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New (less culturally appropriative) Ilvermonry House suggestions

So I’m not sure if anyone’s done this yet (they probably have and I don’t feel like scouring the internet to find out), but I thought I might make some suggestions for alternate house names and mascots for the Ilvermorny school in America. As an American, I was really excited to have an American side added to the wizarding world, yet I, like many, was incredibly dissapointed with J.K. Rowling’s insensitivity to Native American culture (and most of the sociopolitical, cultural, racial and historical nuances of this country, but that’s another post). When first announced, I was inclined to reject them and ignore Ilvermorny altogther. But as time went on, I really did begin to like the idea of the school, and I have lots of ideas for American wizard characters and stories set at Ilvermorny that I want to write. I also like what each house represents, because I think it’s a really interesting way to divide them. It’s just, the mascots and names are so…. just no. I don’t want to perpetuate and normalize cultural appropriation, and so I have decided that, for the purpose of my own understanding of Ilvermorny (and in my eventual fanfic) I will be swapping out the creatures and beings from different Native American cultures for literal animals that are native(ish…) to the Massachusetts area. The names are still preliminary, but I think the new mascots capture the spirits of each house. 

So, without further ado, I present my version of the four Ilvermonry Houses: 


Represents a wizard’s body; favors warriors

Mascot: The bear 

Originally posted by littlepawz

At first, I intended the former Wampus house to be represented by the terrifying and fierce grizzly bear, but grizzlies are native to the western part of the continent, and the founders of Ilvermorny would not have encountered them. And so, I decided to go with a black bear, technically, but I’m sure modern members of the house also identify with grizzlies. And polar bears. And possibly pandas, although those aren’t technically bears. “Ursares” is based on the Latin word for bear, Ursa, but made to sound cool and more official. I originally considered making the mascot of this house a Puma, but decided that that was too easy. And also, bears are cute and scary and great. 

So, go Bears! 


Represents a wizard’s heart; favors Healers

Mascot: The Bee

Originally posted by exitthroughthegif

This one stumped me for a while, but I eventually decided that the former Pukwudgie house would be best represented by a honey bee. Honey has healing properties, so the Healer connection works there. Also, bees are generally nice and won’t harm you until you try to harm them; at that point, they will put their very lives into the wounds they inflict, which to me captures the idea of the “wizard’s heart”. Though they be but small, they be fierce :) Once again, “Apidae” is taken from the Latin word for bee.

Go bees! 


Represents a wizard’s mind; favors Scholars 

Mascot: The Great Blue Heron

Originally posted by riverwindphotography

[I wanted a more majestic gif for this, but I couldn’t find one. Oh well]

While I originally was trying to think of some reptile that would capture the spirit of the former Horned Serpent house, I eventually concluded that the North American animal which best captures the aloof, mysterious nature of this house is the Great Blue Heron. If you’ve ever seen one in person, you will understand. They’re just so… majestic. They look like dinosaurs when they fly, and they’re very elusive. They seem like they would be wise. As far as the name goes, “Ardea” is the Latin world for Heron. However, I didn’t want two houses to start with the same letter and I was pretty set on Apidae, and so I added the prefix “Magna” which means great, because it’s the “great” blue heron, and also this house seems the most pretentious :) (this is my house, so I am allowed to say that). This is the name that I’m the least sure of, because it still sounds kind of weird to me, but it’s what I’ve got for now. 

So, go Herons! 


Represents a wizard’s soul; favors Adventurers

Mascot: The Rattlesnake

Originally posted by chevreboy

Once I became sold on the Heron as a mascot, I decided not to go with another bird for the former Thunderbird house. I was drawing a blank, until one of my friends suggested the rattlesnake, and I think it fits. I associate them with the woods and with the desert, which are far out places where one might go adventuring. Also, they’re known for their sound, which is also an association with Thunderbirds, so that sort of works. There’s danger and venom here. “Crotalus” is their Latin genus name, and I think it works as a House name without any modification. 

