there was absolutely no purpose to this other than i'm trying out a new colouring

professorsparklepants  asked:

I just read your post on the Hogwarts school uniform (which was wonderful) and I would loooove to hear more of your thoughts on wizard fashion???? If you were so inclined

Thank you!! I just had a conversation with problematicpizza where we discussed some of our thoughts on the subject. You may find it interesting!

Disclaimer: The following is just a massive headcanon. For the most part I don’t think it contradicts the books, but for the mostest part it’s just based on personal taste.  Also, I’ll be focusing on traditional conservative wizard clothes, the kind that shun muggle influence at all costs. If you read the posts I linked above, there we talk a bit about other styles.

Okay, so I think that the basic thing here is that magic would free wizards from some concerns regarding clothing and material:

  • Weight. (“You say you want to wear a massive cloak made of the heaviest brocade? And you want it to be all gathered and pleated and draped and bunched up so that you can use even more fabric?? Worry not, there’s probably a spell to make it light as a feather and floaty as cheesecloth.” I would say that such magics are worked during the process of manufacturing the fabric.)
  • Dirt. (“Look at that lengthy train you’re dragging behind you all over this disgusting, dog-pissed, owl-pooped cobbled floor! It’s utterly filthy!!” – “Ahahah, ‘tis okay, one quick spell and it’ll be like brand new!”)
  • Shape. (“This satin is too soft and won’t hold the shape I’m trying to give it T_T” ­­– “All is not lost my friend, you can spray it with this magic starch and you’ll be able to make it into a ginormous dragon!!!”)

Basically, what I’m trying to say is that witches and wizards have found the way to wear the most impractical crap you could ever imagine and still be able to move around and function in general.

I confess that my view of wizard clothes is very… cartoony? In regards to style, the overall look is an amalgam of medieval, baroque and Victorian fashion, but very stylised and exaggerated. I would say that the wizarding world that we see in the books is a bit like this. Practicality is quite often just thrown out of the window in favour of aesthetics (and general we-can-do-better-than-muggles stubbornness.) And this is not limited to clothing, but to absolutely everything. In my opinion, the wizarding world of the films (which I love) is a bit too grounded, a bit too serious and mechanical, while in my head it’s much more whimsical.

So in my version of wizarding clothes there’s, to start with, lots of volume and general puffiness. The more you want to show off how rich and magical you are, the most space you want to take, probably. Then there’s layers. Again, a matter of status: more layers = more enchanted fabric = more magic + more money. Also, asymmetry and imbalance, in an art-nouveau-pushed-WAY-too-far kind of way. Since you don’t have to worry about falling over because of MAGIC, then you might as well perch a ginormous explosion of ribbons and stuffed tropical birds on the right side of your hat, which is already tilted to the right because you’re so fashionable. And colour, colour is cool too. Like, we have iridescent shot silks that look one colour or another depending on the angle you look at it, so why wouldn’t wizards have fabric that changes colour with the weather or your mood? Also, moving embroidery. Embroidered flowers that shift with the sun and animals that run around (Umbridge has a couple of cute kittens on her collar that get excited when she’s being exceedingly cruel).

This is, of course, wizard clothes taken to the extreme. Some people wear simpler robes, others go utterly wild. One of the purposes of school uniforms (I think) is to even out some inequalities that may exist between the students (like how rich their family is), so it makes sense to keep them simple. And someone who is serious and strict with a no-nonsense attitude (say, Snape or McGonagall) would wear something like this:

While Dumbledore, for instance, would go for something more regal:

Then, of course, there’s our Umbridges and Lockharts:

And the rest.

Do all of them look very feminine? Yass :D

And to finish with, an unfinished lil’ Quidditch player:

I really wanted to do many more drawings, but I’m not sure my boss would’ve been happy about it….

washtrash-deactivated20161210  asked:

i found i'm reluctant to type other people than myself because i'm always worried that i'm indulging in stereotypes too much. for example, i'm pretty sure from all i've read (on your blog and elsewhere) that i'm an enfp but simultaneously i kinda hate the stereotype that goes with it - scattered-brain, random personality, wears bright colours, etc. so on a more personal level i was wondering, what are the things usually associated to *your* type that you find annoying?

Oh, geez.

You think the stereotypes for ENFPs are bad?

Try being a sensor, PARTICULARLY an ISFJ.

