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1. 37 or 40 students?
List of Hogwarts yearmates of Harry Potter from a mixture of book and movie canon, but mainly 'Harry Potter and Me':
Gryffindor (8: 5b 3g):
Hufflepuff (10: 4b 6g):
Ravenclaw (10: 5b 5g):
Slytherin (9: 5b 4g):
37 students in Harry's year (19b 18g).
Sally-Anne and L. Moon cannot be Gryffindors since they are never mentioned as part of the house or as members the D.A., and all Griffs in Harry's year joined the latter. That's the same reason Fay Dunbar, a Gryffindor girl and dorm mate of Hermione invented for the games, does not make my cut. In my fics I've mostly put Sally-Anne and Lilith Moon in Hufflepuff as I don't buy into the whole "equal number of boys and girls per house" crap, and Hufflepuff is the house we probably see the least of.
The only time the books mention class size to my knowledge is when JKR writes there were 20 brooms in the combined Gryffindor/Slytherin Flying Class. Yes this does not fit with the above as it implies three more students, or the mystical number of 40 we see so often, but these are either three unknown Slytherins, or Gryffs we never see. I think she just made a mistake, or changed her mind.
Leanne has neither a known canon last name nor fixed year, but we know from the class list in 'Harry Potter and Me' that there was a Runcorn in Harry's year. We know she exists as she is Katie's friend, implying she is either in Harry's year, or one or two years ahead of him. Since we need a Runcorn, I opt to use her.
Think this "40 students, equal number of boys and girls per house" through!
If this was how the Hat worked in canon, doesn't it imply that Harry must have displaced a potential Gryffindor, and that Blaise Zabini was forced to become a Slytherin to compensate when Harry convinced the Hat not to put him in the same house as Draco?
The Hogwarts class of 1998 (Harry's year) is very small. This fits, with it being the war generation
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These are the canon figures:
1 Galleon equals £5. Going by 1990s average figures, this equals to around $8,25
We'll disregard for the moment a Galleon is supposed to solid gold, and "the size of a hubcap", Sickles are supposed to made from silver, and Kunts are bronze.
Okay, so we now know in canon a Knut is worth a cent. And remember this is based on the exchange rate to a real life currency, so it has the same purchasing power.
The Daily Prophet Hagrid gets in book 1 costs 5 Knuts, or 5 cents. It rises to 7 Knuts by book 7, that is still really cheap. However, Hermione pays just 1 Knut for it while at Hogwarts. Even if this is a subscription discount, are we supposed to believe it costs justs one cent?
How about wands? Harry's wand costs him 7 Galleons, or £35. Most people keep the same wand their entire life, so this is most likely a once-in-a-lifetime purchase. Several students use family wands, like the poor Weasleys, but also Neville Longbottom. Since this is not questioned by the teachers, it must be common.
Let's be really charitable and say that out of Harry's 37 students in the year, 30 need new wands. This makes Ollivander's yearly income for Harry's first year £1.050.
We have a few other figures: a Hit Wizard earns 700G a month. Hit Wizards appear to be the Wizarding equivalent of the SAS, presumably they are the ones who go after raging giants and the like. A very dangerous profession. In contrast, an assistant manager at Flourish & Botts earns 42G per month. Turn this into pounds, and you have a Hit Wizard earning £42.000 per year, and the assistant manager earns £2.520 per year -- twice as much as Ollivander if he has 30 clients.
Okay... how about the Triwizard Tournament? For a competition where students have lost their lives in the past, the prize is set at a -- considered amazing -- 1000 Galleons, or £5000. Nice amount of money, but we are supposed to believe that the Weasley twins could rent a storeplace at the Magical World's busiest shopping street and fully outfit it for that, and stay in business?
At the very least, we have to increase the values tenfold. That makes a Prophet cost from £0,10 for subscribers to £0,50 for loose issues (£0,70 in war time), and means Ollivander earns at least £10k from students in the first year, and £80k if we do the Saints Schools trick. This seems more plausible. It still means living in the Wizarding World must be cheap if Ollivander can survive as a store owner and pay for his materials by making not much more than that in a year, then again they have no electricity bills, no warming costs, and likely much cheaper food. Our Assistant Manager now earns a comfortable £25k in a year, this is very close to an average (Muggle) UK income so that is fitting for someone with a normal job.
The Hit Wizard can potentially earn a whopping 420k in a year. This seems perhaps excessive, but likely they are only called as needed. In the years before Voldemort's return, the Wizarding World is at peace. There is no terrorist activity, no Goblin rebellion, no war. So if a Hit Wizard is needed, it is only to take care of rampaging trolls or dragons or the like. So maybe Hit Wizards are Aurors who can be called to the more dangerous duty, which explains why they get paid £35k for a single month -- they literally risk life and limb after all. Alastor Moody would seem a prime example of an Auror who has gone above and beyond the call of duty and perhaps worked as a Hit Wizard in the past, explaining why he is so horribly disfigured when we see not a single other Auror with such injuries.
Increasing the value of the Galleon to £50 also means that the Triwizard Tournament prize is a nice £50k, something plausible to be able to pay for the Weasley's store property.
This does not solve the issue Galleons, Sickles, and even Knuts are worth more in materials than in face value, but we can assume that Goblin magic prevents the coins from being smelted, and that the Statute protects these coins from ending up on the Muggle side.
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Here's something to think about: How much damage did Voldemort do during the first war?
It has been stated by JK Rowling that Hogwarts has a capacity for around 1000 students.
However, Harry's year group is believed to constist of 42 students: five boys and girls to each house and two extras randomly placed into one of the four. If the same can be said for the years above Harry at least, Hogwarts only has around 294 students during Harry's first year (give or take). That's leaves at least 706 empty spaces in Hogwarts. Although young wizards are free to be educated at home by their parents, or go abroad to schools like Durmstrang to be taught, that alone cannot count for such a loss, and it much be contibuted to Voldemort.
To put it another way, the 1000 potential holding capacity, divided by seven years means that there should be around 142-143 students per year; that's a loss of one hundred students from Harry's school year group alone.
Looking at that result, there should be 35/36 students per house per year; in Harry's year, there seem to be confirmed ten students in Gryffindor.
This also means that there should be 17/18 boys and 17/18 girls in each house per year. In Harry's year, his house has five boys: Harry, Ron, Neville, Dean and Seamus, and, apparently, five girls: Hermione, Lavender, Parvati, and two unnamed girls who are apparently there, but are never named in the books or the films (though one of the Harry Potter games names one of the two Fay Dunbar)
This dramatic decline in the student population is backed up by the books, as when viewing Snape's pensieve memory in Order of the Phoenix, Harry notes around 150 students sitting in the Great Hall doing their Charms OWL exam.
This points to a population loss of more than two thirds, not only through deaths, but also due to people simply not having children.
Scary how long the effects of a war can be felt and seen, isn't it?
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After the diabolical mess that was 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows', I could have cried. I had no choice but to absorb as much Fanfiction as possible, to get the revolting images out of my head.
And here's why: Ron and Hermione. How in the name of all that is good would Hermione, the smartest witch in her generation, end up with Ron, a goof with the emotional range of a teaspoon, and an intelligence equal to my sock draw (always bloody empty, dammit). I mean... come on. It just wouldn't happen, would it? Hermione's not that stupid.
As such, my fanfics are primarily H/Hr (As it should have been!) or H/Hr/L (Hey, a guy can dream, can't he?).
So book 6 and 7 don't exist as far as I'm concerned.
My favourite pairing has to be Harry and Hermione. Throughout the first five books, Hermione seems to be Harry's rock; she's the one to come up with solutions to his problems, she stands by him all the time, does far more for their adventures than Ron ever did, and seems to be the only character to go to great lengths to make sure that Harry is not tortured, maimed, killed or driven to insanity. Sure Harry is a little dense towards her, but hey, he's a teenage boy with an emotionally-repressed childhood; you work it out.
Ron / having a good snog with a dementor.
Draco Malfoy / having a good snog with a dementor.
Pairings I - outright - or can't even believe exsist:
Harry/Ginny -- When I first entered the fandom, years ago, this was my favorite pairing, with Harry/Hermione being a close second. Now, its turned into a joke. Until book 6, Ginny is a minor character. She's brash (taking advice from the diary), muted (blushing and running away, butter dish elbow, etc), and generally an insipid character who's just present to show that other characters exist. While I still like the ship when written well, I never find a Harry/Ginny fic worth reading. Authors seem to love turning Ginny into some vivacious woman of Harry's dreams, making her flirty and randomly beautiful. She's a tomboy, not a supermodel. She prefers flying a broom to wearing makeup and going to dances. Plus, authors love to make her character bossy and commanding, and inevitably, Harry bows down to her, despite being Dark!Independant!Political!Awesome!Super!Duper!Harry. I cannot STAND it when Harry is a servile dweeb. If you characterize him as such in your fic, then I don't like your fic. Plain and simple.
