i named it to harry

anonymous asked:

I wanted to now your thoughts on james potter being named head boy. I was going around harry potter wikia because I needed info for a story and I stumbled upon it. I can't see why james would be even considered for head boy position. I mean, even if his outright bullying towards seveurs was unknown by teachers (unlikely) he was still a troublemaker and in a group with someone who almost got another student killed and clearly got along with him. Also, I doubt he only bullied severus too

It’s interesting, because James being Head Boy is definitely an oddity from a neutral standpoint.  On the one hand, James has plenty of positive qualities - but his constant bullying of Severus should (you would hope) stand against him.

However, I think there’s a few things that might be in play here:

1)  It is possible that the extent of the bullying was unknown
2)  It is possible that Dumbledore was somewhat rewarding James for taking such a vocal pro-Order stance; almost seducing him to join his cause - after all, the Order was massively outnumbered…perhaps Dumbledore was relieved to have such a popular, charming, intelligent, pureblood wizard publicly on his side and hoped James’ outspoken stance would encourage others to do the same
3)  James seems to show strength and maturity by standing up to Sirius over the werewolf incident

I know that we’d all argue James had other reasons for standing up to Sirius, but from the perspective of the teachers, I think they would see it far more generously.  I can’t help but feel that Lily and James are parallels in those scenes in the fifth year - unfortunately, Severus is perhaps the ‘ungrateful’ recipient of their pity on each occasion.  (More horribly, and more worryingly, I think it perhaps says more about how Severus was perhaps perceived amongst the teachers - but that’s another topic entirely.)

Anyway, back to James - add in the fact that he seems to have calmed down and stopped hexing random kids, and he’s “maturing”, he’s got a sensible and charming girlfriend…I think, from a neutral perspective, if you didn’t know the full extent of the bullying, James makes a lot of sense; he cares deeply for his friends, he’s clever, talented, charming, sporty, popular etc - and importantly, he’s aligned with the 'right’ side of the war.

I suppose the other question is 'how are Head Boy/Girls chosen’ - and does that remain constant throughout the series?  It’s possible that Tom Riddle was chosen via a different mechanism to Percy Weasley, for instance - and that might shed a different light on how we perceive the situation.

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Cho, Harry, and Cedric after playing some Quidditch, lying on the pitch and joking around

Because nobody dies and these three have the chance to live out their crushes on each other

I think one of the reasons the Harry Potter Epilogue was so poorly received was because the audience was primarily made up of the Millennial generation.

We’ve walked with Harry, Ron and Hermione, through a world that we thought was great but slowly revealed itself to be the opposite. We unpeeled the layers of corruption within the government, we saw cruelty against minorities grow in the past decades, and had media attack us and had teachers tell us that we ‘must not tell lies’. We got angry and frustrated and, like Harry, Ron and Hermione, had to think of a way to fight back. And them winning? That would have been enough to give us hope and leave us satisfied.

But instead. There was skip scene. And suddenly they were all over 30 and happy with their 2.5 children.

And the Millennials were left flailing in the dust.

Because while we recognised and empathised with everything up to that point. But seeing the Golden Trio financially stable and content and married? That was not something our generation could recognise. Because we have no idea if we’re ever going to be able to reach that stage. Not with the world we’re living in right now.

Having Harry, Ron and Hermione stare off into the distance after the battle and wonder about what the future might be would have stuck with us. Hell, have them move into a shitty flat together and try and sort out their lives would have. Have them with screaming nightmares and failed relationships and trying to get jobs in a society that’s falling apart would have. Have them still trying to fix things in that society would have. Because we known Voldemort was just a symptom of the disease of prejudice the Wizarding World.

But don’t push us off with an 'all was well’. In a world about magic, JK Rowling finally broke our suspension of disbelief by having them all hit middle-class and middle-age contentment and expecting a fanbase of teenagers to accept it.

Also. Since when was 'don’t worry kids, you’re going to turn out just like your parents’ ever a happy ending? Does our generation even recognise marriage and money and jobs as the fulfillment of life anymore? Does our generation even recognise the Epilogue’s Golden Trio anymore?

Harry Naming His Children

I just can’t stop thinking about James and Sirius and Remus in the afterlife, watching over Harry. And when he has his first child, James and Sirius are ecstatic that Harry chooses to name him after them. And Remus smiles benevolently and doesn’t say anything of course, but maybe feels just a tad left out. Sirius can tell and he pats him on the shoulder, saying, “Next time! You’ll see!” 

