meaning of hidden things

important things to remember

  • three houses stood between harry potter and pansy parkinson
  • mr & mrs weasley fought the battle of hogwarts without knowing where ron was
  • harry was so caught up in battle prep he forgot about the horcrux thing
  • neville & his herbology buddies threw mandrakes @ death eaters 
  • then neville used venomous tentacula to ensnare them
  • sir cadogan being IN HIS ELEMENT and rushing from painting to painting shouting encouragement @ people
  • mrs norris hissed & batted at owls
  • firenze showed up to fight 
  • poor hermit bewildered alberforth dealt w/ literally hundreds of people passing in & out of his house & then came to fight when he realized what was happening
  • slughorn finally decided his loyalties
  • ron: “so what’s new with you?”
  • colin creevy snuck back in after the evacuation
  • ron went after the basilisk fangs & remembered parseltongue to get them
  • hermione’s quick thinking w/ that slide literally saved their lives
  • mrs augusta longbottom put on her hat before she came to see what the what was up @ hogwarts
  • even the Headless Hunt people showed up
  • all the portraits encouraged ppl
  • instead of grieving in the great hall, ginny went outside, probably to be alone, and found it in herself to comfort a scared, lost girl whimpering for her motherneville & wood gathering the dead
  • professor trelawney throwing crystal balls down @ people
  • percy cursed the minister of magic & cracked a joke
  • minerva in her tartan dressing gown w/ a flock of galloping desks trailing behind
  • peeves dropped snargaluff pods onto death eaters so they were covered in wriggling, fat green worms
  • a dying snape was still with it enough to give harry those memories
  • He is dead!
  • mcgonagall’s scream
  • He beat you!
  • neville charged voldemort and mouthed off to him & slayed tf out of that snake
  • hagrid had his bro carry him from the cave to hogwarts, got shoved through a window, got carried away by giant spiders, and sobbed & carried dead harry all the way back to hogwarts
  • the rest of the centaurs, everyone & their mom, the threstrals, and even buckbeak came to fight
  • kreacher leading all the house elves w/ carving knives & cleavers stabbing & hacking @ death eaters
  • Not my daughter, you bitch!
  • harry literally waited until the opportune moment to reveal himself & it was so dramatic. bless him, sirius would’ve been so proud.
  • harry tried to get voldy to try remorse and redeem himself
  • ppl throwing food out the window into grawp’s mouth
  • blessed luna saw that harry was exhausted & distracted ppl so he could get out of the great hall
  • peeves immediately made up a verse about moldy voldy
  • harry: i’ve had enough trouble for a lifetime. *immediately joins the aurors*

Okay, here’s the thing:

There are easier ways of sleeping with someone that don’t involve you taking a person 1000s of miles away on the other side of the kingdom and doing it in a tower hidden in the mountains. Particularly when you’re the crown prince with his own lands and castle.

So, what does this tower have that Dragonstone does not? That King’s Landing does not? Those are good places for a short-term affair. They would have definitely gotten there quicker than going all the way to the Tower of Joy. If they loved each other and wanted each other, then what exactly was the long term plan, here? Hide in the mountains until shit hits the fan? Hide in the mountains and hope for the best? Hide in the mountains and shirk all your responsibilties to your kingdom and your family? For the sake of what– an extramarital affair?

Picking such a remote location means two things:

1) Rhaegar wanted to stay hidden
2) Rhaegar wanted to stay hidden for a *long* time

There is no other justification. The journey alone there might have taken nearly a month. You know that it’s hidden and that few people know about it. You know people can’t find you easily. You know you want to have this affair. You know picking a closer location means your plans could be ended prematurely.

I don’t think those plans were merely to have fun and be in love.

This is compounded by the simple fact that he left three knights behind with orders to fight whoever crosses that threshold– even if it’s Lyanna’s very own brother, one of two she has left.

Rhaegar plans involved pregnancy. I cannot and will not be ever be convinced otherwise. He said it himself; there must be one more, the dragon has three heads. You want to say he loved Lyanna? Fine, whatever. But Rhaegar did not pick a place that remote because he wanted to fool around. He picked a place where a woman– a girl, really –can go through nine months of pregnancy without the risk of being withdrawn before she’s due.

Rhaegar wanted to get her pregnant. While that is almost certainly what he wanted, then what did Lyanna want? And please, let’s be honest: a fifteen year old girl would be hard pressed to agree to being a mother by the age of sixteen. Particularly when her #1 issue with Robert Baratheon was an abundance of babies born out of wedlock– in other words, bastard children.