Pairings I HATE
Sirius Black / any man (he not a GAY)
Harry Potter & Albus Dumbledore
All homosexual relationships,
I can't stand Ginny because the root/basis of her feelings are for the BWL first and foremost. It's disingenuous, shallow and disgusting for Harry, a boy denied love most of his life by an old-man using him as a weapon in a war, to wind up in a relationship with a fan-girl whose feelings are for the heroic image and fame of the BWL - NOT the real Harry Potter, a boy enslaved by the Dursleys and knowing little but "neglect and often cruelty" for most of his life. He needs love, not someone attracted to (lusting for) him because of his fame and/or wealth. Ginny was every bit as shallow as those young women that pursue and marry 75 year old millionaire guys for their fame and money. Another reason I dislike her is that she is a textbook example of a "Mary-Sue" character - the sudden and "perfect" in every way soul-mate for the poor abused hero. However, the best argument against this pairing is to ask yourself who Ginny would have pursued and married had Neville Longbottom been the Boy-Who-Lived instead of Harry Potter. There is no denying the truth to that. Quite sad isn't it? And it proves my point entirely.
IF IT WALKS LIKE A GIT,
TALKS LIKE A GIT,
AND GETS JEALOUS LIKE A GIT,
THEN ITS NAME IS
"You gonna have him make you cry while he's f-ing you, does being hurt and insulted every time he opens that f-ing hole in his face turn you on?"
I am as equally unable to tolerate Ron/Hermione pairings. Ron had done nothing but abuse, belittle and/or hurt Hermione in some way all seven years because of her intelligence, hardworking and caring nature while hypocritically USING that same intelligence, hardworking and caring nature to help him with his homework or his own wants/needs. He did nothing but USE and ABUSE her and even in the last book he was still just as immature and uncaring of her feelings and well-being as he was in the first. He always put himself first in direct contrast to the very definition of love - where you put the happiness and well-being of the one you love before your own. Granted, Hermione was far from perfect but she NEVER intentionally tried to hurt anybody unlike Ron's own vicious verbal assaults against her where he knew and intended for it to hurt her. I reiterate, Ron was abusive and/or dismissive of Hermione and her feelings in EVERY book. So, why in the hell would this intelligent young woman suddenly be so stupid as to even date much less marry such an arse?
I can only guess that it was JKR trying to insert a little realism in that Hermione's lonely childhood because of her intelligent and assertive nature combined with 7 years of Ron's put-downs and abuse had destroyed her own self-esteem so badly that she figured that Ron was the best she could hope for. She had been reduced to absolutely zero self-respect and thus gave herself over fully to her abuser. Either that or it was the old good-girl goes for bad-boy routine in which case the stupid btch gets everything she deserves. Oh yes, he abuses me all the time so he MUST be a truly great male specimen! Let's make babies! That is one aspect of some women that I'll never be able to understand.
Whichever it is, the whole situation is utterly ridiculous for a series of books directed at children and teens. It tells them that shallow and abusive relationships are perfectly normal and a sound basis for lifetime relationships. If these pairings are JKR's idea of an ideal fantasy romance then I must truly pity her real-life experiences such that these disgustingly shallow and abuse ridden pairings are the best she can imagine. The epilogue of Book 7 proved that the ENTIRE story of Harry Potter was a tragedy to the bitter end and remained tragic for the rest of their lives.
considering if she went home for all holidays she'd made the
round trip herself 42 times by the time she graduated, not to mention at
that point she'd made it a minimum of 14 time since BOTH her two eldest sons had
graduated as well. I say minimum because we don't know if Bill and Charlie
came home every break though considering the only time Ron and his siblings
stayed (prior to OoTP) was when she and Arthur went to Romania during Christmas
break I'd say she'd probably made the trip 84 times by then. She does NOT
come off as having Nevilles' memory problems so my inclination is she was
acting stupid on orders from Dumbles, what better family to take Harry under their
wings? Except for Percy the rest of the Weasley family worships the ground
Dumbles walks on, at least all Weasleys still living at the Burrow. For the
most part they give the impression that if Dumbles told them to jump their
only question would be 'How high, Sir?' Even as wizards they should know locking
a boy in their bedroom and barely feeding him is WRONG, when the twins and
Ron brought him to the Burrow at the beginning of HPCoS, Mrs. Weasley
mentioned he'd lost a lot of weight, her sons had to remove bars from the bedroom
window because of all the locks on the door and they TOLD her all about it! Yet
NOTHING is done not even an investigation or report of it to the proper
authorities. And DON'T get me started on Madame Pomfrey! Either the Wizarding
World has no concept of child services or Dumbles is pulling everyone's strings!
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Actually, Harry'd only ever heard Hagrid condemn three things: Voldemort, goblins, and speaking ill of Albus Dumbledore, who'd given him a career when he'd been thrown out of school.
If even Hagrid couldn't love them, then i cant 2
"You didn't trust the goblins, did you?" Sirius interrupted, fearing the worst.
Harry shook his head. "No. I did everything at the Ministry."
The veteran Marauder sighed with heartfelt relief. "Good. You can't imagine how relieved that makes me. Too often have I seen those raised by muggles imagine they should be goblin friends for having used good manners. Every generation it seems someone thinks that just by being polite and recalling a goblin's name they'll receive preferential treatment. That's bollox. This is England, magical or not. Everyone here who is not a Dark Lord, part of a Dark Lord's posse, or Too Stupid to Live (i.e. works in the Ministry) uses good manners on principle. Goblins just suck."
Sirius sighed and shook his head. "Nearly every muggleborn somehow forms the opinion that if only you take the trouble of recalling a goblin's name they will be all over you about how you are the only one who's ever tried, then be friends with you for life. Nothing could be further from the truth! They're like muggers, in that they hate for those they 'service' to know their names. It offends them something deep, and if they can, they would destroy those that learn them."
He raised an eye to look at Harry. "Your mother thought that when she was a first year, and they nearly trapped her in contracts that would've destroyed her. That's how James met her, he happened by and saved her from that. It got him feeling protective of her, and he kept an eye out for her ever since."
Sirius started shaking his head. "Every so often some moron decides to let the goblins manage their money for them - and they invariably steal it all the first instant they have access, 'investing' it all in themselves. Or some naive young twit will agree to a service, like vault transfer, on which they've been told there is a 'small fee'. For goblins, a 'small fee' invariably means 'less than half'. So if you ask them to do something trivial and routine, and they say that costs a small fee without telling you a specific amount, expect to lose forty nine percent of whatever money is involved!"
"Yeah," Harry smacked his lips. "I know."
"You mean he wasn't trying to prank you?" Hermione asked, disbelieving.
"No." The Head of Magical Law Enforcement shook her head. "He wasn't, not on that. It's dead accurate."
"'Goblin' is not a nice word. There are reasons for that," Luna agreed, face now deep in an upside-down magazine. "We could call them 'Daisies' and everyone would soon learn to hate the term 'Daisy'. Bad manners brings a very bad reputation, in this case deservedly so. Goblins adore cruelty."
Amelia Bones started to rub her temples. "It's why we made them bankers. Hurting people financially stopped them from trying to kill everyone every twenty to thirty years. Goblin wars were regular as clockwork before that."
Potions class was being held in a quickly renovated room on the fourth floor, that had once been a potions classroom before Snape insisted on basement dwellings.
House elves had been busily employed cleaning out the dust and cobwebs, furniture had to be righted, or in some instances repaired. A party of off-duty teachers led by Madam Hooch, the flying instructor, had gone off to purchase ingredients for the student's supply cupboard that Professor Sprout couldn't just pull out of her garden. Snape was said to be in the basement salvaging what he could of the devices and instruments down there. That he was expected to arrive on time for class spoke eloquently about how little there was down in his former office to recover.
Ranko and her friends led the procession into the new, brightly lit room. It had a nice high ceiling to help protect from lighter-than-air fumes and avoid concentrating explosions, with windows designed to open magically, instead of breaking, to diffuse any blasts. The desks were wide and had their own water spigots, cutting boards, note tables, drawers and sinks; the whole chamber set up auditorium style so no one's view could be blocked by pillars or the back of someone's head before them. And between each station were high, invisible splash screens so no one had to suffer from any other student's failure sending out droplets affecting them or contaminating their own potion. That also limited opportunities for mischief or tampering with another's ingredients.
A quick look at the teacher's desk showed controls for triggering firefighting measures, winds from gale to breeze to help disperse gasses, rains either of water or flakes of some kind of dampening foam, and so on up to stuff whose purpose was not immediately identifiable.
It was, in short, a room in every way superior to the damp, cramped and obstructed room in the basement that had none of those safety measures. About the only thing the dungeon had that this room didn't was that it was dark, very dark, and the curtains in here were a bit moth eaten.
The dozen girls who'd studied and had a sleepover together entered and found places near to the front, all grouped together, while Ranko was explaining, "While they look nice on their own, we wear the aprons and gloves for 'messy work', like Potions or Herbology, and sometimes other subjects like the occasional Defense or Magical Creatures class. Aprons allow full body protection from the front, which should be anything we are working on, and gloves up almost to the shoulder keep our arms safe from anything that dragon hide could stop, which should be most everything they want students doing."
