But imagine Badass Hermione making the boys do their homework with that one look that none of them can stand more than a few seconds.
Imagine her pointing her wand on the nearby chairs lazily, ready to magically superglue them onto these, if she has to.
Imagine her being lost in work, on the edge of loosing her mind, because Professor McGonagall made them write 2 rolls of parchment on transformating teakettles into humming birds without using a spoken incantation, but she totally HAS to write at least 3, and she’s not even half through the books she found, AND THE BOYS ARE JUST SO BLOOMING NOISY!!
The integral form of Maxwell’s equations etched in concrete on the side of the Warsaw University Library. (which make this library utterly badass).
Together these equations showed that electricity, magnetism and light are all 3 aspects of the same single phenomenon known as electromagnetism. Using these equations the existence of electromagnetic waves was predicted long before the discovery of them, and even more amazingly light itself was shown to be an electromagnetic wave traveling through space.
Radio technology, wireless communication, the understanding of what light is, all began with those equations.
If you’re not watching this show, what are you doing with your life? There’s plenty of reasons why you should give The Musketeers a go (the fact that it’s a BBC drama alone should have convinced you, really). For your reconsideration, here are the five most important ones:
1. The lads
It’s difficult to avoid the term bromance when talking about the relationship between Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and D'Artagnan considering that the bond between the characters is a popular point of reference for true friendship - all for one and one for all. The dynamic of their brotherhood thrives on the fact that each of them are significantly different in character: Aramis is driven by passion and a thirst for getting physical, Porthos acts on impulse and often lets his fists speak for him, Athos is haunted by the demons of his past, chief among them his love for his wife, a cunning and vindictive mercenary, D'Artagnan’s naivete and idealism puts him in harm’s way ever so often. And yet what unites them is stronger than their differences: each of them is the epitome of valour, loyalty and selflessness.
Drawing on Dumas’ characterisation, the BBC series does an outstanding job of shining a light on the friendships between the soldiers, particularly D'Artagnan and Athos who share a filial-paternal bond. While each of them pursue their own personal storyline in the course of the series, they are regularly involved in each other’s lives outside the garrison and support each other in whatever way the situation calls for; sometimes it’s lending a hand during a fight, sometimes it’s buying the first round of wine at the tavern. Plus, they’re always good for a laugh because they never stop teasing each other - not even when there’s a musket to one of their heads.
2. The lasses
Perhaps even more remarkable than the musketeers are the female characters on this show. From Queen Anne, a young woman caught between her duty to her country and her own hopes and desires, to Constance, a clever, brave, but penniless girl trapped in a loveless marriage desperate to live a life full of adventure and challenges ( I could go on about Constance, she is the very definition of kickass and won’t take shit from anybody, certainly not regarding what a woman can or cannot do ), to Milady, Athos’ wife, assassin for hire, and ruthless force to be reckoned with, to the countless compelling guest characters (Ninon, who ran a college for women, Samara, a Spanish poetess, Sophia, a professional assassin posing as a noble princess). If you’re a fan of feisty women standing their ground and empowering each other, this show is for you.
3. The romance
Of course, no period drama is complete unless it’s got some sort of star-crossed love to show for. Don’t worry, The Musketeers have got it covered: the show has not one, but two relationships doomed by circumstance on offer, out of one of which is conceived illegitimately the future king of France; the other one is bound to end in the death of one of them - at least according to the source material. As a bonus, Dumas and the BBC throw in one of the most twisted liaisons in fictional history. “You slew my brother” “You hung me from a tree” “I love you anyways” “I know. Let’s make out and then try to kill each other” (frankly, this is frighteningly accurate)
And let’s not forget the most irresistible mistress of them all: political power. The damn wench leads a whole heap of men astray, most of them to ruin, in the two season run the show has enjoyed so far.
4. Costumes and set location
This should come as no surprise, considering that period dramas are the BBCs forte, but the production value of this series is even higher than I expected it to be. So tune in and feast your eyes on cavalier hats, men in boots, men wearing gloves, a regent with long curly hair breathing free, corset dresses with wide frocks, pretty braids, lovely jewellery and embroidered chokers.
In addition, every other episode takes the musketeers to another gorgeous castle, abandoned palace, secret library, or surprisingly badass cloister.
5. The Actors
As any fan of Merlin was already painfully aware, Santiago Cabrera was born to wear a uniform (however, I have not heard any complaints about the few occasions he’s been caught not wearing the outfit. Or anything else for that matter) But who knew that little Luke Pasqualino, the lovable stoner from Skins, would clean up so nicely in 17 century clothing. Plus, he looks really good with long hair. If men with beards are your cup of tea, have a look at Tom Burke as Athos; and you might want to be careful not to lose yourself in Porthos’ eyes. The rugged foursome invites all sorts of fantasies on and off camera but it’s their characters you’re going to fall in love before the credits roll on episode one. Needless to say, this being a British television show, the acting is flawless and understated.
So get over yourself and into this show. Now! (I’m loking at you, faineancy)
When Wilson High Telegraph editor Jamie Crawford writes an opinion piece in support of the new sex-ed curriculum, which includes making condoms available to high school students, she has no idea that a huge controversy is brewing. Lisa Buel, a school board member, is trying to get rid of the health program, which she considers morally flawed, from its textbooks to its recommendations for outside reading.
The newspaper staff find themselves in the center of the storm, and things are complicated by the fact that Jamie is in the process of coming to terms with being gay, and her best friend, Terry, also gay, has fallen in love with a boy whose parents are anti-homosexual. As Jamie’s and Terry’s sexual orientation becomes more obvious to other studetns, it looks as if the paper they’re fighting to keep alive and honest is going to be taken away from them.