But okay. You get the teenager pregnant. You go off to fight this war you started. You know you want the baby she’s having to live through whatever comes next. You tell your knights they are to protect that baby from anyone and everyone.

Nevermind the dying girl inside– make sure the baby lives. Make sure that no one, not even his uncle, can get to him.

Because like. Who was Ned there for? He didn’t know about a baby. He was there to collect his sister who, unbeknowst to him, is dying (and if it’s childbed fever, has been dying for a couple of days) and has a newborn baby. The knights knew what he was there for. The knights had to make sure he couldn’t get to her.

And like, here’s the thing. Rhaegar knows how dangerous pregnancy is as a teenager. His own mother gave birth to him at 13 years old and suffered miscarriage after dead baby after miscarriage. Elia was an adult woman who was bedridden for a year after giving birth. Rhaegar knows the risk Lyanna’s taking for him. Do you think he cared about her enough to spare her all that?

(Clearly not.)

We cannot continue to perpetuate this notion that Rhaegar was smart but also super stupid when it came to his heart. Oh, he was raised as a prince and read books all the time and knew all about politics, but he was just so in LOVE you don’t understand it was just MEANT TO BE and he just ADORED HER.

The tower of joy was not a love nest. It was first and foremost, an incubator. It was first and foremost, the best and most secure place to fulfill that prophecy you’ve been obsessed with since you could read.

Then sure, you can say you loved her, why the fuck not? Because a love that is contingent on pregnancy is totally a wholesome, true love– right?

So, yeah, I’m sure there’s a reason he picked Lyanna. I’m just not sure love’s the reason.

Halfway Home

Everyone, I am very glad to say I’m halfway through my new script. And it is analytical, educational, focused, and shows examples of points being made. It is entirely on spooky and how to achieve spooky and why spooky works.

And the other half is all about the kind of ‘hidden meanings & symbols’ fun I bring to things like Wham City Comedy work.

You’re gonna get a single video that’s half breakdown of fear and its mechanics, and half artistic interpretation and symbol puzzle-cracking. All on the same topic.

I am so, so happy to be back in business. This is the best possible topic and approach to come back with and really sets the tone for some things I want to achieve this year.

The Water Signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces) in general all have this way of intuiting the hidden meanings in every gesture, word and sentiment, never particularly taking things at face value. When they seem hurt or “overly sensitive” perhaps, it is because, unless you are of this personality that really does see and feel things to their deepest level, nothing quite seems as layered or instilled with as much meaning as they feel. 

Reasons why this OQ arc gives me a headache

Sometimes I take a pride in that I am good at spotting what an episode is about. Common themes, messages, hidden meanings, such sort of things. But this new mini arc honestly confuses me. 

Let me see if I am getting it right. Wish-Robin is currently very upset, because Regina brought him to a place where everything reminds him to a persona he is not. Regina, Regina, that was not nice of you,  forcing Robin to go to Storybrooke like this! Oh wait… 

The thing is, Regina DID NOT force Robin anywhere, bringing him over was not even her idea! It was Emma’s. And Robin was too eager to take her word, even before Regina could have say anything but „so…”. 

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listen up chumps here’s one of the last big things I have to say on this issue: authorial intent doesn’t mean shit the second it leaves the creators’ hands.  I mean, sure, it lends a lot to the way the work is executed.  It leaves its marks in the deliberate choices made in every aspect of the work.  But does that mean that the way the author meant for it to be interpreted is the only way it can be interpreted?

No.  Fuck no.  That’s why we have English classes - to pick apart and analyse things for hidden meanings or meanings that the author didn’t even intend.  I’m fairly certain all the yuppos who are shitting on the trans theory have made it past high school level at the very least and have had one class where they analysed literature - well, children’s cartoons aren’t invalid as pieces of literature just because they’re “for kids” or animated.  It’s a piece of media and therefore open to critique - and interpretation.  

If something isn’t explicitly stated in the canon of the show, it’s up for interpretation.  The races of certain characters aren’t always made clear - for example, it’s never made clear what skin color Harry or Hermione have in Harry Potter, but there’s plenty of people who headcanon them as Indian and black or anything else.besides white because it adds another layer of meaning into the narrative.  There’s lots of metaphors for modern-day issues in the disdain for mudbloods in the wizarding world or the Dursley’s hatred for magic, but a black Hermione isn’t just about magical purity, it’s about racial purity in the context of the world we’re living in today.  Harry being biracial lends more weight to the absolutely disgusting way the Dursley’s treat the Potter family.  We in the real world don’t deal with magical purity but we do deal with racism, and through these analogies we feel the weight of the issues.  

