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anonymous asked:

There are not enough creative arts in the wizarding world. What did purebloods do for fun? Besides sit around shit talking. I love the idea of wizards going to the opera. So wizarding opera and such.

An entire wizarding culture exists that we aren’t privy to because we’re limited to Harry’s POV. His interaction with wizard society is limited to his exposures at Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, and wherever the (poor) Weasleys take him. So, let’s talk about what wizards and witches do to pass the time, yes?

Creative Arts

The Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts (W.A.D.A.) exists for wizard kids who want to act. This indicates a larger creative society at large, no? Wizard play houses, experimental theaters, great stage performances. Operas, sure. Magical sets that move on their own and seats with cushioning charm and amazing magical effects. The costumes. Musical adaptations of Muggle folk-tales. Interpretive stories of Wizarding fairy tales. (Could you imagine going to see the Three Brothers acted out I would die of happiness.) Going was an all-consuming experience. I’ve written about competing wizard playhouses before. So think about all the things that go into a production – writers and producers and set designers and prop masters and composers and musicians and choreographers and costume designers actors and financiers. It’s an entire industry.

Dance & Music
Move beyond that and consider dance. Two-hour ballets with self-playing orchestras. Formal dance competitions. Interpretive dancers. Muggleborn dancers who wow the audience with their wild moves. Dance lessons and a formal dance school and smaller dance studios. Private tutors to come and teach young pureblood boys the intricate, archaic wizarding dances. Formal balls where the wizards can’t help but show off and less formal dance nights. A formal concert hall in London where the formal wizard orchestra plays. A music school for young witches and wizards. Weird and delightful instruments from all over the wide wizarding world with musical influences that span the globe. Smaller music halls. For giggles: edgy wizard bands misappropriating muggle culture.

Radio is a staple of wizarding society. Before television, audio was it. The family sat around and listened to the radio while they did needlework or wrote letters or read the paper. Or they just sat and listened. That’s exactly what JK describes. WWN had to have been so rich and varied. We see how easy it is to start a wizard broadcast—Lee Jordan & co seem to manage with portable equipment, so I’d imagine everyone and their great-uncle Milton has taken a turn on WWN. Broadcast stations devoted entirely to Quidditch—pre-match commentary, live broadcasts of the matches, gossip about the players, speculation and standings recaps Neville tunes into this croaky wizard who talks for two hours every night about best Greenhouse practices. Pamona probably has her own station tbh. Political programs catered to every view. Same for music. Of course, the news. Romance soap operas by day (I see you Molly Weasley) and serial radio dramas by night. Satire type skit performances. Murder mysteries. Dramatic readings of popular books and plays. Wizard comedian programs (two hours of wand jokes) and variety specials. Interviews with famous people.

In the 80s some wizards tried to start a British Wizarding Broadcasting Corporation. It failed, but the interest was there! 

Paint, Sculpture, Pottery
Painting & sculpting—Portraiture is still very in-demand thing in the wizarding world, so people are formally trained as painters and probably make a decent living at it. I think you’d be more apt to apprentice under an existing artist rather than go to a formal school, but that’s cool. Aside from that, painting landscapes was a popular thing to do, I’d imagine. And just painting for fun? Wizard paint exists. I’m sure people used it. Same for sculpting. Public sculptures. Wizards love their memorial statues. Can you imagine they had to hold submissions for James & Lily’s memorial statue. You could shape raw materials with magic, carve from stone with a combination of magic spells and tools. LIVING installations where you’ve used magic to influence the shape of trees. Wizard photography is a thing. Small art galleries and shows.

 Fashion – robes, cloaks, dragon skin boots. Peacock feathers. THE HATS. That shit is where it’s at, man, and I’m here for it. Design schools! There’s probably only eight designers but that’s ok. Small wizard fashion shows. Home – rich purebloods wanting their houses to be tasteful. Furniture design. Product design. Fabrics. Wizards doing research on Muggle things and seeing what might be useful for the wizarding world. Architecture stresses me out, so I’ll pass. BUT you can assume there’s an entire design subculture as well. Somewhat stifled, but it exists.

The literary wizarding world is so, so rich. We know of several publications (Witch Weekly, Transfiguration Today, Morning & Evening Prophets, Quibbler) but how much haven’t we been exposed to? At least one major publishing house, but probably several. Comic books and novellas and children’s books and memoirs. Books centered on every specialty and magazines catered to every interest group.

