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Art-heavy personal blog of mostly Homestuck and Ninja Turtles. Also bones, cats, the human body, SCIENCE!, politics, Star Trek, and Watchmen. Occasionally NSFW but everything's tagged.

Some thoughts on Harry Potter as a dystopia.

hellotailor:

Interesting, why do you consider harry potter is a dystopia?

I find it impossible to think of Harry Potter as anything BUT a dystopia. Even Hogwarts itself is a dystopia.

Children are segregated based on a personality test at age 11, and then left to fulfill roles that were set out a thousand years ago, leading to cultural divides that continue for the rest of their lives. The Hogwarts house system is one of the main foundations of the pureblood/muggleborn conflict. And I haven’t even gotten into how Hogwarts is run, how useful it is as a tool for preparing people for adult life, and how dangerous it is to live there.

As for Wizarding Britain at large:

  • There’s no evidence that the Ministry of Magic is organized by anything other than cronyism.
  • The Minister for Magic is not a democratically elected leader.
  • Voldemort easily finds a foothold in mainstream society (even within living memory of his last reign of terror!) and his supporters easily infiltrate the government and implement all sorts of nightmarish and bigoted policies.
  • Azkaban,
  • We rarely see people working to innovate any aspect of wizarding society, with the exception of eccentrics like the Weasley Twins or Luna Lovegood.
  • Wizarding society is so isolated that purebloods find it strange if a witch or wizard takes much interest in muggle culture, even if they are muggleborn.
  • Umbridge is allowed to torture children and spread propaganda at the only major educational institution in the country.
  • There’s a huge amount of discrimination relating to non-human races, particularly House Elf slavery.

I could go on at some length on this topic, but instead I’ll finish with my pet theory: that Wizarding Britain is so fucked up that the rest of the wizarding world has just given up on it.

We know from the Quidditch World Cup and the Triwizard Tournament that there are plenty of magical cultures all over the world, but Britain receives NO kind of international help when Voldemort is on the rise or when the Ministry of Magic is in turmoil.

Obviously the “real” explanation is that the Voldemort/Harry/Hogwarts narrative must to be isolated for Harry’s story to be told… but I still quite like the explanation that Wizarding Britain has been abandoned by the rest of the world. Their society has become so warped, so backward and so beholden to irrational beliefs and traditions that other international wizarding powers have decided the situation is unsalvageable.

There’s no point in stepping in to get rid of Voldemort unless he becomes a threat overseas, because another Dark Lord will probably rise up in a few years anyway. And Wizarding Britain seems functionally incapable of defending itself from this threat without the help of Harry and his team of teen sidekicks — who by the end of the series are all suffering from PTSD because they have spent their formative years fighting in a dystopian war.

(P.S. Even if my pet theory ISN’T true, then the international wizarding community must still have SOME reason not to step in and help Britain fight back against Voldemort. Which, in itself, makes the world of Harry Potter seem even more dystopian than before.)

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m00di replied to your post: I would love to have long pointed claw…

u can still put in contacts with loooonnnggg nails! I did, it’s just a little more of a pain in the a x.x

Maybe some people can with super-long and pointed nails like the image I posted, but for me a quarter inch past my fingertips is my absolute limit for being able to take my contacts out without scratching the shit out of my eye.

Might just be the way I take them out, but after 15 years of contact wearing I don’t think I’ll be unlearning it anytime soon.

I would love to have long pointed claw nails even if I would break them immediately but

I also love being able to put in and take out my contact lenses

so there’s that

darkbeautymag:

Photographer: Jorge Mier-Terán
Makeup: Noelia Fuentes
Model: Almar G. Sato

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thejunglemeinong asked: i'm sorry but I am laughing so hard about your homestuck dream i don't know why but the way you described the whole ordeal is fucking hilarious i cannot thank you for making my day

To make it better (worse???) my brain rendered the whole scene in softly shaded navy and dark purple, the edges of the swamp grass blurring into each other and the night sky like the most lovingly colored romance doujinshi, Gamzee’s facepaint glowing faintly under the moon as he gazed in wonder at the swarm of golden little Davesprite!prawnbabies circling his feet.

So tender.

So horrifying.

Today I learned that the heavy-duty orange work lights that are bulbs in protective cages attached to a long extension cord that I always just referred to as “hook lights” are in fact more commonly known as “trouble lights”.

Maybe it’s just my memories of working in the garage with my dad combined with the sound of insects outside and remembered, but there’s something really soothing about that knowledge.

meganphntmgrl:

Star Trek fandom, you’re gonna have to explain this to me, because I am not among you myself and this just makes me picture Sir Patrick serenading us about the magic of Christmastown.

Oh wait until you see the actual context, its even more magical than that.

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valiantparadox:

My roommate and I have had far too much coffee and I think our neighbors hate us

WHO DID THIS

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