will always be my favorite Dumbledore

anonymous asked:

nursey/dex harry potter movie marathons? hogwarts houses? taking patronus quizzes? does dex relate to ron? do they debate over dumbledore? just...Nurse and Dex and Harry Potter. ((there is a harry potter marathon on rn and I'm curious about your thoughts on this))

  • harry potter movie marathons are SUCH a thing
  • nursey is 100% a hufflepuff and damn proud of it
    • he’s seen “a very potter musical” but he’s not sure if dex has or if it’s something dex would find funny so he doesn’t say anything until they’re talking abt how he’s a hufflepuff and dex is like “is it bc you’re a particularly good finder?” and nursey is like “!!!!! YES”
  • dex is conflicted bc he always thought he was a gryffindor but he took the pottermore test and got slytherin
    • nursey: i mean technically if you had the sorting hat on you would ask it to go to gryffindor so you would be in gryffindor
    • dex: ok true but WHAT IF I BELONG IN SLYTHERIN
    • nursey: william albus severus poindexter, you were named after two headmasters of hogwarts -
    • dex: SHUT THE FUCK UP
  • dex’s patronus is some kind of dog, nursey’s is a dolphin
    • nursey is excited bc he can make dolphin noises and this gives him a perfect excuse to do it
  • dex actually relates to hermione more than he relates to ron bc like… he gets valuing your education and wanting to know all the information and being thrown into a new environment. she’s his fave.
  • nursey’s in agreement that hermione is the best character, but his is more based on how fucking badass book hermione is
  • they don’t debate on dumbledore bc they both agree. actually the first time they watch harry potter together when dumbledore comes on screen nursey is like “whatta dick” and then dex is like “RIGHT THOUGH? RIGHT????” and then they spend the whole movie talking abt every shitty thing dumbledore did
  • dex’s favorite hp is chamber of secrets
  • nursey’s favorite is prisoner of azkaban
  • one time they get a lil drunk and make an ordered list of hogwart’s most attractive students
    • “dean thomas is first.” “fucking obviously, poindexter.”
  • they always end up making out when they watch it, but nursey always has to stop and turn it off bc “it’s hashtag awks to have your tongue in my mouth while cedric diggory is being murdered by voldemort, babes.”

anonymous asked:

hi, could you tell me why people think sirius was in an abusive home please? it's been awhile since i read the books i don't remember anything about that

Of course.
The subject of Sirius’ past abuse rises in Order of the Phoenix and it’s canon that he was at least verbally and emotionally abused by his family til he left home.
I’m just gonna do a quick search and pull some quotes from OOTP. 

“Yoooou!” she howled, her eyes popping at the sight of the man. “Blood traitor, abomination, shame of my flesh!” (Portrait of Walburga Black to Sirius, OOTP Chapter 4)

This is Walburga’s portrait so it’s only a glimpse of her, i can’t imagine the things Sirius heard before he could finally leave Grimmauld Place.
Now, the books are told from Harry’s POV so the hints of Sirius’ abuse are somewhat subtle. Sirius doesn’t speak of his past home life explicitly, maybe because he didn’t have time to deal with it himself either or maybe because he doesn’t want to burden his 15 year old godson with his problems, but it’s all there in the books.

Kreacher bowed again and said, “Whatever Master says,” then muttered furiously, “Master is not fit to wipe slime from his mother’s boots, oh my poor Mistress, what would she say if she saw Kreacher serving him, how she hated him, what a disappointment he was —” (OOTP Chapter 6)
 
“Leave?” Sirius smiled bitterly and ran a hand through his long, unkempt hair. “Because I hated the whole lot of them: my parents, with their pure-blood mania, convinced that to be a Black made you practically royal … my idiot brother, soft enough to believe them … that’s him.”
…. 
“He was younger than me,” said Sirius, “and a much better son, as I was constantly reminded.” (Sirius about his family, OOTP Chapter 6)

Another example of both verbal and emotional abuse Sirius suffered.
We don’t know much about Sirius’ father, but this quote makes me believe that he wasn’t quiet involved with his family’s home life as his wife was.

“It was my father’s,” said Sirius, throwing the ring into the sack. “Kreacher wasn’t quite as devoted to him as to my mother, but I still caught him snogging a pair of my father’s old trousers last week.” (OOTP Chapter 4)


Whether he himself abused Sirius or not, he had not qualms about disowning his own son or the abuse his wife inflicted on him. That’s negligent at best (which still counts as abuse in my book.), though i do think that he also verbally and emotionally abused Sirius at some time.

Then, there’s also Kreacher, who Sirius absolutely loathes.
This is just my own reading, but i think Kreacher also took part in the abuse Sirius suffered, maybe directly or indirectly. This quote, in my opinion, supports my theory.

 “He’s been alone too long,” said Sirius, “taking mad orders from my mother’s portrait and talking to himself, but he was always a foul little —” (Sirius about Kreacher, OOTP Chapter 6) 

Sirius is also uncomfortable and resentful of having to stay alone in the house with Kreacher, no matter how invisible he is.

 “I don’t know,” said Sirius, “I haven’t seen anyone from the Order all weekend, they’re all busy. It’s just been Kreacher and me here…” 
There was a definite note of bitterness in Sirius’s voice. (OOTP Chapter 14) 


There’s also the fact that Sirius was incredibly unhappy because he was back at his childhood home and having to spend time around anything remind him of his family.

Hasn’t anyone told you? This was my parents’ house,” said Sirius. “But I’m the last Black left, so it’s mine now. I offered it to Dumbledore for headquarters — about the only useful thing I’ve been able to do.” 
Harry, who had expected a better welcome, noted how hard and bitter Sirius’s voice sounded. (OOTP Chapter 5)

Sirius heaved another great sigh, cast a dark look at the tapestry, and he and Harry went to join the others. (OOTP Chapter 6) 

 “I don’t like being back here,” he said, staring across the drawing room. “I never thought I’d be stuck in this house again.” (Sirius, OOTP Chapter 6)

Sirius’ mental state during the time he spends in Grimmauld makes me wonder the severity of his abuse. After all, his parents were proud of Regulus for joining the Death Eaters, were they really above physically abusing their children who they “hated” that much? Even if they did, i think the only person Sirius would share it with would have been James so it’s normal that we don’t get a confirmation of this.