And then next time arrives and what does Harry choose? Albus Severus. And Remus understands, and he’s really not upset. But Sirius is. Sirius just cannot believe that Harry would choose to name his son after Snivellus, the man who had made his godson’s and his own life miserable (so what if he loved Lily), before he honored Remus. Remus, who had been a mentor and friend to Harry. Remus, who had named Harry godfather of his own child. Remus, who was one of the best men Sirius had ever known despite having a childhood that was probably much shittier than Snape’s. Remus, who deserved to be honored by Harry every bit as much as Sirius did, and certainly a thousand times more than Snape.

And for the first time in his life, Sirius is truly disappointed in his godson. And he can’t even let Harry know. And he just has to live with this awful feeling for years and years, and nothing Remus says can make it any better.

Until one day Sirius notices something. He notices how there are always four kids at the Potter house. He’d always thought it was just Harry being nice because Andromeda was getting pretty old by now, but once he starts paying attention, he notices how every time Harry talks about “his kids,” that includes Teddy Lupin. How Teddy is in all of the Potter family portraits. How James, Al, and Lily refer to Teddy as their older brother. 

And one day Sirius is watching as Teddy risks himself to save Albus from falling off his broom, and then proceeds to fuss over Al without once worrying about himself. And Harry runs over in a panic, and goes immediately to Teddy, who took most of the damage, checks that he’s basically alright, looks at him with tears in his eyes, and says “Teddy Remus Lupin, thank you. Thank you for saving Al. You are so much like your father.” And then he hugs him tightly and doesn’t let go for the longest time .

And Sirius’s anger evaporates just like that, and he looks over and sees that Remus has been watching too and now they are both silently crying as they watch Harry, their Harry, take care of two of his sons.

And it’s suddenly so obvious why Harry didn’t name his youngest son after Remus: because that was already the name of his oldest.

Ugh okay but just think about Hagrid going back to his hut and working so hard all night to make a little pink cake, painstakingly trying to make every letter perfect, and shooing Fang away, because “This ‘ere is for little 'Arry. Not so little anymore, though!” He beams through a few tears and is so proud of it as he wraps it up in a box with a ribbon, and can’t even sleep because he’s so excited. I mean HAGRID you guys

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There is nothing you can say to make me think that this boy is evil, nothing. Being raised with certain ideals, believing in your parents, trusting in those that are supposedly older and wiser than you is what everyone’s been taught to do.
Draco Malfoy trusted his family, to him he was always on the right side of the war, until the end when he thought maybe these adults don’t actually know what they’re doing. He trusted the people around him, that’s exactly what he was supposed to do.
And don’t compare him to Sirius because Sirius was brought to the light because his family was cruel. They hurt him, they abused him, he had the positive influence of the potters so he had an escape.
Draco’s parents never hurt him they loved him so much that they spoiled him rotten. They loved him and tried to protect him, to Draco these people. The people who raised him were good people. They were kind to him, they valued him. How could people he loved so much be evil?
Then after all this he learns for himself that his parents are wrong. The people he thought were heroes have failed him, and he has to put his trust in a boy he’s hated for 7 years. And he does, ever so slightly he does, he tries to be better. He sees that his family is wrong and he saves Harry’s life. And as soon as he starts realizing this an evil mad man moves int his house, threatens that same family who’s only ever done right by him. He had no choice
Draco Malfoy was a spoiled brat don’t get me wrong, but he wasn’t evil. He was a child, a victim of circumstance, and a product of his society. But he was not evil.
DRACO MALFOY WAS NOT EVIL

8th Year Quidditch Commentary
  • Luna: Ooh, Harry and Draco just completely missed the snitch again! Ron doesn't seem too happy about that. It's okay Ron, I'm sure they'll get together soon and be able to focus on something besides each other's arses—
  • McGonagall: MISS LOVEGOOD!
  • Luna: Sorry, Minerva! But I admit I can see why! I've always found Draco's bottom to be very shapely, and Harry's has recently become really toned—
  • McGonagall: I swear to you Miss Lovegood, I WILL replace you if you are incapable of focusing on Quidditch!
  • Luna: Oh, look! I think Slytherin has just scored. Whatever were you looking over here for, Ron? Anyway, Harry and Draco must both have a case of the Woomplies because just look at that tension! Come on, kiss him, Harry!
  • McGonagall: This is NOT a platform for you to make up some complete nonsense about— Oh, good lord.
  • Luna: Oh!! And it was actually Draco who went in for the kiss! That was a surprise! Harry seems quite excited about it though. Wow, they really are quite lovely together, don't you all think? Of course, Ginny is the loveliest player of all, but since this commentary is meant to target the interests of the entire student body, I will avoid discussing my girlfriend's beautiful, firm—
  • McGonagall: THAT IS QUITE ENOUGH, MISS LOVEGOOD!
  • Luna: Ooh, look! Slytherin have scored three more goals! Ronald seems very distracted. It's okay, Ron! I'm sure there will always be a place for you in Harry's heart!
  • McGonagall: I need a fucking drink.