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anonymous asked:

Do you think the dislike Snape/Harry had for one another (although mostly due to their hostile history and interactions of course) was further reinforced by a slight jealousy of the other's relationship with Albus? An almost sibling rivalry if you will? Albus' seemingly absolute trust for each seemed to annoy the hell out of them both!

Yes, yes, yes - I’m a big believer in this.

Harry’s side is very simple in these circumstances - Dumbledore is the embodiment of all that is wonderful in the wizarding world.  He’s powerful, impressive, intelligent - and he seems to really love Harry.  For a boy who is utterly starved of emotional affection when he arrives at Hogwarts, to be liked and mentored by a man of Dumbledore’s standing is a heady feeling.  It’s no wonder that Harry shows Dumbledore such loyalty when in the Chamber of Secrets, for example.

But the flip side is, Harry despises Snape.  He doesn’t simply dislike him - he outright hates him.  Snape has unfairly picked on him from the moment that he arrived in his Potions classroom.  Throughout the series, even when presented with evidence to the contrary, Harry is convinced that Snape is a terrible man, and it must be a source of constant frustration to him that Dumbledore - wise, intelligent, savvy Dumbledore - has been taken in by a man who Harry is convinced is evil.

Out of all of the characters, Harry’s devastation at Snape’s betrayal is raw.  Unlike McGonagall and Slughorn and Hagrid et al, Harry is not devastated at the betrayal, because he didn’t believe that Snape was a good man.  Harry is devastated at Dumbledore’s fallibility.  Harry is devastated that it was so obvious to him that Snape was a bad man, and almost-perfect-wizard Dumbledore completely missed it.

Snape’s side is a little more complex, and his reaction is probably stronger than Harry’s.  We don’t know much about Snape’s time at Hogwarts as a student, but it’s plausible that he didn’t have much of a relationship with Dumbledore; I even think it’s fair to argue that he had a negative perception of Dumbledore, given the werewolf incident, the Gryffindor/Order aligned Marauders, and the fact that he was growing up in Slytherin, a pro-Voldemort environment.

When Snape defects, Dumbledore tells him that he’s disgusted with him - and you can’t imagine that Snape brushes it off that easily.  He pledges to be Dumbledore’s spy, and not only stays loyal to Dumbledore for the rest of the war, he then commits to stay true for many more years.  He stays at Hogwarts as a teacher, and seemingly becomes respected by his fellow staff members.  I think it’s fascinating to think about how Snape changed over those years, and how Dumbledore saw him grow from being the angry youth who aligned himself with the Death Eaters into a young man who his fellow teachers respect and accept as one of them.

I know fandom is rather split on Dumbledore’s attitude towards Snape, but the vital part - to me - is that Snape believes that his word has some sway with Dumbledore, even though we see in Harry’s years that he rarely gets his own way.  Snape isn’t shy at speaking his mind, whether in public or in private, and Snape clearly values Dumbledore - we can see this in how quickly Snape leaps to defend him on more than one occasion.  It is possible that Dumbledore didn’t have quite the affection for Snape that Snape had for him, but I think it’s important that Snape really does admire Dumbledore.

…and then in walks Harry.  Snape clearly antagonises Harry during their first lesson, and then their dislike never abates.  Harry sometimes behaves in a way that would be determined, from Snape’s perspective, as being outright malicious and disrespectful, even if the reader knows that wasn’t Harry’s intent.

And I wonder at how hard won Snape’s friendship with Dumbledore was.  For a boy who perhaps rarely had contact with the Headmaster during his student years, or who felt utterly maligned by the Headmaster following the Marauders’ antics, it must’ve been somewhat galling to see James Potter’s son seemingly following in his footsteps, getting away with murder and being liked and adored for it.  Snape, in comparison, spends years convincing the Headmaster that he’s not a lost cause, and is worthy of his time and praise - and Harry, who Snape sees as being lazy, arrogant and reckless, is immediately the Headmaster’s favourite for no apparent reason.

Fuelling this even more is Snape’s fury at Harry’s apparent failings.  There is truth in Snape’s words in Spinner’s End when Snape suggests that Harry has prospered through pure luck and more talented friends; to Snape, who values education, innovation and talent, Harry appears to coast through life without applying himself.  He doesn’t study hard, he doesn’t invent spells, he doesn’t research - and I think Snape is left stalking his dungeon and wondering how this useless boy is going to defeat the Dark Lord when Dumbledore…Albus Dumbledore…cannot.  I do not think it is a mistake that we witness Snape’s disdain at Harry’s retort at ‘ghosts are transparent’ - it is a key moment in Snape being burdened by the truth that Dumbledore has to die, Snape has to go undercover, and The Chosen One can barely explain the definition of a ghost.

