international magic

Anyway, the real villain of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was the government and no one can convince me otherwise. MACUSA:

  • fails to notice the Director of Magical Security and head of Magical Law Enforcement has been replaced by an international magical terrorist for several weeks at least, even though he is in constant contact with the highest ranking MACUSA officials, including President Picquery, even though he’s probably only using Polyjuice potion to achieve this, therefore having to be constantly doing out of character things, like drinking hourly from a hip flask while working, probably, and sentencing people to death without trials
  • fails to do anything, at least on screen, or exhibit any care that their Direct of Magical Security and head of Magical Law Enforcement is probably being Barty Crouched somewhere, with hair ripped out of his head and imperiused so that he can be imitated effectively, since for a replacement scheme to work, he needs to be alive, á la Goblet of Fire
  • stripped a competent auror of her position because she defended a magical child from abuse. They don’t know Credence is an obscurial, but he apparently stands out instantly as being from magical lineage, i.e. seeming to be a squib, meaning he isn’t a muggle/no-maj and therefore even with their effed up no-maj relation laws they could and should be protecting him and giving him a place in society. Also, Mary Lou Barebone is abusing all the children she’s adopted, and MACUSA knows and instead of helping, you know, protecting god damn orphan children, they demoted the one witch with any god damn integrity.
  • are actually protecting the Second Salemers, i.e. the people calling for witches to be burned at the stake again, which kind of threatens the statute of secrecy doesn’t it? Since people as high ranking as a presidential candidate’s brother believe them and their voices are being heard. But no, since an auror attempted to stop the abuse of a child, they are allowing these no-maj’s (and non-no-maj’s, since both Credence and Modesty at least seem to have some powers) threaten the international statute of secrecy. This at the same time as protecting the statute with stupid, small things like beast extermination and not allowing no-majs and wizards/witches to be friends or lovers, which is horrific. As other people have pointed out, what does this mean for no-maj/muggle born witches and wizards? Nonsense. But PIcquery is fine for wizards and witches to get drunk during prohibition, sure.
  • President Picquery refuses to listen to a competent ex-auror, who appears in front of her with a culprit already in custody, she does not even allow an explanation. Picquery later gets angry at Porpentina for not telling her what had happened sooner, when TIna appears in front of her with the same man and the same (looking) case. Yes, because that’s logical. Picquery is just in general a terrible leader and a terrible human being, which I’ve talked about before.
  • In a room with every magical world leader, none of them are willing to look at the evidence, or listen to the professional in the field, and admit that it is possible that magical children might be being abused to the point of becoming obscurials, even though, in at least America, they can’t keeps tabs on every magical child because they have no way to check on no-maj-born kids because of their effed up laws, and they refuse to help the no-maj-born kids they do know about, i.e. the Second Salemers. All these government leaders are so determined to not be wrong/scapegoat a beast that they put countless people’s lives in danger, including those of children. “There hasn’t been an obscurial in centuries.” “I literally saw one three months ago what the hell are you talking about!?”
  • actually behave worse than the darkest wizard who ever lived, at that point in history. They’re at least as bad as him, if in different ways. Graves/Grindelwald listens to people when they obviously have information, no matter their position. Is Grindelwald a monster? Heck yes, he manipulates and abuses a child (I’m counting Credence as a child, ok, he’s probably in his late teens, but considering he doesn’t seem to be able to escape his mother, even legally, I’d put him at 17, i.e. not an adult), he has killed and attacked countless people, he’s partially responsible for Ariana Dumbledore’s death, he wants to use an abused and tormented child for his own gain, he sentences Newt and Tina to death, he’s a horrible person and I’m not on his side, but neither am I on the side of MACUSA. Grindelwald doesn’t strike me as another Voldemort, i.e. pure evil, he seems more he like he knows exactly how to manipulate the discontent and downtrodden, and he wouldn’t gain this support for “the greater good” if the government weren’t failing so many wizards and witches already.
  • has a torture death chamber that they can apparently send people to without trial, which is just as bad as Azkaban. I don’t even need to go into why this is so horrible. Even if you support the death penalty (which I sure as hell don’t), you can’t support the chamber of showing you your worst and best memories as you slowly sink into a burning acidic fiery death pool. That’s inhuman.
  • also, despite a magizoologist, a competent ex-auror and ministry employee, and the Director of Magical Security and head of Magical Law Enforcement telling them not to do it, and showing that they knew how to help Credence, MACUSA still executed a child on President Picquery’s orders, and there are no repercussions for that. This is not even a mercy killing, because Credence has already proved that when treated with compassion, he is skilled enough to survive and prosper, even as an obscurial. (Is it possible he survived? Considering what Hayes has said and that little whisp at the end, yes, but that doesn’t change the fact that MACUSA tried to kill him.)
  • they were also entirely willing to let Newt try his Thunderbird Swooping Evil venom plan, even though Newt has only theorized about this, and never actually attempted it, and they have no idea what the side effects could be. To save themselves, they released an untested substance into New York’s water supply, and the water cycle in general, with no idea of how it would work. What memories will actually be lost? Will it be effective? What adverse effects might there be? How will wizards be immune, when it’s in the water supply? This was a bad plan, and MACUSA risked a lot letting it go forward.
  • Picquery at the end is just a bad leader. “We owe you everything- gtfo.” “We owe you a debt- obliviate your friend who had a massive hand in saving our necks and many, many lives.” “I just said it was ok to kill a child- do what I say.” She is a very, very bad leader, who canonically cares more about letting wizards drink than she does about the lives of no-majs, no-maj born and squib kids, children suffering abuse, her Director of Magical Security and head of Magical Law Enforcement probably being locked in a box somewhere, the truth, and whether someone can be saved or not. She is just another Fudge,  but ten times worse.

