Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus
Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus
Hi guys! I’m running 5k for Cancer Research UK in the Race for Life in July. As a sofa-dweller, compulsive terrible-television-watcher, and lover of pasta, this will prove very difficult for me. Consequently, I thought I’d associate the experience with pleasant connotations, namely my love of fanfic! Summer breaks from uni tend to be a prosperous and bountiful fic-writing time, so why not mash the two together? If you donate £1 ($1.52) to my JustGiving page, I will write you a ficlet! So, while I’m running that torturous 5k, my head will be full of not only lovely stories, but all the amazing money fandom has contributed to such an amazing cause.
Just £1! Less than a coffee! A quarter of a pack of fags! It’s more expensive to buy broccoli from Asda! And for that £1, you get a ficlet, all of your own, based upon whatever prompts you like, written with love and gratitude, AS WELL AS the knowledge that you’re contributing to a cure for cancer.
A CURE FOR CANCER.
FIC CAN CURE CANCER.
one day i will write an ode to ron/hermione. the greatest, simplest love there ever was. rowling didn’t pen a grand, magical romance, she wrote about the reality of two people complementing each other.
bellatrix isn’t punished by JK for being a fighter instead of a mother or a ‘bad woman’, and molly isn’t put on a pedestal by JK because of her billion children and motherly trappings. that is just the most basic shallow contextless reading of the characters and it makes me want to SCREAM.
1. bellatrix isn’t ‘punished’ for ‘atypical femininity’.
she’s a rich aristocratic privileged pureblood who joins a paramilitary terrorist organization attempting mass murder and a government takeover. she is so devoted to this organization and its ideology that she tortures and murders and willingly goes to prison for 12 years.*
when she gets out, complete with some brand new rotten teeth and new and improved zealotry-to-the-point-of-mental-illness, she keeps fighting. she murders and tortures. she seems to start a pretty well-known fucking reign of terror on the everyday wizarding populace, if the beggars in diagon alley are any indication. she racks up casualty after casualty after casualty to the point where she seems almost as unfuckingstoppable as voldemort.
she participates in the final battle. she kills a fuckton of heroes and makes a fuckton of orphans. she threatens molly’s daughter and molly kills her. it seems to me like JKR is punishing her for, you know, being a villain. and all the stuff she did. stuff like torture and murder and terrifying ideology.
*and, hey, maybe it’s just me but the fact that she’s in the slammer for her prime childbearing years seems to have more to do with her childlessness than ‘atypical femininity’. look closer at bellatrix. don’t you think if she were free she would’ve had pureblood sons by her pureblood husband and WEANED them on pureblood supremacy? don’t you think she would have nurtured and loved them and then when they were old enough handed them to Voldemort to take his mark and die in his service?
2. molly isn’t ‘glorified’ for ‘proper womanhood’.
molly is one of my favorite characters because she is fiercely loving, but also because she’s flawed—and fucking courageous. yes, she loves and nurtures her five billion kids. yes, managing the household on little money is a logistical nightmare and she handles it like a pro. yes, she takes Harry as a seventh son despite already having SO MANY DEMANDS on her time and on her heart but she knows he needs it and she cares that much and that’s really amazing.
but she’s also close-minded and stubborn and holds a grudge like a motherfucker. the way she treats Fleur is totally uncalled for and xenophobic as shit; she butts heads terribly with Sirius over Harry and delivers some pretty low blows on him; she’s wayyy petty with Hermione in GoF. She’s the one who raised Ron and Ron reacted with some really ugly prejudice and fear at Remus’ infected status, remember that shit? At no point does the narrative put her on a pedestal. She’s shown in some really ugly moments being really unpleasant because she’s, y’know, a three-dimensional character instead of whatever saintly stereotype people read her as.
Still, she’s ultimately incredibly courageous. Molly’s every bit as pureblood as Bellatrix. That shit would basically guarantee you and your family making it in Voldemort’s Wizarding Britain if you mind your Ps and Qs and go with the flow. But she supports the Order. The Order that was on the verge of losing the first war before Harry shows up, and isn’t doing much better in the 90s. That’s a death sentence if Voldemort wins and still dangerous if he doesn’t; she lost two brothers the first time around and knows her large family can’t possibly make it unscathed through a second war.* But she still supports the Order.
