luna's lion hat

harry potter reread: order of the phoenix pt v
  • “None of the staff but Filch seemed to be stirring themselves to help [Umbridge]. Indeed, a week after Fred and George’s departure Harry witnessed Professor McGonagall walking right past Peeves, who was determinedly loosening a crystal chandelier, and could have sworn he heard her tell the poltergeist out of the corner of her mouth, ‘It unscrews the other way.’” nothing to add here i just love mcgonagall’s resolute determination in annoying umbridge as much as humanly possible
  • so in honour of the gryffindor vs slytherin match, luna wears a lion hat, and then before the gryffindor vs ravenclaw game she’s spotted with “what appeared to be a live eagle perched on top of her head.” i’m very into luna’s taste in headwear
  • i was only nine when this book came out and thus had absolutely no experience with examinations at all, and so back then the OWLs chapter just made me laugh. ernie macmillan revising for eight hours a day? ron sitting reading two years worth of notes with his fingers in his ears? seamus lying down on the floor and reciting definitions? pff how silly, exams can’t be that bad. and now after finishing university this chapter just makes me shudder in horror as i remember the absolute hell that was dissertation and exam period
  • draco cocks up in the MIDDLE OF HIS EXAM because at the mere mention of harry’s name he “throw[s] a scathing look over at him; the wine glass Malfoy had been levitating fell to the floor and smashed.” for god’s sake, this boy is unbelievable. rein it in draco
  • mcgonagall is hit by FOUR stunning spells to the chest and then rocks up a week later good as new. i can only dream of being as incredible as this woman 
  • how very considerate of voldemort to wait until harry’s last exam before planting the vision of sirius being tortured into his head. like yeah he wants to kill this 15 year old boy, but at the same time he’s like 'no, i’ll wait until the end of OWLs. i’ve been there, man, it’s fucking tough as hell. i’m not ruining his exams, education is important.’ at least it got harry out of his history of magic exam
  • i can’t deal with this. hermione tries to convince harry that they’re walking straight into a trap, that there’s so many fishy things about his vision, but harry doesn’t listen. and i’m not saying i blame him at all, but just. the thought of reliving watching him endure the sheer horrific guilt over feeling responsible for sirius’s death, berating himself that he wouldn’t have fallen for the trap if he had just fire-called sirius five minutes sooner, or used the mirror, is absolutely devastating. I’M NOT READY! I’LL NEVER BE READY!!!
  • kacky snorgle
  • can you imagine how fucking weird it would’ve been for the people who can’t see thestrals to witness harry and co fly to the ministry?? i’m trying desperately to think of happy thoughts
  • the ministry telephone box gives all of them badges that say ’Harry Potter, Rescue Mission’ and like…it doesn’t explicitly state that they all put them on but i’m going to assume that they do because it’s mildly funny to imagine them a squaring against the death eaters and voldemort whilst wearing a badge like they’re part of a scouts group
  • okay. the chase through the department of mysteries is a very intense, terrifying chapter, but i would just like to say that, given all the scrambling through dozens of doors, it’s inexplicably reminds me of that scene from scooby-doo
  • “'SIRIUS!’ Harry yelled. 'SIRIUS!’ He had reached the floor, his breath coming in searing gasps. Sirius must be just behind the curtain, he, Harry, would pull him back out…But as he reached the ground and sprinted towards the dais, Lupin grabbed Harry around the chest, holding him back.” there have obviously been many times in this series that harry has been inches from death but like…the book could’ve just ended there with harry going through the veil. that would’ve been awkward
  • “'He can’t come back, Harry,’ said Lupin, his voice breaking as he struggled to contain Harry. 'He can’t come back, because he’s d-’” “Lupin turned away from the archway as he spoke. It sounded as though every word was causing him pain.” inscribe these quotes as the cause of death in my post-mortem
  • does anyone remember the buzzfeed listicle detailing the reasons why harry sucks and it basically boiled down to calling him an annoying mope? i just cannot fathom how anyone can read harry having a full-scale meltdown in dumbledore’s office, smashing objects and screaming “'I - DON’T - WANT - TO - BE - HUMAN!’” because he cannot cope with the grief and the guilt that comes with him thinking he’s responsible for the death of his godfather, and then think 'what a whiney asshole’
