I think it’s really fucked up how so many teenagers are alone and sad and having panic attacks in their room while their parents watch TV, and how a lot of those teenagers have had relatively normal childhoods, yet there’s this huge boom of depression and mental disorders, and its just dumb how we’ve turned into a generation labeled ‘reckless’ but really, we’re only reckless with ourselves
This is one of the best posts I’ve ever read
ok apparently if a duckling imprints on a human and doesn’t meet other ducklings he ends up believing he’s a human too. that’s unbelievable. what if im just a duckling with an overactive imagination. what if im just a sleeping duckling and this is all a dream
maybe we’re all ducklings
"Indulge your inner Latino"
I don’t even feel as though I have an inner Latino and I have Cuban blood and speak Spanish
White people really be pushing the shits and other white people be like OH YEAH IM CELEBRATING HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH BY SOMEHOW HAVING LATINO INSIDE MEEEE BUT NOT ACTUALLY EDUCATING MYSELF ON THE FUCKED UP HISTORY OF INDIGENOUS LATIN@S (I feel like there is a specific word for that and it’s not coming to me) IN AMERICA OKAY
Them shits don’t even look like they taste accurate. Like, it’s just for a white persob to go “ooooooo, I’m being so exotic. I like extra mild salsa and tacquitos”
Your inner Latino?
This was meant to be a quick warm up, but it turned into a comic that I’ve wanted to draw for a while. This is something that is extremely important to me, and I appreciate it if you read it.
A while ago, I heard a story that broke my heart. A family went a cat shelter to adopt. The daughter fell in love with a 3-legged cat. The father straight up said “absolutely not”. Because he was missing a leg. That cat was that close to having a family that loved him, but the missing leg held him back. Why?!
Many people have the initial instinct of “nope” when they see an imperfect animal. I get it, but less-adoptable does NOT mean less loveable. 9 out of 10 people will choose a kitten over an adult cat. And those 10% that would get an adult cat often overlook “different” animals.
All I want people to do is be open to the idea of having a “different” pet in their lives. Choose the pet that you fall in love with, but at least give all of them a fair shot at winning your heart.
Don’t dismiss them, they deserve a loving home just as much as any other cat. They still purr, they still love a warm lap, they still play, they still love you. Trust me, next time you are in the market for a new kitty, just go over to that one cat that’s missing an eye and see what he’s all about!
Let me tell to you a thing.
This is Lenore. I first saw her in a little cage at the Petco I frequent (I used to take my parents’ dog in for puppy play time), and she looked like the grouchiest, old, crotchety cat in the world, and I fell instantly in love. She was cranky, she was anti-social, hanging out at the back of her cage. Her fur was matted because she wouldn’t let the groomers near her.
She was perfect.
But I didn’t have a place for her. I wasn’t living in my own space yet, and where I was, I wasn’t allowed cats. So I pressed my face to the bars of her cage and I promised that if no one had adopted her by the time I’d bought a house, I would come back for her.
I visited her every week for over six months while I looked for a house. At one point, they had to just shave her entire rear-end because the mats or fur were so bad. They told me she clawed the heck outta the groomer that did it, screamed the entire time, and spent the next two days growling at anyone that came near the cage.
A couple of weeks later, I closed on my house. I went back and I got an employee, and I said: “That one. I need that cat.”
They got the paperwork and the lady who ran the rescue that was bringing the cats in told me that Lenore (at the time, Lila) was 8 years old, had been owned by an elderly lady who had died, and brought in to a different rescue, who’d had her for six months on top of the time I’d been seeing her at Petco.
This kitty had been living in a 3x3’ cube for over a YEAR because she was older and “less adoptable.”
I signed the paperwork, put her in a cat carrier, and drove her to my new home. I had pretty much nothing; a bed, an old couch, a couple of bookcases, and a tank of mice I called “Cat TV”. I let her out of the carrier and onto my bed, and I told her “I told you I would come back for you when I had a place. It’s not much, but it’s yours too now.”
Lenore spent the next three days straight purring non-stop. She followed me around the house purring. Sat next to me purring. Slept next to me purring. Leaning into every touch, purring, purring, always purring. She still purrs if you so much as think about petting her. She’s amazing, and I love her.
So, you know, if you’re thinking about adopting, and you see a beast that others consider “less adoptable,” think about Lenore.
The STORY THOUGH.
HP Goblet of Fire Headcanon: Beauxbatons was primarily a Muslim wizarding school.
