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“we think she, a mortal who might die at any moment, might not be a good fit for you Kol.” Elijah stated.

“and i suppose you know what’s best for me?!” Kol shouted, breaking the glass in his hand, “dont you ever presume to know whats best for me and Y/N.”

Being A Ravenclaw Would Include...

Slytherin | Hufflepuff | Gryffindor

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  • Getting extremely excited when people start to talk about space
  • “DiD yOu SaY sPaCe?!” 
  • Having the best ever conversations with other Ravenclaws at 3am 
  • Getting frustrated at the eagle knocker when you cant figure out the riddle.
  • “Why is a raven like a writing desk”
  • “I don’t know! Can’t you just let me in it’s been like an hour!”
  • Listening to 90′s muggle music in the common room
  • Decorating the common room with art and poems etc that house mates have made 
  • the common room being so beautifully original and obscure that everyone just smiles when they enter it 
  • Having play readings in the common room where someone chooses and play and you all just sit and read for different characters
  • secret drinking games on Saturday nights 
  • Laughing whenever someone mentions how ravenclaw are the “goodie two shoes” of all the houses because you haven’t handed homework in for at least a month
  • Being able to get away with a lot and using that to your advantage
  • Going up to the tower after a long night and finding a group of first years who can’t get into the common room
  • “Don’t even tell me the fucking riddle, I have been in the library for four hours and I am so fucking tired so just open the fucking door” 
  • *Door slowly sings open the eagle knocker staying silent*
  • Being the second loudest table after Gryffindor
  • Not even caring about house points
  • Karaoke in the common room 
  • Watching old disney movies in the common room while pure-bloods gather round in awe at how cute Bambi is 
  • Using pens because if you are going to experience running out of goddamned quill ink again you are going to scream
  • Ravenclaw PRIDE
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“that hot guy is staring at you.” your friend nudged you. you turned to look at the bar where a guy was grinning at you, he waved. “go over to him.” you friend stated, pushing you towards the bar.

“hi.” you said blushing slightly.

“hello darling, what might your name be?” 

“Y/N.”

“lovely to meet you Y/N, my name is Klaus Mikaelson.” he grinned, “i was wondering if i could buy you a drink?”

I don’t typically cast curses, but when I do I usually use protective stones. Intuitively, though, I’m drawn to mirrors as protection. How would you arrange mirrors after a curse in order to protect yourself from anyone returning the spell or casting in retaliation?

I don’t really do free spell advice on demand but since it’s Curse A Cheeto Day I will make an exception. These are a few guidelines I follow:

  • Make your spell undetectable. Just eliminate the possibility of blowback altogether.
  • If they do detect it, make it so the origin point is obscured, so “return to sender” isn’t an easy thing for them.
  • Design the spell so it’s not easily logically reversed, for instance, “everything you do as the US president will make your hair fall out” is a spell that can only effect a few people in the world so if it’s reflected back on you nothing really happens.
  • Make your spell friendly to you. Why would it turn on you? You are friends and it likes you.
  • Have an entity oversee the spell that will not attack you. You don’t have to be into deities. Pick a cartoon character that would like you.
  • I’m not answering the mirrors question directly but think about what devices utilize mirrors to obscure identities, project, or otherwise cast illusions. Get flexible. Also think of what a mirror can become, symbolically, spiritually, and in fairy tales and folklore.

I have not given specific details on how to implement these but secrecy is your best defense, which is why I anonymized your ask. Always remember that being creative is the most important element here, your imagination is capable of its own unique magic no one else can replicate.

Not taking further spell questions! I got a lot of stuff left to do today.

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Robot Carnival (1987, Japan)
An anthology film of various animated shorts, from comedies to dramas, with robots as the one linking element to them.


Little is known about how Robot Carnival exactly came into realization, but the inspirational idea of it has been talked about and analysed by anime fans since then. Studio producer Kazufumi Nomura goes over to nine animators with a proposition: an anthology film all around robots with films by either name animators or first-time directors wanting to express their vision into this project, all at a reasonably high-budget for Japanese animation at the time though it was all going to be released as an “OVA” and not theatrically. Some of the segments directors went on to director several profile anime projects, others were perfectly fine as just animators from that point on. 

Carl Macek and Jerry Beck’s Streamline Pictures released the film in English in 1990 though reorganized and slightly re-edited the segment order. However with the exception of Katsuhiro Otomo’s wildly destructive bookends, there’s no tying characters or themes that connect the rest of the films. Just simply the fact that there’s robots or if there happens to be a robot of sorts in it is fine enough. Whether it involves teen romance tropes (”Starlight Angel”), horror themes (”Franken’s Gear” and “Chicken Man”), or exercises in tone (”Cloud”). Their films and the entire project have something for every type of animation fan and represent anime as being just as diverse as Western animation while both cultures are often generalized by the general public. 


Can I find this? Sure. For years originally Robot Carnival was one of the rarest Japanese animated films to find a home video version of - a limited-run DVD in Japan was scooped up by collectors and Streamline’s VHS release was most often a lucky find in goodwills. Discotek Media however two years ago released Robot Carnival on DVD in North America, with both language versions included and uncut.