"Not to forget hats!" Shampoo added enthusiastically.
"Yah, Ranchan. Tell them why we are breaking with fifty years of fashion to wear our pointy hats. Everyone's been looking at us all morning like we were crazy or something." Ucchan groused cutely.
Ranko shrugged, her off-the-shoulder dress showing this off beautifully. She then touched the wide brimmed, tall pointed hat she wore matching the color of her frilly body garments. "Simple practicality in this case, just like the gloves. Anything dropping on us from above has another layer of dragon hide to get through before it can ruin our hair. Mom also added a veil all of the way around, you'll see. It's nice and transparent, even more so from this side, but it's also dragonhide enchanted to look gauzy and alluring. So if anything blows up in our faces it also gets stopped. We've got fresh air charms on the inside and could swim under water in these things. Plus, the veil magically adjusts so we can leave our faces free most of the day and only put it down for messy, potentially dangerous stuff, when it will guard all our bits from the collarbone up, down to the tips of the ends of our long hair. It's like the visor on a helmet, but cute so girls can wear it openly."
"And there other charms also!" Shampoo enthused.
"Yah, but I don't think we need to get into them." Ukyo demurred. "I think it's enough that we have our own face-shields. Nobody else has any, and today we're working on a boil curing potion. Those are famous for blowing up in your face over tiny mistakes, and the drops will give you horrible, ugly, painful blemishes if they hit your skin. If you get hit by much you'll look like a hag."
All of the non-hat-equipped girls were now staring dubiously at their empty cauldrons, as if they might rise up to bite them (which they could, if the lesson went wrong), and wishing they had veiled hats to protect their precious skins.
"For a first potion attempt this does seem an awfully dangerous one," Ranko agreed. "Why choose one known for exploding over simple errors? There are plenty of easy potions we could do that don't have any dangers at all, much less ones as bad as that."
Any further conversation got cut off as the door banged open and admitted Snape, who had a small armful of beakers and measuring tools with him, and as he entered he used his wand to close all of the window curtains before him so he was not struck by even a single ray of sunlight.
Since the room was much longer, some of the surprise of his loud entry was ruined as he had to go much farther to cross over to the head of it. The Professor stopped well before the teacher's desk, dropping his load of tools on the empty row before the group of girls and turning about to face the rest of them from there. "Put your wands away. You won't be using them in this class."
Though he seemed to mean that to the whole class, his scowl was directed at Ranko, who was seated barely the width of a desk away from where he stood towering over her.
"On the contrary, Professor." She replied calmly. "Hogwarts syllabus for Potion Safety as submitted to the Board of Governors says that you are to instruct us to have our wands ready in case we need to use any number of basic protection or cleanup charms it says you will begin this lesson by teaching us."
"Put. Them. Away." He leaned in close to be more threatening, and bumped his nose hard against the invisible splash screen. He reared back, glinting hate in his eyes. "And twenty five points will be taken away for talking back to a professor. Another sixty if you aren't prompt about obeying my instructions! Put the wand away!"
She put her wand in her holder, and gazed at him innocently over folded hands, her potion setup all assembled neatly and correctly before her, with ingredients already measured out.
Snape ignored that to stare offended at her mirrorshades, which the girls had put on under their protective veils when they'd heard him enter.
"Take off those glasses. How do you expect to see anything with those on? And meet me in the eye when I talk to you." He gave the order he'd been wanting to since breakfast.
"You know Professor," Ranko stood up to him calmly, making no motion to remove her shades. "For a known Legilimens to order someone to make eye contact is very similar to a known rapist ordering a young girl to strip naked. No authority a school is capable of granting gives you the right to do so, and Dumbledore could go to prison for letting you."
"Take. Them. Off." He repeated, in even nastier tones.
"But basic eye protection is recommended for all potion brewing. It is unsafe to order me to remove them." Ranko replied in reasonable tones.
Snape reached out to pull them off himself, and jerked his hand back in shock as the veil she wore dumped what looked like a lightning bolt into his hand the moment he made contact with it. Holding his now pained and smoking limb, he scowled at her. "Sixty points for failing to obey my instructions, and another hundred for your trap."
"It's only an anti-rape charm, professor, designed to prevent anyone from undressing me by force with intent to harm. Such charms are specifically allowed by name under school regulations and student dress code."
"Another ten for your cheek." Snape ignored his topic to berate her for a solid hour, before beginning to 'teach' which was more insults and humiliation, this time for everyone. He then penalized the whole class severely for not finishing the potion on time when he'd given them considerably less than half the period to do any actual mixing.
There were plenty of accidents, which Snape would then sneer about, only then informing them of what ought to have been done to avoid them. It was plain this period he was after revenge for his wounded pride, and everyone had to suffer along with Ranko, who stayed unruffled and by doing so fueled Snape's anger even more.
It was obvious that he hated the larger room as it made the class more spread out and he could not intimidate them by invading their personal space all at once. By the time he was done Gryffindor was down by five hundred points, and Ravenclaw by four-fifty. That was a record even by Snape's standards, and it was only his first class of the day. Most of those points came from Ranko objecting, calmly and reasonably, when he made demands he did not have the authority to make - and she pointed that out to him.
Ranko, Shampoo and Ukyo were the only ones to finish their potions in the much reduced time frame and when they put them on Snape's desk for grading he casually swiped them off to break on the floor. "Zero points for this assignment, all of you."
"That's enough!!" Two female aurors removed their invisibility cloaks from where they'd been hidden by the door. Both were in their early fifties, one newly sound of body. "This isn't a class, this is an abuse session for a sadist and petty megalomaniac! Severus Snape, you are under arrest!"
From "Hogwarts-One-Half" by Perfect Lionheart
HARRY POTTER in Slytherin
Author's Notes on Chapter Three of "Hogwarts-One-Half" by Perfect Lionheart
On his first night in school, Harry had a nightmare where he had Quirrel's turban on his head insisting that he get himself resorted into Slytherin. That's not something he'd dream up on his own. So, Tommy-boy at least was convinced that his own plans to destroy Harry Potter would have worked out BETTER if the boy was in that House, surrounded by the children of Tom's old lackeys and cronies. Why does no one ever account for that?
Harry has TWO chief enemies. The Dark Lord Voldemort is one, and surrounding yourself by those who would die for him, and HAVE already killed for him, would not be the wisest of all choices. But the other is the Dark Lord Dumbledore, who ADMITS in the final book, in the King's Cross chapter, to having driven Harry to suicide!!
It was 'for the greater good' you understand.
He does not use those exact words, but That Is What He Says! He admits it to Harry's face. But the boy has been so brainwashed by all that's been done to him so far that not even the guy's own confession that he was a power-hungry bastard, potential murderer of his own sister, attempted dark lord and architect of all of the misery in Harry's life phased the boy in the slightest.
Can you say 'brainwashed?' Sure, I knew you could. Perhaps it had something to do with having had the Headmaster's loyal toady ripping apart the walls of your mind. After all, those sessions were completely unsupervised. Perhaps he didn't ONLY destroy what he found in there to open him up to Voldemort. Who is to say Snape did not also implant suggestions? After all, the most major switch of Harry's character traits, behavior and intelligence during the whole series occurs at about that time.
He goes from Hero to Zero in about nothing flat. But that's not something Snivellus would ever have done to the son of his most hated enemy, would he? No, of course not. After all, he doesn't hold grudges. No, you're being ridiculous. I don't even know why you brought it up.
“Five years ago you arrived at Hogwarts, Harry, safe and whole, as I had planned and intended. Well - not quite whole. You had suffered. I knew you would when I left you on your aunt and uncle's doorstep. I knew I was condemning you to ten dark and difficult years.”
HBP 3, Dumbledore to the Dursleys:
"He has known nothing but neglect and often cruelty at your hands." ...
"The magic I evoked fifteen years ago means that Harry has powerful protection while he can still call this house 'home.' However miserable he has been here, however unwelcome, however badly treated, you have at least, grudgingly, allowed him houseroom."
What Dumbledore did was no different than kidnapping a black infant and forcing the poor child onto a family of fervent members of the Ku Klux Klan with a threat to provide the child a home. Harry received the same treatment you would expect for that poor child assuming (s)he wasn't killed outright, don't you think? Sure, he survived but as nothing more than a horribly abused slave of the Dursleys. It was stated clearly that Harry's abuse was physical as well as mental and emotional. There was mention of Petunia striking him with a frying pan (presumably hot) in the kitchen as well as Vernon's comment about nothing being impossible to "beat" out of the freak implying that beatings were common. Then of course they also encouraged Dudley's "Harry hunting" and attacks on the freak.