(and yes I know the horses drink whisky, which is not exactly halal, sshhh)
Except magic is haram in Islam…. -_-
Yeah, in Christianity as well. That’s why hardcore Christians tried to get the book banned, but you still see them celebrating Christmas/Easter in the books.
Besides, I totally adore this headcannon because in Islam we’re required to believe that magic is real, and the reason it’s forbidden is because you’re seeking the assistance of evil spirits and jinn to do bad things. Like it’s never used for good things, ya know? They’re never summoning a jinni to repare your glasses n shit. So like magic in the Harry Potter sense, I feel, could be reconciled with Islam. Like this is turning into a huge headcannon for me,
Like what if in the HP world which involves Islam, the reason magic is haraam is because you’re enslaving jinn? (Islam requires that we believe they exist but doesn’t state that they’re inherently evil, there are Muslim jinn as well)
so like what if there are jinn students as well
and jinn professors
and jinn students actually visit from Beauxbatons but no one can see them unless they wanna be seen
and they prank the shit out of Fred and George, and as the year goes on greater and greater pranks happen and Fred and George are furious that they’re being outshone by Beauxbatons students! And they keep thinking it’s the girls cause no one told them about the jinn students,
and eventually they reveal themselves to Fred and George when they’re about to leave, and then the boys and the two jinn girls keep in correspondence over prank ideas
Bill isn’t the only Weasley marrying a Beauxbatons girlaaahhhh a few things!1. I’m not sure about the rest of the world, but Muslim magic is totally a thing. In Malaysia you have bomoh and pawang, which are Muslim shamans - Islamic verses make up a lot of their spellwork. In Bangladesh my family would visit this holy man who would pray over our pencils for good luck in exams, not that far from enchantments, it was hinted that he was magic in other ways too. And there’s all these superstitions and folklore that have come through and are still around - from orang bunian to “tie a knot in your shirt to find a lost item” to “pinch someone wearing something for the first time” to all sorts of things. Jinns weren’t even the end of it.2. What if what the Western world were calling veela were really jiin? Or what if Peeves was really a jinn?3. There are canon Muslim (or Muslim-plausible) characters in the Potterverse. Hassan Mostafa, the referee for the Quidditch World Cup. Ali Bashir, poor bloke trying to sell flying carpets. And the mysterious Shafiq family in the Sacred Twenty-Eight list. And that’s just the ones with names that hint to their ethnicity or religion: you don’t need an Arab-sounding name to be Muslim. A lot of people in my family have names from all over the place, and they’re primarily Muslim.4. pagingpetrichorlore/
Um. I’m not Muslim so if any of the info I do have is wrong feel free to punch me in the face and correct me, but according to my friend from Archaeology who is Muslim, and from Syria as I recall, the separation between magic etc in Islam runs that miracles are something God/Allah may grant an ability to perform to his prophets. That is permissible magic because it is not magic it is the God-given ability to perform a miracle. Then there’s Black Magic, which is done by communing with jinn and this is the magic which is banned.
There flat isn’t a magic which is comparable to HP magic, so I suppose (I could easily be wrong, as I have said, I am not Muslim) it could be argued that the magic of the Potterverse is permissible for Muslim individuals to use because it could be read as a God-given gift - because wixes are born with their magic. It is not God/Allah giving them the ability to perform one supernatural miracle, or them asking jinn to help them perform magic, its an innate ability, and so could be argued to be a gift they were given when God/Allah moulded them in the womb.
I mean I might even go so far as to argue that perhaps Muslim wixes wouldn’t reject Squibs so immediately as other wixen groups, because a Squib individual, shaped by God/Allah in the womb, was not given magic, for whatever reason, and perhaps they are important in some way because of that?
I don’t know, and also as I’ve said already, I am not Muslim. Do punch me and correct me if I am wrong anywhere.
Though I will say now “River Genies" are canonical as of the Quidditch World Cup update on Pottermore and I did a post on Jinn on the monsterblog (with the immense aid of the wonderful petrichorlore) which looks at how they might exist within the Potterverse. That post can be found here.
But yeah. My knowledge of Islam is all secondhand, from schooling, from fellow archaeology students and from brilliant bloggers like petrichorlore, so if at any point I have misunderstood or misrepresented something: Punch me and correct me. Or don’t punch me. Do correct me though. I live to learn.