Works are dated, there’s no way around it.  Everything’s a period piece because it’s influenced by how the world was when it was made.  Obviously the issues presented in them aren’t going to be the same as years later, when people are still enjoying them.  So - no.  Butch Hartman did not create Danny to be trans.  He’s a Christian and he’s rooted in archaic ways.  The show came out in 2004, when LGBTQIIA+ issues were not being addressed in media as much as they are starting to be now.  But is there a lot of evidence that lend itself to trans Danny?  Hell yes.  Look at what you have here - a kid who is different from his classmates, who is afraid to be himself around them, around parents who won’t understand, who might react with violence if they find out.  This is how some young trans kids grow up.  Some kids never get to a point in their lives where they can be out - some kids have parents who won’t understand, who will hurt them in order to “fix” them.  Kids whose peers would mock and berate them for not fitting in.  The synopsis for Danny Phantom already has every aspect of a trans narrative, just swapping “being trans” for “being ghost”.

Stop trying to tell people that they can’t believe in something because it’s “not canon” because hey, guess what - it’s not not canon.  Butch Hartman saying it doesn’t do anything to combat the way his work can be interpreted.  If someone finds the evidence in the show to suggest that Danny is trans, then guess what - he’s trans.  Deal with it.

Orillion Starsurge

“We live within a world that is deaf and blind onto itself. It clamors in the dark searching for hidden meaning and truth in all things. It is only when you are able to see with eyes unfettered will you will truly set yourself free.”

for @felthier

My Two Cents

I keep seeing people talking about Dan’s latest video. Some are upset because they expected something different. Others are upset because they don’t want people pressuring Dan.

I think it’s important to remember that YouTube is Dan’s career. Yes, with his live shows and Twitter interaction, he seems closer to us but he is actually a professional. Someone we only know through a screen. Not to mention he is a grown man.

He will post whatever he wants, whenever he wants. If he says something in a live show or in a tweet about uploading something then he does not become bound to it. He has every right to go back on his word.

And if something unexpected is uploaded, consider the possibility that his words may have been over exaggerated or taken out of context. He is often very sarcastic and not every word out of his mouth has a hidden meaning.

Also, he is human. Sometimes things may slip through his teeth during live shows. In a fit of emotions, he may mention something unintended in a tweet. Don’t punish him for it. Don’t start making demands and accusations because of it.

I agree that perhaps he should take a bit more caution with his words as he knows how enthusiastic his audience is, but I personally would rather have him as is than a robot controlling every word. And if someone does disagree with something he says then do tell him. He may be unaware of some things. But don’t start attacking him for it. Simply educate him on the matter and I’m sure he will be more sensitive to any such topic next time.

Also, as harsh as it may sound, Dan is not our friend. He is a content creator. Yes, he may care about his audience. But at the end of the day he has himself to care for and can’t just work to please us. He needs to think about his future and posting certain videos may cause a change in his career that he may not want. Or perhaps he just doesn’t want to reveal things. Whatever they may be. Or there also is the possibility that there is nothing to reveal.

If you are curious about certain aspects of his life then just be patient and respectful. Perhaps one day he will reveal himself more. But not if people continue to smother him.

He works hard. He deserves to be respected for it. Appreciated for it. Supported for it. If you care for him then watch his videos. Write positive comments and tweets regarding it. And then perhaps someday that barrier between creator and viewer will become thinner and he’ll welcome his audience more into his life. But if he never does then so be it.

And now on a slightly different note, I also think people need to remember that Dan is not a child and can protect himself. Defense from the community is great. Even a grown man can use some support when some individuals forget their boundaries. But there is no need to throw nasty words around and fight with each other. I’m sure Dan wouldn’t want that either. Be understanding of him and be understanding of each other. Become a nicer Internet.

So I’ve already posted about this but:

(Found in the source code)

“Hello Gravity Falls fans! I am glad you took time to look at the source. Good luck on finding all the hidden things I placed throughout the site. I will let you have two by browsing the rest of the source code below. The rest must be found on your own!”

Which means that there are things hidden all around the site- including in that source code. Since I can’t read source code beyond the words written in it, someone should probably look at that.

We all know Alex Hirsch, and he loves to put in clues that no one finds until it’s too late.

Does anyone happen to know javascript??