there are characters and then there is albus dumbledore

Famous Canonical A-Spec Characters P.2

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Maya, a playable character from global-renown videogame franchise Borderlands.

Albus Dumbledore, a major character in the legendary Harry Potter franchise, stated to be asexual in his later years.

Originally posted by harry-potter-world-forever

Valentina “Voodoo” Dunacci, a side-character in the TV show Sirens.

Victoria Hawking, the hero protagonist in a new, acclaimed British screenplay Mrs Hawking, about a widow who acts as an undercover paragon of justice for fellow London women.

Seriously though it would have been so easy to have canon gay characters in the Harry Potter series. All this stuff that JK Rowling said about not having enough time or would distract from the original trio is nonsense. Case in point:

Seamus gave a great roar of delight then ran to give Dean a lung crushing hug before pulling him down into a desperate kiss that was hungrily returned. Harry supposed ‘best friends’ was no longer an accurate description of the pair. 

or:

There were duels all over the stairs and in the Hall, Death Eaters everywhere Harry looked. He saw Alicia and Katie share a passionate kiss before they raced down the corridor to join the battle.

or maybe:

“Did I know in my heart of hearts what Gellert Grindelwald was? I think I did, but I closed my eyes. I chose to be blinded by my love for him. A choice that has haunted me ever since” 

or perhaps:

As Harry entered the great hall he walked past Lavender and Parvati who were sitting opposite the latter’s twin with their bodies pressed close together while their hands held the others in a death like grip that showed no signs of ever being let go.

or even:

“Albus Severus” Harry said quietly, so that nobody but Ginny could hear him, who tactfully turned to talk to Oliver and Marcus as they waved off their own three boys. 

See all I had to do was just add in a sentence or not even that and suddenly ….. wow a gay character. That wasn’t too hard now was it JK. 

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               hp character aesthetics
                            ↳ order of the phoenix [ pg1 ]

Harry Potter Characters
  • ARIES: James Potter, Fred & George Weasley, Argus Filch, Rolanda Hooch, Horace Slughorn, Petunia Dursley
  • TAURUS: Cedric Diggory, Alice Longbottom, Colin Creevy, Pomona Sprout, Helena Ravenclaw, Viktor Krum, Helga Hufflepuff, Rose Weasley, Teddy Lupin
  • GEMINI: Draco Malfoy, Peter Pettigrew, Dean Thomas, Nymphadora Tonks, Rowena Ravenclaw, Albus Potter, Lily Luna Potter
  • CANCER: Lavender Brown, Seamus Finnigan, Dobby, Marlene McKinnon, Oliver Wood, Xenophilius Lovegood, Dudley Dursley
  • LEO: Harry Potter, Ginny Weasley, Albus Dumbledore, Neville Longbottom, Fleur Delacour, Lucius Malfoy, Godric Gryffindor
  • VIRGO: Hermione Granger, Percy Weasley, Romilda Vane, Dolores Umbridge, Andromeda Tonks, Narcissa Malfoy
  • LIBRA: Katie Bell, Cho Chang, Cormac McLaggen, Minerva McGonagall, Filius Flitwick, Garrick Ollivander, James Sirius Potter, Astoria Greengrass
  • SCORPIO: Sirius Black, Bellatrix Lestrange, Angelina Johnson, Molly Weasley, Igor Karkaroff, Salazar Slytherin
  • SAGITTARIUS: Barty Crouch Jr., Rubeus Hagrid, Firenze, Bill Weasley, Peeves, Cornelius Fudge, Hugo Weasley
  • CAPRICORN: Severus Snape, Tom Riddle, Kreacher, Septima Vector, Alastor Moody, Aberforth Dumbledore
  • AQUARIUS: Luna Lovegood, Lily Evans, Aurora Sinistra, Frank Longbottom, Arthur Weasley, Scorpius Malfoy, Regulus Black
  • PISCES: Ron Weasley, Remus Lupin, Padma & Parvati Patil, Sybill Trelawney, Ludo Bagman, Vernon Dursley, Moaning Myrtle
Harry Potter Characters As Dogs