Speaking of Sirius’ mental state, all through OOTP Sirius shows clear signs of PTSD and chronic depression, this always gets discarded as Sirius being moody, immature, emotionally unstable or just bored. He tries to repress his feelings which leads to explosive arguments later (Molly, Snape). Sirius already can’t deal with his feelings and he’s constantly getting scorned for his behavior. Wiizarding world is so uneducated on mental health that instead of helping Sirius; they provoke, knowingly trigger and further shut him in a house he was abused in. (I don’t buy for a second that Dumbledore didn’t know what Sirius went through in that house.)
Now look what you’ve made me do, i made myself sad again thinking of my favorite star prince.

I keep finding myself fascinated about the adults of the saga, especially the teachers. Among the things I wish we could get more content about from Rowling, one of my favorites is the relationship between them. How did Minerva react to Severus becoming a teacher and head of house almost fresh out of school? At first, was she suspicious or helpful and protective towards him? Was he insecure when he started? And did he and Dumbledore ever become real friends or was it always just about defeating Voldemort? How much did Minerva really know? What was the dynamics with all the professors, really? I mean, they all had to live at Hogwarts for most of the year, right? And there were mostly kids so the few adults would eventually end up inevitably getting closer. How were their reunions? Who was friends with who? Were there ever any romantic or sexual involvement between two teachers? Did they party together? I’d love to know more of their daily lives.

anonymous asked:

What is it about Remus that makes him your favorite? :)

What about him isn’t my favorite? That’s a much easier question. It’s nothing. Nothing makes me dislike him.

*knuckle crack*

Remus is smart.

  • He knows his stuff. He knows his remedies. He goes to Hogwarts prepared for the dementors with exactly what he needs. 
  • He comes from smart. Lyall is an expert on non-human spirits. And Hope was in the real-estate business, which takes a sharp mind.
  • He isn’t even bothered by his O.W.L.s, not that he didn’t study like hell for them. But “He’s sitting on my chair” doesn’t speak to a Remus who is really bothered by the exams.
  • He can read people well. He was a spy. He knows how to sit quietly in a room and absorb the facts, without an uttered word.

Remus is kind.

  • Remus is one of the kindest characters in-book. In his very first lesson, he’s able to identify Neville as a target of bullying–an underdog, really. And he helps raise Neville’s spirits up against the man whom Neville feared the most, and he did it with laughter.
  • He goes over without prompt to the werewolf in St. Mungos, willing to talk to a complete stranger about the realities of an illness which will from then on command both their lives.
  • He works with Sirius to get Harry a birthday present, even though he has no job.
  • He treats Harry like Harry, not like James Jr.
  • He doesn’t blame the world for what happens to him in his life. He knows the difference between blind stigma and genuine hate, and he does manage to forgive.

He’s wounded. He knows–and understands–the suffering of others.

  • And that makes him wiser. It makes him compassionate.
  • It makes him a warmer person, because he knows all too well that there isn’t enough of that out there.
  • His motto is a little like, “There’s no excuse or bad time to be kind.”
  • He’s seen the worst in others, but he’s also seen the best in people others have deemed the worst.
  • So he supports the underdog.
  • He consciously makes the effort to try and not judge others.
  • He doesn’t take his own hurts out on others, and helps people even when he’s hurting.

He’s flawed.

  • He runs from Tonks because he’s terrified.
  • Years of self-loathing and external hate take their toll. He isn’t immune.
  • He’s so wrapped up in this idea that he’s a monster that he actually believes that prolonged contact with him actually damages other people’s lives, whether through helping him with his poverty or by “association with a werewolf,” or what have you. 
  • He fears reproach from Dumbledore in PoA, because Dumbledore is the man who gave him everything he has in Remus’ mind.
  • He lets his friends get away with to much, because he’s so desperate to be liked and loved, without realizing that they will love him anyway.
  • He doesn’t contact Harry because he thinks Harry’s better off, because Petunia wouldn’t let him, because it would be a whole host of awkward, because he always wanted to but was always so busy, and what does he say, and he wants to, but he can’t.

He’s dedicated.

  • He joins the first Order around 17, right out of school.
  • He REJOINS the Order, probably without hesitation.
  • He spies on the werewolves for Dumbledore, something that for someone with Remus’ history and traumas would have been an emotionally taxing task. But he did it for Dumbledore.
  • He’s loyal. To Dumbledore, to the Order, to harry–to the idea that things can and will be good and right again. And those are the things which push him to keep going.

He keeps going.

  • That, I think, is one of my favorite things. Remus is a character who has had everything taken from him over and over, be it his future at the age of five, his parents, his friends, his job–and, somehow, he keeps going. That, I think, is… the best. One of his most endearing qualities, to me. The sun will come up, is a good phrase for him.
My 2 least favorite Harry Potter characters always make people confused.

Or maybe even angry. You see, my least favorite characters are Dumbledore and Snape.

“Dumbledore is a good man!”, “He helped Harry when he was going through all of the shit with Voldemort!”, and “He sacrificed himself for the cause!” are all things my friends have told me when I tell them that I HATE him. Because he’s not a good man. He knew Harry was living in an abusive home, but instead of doing what he could to get him out of there, he let Harry sleep under the staircase in a cupboard barely big enough for a goddamn bed. He didn’t help Harry. Instead he thrust him into a dangerous situation without any help but a confusing hint, which was completely unnecessary. And he did sacrifice himself, but so did many other people who are better then him. Tonks, Lupin, Fred, Sirius, Cedric, Lavender. And it all comes down to this. I read this somewhere and it’s stuck with me since. “There is never a reason to leave a child in an abusive home. Never.”

