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The Circle Tower is Ferelden’s regional headquarters for the Circle of Magi, located on Lake Calenhad accessed by its docks. As per Chantry and local law, human and city elf citizens of Ferelden with magical potential are brought here to be instructed in the legally-approved Schools of Magic, and trained to resist demons. (x)

anonymous asked:

Do you ever just want to grab Ron and Ginny and hug them because the movies completely ruined them and crushed the cute ships they had in canon and made them awkward (and gave endless fodder for the Harmonians and Weasley bashers)? I do. Every day.

Oh God yes. It says a lot about Kloves and Yates that they directly granted Ron and Ginny’s best moments to Hermione and framed everything she did as good and awesome and anyone who called her out was framed as a big mean bully. Of especial note is POA. In the book, there is every reason to believe that Crookshanks has finally been successful in his repeated attempts to attack Scabbers (even Harry points this out) and Ron has a right to be upset at Hermione for not taking the concerns he repeatedly expressed seriously. If anything, Harry is being unreasonable by blaming Hermione for the loss of his broom when it was confiscated for his own safety, but Ron expecting an apology for what he has every reason to believe is the consequences of Hermione’s refusal to listen to him is totally legitimate. “If she just acted like she was sorry – but she’ll never admit she’s wrong, Hermione.” When Hermione finally does apologize and recognize that Ron misses Scabbers, he instantly downplays it to make her feel better. All he wanted was for her to acknowledge his feelings, and as her friend he was entitled to that.

In the movie, however, Harry doesn’t fight with Hermione at all (note that the delivery of the broom is delayed until Hermione was aware that accepting a broom from Sirius was harmless). Hermione exasperatedly tells Harry “Ronald has lost his rat” and Ron’s accusation that Crookshanks ate Scabbers is depicted as whining. When Hagrid returns Scabbers to Ron, Hermione looks smug to reinforce to the audience that Ron, not Hermione, was the unreasonable one in the situation - and if I recall correctly, movie-Ron (like book-Hermione) compounds the offense by not apologizing. Ron’s biggest and most impressive character moment - standing up on a broken leg to physically place himself between Harry and the adult he believes wants to kill Harry, telling him “you’ll have to kill us too” - is given to Hermione for absolutely no reason other than to keep her in the spotlight and Ron out of it. Hermione’s biggest failing in this book is directly reassigned to Ron, and Ron’s best moment is directly reassigned to Hermione.

Book-Hermione was a socially awkward girl of average looks and a prideful, hypocritical streak a mile wide who was loved by her friends anyway because at the core of it, her heart was in the right place. Movie-Hermione was depicted as an utterly flawless goddess who could do no wrong and was practically framed as the main protagonist. Ron was her competition for the title of Harry’s best friend, so he got relegated to the background while Harry and Hermione had meaningful discussions wherein Hermione flawlessly offered Harry advice, support and wisdom. While Ron’s Horcrux-enhanced jealousy and belief he was being left out was completely baseless in the book, in the movies he had every reason to believe that it was so. Ginny was her competition for the title of Harry’s soulmate, so she was made to stay meek, shy and subservient as she was at the age of eleven so that Hermione could shine as the assertive heroine. And they deserved better, and so did Rupert Grint and Bonnie Wright.