When Snape demands answers of Dumbledore a short time later - when Snape seemingly erupts in a jealous fit in the forest at the end of Half Blood Prince and wants to know what Dumbledore is telling Harry but isn’t telling him - I am certain that Snape is confident that Harry will fail in his quest to defeat the Dark Lord.  When that happens, with Dumbledore long dead, Snape needs to know what to do to pick up the pieces and defeat Voldemort in their absence.  

Frankly, both of those scenes (Snape’s demand, and Dumbledore’s reveal) are criminally under analysed in fandom.

Interestingly, Snape and Harry go on slightly different journeys at the end of Half Blood Prince.  Harry is wrapped up in the idea of Dumbledore being wrong, and Snape betraying him.  Snape is wrapped up in the way that Dumbledore treated Harry, and how it was apparently fake.  No longer does Snape feel that Harry has usurped his place as the favoured son, but Snape now believes that both he and Harry have been misled and lied to all along - that the affection that Dumbledore showed Harry, that the love that Snape wanted that seemingly Harry got instead was…well, apparently not legitimate.

Of course, the reader later learns that Dumbledore did love Harry, and that Dumbledore’s presentation to Snape was merely a case of keeping Harry safe - of giving Snape enough information so he didn’t desert his duty whilst ensuring that the real truth was kept silent.  

But it adds another beautifully complex layer to that final year.  There is also a horrible irony that Harry believed that Snape had betrayed Dumbledore, and Snape believed that Dumbledore had betrayed Harry…but the stark truth - that nobody realises until the very final moment - is that the real betrayal was Dumbledore’s betrayal of Snape.  Poor Severus indeed.

Proposal for the Usage of VOCALOID in US Colleges for Study and Educational Use

A piece I wrote for my final project in English composition in college. It’s a bit lengthy (1500+ words) but I am very proud of it. As a long-time VOCALOID fan and now a student at a US university, I wish to help spread awareness, interest, and love for everything VOCALOID in the United States during my years in college.

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“Let us have a conversation to pass the time. Tell me. What is it that men value in others? Well? What do you think? If a man or woman were to have a talent, which would be the most revered, best regarded, considered of the most worth?
   I once asked this question of some very wise scholars. What do men consider the most valuable of talents? One mentioned artistic ability, as you so keenly guessed. Another chose great intellect. The final chose the talent to invent, the ability to design and create great devices.
   Aesthetic genius, invention, acumen, creativity. Noble ideals indeed. Most men would pick one of those, if given the choice, and name them the greatest of talents. What beautiful liars we are.
   You think I’m a cynic. You think I’m going to tell you that men claim to value these ideals, but secretly prefer base talents. The ability to gather coin or to charm women. Well, I am a cynic, but in this case, I actually think those scholars were honest. Their answers speak for the souls of men. In our hearts, we want to believe in—and would choose— great accomplishment and virtue. That’s why our lies, particularly to ourselves, are so beautiful.

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Does anyone else ever get a little tired of the usual RotBTD Hogwarts sorting patterns? Always one main character per house, always choosing this one characteristic or that to justify placements, always running up against others who go for different characteristics for an alternate placement and wondering how?

I did. It didn’t make sense that Hiccup, Rapunzel, Jack, and Merida would each necessarily fall into different houses, or that they would slot into each so completely and perfectly that in much of the fandom there’s little discussion room for alternatives.

Still, I get the symmetry. Four movies, four main human protags, four houses…how could one resist?

So…I did something a little different.

What if…just what ifthese four characters were indeed all wizards and witches. What if they did live in the same era and in more or less the same place? But what if instead of attending a school of magic as children, they founded it as adults?

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MBTI & Development: ENTP

To get the most out of this profile, familiarize yourself with the concept of ego development. Applying this concept to MBTI typology can shine a light on the potential strengths, weaknesses, problems, or pitfalls of your type. Use this profile as a guide for building self-awareness as well as for understanding which areas to focus on for personal development.

