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The Problem of Slytherin

bronzedragon:

Or, “the negative treatment of Slytherin House in canon.” 

To me, “the Problem of Slytherin” (which I’ve nicknamed based on the infamous “Problem of Susan” from CS Lewis’s Narnia) is one of the major flaws of the series. Not as bad as my issues with DH, certainly, but something that detracts from the series as a whole. 

Again, this is a somewhat unpopular opinion: there are plenty of people who feel that the portrayal of Slytherin was fine as-is, many who argue that it was inevitable because of the books’ first-person Gryffindor-centric POV, and some people who believe that an ambition-oriented House is more likely to produce evil people than one that values intelligence/wit, hard work/patience, or bravery/fame, particularly given Salazar Slytherin’s penchant for conflating greatness and blood purity, making a House that seems pre-made for prejudice.* 

*I think that Slytherin’s orientation on blood-purity could have been written as something that was a rational response to his historical period, but I don’t think that JKR intends it to be viewed that way. If mass persecutions were occurring and lots of wizards were dying, then you could make a case for hiding/not accepting Muggle-borns - but again, this is something that’s more grounds for an AU fic based on what we know of Rowling’s Wizarding history, in which witch-hunting/problems didn’t get to be significant until three to four centuries after the Founders’ era, and in which the dangers weren’t that significant in any case. (Yes, that’s no consolation to Nearly Headless Nick, but we’re led to believe that persecutions weren’t that terrible a danger in the great scheme of things. In canon, Salazar Slytherin is not Wizarding Magneto, who believes that wizards need to create a wholly separate society of their own because the real world has given them concrete evidence they’ll never be accepted otherwise - although, again, I do believe that Salazar Slytherin-as-Wizard-Magneto, a man with some valid points but extreme views and methods, could successfully exist in fanfic.)

But, even given the idea that Slytherin held an indefensible, reactionary opinion for his own time, I believe that the books could have - and should have - written Slytherin differently. Because, as it is, there is a huge problem with the general portrayal of Slytherin characters, and, moreover, with the idea of House Unity and that entire theme, which became so important in OotP.

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acciobeautifulhorcruxes:

after the Battle of Hogwarts, everyone finally understood what was pulling those school carriages at the beginning of each year.

you know what FUCK YOU THAT’S WHAT

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Supernatural fandom: So yeah, we got a five minute promo, several interviews, couple of deleted scenes and a title card. No biggie.

Doctor Who fandom: Poster! Poster! Poster! Fiftieth! Poster! Anniversary!

Supernatural: Hey, anything from Sherlock lately?

Sherlock: *snaps* We're currently going through the fifty second promo to find out exactly where John was eating when Sherlock entered the room and who did Sherlock's hair. Quiet.

Doctor Who: Sorry, man. Hope you get series three soon.

Supernatural: Hey, what's that sound?

*room starts to rumble*

Doctor Who: Is that...

Supernatural: No. It's...it's not possible.

Sherlock: *looks up* Wait, you don't think...?

Harry Potter fandom: *breaks through ground brandishing wands* ALIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE!!!!!!!!!

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milesquinn:

loonylunalovegood97:

Draco’s a BOSS when it comes to ships

All of Draco’s ships are now canon…. lucky basterd

Draco is one hell of a shipper.

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8.3 million copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows were sold on its first day of release back in 2007; 3,000+ midnight screenings of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 were sold out within days of opening for sale; $7.7 billion and counting have been grossed for the Harry Potter franchise to this day.

The story of Harry Potter is one that many across the world have found themselves cherishing, becoming a global phenomenon in only a matter of a few years. In the past decade, millions of people have shown their devotion and admiration for the little boy with the lightning scar; making this the highest grossing franchise in history. But for so many of us, it’s much more than that. Harry has become our best friend, allowing us into his world and letting us watch as he grew up right before our eyes. We were there with him as he discovered his powers and responsibilities. We were there during his heartbreak and agony. We were there and fighting alongside him on that fateful day back in May of 1998.

With that being said, he’s also been there for us. He helped us during our low points, he’s guided us through the highs, and he also provided a safe haven for us if we ever felt the need to escape. I’ve never been able to look at Harry Potter as just a story, because it isn’t. I’m so thankful to Jo, and to Harry, and especially to you guys, because you’ve made my time in this fandom an incredible one and I can’t imagine a better way to have spent these past 10 or so years. So thank you again and long live Harry Potter.