Harry Potter

Harry Pawtter

Ron Weasley

Ron Woofley

Hermione Granger

Howlmione Grrrrranger

Fred & George Weasley

Fang & Gnaw Woofley

Ginny Weasley

Ginny Woofley 

Albus Dumbledore

Alpha Dumbledog

Severus Snape

Severuff Snarl

Sirius Black

Sirius Bark

Rubeus Hagrid

Ruffeus Houndrid

 Bellatrix Lestrange

Bellatreats Lestray 

Peter Pettigrew 

Peter Pedigree

Lucius Malfoy

Leashius Muzzlefoy

Draco Malfoy

Draclaw Muzzlefoy

Lord Voldemort

Lord Voldemutt

Ok but hear me out:
What we really need is a Harry Potter TV show.
Season 1 will be all about the founders, their youth, how they met each other how they founded Hogwarts and the drama with Salazar Slytherin.
Season 2 will be loads of additional characters during the first centuries of the school and just a lot of regular Hogwarts stuff BECAUSE WE ALL WANT MORE OF THAT. AND THEN
Season 3 will show all of our favourite professors attending Hogwarts and give us loads of information about their backgrounds and THEN FINALLY IN
Season 4 we will move on to THE MARAUDERS AGE. Young James. Young Sirius. Young Remus. Young Peter. Young Lily. Young everyone-we-love.
Just. Imagine.

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Here is a HP commission I did for a friend of mine (´ ω `♡) From left to right is: Albus Dumbledore, James Potter, Lily Evans, Hugo Weasley, James Sirius Potter, Lily Luna Potter, Scorpius Malfoy, Albus Severus Potter, Rose Weasley, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Rubeus Hagrid <3 (yeah i know there a lot of characters missing aka Ginny, Sirius, Remus etc but my friend just commissioned this ones to me)

seriously though the Harry Potter universe is so beautiful because it is probably the only fictional world where I care with all my heart and soul for so many characters that aren’t just the protagonist and his or her sidekick like I can think of 20 characters off the bat that I would fight u over just to defend their honour

  • Me: He looks cute, I better not come off weird.
  • Brain: Ask them which Harry Potter death scarred them the most
  • Me: Why?
  • Brain: You gotta
The Zodiac Signs as Harry Potter Characters

Aries: Oliver Wood

Taurus: Lavender Brown

Gemini: Fred Weasley

Cancer: Molly Weasley

Leo: Lee Jordan

Virgo: Hermione Granger

Libra: Cedric Diggory

Scorpio: Draco Malfoy

Sagittarius: Sirius Black

Capricorn: Lucius Malfoy

Aquarius: Albus Dumbledore

Pisces: Luna Lovegood

Look how quickly Credence begins to trust Newt. Imagine how hard it must have been for him to do that. Here he’s been dealing with another wizard who acted like his friend, like he wanted Credence. For the first time in his life, Credence felt wanted, and it all blew up in his face. And now here’s this new wizard, telling him the same thing, that he can help, that he wants to help, and somehow Credence finds it in him to decide that yes, he can trust this person.

It’s strange to realize, but Credence is actually the most optimistic person in the whole movie. Because no matter how much he’s whipped and manipulated and used, he’s ready to trust. Even though he doesn’t fit our mental image of an “optimistic” person–bubbly, full of sunshine, probably dancing through a field of flowers–Credence is undeniably optimistic in the true sense of the word: constantly looking for light in the darkness. 

it is absolutely, hilariously astonishing to me how often i’m asked to provide a 25 page extensively sourced MLA formatted academic style paper about why i think pansy parkinson is a character worth discussing, but…here we are, i guess.

first thing’s first—

fanon pansy =/= canon pansy.

canon pansy =/= fanon pansy.

canon pansy is a one-dimensional bully with no discernible personality traits beyond “mean” and “myopic”. she’s villainized by the story. her primary function within the narrative is to follow draco malfoy around. she’s background noise. she giggles, and she shrieks, and she makes fun of harry & co. pansy parkinson is also a figurative dumping ground for an alarming number of awful, misogynistic, enormously unflattering stereotypes for female characters—her relationship with draco is depicted as at least partially one-sided, which makes her seem desperate; she has a tendency to mock other students for their physical appearances, which makes her seem insecure; and she’s likened, more than once, to a literal dog. literally. a dog.  

