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So, I’m listening to the confrontation between Tom Riddle and Harry in the chamber of secrets

and probably what’s striking me the most is the way Tom assumes, implicitly, that everyone who meets him will find him charming and impressive

He talks about becoming Ginny’s best friend, her confidante, the holder of PARTS OF HER SOUL, as if it was a bit of a hassle, but ultimately quite easy. He talks about persuading Professor Dippet that Hagrid was guilty, and describes the effect of his own self-presentation as if it was obvious that one of the most powerful people in the wizarding world should do whatever a 16 year old asked: “Tom Riddle, poor but brilliant, parentless but so brave…”

And he makes one remark about someone his narrative didn’t work on: “I don’t think Dumbledore liked me as much as the other teachers did.” He’s so confident in the effect of his own narrative, his shiny charm, that he’s genuinely surprised and a bit confused at not everybody buying it. 

And, like, the thing is: we see Voldemort when he’s not doing so well, for most of the series. We see him, largely in moments of crisis: autocratic, cruel, utterly without loyalty to anyone but himself. And inside, he’s definitely all those things. But he’s also so charismatic - so good at faking empathy, too - that all sorts of people end up giving him their souls, literally or otherwise. Think about the range of people attracted by Tom Riddle, whether as a schoolboy or a Dark Lord: Slughorn, Ginny Weasley, Lucius Malfoy, Peter Pettigrew, Bellatrix Lestrange, etc. Those are some hugely different people with genuinely conflicting interests! and yet he plays them all, he acquires all of their trust and admiration, and then when he’s done with them they die, but the others keep following him because that’s how good Tom Riddle is at making people love him

It’s incredibly difficult to perform to so many different audiences, simultaneously, and almost never fail. I think Tom Riddle is so good at using people because he uses himself. He doesn’t exist outside the narratives he performs. He feeds on the reactions of others. No one sees through him because there’s nothing to see. He says it himself: “Voldemort [an absurdly dramatic pseudonym, lets be real] is my past, present and future, Harry Potter”

Tom Riddle: consummate identity manipulator, holy shit

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Ok this will sound kind of dumb but... Sneezing headcanons for the guys? I imagine Ryoma's being the loudest and coming out of NOWHERE


  • Ryoma - Yep, he totally has the most explosive sneezes, rivaling Corrin’s draconic roar. And he’s like totally calm about it afterwards, too, like Kagero and Saizo will just stare at him in shock after he knocks down 18 pots and 4 kids and goes back to life like nothing happened.
  • Takumi - He sneezes like a kitten, just a little “choo!” sound. You’re gonna want to hug him after he sneezes. He’s gonna want to deck you when you try.
  • Saizo - We don’t know if he sneezes or not. It’s just his eye closing for a bit and reopening, which most people assume to be a sneeze, but he could just be blinking.
  • Azama - Very proper sneezes. Polite, not too loud, always covers his mouth with his elbow, never spits while sneezing. Except when he’s alone. Then he lets loose. Only Setsuna has ever seen this happen.
  • Hinata - He’s got this shouting sneeze, like you’ll think some Faceless just stabbed him but turns out he just stopped to smell some flowers and now needs to shout to the heavens.
  • Subaki - He’s got a creeping sneeze, like he’ll feel the tickle of a sneeze and try his hardest to ignore it, only sneezing when he’s alone because he’s SO self-conscious of his sneeze.
  • Hayato - He tries to make his sneezes loud and manly like Ryoma’s but he just sneezes like a tiny animal. He and Takumi often talk about their sneezing troubles and practice making their sneezes more aggressive.
  • Kaden - He’s a messy sneezer. Like, he sprays so run away from him while you can. (also, provide a tissue to your local foxes when they sneeze, they usually will need one)
  • Yukimura - He’s got a really boring, mundane sneeze. Like, it’s a simple “acho”, his head dropping slightly and his eyes just blink once. SO boring.


  • Xander - When he sneezes, a dozen shingles fall off of the roofs of the castle. The floor actually rumbles.
  • Leo - He’s got a really strange sneeze. He says the “ah-choo” but a really loud “ah” and a wee little “choo” so it’s more like AAAAHHHH-choo!
  • Laslow - He’s got really bad allergies, so he tenses his whole body up for the sneeze, rearing his head back and tucking his shoulders up before letting loose and sneezing so hard, he hunches his back and jumps a little.
  • Odin - He gets those sneezes where he thinks he’s going to sneeze ALL DAY but it never comes out until he’s in like an important meeting with Leo and Niles and he just explodes.
  • Niles - His sneezes sound more like he’s having an orgasm. “aaahhhhh oooohhhh choooooooo” They just kinda devolve into moans.
  • Arthur - Okay so this dweeb always tries to suppress his sneezes because he’s afraid of spraying everywhere but he usually ends up choking every time he does that and ends up coughing and hacking and honestly it’s more trouble than it’s worth but he keeps pushing them down because he doesn’t want to inconvenience anyone.
  • Benny - He pretty much roars when he sneezes and instantly looks around to see if he’s scared anyone away, apology forming on his tongue within seconds.
  • Keaton - He’s got a revisiting sneeze. Like no, once was not enough, he keeps going twice, thrice, four times, his record is 27 (in his defense, he got some soap up his nose when that happened).
  • Gunter - Many often hope he won’t sneeze again because he’s got that old man sneeze, he starts hacking and coughing and you always contemplate performing the heimlich on him.


