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i just love how there was such a stark contrast between jake telling amy he still has feelings for her (”i know you’re with teddy and nothing is going to happen, i just wanted you to know”) vs teddy telling amy he still has feelings for her (”why are you with him” “will you marry me”)

Dear Supergirl Writers: Let’s cut the shit.

The only narrative framework I can apply to current events on Supergirl that make the on-screen Lena/Kara/Supergirl interactions coherent to me as a viewer, (separate from the external issues of the network, the existence of Sanvers, societal homophobia, etc):

1.  Lena Luthor knows Kara is Supergirl.  To say she doesn’t at this point is to believe a canonically genius character is an idiot.

2.  Lena Luthor is in love with Kara, and is aware that she’s in love with Kara.

3. By contrast Kara is in love with Lena but attraction to women is not historically part of how she self identifies, it’s just a huge blind spot for her.  Kara genuinely believes she’s a plain old straight girl with a boyfriend; Mon-El, who is totally a male boy-man, as Waverly from Wynonna Earp might say. 

4. Thus Kara would, if asked, insist she’s just friends with Lena.   Who is so pretty.  And brave.  And smells nice.  Really really good friends.  Will punch your face off if you are mean to her friend Lena.  

5.  Kara and Lena make plans to hang out together socially, which Lena considers to be the early stages of dating and which Kara thinks are just gals being pals.

As a viewer, I can only pick up what the writers are putting down. So don’t act like Lena/Kara is a crackship when the writing and acting is on a street corner slinging that crack. 

Despite creating a huge multimillion dollar franchise, I don’t think JKR should be faulted as heavily for lack of racial diversity in Harry Potter as say, the Marvel execs or other Hollywood producers. Real talk, if I was 25 in 1990, and I was living in a county that was over 90% white english (check wikipedia), I probably wouldn’t have had to foresight to make one of my main characters a POC either. Ironically, as a child who read every book she could get her hands on, I remember thinking there was a lot more diversity than I was accustomed to in the books I read. I wanted to be beautiful like Cho Chang, I wanted to wear a butterfly in my hair like Parvati did, and Dean was one of my favorite characters because he liked soccer and liked to draw, like I did. I dont remember reading anything with as many interracial relationships as HP did. And what was cool was, they weren’t a big deal. She was able to normalize the races and sexes being equal, while still have equality/bigotry as a theme. Kingsley Shacklebolt becoming Minister for Magic is nbd. Pottermore says there was a female Prime Minister like, 170 years before there was a Muggleborn one. It’s true that it would’ve been great if there were bigger parts for POCs, and it’s a shame that the parts that were there were watered down in the films. But point is, before you criticize, remember where she came from. She had this idea 25 years ago; she didn’t know how many people this would reach, so I think she did fairly well, considering. Hermione may have been white, but she was a huge role model for me. A plain girl with bushy brown hair and buck teeth who liked to read too much- no where else could I find a character like that. It would’ve been fairly easy to make Hermione a beautiful self insert, but she didn’t. Additionally, her followup works have had wonderful POC characters, so it might be fair to say she’s more socially conscious now than she was at 25. Check them out. Lula Landry rules.

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Miss Granger, a plain but ambitious girl, seems to be developing a taste for famous wizards. Her latest prey, sources report, is none other than the Bulgarian Bonbon Viktor Krum. No word yet on how Harry Potter is taking this latest emotional blow.