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I think a lot about the “other” jobs in the Wizarding World. Specifically I think about the time the Weird Sisters performed at the Yule Ball.
Are there wizard techs? Do they use magical microphones? It would make sense to, rather than just using ‘sonorus’ because then they could be connected to a magical soundboard for specialized magic mixing. And what about their instruments? Are they like muggle ones, or entirely different? Are there magical amps? And are there witches that specialize in lighting charms for special light shows? Is there a magical equivalent to laser shows? And someone’s gotta make sure it all runs smoothly: witch stage manager, with an actually accurate quick quill. And a pyro-wizard. Do they all just show up ten minutes before a gig and magic the stage up together? or are there Union wizards for that? Do they wear black, or disillusion themselves so they won’t be seen? Or does it matter, since they’re all magical?
trinity_fatu: I have 5 brothers and no sisters, @arianeandrew you’re that sister I never had. We’ve fought, cried, laughed, partied, traveled, got in trouble 😬, shared secrets, lifted each other up, etc if that’s not a sister I don’t know what is “sisters from another mister” as you would always say 😂 luv ya #NationalSiblingsDay
My Padma and Parvati for this week’s Harry Potter Design Challenge! When I looked up their book descriptions pretty much all you get is they were called the prettiest girls in their grade, they wore their hair in braids, and apparently they wore silver “P” necklaces (I don’t particularly remember this part but Oh well). You never hear much about Padma but Parvati always came off as a giggly fun loving girl to me. Although they were identical twins I didn’t want to just essentially make them the same person as twins are often portrayed as in media. I figured since they were sorted into different houses they must have very different distinct personalities. So I decided to make Padma a bit more serious and preppy than her sister. Hope you enjoy!! :D (PS since I went with book descriptions for characters I also went with the book version of the ravenclaw colors: blue and bronze instead of blue and silver like the movies.)
When midnight drew near, and the robbers from afar saw that no light was burning, and that everything appeared quiet, their captain said to them
that he thought they had run away without reason, telling every one of
them to go and reconnoiter.
So one of them went, and found
everything quite quiet. He went into the kitchen to strike a light, and
taking the glowing fiery eyes of the cat for burning coals, he held a
match to them in order to kindle it. But the cat, not seeing the joke,
flew into his face, spitting and scratching.
- The Bremen Town Musicians
spell works best if a bit of cat hair or a naturally-shed cat’s claw
can be obtained, but substitutions can be made, particularly if the
caster suffers from allergies!
In a glass bottle or small jar, combine the following:
Palmful of Juniper Berries
Pinch of Cumin
Spoonful of Red Peppercorns
10 Small Pins, preferably rusted or bent
Seeds of 1 Hot Pepper of Choice
Cat Fur or Claw
a real cat is not available for donations of fur or claw, a simple
picture of a cat can be placed into the container. Something
ferocious-looking would be appropriate.
Take the jar around the house and touch it to all the exterior doorjambs and windowsills. As you do, speak softly to it:
Eyes like coals of burning fire Let all intruders taste your ire Claws as hard and sharp as steel Here and gone, but feeling real If uninvited in they come With tooth and claw, defend our home
the jar where it won’t be disturbed, or bury it beside your doorstep.
(Note: If you move away, you will need to retrieve the jar and either
empty it to dismiss the spirit, or take the jar with you.)
aware: this spell summons a guardian spirit to look after your home. You
will need to feed and keep it to a certain extent, as you would with
any other creature sharing your living space. A simple saucer of milk
and slice of bread every once in a while should do the trick. (These
offerings should be left out overnight, then quietly disposed of in the
It will also be important to notify the guardian spirit
of anyone who is allowed to be in the home when you’re not there, such
as friends or family or housesitters. Otherwise, the spirit will take
any interloper as a potential threat and try to drive them out.
- From the forthcoming book, “The Sisters Grimmoire” by Bree NicGarran and Anna Zollinger