history-of-magic

Albus/Scorpius headcannons

Both Albus and Scorpius continue their education after Hogwarts. Scorpius studies History of Magic to become a teacher or a scholar, though I’m also keen on idea of Scorpius becoming a Healer and treating history as a hobby. Albus becomes a Magizoologist, a Potioneer or a Healer (I’m not sure which career suits him the best, though I definitely don’t see him as an Auror).

Harry and Draco rent for their sons a little house. They want Albus and Scorpius to focus on their education and not to worry about money and jobs so they pay the rent and give them money for life during the boys’ studies. Besides, what’s a better way to spend their fortunes than to make their children happy and comfortable? Harry does the same for James and Lily.

I imagine most post-Hogwarts schools are located in London or other big cities but Albus and Scorpius prefer to live in a smaller town. They like peace and quiet and an easy contact with nature. There’s a lot of meadows and forests around their town where they love to spend their free time.

They travel to schools via Floo network or Apparition. Scorpius passed his Apparition exam at the first attempt but Albus failed. James laughed at his younger brother and teased him for being so small and still having problems with Apparition. Of course, Albus passed with flying colours on the second attempt and is now better in Apparition than Scorpius who hates it because it makes him sick.

A few times a month Albus and Scorpius travel to London or other cities to meet with their friends or to go to a nice restaurant, cinema, theatre, concert, etc. They avoid big parties, discos, these kind of stuff, it’s definitely not their cup of tea. Because of Scorpius’ obsession with history, they also visit a lot of historical sites and museums, both magical and non-magical. Albus likes these visits as well, Scorpius’ stories about interesting historical events and figures are far more fascinating than professor Binns’ boring lectures.

Albus always wanted a dog. He loves long walks during which he can relax and think about many things and a dog is a perfect walking companion. He wants a loyal friend, whom he can tell about absolutely everything without fear of being judged, who will never betray his secrets. Obviously, Albus couldn’t take a dog to Hogwarts and he didn’t want a dog just for two months a year (besides Harry and Ginny warned their son that they wouldn’t have time to care for a dog during Albus’ absence) so he had to wait a long time to finally get one. When he returned home after seventh year, the best gift he’d ever gotten was waiting for him – a beautiful and happy puppy (at last Harry learned his lesson and understood that there were better presents than old blankets).

The dog is medium size; as Albus is small, he needs a dog that won’t be larger and stronger than his owner. It may be a border collie (I have one so I’m biased) or a dog which Sam Clemmet has (does anyone know what breed it is?).

Scorpius loves Albus’ dog and treats it as his own. Despite his best attempts, he wasn’t able to teach the dog not to sleep on the bed (Albus wasn’t helpful at all) and it drives him mad when he sees dog’s hair on their clean bed sheets. But he adores watching Albus interacting with his new friend, how happy and carefree he is. Scorpius especially loves secretly watching his boyfriend talking to the dog. Albus says funny things in such a silly voice when he thinks he’s alone with his dog. Once he caught Scorpius eavesdropping on him and was so mad that he didn’t speak to him for two full hours.

Contrary to popular belief, Albus and Scorpius like sport. They’re just not fond of quidditch, they prefer individual sports, with less risk of contusion. They like swimming, skiing, jogging but above all cycling. It allows them to visit countryside, spent a lot of time outdoors and, what’s important, they can chat all the time during this activity.

Britain’s Biggest Secret - The Black Victorians

Pictured above is the Higdon family. This photograph was taken in the year 1898 in Britain. That is all we know about them.

Who were the Black Victorians? Mainstream history has virtually erased them from our minds and history books. We have been filled with images of slavery in America and across the world, but why is it that this chapter in black history was skipped? Why isn’t it equally common knowledge that in the midst of all of that darkness there was light, also.

Never before seen photos were uncovered, giving us over 200 images of glances into our past. Many of the photos did not include names or any details whatsoever, cloaking these people in mystery for all of time.

At one point in history, people of color were included in high society and walked the cobbled streets of Britain. The women wore intricate, voluminous gowns and wore their hair in curls and chignons. The men in suits and fair business. This may not have been the case for all black people in Britain, but for some it was. 

The Victorian Era was ruled under Queen Victoria, an era that is described as an opulent culture, although there were underlying bouts of poverty and child labor. History would like you to believe that black people didn’t arrive in Britain until 1948 during “The Empire Windrush”, when many Jamaican descendants entered the country, but that is not so. There has been proof to suggest otherwise. There is documentation that proves that it wasn’t uncommon to see black faces at a Shakespeare show. We’ve been there all along, humming softly in the background.

These images prove that you can’t take mainstream history at face value. Take the time to look behind the curtain and uncover OUR history. It’s as if our ancestors are just waiting for us to seek them out.