(rowling had a truly terrible habit of peppering the hp books with a lot of these villainous non-characters, who were almost always slytherins, and who were almost always described as either unattractive, unintelligent, or both. see: millicent bulstrode, who is jokingly suspected of being related to a troll. marcus flint, who cheats at quidditch, is held back multiple school years, and has appallingly bad teeth. crabbe & goyle, who are violent, overweight, and implied to need draco’s help with her homework in order to avoid flunking out.)

canon pansy is a poorly constructed caricature of a Mean Girl who readers are meant to find abhorrent. all the ingredients for a spectacularly unlikeable character are there. it’s like rowling had a checklist.

that said, pansy’s role as hermione’s social foil gives her slightly more of a personality than the majority of the other slytherins. pansy is shown to be friendly with blaise zabini, who is, canonically, arrogant and enigmatic and disdainful of draco malfoy. pansy wears a pink dress to the yule ball. she likes unicorns. she possesses leadership qualities—she’s a prefect, she has a “gang” of slytherin girls—and is, by virtue of that, at the very least an above average student. she’s loyal to the people she’s shown to be close to. she cries when draco is hurt. her political affiliations, parentage, and blood status are categorically unknown. we can assume she’s probably a pureblood, and that she chose not to fight against the death eater regime at hogwarts, but she wasn’t a death eater. her dialogue with draco and blaise zabini about the war in HPB was ambiguously supportive, at worst.

(important note—one of the major themes in the books is redemption. see: severus snape. regulus black. the malfoys. rowling’s world building was full of lofty, often convoluted metaphors for racism and homophobia, which had the unfortunate side-effect of humanizing a lot of actively, violently racist characters who would have otherwise been unpalatable to any reasonably self-aware reader. the notion that grand gestures of bravery and self-sacrifice are necessary for redemption—again, see: severus snape, regulus black, the malfoys—is, however, repulsive to me, especially when the argument of worthiness is centered on a teenage girl who has, canonically, spent her formative years hanging around actively, violently racist people. And that’s not even delving into the numerous instances of benign racism perpetrated by characters who aren’t vile slytherin blood supremacists. see: the weasleys. albus dumbledore. rufus scrimgeour. the text goes out of its way to emphasize that combating internalized prejudices is an ongoing battle that has to be consciously fought. it’s a choice. but i digress.)

canon pansy =/= fanon pansy.

fanon pansy =/= canon pansy.

i see a lot of discourse about pansy being an inappropriate “feminist icon"—she’s a bully, she’s mean to other girls, et cetera, et cetera—and the irony of passing that kind of judgment on a female character whose entire narrative existence is predicated on her ability to compare unfavorably to, you know, all the good female characters; it is staggering.

so.

look.

i have loved characters like hermione granger and ginny weasley and fleur delacour since i was a child. they are smart and brave and interesting and Not Like Other Girls. their flaws are considered socially acceptable. hermione is bossy and narrow-minded; but she’s also usually right. ginny is outspoken and reactionary and obstinate; but she’s also pretty and popular and good at sportball. fleur is vain and self-absorbed; but she’s also beautiful and brilliant and fiercely loyal.  

Not. Like. Other. Girls.

not like pansy parkinson, for example, who is, almost unapologetically, exactly the kind of girl no one ever wants to be.  

she likes pink. she giggles. she cries. she chases after a boy who, at best, seems mostly indifferent to her presence. she’s self-conscious enough about her nose that it’s a well-known sore spot for other students to maliciously poke at. i don’t think we ever get a description of what her voice sounds like, but i instinctively associate her with a high-pitched, nasally whine. she’s petty—see: her interview with rita skeeter in GoF—and she’s narcissistic—see: her stint with the inquisitorial squad—and she’s a cliché, of course, just not an especially creative one.

there are obvious, valid criticisms to be made about how people interact with characters like pansy parkinson. and draco malfoy. and severus snape. but there is a huge difference between blindly excusing or romanticizing those characters’ actions and making an effort to humanize them.  

tl;dr

bad people are not bad characters.