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Pebbles. Doorknobs. Ribbons. Remus continued to play these three words over and over in her head. It was her fourth full moon at Hogwarts and it was anything but pleasant.

Her father made her promise that if the transformations were too much for Remus to take, she would go back home. She thought this could be a second home to her. No, it never could be. Home is pebbles, doorknobs, and ribbons. This place is candle sticks, parchment, and obnoxious roommates.

A girl with a mop of black hair tumbled down the stairs and fell on the last step.

The girl, one of the obnoxious roommates, looked up at Remus and smiled but seemed unsure of something.

“Oh hey… dude.” She said, scratching the back of her neck. So she didn’t know Remus’s name yet.

Even though she wanted to scoff at the girl’s actions she had to be grateful that everything was working. No one was noticing Remus, which meant no one would care where she disappeared to each month.

“I didn’t know you were down here,” the roommate said, attempting to break the silence between them. “Can I…” She gestured to the empty spot on the couch.

The girl hopped down next to Remus and took no time in making herself comfortable. What popped out of that girl’s mouth took Remus by surprise.

“Are you just super shy? Is that why you don’t talk? Cause you totally had me fooled for the first two months that you were this brooding mystery girl.”

Remus was too busy smiling that she failed to notice the other girl’s wide eyes.

“You-you have more scars?”

She was quick to cover it up but the girl had already seen it.

“Oh, I mean, I won’t tell anyone.”

The girl could tell that Remus didn’t believe her.

“Scouts honor!” She got on her feet and held up three fingers. For some odd, unexplainable reason, Remus found this to be truthful.

“Okay. Cool. Besides, I know a few of my mates would think they’re badass. Kinda sexy even!” The girl waggled her eyebrows.

Remus wanted to laugh again because who the hell would find her mess of a body attractive?

The girl looked at Remus with playfulness in her eyes. “Look at us. Two roomies having a little chat. Well, it’s more of a ‘talk then nod’ sort of thing.”

‘Roommates.’ Remus looked away, attempting to break whatever “bond” was being created. Just stay invisible.

The other girl was surprised by this reaction. To her, the scarred girl was hard to predict but easy to read.

“Do you not like talking to me? Cause I think I’m pretty damn likeable. Have you heard my laugh? Everyone says it’s charming.”

The girl sighed and gave Remus a half smile. “It’s getting pretty late. I should head upstairs, I’ll see ya around…roomie.” She walked to the stairs then turned around before going up.

“I’m Jamie, by the way. Jamie Potter.”

“That’s such a cool name, wow. Well, good night Remus.”

She watched Jamie vanish up the staircase and was filled with happiness for a moment.

Then it dawned on her.

Why was Jamie down here? She didn’t leave a book behind or anything.

She was mocking you. Making fun of the scars in her mind as you ignorantly went along.

She doesn’t want to be your friend. Probably just wants to know where you go off to every month.

Follow you around like that Snape girl does.

Of course. That must be it.

Because she would never like you.

Who would?

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She danced, whirled, turned round, on an old Purrsian carpet, carelessly spread on the pavement; and every time her radiant face passed before you as she turned, her large cat eyes flashed lightning.

Classicat #27: La Esmewralda, from the Hunchcat of Notre Dame by Victor Mewgo

Who is Esmewralda, the compassionate and independent Romeowni dancer? That depends on who you ask.

Pawsimodo worships her as angel; Clawed Frollo condems her as a demon or a witch; Furbus uses her like a thing (he was a decent dude in the Disney movie tho.) Pawsimodo sees her as superhuman; Clawed Frollo sees her as subhuman; Furbus hardly considers her human. She is seen as an object of worship, an object of lust and scorn, and just an object– but rarely as a human being.

And well, she is a cat. But that’s beside the point.

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It is a dark time for the Rebellion. Although the Death Star has been destroyed, Imperial troops have driven the Rebel forces from their hidden base and pursued them across the galaxy. Evading the dreaded Imperial Starfleet, a group of freedom fighters led by Luke Skywalker has established a new secret base on the remote ice world of Hoth. The evil lord Darth Vader, obsessed with finding young Skywalker, has dispatched thousands of remote probes into the far reaches of space…

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) dir. Irvin Kershner

yungtsundere  asked:

Love your trans peter post! My head cannon is steve being trans. Back in the day, he was short and small like peter. How quick to violence people were with poor 1900's steve. The real reason he couldn't get into the army was because what was on his birth certificate. When Bucky told him to 'sell bonds/manufacture' instead of enlist, those were woman's jobs back then. The doctor hooked him up with the super soldier experiment, adding in extra procedures.

damn u right!! but okay- I’ve actually been meaning to talk about my trans Steve headcanon for quite some time now, so I’m just gonna info-dump a bunch of trans history and MCU interpretations right here. SO:

First of all, the setup of Steve Rogers as a short, scrawny boy who’s bullied and beat up all the time fits easily with how a trans man in the 1940s might have lived. This scene from Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) honestly looks like that cliche trans art trope where it’s like: “trans person looks in the mirror and their reflection is the right gender”. you know the one.

