muggle quidditch world cup

2118. Muggleborn alumni becoming ER nurses, confusing doctors by healing trauma wounds while no one is looking.

[An uninvited and ridiculously lengthy interjection from Alex:

This whole topic upsets me so much. St Mungo’s has five departments (not including the visitors’ tearoom and hospital shop. All of these departments deal with magic-related injuries, such as ‘Spell Damage’ and ‘ Magical Bugs and Diseases’, but there’s ostensibly no department to heal injuries which also infect muggles, such as a broken leg or heart disease.

This leaves us with one of two conclusions:

Firstly, it is possible that wizards (including witches – honestly I think using just the term wizards is somewhat sexist but…. It’s shorter) use the muggle services provided for these injuries. But this seems unlikely, given their complete inability to function within the muggle world – for example, we see at the quidditch world cup that many can’t even wear clothing which doesn’t stand out, and they have no understanding of the muggle currency. So it’s difficult to believe that families like the Malfoys and Weasleys are able to utilize these services without raising some serious questions.

Secondly, it’s possible that fixing these problems is really easy for wizards, through the use of potions like Skele-gro, that these problems present so little an issue that there’s no need for a department to cure them. (Caveat: it seems likely that St Mungo’s is the only wizarding hospital, while it is possible that there’s another building which heals these problems it’s never mentioned so seems quite improbable.) For context, this means that *everything the NHS deals with* (or whatever the equivalent healthcare system is in the rest of the world), from terminal illnesses like cancer to the aftermath of severe car accidents, is so easy for Healers to fix that it never gets to them because it can be fixed at home.

And why does this upset me so much? Because it seems likely that wizards can quickly and effortlessly fix the issues which plague (no pun intended) muggles. It would be so easy to help so many people! On an egalitarian basis, that’s clearly the right thing to do – forget working for the ministry like 80% of wizards seem to do, why isn’t there a group working healing people at a ridiculously fast rate?

But this is an issue which doesn’t just apply to healing. I want to know why wizards don’t spend their time helping Muggles in general. While I was happy to accept, as the seven-year old I was when I first read ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’, that it would cause too much fuss to show muggles magic, Hogwarts alumni could be apparating to the refugee camps crowded across Greece and Turkey and filling bottles with clean water in *literally seconds*. For *free*. This wouldn’t even require revealing magic! While many of the problems facing the world are complex matters, many more are as simple as requiring water, shelter, or access to basic hygiene. It requires selfishness to an extreme degree to refuse this, both in our own non-magical society but especially within the wizarding world.

I’m very interested to hear what everyone else thinks about this, so please do reply with your own opinion.

PS I’m very sorry to the person whose submission I hijacked. This wasn’t addressed at your headcanon, more at the absence of this in canon. You’re great, I hope you have a lovely day!]

anonymous asked:

but draco called hermione a mudblood?

yes. yes he did. draco and hermione live in a world colored by the politics of blood prejudice. the hatred of muggle-borns and muggles is pronounced throughout the death eater ranks, if not all of pureblooded society. this prejudice is dangerous and violent and it speaks volumes about the modern wizarding world. the first time the reader hears the word “mudblood”, it’s coming from draco’s mouth and it’s directed towards hermione. the word rolls off his tongue and you see the palpable and passionate hatred a twelve year-old child can harbor towards a classmate when he’s been raised and conditioned to think a certain way.

that harsh reality brought with it the beginnings of the very dark undertones the later HP novels would take on. there are prominent political undercurrents to the story, even as early on as CoS. look at the victims of the basilisk: moaning myrtle, colin creevey, penelope clearwater, justin finch-fletchey. all muggle-borns, all innocent of any wrongdoing, all attacked for their blood status. the malfoys are the bourgeoise, they hold power, land, and title unparalleled by any other family we’re introduced to. they are firm believers in the pureblooded mantra because they have family histories that describe the witch-burnings of the 1700s and the violence that followed. they also stand to benefit from a society that places purebloods at the top.


