when McGonagall finds out that Ginny is pregnant, and that the Weasley and Potter bloodlines will converge, she marks on her calender the day the child will turn 11 and that is the day she retires
*strangled cry*NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO.But also YES.Because for me this is a pretty important part of the final battle. A lot of folks accused JKR of just wanting to kill people off, and Lupin and Tonks were one of the major “sins” in that category. But for me, one of the major themes of her books is vicious cycle of violence, and another is the ways ordinary people can break that cycle. It’s important that we know that Harry doesn’t stop all the pain, that he’s not the last war orphan. Just like the first War, parents and adults have to make choices, choices with consequences.Like James and Lily, Lupin and Tonks didn’t risk their lives to defeat Voldemort. They gave their lives for each other, because no one person should bear the weight of the sacrifice. They gave their lives for their son, who deserved a better world. They gave their lives for love, not for victory.I think it’s important to see the ways Voldemort’s evil creates these cycles, children taken from their parents and parents taken from their children, again and again. I think it’s an important sobering note in the victory—yes, this time Voldemort is really dead, but there’s another baby this time, another infant who will never know his beautiful, wonderful parents because of Voldemort and his message of hate and violence. Another child who will grow up wondering where he came from, what his parents were like, what would be different if they were alive.But it’s also beautiful that Teddy will have such a different experience. And his experience will not be different because Voldemort is “really gone.” His experience will be different because his grandmother will tell him about his brilliant mom. Because Harry will tell him about his wonderful dad. Because Harry will help him deal with his pain and loss, be a sympathetic ear who understands what it’s like to grow up without your parents. Because the Weasleys will welcome him as another grandchild, and he’ll grow up with Victoire to throw dirt at, and James as a little brother. His experience won’t be different because Harry won a war, it will be different because of love.That’s the whole story of Harry Potter. Sometimes we have to fight for what’s right, but what really makes life worth living and what really changes the world isn’t magic or power or moral superiority. It’s love.
Better than the epilogue.
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Song: “Starkville” by the Indigo Girls
Source: Xena: Warrior Princess
Characters: Gabrielle, Xena (Gabrielle character study)
Content notes: Bright flashes. Institutional and relationship violence (as depicted on the show). Spoilers throughout the series.
Summary: “I chose the way of friendship”
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Why did you create a Tumblr account?
Initially I think because tasseomancyandtiaras told me to? I was curious to see what it was all about, and I didn’t realise that there was such a big fannish presence - I soon found it though. ;) Archive puts my first posts in March 2011 and I was reblogging Star Trek and Doctor Who by April.
What’s the nicest thing you have given to someone?
That’s a really hard question to answer, since the thing I thought was nicest at the time might not be the thing that was most appreciated. I really like thinking of presents for people and trying to figure out what they’d like best. I got carawj a PS3 for her birthday last year and I think that’s probably the most ongoing joy a gift I’ve given has caused… but I could be wrong!
Do you have trust issues?
A little bit? I think it’s a lucky person who can get to their late twenties without having ever had cause to mistrust. I sometimes find it hard to trust that interest and affection expressed is genuine and won’t be suddenly withdrawn, but I’m pretty sure most people feel that way sometimes.
One of these days, Data…
Worf trolling: the Enterprise D version of the chicken run in “Rebel Without A Cause.”
The hebrew title for Game of Thrones is actually translated to Games of the Throne. Because if we translated the english title literally, it would be the same as the Hebrew name for Musical Chairs.
this just in game of thrones is actually the world’s longest and deadliest game of musical chairs
[I agree with many people that DS9 was the best Trek because it was the only one that had a plot. Voyager thought it had a plot, but it actually only had a premise. TNG and TOS didn’t have premises; they had settings.]
I’d argue that with Voyager, there was a push and pull between plot and premise, with the people who are in charge of money, and thus the paychecks of everyone involved, backing premise and silencing those who wanted to focus on plot. Because Voyager had MOMENTS. Occasional scenes, occasionally full episodes… They knocked it out of the park. But those were often in spite of the way that people upstairs were trying to run things, rather than because of.
DS9 benefited from the fact that it literally could not be TNG. The executives wanting money, wanting a Star Trek getting the ratings of TNG in its heyday, refused to look at DS9, which effectively gave their writers a freer hand, the ability to push the boundaries because they weren’t being observed under a proverbial microscope. But with Voyager, being another starship-based Trek, they saw a way to get a repeat of TNG, and pushed it to BE TNG, rather than letting it be Voyager. When Voyager got the rare opportunity to be Voyager, it told some really good, really strong stories - I’d put a handful of Voyager episodes in my top fifty episodes of Star Trek (assuming I ever sat down and put one together). But too often Voyager, as deeply under scrutiny as it was from the number-crunchers, couldn’t take full advantage of its plots.
It’s a damn shame is what it is.
Reblogging for both the OP’s sentiment AND the spot on commentary!
i’m so happy to live in an age in which journalists argue that emoji ‘lack the wit and imagination of memes’
I JUST CHOKED ON MY DRINK
If you were stranded on an island, who do you wish to be with?
Do I only get to pick one person? If so then definitely carawj because I never, ever get tired of hanging out with her. But if I can have more than one person I’d probably have all my London friends and all my Wales friends and all my internet friends and we’d start a utopian island society!
What’s the song that reminds you of your special someone?
There are a lot of someones who are special to me! I Only Want to Be with You by Dusty Springfield reminds me of carawj. Over at the Frankenstein Place reminds me of jescissa. ;) Human by The Killers reminds me of zombierobotsocks. (Sorry! ;p) Love Story by Taylor Swift reminds me of silly-cleo. Caramelldansen reminds me of loads of cool people. Starships by Nicki Minaj reminds me of fannish friends and good times!
doodledeedoo let’s see if this fic is worth reading
it has passed the ultimate test
WHY DID I NEVER THINK OF THIS?????
Warning: May not be applicable in Deep Space Nine fandom.
I don’t know, I think they were trying to be respectful of her choices and culture since she made it clear that she wanted to go through with it.
Having said that, this episode makes very little sense generally and I have real trouble fitting it with the rest of my ideas about Deanna and about Betazoid culture.
tag game: Name one crush for each Star Trek series (that you know), then tag some of your followers/tumblr-friends.
Tagged by: aceofwands
TOS: Dr Gillian Taylor (if the movies count!)
TNG: Deanna Troi! Although she’s less of a crush and more of a lifespiration?
DS9: Ugh, EVERYONE? If I had to narrow it down… Kira. And Julian in the later seasons.
VOY: KATHRYN JANEWAY.
ENT: Nobody these days but I used to have a bit of a thing for Malcolm Reed.