Who were the Black Victorians?

To see more of these images check out this video reel. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08mwrYUzPqI

Happy Black History Month.

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Hogwarts subjects | History of Magic

History of Magic is a core class and subject taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This class is a study of magical history. This is one of the subjects where the use of magic practically isn’t necessary. History of Magic is taught from the first year to the fifth, with the option of N.E.W.T. courses in sixth and seventh year.

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Sheryl Lee Ralph Is the First Black Actress to Play Madame Morrible In ‘Wicked’

While many of us know her for her roles in films and sitcoms like Moesha, iconic Tony Award-winning actress Sheryl Lee Ralph is returning to her Broadway roots and making history in the process.

The star of Broadway’s original Dreamgirls made her debut as Madame Morrible in this season’s run of Wicked, one of Broadway’s longest running and praised productions. Most notably, Ralph is the first African-American actress to take on the classic role.

Journals, articles, books & texts, on folklore, mythology, occult, and related -to- general anthropology, history, archaeology

Some good and/or interesting (or hokey) ‘examples’ included for most resources.
tryin to organize & share stuff that was floating around onenote.

Journals (open access)
– Folklore, Occult, etc

– History, Archaeology

Journals (limited free/sub/institution access)

Books, Texts, Images etc.
– Folklore, Occult etc.

– History

Websites, Blogs
– Folklore, Occult etc.

– History 

Okay, so I have all these weird little ideas in my head about Lily Evans, and I just want to put them somewhere.

  • Imagine Lily Evans who writes a letter every day, regardless of whether she’ll send it or not, and tucks a sprig of rosemary into each envelope, because it’s her mother’s favorite, and Lily doesn’t want her to think she’s forgotten these things.
  • Lily Evans who wears a bright yellow sundress in the middle of winter just to remind herself that the sun is going to come out eventually, who ignores the fact that her Chucks are too thin for the rain, who would rather cast a drying spell than give up that little touch of light.
  • Imagine Lily who catalogs things about her new friends, like Mary MacDonald’s favorite food (key-lime pie), or the way Remus Lupin spreads jam first, then butter when he eats toast. Lily Evans who learns how to sing Peter’s favorite song for when he’s so homesick he can’t even speak.
  • Imagine Lily going home for the summer, and Tuney sticks up her nose at the Scottish twang Lily’s picked up from Mary. Lily does her best to make it disappear, even though it makes her sad to let go of it.
  • Lily who sits on the swings with Severus when his parents are fighting and reminds him that soon they’ll be back at school. Lily who rubs muggle antiseptic into the cut on his cheek and doesn’t comment when he says he fell, even though he’s lying and they both know it.
  • Second year Lily Evans who gets her first detention for slapping a boy who tried to look up her skirt. She didn’t do it because he was Slytherin, she explains when Dumbledore asks, but because clearly his parents never taught him any manners, and she can’t let him go into the world like that. She serves the three hours without complaint, dutifully cleaning cauldrons until her fingers are numb.
  • Second year Lily is much more confident in her magic than First year Lily. Her favorite subject is History of Magic, because “it’s fascinating! There’s so much I never knew!” and she sticks to it, even when the others laugh.
  • James asks her out in Third year, and she turns him down on principle first, and then because Mary’s date ditched her last minute and friends stick together no matter what.
  • Later, when he asks her, she’ll tell him it was because the stars told her he wasn’t ready. It’s all bullshit, but it’s worth it to see him smile.
  • Imagine Fourth year Lily who begs Severus to sit next to her in potions. She sees him looking over his shoulder when they talk in the halls, and every time her stomach knots up, because he’s ashamed of her.
  • Fourth year Lily Evans doesn’t go to Hogsmeade anymore, because her best friend in the entire world is ashamed to be seen with her, and she’d rather not go if she can’t share it with the people she cares about. She uses the time instead to tutor one of the first years in Charms, because he can’t get used to holding a wand, and she knows how hard it can be to wrap your mind around it at first.
  • Fifth year Lily Evans confronts Severus in the second floor girls lavatory between classes. “What’s wrong?” she asks, and then, “are we still friends?” He tells her yes, but there’s a cold glint in his eye, and a shiver runs down her spine as she realizes that Severus Snape, the boy from Spinners End, is gone.
  • She doesn’t leave him, because she knows he’s struggling already, and he doesn’t need another person to abandon him, but then he calls her mudblood and she sees red. Years later, she still remembers everything she said to him that day. She doesn’t regret it until she sees the Dark Mark on his arm and realizes that it’s probably her fault.
  • Imagine Lily Evans who marries James Potter right after school, because there’s a war coming, and she wants to live a little before it’s too late.
  • Lily Evans fights with a baby inside of her and doesn’t stop fighting until she goes into hiding.
  • She sends Tuney a wedding present through Sirius, who drops it on the Dursleys’ doorstep. It’s a hair-clip shaped like a Petunia, sparkling and warm and beautiful, like the sister she remembers.
  • When Lily dies, her only fear is that it won’t be enough, that no matter what she does, Harry is going to die with her. She dies looking into the cold, hard eyes of Lord Voldemort, and she doesn’t show him her fear, and with her last bit of life, she sends all of her love to Harry and hopes that it will be enough.
  • She forgives Peter, too, with that last breath, because it’s never easy to live in someone’s shadow, and he was her friend once, too.
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BLACK FUTURE
Black Girls Are Magic

