the liminal project

Language and magic, a few theories - part 2
  • Multi-lingual students and third culture wizard kids using spells and never quite getting things right because they don’t fit either here or there, so they create their own forms of magic, modify their own spells so that they work just right for them. Creating spells they can really put intent into, because these are their spells and these spells are also who they are.

    • But of course, this is frowned down upon and seen as a lesser form of magic by the Ministry and by professors - because ideally they all ought to fit into a simple, regulatable category which can be understood and controlled, rather than one which exists beyond their reach, which they cannot access because they cannot understand.
    • All this invention needs to happen in a controlled environment, acc to the Ministry, and not in the free and open way characterized by student experimentation away from where authorities can observe and control results etc. But it happens anyway as a form of kids exerting agency over their lives and trying to establish identities outside of those prescribed by the system - i.e. blood purity and the Hogwarts houses.

    • Angry Ministry rhetoric over this, revolving around how this form of magic is a bastardization of magic as they know it and signifies a decline in magic.

    • OMG BUT JUST IMAGINE THO LIKE ONE OF THE REASON PUREBLOODS GET SO WORKED UP ABOUT MUGGLEBORNS AND HALF-BLOODS IN THEIR EDUCATION SYSTEM IS BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTAND WHAT THE THIRD-CULTURE WIZARD KIDS ARE GOING THROUGH AND FERVENTLY SPEAK OUT IN THEIR FAVOUR, WHICH TO THE MINISTRY AND PUREBLOOD DUDES SOUNDS LIKE AN ATTACK ON WHAT THEY’VE ALWAYS PRACTICED THEIR WHOLE LIFE

    • LIKE “THESE DAMN MUGGLEBORNS TRYING TO REVOLUTIONIZE MAGIC EVERYTHING IS FINE THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A BASTARDIZATION AND WEAKENING OF MAGIC A MOCKERY OF MAGIC”

    • OBVIOUSLY THE BEST WAY TO DISCREDIT MUGGLEBORNS IS TO POINT TO THEIR BLOOD STATUS BECAUSE HAVING SPENT YOUR CHILDHOOD YEARS IN THE MUGGLE WORLD NATURALLY MAKES YOU LESS OF AN EXPERT ON THE WIZARDING WORLD THAN SOMEONE WHO HAS SPENT ALL THEIR LIVES DOING WIZARDLY THINGS. I DON’T CARE IF WIZARDLY IS NOT A WORD.

    • AND THAT’S WHY BLOOD PURITY BECOMES SUCH A BIG ISSUE

    • THIS IS MY NEW HEADCANON AND YOU CAN’T STOP ME

    • BUT third culture kids still live outside this dimension of identity, because some of them could be purebloods and stuff, but because there are significantly less of them in proportion to muggleborns+half-bloods, the MoM and reactionary wixen folk forget them all together in hunting down muggleborns. Exactly like another which hunt which happened some centuries ago.

    • THIS IS MY NEW HEADCANON AND YOU CAN’T STOP ME

  • Another reason for gross racism/blood puritarianism on the part of the purebloods - being better versed with Latin and Greek, being able to afford ancient texts on magic and so being able to access a deeper form of Latin/Greek magic that isn’t taught in classes at Hogwarts, except as an extra-curricular class. Also being able to learn magical theory as a result of having original texts on the subject, versus muggleborns etc who do not have access to texts. Thus also the argument that their magic is more powerful, which ignores the real reason why their magic is more powerful - because they have access to resources that muggleborns don’t really have much access to and have no practical need for accessing. It becomes a case of special interest, affordable only to those who can afford special interests.

    • Also Latin/Greek spells are more powerful and designed to do higher level work, while english-derived spells are generally used as household charms, but english-derived spells are also the most commonly used ones so being able to use pure Latin/Greek spells as an indicator of class - because being a member of the upper classes in the wizarding world means you have house-elves and will have no need to use domestic spells. Which, again, gives you more time to study higher level spells.

4

“One of my first memories of the wood was on a family walk. 
At one point while playing with my sister I decided to run ahead. 
I came into a clearing and then quickly slowed down and stopped as I approached an entrance. 
Despite the daylight it was dark at the edge of the clearing where the path continued into the wood. 
Fear gripped me for a moment with a vivid thought.
Then we all continued in .”


The term liminality stems from Latin limen meaning boundary or threshold. Concepts of boundaries exist in all aspects of humanity and have been the study of many ethnologists, folklorists and philosophers. In particular, Plato considered the boundary between a reality and a heightened reality or altered state of mind. 

My practice involves extensive observation and explorative research of a landscape, built environment or interior space. The work examines past experiences and memories in the context of a new, technologically developing and globally linked society and the psychological effects that permeate. The experience is solitary, raw and elemental and reaches deep into the psyche.

#the liminal project #Nick Rochowski