And now on to Snape. I started out like most other fans. I hated Snape until the last book when he gave Harry his memories. Until I grew up. Then I realized that a) giving someone their memories isn’t worthy of praise, b) even though he did it all for Lily he’s not a good man, and c) bullying children isn’t right. I’m only gonna elaborate on c because it’s 12:34 and I’m tired. Snape was friend zoned way back when he was a teenager. Probably 16 or 17. Lily was his friend, but didn’t want to be more then that, and she was with James. Now, Snape could have easily moved on from her. But he didn’t. Instead he grew up never loving anyone else. He was literally a double agent because Voldemort killed someone he loved, even though she never loved him. I mean, his love for her got to the point of being stalker-ish and psychotic. He was obsessed with her. That whole scene in the movie where he finds her dead body makes me so upset. Because he steps right over James, completely ignores Harry (the screaming BABY), and holds Lily’s dead body and cries over her. And then, flash forward 11 years, and Harry shows up at Hogwarts. Severus friend zoned Snape decides it would be a good idea to be so cruel to an 11 year old because the boys mother didn’t love him. Also, he was literally a students worst fear. That should scream WARNING! BAD PERSON ALERT!

In the end, neither of their actions were excusable. Dumbledore and Snape are bad people.

It’s Been A Long Ride Without You

Request:   Professor Neville x Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor!Reader? Maybe they haven’t seen each other since the Battle of Hogwarts and the reader notices for the first time that Neville got H.O.T. and for once Neville isn’t the blushy and stuttery one? Love your work <3

Words: 1,692

Warnings: I don’t think any,  just a lot of fluff

Pairing: Professor Neville X Professor Reader

Note;  It’s short but I tried.


Originally posted by calmingbrits


It’s been 5 years, 4 months, 23 days and nearly 3 hours since the battle of Hogwarts. Since the last time, you stepped foot in your old school. Since you took a job as an Auror hunting down the remaining escaped prisoners from Azkaban. 5 years and here you were stepping into the castle which your world revolved around for 7 years. Looking around the castle as you made your way back to Dumbledore’s office, you remembered the way still and when he extended this invite to you, you couldn’t say no.

“Ah. Y/N L/N!” Dumbledore smiled as you entered his office, he quickly moves to brace you in a soft hug. “It’s good to see you, my dear.”

“And it’s good to see you too Professor.” You smile fixing his hat on his head slightly. He was always laid back and like a father to you.

“It’s Albus now Y/N, you’re a Professor now as well.” He chuckles before wrapping his arm around your shoulder and escorting you towards the DADA classroom.

“I’m sorry Albus. It’s gonna take some getting used to, you were once my favorite teacher. All of you were once my teachers.” You smile and push your hair behind your ear before following Albus to the DADA Tower.

“All of us and then there’s Longbottom.” Albus smiles, maybe this had been a little bit of his plan. After all, the two of you were close growing up together.

“Neville?” You questioned more to yourself before smiling, missing one of your closest friends. “That’s great. I’m glad I’ll get to see him again.”

“Maybe even more than that,” Albus smirked before opening the door to your new office.

“Albus?” You questioned before looking back to him.

“Somethings are rather curious. You’ll see in time.” He hums before leaving you alone in the office. You tried to shake that from your mind as you set up your office.

Setting up your office with a house banner of beloved Gryffindor and a few photos from your school days before heading down for dinner. Albus was going to introduce you as the new Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor. You were excited and nearly bouncing as you entered the great hall. But a playful glare from McGonagall had you stopping but she shot you a smile as you sat beside her.

But when you glanced down the table waving to Severus, Albus, before your eyes caught a glance of Neville. You nearly froze in your spot, eyes searching your favorite Gryffindor. From his rugged jawline and slight stubble, his soft hazel eyes, cunning smile, and oh god did he get tall and built and hot. You couldn’t help staring until he turned to look at you and you quickly averted your eyes, not seeing his beautiful smile.

Dumbledore stood in front of the students and introduced you, you recognized a few faces from the last year you were here, surely they were all 2nd years then. Names weren’t remembered but you knew those smug Gryffindor smiles, you had been a perfect after all. You gave a shy wave before smiling to your beloved Professor, stealing a glance down the table at the new teachers and old ones you loved.

Soon everyone was eating and enjoying conversation and you tried not to look back over at him during the entire dinner, unsure if your heart could actually take it. As soon as McGonagall or well Minerva was finished she smiled at you.

“It’s good to see you taking the position, I couldn’t see anyone else taking it beside my favorite Gryffindor.” She smiles at you before glancing over at the students. “I was hoping you’d take the head of house when I finally leave.” She touched your arm and it honestly warmed your heart.

“Oh, Minerva. I’d be honored but you’re not allowed to leave. Not so soon, I just got here.” You smile back at her before she just laughed softly. You meant the world to her.

“Oh your right, but there’s no other Gryffindor that deserves it more.” She hums before dinner is dismissed and you all get up to leave. You kept chatting with Minerva until you were both outside the great hall. Finally after saying goodbye you turned and bumped right into Neville Longbottom!

“Oh- h-Hey Neville.” You whisper trying to appear cool and not looking totally shocked by how hot he’s gotten. Sure he was hot 7th year, but this. This is drop your panties hot, I won’t regret this one nightstand hot, please marry me right now hot.

“Hey Y/N. Hey, you okay?” He hummed waving his hand in front of your face to try and get your attention back.

“Oh what. Um. Yeah?” You mumble looking up at him, a soft blush on your cheeks.

“You kinda zoned out there for a second. You okay?” Neville asked generally concerned for you.