We have no imagination. We don’t write fantasy novels, because we’re not able to think outside the realm of reality enough. We want everything the same, all the time, and never yearn for anything more. We’re boring. We cannot deal with change. We are reluctant to try out new things. We like doing dull, repetitive tasks. We all want to just stay at home, barefoot and pregnant, while making our husband his dinner, ironing, and catching up on our soaps. We are closed-minded. We have no interest in brainstorming, in talking about interesting things, in reading unusual books, or in challenging the traditions our parents raised us on. We never change our minds. We oppress our children. We can’t talk about symbolism and are extremely short-sighted. We will stay with one thing forever. And we never do anything risky or unsafe.

The only thing that fits me about the ISFJ stereotype is that I am a “sympathetic crier” thanks to Fe. It’s sad, I see it, I cry about it. It’s bloody annoying.

Other than that? Nope.

I grew up a highly opinionated feminist, who refuses to let anyone boss her around. Who changes her furniture around as often as she repaints her office. Who writes speculative fiction / fantasy in her spare time that infuses historical situations and individuals with magical powers. Who has torn apart her religious beliefs and challenged them on every level possible before choosing what to make of them. I am frequently bored with my life and everything in it. I long for much more than this provincial life. I long for deeper meaning. I long for eternal significance. I can’t stand to do the same thing every day. I constantly surprise people with my varied reactions, because I have such broad tastes and interests. I have written countless blog posts and even a BOOK discussing in-depth symbolism in fiction and film. I have never wanted kids, although they all love me and I have a knack with them. Closed-minded people annoy me, because I am happy to consider all perspectives on hot button issues.

I actually go out of my way to force people to confront difficult things and I enjoy being controversial (but I always approach anything controversial with tact and sensitivity, thanks to Fe). The only thing I inherited from my family in the sense of tradition is a total lack of interest in family photos (there are none in any of our houses, nor do we take pictures all that often, nor do I care if we don’t) and opening presents on Christmas Eve. I have changed my mind on everything from my political affiliation to my hairstyle, which has been 12 different colors over the years, including candy apple red. I have frequent in-depth, purely theological / abstract conversations with people, because I enjoy doing it. I have accurately predicted things on several occasions, ranging from short term happenings (a car accident, and the necessity of a child needing to be buckled in) to the outcome of a relationship and its fall-out; and I do think about the future at times … just not as often as Ni-doms. I have “vibes” about people that are rarely wrong. I am reluctant to form long-term job commitments because I fear I might get bored; I don’t enjoy doing the same thing for decades at a stretch. I self-published my books just to avoid being locked into a contract and forced to write the same sort of book for the rest of my life. And last week (don’t tell my mother), I nearly overturned an ATV on top of myself, because I did something extremely stupid and reckless while going up a hill.

Yet, though it took years to find my true type due to the stereotypes (I kept comparing myself to them and thinking, no, I have to be an intuitive … they never talk about creativity or imagination in the sensor profiles, and I’m a writer and visual artist!), I am still an ISFJ because of how I process information. I do comparisons. I look for practical application. I want to use everything I learn about. If I do not see a purpose for something, I have little interest in doing it. I take everything that I know and use it. I instruct other people in how to do it. I finish what I start. I work on one project at a time. I study extensively, file information away in my head, and learn to recognize it at a glance/half a note/the tenor of a voice/by scent. Though for years I denied it, and tried to fit into different types that never felt quite right, I am a Si-Ne and not a Ne-Si.

I have these functional traits in common with my ISFJ friends, but nothing else. We process things in the same way, but due to our distinct traits, our areas of interest, and our upbringing, we are nothing alike.

Some ISFJs drive me nuts, because they really DO fit the stereotypes. Some of them really are locked into the past, closed-minded, can’t move on, never try out new things, and absolutely refuse to analyze their traditions or take an objective view of their family.

You CAN BE a certain type, and not like other people or even characters who share your type. And you can be greatly annoyed by your own cognitive behavior. It ticks me off that I am so emotional, and that I engage in passive-aggressive behavior at times.

The bottom line is this: stereotypes are inaccurate, and formed on interpretations of the top two functions. All the profiles are stereotypes. You are a unique person with strengths and weaknesses that are yours alone. The ONLY thing you really have in common with someone else who has your personality type is how you process information.

PS: I know that in the past, I’ve helped propagate these stereotypes to some extent, and for that I’m sorry. I’m still trying to figure out how to type characters without falling into the stereotypes. =P