Harry: What’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever done?
Hermione: Uh crushes are the worst
Ron: Yeah. Whenever i have a crush i start acting stupid.
Hermione: But you’re always acting stupid
Ron: Yeah don’t think about that too hard
Harry: uh hermione we got a slight problem
Hermione: What is it this time
Harry: Ron fell for you
Hermione: yeah, yeah i know he likes me
Harry: No he literally fell while trying to catch up with you
Hermione: *sighs* he’s an idiot
Harry: Yes but he’s your idiot
Hermione: *blushes* yes he is
Slytherin| Pisces| INTP| Gay| Dark Academia
Albus Dumbledore & Minerva McGonagall
Dumbledore shook his head. “No, Minerva. I realised that I am in love with you… Hopelessly in love. That is why I visited you that night. I visited you because I wanted to see you one last time.”
Lily, trying to cheer Remus up: repeat after me: I am fucking gorgeous.
Remus: I am fucking gorgeous.
Sirius, entering the room: I don’t remember changing my name to gorgeous but I’ll take it.
Sirius: [at the dinner table]
Sirius: [yelling] I WISH I WAS AT ARBY’S BECAUSE THERES BETTER FOOD AND BETTER PEOPLE THERE
Magic man and Stinky magic snake man
No one asked but i did end up counting the horxruxceenensu like twelve times cause i kept thinking they were 7 and harry is the 8th but yeah …..guess not
— С Рождеством, Эванс! Слушай, может поцелуемся…? Тут омела кругом — нельзя не целоваться, понимаешь?
Hufflepuff is not for people who are not smart, brave or ambitious. Hufflepuff is for those who are brave, smart or ambitious but choose to not let those qualities define them. Cedric was brave. Madam Pomfrey was smart. Nymphadora was the most ambitious auror. But what defined them was kindness, acceptance and loyalty and as dumbledore put it “fierce fierce friend”. We aren’t leftovers that didn’t belong in other houses.
FLEUR DELACOUR in HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE (2005)
Tw: discussion of abuse
I keep seeing posts about Sirius not being abused as a child and just… are we all reading different books?
It seems like one of the most obvious things to me in canon; it’s up there with Latent Bisexual Harry.
Abuse as a motif exists very overtly in the books. Harry at the hands
of the Dursleys, Snape at the hands of his father, etc. etc. Pre-GoF,
one of the dominant narratives across the series is children being
failed by institutions and being failed by adults, to the point of abuse
and neglect. There’s much interesting discussion to be had about the
transition in OotP where those children then create institutions of
their own right, but that’s a conversation for another day.
There’s a significant body of canonical evidence that suggests Sirius suffered emotional and verbal abuse as a child.
- talking about a potential Boggart in a desk: “Knowing my mother, it could be something much worse.” That doesn’t fill me with much confidence that Grimmauld Place was a particularly safe place to grow up.
- “My mother didn’t have a heart, Kreacher,’ snapped Sirius. ‘She kept herself alive out of pure spite.” His relationship with Walburga? Fucked. Utterly fucked. The thing about parent-child relationships, though, is that the onus is on the parent to make them good, not on the child.
- Kreacher talks about Walburga’s feelings towards Sirius: “how she hated him, what a disappointment he was".
- Kreacher again talking about Walburga’s feelings towards Sirius: “she swore he was no son of hers"
- Sirius, addressing the tapestry: “My sweet old mother blasted me off after I ran away from home – Kreacher’s quite fond of muttering the story under his breath.“
Sirius talking about how he essentially relied on compassion from
beyond his family and the good luck of being the recipient of gold, and
how kindness towards him from other family members resulted in them
being punished: “I camped out at your dad’s in the school holidays,
and when I was seventeen I got a place of my own. My Uncle Alphard had
left me a decent bit of gold – he’s been wiped off here, too, that’s
probably why – anyway, after that I looked after myself.”
- Sirius, talking about how he and Regulus were treated: “He was younger than me,’ said Sirius, ‘and a much better son, as I was constantly reminded.“
- Sirius, talking about the environment in which he grew up and the beliefs his parents held: “No,
no, but believe me, they thought Voldemort had the right idea, they
were all for the purification of the wizarding race, getting rid of
Muggle-borns and having pure-bloods in charge.”
- Sirius, having got upset about who his family are, explaining to Harry: “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.“
The summary of canonical evidence, then, is this:
hated her son and articulated that to him, and to others. She kept a
house where Dark magic was not only present, but expected, and where
Voldemort’s pureblood ideology was approved of. She overtly disowned
Sirius, having told him regularly that his brother was a better son than
he was. He had to rely on the charity of others in order to survive. Sirius has a traumatic response to returning to Grimmauld Place.
Emotional abuse is a multi-faceted form of abuse, but some of the features that are present here include:
There’s additional evidence in Sirius’ behaviour in PoA and GoF; plus further into OotP as he has to continue to live at Grimmauld Place. All of this, of course, is not even taking into account Walburga’s portrait. From the horse’s mouth, etc. etc.
the other Black children experience the same? We don’t know. Regulus is
certainly a fascinating character (contrasting what’s in his bedroom at
Grimmauld vs. how he dies, for example). Andromeda sacks it all off for
love (what a woman, love her). Narcissa and Bellatrix remain committed to the cause, the latter
moreso than the former. We simply can’t say definitively if they also
experienced what Sirius did.
Were the Blacks known for
abusing their children in the Wizarding world? Again, we don’t know. I
think it’s rather telling that the Potters accepted Sirius as a second
son like that, with no expectation that he would try to repair his
relationship with his family. My parents supported my best
friend through university because her family are sentient orifices, but
even then, they encouraged her to have a relationship with her family if
that’s what she wanted. To see such a definite break between Sirius and
the Blacks with no encouragement from the Potters to even attempt
reconcilliation speaks of a concerning situation. 16 years olds do not
run away from home for no reason, either.
All this is predicated, of course, on the starting point that Dark magic is an abberation; that blood purity ideology is wrong; and that telling your children that you hate them is a Bad Thing.
Remus: What were you thinking???
Sirius, pulls out a slideshow presentation: So here we see…
Hufflepuff: I just burnt my tongue on my food and it made me realise that sometimes the ones you love hurt you the most
Gryffindor: my life is constantly just an inner monologue of “why did I do that”
Let’s face it in the few moments they were one screen together Cho and Cedric had more chemistry than almost any of the main ships