Gray Ghost Week (May 3 - May 9) Day 2: Fantasy/Lore AU
The Cycle restarts.
Phantom, I must tell you - warn you. There’s something you should know.
You fought the Ghost King, Pariah. Even at his strongest - wearing the Crown of Fire, and the Ring of Rage - you didn’t hesitate. You saved us all. For that, we thank you - but I’m afraid you went into that fight blind.
Pariah Dark was not always evil. Nor was he always King. The Ghost Zone’s royalty is chosen not by birthright, but by the artifacts they wield.
That’s right. The Crown of Fire chooses the King, not the other way around.
And the ring, you ask? Very perceptive of you. They were never meant to be worn together, the ring and the crown. Each has a mind of its own; Each chose a different person to bear them.
“Ginny Weasley, who had been looking peaky, was bullied into taking some [Pepperup Potion] by Percy.” percy is literally the only person, let alone member of her family, who pays attention to ginny’s welfare in this book and that makes me sad
‘the deathday party’ is one of my favourite chapters, not only because a party with ghosts sounds INCREDIBLE (and on halloween no less) but also because it gives background on filch as a squib; harry finds a letter advertising 'KWIKSPELL: A Correspondence Course in Beginner’s Magic’ in his office. i wish they included that in the movie, or had just expanded upon it in general. how do squibs find out about their lack of magic? do they just grow up never being able to do any until it clicks why? there’s a post wondering whether or not squib children get their hogwarts letter, go to diagon alley, get all their supplies, and then find out when the sorting hat is put on their head that, no actually, there’s been a mistake, you don’t belong here, and that’s just utterly heartbreaking. imagine finding that out in front of the whole school. it’s nice that filch is employed as caretaker, so he still gets to experience hogwarts, but at the same time that’s probably a large factor in why he’s so bitter towards the students, because they got to experience what he couldn’t, and even all those years on he’s still looking for a way to feel properly ingrained in the wizarding world
“'Not a bad turnout,’ said Nearly Headless Nick proudly. 'The Wailing Widow came all the way up from Kent.’” how exactly do ghosts travel? can they just apparate? or do they have to get a megabus or something? i ask the hard hitting questions
god snape is such a dickhole, he KNOWS that harry didn’t harm mrs norris but he tries to punish him anyway. bravest man harry ever knew? *loud farting sounds*
“'Ginny Weasley seemed very disturbed by Mrs Norris’s fate. According to Ron, she was a great cat-lover.’” for god’s sake ronald, pay attention to your sister! ask her how she is!! talk to her!!!
“'Honestly, if the Sorting Hat had tried to put me in Slytherin, I’d’ve got the train straight back home…’” it honestly staggers me how this book in particular, as well as the series as a whole, condemns prejudice, and yet there seems to be no backlash to characters saying stuff like this about slytherin. we’re never presented with a well-rounded, likeable slytherin (including draco, he’s an amazing character but jkr didn’t intend for him to be liked) and they’re never provided the opportunity for redemption ie they’re prevented from fighting in the battle of hogwarts. idk i would’ve just thought that at some point (maybe even in cos since yknow discrimination is one of its core themes) there might’ve been SOMEONE like “dude come on you’re being harsh, yeah salazar was a dickhole but not every slytherin is bad” but nah
“'RON!’ Percy Weasley had stopped dead at the head of the stairs, prefect badge agleam, an expression of complete shock on his face. 'That’s a girl’s bathroom!’ he gasped … 'Don’t you care what this looks like?’” rather hypocritical of you perce given that you’ve been sneaking around using empty classrooms and the like as your own personal snogging dens
maybe it’s because i was younger when i first read this and i was more annoyed by my sibling, but during this reread i honestly am completely on percy’s side a lot of the time. yeah he’s a bit snobbish but his brothers mercilessly pick on him for being proud of his achievements, and ron accuses him of caring more about gryffindor’s reputation than ginny. percy is the only one to have spoken to ginny and tried to calm her while she’s been upset!!! i get the feeling by the time i reach ootp i’m going to be a lot more understanding over percy’s decision to leave his family. not that i’m condoning it but you know. elder siblings unite
yeah hermione is a teacher’s pet but she is not afraid to be a rebel and start some shit. she’s the one who suggests using polyjuice potion to spy on malfoy: “'Of course, it would be difficult. And dangerous, very dangerous. We’d be breaking about fifty school rules, I expect.’” hermione doesn’t give a fuck about rules if they’re in the way of what she thinks is necessary. daring and nerve right there
during his classes lockhart forces harry to help him act out his dramatic readings, giving him such wonderful roles as “a yeti with a head-cold, and a vampire who had been unable to eat anything except lettuce since Lockhart had dealt with him.” now the films miss out on a lot of stuff but i really think we were being deprived of something crucial by not including those reconstructions. they could’ve been deleted scenes
“’I don’t want to break rules, you know. I think threatening Muggle-borns is far worse than brewing up a difficult potion.’” could hermione get any more perfect
literally all draco does in his first quidditch match is insult harry. here’s an idea kiddo, why don’t you stop taunting your crush and play the fucking game you were so eager to get into to one-up said crush