north south books

A Handy Guide to Pretty Much Every Period Movie Ever:
-If a man and woman’s hands touch, they are as good as married.
-If anyone coughs, they will die before the movie is over.
-The main female character will fall for the arrogant dude with sideburns.
-If the sun starts to rise/set between two people’s faces, they are about to kiss.

Page of my BoS including the four directions of the witches compass, taken from; Traditional Witchcraft, by Gemma Gary

@fern-goddess In response to your question to my other blog, these are the meanings behind the sigils/seals, hope this helps
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He said to himself, that he hated Margaret, but a wild, sharp sensation of love cleft his dull, thunderous feeling like lightning, even as he shaped the words expressive of hatred. His greatest comfort was in hugging his torment; and in feeling, as he had indeed said to her, that though she might despise him, contemn him, treat him with her proud sovereign indifference, he did not change one whit. She could not make him change. He loved her, and would love her; and defy her, and this miserable bodily pain. North and South, Chapter 26.

“He could not forget the touch of her arms around his neck, impatiently felt as it had been at the time; but now the recollection of her clinging defence of him seemed to thrill him through and through, to melt away every resolution, all power of self-control, as if it were wax before a fire.”
– North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell

Book recs for Gryffindors!

Gif source | More recs: gryffindor (pt. 2), hufflepuff (pt. 1 and pt. 2), ravenclaw (pt. 1 and pt. 2), slytherin (pt. 1and pt. 2) | text by @viegsen and @juan-nieves

House traits: brave, daring, chivalrous, strong willed, just, honorable, courteous, reckless, short tempered, disregard for rules

  • JUSTICE: WHAT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO, by Michael J. Sandel - non fiction - Gryffindors care about justice, but knowing what’s the right thing to do isn’t always easy (as Hermione found out when her well intentioned plan to free the house elves didn’t exactly pan out). This book ponders on ethical dilemmas and the meaning of justice, and will help a Gryffindor navigate the grey areas of life.
  • THE HUNGER GAMES, by Suzanne Collins - YA; dystopia; romance - Well I don’t have to tell you about the plot of The Hunger Games, do I? IMO it’s pretty clear that Katniss is a Gryffindor, all that poaching and volunteering to go to a death arena in the place of her sister, and sticking it to the Capitol, then joining a revolution… girl couldn’t be more Gryffindor if she was carrying around Godric’s sword instead of a bow and arrow.
  • THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, by Baroness Emma Orczy - historical fiction; adventure; romance - In the height of the French Revolution’s Terror, a mysterious English gentleman known only as the “Scarlet Pimpernel” recklessly risks his own life in order to rescue men, women and children condemned to die at the guillotine, and smuggles them out of France in daring escapes. Who is this brave fellow? Why, a Gryffindor, obviously.
  • THE ASSASSIN’S CURSE, by Cassandra Rose Clarke - YA; fantasy; romance - Ananna of the Tanarau is a pirate. When her parents try to marry her off to a guy from another pirate clan, she escapes, but the scorned clan sends an assassin after her. Problem: while fighting him, Ananna accidentally binds them together with a curse that can only be broken after three impossible tasks are completed. You guys, Ananna is such a Gryffindor - I mean, strong willed? check. Daring? check. Short tempered? Disregard for rules? check AND check. She’s awesome, and reading about her adventures with Naji, the moody assassin is a delight. Girl power! Lesbian princesses! Hilarious manticores! Shitty wizards! This book’s got it all.
  • LORD OF THE RINGS, by J.R.R. Tolkien - fantasy - LotR is really all about adventure, courage, friendship,  honor, daring, fighting against evil and all that, and there are so many Gryffindors in this story. Isn’t everyone from the Fellowship a Gryffindor?
  • JANE EYRE, by Charlotte Brontë - romance - Jane Eyre is a boss. Everyone likes to talk about Mr. Rochester, but what most struck me when reading this was that Jane had nerves of steel, and that is a huge Gryffindor trait. She stands up against bullies all her life, she has an inate sense of justice, and doesn’t take any shit from Mr Rochester, and when she leaves his house without a penny in her pocket it’s like, damn, this girl is brave as hale.
  • PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, by Jane Austen - romance - Isn’t Elizabeth a total Gryffindor? She takes no one’s shit and has a brave streak that shows when she stays true to herself, standing up to everyone that tells her she’s wrong in doing so. She has pride, a very strong sense of right and wrong, and can’t stand the thought of someone being mistreated for having some sort of disadvantage. She also jumps to conclusions and assumes a lot, which tends to bite her in the ass in more than one ocasion (again, Hermione much?).
  • NORTH & SOUTH, by Elizabeth Gaskell - romance - North & South is kind of like Pride & Prejudice in the Industrial Revolution. Basically imagine Mr. Darcy as an industrialist and Margaret as a gently-bred country girl who moves to a manufacturing town and is appalled by the working conditions, general poverty, etc, so she takes up the fight against social injustice, which invariably puts her at odds with Mr. Thornton. Now, he might be a (delicious) Slytherin but damn if Margaret isn’t a Gryffindor: strong willed and just and brave (and also a little reckless tbh). (Also I’ll have you Gryffindors know that you got my top 3 favourite romances, JE, P&P, and N&S).
  • HIS DARK MATERIALS, by Philip Pullman - fantasy; YA - This epic fantasy trilogy has everything a Gryffindor would love to read about: a story set in an unknown and fantastical place, brave and adventurous characters, creatures that are kinda like a permanent patronus (but more awesome than that tbh), and really creepy villains. I’m not gonna spoil you on these books because it’s really great going into them not knowing much, but I’ll just say you should pick up your lion daemon and follow Lyra while she carries on her quest to save her friend and then oh so much more.
  • THE DIVINERS, by Libba Bray - YA; fantasy - A lot about this novel feels very reminiscent of Harry Potter as character: you get a girl that wants to get out of a place filled with not very nice memories, a special power that puts her in quite a dangerous situation, and a brave nature that leads her to get involved in spite of her fear. Set in the 1920s and with a plot that centers around mysterious murders, this book features an obscure villain Gryffindors would both like to read about and take down themselves.
  • THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING, by T.H. White - fantasy - This is kind of an off-beat retelling of the Arthurian legends, and what could possibly be more Gryffindor than King Arthur and his brave knights and all that stuff about chivalry and quests, etc? I’m just gonna leave you guys with a quote from the book, which sounds just like something Dumbledore would say: “The bravest people are the ones who don’t mind looking like cowards”.
  • THE THREE MUSKETEERS, by Alexandre Dumas - historical fiction - I thought of Gryffindor for this book because reading it is the equivalent of Harry checking out Snape’s memories and finding out the Marauders were kiiiind of a bunch of dicks. Because turns out, so were the Musketeers! Sometimes the combination of certain Gryffindor traits like short temper, recklessness and disregard for rules (and a little arrogance, lbr) ends up being quite unsavoury.

“All this gladness in life, all honest pride in doing my work in the world, all this keen sense of being, I owe to her!“ And it doubles the gladness, it makes the pride glow, it sharpens the sense of existence till I hardly know if it is pain or pleasure, to think that I owe it to one - nay, you must, you shall hear” - said he, stepping forwards with stern determination - “to one whom I love, as I do not believe man ever loved woman before.”