ENTP (Functional Stack: Ne-Ti-Fe-Si)

  • Core Values: innovation, competence, efficiency
  • Strengths: inspire new ideas and possibilities for solving problems and making improvements/progress
  • Weaknesses: novelty-seeking, scattered, condescending, easily bored, slow to take purposeful action
  • Shadow Conflicts: Ni seen as limiting, lacking in novelty, isolative, inflexible; Si seen as slow, unexciting, uninspiring, pointless, perfectionistic, dull; Se seen as reckless and too focused on instant gratification

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We don’t come to this decision easily. This newspaper has not recommended a Democrat for the nation’s highest office since before World War II — if you’re counting, that’s more than 75 years and nearly 20 elections. The party’s over-reliance on government and regulation to remedy the country’s ills is at odds with our belief in private-sector ingenuity and innovation. Our values are more about individual liberty, free markets and a strong national defense. We’ve been critical of Clinton’s handling of certain issues in the past. But unlike Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton has experience in actual governance, a record of service and a willingness to delve into real policy.
Canvas #2 — ARTIST 360

4 Keys to Staying Creative
by Bobby Chiu  —  Illustration by Kei Acedera

A couple of weeks ago, I found the yellow Sony Walkman that I used to carry with me everywhere back when I was a kid. Inside was a “The Simpsons Sing the Blues” cassette tape that still worked.

I loved that yellow Walkman because it was water resistant, so I would use it in the rain while walking home from the bus stop. On a whim, I ran it under the faucet in our studio lunchroom and sure enough, Bart kept on doing the Bartman like nothing was the matter. This gadget was built very well.

I considered keeping it but then thought, I have an iPhone with thousands of songs on it, what good is a Walkman for which I have only one tape?

So here’s my question to you: who was responsible for the creation of the iPod? Steve Jobs, right? However, in contrast, I can’t name a single person on the assembly line that built my Walkman.

The world values innovators, creators, and outside-the-box thinkers. That’s not to say that being a builder is not a worthwhile enterprise because it is—our society needs builders as much as we need creators—but to maintain job security, builders have to make sure there is room for their creative input or they will risk being replaced. Think about it: if your job consists entirely of following a detailed set of instructions, then doesn’t that mean anyone who can learn those same steps can take your job?

So if you want security and generate demand for your work, whether you’re an artist, songwriter, filmmaker, or engineer, you have to make sure there’s room in your work to be creative.

This has been our philosophy since day one.

When we started our studio, we called ourselves “Imaginism Studios” because we wanted to express that people will come to us for our imagination and creativity.

Again, in every production line, there are those who are excellent at following instructions. They are detail-oriented and valued as reliable builders, so they earn a good living, which is wonderful. However, if, in addition to being able to follow instructions, you’re known to come up with great ideas as well, then you become indispensable. It’s very hard to put a value on great ideas. How much is the idea of a Walkman worth in the 80’s and 90’s? What about the idea of an iPod in 2004? Any number of great ideas could have incalculable value.

No matter what type of job you’re going for, make sure there’s room to be creative because it’s within that creative space that you will find security and demand for your work.

Now, here are four good questions to ask when trying to be creative:

1. How many different tasks are you thinking about at once?

Google the question, “can humans multitask” and you will find scientific articles (such as this one) that say, while we are amazing at shifting focus from one thing to another very quickly, we cannot truly do two things at the same time. If fact, trying to do two things simultaneously significantly degrades the quality of your work in both tasks. Personally, I find that if I have multiple things to think about, even if I try to do just one thing at a time, I would still find other tasks causing static in my brain even though I put it on the backburner.

So how many designs, problems, or ideas are you thinking about at once? Hopefully, your answer is a small number; ideally, it’s only one thing. Since our brains are really wired to only deal with one thing at a time, the more focused concentration we can dedicate to any given task, the more likely we are to come up with a great, creative solution. I like working on only one film at a time for precisely this reason.

(If you cannot escape having multiple things on your plate at any given time, write them down and make a list so that you don’t have to remember them in your brain and can therefore focus on the task at hand.)

2. Have you done your research?

The best way to reach new heights is to stand on the shoulders of giants—the great people that came before us. So fill your creative mental library with as much related material as possible. Absorb great art, photos and even take field trips if possible. It’s much easier to come up with something unique and creative when you have reference to seed great ideas.

3. How often do you practice coming up with great ideas?

Whenever I can, I like to sit down in a quiet place and just think up creative ideas for my art. I find that with regular practice of trying to think creatively and make connections between things that others might not, I’ve been able to improve in that respect.

4. Do you have a network of creative people to bounce ideas off of?

Some of the best ideas I’ve ever had were made even better by my friends and the network of creative people that I like to brainstorm with. Creativity rubs off. When you hang out and spitball ideas with creative people, the more you will get a feel for each other’s beats and rhythms. Pretty soon, part of your creative process will naturally include the questions, “Would creative friend A think this is a cool idea?” and “What would creative friend B add to this concept?” This will become reflex for you and add to your creativity toolbox.