that made him considerably nauseous.

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anonymous asked:

Hi, I was hoping you could help me. I am wanting to be accurate in my portrayal of a character who is a woman born and raised in England in the upper classes. If you could point me to some resources to allow me to do this accurately, that would help me a great deal. Thank you so much!

A masterlist of categorized links on upper classes in the United Kingdom including education, vocabulary, and etiquette. 

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