I do like this mascot, but I would be open to other ideas for this house too. I think I considered wolf, coyote, different kinds of raptors such as hawks or vultures, and maybe an albatross? But again, I wanted four very different animals, and I already have a four-legged mammal and a bird house, and I can’t think of any other reptiles that are native to the Massachusetts area and that capture the spirit of Thunderbird (turtles don’t seem to work). 

So (for now), go Rattlesnakes! 

                             “Thifost. They do not know you.Sharp talons rest over sunset manes, the slight pressure keeping massive calts at bay; heads held low & skulking, maws somewhat parted, inhaling foreign scent. If it were not for the Empress’s presence, they would have lunged for the dwarf in seconds—Caltixens were wary of unfamiliar beings, defensive and known to be aggressive. Fingertips trail along ridged horns in an act of soothing: they refuse to settle, though she can feel them relax beneath calming touch. 
              Do not worry, they shan’t attack ‘less I allow them. Wild as Caltixens can be, loyalty is important to them once established.

                    & @valorforged

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I was tagged a bit ago by @zhe-lazy-fox, so I thought that now would be the perfect time to do that

Rules: Answer 20 questions and tag 20 followers/people you would like to get to know better.

  • Name: Alex

  • Nickname: Alex, fajita man

  • Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

  • Height: 5′6″ ish

  • Ethnicity: Native American and Peruvian

  • Orientation: Biroace

  • Favourite Fruit(s): mmm strawberries, watermelon, raspberries, peaches, the good stuff

  • Favourite Season: definitely a tie between all of the seasons except for summer

  • Favourite Book(s): HP, PJO, the martian, kira kira, lord of the flies, idk man, lots

  • Favourite Flower(s): Lily of the Valley, forget me nots, camellias, 

  • Favourite Animal(s):  cats, dogs, foxes, deer, elephants, lotsa animals

  • Favourite Beverage: water

  • Average Hours of Sleep: hmmm, 5-8 maybe?

  • Favourite Fictional Characters: oh man, there are so many, but for this blog, I absolutely adore everyone on team voltron (the bestest)

  • Number of Blankets You Sleep With: probably just 1?, sometimes 2

  • Dream Trip: basically anywhere, just as long as I have good company like @miraculouspaladins ^.^

  • Blog Created: this blog was created on June 30, 2016

  • Number of Followers: all you gotta know is that it’s above 6,666 (and they’re all brilliant and I love them all)

  • What Do I Post About: this is a side blog dedicated to voltron (with memes and the occasional post that’s not)

  • Do I Get Asks On a Regular Basis: not really? I mean, if there’s an event or something that’s been started, then yeah, but not really?

  • Aesthetic: pretty, all kinds of aesthetics, idk

  • Favorite Band/Artist: glee cast

  • Fictional Characters I’d Date: lots

  • Hogwarts House: I think I was ravenclaw/slytherin

tagging: @viktoor, @pan-lance, and basically anyone else who wants to? cause, I suck at tagging and I forget people, and if you want to, do it, yeah


Yo yo it’s me @gaijingrace I meant to just change my url but ended up deleting my entire flipping url (trying not to curse in actual posts because that’s not very classy)
You may recognize me by my “people who learn their third language through their second are force of nature” and maybe my Yuri on Ice vocab list (if anyone has reblogged this push it towards me please)
Studying Japanese, wanting to get more into Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Russian, and Arabic
I’m a young 1-something with an ever diminishing supply of self-worth and I’m not going to lie most of what I post will be queued and not made by me but hey when I do summon enough will to live my posts are quite spicy
Believe it or not I’m an actual native-ish English speaker


Tolkien’s king of Rohan is unsubtly named from the Old English word þeoden (pronounced theoden), literally “ruler of the people”. Old English þeod means ‘people’ and is etymologically related to deutsch and dutch, both from the Proto-Germanic word *þiudiskaz, literally 'people-ish". So the Dutch language is the ’(native) people-ish language’ as opposed to nonnative Latin. 

The -en part of Theoden is perhaps the same as the -in part of Odin, whose Old English name is WodenTheoden is the ruler of the theod 'people’, while Woden is the ruler of wod 'rage, fury’, a term originally associated with intoxicated, divinely inspired poetic prophecy.