madame maxim

1067. Hagrid and Madame Maxime continued to date for the rest of their lives. While they never married or moved in together, they spent every holiday together. Madame Maxime offered Hagrid a job at Beauxbatons but he adamantly refused. She passed away many years later in her sleep one summer when they were together. Hagrid was heart broken, but in her will she wrote him a letter that said all the things he too had felt over the years and was happy that at least he had met his true love.
In honour of Rubeus Hagrid’s birthday

I don’t even know where to start.

  • Hagrid is one of the people Dumbledore trusts the most and I think that says so much about him
  • He defends everyone who deserves it
  • people rarely saw him angry but his wrath is a force to be reckoned with
  • He is naive to a fault
  • He is incredibly loyal to those who he trust
  • he loves blindly and completely
  • that’s why he brought his giant brother to the Forbidden Forest, his heart didn’t let him leave Grawp there where he would get hurt
  • so he made the decision that would most definitely get him expelled or sent to Azkaban if someone figured out
  • because he loved so much
  • I know people assume him to be a Gryffindor but I think he might be a Slytherpuff
  • He’s always misunderstood and bullied because he is half-giant but he doesn’t let that get under his thick skin
  • when you think about Madame Maxime’s response to him calling her giant descendant, I would even say Hagrid is proud of what he is
  • He loves Fantastic Beasts because he believes they are just as misunderstood as he is
  • he wanted others to see them as he did, that’s why he was a little too enthusiastic in his classes
  • Tom Riddle got Hagrid expelled for something he didn’t do but he didn’t become bitter about it
  • can you imagine how he must have felt when people didn’t even listen to his defence?
  • His heart maybe the same size he is if not bigger
  • Hagrid is the person who pulled Harry out of the house after Voldemort’s attack
  • He was the one who took Harry away from the Dursleys, once to take to Hogwarts and once before the war 
  • Hagrid knew Harry was alone so he instantly befriended him
  • He made him his first birthday cake
  • He bought him his first proper birthday present
  • He came completely out of the blue and became a very important father figure and friend in Harry’s life
  • Hagrid was one of the first people Harry ever trusted
  • I must protect little Harry Potter at all costs
  • and protect he did until Harry didn’t want to be protected anymore
  • He was the person who carried his lifeless body out of the Forest
  • He would have given anything to die instead of him
  • The small baby he cradled in his arms as Lily Evans lied on the floor lifeless and Sirius Black fought him to him
  • The small boy in baggy second hand clothes who didn’t believe he could be important
  • The not-so-small boy who widely grinned at him anytime he saw him with his green eyes shining
  • The brave man who welcomed death like an old friend to save others
  • Hagrid watched with his hands tied as Harry Potter died right in front of his eyes
  • and they made him carry his limp body and he walked as he felt light as a feather in his arms
  • Hagrid is strong
  • not only in the physical sense but in the emotional sense
  • that man went to Azkaban for Merlin’s sake
  • if he wasn’t strong enough he would have never been the same
  • he was always there for the Golden Trio
  • whether they were sad, happy or just curious
  • his methods may not be conventional but he always tried to help people
  • because that’s just who he is
  • a kind and loving ball of fluff with a heart the size of a Ukranian Ironbelly 
  • Happy birthday Hagrid, I’m so happy Harry met you
The Binding Magical Contract Wasn't Really the Problem

When Harry’s name comes out of the Goblet of Fire, his entry seems like a forgone conclusion. The words “Binding Magical Contract” are thrown around, and (despite the protests of Karkaroff and Madame Maxime) that seems to close any loopholes. Aside from denying putting his name in when Dumbledore asks him directly, Harry doesn’t argue his case or try to get out of competing. 

But to be honest, it’s hard to believe that no workarounds existed. I’m not the first to point out that they could have instructed Harry to forfeit on the morning of each task, then told the rest of the world that he wasn’t a champion. We know it’s possible to forfeit, since Harry flirts with the idea of forfeiting the second task. And even if forfeiting wasn’t possible, they could have probed Harry’s story further and searched for a way to invalidate the contract. After all, if he really didn’t put his name in so he shouldn’t be bound in the first place.

But I am 100% convinced that the problem wasn’t a lack of loophole. The problem was that none of the adults involved were motivated enough to find one.

Each of the adults in the room had their own perspective. 

Dumbledore sees this as an opportunity for Harry to build his skills, and isn’t necessarily eager to bail him out. Snape will obviously defer to Dumbledore’s judgment on Harry’s safety. Crouch is under his son’s control, so of course he’s not going to volunteer info on potential loopholes. Moody/BCJ is obviously going to concur with Crouch. Bagman cares far more about the money he can make by betting on Harry than he does about Harry’s safety. Karkaroff and Madame Maxime might disagree, but they don’t have the final word. And of course, Karkaroff, Madame Maxime, Bagman, and Snape genuinely believe that Harry entered himself, and aren’t particularly inclined to save him from his own foolishness.

If Ron’s name had come out of that goblet, Mrs. Weasley would have stormed into Dumbledore’s office and put an end to that nonsense. It might be a binding magical contract, but she would tell Dumbledore that under no circumstances would her 14-year-old son be effectively pressed into service in a life-threatening competition against a bunch of 17 and 18-year-old students.