“Yeah. I’m cool I’m cool.” You smile slightly glancing at the ground before Neville softly smiles.

“Good, I’m glad I’m not the only new teacher here now. Plus it’s good to have a friend on my side.” He teased before you both started down the hall heading nowhere.

“Oh please, who didn’t like you in school, you had that charm.” You teased pushing your hair behind your ear. All your planning didn’t prepare you for how nervous you were right now.

“Oh, I remember you threatening to hex me a few times so at first you.” He chuckled softly before gazing at you with a tender smile.

You just couldn’t take it, the same sweet boy, the same Gryffindor you crushed on and always talked about. “You gotta stop looking at me like that or we’re gonna have a problem.” You huff crossing your arms looking away from him.

He just smiled knowing you weren’t very threatening, at least not to him. “Oh? and why is that?” He questioned softly touching your arm and the spot felt on fire.

“You know why Neville Hotbottom-” You covered your mouth as quickly as you could but it was no use it was already out, god you remembered when you and Hermione first came up with that name as a joke and here you were blushing madly hard over it.

He just raised an eyebrow at you before chuckling softly, “So that kind of problem.”

You wanted to say you were sorry and run, wanted to quit right then and there, just wanted to be anywhere but there at that moment. Neville clearly saw this and ran his hand up your arm to your shoulder. “Hey, it’s okay, promise.”

“No! it’s not” you squeaked before hiding your face in your hands. “I’m just gonna go, I’m so sorry,” you whisper quickly turning to leave but his hand stops you.

“Go on a date with me first.” He called out not caring as a few students stopped to stare. Man, had he grown as he stared at you with a soft smile. “Please?”

“Why?” You whisper removing your hands from your face slowly, feeling as if this was a joke.

“Cause you’re cute and I’ve crushed on you since we were in school. Plus you’re totally awesome like cmon do you really need me to go into detail?” He smiled softly before letting his hand fall off your shoulder so you could leave if you wish.

You thought for a moment, Neville wasn’t the blushing, chubby kid you had heart eyes for, no he was a man now and he clearly knew what he wants. Who were you to deny him? “Alright, when.” You whisper to hide your excitement and nervousness.

“Tomorrow, midnight in the greenhouse.” And with a smile, he was heading off towards the greenhouses no doubt. “Don’t be late.” He teased before turning a corner.

You wanted to slide down the wall and scream and cry all at once. But you just cleared your throat and heading downs your quarters and office waiting until you were behind the door to jump onto your bed screaming that you had a date with Neville.

Tomorrow night couldn’t of come slower, between first classes and seeing him at breakfast, lunch, and dinner you wondered what Hotty Pants had planned for you two tonight. Soon enough you would find out.

Calling on the help of both Albus and Minvera you settled with a soft black sundress with a gold trim. A pair of gold hoops, and a simple chain necklace and you were ready. Albus had offered to do your makeup and even though you were curious if he could you turned him down and just applied a soft red lipstick. Minvera hugged you mumbling about how you were all grown up now before you just chuckled and waved them goodbye as you headed for the greenhouse.

Did you not expect a starry sky enchantment on the roof of the greenhouse or the small twinkling lights of what, Christmas lights? Nor the beautiful picnic laid out before you. God Neville surely knew what he was doing.

And popping a bottle of red wine had all nervous slipping away within one glass, which is all the both of you had. You wanted to remember this night and everything that followed. Including him leaning in to kiss your cheek and you turning to capture his lips. The surprising sound he made as he pulled you into a soft embrace. After the loving kiss how you laid your head on his chest and just enjoyed the starry sky enchantment and the soft lights and being close to someone you could love. Plus jokes and talking about school life made everything seem not bad for a while.

At that moment you both decided you never wanted to be apart for long again. And slowly, you two became the “relationship goals” of the whole school and it was well worth it all.

Halloween Movies for Hallo-wimps

Guys I love Halloween. Like, LOVE it. Who can resist an occasion to wear weird costumes and eat copious amounts of sugar? Honestly one of my favorite Halloween pastimes is dressing up in my costume, pretending not to be home when the trick-or-treaters come so I can eat all the candy, and marathoning movies all night. Despite my love for the holiday, however, I’m kind of a wimp when it comes to ~scary~ Halloween movies. Sure I loved the supernatural elements of Udolpho, the darkness of Buffy, and the goofy macabre of iZombie, but when it comes to actual psycho gore I’m kind of a weenie. So, I’ve decided to compile a not-at-all-complete list of a few of my favorite wimp-approved Halloween-friendly movies for your viewing pleasure.

1. Ghostbusters

Need I really explain this one? Either the original with Bill Murray and the Gang or the recent remake with your favorite badass comediennes will do. Goofy enough to keep it from being too scary but still filled with enough of the undead to fill the holiday quota. WHO YA GONNA CALL?

Originally posted by 1980s-90sgifs

2. Warm Bodies

It’s really just Romeo and Juliet with zombies (and much better than Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - don’t even get me started). Yeah people do get chased around and ripped apart by zombies, but it’s mostly an awesome rom-com with a *killer* soundtrack.

Originally posted by diablito666

3. Pretty much anything Hitchcock

Ugh, his movies are so gorgeous. Alfred Hitchcock knew how to be creepy in a smart way without going overboard on the blood and guts. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I love Psycho, Rear Window, Strangers on a Train, and The 39 Steps.

Originally posted by thefilmfatale

4. Heathers

This movie is like Tim Burton meets John Hughes and throw in some Clueless. A teenage revenge story spirals out of control in the most bizarre and unexpected of ways. At the very least, watch it for the foxy young Christian Slater and excellent blazers. 

Originally posted by dialnfornoir

5. The Addams Family

*Snap* *Snap* Gomez and Morticia are basically #goals and Wednesday Addams is all of us when we’re hangry. The creepy, cooky, mysterious and spooky family is the perfect Halloween companion. 