  • “'Do you see, Harry? Do you see the flaw in my brilliant plan now? I had fallen into the trap I had foreseen, that I had told myself I could avoid, that I must avoid … I cared about you too much,’ said Dumbledore calmly. 'I cared more for your happiness than your knowing the truth, more for your peace of mind than my plan, more for your life than the lives that might be lost if the plan failed.’” ok look i know that this part of the reread has essentially been Fuck Dumbledore: The Blog but i think this section actually sums up my feelings on him to be honest, which are basically *waves hand in a shaky gesture whilst making a nervous humming sound* i mean, ootp is the first book to properly and directly confront us with the idea that dumbledore isn’t just a twinkly-eyed omniscient friendly old man - he ignores harry for months, when harry is in a time of grief, before going on the run from the ministry, so we don’t understand his strange behaviour until the penultimate chapter. and then, he explains everything! we’re provided with answers! but in implicitly telling harry that he’s had some Grand Plan, dumbledore lets slip that he’s been plotting voldemort’s downfall for harry’s entire life and yet that plan had been causing him emotional difficulty because…..he accidentally started caring about harry. like i’m just so conflicted over how i’m meant to feel over this? i never thought critically about this as a child and i’m struggling with it even now tbh
  • i mean it’s one of the age old philosophical questions of morality, isn’t it, about whether it’s right to sacrifice one person for the good of society, and i’m not going to act like i’m smart enough to debate that question but just. if you try and take on that responsibility, as dumbledore does, there’s a whole load of moral greyness that comes with doing such a thing in and of itself, and this is the first time we see the effects of that on him. not that i’m defending him or justifying his actions in any way, because dumbledore has done a lot of questionable stuff and even in this confession he’s pretty much like “whoops, i accidentally started thinking of you as a human being and not a pawn” but i just found it weird that jkr has written such an incredibly morally complex character and yet she herself described dumbledore as “the epitome of goodness”…joanne come on now. dumbledore is a very interesting character, and i understand his thought processes but this whole topic still strikes me as really shifty and Hmmmm, especially in how he phrases it. i forget where i was going with this. i think it just annoys me that we’re given an explicit admission of dumbledore’s faults by the man himself but there’s still a depiction of him as some huge hero, such as in the jkr quote above, and also in the fact that harry is never like 'dude what the fuck?’ and has an in-depth discussion with him about all this being brought up like a lamb for slaughter business, but instead seemingly still worships the ground dumbledore walked on 20 years later
  • in the prophet article detailing the events at the ministry, fudge refers to voldemort as “Lord Thingy.”…not got as good a ring to it as You-Know-Who
  • WHY does almost every book have to end with gryffindor winning the bloody house cup. sirius died and harry and co suffered horrible wounds and they’re probably going to be traumatised for the rest of their lives but cheers for the house points
  • i can’t deal with this. harry tries to talk to sirius in his mirror (which he didn’t even unwrap all year for fear of it somehow getting sirius caught) and after that he corners nearly-headless nick to try and get closure in the idea that sirius will come back as a ghost. this is too much
  • the ending of this book is the first time that any adult figures have ever explicitly acknowledged that the dursleys abuse harry and directly threaten them face-to-face (“If we don’t hear from [Harry] for three days in a row, we’ll send someone along…”) in order to stop it. do you know when the last time someone made a genuine effort to save harry from his abusive environment was? when ron, fred and george rescued him in the ford anglia when he was 12. wow. i mean it’s good that the order make an effort now but it’s a bit late isn’t it
  • i really love the endings of each book in the series because they shed so much light on the book as a whole. ps to poa concluded with harry gleefully looking forward to teasing dudley over the summer. gof, where shit hit the fan, ended with harry reluctantly accepting that he would have to face what was coming. and now, in ootp, the final chapter is entitled 'the second war begins’. the ending is a new beginning, a beginning of something terrible and destructive, and yet at the same time the last lines show harry smiling at the sight of the order waving him goodbye as he leaves king’s cross with the dursleys, feeling a bit safer over the prospect of spending another summer with them. it’s very bittersweet. i enjoyed this book a lot even if it’s now stained with my tears

anonymous asked:

Our school's winter formal is Harry Potter themed and I want to ask my Ravenclaw friend to go with me. I'm a Ravenclaw as well, so any advice as to how I should ask him?? It's girls ask guys so I'm REALLY nervous!!