Dumbledore could have done something to ensure that Harry's childhood wasn't dark and difficult but instead chose not to and in so doing he proved that "dark and difficult" childhood is in fact precisely what he really wanted Harry to suffer through. The wizarding world is rife with spells and potions compelling particular behavior. It would most certainly have been preferable and much happier for both the Dursleys and Harry if Dumbledore had at the least used a compulsion ward or charm to ensure Harry was at least accepted if not loved by the Dursleys. After all, his living with them was deemed by Dumbledore to be necessary regardless of their clearly not wanting Harry. Thus he proved by forcing Harry upon them that they lacked any real free-will in the matter; that what they wanted was unimportant anyway in the much greater need for Harry's safety. (Dumbledore's howler to Petunia "REMEMBER MY LAST!" when the Dursleys were about to throw Harry out along with prior statements peppered throughout earlier books proved that Harry's residence with the Dursleys was coerced upon the Dursleys in some way by Dumbledore.) So why then didn't he take the added step to ensure Harry grew up well since the Dursley's free-will didn't matter to him anyway? In fact, his coercion absolutely ensured the Dursleys would take out their resentment and hatred upon Harry. It was abundantly clear that he fully intended Harry's sufferance through an abusive and enslaved childhood because he needed the boy (and prophesied weapon) meek, weak and fully cowed into easy control by adults.
After all, Dumbledore fully admits that he knowingly subjected Harry to more than a decade of abuse and enslavement by his relatives with no such effort to ensure Harry's well-being. Is it any wonder that Harry trashed his office afterwards? It might be puzzling to some how later Harry did an about-face and was again "Dumbledore's man" despite the evil Dumbledore knowingly inflicted upon him. But all that was needed to fully regain and seal Harry's fervent loyalty was Dumbledore paralyzing and forcing Harry into watching Dumbledore intentionally martyr himself. He was dying already but was careful not to tell Harry that. He made Harry believe that he sacrificed himself to protect Harry and thus forever sealed Harry's zealous loyalty. It is a tactic called "martyrdom" and it has been used to seal fervent and zealous loyalty to a cause or person very successfully for more than a thousand years by cultists, Islamists and also to a historically lesser extent by Christians as well. It was also the very fate he had planned for Harry - to die as a martyr.
I strongly encourage everyone to read up on the subjects of brainwashing children, the effects of neglect and abuse on a child's personality and also children brought up in cults with figures/followings (such as Dumbledore was in the wizarding world). Only then could you truly understand how horrific of a monster Dumbledore really was in not only what he did to Harry but also how he used his position as Headmaster of the premier wizarding school in Britain to ensure generations of children (and later adults) awe of him and fervent belief in his apparent goodness and infallibility. That belief allowed him to do virtually whatever he wanted (ignoring laws at whim and even enslaving the infant hero of the wizarding world to hateful and abusive muggles) with little or no question from anyone. The only one who would have questioned Harry's placement was conveniently thrown in prison without a trial by Barty Crouch of the DMLE with the ASSISTANCE of Chief Warlock (aka Chief JUDGE), Albus Dumbledore. He admitted that he gave the DMLE "evidence that Sirius Black was the Potter's Secret Keeper" to ensure Sirius was sent to Azkaban. This is interesting since any such evidence would have to have been fabricated or exaggerated by Dumbledore since not only was Black NOT the Secret Keeper but according to canon Dumbledore himself actually cast the spell to "hide" the Potters. (It was later revealed that it was the 'Fidelius Charm' that hid the Potters, so Dumbledore would have most assuredly known who was the real Secret Keeper.) It's a very poor and/or very corrupt judge that sends people off to life-imprisonment and torture (Dementors are torture) without a trial. It was awfully convenient that the ONLY suspected Death Eater that was mentioned to have been sent to Azkaban without a trial just so happened to be the legal guardian of Harry Potter and Dumbledore's only obstacle to control of the prophecied weapon. Especially when known and confirmed Death Eaters walked away free and clear without effort by Dumbledore to ensure justice for them either.
Also, particularly take note the effect and effectiveness of isolating a child that has been exposed to extreme trauma - limiting their access only to an environment of people who hate and abuse them with the sole outside "friendly" contact and source of information being the one person who wants to control them. He ordered Harry's friends to cut off all contact for "security" reasons but there was NO reason whatsoever Hermione couldn't have remained in contact via phone or muggle post or that the Order guards couldn't have passed messages on for him at Grimmauld - EXCEPT that it would have given Harry other people he could trust and rely upon in his time of need. Dumbledore couldn't have that. He needed total control over Harry and so he blocked Harry from ALL other outside "friendly" influence except his own when Harry needed friends most in order to keep Harry dependent on him.
In essence all of this proved Dumbledore to be much like a wizarding world equivalent of Charles Manson or perhaps closer to being like Jim Jones with a touch of mafia behavior in ensuring obstacles to his plans are "out of the way." The sole difference being that instead of getting his followers to murder for him like Charles Manson and Voldemort had done, Dumbledore instead got them to die for him and his cause like Jim Jones. Harry and so many others essentially committed suicide at Dumbledore's mere "asking". Anyone up for some Kool-Aid? Do you deny that Dumbledore could have convinced a significant number of people in the wizarding world (especially many of the children) to drink? (If you are not familiar with the reference, google "Jonestown" and steel yourself should you choose to view any of the images.)
BOTH Dumbledore and Voldemort fought what is called a "proxy war" where they used others (cultish followers mostly, though in Harry's case he was simply a kidnapped and brainwashed child) to fight and die for them. BOTH of them manipulated, used and endangered or outright sacrificed the lives of others, often innocents and children - without those people's knowledge or informed consent. Just because one's ends may be deemed noble does not mean that such evil methods are acceptable to reach those ends. Why is it to be any more tolerated for Dumbledore and the "Light" to commit such atrocities than the bad guys that are doing it? In fact, Dumbledore often hypocritically used that very argument to discourage anyone from using lethal force against the Death Eaters but yet most of his own actions and intentional inaction proved equally vile and evil in result, if not intent. Knowingly enslaving an innocent one year-old infant to 15 years of hatred and cruelty as a means of shaping that child's personality for easier influence and control is but only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. How about discouraging his followers from properly defending themselves but rather instead let the enemy kill them? His total insistence upon stunning and releasing torturers and murderers only allowed them to be revived or released to later go off to torture and kill someone else. Something that is far more evil than putting down the rabid dog for what it is before it could hurt someone else. Note how the Malfoys among others were walking free at the end of DH despite the murders and tortures they had done. How many others have since then likely been tortured and killed by them in the intervening 19 years before the epilogue? Dumbledore operated under the premise that the lives and well-being of everyone else, particularly future victims, are unimportant compared to his belief in giving infinite chances of redemption to murderers and terrorists. Many good people died unnecessarily all thanks to Dumbledore's cult of personality.
I think the most telling difference between Dumbledore and Voldemort though was that Voldemort's followers had the choice whether or not to serve him. Dumbledore, on the other hand, kidnapped an infant boy and then conditioned (aka brainwashed) him through years of slavery and abuse followed by manipulation into suicide for Dumbledore's cause. In other words, Voldemort's followers had a choice whilst Dumbledore enslaved innocent children into his service. You can't get much more vile and despicable than that. Ultimately Harry Potter was nothing more than a poor kid that was kidnapped and brainwashed by the "good guys" into being a suicide bomber. (I would compare Harry to Jason Bourne but Harry had absolutely no choice in the matter and no special training or preparation beyond the brainwashing to die for everyone else.)
By the end of DH there is a huge amount of suffering, blood and death on Dumbledore's hands (arguably as much or even more than on Voldemort's and his Death Eaters) for his usage of others and refusal to use his own power (magical and political/governmental) to truly stop any of them from harming or killing others. It's much like a police officer that chooses to stand by and merely watch whilst someone rapes and murders a child - refusing to help for whatever his own personal reasons. Who is the bigger monster? The sicko doing the raping and murder or the person who has taken on the title, position and responsibility - trusted by all to protect the victim - but instead refuses to do so? Dumbledore even went so far as to not only protect such monsters from being rightfully killed in self-defense or justice but even worse invited such monsters into a school full of children. Equally as horrific was knowingly enslaving children to hateful monsters as a means of brainwashing and control. Not just the Dursleys, but also Snape. Ask yourselves about the "coincidence" of the only long-term professor outright abusive of Harry just so happened to be "promoted" to teaching Harry's best magical subject the year Harry would have left his influence in Potions class because he failed to meet the minimum grade Snape required. It was blatantly clear that Dumbledore used Snape to keep Harry abused and down-trodden while at Hogwarts and away from the Dursley's abuse. Harry was never given a reprieve from the bullying and abuse because that is what Dumbledore wanted and needed in order to shape him into a martyr who believed his own life had no value and was better to sacrifice for others more deserving of life and happiness.
That is what disappointed me most about canon. Ultimately, Harry Potter was revealed to have never been a hero at all. Instead he was nothing more than a severely used and abused victim, kidnapped as an infant from his legal guardian and brainwashed into his role of suicide for Dumbledore's cause. Those who read the series should heed its hidden warnings against adults in positions of authority over children exploiting children for their own purposes/ideals and the use of children in wars by adults indoctrinating them into certain views and then sacrificing their lives for the adult's ideals/goals.