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“what are you doing?” you asked, staring at the man on his knees in front of you. 

“Y/N. dearest, darling, delightful Y/N. would you do me the honour of becoming my wife?”

when anyone says ‘you’re saying only people assigned female/male at birth can be women/men!!!’, a fundamental misunderstanding has already taken place.

the issue isn’t who is “allowed” to be a man or woman - gender criticism is all about the fact that those intangible states of being don’t exist. there isn’t a higher, metaphysical state of ‘being a woman’ beyond female embodiment (or vice versa - ‘being a man’ is just male embodiment) in a patriarchal misogynistic society, which only people of one biological sex can experience. 

now, if the issue is rephrased to view ‘woman-ness’ or ‘man-ness’ as a set of social codes and behaviours, then yes, hypothetically a person of any biological sex could in theory conform. however, those codes and behaviours are not innate, they are learned in a social context, so deciding that someone’s ability to conform to codes and behaviours other than the ones they were originally socialised for does nothing to prove that those categories of ‘man’ or ‘woman’ really exist or do anything other than harm people by enforcing a hierarchical power structure.

misogyny originates from sex oppression - based on a hatred for female embodiment. trying to displace those discussions, as if misogyny is only a hatred for ‘woman-ness’ (the codes and behaviours expected of female people) makes the issues impossible to solve by obscuring their origin, and perpetuates a kind of victim blaming attitude, where it seems logical that women could escape oppression by either not conforming to femininity or ceasing to identify as women. this, obviously, doesn’t work. what is needed instead is a return to identifying the root cause of misogyny (and patriarchy itself), which is hatred not for the feminine, but the female. any female person who wants to join in female liberation is welcome, regardless of how they identify, because identity is not what is being legislated against and attacked, but an undeniable biological reality.

goldstar-goldfish-deactivated20  asked:

Is it stereotypical to have a scene in which a black character and her mother go and get their hair done? It's something that they always do together and the hairstyle they have (crochet braids) does play an important role later in the story (symbol of royalty and she has to go into hiding). The character has already been established as black; I just wanted to use this scene to both show some of her interactions with her mom and establish why cutting out the braids later will be significant.

Tradition and Culture vs. Stereotype

This is adorable. They’ve created a tradition and i’m sure it’s something other Black families do, whether it be father and son and/or mothers and daughters getting their hair done together. 

Personally, I grew up for many years getting my hair done with my sisters, my mom waiting in the salon, bringing us fast food and nearby gas station eats to snack on while they tugged and twisted away at our hair. So that became an unintentional tradition of sorts. 

People with little care or understanding can easily weaponize a piece of Black culture into a flat stereotype. Consider, for example, watermelon. It was a fruit Black Americans could make a living off of, a symbol of freedom. Whites used that against us, instead turning this symbol of freedom into a mockery with dehumanizing “art” depictions and jokes and now no one wants to be associated with it.

The stereotype that African Americans are excessively fond of watermelon emerged for a specific historical reason and served a specific political purpose. The trope came into full force when slaves won their emancipation during the Civil War. Free black people grew, ate, and sold watermelons, and in doing so made the fruit a symbol of their freedom. Southern whites, threatened by blacks’ newfound freedom, responded by making the fruit a symbol of black people’s perceived uncleanliness, laziness, childishness, and unwanted public presence. This racist trope then exploded in American popular culture, becoming so pervasive that its historical origin became obscure. Few Americans in 1900 would’ve guessed the stereotype was less than half a century old.“

Source: How Watermelons Became a Racist Trope

I see the same thing happen with other pieces of Black culture. Braids and Afro hairstyles, southern food, and music like rap and r&b as some examples. Whatever it may be, Black traditions (on Black bodies) can hold a heavy stigma, often relegated to "ghetto” and “stereotypical.”

Really, it’s just more racism, society’s smear campaign against anything Black. So don’t let that stop you from having Black characters engage in their culture!

Now, recognize these things can still be used as stereotypes, especially if you group all Black people as liking and doing the same things. No, not all Black people like rap or automatically should you assume they do because Black. And if they do, that doesn’t mean they don’t wind down to classical music in the evenings! Don’t compose characters based on only what you assume you “know” about Black people. That’s when you’ll get a flat stereotypical character who lacks depth. People are dynamic, and many many things.

In summary: Adding Black cultural aspects does not a stereotype make!

For more on this, please read the response here of a question we received on Black weddings, where my (and the other Black mods’) blackness was questioned for giving a portrayal of Black weddings that was too “Stereotypical” when it was literally us describing Black weddings we’ve attended.

~Mod Colette

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you strode through the house, “hello?” you called.

Klaus appeared almost instantly, grinning at you, “long time no see. whats a pretty girl like you doing alone in a city like this?”

“she didn’t come alone, brother.” Kol said, entering after you. he came to stand behind you, hands settling on your waist.

“i should have known.” Klaus laughed, “where one goes the other follows.”

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To clarify, i have no problem with Bigby and Were-McCree looking so much alike.
(idea of Han-Snow from @welcometoicee‘s tag on the post)