- a riddle that he must solve to be your date

- make a fucking massive luna lovegood lion hat anyone would be impressed by that

- find an eagle, train it, send it to him with a message asking him 

- make 2 costumes, 1 raven costume and 1 claw costume, present him with one and await his positive response 

- find the most expensive diadem you can, ask him to buy it for you in return for you being his date 

- do a dramatic solo reenactment of the bloody baron killing helena ravenclaw then himself

- or possibly and probably do something less Extra but i’m terrible at advice i’m sorry but GOOD LUCK! 

harry potter reread: half-blood prince pt iii
  • i know that people rarely frequent dumbledore’s office unless it’s an absolute emergency, but i rather enjoy the mental image of someone bursting in only to find harry and dumbledore standing motionless with their heads dunked in the pensieve
  • 11 year old tom riddle essentially tells dumbledore to jog on when he offers to take tom to diagon alley, and dumbledore is just like “well fine then, go on your own, whatevs.” obviously this kid is quite mature but he’s also a bit of a dick, so i don’t blame dumbledore for not wanting to spend time with him, but speaking as a london kid myself there is absolutely no way any responsible adult would let a child roam the city unattended. one time i went back and forth 3 stops on the central line without asking my parents and i was grounded for a week!! why should tom get to explore bloody charing cross all willy-nilly?? then again dumbledore hasn’t exactly got the best reputation as a parental figure. he dgaf
  • let’s just take a moment to appreciate the fact that harry genuinely refers to his jealousy over dean snogging ginny as a monster: “But unbidden into his mind came an image of that same deserted corridor with himself kissing Ginny instead…the monster in his chest purred…” CHRIST these kids are so embarrassing, stop this nonsense
  • “They walked out on to the pitch to tumultuous roars and boos. One end of the stadium was solid red and gold; the other, a sea of green and silver. Many Hufflepuffs and Ravenclaws had taken sides, too: amidst all the yelling and clapping Harry could distinctly hear the roar of Luna Lovegood’s famous lion-topped hat.” it’s not bloody likely given jkr’s hobby of demonising slytherin, but i’m just going to indulge myself and pretend that there are some hufflepuffs and ravenclaws rooting for slytherin too. hufflepuff/slytherin and ravenclaw/slytherin friendships are vastly under appreciated and must be protected at all costs
  • zacharias smith replaces lee jordan as quidditch commentator and he’s a right prat about it, so once the match is over, without even hesitating ginny purposefully crashes her broom into his podium. that’s my girl
  • “Hermione slid off the desk. The little flock of golden birds continued to twitter in circles around her head so that she looked like a strange, feathery model of the solar system.” what an accurate simile, after all i think you’ll find that HERMIONE IS ACTUALLY THE CENTRE OF THE UNIVERSE!!! SHE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT
  • harry has to take measures to alter his journeys between classes because the hallways keep getting clogged up with girls clambering hopefully underneath the mistletoe bunches every time they see him. amazing. never lets it get to his head though does he
  • oh my god. i was 11 when i first read this, so my response to the romantic subplots were basically “haha gross.” now i’m 21 and watching these teenagers bumble all over each other makes me want to glue my hands to my face in a permanent face-palm. for god’s sake, when ron is aggressively defending himself because his kissing lavender upsets hermione he genuinely refers to himself as “‘a free agent’”…..YOU’RE AN EMBARRASSMENT, WEASLEY
  • somebody made this suggestion on one of my very first posts after i pointed out that madam pince uses a feather duster instead of magic to clean the library: what if she’s a squib? when she kicks harry and hermione out of the library, she’s carrying a lamp rather than using the lumos spell. plus, she interrupts them right as they’re slagging off filch (“'he’s not a very good wizard’”) and she then immediately proceeds to screech at harry for apparently defacing a book, even after he tells her that it’s his own copy. like if she really was angry upon overhearing them being rude about filch in particular, hermione and harry joke and put that down to her apparently being in love with him, but what if she’s actually just upset over the fact that they were bashing squibs? *x files theme plays*
