especially with as many vibrant colors as this one has

nekredinda  asked:

okay so: queer activist teddy lupin leading a gay revolution at hogwarts then going full time once he has left. afterlife! remus being so proud of his son

Ohhh my goodness okay, let’s do this thing.

Teddy Lupin being raised by Andromeda and reminded whenever the subject comes up that it doesn’t matter what someone’s bloodstatus, gender, or health is; what matters is that both people enter the relationship on equal footing and build it on mutual trust and love and should he ever want to date someone those are what matters most. So when Teddy’s first crush is on the boy a few miles down the road neither he nor Andromeda take much notice. It’s short lived as many first crushes are, but the experience helps Teddy to better understand himself and his feelings towards others.

His first year at Hogwarts he stands out with vibrant hair that changes colors with his mood and an uncanny resemblance to his father. It is enough to turn more than one head, especially at the head table. He doesn’t mind it too much, people have noticed him his whole life and there was no reason for Hogwarts to be an exception.

However there is some confusion when, at the start of his fourth year, he no longer looks like Remus. He doesn’t look like Tonks either. Teddy has grown out his hair into a vibrant green plait, letting his face take on a softer, rounder shape, the curves of his body more noticeable. Sometimes he wears skirts, sometimes not. Headmistress Minerva pulls him into her office asks if he wishes to be called by a different name or whether he would prefer being moved to the girl’s dormitory. Teddy can only laugh, explaining “I am still me, professor.” Halfway through the year he grows taller, his hair shrinking back to a shorter length, wearing trousers some days when he feels like it.

The next year, to the astonishment of everyone, he is a prefect. Early on in the term a Ravenclaw nervously approaches him, trying to explain in halted, whispering words that they don’t feel like their body matches who they are and what should they do. It takes Teddy by surprise but he does the best he can, helping them find safe potions and spells that will alter their features and  holding their hand as they meet with Headmistress McGonagall.

It seems to open the flood gates, other students from varying years and all houses coming to talk with him, asking for advice, unburdening themselves in fastly spoken sentences lest they lose their nerve. Teddy takes time to help them all if he can, meeting with the heads of house about adding a third dormitory in each of the houses for those who do not conform to the presumed binary, finding options for students who don’t feel comfortable in the clothing their parents sent with them, and starting a school club where his fellow students might feel safe.

He meets with Madam Pomfrey (and later Madam Abbott-Longbottom) about the need to find spells and potions to temporarily ease some of the dysphoric symptoms students experience, lest they try to take matters into their own hands with disastrous - and very likely illegal - results. He also explains the importance of finding adequate mental health resources, feeling a growing concern as the number of students turning to him for help grows.

By the time he is given the honor of Head Boy the ministry has taken notice, realizing that while much other their practices had been overhauled Teddy had inadvertently discovered one that was still sorely lacking. Harry and Hermione meet with him over winter holidays during his seventh year, explaining that with the backing of Kingsley Shacklebolt Ministry of Magic is opening a new department which would focus on offering aid to wixes who were part of the larger muggle lgbt+ community. Teddy is thrilled, talking a mile a minute about his ideas and ways to help, causing Hermione to scramble for a quill and parchment to write them all down.

That summer is filled with meetings for Teddy, flooing between the Ministry, St Mungos, and Hogwarts in order to get the new Department of Orientations and Identity Resources off the ground. It take several years for the implemented programs to take hold, and several more for the more severe traditionalists to accept the ministry’s stance on the subject, but even so Teddy considers it a huge success. Soon thereafter he begins traveling to other countries and working with the Department of International Magical Cooperation to speak with other governments about implementing their own departments and resource centers.