before hogwarts, it’s highly unlikely that draco was exposed to any muggles or muggle-borns. although lucius claims to harbor no ill-will towards them publicly, words spoken in private between friends and associates at dinner parties and gatherings trickle down to the children playing at their parents feet. a young boy who idolizes his father as much as draco did lucius would take anything he said at face value. when you’re seven and daddy just brought you your first real broomstick and he puts his arm around your shoulder when you finally manage to fly around the big apple tree in the gardens, you’ll believe him when he says that there are certain types of people that we don’t associate with - but keep this a secret, just between you and me, just remember not to get too close with their kind.

now when draco does go off to school, he’s immediately sorted into slytherin. there are no muggle-borns in his house from what we know canonically. he’s hanging out with the kids he’s known since childhood, whose parents are friends with his parents, who believe in the same pureblood mania he’s been taught. draco takes his classes, tries to suck up to the right people, makes sure he looks presentable every day before he leaves his dorm, does everything he can to make his parents proud.

he sees what his father told him about muggle-borns to be true: he is better than them at school, at quidditch, at everything. that is something he strongly believes. so when hermione granger walks up to the front row of desks in the first week of transfiguration and raises her hand like she’s read the whole textbook already, he’s annoyed. who does she think he is, she doesn’t even belong here. she beats him at nearly test in nearly every class, and his hatred intensifies because draco doesn’t think she deserves to be there and his father will be upset because malfoys are never second to anyone but he’s second to a mudblood.


on the other hand, you have hermione, a girl from an upper middle-class family in london, thrown into this world she knew nothing about. she also doesn’t like being second to anyone, and she knows she’s at a disadvantage when she learns that there are some kids who grow up with parents who do magic and brothers and sisters who already started school, so she buys all of her books and reads them, no, memorizes them, because who wants to look stupid in front of other kids? and hermione knows she’s not stupid, but she just wants to learn about everything because it’s so exciting and new. she’s secretly glad that she can fix harry potter’s glasses with magic before ever stepping foot in a hogwarts classroom - when he was sitting in a compartment with ron, a wizard from a magical family who couldn’t do a simple transfiguration spell.

hermione is just scared of not knowing everything and frightened of failure and she doesn’t want to be expelled because that would mean failure and losing magic forever and she can’t go back to that life because it was so utterly boring and now she’ll have missed a year of secondary school and how embarrassing. so she studies hard and does all of the extra credit and writes a minimum of three extra inches for every essay she’s asked to submit because she doesn’t have a magical family to go home to, she loves her parents but she loves her wand as well, and she’s not willing to give either of them up.

when draco malfoy calls her a mudblood, she’s shocked and hurt because she’s tried so hard to do everything she can to fit in with this world but there are still people who will tell her she’s not good enough and she never will be. and this eats away at her until there’s a gaping hole of insecurity and she signs up for more classes than what’s allowed and punches draco malfoy in the face. because hermione’s realizing she doesn’t need to prove herself to anyone but herself (which is why the punch scene is so important in terms of her character development fyi). 


and then in fourth year people are dying, muggles are actually dying at the quidditch world cup and there are weak government attempts to stop things but everyone is just so scared, especially hermione. draco knows that something big is in the works - he doesn’t know what yet - but those filthy muggles will finally learn their place except he doesn’t really want them to get granger because he knows her and he still hates her but granger, they’re after muggles, do you want to be showing off your knickers in midair? because if you do, hang around..they’re coming this way

fast forward to half blood prince, though, and that’s where the fun really starts. draco’s taken the mark, harry has a feeling about it, but it’s hermione who pushes him and says no, no way that’s impossible. hermione sees the good in people, almost always, and just because he was a childhood bully doesn’t mean he’s completely evil. harry’s becoming obsessed, he knows something is up, but she still says he’s being too hotheaded and no way