“You have to DECIDE who you are, and force the world to deal with you, not with its idea of you.” -James Baldwin

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Dear Young Black Girls Rising Up,

Be carefree. When I say that, I mean exactly that. Be the person you want to be, whoever she is.

Patriarchy & Sexism forces you to see yourself as a object, as someone who obeys the man, as someone who doesn’t make decisions, and to be intimidated by being in control of yourself, and it’s all nonsense. You are shamed if you actually like sex and don’t only see it as a means of reproduction. Called a ho, a THOT, a bitch and etc. for not wanting anything more than pleasure from more than one person. Killed, raped, and humiliated for turning down the advances of men who think they own you. Told what to do with your body when with child, having regular bodily functions such as your menstrual cycle made a joke out of… You’re so much more than that.

Racism forces you to see yourself as a person who isn’t respected because your skin isn’t light, your hair isn’t straight, your nose isn’t narrow, your lips aren’t thin, the way you talk isn’t “proper,” your fathers are deadbeats and your mothers are whores, and you’ll end up living a life just like them. You’re meant to grow up strong and unable to feel pain, meant to be the backbone to the men in your life, meant to cry behind closed doors so no one can call you weak, meant to take the spit that’s spat at you, the hurt that’s inflicted on you, and the abuse you endure just to keep on living. You’re forced to be seen as anything but human…

And that is all a lie.

They’ll call you angry, but won’t ask you why.

They’ll say you give too much attitude, but won’t wonder where it stems from.

They’ll say you’re a grown woman just because puberty brought you hips and breasts.

They’ll call you ghetto (like it’s a personality and not a lifestyle) because of your doorknocker earrings and pink hair and edges swirled around the perimeter of your face.

They’ll say you’re “pretty for a Black girl,” as if that’s a compliment. As if Black girls aren’t meant to be pretty and you’re an exception.

They’ll say not to trust the next girl, because there is only one spot.

IT’S. ALL. A. LIE.

You don’t have to like or be anything other than yourself because people aren’t comfortable with you being anything other than what the world has forced you to believe you should be. The great thing about being human is that we are all different. No carbon copies needed.

Willow Smith has been called so many things because, at her age, her mother gave her the CHOICE to be whoever she wants to be. Hipster. Negligent. Reckless. Wild. Weird. Freak. Crazy… You name it, she’s been called it. AND YET… She makes music consistently, music that isn’t created with the intent to make money off of it by people who don’t care about representation or everyday struggles. It’s free falling, eclectic, dreamy, unhinged, and true. She can’t stop making it because she loves it, and the mind it comes from. Her own. Willow Smith is so in love with herself, that she shares herself with us. She has her opinions, and stands up for them. Being Black, being a woman, and simply being a human with gifts is a blessing this Carefree Black Girl doesn’t take for granted.

Amandla Stenberg has been looking and searching for roles to portray on film and television that’s written for girls like you: A Black young woman who doesn’t stem into the stereotypes White people have and continue to written for you. And it’s disheartening to her that she hasn’t been able to find any. That didn’t stop her from creating. She’s now working on a comic book featuring a Black girl by the name of Niobe from the comic series “The Untamed.” She uses social media to talk about certain Black Girl problems, like the fact that people still ask her questions like how she gets her hair to be curly. And from this success, we can only assume more works will branch from this Carefree Black Girl.

You don’t have to be like Willow or Amandla to be Carefree. Just …  live. Live in your truth. Do not be ashamed of what you love, even if it goes against the stereotype. Let no one create you. You create yourself. Unlearn what has been forcefed to you by the same people who don’t include you in their TV Shows, their Films, their Magazines, their Young Adult fiction series, their make-up, their clothing… 

TO HELL WITH THEM.

Your reflection is the dopest thing there is. Don’t compete with the next Carefree Black Girl. Don’t be jealous of her. Join that movement. Be your own version of carefree. Be you.

Live your life and tell the tale of the Carefree Black Girl.


(purchase “Black Girls Are Magic,” here)