Originally posted by classichorrorblog

6. The Lost Boys

Vampires! Motorcycles! Jim Morrison! Girls named “Star”! This movie has it all. Including a very young, very blond, very mullet-y Kiefer Sutherland. I think my favorite thing about this movie is the earnest vampire hunting by Corey Feldman and Corey Haim.

Originally posted by gavriiel

7. Hocus Pocus

Don’t even act like you don’t love this movie. This is classic Disney Channel-style film-making at its best, and Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy are bewitching as the Sanderson Sisters.

Originally posted by mtvstyle

8. Monster Mashes

Every. Single. Creature. Feature. They’re just too good! The Blob, The Creature From the Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, Them!, Godzilla, and many many more. If you could’ve conceivably watched it in a drive-in in the ‘50s or ‘60s, then I think it’s a good fit. 

Originally posted by trash-fuckyou

9. Young Frankenstein

That’s Frahnk-en-steen. So many brilliant one-liners and pure Mel Brooks moments. Each comedian in it is so strong and hilarious, but my personal fave is Madeline Kahn.

Originally posted by giantmonster

10. Clue

Speaking of Madeline Kahn…

Originally posted by villainquoteoftheday

11. Practical Magic

Movies about witches and sisterhood really speak to me. The girl power is so strong in this movie! Also, I would not mind living in an adorable Victorian home in a coastal town using my witchy powers to make margaritas.

Originally posted by destroyingeverythingold

12. The entire Harry Potter franchise

Not something I would traditionally associate with Halloween, but the movies are filled with all manner of ghouls and witchcraft. Plus I am always down for an excuse to revisit my favorite wizards and witches.

Originally posted by harry-potter-world-forever

13. And finally, anything and everything Tim Burton

The man mixes creepiness with whimsy for the perfect Halloween brew. Tim Burton is the true pumpkin king.


Originally posted by veritasduchess

Originally posted by disneyskellington

It's the beginning of Snape appreciation month.

However, given that I am a useless being in this fandom, I have no pretty art to post. Instead, I’m just going to gush a little bit. Bear with me.

I’ve always been a sarcastic little shit, and that was what attached me to Snape when I first read the Sorcerer’s Stone when I was a kid. My best friend had been begging me to read the series, and finally my religious mom relented on account of me keeping my friends (I had, and still have, very few).

There were those cheeky conversations that my friend and I had once I had started the book. “Why do you like Snape?” she asked with a knowing grin. “He’s the BAD guy!” At the time, not having yet finished the first book, I just shrugged it off without entirely knowing what drew me to him.

Then there was the end of the first book, which completely solidified my resignation to stick with Severus Snape come hell or high water. Even when Dumbledore died, filled with disbelief, I clung to him, convinced that Dumbledore could not have been so wrong. My desperation for Snape to be the good guy led to me being right in the end, among all of my friends who had become more and more incredulous with, “Snape? Still?”

And it hasn’t left me after almost a decade since I first finished the series. The friend who introduced me to Harry Potter is still my best friend. Any time she says, “Kill me,” I’m always apt with, “Would you like me to do it now, or would you like a few moments to compose an epitaph?” And when discussing favorite literary characters, a teacher of mine regarded me with suspicion when I said I liked Snape: “Did you like him before the Deathly Hallows or after?” My friend chimed, before I got a word in edgewise, “She’s loved Snape since book one,” to which I could only echo, “Til the very end.”

It’s been a journey in this fandom, and I’m pressing forward every step of the way.

seanfmcguire  asked:

Hi there! Ok, so you tumblr is Such A Good™️ and I love it. But... Tom Riddle/Harry Potter??? Oh. My. GOD. I need it. I've never got Drarry and always loved Chamber of Secrets Tom Riddle; he's one of my favorite things about the series. So Tom/Harry is speaking to me and oh my god I NEED IT. Where is a good place to start??? Please guide me because I need all the things. :D

omg, hi, ty! :D Yes, Tom/Harry has grabbed me by my feelings this summer and I’ve been drowning in fic about it. (Though right now, those feelings are being slightly usurped by Grindelwald|Grindelgraves/Credence and Grindelwald/Dumbledore because what is with me and shipping dark lords, i swear.)

When it comes to tumblr ship blogs to follow, there’s @darklordtomarry and @soulmagicmindtricks (Janet <3333). They reblog HPLV/HPTR related things like art/gifs/etc. and both of them are awesome people. 

Anyways, I run @thetomarrylibrary with Jaleesa (@marvuolo) and there are a ton of fic recs there that you can check out! You can also take a look at my pinboard, where I’ve bookmarked a ton of HPTR and HPLV fic with tags and notes. You can filter for tropes and word count and stuff there.

When it comes to my favorite Tomarry fics…there are my all-time favorites.

Hauntingly by ObsidianPen, 470K, WIP [eta: now complete] - this is actually more HPLV, but it hits my id ridiculously hard and makes me want to cry whenever I think about my favorite lines (why do u do this to us, Jamie). Post-OotP, Voldemort figures out that Harry is a Horcrux and becomes obsessed with him. Vivid dreamsharing, gorgeous imagery, A+ character development. Perfect mix of plot, humor, and feelings. Character bashing free. Obsessive, all-consuming romantic love in the language of religion. Life-changing.

Gilgamesh by Morgan Steelgrave, 18K, complete -  Cursed by Voldemort, Harry time travels to the past in an attempt to kill Tom Riddle. Tom becomes fascinated with the time-traveling stranger; his life is derailed as he tries to find Harry again. Neat inclusion of the Hallows.

Yule by budchick, 12K, complete -  Tom Riddle makes a wish on a ‘wishing candle’ about losing his virginity. Harry suddenly appears; he’s a time traveling Auror chasing after the fugitive Aleco Carrow. Tom falls in love and grows up. Sounds cracky but excellent character development for Tom.