this is also where you see draco become disillusioned with everything after his father is sent to azkaban, but he’s been marked and he’s been given this task to do and he knows he’s good enough but everything is just so scary because if he doesn’t do it then he and his mother will both die because of the scaly lunatic and it isn’t fun anymore. it’s not real, people are dying and for what? but he has no cards left to play and the dark lord has a full house. so he does what he has to do and he tries and he gets his aunt and the others into the castle but he just can’t kill someone that’s frightening i mean it’s albus bloody dumbledore for merlin’s sake - but he has to, he has to, he has to. and he doesn’t because snape gets in the way just in time - but he’s failed again and he’s starting to realize that his failures have more to do with him than with anyone else.

so when it’s been months and some snatchers show up at his house with harry, ron, and hermione, he’s the only one who could identify them and he knows they think the worst of him because why wouldn’t they? so for the first time in his life he does the right thing - but it’s not enough, not enough because now aunt bella has granger on the floor writhing in pain and she’s using a knife to carve something into her arm. and he thinks it might be a dark mark or maybe just lines or something ironic but no, no no it says mudblood loud and clear and the blood is red - so red, and not muddy. like his. and he realizes that it’s all so wrong. and when it’s the final battle, he just wants his mum and his dad and safety and that’s what’s important - family - not power or money or anything else, especially not blood status.


so, yeah, he called her a mudblood. the key is not letting that mistake define his entire character. this racial tension is actually one of the most important aspects of the draco/hermione relationship. to move forward, they need to accept the past and come to terms with it. i think that putting draco and hermione together would have been a great example of how two people who are so similar in every way except that one could actually learn to love each other. 

Muggle-borns creating spells to allow computers and electronics to work in magical settings

Muggle-borns working at software companies and enchanting their products to work better for a longer period of time

Muggle-borns becoming doctors without borders and using their magic to heal disaster victims

Muggle-borns demanding a general/non-magical education requirement at Hogwarts and other magical schools, so you don’t have a bunch of seventeen-year-old wizards who don’t understand multiplication

Muggle-borns campaigning for Muggle Studies to be a required course, and changing the curriculum so wizarding children are taught that Muggles are people, not some strange “other” that they get to look down on

Muggle-borns holding an education summit with magical and non-magical leaders, discussing the differences between systems and coming up with a new system for both Muggle and Wizarding schools, which is better than either one used to be

Wealthy Muggle-borns cashing in a few galleons every month at  Muggle banks and donating the money (which is nothing to sneeze at; it's gold for heaven’s sake) to charities

Muggle-borns working to change the numerous antiquated systems within the wizarding world

Muggle-borns demanding that Muggles be treated with the respect they deserve as human beings: necessary conditions for memory-altering charms are raised to a higher standard; wizards who plan to use Muggle land for large wizarding events (like the Quidditch World Cup) have to inform the Muggles of who they are and what they’re doing; wizarding law stops being about Muggle protection and starts being about Muggle rights

Muggle-borns using their magic to benefit more than just the wizarding community

anonymous asked:

Lo, you are life safers! Truly, amazing work here, thnkx. The best aus involving soccer ou Quidditch? :*

These are just some favorites that include either football or soccer to some extent (some of the longer ones have important scenes or repeated references in the middle of a bigger plot), but check out our football (soccer) and quidditch tags too!

Football:

Title: Sweet Tooth    
Author: mylifeissocoollike
Rating: Teen and Up
Genre(s): Romance, Friendship
Chapters: 1
Word Count: 2,849
Summary: Lily and James were best friends growing up, but when he moved away and they drifted apart they thought that would be the end of their friendship. But fate has a funny way of working out, and Lily can’t keep herself away from the brownies in the grocery store.

Title: It Could Happen
Author: scared of clouds
Rating: T
Genre(s): Romance, Humour, Fluff
Chapters: 1 (excerpt)
Word Count: ~
Summary: Where they are both HUGE football fans and meet in a pub; first they ‘fangirl’ about footie and then they downright flirt with each other.

