"Ron Weasley’s character is consciously written as somewhat racist. Not as racist as Malfoy, of course - he doesn’t scoff at mudbloods and halfbloods, and he doesn’t see himself as superior at all. Still, he unquestionably accepts the inferior position of house elves (they love serving), when he finds out that Lupin’s werewolf his reaction is not only scared but also disgusted (Don’t touch me!) and he is clearly very uncomfortable finding out that Hagrid is half-giant (giants are wild and savage).
And this is brilliant. Because it demonstrates that racism isn’t only present in clearly malicious and evil people, in the Malfoys and Blacks - it’s also there in warm, kind, funny people who just happened to learn some pretty toxic things growing up in a pretty toxic society. And they can unlearn them too, with some time and effort. Ron eventually accepts Hagrid’s parentage, lets Lupin bandage his leg and in the final battle, he worries about the safety of the house elves.
Some people are prejudiced because they are evil, and some people are prejudiced because they don’t know better yet. And those people can learn better, and become better people. And that’s an important lesson. The lesson taught about discrimination shouldn’t be “only evil people do it”, because then all readers will assume it doesn’t apply to them. Instead old JK teaches us “you too are probably doing it, and you should stop ASAP”."
"My response to the “I am not a feminist” internet phenomenon….
First of all, it’s clear you don’t know what feminism is. But I’m not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, “I’m not the feminist babysitter.”
But here is what I think you should know.
You’re insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote, less than 100 years ago.
You’re degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center, which wouldn’t exist without the feminist movement.
You’re undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993).
You’re spitting on the legacy of every woman who fought for women to be allowed to own property (1848). For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labor union. For the right to divorce. For women to be allowed to have access to birth control (Comstock laws). For middle and upper class women to be allowed to work outside the home (poor women have always worked outside the home). To make domestic violence a crime in the US (It is very much legal in many parts of the world). To make workplace sexual harassment a crime.
In short, you know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutsey sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice.
In short, kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks.”
that feeling when you listen to a song with good heaphones for the first time and suddenly you notice 7 new instruments, a child singing harmonies in the background, and you’re just sitting there wide eyed and in love with the song all over again
I want a ball python as much as i want a cat they’re so adorable actually and so docile
"We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories."
we’re living in an era where capturing moments on our phones is more important than building giant robots to protect us from the giant alien lizard monsters emerging from the depths of the pacific ocean
(Source: puddlewolf, via haiilbucky)
"The ultimate dysfunction of a team is the tendency of members to care about something other than the collective goals of the group."
"You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway."
a guy walked into the board room and said
"hi sweetheart if you could fix me up a coffee real quick im meeting with the regional reports manager in like five minutes, thanks darling"
and i just stared at him and coldly said
"i am the regional reports manager"
we are now twenty minutes into this board meeting and i dont think i’ve ever seen a man look so embarrassed and afraid in my whole life
(Source: sofiajonze, via dalalek)
#even if this isn't entirely true it's still a good story
I PROBABLY SHOULDNT BE POSTING THIS BECAUSE TECHNICALLY I BROKE SCOTTISH LAW BUT I CANT CONTAIN THIS
SO ME AND A FEW OF MY FRIENDS WERE IN EDINBRUGH, SCOTLAND AND WERE PASSING THE BALMORAL HOTEL WHERE JK ROWLING FINISHED THE LAST BOOK IN THE HARRY POTTER SERIES AND THREE OF US DECIDED WE WERE GOING TO GO SEE THE JK ROWLING SUITE
SO WE PRETENED LIKE WE WERE GUESTS OF THE HOTEL IN ORDER TO GET TO THE 5TH FLOOR TO SEE THE DOOR
SO THE THREE OF US WENT TO CHECK IT OUT AND I WAS LEANING AGAINST THE DOOR FOR A PICTURE
O P E N E D
I SHIT YOU NOT THE FUCKING HARRY POTTER SUITE WAS OPEN AND WE THOUGHT IT CLOSED/LOCKED WHEN I LEANED FORWARD BUT NO
BY SOME ACT OF GOD IT WAS BROKEN OR LIKE DIVINE INTERVENTION OR SOMETHING IDK BUT IT WAS STILL UNLOCKED
SO WE DID WHAT ANY TRUE HARRY POTTER FANS WOULD DO AND WENT INSIDE
AND NORMALLY ITS £1000 PER PERSON A NIGHT TO STAY IN THIS ROOM
AND ALL OF JKRS STUFF HAS BEEN LEFT UNTOUCHED EXCEPT THE SHEETS EVEN THESE MAGAZINES ARE THE SAME ONES THAT WERE THERE WHEN SHE WAS THERE
THE REALLY COOL THING WAS THAT JK ROWLING FINISHED BOOK SEVEN HERE SO WHEN SHE FINISHED SHE SHUT HER LAPTOP, CRIED FOR A LONG TIME, THEN DOWNED A WHOLE BOTTLE OF WINE AND WROTE A NOTE AND HER SIGNATURE ON THE BACK OF A HERMES BUST IN THE ROOM
IT SAYS “JK Rowling finished writing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in this room (552) on 11th Jan 2007”
AND OBVIOUSLY THERE WERE PEOPLE STAYING IN THIS ROOM THEY WERE JUST OUT BECAUSE LOOK AT THE BED AND THE SLIPPERS
SO WE DID ALL THIS IN UNDER 5 MINUTES AND THEN WE RAN OUT RIGHT AS SOMEONE OPENED THE DOOR TO THE ROOM NEXT DOOR AND AS WE SHUT JKR’S DOOR WE HEARD IT LOCK BEHIND US
AND THEN WE HAD TO WALK CASUALLY BACK DOWN THE HALLWAY INTO THE ELEVATOR AND OUT THE LOBBY AND THEN WE JUST LOST IT OUTSIDE
THIS ALL HAPPENED BY ACCIDENT