Reparabilis by Rhyte, 5K, complete -  Tom Riddle never became Voldemort. As DADA professor, he becomes fascinated with Harry. The prose is hella beautiful and memorable.

And regarding authors to check out, definitely look through stuff written by Paimpont, The_Fictionist (like Dancing With Deceit or Love’s Loathing), and MayMarlow (like The Train to Nowhere, a great take on an AU where Voldemort won).

Other fic of note would be Words Fail by NeaMarika and Wear Me Like a Locket Around Your Throat by VivyPotter, which are two longfics that pull off the ‘Harry goes back in time to the 40s and attends Hogwarts’ plot very well.

Oh, and Full Circle by tetsurashian is my favorite HPTR crackfic, because it’s about Tom and Harry being stuck in an endless loop of reincarnation where they keep meeting each other and it makes me lol every time I reread it.

The Man with Two Faces?

This is one of my favorite passages in all of the Harry Potter series. Harry has spent this whole book thinking that Snape was the villain. Harry was so sure he was the one who tried to kill him and the one trying to steal the Stone for Voldemort. But why? Why does Harry judge this man so harshly? it boils down to two reasons, both of which are mentioned above. Harry felt that Snape hated him (which is not an inaccurate assessment) and Snape looks the part, swooping around like an overgrown bat as Quirrell puts it. In other words, Harry was deceived by appearances. He inserted his own personal bias onto a situation, and came to the wrong conclusion. I’m not saying that Harry was wrong to do this, most readers did as well, but it was a mistake. Snape was actually risking his life trying to save Harry and thwart Quirrell (and by extension Voldemort). 

The most important part of this passage is this little gem.

“’But Snape always seemed to hate me so much.’

‘Oh, he does,’ said Quirrell casually. ‘heavens, yes. He was at Hogwarts with your father, didn’t you know? They loathed each other. But he never wanted you dead.’”

Quirrell has basically just summarized Snape’s motives for the whole series, in the very first book. J.K. Rowling basically told us, okay this guy’s gonna spend this whole series looking suspicious, but remember, he doesn’t want Harry dead. I mean, sure, one could say his motivations could have changed over the course of the series, but they didn’t. This ends up being the truth. And Quirrell, while telling Harry and the readers, also tells Voldemort. But neither Harry nor Voldemort takes this to heart.

The point of this post was just to analyze a passage that I have always enjoyed, but it brings up some very important observations, especially as of late. The moral of this passage, so to say, and of this whole book really, is that we should not make assumptions based on appearances. We should not allow our personal biases to affect how we view someone or a situation. We should strive to be objective, and only make conclusions based on facts. This, obviously, is something that every human being struggles with and is much easier said than done. 

I’ll leave this with one of my other favorite passages from this book.

“[Dumbledore] clapped his hands. In an instant, the green hangings became scarlet and the silver became gold; the huge Slytherin serpent vanished and a towering Gryffindor lion took its place. Snape was shaking Professor McGonagall’s hand, with a horrible, forced smile. He caught Harry’s eye and Harry knew at once that Snape’s feelings toward him hadn’t changed one jot. This didn’t worry Harry. It seemed as though life would be back to normal next year, or as normal as it ever was at Hogwarts.”

(My thoughts: Darn, Slytherin lost the House Cup, but it’s okay. Aww Snape is shaking McGonagall’s hand, I just love their relationship, and is Snape smiling?!? What is that? Woah now, Snape and Harry made eye contact, we know what that means. Jot is such a cool word. Your life is never going to be normal again Harry, but all will be well in the end!)

I am a huge Dumbledore fan, I have loved him ever since the start of the series and I love him even more at the end. And I get furious when people blame him for things that aren’t his fault and hate him for things that he didn’t do. I especially hate bashing of any kind especially when they try to make Dumbledore be evil. He has his flaws but I’ll defend him to the death most of the time, out of all the HP characters he’s my baby.

However, the one thing I keep thinking about is the whole Willow/Werewolf prank. As much as I love Dumbledore, I can’t get over this. Every time I think about it I feel bad for Snape and find myself going “Albus…WTF?!” I can defend Dumbledore from a lot of accusations using canon, but I CANNOT defend this. Albus, what the hell? Snape isn’t my favorite but he’s still a kid who almost died! Merlin’s beard, man, what were you thinking?! Now I love Sirius to pieces, but his little ass needed to get expelled or locked up for that crap. JK Rowling, I keep thinking about this scene and I need you to come up with an explanation for this, something so I can get it out of my head. Unfortunately, this confession may attract Dumbledore bashers (I pray not), I will always love him. But gods dammit if this scene doesn’t make me want to throttle him. What was his reason? I really need a canon reason why this happened, and a good one. The whole “he favored Gryffindor” deal that haters use isn’t good enough for me. Nobody favors a house to that extent, it’d be bad business.

5x1: Mycroft Dies, Lord Moran Returns, Reichenbach Revisited

Things that have to happen in 5x1:

1) Lord Moran returns.

2) Mycroft’s reputation is going to be ruined to MI6/the government.

3) Mycroft needs more information about Jim’s Secret Project.

4) Mycroft will set up a meeting with Jim to try to catch Jim.

5) Jim kills Mycroft (in front of Sherlock).

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The Photoshop Army: The “Any Fandom, Every Fandom” Photoshop Challenge - One Favorite quote from the tv show, movie, book, etc.

From the tip of his wand burst the silver doe. She landed on the office floor, bounded once across the office, and soared out of the window. Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.

“After all this time?”
“Always,” said Snape.

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Here is the story of Severus Snape in chronological order. It is sad and beautiful and shows the bravery of this character and the brilliance of the story.

Honestly, it’s actually weird watching this, some of my favorite characters are definitely villains in this. We are all heroes of our story, indded. 

People who hate Snape can just STFU.