TL;DR: MACUSA, President Picquery and global magical goverments as a whole are portrayed as villains in this film, and it’s very easy to imagine how Grindelwald found support when the international situation is so critical; Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a few steps away from advocating the murder of the bourgeoisie and I entirely support this reading.

You can do more when you remember that you’re disabled.

People with disabilities are often taught the anti-skill of pretending to ourselves and others that we have no disability-related limitations.

Most people (disabled or otherwise) have the related anti-skill of assuming that everyone present has pretty much the same physical and cognitive abilities. (Or, in other words, that no one present has a disability that significantly affects physical or cognitive functioning.) This often leads to the assumption that people who aren’t doing a task either haven’t been told what to do, or aren’t sufficiently motivated to do it.

These two anti-skills can make it very, very hard to solve problems when something goes wrong for disability-related reasons.

This kind of conversation tends to happen a lot:

  • Someone: You need to do the thing.
  • Disabled person: I’m having trouble with the thing.
  • Someone: “Can’t you just do the thing this way that sounds reasonable but is actually impossible for you?”
  • Disabled person: “You’re telling me it’s possible in tones of absolute conviction and are making me forget that I won’t be able to do it that way. Ok, I’ll do the thing from now on.”
  • The disabled person, predictably, fails to do the impossible thing.
  • Someone with an entirely reasonable need for the thing to get done: Why didn’t you do the thing?!
  • Disabled person: I don’t know. I’m sorry, I’ll try harder, I’ll do it from now on.
  • This, predictably, doesn’t work either. 
  • The task doesn’t get done, because it’s impossible to do things that way.
  • In these situations, disability is neither acknowledged nor accommodated, and things end badly for everyone.

Or, to give a less abstract example:

  • Aubrey has severe ADHD. She’s been fired from several jobs for failing to keep track of things and missing key deadlines, and she’s on thin ice at her current position. Blair, Aubrey’s boss, is running out of patience for the problems caused by Aubrey’s overdue work.
  • Blair: Aubrey, you’ve missed several deadlines, and it’s causing serious problems for the team. What’s going on?
  • Aubrey: I’m having trouble keeping track of everything.
  • Blair: Most of us here use to-do lists on our cubicle whiteboards. I’ve noticed you don’t have a to-do list on your whiteboard. Can you do that from now on?
  • Aubrey (who has never, ever used a to-do list successfully): Ok, I’ll start using a marker board and meet my deadlines from now on.
  • Blair believes that everyone can use to-do lists, and has never thought of the possibility that anyone might not be able to.
  • Blair is making a suggestion that from his perspective is completely reasonable and possible. 
  • Aubrey responds to Blair’s certainty, and forgets that her limitations will prevent that from working for her. 
  • She believes, in the moment, that if she tries hard and takes enough responsibility, she’ll be able to use the to-do list and meet her deadlines this time. 
  • Even though that’s never worked before, and there’s no real reason to believe that it will work any better this time.
  • Trying hard doesn’t make disability go away, and it doesn’t make impossible things possible.
  • Aubrey, predictably, fails to use the marker board, because that strategy doesn’t work for her. And she, predictably, gets fired, because the tasks need to get done and she’s not doing them.
  • From Blair’s perspective, Audrey was given a lot of patience, guidance, and multiple chances.
  • Blair has a legitimate need for the work to get done.
  • This is probably going to keep happening, so long as Audrey tries to rely on willpower to solve problems rather than honest assessment of her capabilities.