(Also there is a fic, um, Thou Shalt Not Suffer, which looks into fundamentalist Christian views on Potterverse magic, its a very good read and in the penultimate chapter looks at why magic and what types of magic are banned under the word of the Bible. Baseline HP magic is fine, provided it is not used to hurt others, and certain types of Divination - Necromancy, lots, through watching nature - and enchanting - apparently where linked to snakes - are forbidden. That’s it. Christian wise, if you go back to the Hebrew, Potterverse magic is a-ok provided you don’t hurt people with your magic, summon the dead, or play with snakes.)
Hope this helped?
Hi and yes, this is very cool and very informative and as far as I know largely correct. I can say that what I’ve learned tells me that HP magic doesn’t have any real world parallels with what Muslims believe in.
I do feel a little weird calling miracles and God-given gifts ‘magic’, because of the connotation the word has, but that’s pretty accurate. There are saints who have supernatural abilities, that overrides the normal cause-and-effect flow of life, and that is (like everything) from God. Three important aspects of our belief:
- What is Necessary: i.e. a power that makes things be. you can call that power(s) anything you want, but things do not spontaneously pop into existence
- What is Possible: i.e. a dragon. if you can envision it, it is possible
- What is Impossible: i.e. a square circle. if you can’t envision it, it is impossible.
And since you can clearly envision the magic of the HP universe, it makes it a possible thing, as in, in it could plausibly exist if God wanted it to. In fact, one of our scholars has said that all things imaginable exist, just perhaps not in our world.
notyourexrotic is right, magic is impermissible in Islam because to have those abilities (commonly known as black magic), a person must do awful and/or evil things, and the cause is only awful and/or evil (possession, harm, abuse, etc). as hp magic is not like magic in Islam, it would not be impermissible if it did exist. it’s just an ability, like speech.
and as @sideeffectsincludenausea said, there are what i can only translate as ‘everyday charms’ that muslims take part in. reading certain chapters of the Quran to remember where you last left an item, or to remember something your mind is blanking on. prayers for protection, leaving the house, entering and exiting the bathroom, looking in a mirror, that I, at least, firmly believe in and absolutely do have an effect on me/my life. things like that, that non-Muslims would call magic.
My little fic Imagine A Muslim Witch's companion piece Why Aren’t There More Wizarding Muslims is an exploration of the fact that Muslims would be those ‘Muggles’ most wix don’t think are actually Muggles, because of our religious beliefs.
You know. Hypothetically. If the HP Universe was real.
|French Friend:||well, the total cost of me going to Med school is about 406 a year -|
|French Friend:||Um, no. 406 Euro. It sounds a little high but it covers the cost of my textbooks, extra classes and most of my housing. How much is it for you?|
before you date a girl with a mental illness, remember: saying, “you’re beautiful” won’t balance the chemicals in her brain.
and don’t fucking say, “i’ll be here for you, no matter what,” if you don’t mean it.
don’t think you’re fixing her by saying, “i love you.” because you’re not
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All of it, but mostly the bolded
Some of the best alpine/woodland military camo is developed by the Swiss, but most of the rest of the world refuse to use it because it has pink and red splotches on it, making it look “unmanly.”
Honestly if you’d prefer to risk it for the sake of looking “manly” then you deserve to get shot.
"That couldn’t possibly work, Roman! Alpenflage is dumb and you’re dumb!”
DO NOT I REPEAT DO NOT PLAY “WHERE’S WALDO” WITH THE SWISS
YOU WILL LOSE
1. I have never written a central female character who was described as thin other than Lindsey Lee Wells. Also, Margo and Q are two of the only white-identified people I’ve written, so I don’t really know how to respond to that part of your statement.
2. I do not cast the movie adaptations of my books. I am a novelist, not a casting director. I did not choose who would play Margo anymore than I choose where the movie will be filmed or what the budget or soundtrack will be.
3. That said, I think Cara will do a wonderful job as Margo. As I’ve learned in the past few hours, a lot of people who don’t know Cara have extremely strong opinions about her as a person, which is weird, because they don’t know her. They have a lot of opinions about her body, too, especially its supposed inadequacies. Cara is living, on a much larger stage, the Margo Roth Spiegelman experience: She receives massive amounts of attention but she’s more a mirror than a window. The way people respond to her seems to be a reflection of one’s own experience and worldview more than it has anything to do with the actual person Cara is. I think this is part of why Cara’s audition was so powerful: Her understanding of Margo is deep and profound and about a lot more than the shape of her body.
John Green shutting down the people who make assumptions and bully others based on those assumptions.