Title: Three Swipes, You’re Out
Author: twilightstargazer
Rating: T
Genre(s): Humour, Romance
Chapters: 1
Word Count: 4,342
Summary: Sports star James Potter tries to pick Lily up on tinder. Lily Evans, a dedicated not sports fan is offended by the idea that someone thinks she wouldn’t recognize James Potter’s face. She laughs about it with her friends at a bar, until James Potter, who also frequents that bar, comes over to clarify that nope, he’s on tinder, and he’s definitely hitting on her.

Title: For All My Life    
Author: highandlonelydestiny, LadyLai    
Rating: General Audiences
Genre(s): Muggle AU, Single Parent AU, Soulmate AU
Chapters: 1
Word Count: 13,094
Summary: When saving the bees ends in a happy family.

Title: Blind Dating
Author: MPPmaraudergirl
Rating: T
Genre(s): Romance, Humour
Chapters: 1
Word Count: ~16,000
Summary: Jily Muggle AU: After being set up on a blind date neither agreed to, Lily and James decide that fake dating and staging a horrendous breakup would be the perfect pay-back for their friends’ scheme. But after a while, who can say what’s real and what’s fake? 

Quidditch:

Title: Eight Days
Author: BeeDaily
Rating: Mature
Genre(s): Romance, Humour
Chapters: 3 [WIP]
Word Count: 8,273
Summary: During a week-long exhibition, professional Quidditch player James Potter encounters Lily Evans, Junior Quidditch Correspondent for the Daily Prophet.

Title: The Quidditch Commentator
Author:
petals-to-fish
Rating:
T
Genre(s):
Romance, Humor
Chapters:
14
Word Count:
103,326
Summary:
In the end, it was all thanks to quidditch. Quidditch had brought them together; the captain and the commentator. 

Title: When She Wore the Seeker’s Sweater
Author:
clanmei
Rating:
M
Genre(s):
Romance
Chapters:
1
Word Count:
8,878
Summary:
He couldn’t understand why Lily Evans, Queen of I-won’t-date-James-Potter World, was standing in the Gryffindor stands wearing one of his old sweaters that said ‘Potter’.Her lips were a drug to him and the first taste gave him an instant high.

Title: Untitled
Author: scared-of-clouds
Rating: Not rated
Genre(s): Romance, Fluff
Chapters: 1
Word Count: ~
Summary: Where James is a professional Quidditch player and he’s playing at the World Cup.

Why I Ship Dramione

I have to admit that I adore Pride-and-Prejudice-esque stories where the two come from different backgrounds and develop a hate-to-love relationship. And these two are perfect for that: Muggle-born Hermione and Pure-blood Draco.

But on a deeper note, I think they could really help each other grow as individuals. 

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Imagine Harry Potter in a few years time...

The son of a Death Eater is elected as Minister of Magic. He never identifies himself as a Death Eater, never uses the word “mudblood”, but his talk about keeping Muggle born wizards out of Hogwarts and not letting them have wands certainly gains him support, as does his talk about the brutality of centaurs and werewolves.

Dolores Umbridge has collected some credibility for herself, meanwhile, by purchasing an old wizarding paper that runs articles about these same talking points, as well as conspiracy theories about McGonagall turning out muggle born child armies at Hogwarts and her plots to overturn the ministry. Her readers send in letters about how Voldemort was misunderstood, about how marrying Muggles and Muggle borns is wizarding genocide. How they shouldn’t be made to feel ashamed for being pure blood. Rita Skeeter is their top reporter and has become the public face of the movement to challenge what they consider lame and biased journalism by other wizarding publications like the Daily Prophet. Umbridge doesn’t refer to herself as a Death Eater, but we all know she believes in the same principles as Voldemort. Her paper pushes the same agenda, using different key phrases that don’t raise alarm. The new Minister of Magic taps her as his top advisor.