When others expect us to do impossible things, it can be hard to remember that they are impossible. Particularly if we’re told that they’re easy or that everyone can do them. Especially if we are surrounded by people who are successfully doing the thing.

All of this can be very disorienting, especially if someone whose opinion we care about is angry or disappointed. It can be surprisingly difficult to keep in mind that disability is real.

It’s also crucially important. Agreeing to do something impossible that “everyone” can do doesn’t magically give us the ability to do it. It just sets us up for failure.

We are all much better off if we face reality and spend time doing things that are possible. Everyone else does. It’s well-known that expecting people to do impossible things is counterproductive and demoralizing. Only exceptionally unreasonable employers expect people to lift 300lbs, sprout wings and fly, turn lead into gold, or decrypt 128-bit encryption keys in their heads.

It’s just as unreasonable to expect disabled people to do things that our impairments make impossible. One limitation we share with everyone is that pretending that something is possible won’t make it possible. We are much better off acknowledging reality, working with our brains and bodies rather than against them.

This is hard. Remembering the truth often requires us to fight through shame and disorientation, or to violate serious taboos. No one succeeds at this 100% at the time, but it does get easier with practice. It’s also really, really worth it.

Whenever you are able to stop trying to do an impossible thing through sheer force of will, it makes it more possible to do things. You don’t have to overcome disability to do things that matter. You just have to find things to do that are actually possible, with the abilities you actually have. The things that you really can do are worth doing.

Why didn’t Harry Potter develop an Obscurus?
An Obscurus is developed under very specific conditions: trauma associated with the use of magic, internalized hatred of one’s own magic and a conscious attempt to suppress it.

The Dursleys were too frightened of magic ever to acknowledge its existence to Harry. While Vernon and Petunia had a confused hope that if they were nasty enough to Harry his strange abilities might somehow evaporate, they never taught him to be ashamed or afraid of magic. Even when he was scolded for ‘making things happen’, he didn’t make any attempt to suppress his true nature, nor did he ever imagine that he had the power to do so.

—  J.K. Rowling
Pirate Wizards

During the Golden Age of Piracy, it was not uncommon for there to be ships of magic wielding pirates. This was particularly the case after the signing and enforcement of the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy in 1689 and 1692 when the seas were the only place where it could not be not properly enforced.

Fortunately, sailors have always been a superstitious crowd, so the stories of magical storms, tamed sea monsters and ropes that come alive were widely dismissed as the stories of the sea mad.

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In which Kate is literally us, and Emily actually resorts to the “hey, what’s that over there?” diversion tactic [and I’m cackling in the distance]

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An absolute must watch. 

Corresponding Pokemon Types to Internal Forces

Normal: Familiarity, Nostalgia

Fire: Passion, Enthusiasm

Fighting: Aggression, Anger

Water: Flexibility, Calmness, Peace

Flying: Freedom, Hope

Grass: Learning, Healing, Growing 

Poison: Spite, Jealousy

Electric: Power, Inspiration

Ground: Humbleness, Respect

Rock: Stoic, Aloof

Ice: Seeking shelter, wanting isolation

Psychic: Knowledgeable, Understanding

Bug: Curiosity, Meekness

Dragon: Mysticness, Completion 

Ghost: Fear, Unknowing, Sorrow 

Fairy: Whimsy, Impulsiveness

Dark: Hatred, Frustration

Steel: Steadiness, “Invincibility”, Self-assuredness

anonymous asked:

to anon who asked abt harry becoming an obscurial- > jkr wrote: "An Obscurus is developed under very specific conditions: trauma associated with the use of magic, internalized hatred of one's own magic & a conscious attempt to suppress it. Dursleys attempted to keep Harry in the dark about his abilities in the hope that they'd just evaporate bt Harry didn't grow up ashamed or afraid of his magic. In fact, he never really knew they were there" thus he might not have become an obscurial.

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Grindlewald did not have a relationship with Credence but Graves definitely did.