Personal Hobbies and Interests

Writing Letters
I think you underestimate how many letters these people write and how long writing a letter with a quill and ink actually takes. They spend an inordinate amount of time writing letters and coaxing their owls down so they can actually send said letters.

Formal Quidditch clubs. Going to Quidditch matches. After Quidditch-parties. The Weasleys were too poor to really partake but I’d imagine most families (because Quidditch seems to be SO popular) spent time invested in Quidditch.

See above. Also, wizards and witches spent a good deal of time learning more magic, because you’re never going to run out of magic to learn. There’s always going to be a new charm or potion that will make your life easier, or that will just be fun.

Wizards spend loads of time tinkering. Experimenting. They all seem to pick a specialty and stew in it for a solid 20-40 years. Mrs. Weasley tinkers in her kitchen and garden, Mr. Weasley in his shed. Minerva does her needlework. Her husband died in a freak Herbology accident. Dumbledore researched his uses of dragon’s blood, as one does. Probably most wizards and witches partake in at least some tinkering of questionable legality (Mr. Weasley and his car, Hagrid and his dragon), but isn’t that half the fun?

Gossip: See below.

Tea and gardening.


Alt gathering under a random pretext to gossip and show off your new hat.

The Wizarding world (best as I can figure) operates largely on charity to help the less fortunate. The bigger charities provides the fund for books for needy Hogwarts students, fundraisers for St. Mungo’s, libraries, etc. But because it’s the wizarding world, most societies are probably either obscure and/or unnecessary. Charities that raise money to protect a dragon species that hasn’t lived in England for eight years, etc. etc. All these well-intentioned people belonging to more societies than they know what to do with–teas, suppers, etc. Nothing has been done in sixty years, but it passes the time. 

Most are misguided, obscure, and unnecessary–Save the Mandrakes. Ethical Treatment of Nifflers (against the Niffler Treasure Hunting Group). Stop Witch Burning Now. End the Statute of Secrecy. Loads of them stemmed from petty personal disputes. Everyone knows Amelia B. started End Taxidermy Now as a direct jibe at Augusta Longbottom’s ridiculous hat. The Society for Respectable Hem Length started when a group of elderly witches thought the new robes that showed ankles were scandalous and going to be the ruination of society. Some are more serious - Friends of Muggles. Werewolves’ Rights. Others are awful, but probably existed—The Muggle Hunting referendum, for instance. Some groups actually aim to get legislation passed or blocked. Mostly, it’s to bitch. Loads of time spent fretting over badge design and pamphlet wording and distribution here.

I’d imagine there’s a formal club (or ten) for every obscure plant, potion, creature, game, and spell in the wizarding world. Respective Wizards Witches Gobstones Clubs. (Separated because the men kept scheduling meetings during the WWN soap opera.) A Niffler (Treasure Hunters) Society. Curse-breakers societies. A Wizards Chess Tournament circuit. Formal Dueling clubs.  Ex. Herbology. Probably at least sixty herbology societies based on plant type. My redneck, deer hunting dad has started selling hostas. It’s hilarious, but you’d be amazed at the hosta subculture. He goes to hosta conventions and colleges, belongs to different clubs oriented around on different types of hostas. Hosta swaps. Local, regional, and national hosta chapters that convene monthly. Imagine that but for every type of weird, delightful plant in the wizarding world. Clubs that go out and try to find a rare weed that only blooms once every seven years in a particular spot of woods, etc.

For the tinkerers and life-long learners. People interested in taking notes on their research and collaborating. Some furthering certain branches of magic or reviving dead branches. Establishing best practices for fields. A new spell or potion is occasionally invented, but this is by and large lots of dick measuring and explosions. Probably a wizards enamored with motorbikes club, founded by Mr Weasley.

Where real stuff gets done. Potion mastery accreditation programs and clubs once they’ve received that accreditation. Aurors clubs. Clubs within the Ministry. Mentoring programs for career-orientated witches. Babysitting co-operatives. Healing programs and certifications and societies based on area of specialty. Trade associations. Potions symposiums.

I know I’m leaving tons out but that’s a brief synopsis on my random headcanons.