Uh - no. Canon Dumbledore does not want what is best for everyone - particularly Harry. He knew that he was putting Harry into an abusive home, but he did it anyway and didn't bother checking up on Harry for the first 11 years of his life and then continued to send him back to this abusive home. He could have easily kept everyone away from the cerberus with an age-line, but he didn't, so he wanted 11-year-olds trying to get through the traps (though honestly JKR hadn't thought up age-lines until book 4). He kept Harry isolated for several weeks after Cedric was murdered in front of him and kept him from having any type of social support. He didn't bother getting Sirius a trial, even though he was the head of the Wizengamot. Even after Harry had been attacked by Lord V repeatedly, he did not get any type of special training or guidance - the 6th year training is utterly worthless and could have been summarized in 10 minutes with the rest of the time spent practicing new spells. He didn't bother preparing Harry and co for the horcrux hunt, but just left them some vague hints. There are many other examples that I won't bother listing.
Dumbledore is either incompetent or he is evil/manipulative/etc. And since he is supposed to be one of the greater wizards of the generation and the head of both the domestic and international governments, the chance of him being incompetent is low.
There is no way to get a good, caring, intelligent Dumbledore out of JKR's version of him, which is one of my greatest dislikes about canon because she took a Gandolf-like figure and then destroyed the good aspects of him.
In reality, Dumbledore isn't a character - he is a plot device whose existence is to get Harry wherever he is supposed to be. Which is also why the teachers at Hogwarts and most of the other adults are utterly incompetent because otherwise there would be no reason for Harry and Co to be doing their job for them.
“Welcome young wizards and witches
So full of life, happy as peaches
To Hogwarts, the prestigious wizarding school
That will teach young minds that magic is a tool”
Dumbledore smiled as the Hat sang its song and he gazed fondly at the new first years that wore awestruck faces.
“Under the guidance of Dumbledore
Who is an insensitive old fool!
He will merely use you as a tool
His stubbornness is like a fucking mule
For those who are brash bold and brave
I will place you in your very own graves!
Limbs will be torn, your parents will mourn
For you will now be Gryffindor’s own.
To the bookworms and nerds
Get a life you house full of curds!
Your life will be will have no meaning
Apathetic brats now under Raven’s wing
To the house of cowardly puffs
The house oh so full of duffs
You will be the school’s bitches
Bullied to let go of your riches
And finally the Slytherin snakes
All full of prejudiced fakes
You will be under Severus Snape
Get ready boys you will all get raped!
This is my withdrawal song
I warned you all along
Give me my Luna Lovegood
Or I will continue to sulk and brood.”
From "Harry Potter and the power of Oa by bluminous8
This is at http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4944577/21/Harry_Potter_and_the_power_of_Oa --
--IS Snape GOOD OR EVIL--
FROM My Gilded Life by Skysaber "Chapters 7" www.fanfiction.net/s/3695419/7/My_Gilded_Life
The sum total of all evidence in favor of Snape being a good guy amounts to: Snape says so. Dumbledore believed Snape when he said so (and we all trust that paragon of good judgment to never make a mistake. No, not ever)
Now for the evidence against: We have the testimony of every student who had him as a teacher. Even the Slytherins only like him because they feel he is a BAD guy! Every action of his we SEE, as opposed to hear about, is as foul and rotten as to cross every boundary of good conduct or decent behavior, all of which he should be expected to live up to as a school professor.
Snape joined a cult of murderers, and fit in well enough that not even their leader, who was supposed to be the most accomplished mind-reader in two centuries, and who could insist that his 'loyal' follower lower his mind shields and subject himself to examination, could find any fault with his behavior as far as loyalty to the cause. Not even after other Death Eaters had accused Snape of disloyalty and Voldemort had every right and reason to probe his mind carefully. No, a man who would kill for little or no reason found not even the slightest hint of disloyalty or 'flaws' like regret or remorse in him.
Snape killed Dumbledore, no one says he didn't, but he said he had permission . Now, what would the world be like if we let every murderer go who used the defense "he asked me to"? That is NOT a legally supportable defense! Even assisted suicide is STILL tried as murder! And that is when the victim does the deed mostly by himself and leaves behind letters and other physical evidence of his intentions, more than just the killer's word of "he asked me to"!
And most of those assisted suicide cases had terminal conditions.
On the excuse of having been mistreated as a youth, he'd then gone on to make a career out of abusing children for the rest of his life. It cannot be disputed that Snape terrorized a whole school, ruining countless children's education because he couldn't give up on his desire to inflict suffering on those who'd never done any harm to him, such as Neville Longbottom.
Neville's parents had never done anything to Snape that we hear of, so why does he terrorize Neville? Or was everybody in the world a bully EXCEPT Snape? And he was just 'getting back' at them?
Yeah, right. Like that's believable.
Every opportunity he gets to hurt the students, either individually or as a body in general, he takes.
No, Severus Snape was no more of a 'good guy' than Pol Pot, whatever Rowling said. She may have meant otherwise, but that's not what she wrote.
Actions speak louder than words. And because memories can be faked, they are no better than words: him claiming something.
Now, Snape says that James was a bad guy. What is our evidence there? Once again we are faced with the awe-inspiring force of the argument: Snape says so.
Who else agrees with him? Why, no one! Not even other Death Eaters ever had a word to say against James! Not even PETTIGREW, who'd whined that he 'never meant to kill Lily and James'. Do any other teachers? No, not one of them seems to have anything but the highest opinion of Lily and James. Does ANYONE but Snape EVER say anything nasty about Lily or James? NO! Not even Dumbledore, who blindly agrees with Snape on almost every other issue.
Every other person has a AMAZINGLY high opinion of him! So did Lily, if that was the man she married!
Then, even if we take Snape's claim that he loved Lily as true, how does he treat the child she left behind? Her only legacy and the last bit of 'her' still left in this world? With total contempt and hatred, just as if Harry was all James and no Lily. Or... as if Snape's claims of love for Lily were as false as his other many other statements, say, of loyalty to Dumbledore and the Dark Lord - he had to be lying to one of them!
No, Snape may have been deluded enough to imagine that he loved her, but the evidence at hand all says he never had a clue as to what love really is. If he wasn't just making it up, playing 'pity party' to get Harry to forgive him.
Now THAT! sounds like a manipulative, ambitious person, doesn't it? Lay down a few plots so that no matter which side triumphs, you are on it? Perhaps claim credit for a few events you heard about, but had no part in?
No, if you say 'scheme', suddenly those out of character moments make so much sense with regard to the Snape we actually know, rather than the one we merely hear about.
Ultimately, he did so much hurt and evil during his life that, even if he DID those things he was claiming, it in no way comes close to making up for all of the bad. A rare few, tiny deposits on the good side doesn't counter the massive karmic debt he worked up being evil, hurting an entire generation of kids - and let's not even discuss his Death Eater duties!
And what about Snape's claim that James and his friends were bullies, not Severus himself? Well, claims aside, every time we see Snape in the books HE is the one being a bully (or a toady). So, which do you want to believe, his claims or his actions? They do nothing but contradict each other, so it is one or the other.
Every time we see Snape 'on screen' as it were, he is an evil, self-righteous bastard whose behavior is less mature than a typical kindergarten student. And he maintained that for over a decade when there was no hint of his old boss around to impress. But we are supposed to believe it when he tells us he's really a tender old softy inside?
It can only be two things, either insanity (schizophrenia and delusions are both possibilities), or it is a scheme. Either the guy is fruitier than a nutcake, or he was lying to get off easy should the Light win in the end.
I'd been an actor long enough to know that the longer you wear the mask, the less it becomes a mask. Anyone who takes on a role finds themselves slowly shifting to become it. So, even if this STARTED as a part Snape was playing... it didn't stay one for long.
There is an old saying used to comfort shy children, "Act like you are more confident, and you will be."
However, in Snape's case that quote could be modified to, "Act like an evil, self-righteous, stuck up prick, who carries childish grudges forever, and picks on those weaker than him, and you will be."
Rowling's attempt to 'save' Snape in her last book made about as much difference as rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. The man was evil.
A few, isolated good deeds do not make up for a lifetime spent doing harm. Hitler did favors for people he liked, but are you going to think he is a hero? And that's even assuming those deeds even happened.
No one with any sense is going to argue that Snape didn't destroy the potions education of who even knows how many students, and Potions is a required subject for both Healers and Aurors - jobs that save lives.
So, Snape was directly responsible for more destruction over a longer time than probably any other Death Eater.
And Albus helped him do it.
FROM My Gilded Life by Skysaber "Chapters 7" www.fanfiction.net/s/3695419/7/My_Gilded_Life
-- ARE HARRY AND TOM THE SAME --
People assume Tom was abused at the orphanage, when the only data we are given in the books reveals him as the abuser of his fellows there. That is NOT the same!! Harry was bullied. Tom WAS THE bully!