Meanwhile, acts of terrorism like what happened at the Quidditch World Cup are happening with increased frequency. Muggle born children are being bullied at an alarming rate. The Dark Mark is appearing in the sky all over. Death Eaters and Death Eater sympathizers are talking about how excited they are about the new Minister of Magic, referring to him as their candidate, and saying he shares their principles. They say their time has come again, and that they won’t back down until they make the wizarding world pure again.

Moderate wizards, meanwhile, are sitting back and saying that they will see what the new Minister does, even after everything he’s said. They are chiding muggle borns for being oversensitive and overreacting. Some agree with Rita Skeeter’s articles that most of the reports of Dark Marks were either made up by the Daily Prophet in order to sell papers or staged by Muggle born wizards in order to stir the pot or garner attention. They vocally condemn Harry Potter and his fellow aurors who are advocating fighting this new batch of Death Eaters, insisting that makes him just as bad as a Death Eater and that “violence is never the answer”.

And there you go. Since some of you don’t give a shit about oppression unless it’s happening to fictional white people, I’ve put today’s political climate in terms you can understand and actually give a fuck about.

Real Question: Harry Potter underwear

We all know that in the movie verse, wizards and witches are perfectly well acquainted with modern clothes, but book magical folk? Not so much.

Wizards at the Quidditch World Cup struggle with assembling muggle outfits and Hogwarts dress code is limited to robes only.

In flashbacks we know one Severus Snape had modern, if greying tighty-whities. But he was raised in the muggle world raising the question, what do wizard world residents wear beneath their robes?

Is Minerva McGonagal rocking a corset or hanging loose?

Archie at the World Cup - clad in a muggle nighty remarks that he likes “a healthy breeze round my privates” - does this mean that going commando is the magical standard?

These are the things I wonder…

Insert joke here about Salazar Slytherin’s basilisk and chamber of secrets.

Rose and Teddy at a small cafe in muggle Cape Town, the day before the 2022 Quidditch World Cup, in which England was playing China and Albus was playing as the youngest seeker to play in a World Cup championship since Krum himself.
Taken by Roxanne.

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Uganda may become the first African nation to send a team to the Quidditch World Cup

Real-life Quidditch exists outside Harry Potter’s fictional wizarding world, and the Muggle version even has its own Quidditch World Cup. This year, it will be held in Frankfurt, Germany, from July 23 to 24 and according to the Guardian, it may feature an African team for the first time ever. But one big hurdle (or rather bludger) stands in Team Uganda’s way.

Quidditch World Cup Newb

Ok yall, the Quidditch World Cup is in 3 days and I’m trying to get up to speed on everything from watching YouTube videos, SnitchCenter, etc.

DOES ANYONE WANT TO BESTOW UPON ME SOME QUIDDITCH WORLD CUP WISDOM??

Like, what teams to look out for (or maybe if you play on a team!), etc. I’m going for the very first time, by myself, and I only found out about this wonderful event 2 weeks ago sooooooo. FILL ME IN. Also, I decided to splurge and go with VIP tickets. I just don’t want to look like the lame muggle that has no idea what’s going on ;)  Do people dress up? Should I bring my wand? Is the food awesome? Will it be the best experience of my entire life?? Am I asking too many questions??

davethelittlestrider  asked:

Oh gods how is playing Quidditch in real life? Do you play against someone? Is it interesting?

Quidditch is super fun! I play with other schools in the surrounding area.

Quidditch basics:
So Quidditch is like the movies except we can’t fly, the snitch is a person who has a tennis ball inside of a sock attached to their pants, there are three bludgers, and the snitch is worth 30 points instead of 150.
There’s a lot more rules. One the most important ones is that it had to be coed. If you go on YouTube and look up World Cup VIII or muggle Quidditch videos should come up.