The best thing about the Harry Potter series is how real it is. JK Rowling knows that you don’t have to be an adult to deal with very adult problems. 

The reason Potter spoke to me as a child was that it didn’t coddle me the way the other books written for my age group did, and it didn’t need to be gritty or edgy to be scary or sad.

The pain of fighting with a friend, or not fitting in at school, or the death of a loved one… I know that pain, most readers do. 

People teasing me for reading and writing about a “children’s book”, but Potter helped me grow up and grow more as a person than any other story or influence in my life- and yet still, every time I revisit Potter and the grounds of Hogwarts, I feel like a kid again. 

It’s that duality of the magic and the reality that makes the series so powerful to so many people. It’s that duality that’s going to make this series last for a very long time.

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anonymous asked:

who is ashley and what happened???

Ashley was known as fudgeflies until today. She created simplypotterheads and is literally the heart and soul of this blog as she goes out of her way to organise things for our followers, and everything is paid with her own money because the adds don’t even begin to cover anything. (Please click on the add when you’re on the website, but not more than once or twice a day and never in a row, or we could get the account suspended)

Ashley has always had a reputation as an opinionated woman and that’s why it was a pleasure following her. I have very little time for people who don’t own to their opinions but Ashley did. As usual on tumblr, whoever has an opinion also gets hate, and Ashley was unfortunately used to it.

But today someone crossed a line by sending her hate about her son. People used her her ten year old kid as a way to get under her skin. That was what it took for Ashley to decide she was done with this website and delete her blog. And she has every right too, and if I had been her, I would probably have taken SPH down too. But Ashley didn’t because in spite of everything she is better than those assholes.

Tbh the idea that the dumbass who sent hate might actually win something from SPH kind of makes me sick to my stomach. The idea that people think it’s okay to insult a child who’s not even on tumblr just to piss his mother off makes me angrier than I’ve been in a while. The idea that Ashley is only the tip of the iceberg and other people keep deleting their blogs as a result of Anon hate is what it needs to convince me that this website is the seventh circle of hell.

Tumblr users pride themselves on being the bigger people, but the more I’m here, the more I think it’s a huge collective lie.

Alright guys, round 2!! The games are getting more intense now and I find myself in need of my wonderful followers!! I will give away incentives to anyone who votes for me including:

  • url graphic/picspam/gifset 
  • screenshot promo with a description of your blog with my favorite things bolded
  • detailed blog rate with comments on my favorite aspects of your blog 
  • i will also make custom sidebars/headers/icons for those who want those instead

I would prefer that you only choose one (unless you vote twice and in that cause please let me know!) that you want and just be sure to let me know what you want and your vote number (next to the percentages). It would be very helpful if you could reblog this and spread the word to your followers! Deaths are randomized so I have to stay in the top and your sponsorship is what’ll keep me there!!

Thank you guys SO MUCH for your support and don’t forget to keep voting!!

(and for those of you who voted in the bloodbath, your incentives will be coming very soon)