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If you ever feel like you had a long day…

Just remember what Hermione, Harry, and Ron went through on May 1st.

The three of them wake up at 6am on the morning of May 1st in order to change into their disguises and head to Gringotts.

Over the next 24 hours:

  • They change and take Polyjuice potion
  • They manipulate their way into Gringotts
  • They’re badly burned by fake treasure
  • They escape on a dragon
  • They ride the dragon across the countryside for several hours
  • They’re nearly caught by Death Eaters
  • They hear the real story of Dumbledore’s sister from Aberforth while enjoying their first and only meal of the day (a large loaf of bread, some cheese, and mead)
  • They go with Neville to the Room of Requirement
  • Harry breaks into the Ravenclaw common room to look for the diadem
  • Harry reveals himself to McGonagall, Flitwick, and Sprout
  • Ron and Hermione go down into the Chamber of Secrets to destroy the cup
  • They goes into the Room of Requirement to find the diadem
  • They narrowly escape the Fiendfyre
  • They duel with Death Eaters
  • Ron’s brother dies
  • They sneak out to the Shrieking Shack
  • Ron and Hermione help move the dead when Voldemort announces that he’s going to give Harry an hour before resuming fighting
  • Harry runs up to Dumbledore’s office to see Snape’s memories
  • Harry watches memories that totally alter his perception of his life and of Snape
  • Harry realizes he needs to die
  • Harry rushes out to the Forbidden Forest to sacrifice himself
  • Harry speaks to his parents, Sirius, and Remus using the resurrection stone
  • Harry allows Voldemort to kill him
  • Harry is taken back to the castle by the Death Eaters and a triumphant Voldemort
  • Ron and Hermione and the others briefly mourn Harry while Voldemort monologues
  • Harry rises again and monologues for a bit before dueling Voldemort
  • Harry kills Voldemort as the dawn begins to break
  • They visit Dumbledore’s portrait and discuss the elder wand
  • Harry goes off to his dormitory, wondering if Kreacher can bring him a sandwich

IRAQ. Al-Anbar governorate. Fallujah. June 27, 2016. A member of Iraqi government forces celebrates along a street in Fallujah after government forces recaptured the city from Islamic State militants.

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February 2nd 1943: Battle of Stalingrad ends

On this day in 19423 during the Second World War, German troops surrendered to the Soviet Red Army in Stalingrad, thus ending five months of fighting. The battle began in August 1942 during the Nazi invasion of Russia - codenamed Operation Barbarossa - and Adolf Hitler ordered an attack on the major city of Stalingrad. Stalingrad became a major playing field of the war, as Soviet leader Stalin was determined to save the city which bore his name. Under the leadership of General Paulus, German bombing destroyed much of the city and troops captured areas through hand-to-hand urban warfare. In November, Marshal Zhukov assembled six Russian armies to surround Stalingrad and trap the Germans in the city, barring provisions and troops from reaching them. Many German soldiers died of starvation and frostbite following the onset of the harsh Russian winter, with temperatures down to -30°C, but Hitler insisted they fight until the last man. After five months, the Russian Red Army claimed victory when the remaining German troops surrendered in February 1943. 91,000 Germans were taken prisoner, including twenty-two generals; this was all that remained of the 330,000 strong German force who arrived at Stalingrad. The Battle of Stalingrad is among the bloodiest battles of the Second World War, causing nearly two million casualties. The disaster depleted the German army’s supply of men and equipment, allowing the Allies to gain the advantage, which enabled them to invade Germany and win the war.

“The God of war has gone over to the other side”
- Adolf Hitler upon hearing of the German surrender at Stalingrad


Jongdae slaying the high notes in Drop That ヾ(☆▽☆)

19 Years since the Battle of Hogwarts

Today, May 2nd, marks 19 years since the Battle of Hogwarts, when we lost some of our most beloved characters. Let’s honour the memory of Fred, Remus, Tonks, Severus, Lavender, Colin and the Fallen Fifty by sharing our favourite moments featuring these characters!

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Keith unintentionally spies on Lance in the training room  ...

where the Blue Paladin is kicking ass. And Keith’s kind of mesmerized by it. Then he’s more than mesmerized — he’s freaking out because he’s actually kinda sorta into this brutally efficient soldier version of Lance.

Keith rubbed his sore neck and considered whether or not it was worth putting in his usual two hours on the training deck. He’d only just got out of the healing pod that morning, and then spent the rest of the day sleeping in a very uncomfortable position on his bed.

Really, if he missed out on one day of training would it be so … And his obsessive nature reared its ugly head and roared at him no, stop, go because if you slip up, you will feel guilty for days, I’ll make sure of it. 