Later in that same scene, Bucky outright says that the reason he thinks Steve is joining the war is to “prove himself.” You could totally interpret this as Steve trying to shove himself into the absolute most masculine role in his society in order to reaffirm his own gender identity. 

Bucky is also incredibly worried about the consequences Steve will face if he is “discovered falsifying enlistment documents”. If you headcanon Steve as a trans man, this adds new depth to the stakes. Instead of lying about his respiratory issues and hometown, Steve would be lying about his sex assigned at birth. Which, given the state of the US in 1943, would’ve had even harsher punishment.

It’s also interesting that Dr. Abraham Erskine (the man who accepts Steve into the military) is a German scientist. In the early 1900s, the Germans were at the forefront of medical treatment for trans people. The first clinic to treat transgender people (Magnus Hirschfeld’s ‘Institute for Sexology’) opened in Germany in 1919. But as the Nazis came to power in the 1930s, many of the German scientists at this clinic migrated to the US to treat the trans people here. 

Steve is recruited by Dr. Abraham Erskine in 1943, which would be congruent with the time the German scientists from the ‘Institute for Sexology’ immigrated to the US. So, to clarify: a German-American doctor spends his life researching and creating a serum that instantly masculinized Steve via intra-muscular injection. I would like to point out that for trans men, testosterone is administered the same way. Also, this timeline just so happens to line up with a key point in the history of transgender medical treatment. Huh. Interesting.

In addition, the following quote by Dr. Abraham Erskine can easily lend itself to a discussion on transmasculinity:

“…the strong man who has known power all his life, may lose respect for that power, but a weak man knows the value of strength, and knows… compassion.”

and– hey, I just wanna point out the… interesting parallel… between the flag pole scene in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

and the arrow scene in Mulan (1998)

…like wow… okay. there’s actually a lot of parallels between these two movies, (except in Mulan the protagonist enters the ‘male’ gender role out of necessity whereas Steve does so by desire, differentiating between a cross-dresser and a trans man) but I won’t go there today. nope.

Then the introduction of Peggy Carter leads Steve to question his existing perceptions of gender roles. He admits that “I guess I just don’t know why you’d join the army if you were… a woman” which, under this trans interpretation, could be Steve projecting his own relationship with gendered aspirations onto Peggy.

And god, that’s not even delving into how easily his ‘transformation sequence’ could fall into a trans narrative.

In the second act of the film when a woman hits on him, Steve responds with visible discomfort. When he first realizes that she’s hitting on him, his immediate reaction is to cover his chest.

The First Avenger mentions Steve’s lack of romantic/sexual experience many times throughout the film. Steve passes it off as ‘not having found the right partner yet’ but hypothetically– if he were a trans man, that could be another reason for his fear of sexual intimacy. If he’s #stealth and passing as male, then any form of sexual intimacy could risk his reputation and his ability to remain in the military. 

Oh, and did I mention? Statistically speaking, approximately 20% of the US transgender population serves (or has served) in the military. This is over double the rate of the cisgender population. So, tbh, it’s not unrealistic to have a trans character so adamant about enlistment, patriotism, or military life.

Anyways, yeah- Captain America’s story (especially in the MCU) definitely lends itself to an interpretation of Steve Rogers as a trans man.

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 from the 1980 animated Lord of the Rings musical (this exists. )

This scene is the ultimate EPIC climax in Mount Doom. It’s right after Frodo claims the Ring for his own (the potato-faced person is Samwise the frog is golllum)

 a cinematic masterpiece. take notes peter jackson…. this is REAL filmmaking…

Here are the lyrics so you can sing along:

Frodo of the nine fingers
And the RING of DOOOM
WHY DOES HE HAVE NINE FINGERS??
WHERE IS THE RING OF DOOM??

  • them: whats your favorite movie trilogy?
  • me: Man of Steel (2013), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017) DIR. ZACHARY EDWARD SNYDER