*And it doesn’t. The war takes her loved ones from her TWICE. That shit isn’t her Boggart because she’s soooo saintly or soooo loving, it’s her Boggart because she’s smart enough to see the writing on the fucking wall and it comes true.
3. IN CONCLUSION/TL;DR
every single time two women fight it isn’t always about who is being a better woman. in this instance it’s about conflicting ideologies and the brave underdog conquering the superintimidating villain.
what it IS NOT about is a strong childless woman being punished by the author for daring not to be a housewife. because oh my god fuuuucccccckkkk yooooouuuuuu.
P.S. if you are looking for an atypically feminine career-minded childfree woman in HP try Minerva McGonagall.
Surely attempting to describe Bellatrix’s villainous status as a depiction of an aspect of femininity rather than as what it is - namely, just being a damn badass villain - is problematic in itself? Saying that Bellatrix can’t just be an awesome, terrifying, utterly deranged villain, that instead she has to be representative of some aspect of misogyny or feminism or anti-feminism, suggests that women can’t be characters in their own right; that they have to be thin facades or symbols or feminist theories. Why can’t they just be three-dimensional characters in the way men can be? No one suggests Loki is representative of the childless man in opposition to Odin the All-father, yet Bellatrix has to be symbolic of the childless woman in opposition to Molly the mother? Why? Why oversimplify her, why define her by her uterine function? Why define Molly as a mother and nothing more, not that there’s anything wrong with being a mother, but why reduce her courage to her childrearing? Urgh, that shallow interpretation is so incredibly painful I can’t even get my head around it jdsjfklsdfd help
I have this shirt.
I <3 this shirt.
That incredibly odd feeling you get when you stumble across someone’s tumblr and in the process of stalking it discover they designed the exact shirt you’re wearing in that moment. The internet is so small. And this shirt is so awesome.
They jump off the broom and run unto each other and make out feverishly after every game, as if they just had near death experiences.
Dean rides an Impala! So lovely.
Click for bigger of course
Left to right:
Back row- Gwen, Rachel, Ava, Gordon, Victor, Ash, Uriel, Becky, Kali, Balthazar, Gabriel
Middle row- Tessa, Andy, Ronald, Jo, Jess, Bela, Anna, Ruby
Front- Missouri, Castiel, Bobby, Dean, Sam, Death, Raphael, Crowley, Growley
If you don’t like the house placements sorry! You can draw the ones you like : )
Heavens, I really ought to stop with all the Hogwarts stuff.
My addiction can’t go back to canon, it has to stay in AU where it feels safe and happy.
Art nouveau stuff
Dean, Cas, Raphael and Sam
Was gonna do a girl version, but then I would probably have to draw Jo and I don’t have any desire to do that
- Hagrid’s Father banged a giant
- Dumbledore’s brother got busted for bestiality
- Polyjuice Potion and Temporary Gender Reassignment
- Magical date-rape drugs are legal and sold in the open
- Dolores Umbridge gets gang raped by centaurs
In short, goodbye childhood.
Seven children and seven Horcruxes
Hello again. I bring you another Harry Potter tribute. This time with the seven characters each having one of the seven Horcruxes. Draco with the ring, Ron with the locket, Hermione with the cup, Harry himself, Neville and Nagini, Ginny and the diary and Luna with the diadem. I absolutely love this idea, but I think I ruined it with the colouring and hasty lineart; and not to mention Ravenclaw’s diadem.
Until the end.
#hey remember how Ron’s insecurity stemmed from always feeling like he was the one who was not good enough to be friends with The Famous Harry Potter and The Brilliant Hermione Granger and having Amazing Older Siblings and then the movie did exactly just that and made him into the third wheel he always feared that he was? #that was great.
#remember that time that ron’s leg was broken and he is in an immense amount of pain but he tried to fight through it and attempt to get between sirius and harry while saying if you want to kill harry you’ll have to kill us first? #remember when the movies completely missed the point about ron’s character and turned him into the funny sidekick to the harry and hermione show #remember when ron tells harry we’re with you whatever happens but in the film he’s simply sitting in the background saying absolutely nothing #because in the films he’s always in the background #whenever he should be showing harry affection and moral support he’s in the background #when harry is telling them that he’s about to walk down to the forbidden forest and go to his death ron just stands in the background #he doesn’t even hug him #he is harry’s best friend #his wheezy - the thing he will miss the most #and the films completely missed the point