Harry continued, "Our backgrounds could not have been any more different. The Dursleys neglected and abused me, belittled and humiliated me, insulted me, starved me, beat me, vilified me, dehumanized me to everyone, and made me their personal slave. Young Tom Riddle, on the other hand, made himself master of all he surveyed right under the nose of authority figures who didn't notice his little games - and that was a pattern he expected to go on throughout his life. Which, strictly speaking, it did. The Ministry's actions (aided by a few of his agents inside it sewing disorder and confusion) were so bumbling and incompetent they were effectively useless; while Dumbledore, for his own reasons, let him get away with most of what he wanted to do. All of that lasted right up until I reflected his killing curse back on him - the end of his natural life. So, strictly speaking, he enjoyed that privileged state of being ignored by authority his whole life long - and I've never been free of scrutiny. I was under Dumbledore's watchful eye from before I was born."
Harry wiped tired eyes with his hands. "Even our experiences at Hogwarts are almost in direct opposition to each other. I arrived here well known and loved. But starting with being revealed as a Parselmouth my reputation went south and I started to become hated and vilified. Tom Riddle arrived here as an unknown muggleborn and hated. He was forced to become a toady to more powerful older students to survive after being sorted into Slytherin. However just as my reputation reversed, so did his over time. Ironically, being shown as a Parselmouth was the turning point for both of us, only it was the best thing ever to happen to him. I got befriended by Ron, who made sure I stayed lazy and never studied. Tom made no friends, just allies of convenience, and worked hard, driven to improve his situation."
The tired boy sighed and leaned back, contemplating the morning sky. "Tom was brilliant. He saw he could turn the tables on those he toadied to if he could get more powerful than they were - and he did. It took time. He built his spellcasting ability up fanatically, making himself the most useful follower in the whole House. By doing so he was able to trade his services for greater and greater favors, changing patrons in exchange for bribes and bits of advantage until finally he didn't need a sponsor anymore, he'd already gotten enough from ignorant purebloods to stand on his own if he wanted. But he went on doing as he'd done previously, collecting more and more favors, and more and more resources, until he was a leader in his House and most of his former patrons were now his followers. He'd played them all off against each other until, in the end, he was the only one holding any cards. By then they were forced to accept his stories about being a pureblood 'wrongfully cast off' by the family over a perceived wrong, as it hurt their egos too much to be that deeply in thrall to a halfblood."
Harry scowled at himself. "While I, until this year anyway, squandered any esteem in which I was held, trying so hard to 'fit in' that I could not have done any more damage to my reputation if I'd done it deliberately. My being scared of people drove off any potential allies, and kept me isolated, so any power blocks that were forming didn't have me in them. So now, in the space of two short years, I've gone from most popular person in the wizarding world to an isolated hermit with only two friends. A mighty reversal indeed, and just exactly the opposite of what happened to Riddle."
“The One with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches,” Harry began, reading from notes that Hermione had retrieved from her book bag. “Born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies… And the Dark Lord will mark Him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not… And either must die at the hands of the other for neither can live while the other survives.”
“And the two of you have been thinking about it and discussing it with each other?” Sensei asked.
--The Gray speek--
In the middle compartment, the Hogwarts Express started moving.
Daphne sat surrounded by the children of the Gray and a few courtiers. To her right sat Tracey, Granger, and Blaise Zabini. To her left sat Parvati Patil, Zacharias Smith, Terry Boot, and Wayne Hopkins.
They all looked towards her.
"Thank you all for joining us today." She paused. "I'd like you all to look around this compartment. Look at the faces next to you."
They glanced around.
"In this compartment we have four females and four males; three noble houses and five common ones; five purebloods, two halfbloods, and one muggleborn."
A few eyes widened and Zach stole a suspicious glance towards Hopkins.
"Soon, we may also be Gryffindors, Hufflepuffs, Ravenclaws, and Slytherins, but don't let this fool you… what we really are isn't any one of these."
Zabini leant closer.
"We are wizards, born with the gift of magic. How fast can you cast? How powerful are your spells? How good are you at bending the universe to your will? These are the questions that matter."
Boot and Zach's eyes briefly met, one raised eyebrow between them.
"The Light wishes to tame us, domesticate us, dictate to us what is and isn't safe for us to do. They set up committees to command what charms we're allowed to even experiment with, let alone use. They waste the best years of our brightest minds with the asinine business of expanding the ever-growing lists of muggle toys we're not allowed to play with. They deem to claim the moral high-ground of protecting those with no power while systematically removing said power and centralising it with an ever-growing, all-powerful, draconian ministry."
She looked around the compartment making eye contact with every one of her peers. In most cases, grim determination stared back.
"The Dark, on the other hand, would have us rip our world in three. In their irrational fear of what they don't understand they would reject even the most basic of human decencies to spread contempt and fear throughout our world. They also claim to fight the good fight, to bring needed reform to a world that is stagnating, while protecting our culture and legacies. But their methods would result in our total destruction, not our ascension.
"We do not care about blood, so long as your mind is sharp and your wand is strong. We do not care about nobility, so long as you strive to be the best at whatever it is you do. And we do not care about past mistakes, so long as you look to future with steel and determination."
Granger was actually leaning forward in her seat, eyes gleaming brighter than the Express's scarlet shell. The moment she caught the girl's eye though, the newly wavy-haired witch folded her arms and sat straight again, though the gleam did remain.
"The Light and the Dark are making mistakes, but they are not the people within them. The Light and the Dark are ideas. They are collections of beliefs, and, in many cases, they are loosely collected groups of vested interests. Interests shift. Minds can be changed. And the people who yesterday were our enemies, may tomorrow be our greatest allies.
"We have a golden opportunity before us. We have seven years to learn and grow. Seven years to get to know each other and form alliances and friendships that can weather the storms life will throw at us. But that cannot happen if we allow Hogwarts to divide us. So…"—she paused—"I'd like to suggest we set aside some time every few weeks to get together for dinner. That way at least, we'll not fall foul to the trap of believing that what colour your tie is, somehow dictates who you must like and hate."
Parvati and Tracey scoffed. The dramatic tension broke.
She looked around. Most everyone nodded. "What about you, Hopkins?"
Hopkins hesitated, then also nodded.
"Excellent, let's get down to business then."
Granger whipped out a piece of parchment and a quill, and with the faint click clack sound of the train in the background, they started fleshing out details for the next few weeks.
--The Light speek--
He sighed, put on his game face, and slid open the compartment door. The faces of Susan Bones, Ron Weasley, Lavender Brown, Sally Smith, Padma Patil, Neville Longbottom, and Hannah Abbott, greeted him. They were all here. He forced a cheerful smile and sat down.
They exchanged a round of greetings and pleasantries. Susan, Lavender, and Padma were excited. Sally, Neville, and Hannah were nervous. Ron, as was so typical of his red-headed friend, seemed bored.
There was a slight shift and the world outside the window started to move away from them. They were off. As one, all the children turned to him, expectancy alight in their faces.
He took a deep breath and reached into his occlumency. "Friends. Thank you all for sitting with me today. I know that much of this has been arranged by our parents, but I'd like to think that even without their involvement, we'd have come together like this anyway."
A few smiles lit the faces around him. Susan grinned.
"We've all known each other for years. And now, we're about to start Hogwarts together. It's my sincere hope that by the end of these seven years, we'll be closer to each other than we are even now."
"There are, however, those about to start Hogwarts who know no-one. They did not grow up in our world. They do not have a legion of the best people a wizard could ask for to back them up. They are starting out alone."
"They will also be our friends. Our world can seem a difficult and confusing place to muggleborns, and it is our duty to protect them from those who would sooner see them thrown out of our world, rather then befriend them."
Firm nods. Set jaws. Alert eyes.
"A lot changed with the downfall of Voldemort—"
Squeaks, large pupils, flushed faces, awe.
"—And over the last decade, our parents have done a lot to move the wizarding world in the direction it needs to go. The auror force, which was devastated at the end of the last war, has slowly begun to regain its strength,"—He nodded to Susan who beamed.—"the laws around dark artefacts and magic have been strengthened, and laws discriminating against muggleborns have been defeated."
Ron thrust out his chest. Susan grinned again.
"But even as we celebrate these successes we face a newer and perhaps more worrying development than the traditional Dark families."
Tilted heads. Frowns.
"Three years ago, a man claimed the title of Lord Slytherin, and has since persuaded the neutral families to abandon their neutrality and follow him."
Hannah and Sally's frowns deepened.
"This development is worrying, not because the Gray seem to hold the same beliefs as the Dark, but because we do not know what beliefs they do hold. The Light holds the most votes in the Wizengamot, but not by much. The Gray holds even fewer than either the Dark or the Light, but so long as the Dark and the Light do not agree on something, the Gray decides if it becomes law or not. And so far, the Gray has let barely a single contentious law through."
"The progress that our parents made, stopped three years ago."