  • Jakob - It’s the most polite sneeze in the army, like he whips out a handkerchief, covers his nose and mouth oh so delicately, and lets out a simple “ah-choo”.
  • Silas - His sneezes aren’t particularly loud per se, but they have force, like he’ll blow papers around, and afterwards look around proudly to see if anyone saw how far he launched the map you were just studying.
  • Kaze - His sneezes start out normal and unimpressive enough, but his “choo” is really long for like no reason whatsoever.
  • Shura - He always sneezes in pairs, like it’s always two, never a single sneeze, never more than two, and he always goes “bless me” afterwards.
  • Izana - Honestly all I can say is ????? Like his sneezes go a little like this… ahem. “aaaaaaaiiIIIEEEE CHEEEEE!
  • Fuga - He’s got this really father-like sneeze, you know the one. The one that comes out of nowhere and makes everyone’s head snap to him wondering who just got trampled and yelped like a cat on steroids.

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“Zhou Youguang, known as the father of Pinyin for creating the system of Romanized Chinese writing that has become the international standard since its introduction some 60 years ago, died on Saturday in Beijing, Chinese state media reported. He was 111. In recent decades, with the comparative invincibility that he felt great age bestowed on him, Mr. Zhou was also an outspoken critic of the Chinese government.”

For more on Zhou Youguang’s life and work, see Margalit Fox, “Zhou Youguang, Who Made Writing Chinese as Simple as ABC, Dies at 111,” The New York Times (14 Jan 2017)

Image: Shiho Fukada / The New York Times

Zhou Youguang, Who Made Writing Chinese as Simple as ABC, Dies at 111
Mr. Zhou created the Pinyin system of Romanized Chinese, which vastly increased literacy in China and eased the agonies of foreigners studying the language.
By Margalit Fox

Zhou Youguang, the man who invented Pinyin, passed away today at the age of 111.

The impact of Zhou’s work is immeasurable. He made the Mandarin language - and, by extension, the whole of Chinese culture - accessible to the rest of civilization. His work can be called nothing less than world-changing.


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I’ve saved this post for last because gosh darn it this is just so special and amazing for me! I just have so many feelings from this moment at Anime Revolution

On Saturday I got to meet Melyssa of noxidarts​ and Izu of potentialforart​. (go check out their art, it’s amazing!)

After photos and chatting for a bit, I found out that Melyssa had actually worked on Skullgirls and had a hand in animating Squigly. Cue me turning into the shy little nervous bunny that I am and almost running away from their table after they said my cosplay was great and cute! I eventually got up the courage to commission Melyssa to draw Squigly for me (the first drawing!). When I picked it up a couple of hours later, I was just so so so happy! It means so much to me that someone who actually worked on the game was able to draw something for me. And she thought my squig was cute! That means so much coming from someone who worked on my fave little zombie. (And just to note, I may not be smiley in the picture because of my makeup, but please know I was super smiley on the inside!)

That’s when Izu told me that she had a print of Squigly and would print it out for me for the next day. Again I just felt so honored that because of my cosplay and love for Squigly, it brought her love and craft into the mix! When I went back the next day (unfortunately not as Squigly) I found out that Izu’s printer had run out of ink so she wasn’t able to bring the print, but instead drew Squigly for ME. (second drawing) Just all the feels! I wanted to get a picture with her and my sketch as well, but after finding out she took the time to draw a sketch for me specifically and becoming overwhelmed with so many feelings, my anxiety got the better of me. Again I feel so honored that she created something with me in mind!

This is why I love cosplaying and cons, they bring together people and connect them in bond of love for a character or show or whatever. And that is so important to me! Now I have these two adorable drawings of one of my favorite characters from two amazing artists - how awesome it that?!

tl;dr noxidarts and potentialforart are super awesome and drew me stuff at anime revolution! I am honored and so happy

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It’s been six thousand years since Thranduil last laid eyes on his husband - Bard. The world has changed and the great Elvenking with it, lingering in the shadows of Men; as hope for a miracle festers within his heart that grows weaker with every passing day, the only thing keeping him going is a promise he made, many moons ago.

To my followers

As a black male, I was raised/taught that its uncharacteristic, weak and against social norms for men to openly express emotions and shit. And weirdly enough, it’s made writing this really simple post, extremely difficult for me. But anyways, fuck it. Long story short…

I love y'all ❤

I really really do. Y'all have help me in ways that im currently unable to example due to my lack of emotional literacy. But just know, I appreciate all of you. And thanks for all the good vibes 😏✌