Rereading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Chapter Twenty-Seven - The Centaur and the Sneak

since literal voldemort was elected president, i figured we all need a lil harry potter rn

- okay so parvati wants some centaur dick and like…. we can all agree that thats pretty fucking weird right? i know last chapter i said firenze was hot but i wasnt THRISTING after him like parvati is right now ok

- LOL all the kids are like ‘umbridge cant get any worse, right?’ and im just over here cry-laughing.

- firenze greets harry in front of the whole class and his popularity goes THRU THE ROOF YALL

- dean asks if hagrid breeds the centaurs and everyone like ‘OMG dean you cant just ask people if theyre bred’

- also centaurs and humans are kinda like the bloods and crips, so firenze if banished from the forbidden forest.

“Professor Trelawney -” began Parvati, in a hurt and indignant voice.
“-is a human,” said Firenze simply. “And is therefore blinkered and fettered by the limitations of your kind.”

BUUUURRRRN!!!! humans suck

- firenze suggest they burn some ‘herb’ to get a better understanding of the stars. like, ok LETS SMOKE SUM GANJA, BRO.

His priority did not seem to be to teach them what he knew, but rather to impress upon them that nothing, not even centaurs’ knowledge, was foolproof.

have i ever mentioned that i love firenze?

- this book has been SEVERELY lacking hagrid. and even now, the only times we talk to him is to talk about grawp (even tho the trio doesn’t know it yet), which like, no offense jo, but BOOOOORING.

- seamus is at a D.A. meeting guys!!!!!! the boiz are friends again and mama is happy <3

“Umbridge?” asked Harry, horrified.
Dobby nodded, then tried to bang his head off Harry’s knees; Harry held him at bay.
“What about her? Dobby - she hasn’t found out about this - about us - about the D.A.?”
He read the answer in the elf’s stricken face. His hands helf fast by Harry, the elf tried to kick himself and sank to his knees.
“Is she coming?” Harry asked quietly.
Dobby let out a howl. “Yes, Harry Potter, yes!”

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK (also hi dobby, havent seen ya in a while)

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I know this rant is long, but please read:

So I’ve become pretty PISSED at all this Snape-hate so here’s a little rant I want to share (Note: Things may be out of order because I’m angry and aggravated and I’m just writing everything that comes to mind):

First of all, for all of you who think he was “creepy obsessed” with Lily are clearly missing the whole damn Big Picture ™. Imagine yourself living in a home where your father is an abusive p.o.s and he abuses your mother physically/mentally right in front of you. Imagine him giving you no love whatsoever. Imagine your mother doing everything she can to love and care for you, but falls slightly short on that. Imagine you also living in pretty shitty conditions and having clothes that don’t fit and your hair is greasy and long because you’re not being well taken care of. Imagine you don’t have proper skills to know how to talk to other people and because of how you look/act, kids your age don’t like to play with you. NOW IMAGINE someone coming along and looking past all that and wanting to be your friend. Wouldn’t you be so fucking happy? Wouldn’t you say “Wow, no one’s ever been so nice to me and accepting of me. I’m going to keep this person close”? As a 9-year-old, I think I’d do the same thing.

Moving on, now picture you’ve just started school and you’re super happy because now you have a little over half a year to be away from your abusive home and you have over half a year to spend with your best friend. NOW IMAGINE, your friend being put in a different house than you and because of that you’ll barely see them, but hey, you’re best friends. No matter what you’ll still make time for each other. No problem there, right?

Okay, so remember how I said you had a shitty life because of your parents (mostly your dad), and you look different and act differently than other kids your age who may have more than you? NOW IMAGINE, 4 kids your age coming along and bullying you NONSTOP. Wow, that’s pretty fucked up, right? You’re already being bullied at home by YOUR OWN FATHER and now you’ve come to this “safe place” for an escape, only to be treated like crap some more. Messed up, RIGHT? And to think, if you looked like them, acted like them, and were all around a different person, they wouldn’t bother you. What a shame that it’s ALL YOUR FAULT, right, Snape-haters?

Anyway, you start hanging out with some shady people as you get older because it’s hard for you to be around your bff (even though you still hang out with her) because 1 of those 4 bullies picks on you a ton more when you’re around her because HE’S THE ONE who actually has a thing for her. You also start showing interest in the Dark Arts (you had this interest as a younger child too). Not because you’re evil, but because you enjoy learning and even though people like to just focus on the Dark Arts (“wow so evil”) you’re very smart and you enjoy Potions and charms and all that good stuff. Your bff is concerned you’re hanging out with bad people, but you tell her everything’s fine because, and try to stay with me Snape-haters, “more than one person is ACTUALLY accepting me. I NEVER thought this would happen!”

One day you’re just hanging around the grounds, minding your own business, when your bullies come up to you and the head bully decides “ya know what? I’m bored. Let’s expose Severus’ half naked body to the whole school because I can.” So he hangs you upside down and completely embarrasses you. You’re 100% upset when you’re finally let go and don’t know what to do, so you say something you DON’T MEAN (which we all have before so don’t lie) to your bff and she gets upset with you and that’s the last time she ever speaks to you again. Wow, you just lost the greatest person in the world to you. And that’s just THE FUCKING BEGINNING.