"What does Lord Slytherin really want? We don't know. All we really know is that it isn't what we want and that Lord Slytherin intends to keep his true intentions secret, possibly until it is too late to do anything about it."
Neville squirmed. Lavender bit her lip.
"That is why I'm asking you to stay as alert as possible around the children of the Gray. Look for the true intentions behind the pretty words. Stay friendly, but cautious, and do not allow yourself to be seduced by vague promises and slippery logic."
Slow nods. Faces set to stone.
"We are the children of the Light. We have upheld what is good and just since before the founding of Hogwarts. We protect all, regardless of nobility or house age, and regardless of blood status! We will all soon be in different houses, but that won't change that we are the Light, and that we stand firm against the Darkness.
Clapping. Ron stood and thumped him on the back. Susan hugged him, before backing off and blushing up a storm. The compartment filled with appreciative words and declarations of support.
Inwardly, John smirked. Much better than last time.
--The Dark speek--
The blonde haired boy shot him a glance before speaking with an aristocratic drawl. "One and half thousand years ago, Merlin created the Albion family magics to rule over this land. He forced the families of the time to work together to better the fate of magicals as a whole. And he left behind a legacy to ensure that those who had proved themselves worthy would have the right to lead our people."
Harry glanced around the compartment. All eight seats were full — Draco, Crabbe, Goyle, Nott, Parkinson, Bulstrode, and Su Li. All purebloods. All except him.
"My own family arrived on these shores in 1066. We worked hard for the good of all and overtime proved ourselves worthy of the trust Merlin established all those centuries before."
"But not long after that, the rituals used to ennoble worthy families were lost, hunted down, destroyed, and for five-hundred years we've lived without. For five-hundred years, families have striven and proved themselves worthy, yet gained no recognition. Ennoblement was replaced with 'The Order of Merlin'." Draco made as though to spit. "A pretty piece of silver and gold to hang on your robes and parade for an hour of glory."
Crabbe and Goyle's fists were clenched. Bulstrode scowled.
"Families like the Goyles, the Crabbes, the Carrows, the Bulstrodes, and the Crouches, and yes, even families like the Dumbledores, who, five-hundred years ago, would have been granted seats on the Wizengamot, have been denied their earned right to help guide our world, simply because the rituals of Merlin have faded.
"Then, as our world stagnated, those born to muggles started to demand, yes demand, that they be given the right to govern our world. Is that fair? Is it fair that your families have spent centuries proving themselves worthy, and were denied that privilege, only to have these… people who know nothing of our world swoop in and demand what you have spent generations earning?"
The bored aristocratic tone was gone. Though well articulated, Draco's words dripped venom. He was impressed. Such righteous indignation on behalf of a group that he was not technically of — Draco's occlumency was obviously more advanced then he'd expect for a boy of his age.
"For the last one-hundred years, we who are pure of blood, have sought to change the system. To allow any family that has learned the ways of our world some measure of the influence they should have. But that effort has been constantly forced back. For every victory we achieve, we are forced to give up twice as much."
"The rise of the two Dark Lords of our century were the bright points for us. For two brief ten-year stretches, we were starting to win. But both times, our ultimate goals were snatched from us."
Draco eyed him with not a small amount of resentment. He tilted his head in apologetic acknowledgement.
"We were being forced back, but we now have a breathing space. With the Gray blocking all new laws, we can regroup, rearm, and get ready for the next advance. The return of Lord Slytherin is a calm before an almighty storm. And it is a storm that we will win."
Draco paused, took another deep breath and continued. "I believe the Gray are closer to us than they are to the Light. They are lead by Lord Slytherin. Tonight, many of us will be sorted into Slytherin house. As will many of the Gray. They must be made to see the rightness of our cause!"
Draco stood and made a double fisted jerk downwards, as though smashing an invisible staff into the floor. "They WILL be made to see the rightness of our cause!"
Clapping, acknowledgements, and hear-hears erupted around him. He joined in too, clapping politely, a faint smile playing around his lips.
Draco sat back down and slipped back on his bored aristocrat Slytherin mask.
"I don't have much respect for the institution of marriage." He began levelly. "It always seemed like a pointless formality to me, hollow and worthless. Where does some stupid priest or government official get off telling me that my relationship is now 'legitimate'? Piss on that. I know it may not look like it from the outside, but these three girls represent the majority of what I genuinely value in my life and I don't need outside confirmation for it."
religions / gods
"Do you know what the difference between the polytheistic religions and the monotheistic ones is?" Harry interrupted.
"Aside from your obvious bias?""I haven't got a clue."
"The old, polytheistic religions were attempts to understand the world." Harry began to explain. "They had gods for everything; the rain, the earth, the sky, the sea, the stars, the rivers...everything. It may have been a bad attempt at understanding the world, but it was an attempt. The monotheistic religions have the same answer for everything; 'God did it'. How was the world made? God did it. Why is the sky blue? God did it. What's up with rainbows? God did it. Why is water wet? God did it. Where did humans come from? God did it. God did everything, now stop asking questions or you'll burn in Hell forever while demons gangrape you. Granted, the more sensible Jews, Christians and Muslims can be reasoned with these days, but they clung to their ignorance like a leech to a pig's arse for as long as possible. Many of them still do and all of them are still delusional enough to believe that they merit the attention of some sort of supreme being."
"How is that different from any other religion? Just replace 'God' with whatever other deity is appropriate. And isn't every religion a bad attempt to make sense of the world?" Sirius argued, not really understanding his godson's point.
Said godson sighed in response. "There is a big difference between saying that it took a pantheon of gods to create the world and saying that everything was done by just the one. The first is trying to figure out the workings of the world, albeit from a fatally flawed base assumption. The second is declaring that there's no point in thinking about how the world works because 'God works in mysterious ways which are known only to him'. What a marvelous blanket statement to use when you don't want to admit that you're too fucking stupid to hold a thought more complex than the best efforts of a ten-year-old in your head. Plus, religions with many gods almost invariably focus on how the gods interact with each other, whereas a single, all-powerful god is depicted as a micromanaging psychopath that will sentence you to eternal damnation if you don't do what he says, but – and note the sarcasm – he loves you. The priests of polytheistic religions could only spew a limited amount of bullshit before it intruded on someone else's bullshit and they didn't try to portray their gods as nice, whereas the clergy of a monotheistic religion has an effectively unlimited bullshit license and can talk about unconditional love and fire and brimstone in the same sentence."
"Harry, you told me yourself that the Aztec priests sacrificed children, carved out people's still beating hearts, flayed people...I'd think that was a tad worse than being able to bullshit endlessly."
"Eh." Harry shrugged. "There's that fatally flawed base assumption I mentioned earlier. They had this ridiculous notion that the world would end without them doing that. Stupid and strangely arrogant to be sure, but at least it wasn't hypocritical."
"I don't know about you, but I'll take a little hypocrisy over human sacrifice any day." Sirius muttered.
Harry didn't agree. Aside from people captured from other tribes, the Aztec sacrifices had largely been willing. They'd had all the power in the world to put an end to their bloody practices, but their fear-mongering religion made them think it was necessary. Idiots dying was all to the good in his book. Plus, their rituals seemed to have actually achieved something if the high rate of magical births in the area was any clue.
"—I asked my lord after our first occlumency lesson. He said every parselmouth's first language is parseltongue. Leeds said the same thing. You think in your first language, not your second."
The Well Groomed Mind By: Lady Khali
The boy gave her a shrug. "To help protect me in fights."
Her face screwed up. "Yes, but nothing can stop a killing curse. So why bother?"
He gave her a short laugh. "I bother because very few of the spells getting throw in combat are killing curses, or Unforgivables of any sort. They cost too much energy, and are too easily interrupted or blocked."
Seeing her inhale to disagree, he interjected quickly, "I know they SAY that none of them can be blocked, but really all they MEAN is that there is no spell to counter them. To an imaginative mind, there are dozens if not hundreds of ways to prevent getting hurt by one. Dodging out of the way is popular and works every time you can pull it off. Conjuring or summoning things for them to run into is another very popular method. So they CAN be stopped! They just mean that nobody knows a counterspell."
Turning around, he sat down where he could face her. "Hermione, everything has a counter, even if that is just throwing a sofa in its way. It may not be an easy block, or even one you know, but they all have them. Now, what happens in a fight is that one person throws all he can at another person, while that person does the same, throwing it back at him. Each person blocks what he can, dodges what he must, and tries to throw enough variety at the other person so that something gets through. Do you follow me so far?"
She gave him a nod of confirmation.
"Very good," he nodded to accept that. "Now there are two general ways to measure strength in combat: how much variety you have in things you can throw and block, and how much magical strength you possess. A very strong mage can still be defeated handily by someone throwing stuff he doesn't know how to block. Also, a very versatile person can be overpowered by spells too strong for him to stop, that just batter right through his shields. You still with me?"
She nodded again, fully absorbed with what he was telling her.