So he stopped lingering outside and walked in, already mentally picking out which program he wanted to — except a program was already running. One of his custom battle simulations — he could tell because of the fortified positions the gladiators were taking. He tensed, but unless he was introduced as a combatant, the robot gladiators would not attack him.

Unlike Lance. Lance, who was sliding into cover, and then emerging to fire three precise shots, and taking down exactly three robots.

Keith stood off to the side, watching with amazement as Lance took on an incredibly difficult combat scenario Keith had designed. It forced him to use ranged weapons, since he couldn’t always rely on close-combat (though he usually ended up rushing the last few gladiators, taking them out with his sword and shield). The goal of the program wasn’t to eliminate all combatants, but to reach a specific point behind enemy lines.

And Lance was doing it. 

He was pushing forward even as the second phase of the battle sim kicked in, introducing reinforcements. Lance didn’t have his helmet on, his hair plastered to his forehead with sweat, and whenever he emerged from cover, he always hit what he aimed at — and in the exact same spot. Each gladiator went down to a headshot. 

Every single one. 

And Keith was not only impressed, but also vaguely alarmed. He had never seen Lance be this vicious in battle. This relentless. This merciless. But his dark blue eyes were narrowed, focused, and his mouth set in a grim line. Except when his shots hit. Then Keith could see a slight smirk lifting the corner of his mouth. 

For reasons unknown to the Red Paladin … he started to sweat. Keith wasn’t even doing anything other than standing there, slack-jawed, yet warmth was blossoming on his skin, moisture collecting at his temples. What the hell was happening?

Author’s note: More to come, maybe — this idea just hit me out of nowhere.

Author’s Edit: And now there’s a Part Two Here.

At some point (when this is finished?) I’ll gather it all up as one and post on my AO3 profile— thank you @etoari​ for encouraging me to do so :)

so little jeffmads things from hamilton in chicago :

- the first time they see each other they greet with like this secret handshake where instead of shaking they wiggle their fingers against each other (they then proceed to do this every time they go to handshake for the whole act)
- mads is the biggest deadpan hype man ever like his straight face comments in the background of jeffs rap battle
- when jeffs wants to fight hamilton (or literally anyone) mads like physically holding him back and calming him down
- jeffs before doing anything rash looks to mads and waits for his nod of approval before taking action
- when jeffs mike drops and mads like fans it off like its on fire
- casually touching each other all the time in the background
- when mads is coughing into the handkerchief he carries around everywhere and jeffs in the middle of “fight me” mode stops what he’s doing to immeditaly attend to mads
- leaning into each other’s space in room where it happens
- after the second cabinet battle jeffs all upset about gwash saying no and like he turns to mads who gives this like “ill take care of it motion” before sliding all up to gwash
- just all the time looking to each other whenever anyone does anything
- mads is jeffs voice of fucking reason im screaming
- in washington on your side like jeffs looks around for mads before starts singing and he’s off stage and when mads enters with “which i wrote” he does his like arm florish to present that mads has arrived then crosses the stage to drape himself over mads
- them being shifty bastards together like scheming and dancing around at Reynolds pamphlet
- the election and jeffs looking nervous about hamiltons answer and mads like fucking straightens his coat for him to calm him down like
- honestly this was so much i am so weak

im back in jeffmads hell guys be prepared seeing hamilton live has killed me

  • Fallout New Vegas: There is an expression in the Wasteland: "Old World Blues." It refers to those so obsessed with the past they can't see the present, much less the future, for what it is. They stare into the what-was, eyes like pilot lights, guttering and spent, as the realities of their world continue on around them. In the times following the Second Battle of Hoover Dam, however, Old World Blues took on a new meaning. Where once it was viewed as a form of sadness, nostalgia, it became an expression describing the potential for the future. With the Courier at the helm, Science became a beacon for the future. There was Old World Blues, and New World Hope. And hope ruled the day at Big MT.
  • Fallout 4: man, remember how GREAT the past was? The Commonwealth is a dump. the most scientifically advanced faction that's been conducting continuous R&D for 210 years is scavenging pre-war tech

A British soldier gives a “two-fingered salute” to German POWs captured at the Second Battle of El Alamein, Egypt, 1942 -


The “two-fingered salute”, is commonly performed by flicking the V upwards from wrist or elbow. The V sign, when the palm is facing toward the person giving the sign, has long been an insulting gesture in England, and later in the rest of the United Kingdom; though the use of the V sign as an insulting gesture is largely restricted to the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia. It is frequently used to signify defiance (especially to authority), contempt, or derision. The gesture is not used in the United States, and archaic in Australia and New Zealand, where the finger tends to be used in such situations instead. From Wikipedia