Now you’re older and you’ve joined the Death Eaters. Not your best idea, but just like before, they’re ACCEPTING of you and being with them gives you power you’ve never had before. You start climbing up the latter so much so that you practically become Voldemort’s right-hand man. Wow, did you ever expect someone to take you so seriously? You overhear something that you shouldn’t have and you go to your leader and tell him. He now decides he needs to kill your childhood bff and her whole family. You made a mistake. What do you do? You go to Albus Dumbledore and beg him to keep them ALL safe. He did say ALL, Snape-haters. Not just Lily because he’s “totally obsessed with her”. Even the bully who tortured him half his childhood. Hell, if I was Severus I would have said “Keep them safe. No not James Potter, fuck him. I’m talking about Lily and her son.” but that’s probably because I’m petty, but whatever. MOVING ON:

So Albus Dumbledore asks you what you’ll give him in return and he pulls at your guilt. Which is pretty messed up because you’re obviously extremely upset and you obviously feel guilty so why does he need to make it worse? Because he’s Albus fucking Dumbledore, that’s why. You tell him “anything”. So since your life never seems to work out for you it’s obvious that Lily would die along with James and now Harry’s left alone. So here’s something that’s said a lot: “wow he goes and hugs his ex-friend/crushes dead body instead of helping the helpless 1-year-old and he steps over James’ dead body wow what a douche.” Here’s what’s wrong with that: Can you imagine showing up at the house of the ONE person in your life who made you feel happy, THE ONE person who showed you some light in this messed up world you live in, and before even walking in you already know she’s probably dead? Think about that for a second, please. You’re not going to sit and cry about James’ death because he was the reason a lot of bad things happened to you as a school-aged kid. You may feel pretty sad for him, but what can you do at this point? So you continue walking, already expecting the worse, and when you get to the babies room you see what you were hoping was just a terrible dream. Your best friend, the only person in the world who seemed to care about you, is lying there…dead. The light in your dark life is gone. The person who knew you better than anyone is gone. Wouldn’t YOU be upset too? I don’t know about everyone else (although I’m guessing you would all do the same thing), but I’d sit down and cry and hug her and wish this never happened and ignore everything else going on around you right at that moment because you feel so guilty and sad and you’re not sure how on earth you’re going to get on with your life. Now can you all see why he momentarily forgot about baby Harry? Oh, and for all of you using the 2nd argument “Why didn’t he take Harry with him when he left? How could he leave Harry alone?”….even though Voldemort was gone, he couldn’t just act carelessly. He already knew Voldemort would be back (like he said to Dumbledore) and the Death Eaters that were still loyal were around. If anyone saw him caring for the baby who caused the Dark Lord’s downfall, he would probably be dead (my own theory, but it makes sense).

Now Dumbledore is not asking, but he’s making you feel even worse than you already do so you’ll risk your life everyday for the rest of you life to protect Harry Potter. He even throws the line “He has Lily’s eyes” at you because he knows that will hit a nerve. What a great guy. Anyway, while you’re a Potions Master you’re more than kind of a dick to your students. We’re not going to excuse that, but when you’re being forced down a career path you didn’t want to protect a kid who’s almost impossible to protect because he likes playing “hero” all the time, you’re going to be kind of cranky. Also, you have to be hard on these kids because Potion making is dangerous and, let’s be honest, teenagers (especially 11-year olds because they’re children) are careless and Severus is just trying to keep these kids from dying.

Now let’s talk about Dumbledore for a second. I like him, don’t get me wrong, but he is a manipulative man who has always turned situations to work in his favor. Can we all agree on that? Now that Severus is a double-agent, Dumbledore has taken him “under his wing” so to speak. And as you can see from how he acts when he’s forced to kill him, you can tell Severus does care for him like a friend. Practically his only friend at this point (besides McGonagall because McGonagall and Severus’ friendship in fanfics and whatnot is one of my favorite things ever so I can definitely see it being canon)

But I digress…Anyway, can you imagine being forced by your only friend left to kill him? I sure can’t. But by him killing Dumbledore he saved Draco. So again, he’s not only helping to keep Harry safe, but for a short period of time he’s doing the same thing for Draco Malfoy. And yes, you can argue that he just did it because he made the Unbreakable Vow with Narcissa Malfoy under the watch of hardcore Death Eater, Bellatrix Lestrange, which is pretty true, but I think he also (deep down) wanted to save him. He may not be the biggest fan of children, but I’m sure he wouldn’t want them dead.

So we all know he only took over Hogwarts as Headmaster after Dumbledore was gone because Voldemort made him. He didn’t like anything the Carrow douches were doing to the students and I’m sure he would have done something if he could have, but then we would have been exposed and killed. This isn’t an argument.

Let’s move to when Harry names his son after Severus. A lot of people are like “wtf Harry he treated you and your friends like crap and now you’re just going to name your son after him because he had a thing for you mother? Seriously?!” LET ME JUST TEAR THAT TO SHREDS RIGHT NOW, IF YOU DON’T MIND: Harry, unlike a lot of Snape-haters, saw Severus’ memory in the Pensieve and understood his reasoning behind everything he did and he realized that “Wow, this man may have been a git, but he did everything to keep me safe. Whether he loved my mother in a platonic way or not, he did care for her and they were best friends. I finally understand this man and I’m giving his name to my son because if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be here right now.” “Oh, and if it wasn’t for him I would have never found the sword of Gryffindor and we’d still be under the ruling of Voldemort.” “He risked his life for me and I want to honor him for that.” Harry naming his son after him is keeping Severus’ memory alive, and honestly he fucking deserves that after everything he did throughout a good portion of his life for Harry and the good of the Wizarding World.

But he’s such an evil person, right Snape-haters?

PS: If Harry Potter and the Cursed Child still doesn’t convince you than I don’t think anything will.

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30 days book challenge » Day 15 -favorite male character

Severus Snape

My ‘favorite’ ma character is my childhood crush. I fell in love at 9 when I first lay my hand on Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. It was the first time I liked a character this much. He was the sinister teacher, hated by everyone. 'He’s mean!’ was what all my friends used to say to me about Snape at the time (until the Deathly Hallows really), 'He’s not! You’ll see he’s not!’ I didn’t know how right I was at the time but I took his side every time I could because I just knew there was more in Severus Snape than the mean, dark teacher. Dumbledore trusted him after all. I always admired his bravery, his courage and loyalty. The fact that he made bad decision, but decided to change, to fight for what was good. I admired him and I still admire him.  “You dare use my own spells against me? Yes. I’m The Half-Blood Prince.