  • also what the hell, the library closes at seven?? where else in this castle can students comfortably have quiet late-night revision sessions, or pull an all-nighter doing essays? dorms and common rooms are obviously out of the question. sixth and seventh years especially must be getting a massive pile of homework every day as well. this is an outrage. the wizarding education system is abhorrent
  • harry asks luna to go to slughorn’s party with him after a particularly disastrous transfiguration lesson which leaves him with one yellow eyebrow. smooth operator potter
  • i am all about harry and parvati bonding over their mutual exasperation with lavender and ron
  • “'I don’t think you should be an Auror, Harry,’ said Luna unexpectedly. Everybody looked at her.” YES LUNA, JOIN MY SQUAD “'The Aurors are part of the Rotfang Conspiracy, I thought everybody knew that. They’re working from within to bring down the Ministry of Magic using a combination of Dark magic and gum disease.’” i…no you know what i’ll take support where i can get it
  • “Meanwhile Remus Lupin, who was thinner and more ragged-looking than ever, was sitting beside the fire, staring into its depths as though he could not hear Celestina [Warbeck’s] voice. ’Oh, come and stir my cauldron, And if you do it right, I’ll boil you up some hot, strong love, To keep you warm tonight.’” can you just imagine what must be running through remus’s head at that moment? as we find out later, throughout this book he’s being pursued by tonks and hastily tries to brush off her advances. i can’t help but picture him trying to seriously figure out what to do with this development, when suddenly he starts being taunted by euphemistic pop classics, so he resigns to giving the fireplace a thousand-mile stare instead. poor remus. the universe is against you
  • what is remus’s exact opinion of snape, you ask? “'We shall never be bosom friends, perhaps.’”
  • i feel so sorry for remus, he’s literally been living underground for MONTHS but he finally gets a break for a nice christmas dinner, and it’s spent being relentlessly interrogated over tonks, whether it’s subtly by molly or completely unknowingly by harry asking why her patronus changed. let the man eat his turkey in peace, jesus
  • apparently dumbledore understands parseltongue, he just can’t speak it, but it’s so funny to imagine him not being able to comprehend it while watching morfin’s memory of voldemort’s visit to the gaunt shack. i mean he would’ve been ECSTATIC to procure that particular recollection, having gone to extreme lengths to do so, and then after enduring five minutes of prolonged hissing he just exits the pensieve like “for fuck’s sake, guess i have to learn snake now" 
  • you know what i’ve noticed? whenever harry is introduced to a good-looking boy, that’s how he describes them every single time he sees them from that point on. cedric, young sirius and young tom riddle…EVERY SINGLE TIME they’ve been mentioned, harry describes them as being handsome. now obviously you don’t have to be gay to recognise that someone of the same sex is attractive, but just hear me out on this: bisexual harry. that’s all. moving on
  • “Riddle smiled; the other boys laughed and cast him admiring looks.” alright i know that his gang of would-be death eaters are all suck-ups, but keeping in mind that young tom is bomb as fuck (harry’s words not mine) i can’t get the idea out of my head that they all fancied him a little bit. i mean they all ended up getting a tattoo for him, that’s the classic ‘i was too in love with someone and it didn’t work out too well’ horror story
  • also you know what i just realised? how strange it is that snape went to school TWENTY YEARS before harry, and yet his edition of advanced potion-making is still relevant. if this was a muggle school, that book would’ve been on its thirteenth edition by now and every version before it would’ve been deemed useless by the curriculum