But Harry doesn’t have a parent to stick up for him and overrule Dumbledore. So he ended up competing.

  • Madame Maxime: (looking for the Beaubaxton champion)
  • Madame Maxime: Where is Fleur?
  • Beaubaxton students: (shakes head not knowing where Fleur is)
  • Gabrielle Delacour: I'll handle it.
  • Gabrielle Delacour: (yelling) IS THAT HERMIONE GRANGER AND VIKTOR KRUM HAVING A DATE?
  • Fleur, from another side of the castle: SHE'S NOT!
  • Hermione, from another side of the castle that seems to be close to Fleur: I'M NOT!
  • Gabrielle Delacour: Fleur's with Hermione.
harry potter books rated by christmases
  • philosopher's stone: harry sees his parents for the first time in the mirror of erised. hagrid kisses mcgonagall on the cheek. harry's second good christmas of his life. 8/10
  • chamber of secrets: they spend most of christmas in the toilets and hermione turns into a cat. 2/10
  • prisoner of azkaban: harry gets a firebolt from sirius black. intimate christmas dinner in the great hall (the first to rise is the first to die). ron and harry both get in a fight with hermione over the firebolt. 5/10
  • goblet of fire: oh hell yeah. the yule ball. hagrid flirts at christmas (yet again) except this time with madame maxime. hermione gets to kiss viktor krum (probably). harry and ron take the best looking girls in the year to the ball though do not take advantage. this is the best christmas. 10/10.
  • order of the phoenix: mr weasley gets chomped by a snake, we intrude on neville interacting with his sad insane parents, hermione ditches her own parents, ron gives hermione perfume for christmas and is thoroughly rebuffed, harry is extremely angry. the only good thing that happens this christmas is that someone gets a fancy hippogriff calendar tho later on this person dies. 0/10
  • half-blood prince: it took this long for harry to spend a normal family christmas with the weasleys at the burrow. still, the holiday is soured by fleur delacour making fun of celestina warbeck, and percy showing up to dinner with the minister and leaving with mashed parsnip on his glasses. 7/10
  • deathly hallows: But they were not living, thought Harry: They were gone. The empty words could not disguise the fact that his parents’ moldering remains lay beneath snow and stone, indifferent, unknowing. And tears came before he could stop them, boiling hot then instantly freezing on his face, and what was the point in wiping them off or pretending? He let them fall, his lips pressed hard together, looking down at the thick snow hiding from his eyes the place where the last of Lily and James lay, bones now, surely, or dust, not knowing or caring that their living son stood so near, his heart still beating, alive because of their sacrifice and close to wishing, at this moment, that he was sleeping under the snow with them. fuck this. -500/10

you know that thing in harry potter where jkr writes out all the accents and it’s super annoying? and one of the accents she writes out is the french one, when the people from beauxbatons speak? in french harry potter they haven’t been doing that at all, which has been particularly nice for reading hagrid’s dialogue.

but the beauxbatons people have just arrived… they’re writing out the accent?? I don’t understand?? you’re speaking french, why would you have an accent in french that’s MORE french than the other people speaking french? it’s either that or you’re actually speaking english, in which case how would the phonetics of french words be altered? but there have been french puns? WHAT IS HAPPENING.

I would really love to see Harry Potter redone as an animated cartoon series.

Like: rather than a three-hour movie to retell a book, you get a season of, like, 30-40 half hour episodes.  Which means you get the big dramatic episode about brewing polyjuice in the girls’ room and sneaking into the Slytherin dorms to interrogate Draco about the Heir of Slytherin, and you get the whole end-of-season mega multi-parter that’s like, four episodes long and Sirius Black dying is the cliffhanger end of the second-to-last ep of season 5.  There’s enough time to really delve into what happens.

But I really want this because what you then also get are the utterly random slice-of-life episodes.  Like Pansy’s Bad Day, a filler episode in season 3 where we follow Pansy Parkinson to Hogsmeade and back to the Slytherin common room and see all kinds of random things that were off-screen in the book.  Or the Goblet of Fire episode where Hagrid fails spectacularly at flirting with Madame Maxime so then he goes out into the forest and tames, like, three manticores and rescues a minotaur with a bad temper.  Or a random season 5 episode that’s just a series of escalating pranks the twins pull on Umbridge.  Episodes about upcoming tests and trying to learn random specific spells and all kinds of things.

It’d be a badass anime (and there was that gorgeous fanart that went around tumblr once-upon-a-time to that effect), but I seriously think the right Western studio could do it.  Maybe the guys that did the good Avengers cartoon, or the DCAU.

Basically: where is my Harry Potter spinoff cartoon show.  I demand more.

Unicorns automatically trust trans and nonbinary girls, of course, any girl is welcome in unicorn’s eyes.
But agender and nongendered people, who are very occasionally trusted by unicorns, instead tend to find their equine friends in the Abraxan Horses, like the ones that pull  Madame Maxime’s carriage. While they are less picky about gender than their horned cousins these giant animals are always quick to seek out an agender wizard as their carer when available. 
Hippogriffs on the other hand tend to seek out boys and other masculine leaning people, which is part of the reason they trust Hagrid so much, as he’s a trans man.
—  Submitted by Anonymous