It bothered me that there were no Squibs allowed in Hogwarts. Fine, I can get that Squibs would not be able to do any wand magic, and would not be able to fly a broomstick. They still apparently possess enough innate magic to see the school and other magically hidden locations. Out of the classes at Hogwarts that the kids take, a Squib could take and benefit from the following classes: History of Magic, Astronomy, Divination, Care of Magical Creatures, Herbology, MUGGLE STUDIES, Potions (there will be little foolish wand-waving here), Arithmancy, Ancient Runes, and partially theoretical classes on Defense Against the Dark Arts and Charms.
That’s a long list of classes. And some of them are particularly upsetting to me because there’s stuff like History of Magic being left out- that’s their own history they’re being barred from learning. Since Squibs are often forced into the Muggle world, a Squib would make an ideal Muggle Studies teacher and would no doubt be able to teach a more realistic and informative class than someone going off of biased wizarding texts. Squib kids looking into living in the Muggle world would absolutely benefit from learning Muggle studies, especially if they’re from a mainly pureblood family who doesn’t venture out all too often.
And then there’s the rest of them! Arguably you could have a Squib gifted with prescience, and Divination is supposed to be a very accessible branch of magic. Squibs being excellent at taking care of magical plants and animals and making groundbreaking advancements, Squibs working in tandem with each other to breed different magical herbs for potions, Squib potion masters creating all sorts of amazing concoctions. Squibs working with muggleborns and using logic and science to advance magic theoretically, Squibs being huge pro-muggleborn/pro-muggle advocates, Squibs making star charts and Squibs going into the muggle world to use their healing potions in their jobs as nurses and doctors.
Squibs being so completely shut out of magical education was such a sore point for me in the books, especially viewing the treatment of our only prominent Squib- an angry, bitter, glorified janitor often at the mercy of brats with wands. I’m not justifying or endorsing his abusiveness at all, but this was an awful character to use to explore people without magic in a society that bases your worth on it. A lot of time Rowling seems to validate Wizarding prejudices more than she challenges them. While I really enjoy reading the headcanons about Hogwarts being very accessible to people with disabilities, I can’t bring myself to see that as the case with Squibs being treated as they are.
Bolding mine. Squibs always read to me like the learning-disabled of the wizarding world and the fact that they were just sort of shoved under a rug is such a perfect metaphor for how students with disabilities are treated in most schools BUT IT DIDN’T FEEL LIKE SHE WAS CRITICIZING THE ACTION and just. So much about Hogwarts gets so gross the more you think about it.
the baffled king composing hallelujah
A NYC grad student working on food stamps for her thesis has released a free cookbook for those living on $4/day.
SIG NAL BOO OO OO OOOST
oooooh this is so nice!
I believe it’s important to eat well, even when you’re strapped for cash. It’s good for your health and energy! This cookbook is full of delicious and healthy recipes, the ingredients of which are fairly inexpensive.
I ACKNOWLEDGE THIS WOMAN AS A FELLOW WARRIOR AND A FANTASTIC HUMAN BEING.
Boost so hard. Feeding yourself well is a challenge when you”ve got little income
i’m so fucking done with these two
i wont rest until ive complained about everything
A muggle-born’s sibling sends them a howler in the middle of the school year and it arrives while they eat. When they open it, all it does is simply scream “WHAT TEAM?”. Nearly all the muggle-borns shout “WILDCATS!” before returning to their meal, leaving the pure-bloods in total confusion of what the hell they just witnessed.
hey, whatever happened to franz ferdinand?
the band, i mean
not the archduke of austria
i know what happened to the archduke of austria
you attack captain america you attack me
I could have told you I’m sharing this because I love art, smiling men, and cello music.
But I’m sharing this mostly because I need this grain of melodic wonder on my dash.
Mombasa // 2CELLOS (Cover of the Inception track)
Because there’s what I believe.. and then there’s you.
Guess who’s been watching In the flesh ?? This one goes straight to paticmak for getting me into it -I HATE YOU NOW I HAVE STRONG FEELINGS ABOUT UNDEAD BOYFRIENDS WHY DID YOU DO THAT TO ME- Go watch it if you haven’t !! It’s really great !
my favorite moment in all cinematic history is when an enormous robot the size of a skyscraper picks up a battleship and smashes it into a giant sea alien’s face. god bless pacific rim
I like this pic I took today
Marshal Stacker Pentecost fixing tiny Mako’s hair and he really sucks at it so he has to practice a lot on barbie dolls
tiny Mako running up to Marshal Stacker Pentecost with a crayon drawing of them fighting kaiju side by side and he has to turn away and put it on the fridge so she doesn’t see him tearing up
Marshal Stacker Pentecost sitting beside tiny Mako’s bed all night because she was having nightmares about kaiju and there’s no way he’s going to let any kaiju real or imaginary scare his little girl
Marshal Stacker Pentecost being overwhelmed by all the cute little dresses he can buy Mako and being even more overwhelmed when tiny Mako wants to dress in little military clothes and learn how to fight
Marshal Stacker Pentecost being banned from Mako’s sparring matches because he’s an over-competitive sports parent
adoptive father Marshal Stacker Pentecost