No one is surprised I’m here for this ship. I saw a post earlier that was questioning this and I typed this whole god damn thing up in reply and tumblr fucking shat itself apparently and disappeared. I cant even find the original post this was a reply too but MAN O MAN I HAVE THINGS TO SAY WITH FEELING GUYS. So I’m gonna just post the reply I managed to save to a post I can’t find again and throw it into the void that is the internet. 

Graves had a previous relationship with Credence. He had to have in order to have that level of trust built up with the younger man. No person of abuse is just going to trust a random stranger he was taught to absolutely hate because of what the man was born as if all he did was abuse as well. (ffs this is how Credence turned into the obscurus. He internalized that hatred of magic and magic users until he became this magic consuming thing and he was beaten so far into submission he was able to survive because of how tight that lid was placed.) Like I can understand what you’re saying but I have very strong feelings about the pairing so I’m going to take this chance to talk about it and point out exactly why  Grindlewald did not have a relationship with Credence but Graves definitely did.

Like in the time frame of the movie Grindelwald had just escaped London’s capture right? Word was just getting around to all the other high points of government that his escape just recently happened. This mad evil genius of a douche bag would not have been able to put in the time to gain Credence’s trust at all. Let alone sniff out the point of power or pin point exactly where he thought it was coming from. Idgaf how smart anyone is working with an abuse victem takes time, gaining their trust as another manipulator would take time especially if the victim is still in living arrangements with their primary abuser.

So chances were that big of a powerful force is noticed and more then likely spoken about on different levels. They mention in the movie numerous times that the good people of NY (no’maj’s and magical alike) are noticing all the oddities etc. When that building collapsed we saw them convince the no’maj’s it was just another gas leak. another being the key word. What about the other magic users? Absolutely nada there’s no explanation but things are happening and when things happen New Yorkers freaking gossip and talk about it. Especially since this has been a reoccurring thing at this point.

Lets have a little faith in the head of security that he was piecing together what was going on here. Detective work is a must since it’s his job and all. He more than likely had his suspicions and kept them to himself while he tried to figure out what exactly it was to avoid any mass hysteria or heaven forbid got wrong information at this point. Considering how we saw the president handle the situation it’s understandable that he kept it under wraps until he knew for sure.


During that process, Graves more than likely also kept an eye on the SecondSalem’s in order to keep the no’maj’s from figuring out the magic community existed. Obviously our little Barebone family is the center of the largest concern at the time. Considering how Tina got involved in the Barebones family drama Graves probably took note of and focused on Credence at this point in time before the movie even took place. Credence who from what we saw took the brunt of the punishment and beatings in that family. Who obviously had magic in his blood. Who obviously was abused and treated like dirt on the ground for his mere existence. So obviously since no'majs and wizards/witches can’t have relationships of any kind he kept it to himself and still investigated without telling others. Again this is his job description even if it does suck.

On the same note, Grindlewald was probably hearing the same rumors and probably got to Graves in order to do his own digging and look at what he found. Credence didn’t stand a chance really. Especially if he had a previous relationship (even if just an informant) with Graves. And lets be real who would have been better to disguise himself as but Graves? His position in the government is perfect, high enough to get all the good information and with enough freedom to pull his own little stunts. All the while still focusing on his own agenda.

That said we see Graves perform wandless magic in front of all the most important witches and wizards in their world and no one questioned it (even if later on we find out he’s Grindlewald at this point, the purpose of being in disguise is to act like the person you’re impersonating so this had to be something Graves was capable of doing openly) so he’s strong. It’s safe to say he felt it ok to communicate with the boy because he himself could also sense the magic in Credence. Which made the law of no communication nul and void.

As for the extent of their relationship with each other it had to have been a slow build romantic or not. Grindelwald felt it alright to place hands on Credence so at some point this had to have been a thing. For the same purpose? Absolutely not given the strong reaction the boy had after he was slapped I doubt violence or abuse like that was something Credence sought out. Thus that wasn’t part of what happened between Graved and Credence. But physical contact between the two in some way itself most likely was something that was happening.