"Good," he declared. "Now, spells used in combat generally fall into three loose categories: stuff that inconveniences, stuff that injures, and stuff that kills. People throw all three because anything that gets through is going to do some harm and give you a small advantage, perhaps even win the fight for you. A simple Jelly-Legs jinx may not seem like much, but if it hits then your enemy is going to have a much greater problem dodging other spells."
The girl nodded more firmly now.
"Very good," he acknowledged her attention, secretly pleased by it. "Things that inconvenience are very easily stopped by shielding spells. You aren't going to blow through my Protego with a tickling charm, but if I don't block it with one you'd still win because I'd be laughing too hard to speak any spells."
She nodded again, and he smiled.
"More people in combat try throwing stuff that wounds. Cutting curses and bludgeoners and stuff like them for the most part. A Back-Breaking curse is going to stop any fight, if it gets through. This kind of stuff CAN be stopped by shields, but it can also punch right through them if they are strong enough. Most of the time you see wizards fighting, each of them will be standing in a shield spell, battering at the other guy with stuff to injure him - or knock down his shield. In those kind of fights, the weaker guy loses every time, but the winner is also exhausted."
"Alright," she nodded, and he could see her assimilating this information.
He smiled. "Stuff that kills costs a huge amount of energy, and usually time, to throw. They generally get flung when the other guy is distracted, often busy dodging something else so you have an extra second to get it out. This kind people just dodge, as they cost too much to stop."
"So where does having armor fit in?" she blurted curiously.
Harry leaned back, grinning at her as he tapped his chest plate with a silver gauntleted finger. "Any spell that evokes a physical force can be stopped by physical means. Cutting curses and bludgeoning hexes and stuff like them make up most of the spells thrown in combat, and both kinds are EXACTLY what this armor is best at stopping! So, if I am wearing this, I don't have to exhaust my magical energy on shields to block the kind of thing shields are worst at blocking. No slashing spell or bone-breaking hex is getting through this armor. It just can't happen. So that means most of the spells that get thrown in combat aren't going to hurt me, and I can focus more of my power and attention on stopping the other stuff or hurting the other guy."
He grinned at her. "So, if you and I were in a fight, and I DON'T have to block half your spells, but you MUST block or dodge all of mine, I already have a considerable advantage. If I can ignore half of yours, I automatically have time to throw more back at you, and suddenly you are overworked trying to block or counter everything. So you start spending more time on defense, so you're unable to throw as much at me, so I can throw even more at you as I have to spend less and less time countering yours. And pretty soon, if I am doing most of the attacking and you little but defending, something will get through to hit you and I'll win."
He shot her a triumphant grin. "Like I said before, MOST people use the two general ways of measuring strength in combat: spell versatility and magical strength. But both of them are subtly wrong. What matters most is time. If I can fling more spells than you, then something is going to get through, and pretty much no matter what it is I hit you with it will grant me enough extra advantage that I'll win. And the two ways to get more time are either to cast your spells faster, which is a good thing to learn how to do, or get some kind of advantage like my armor, where I can simply ignore some kinds of spells. You gain the time it would've taken to defend yourself otherwise, to use on other things. That's the big reason why we did the fire protection ritual, so that if someone throws a fire spell at us, we can ignore it and shoot a spell back instead of wasting time on evoking a counter."
Harry gave her a serious look. "Really, it's all about time. In battle, no one will ever have enough time to do even all of the really critical things. You must learn to choose not just what is a good thing to do, but the best possible use for your time and energy. War is all about who can throw the most violence the enemy's way the fastest."
Seeing she was absorbing this, he waited until she nodded.
So he smiled. "Good. Now, if your enemy came upon you wearing armor like this, how ought you to attack him?"
"Killing spells, because wounding spells won't function," she answered firmly.
"Close, but wrong," he corrected, raising a finger to admonish her. "Killing spells take precious time and energy and are easy to interrupt. It's not just about syllables spoken, deadly spells take a second of magical buildup that less costly spells don't have. So if you try to throw one, and I hit you with a very fast-cast hex during the middle of your spell, it will be interrupted and lost. That's the primary drawback to the deadly curses."
She blinked, honestly surprised by this information.
He gave her a grin. "No, it may seem counter-intuitive, but what you want to throw at an armored opponent are spells to inconvenience. Because they don't, as a rule, invoke a physical force so they can't be blocked by physical means. A bludgeoning curse throws crushing force, as do bone-breaking and back-breaking hexes. Crushing forces, as well as cutting ones, are exactly what armor is best at stopping. But a simple Jelly-Legs jinx doesn't do that. It doesn't evoke a physical force at all. It just makes your legs weak as water, which is NOT something that armor can stop! Stunners or petrifying spells or disarming hexes can all take down someone armored like I am now."
"But those are all easily stopped by shields," she objected, quoting him from before.
"Yes, that's correct," he agreed. "However by forcing me to cast a shield to stop them you have still forced me to react more than if you'd flung a hex that I could just ignore. And if I put up a shield, you can STILL cast a Cutting Curse at it to take down my shield - and force me to cast another or get hit by your next stunner. Shields create a field of force around you, they stop spells before they even hit armor. So even though my armor could ignore a cutting curse, my shield can't. They aren't designed that way. So it'll waste energy stopping a spell, even if I didn't need that particular spell stopped."
A light seemed to go on in Hermione's eyes. "So, against an armored person, fling inconveniencing spells they have to stop with shields, then batter down those shields with injuring spells!"
Harry nodded. "Even though the injuring spells can't hurt you personally, they can still take down your shield," he agreed. "And when the shield drops, cast more inconveniencing spells. You'll still be at a disadvantage, but not as much a one if you have a usable strategy like that."
"Wow!" she shone brilliantly with her newfound understanding.
Harry beamed just to see her happy. "And minor inconveniencing stuff is all generally very fast to cast and takes low energy. That makes them excellent for interrupting another person's spell. So, if Voldemort were to leap up out of the leaf rubbish this instant and start to throw a killing curse at you, but you hit him with a fast tickling charm before he got it off, you'd ruin his spell and thus not have to block or dodge to avoid it."
Hermione beamed, then exploded into excited energy, grabbing his arm and dragging him off. "Let's go try it out!"
In Rowling's 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them' she lists a humble animal called a Murtlap, which she describes as a ratlike animal living in the coastal areas of Britain, and the only useful or interesting feature about this creature is a growth on its back resembling a sea anemone.
However, that growth really was an interesting feature, as once pickled and eaten it provided resistance to curses and jinxes. And the only side effect noted was that an overdose would lead to unsightly purple ear hair, which immediately caused me to wonder why Moody didn't have hairy, purple ears.
Well, whatever, I wasn't ever going to accuse JKR of being consistent. But I first read that book staring at an item never developed in any of her novels, or fanfics that I knew of, that took the worst threats of the series and gave you resistance to them. Oh, sure, everyone with any sense wore armor, but this gave you a measure of protection worked into your very tissue!
That could be done IN ADDITION to armor! And it was selective! It didn't make you resist all magic, stopping useful stuff like healing spells and the like, only bad stuff: curses and jinxes!
--best Re-do Story--
1Harry Potter and the Temporal Beacon Â» by willyolioleo H/HR
best harry potter Story
23When In Doubt, Obliviate Â» by Sarah1281
othere fun 1 shot plot hold funney Story
My best HPLOTR X-over (no gay fic below
HP/ X-Men crossover.
HP/.Assassin's Creed crossover
non potter fic below
Twilight (there just 1 story that will ever be here Twilight is shit i want to bad it
Luminosity is similar to "Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality" in that the most significant difference is to the protagonist's rationality skills: Luminosity's Bella is a rational, smart self-knowledge junkie who wants to know what is going on in her brain. The story hugs canon pretty closely to start except in terms of inner monologue until chapter 4, and then it's unrecognizable. Elspeth, the narrator of "Radiance", is a semi-original character with her own approach to the theme. The Flashes will be mostly in third person and cover a wide variety of characters.
1Luminosity »by Alicorn24
(I do not like Twilight in a ways but this fic i must ask you all to read it was so mucg better then canon Twilight)
Not all in my Favorite Stories are GOOD keep in in minde
Feb 2, 2014: Several articles have reported on an interview JKR gave to Wonderland Magazine. From the Sunday Times: "I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfilment. That’s how it was conceived, really. For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron." From BBC News: "Ron and Hermione [...] would have needed counselling to sustain a relationship." From Sky News (AP): "Hermione [...] would have been better off with hero Harry."
My coin Address
Brute and Breaker.
Trump and Stranger!"
--rhyme from Ch16 @ The Messenger by Stillwind11
Dumbledore is not evil!
"Professor Dumbledore is not evil!" Hermione insists .
I blink at her as owlishly as I can manage. "Well no… He isn't evil right now, but that's only because of the truly heroic efforts of one Severus Snape. Slaving away over those awful cauldrons day after day to make enough lemon drops laced with a very specific blend of potions to keep Professor Dumbledore from going on a rampage. It's a pity about the potions requiring his own happiness as an active ingredient, but that just makes his sacrifices for the greater good even more impressive."
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