Which is where good ol shippers take reign of things and go for it. At this point, there’s no way to tell if Percival is evil. He very much could have been a supporter of Grindlewald in hiding for all we know or he could have been a good wizard trying to help a magical boy in squalor under no’maj’s care. Or he could have been trying to help a no’maj kid regardless while keeping an eye on the secondsalem’ers. I’m sure we’ll find out in later movies (at least I hope so because that wisp at the end has me ENDLESSLY curious). As for now though its a whole new aspect that can be explored which is what shippers of this pairing are doing. Hence all the wonderful fanfic that’s slowly but surely popping up on both sides of the spectrum.

The power dynamic’s between the two is freaking intense the chance Graves can be evil or good at this point is also fun to explore. People are allowed to think about that and enjoy reading and exploring it. I know I personally am not a fan of abuse but enjoy reading about it greatly. I even write it myself in other fandoms. I mean hell just look at Joker and Harley! Ramsey and Theon, Hannibal and Will. Like manipulative or not the relationships exist and there’s going to be shippers of it because its interesting. It doesn’t mean we support the rape/manipulation/abuse it means its good stuff to read about.

Hell for all we know Graves is a freaking teddy bear and just coddled Credence before Grindlewald showed up and ruined everything. That’s the fun part to think about. Do you have to like it absolutely not but I hope I explained at least imo the interesting part of this ship and just how it can actually work. 



Bonus fact: They’re both absolutely fucking hot to imagine so there’s that too,  

So I know we’ve talked a bit about the possible presence of magic outside the UK in the RoL-verse - we know it was almost wiped out in Europe during WWII, and according to Madame Teng in China too, and who knows what happened in the various parts of the British Empire that must have had local traditions (India is my big question mark here because India is huge and there were never that many British practitioners, they can’t have had a hope of controlling local practitioners across the entire subcontinent.) 

But I’m also wondering - we know that bodies like the Folly may or may not exist in some other countries…what about the US? Obviously Special Agent Kimberley Reynolds has no idea about magic and isn’t planning on telling her superiors about it (or that’s what she tells Peter, anyway…) - but she’s a junior agent in a regional office sent to investigate what looks, on the surface, to be a fairly mundane stabbing that just happens to involve a Senator’s son. So even if there is an agency in America that deals with the uncanny, I find it very plausible she doesn’t know about it. 

(Cutting for rambling)

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INTERNATIONAL WIZARDING WORLD: Turkey

Magic has been a long standing tradition in Turkey, withstanding the Ottoman Empire and continuing into the Republic founded in 1923. While the Turkish muggle government moved inland to Ankara in 1923, the wizarding grand national assembly or ‘Büyücülük Büyük Millet Meclisi’ remained in Istanbul as did the country’s main wizarding school. Büyücülük Okulu (school of witchcraft) was established in 1300, one year after the Ottoman Empire began in Turkey and to this day educates young wizards in the city where east meets west. As with much of Turkey’s culture, wizarding education in the region fuses old tradition with modern teachings; students learn old methods of magic and well as new techniques with history of magic forming an important part of the system. The school is located on the grounds of an Ottoman palace, which, during Ottoman times appeared as just that. However today as a result of powerful enchantments, it appears to muggles as a mere ruin - a part of Old Istanbul closed off to the public. Turkish witches and wizards are unique in their widespread occlumency with a much larger proportion of the wizarding population being trained in this elaborate area of magic. A heavy emphasis is placed on this art in Turkish wizarding schools, therefore it is often difficult for even the most talented witch or wizard to tell what a Turkish one is thinking. As Turkey is a country well known for it’s exquisite carpets, it is natural that the broomstick is on par with enchanted flying carpets here.

AUs i’ll never write: young newtina 

in the spirit of international friendship, all magical schools around the world have batches of students (usually sixth to seventh years) visit a school of their choosing to learn more about the wizarding culture of the area. newt chooses ilvermorny, and forms an unlikely, but close, friendship with tina, bonding over their love of books and big dreams for the world. there was always something different about their friendship, they both knew it, but neither of them really did anything with their feelings. after newt leaves, they keep a long correspondence, but the letters become fewer and farther in between before stopping altogether. it’s been years since either of them have even really thought of one another, but when newt reappears in new york in 1926, all those old feelings come back. 

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Harry Potter World AU
Victoria is the heir of respectable wizard family. She graduated from Hogwards some month ago, and now wants to build a career in British Ministry of Magic. Her family aginst it, because they don’t believe in her, but believe in power of their money and aristocracy.
However, Victoria becomes the trainee in Department of International Magical Cooperation. Her new mentor Lord Melbourne instantly impressed young witch with his mind, kindness and love for herbology.