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DISCOVERY: that the addition of “Harry” to almost any Plato quote makes it seem legitimately like a nugget of wisdom out of the mouth of Albus Dumbledore.

"Death is not the worst that can happen to men, Harry."

"Harry, good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others."

"He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it, Harry."

"Harry, how can you prove whether at this moment we are sleeping, and all our thoughts are a dream; or whether we are awake, and talking to one another in the waking state?"

"Harry, astronomy at all events compels the soul to look upwards, and draws it from the things of this world to the other."

"He was a wise man who invented beer, Harry."

A magnificent discovery in Harry Potter philosophy by fellow Tumblr-er, Kristen.  (via thymoss)

#headcanon that actually all dumbledore actually does is quote obscure works of plato that only he has access to #and stick people’s names on the end of them #minerva inherits his books and finds that one and finds things he’s said to her #and goes ‘oh’#’you just memorized this so you’d always have something to say’#’clever’ #snape figured it out once when he was poking around in the headmaster’s library for obscure potions books #he kept it quiet but it always made him feel very justified when he didn’t want to accept dumbledore’s wise sayings #harry figures it out when he’s like thirty and has to come back to hogwarts for important research #he’s not sure whether to laugh his head off or throw things #but he asks the current headmaster if he can take the book home and then he learns it by heart too #everybody starts saying ‘you sound like dumbledore’ #he has a good laugh #if only you knew world #he thinks #if only you knew (via midshipmankennedy)

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livesandliesofwizards:

People never wondered why the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets was in the girl’s bathroom. They knew Tom Riddle had opened it, and that it had been made by Salazar Slytherin and assumed all the Heirs of Slytherin had been male.
Of course that wasn’t the case. Salazar knew the men of his line were rash and unthinking, and recalled his mother, wise and thoughtful, who’d taught him to speak Parseltongue, how to conjugate verbs and use the past tense in a language of hisses and sibilants.
It was the women of his line who opened the Chamber first. They didn’t use it to remove Muggle-borns, they were of the belief that Muggles were to have no place in wizarding society but that anyone with magic of course deserved a place, even if educating them with true wizards was a bit much. Instead of killing Muggle-borns they killed anyone who advocated for Muggle rights, or goblin rights or for simply supporting Muggle knowledge of their world.
In 1268 Herpeta Slytherin killed the two children of a Minister who suggested helping Muggles with magic.
In 1306 Serket Shafiq, daughter of the last Slytherin to bear the name, killed four Weasleys.
In 1448 Medusa Gaunt killed a half-blood who thought to share magic with Muggles.
In 1513 Ariadne Gaunt killed three and petrified four of a group who were planning to set up a healing center for Muggles.
And so on and so on. Maia Gaunt I killed fourteen, the most of any of the Slytherin girls; Ophidia Malfoy II killed a fellow Slytherin who’d had ambitions into the muggle political sphere. Vipera Selwyn-Gaunt, the last Slytherin girl, elected to seal the Chamber of Secrets, after the Basilisk almost killed her, making it almost impossible for anyone to get in for two centuries. No one dared try to breach her enchantments.
Until Tom Riddle, stubborn and rude, pushed his way into the girls toilets and noticed the snake carved onto the tap.
Open, he said, let me in.
I must not, the metal snake replied. It is forbidden.
But I must, he said, Muggles have infiltrated our fair school. Squibs and half breeds are allowed here.
It is forbidden, the snake said with a note of finality, and spat a mouthful of water at the boy.
Tom sighed and unlooped Nagini from his neck, where she hid during the day. Talk to it, sweetling? He asked and she bobbed her head and complied.
May I enter, sister snake? Nagini asked.
You may, the snake said. But he must not. The Chamber is sealed to all wizardkind.
But he is my friend, my trusted friend, she said. He would do no harm there.
He is of wizardkind. The last Heir forbade it, the metal snake said.
But this Heir asks it, replied Nagini.
This Heir has no right to! What is said by one Heir speaks for all Heirs! The snake snapped.
Then why may I enter? If I associate with wizardkind then, by the thinking of many snakes I am as they are, Nagini said.
You greeted me as sister. You may enter and seek sanctuary. He may not.
But he is a brother to me as you are sister dear sister snake. Won’t you let him in? Nagini replied.
The little metal snake started running over the metal of the tap, confused, distraught. It had never been intended to put up with such reasoning when Salazar had placed her there. Salazar had never though such a thing might happen; divide within his own house.
Please sister snake, in Slytherins name? Nagini whispered.
Finally the metal snake nodded, and snake and Slytherin entered the chamber.
(written and submitted by the lovely essayofthoughts; once again, essayofthoughts provides us with a clear and well-written picture of Tom Riddle and Slytherin house, nuanced and fascinating, without letting up on the horrifying aspects one bit. Just how I like it.)

livesandliesofwizards:

People never wondered why the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets was in the girl’s bathroom. They knew Tom Riddle had opened it, and that it had been made by Salazar Slytherin and assumed all the Heirs of Slytherin had been male.

Of course that wasn’t the case. Salazar knew the men of his line were rash and unthinking, and recalled his mother, wise and thoughtful, who’d taught him to speak Parseltongue, how to conjugate verbs and use the past tense in a language of hisses and sibilants.

It was the women of his line who opened the Chamber first. They didn’t use it to remove Muggle-borns, they were of the belief that Muggles were to have no place in wizarding society but that anyone with magic of course deserved a place, even if educating them with true wizards was a bit much. Instead of killing Muggle-borns they killed anyone who advocated for Muggle rights, or goblin rights or for simply supporting Muggle knowledge of their world.

In 1268 Herpeta Slytherin killed the two children of a Minister who suggested helping Muggles with magic.

In 1306 Serket Shafiq, daughter of the last Slytherin to bear the name, killed four Weasleys.

In 1448 Medusa Gaunt killed a half-blood who thought to share magic with Muggles.

In 1513 Ariadne Gaunt killed three and petrified four of a group who were planning to set up a healing center for Muggles.

And so on and so on. Maia Gaunt I killed fourteen, the most of any of the Slytherin girls; Ophidia Malfoy II killed a fellow Slytherin who’d had ambitions into the muggle political sphere. Vipera Selwyn-Gaunt, the last Slytherin girl, elected to seal the Chamber of Secrets, after the Basilisk almost killed her, making it almost impossible for anyone to get in for two centuries. No one dared try to breach her enchantments.

Until Tom Riddle, stubborn and rude, pushed his way into the girls toilets and noticed the snake carved onto the tap.

Open, he said, let me in.

I must not, the metal snake replied. It is forbidden.

But I must, he said, Muggles have infiltrated our fair school. Squibs and half breeds are allowed here.

It is forbidden, the snake said with a note of finality, and spat a mouthful of water at the boy.

Tom sighed and unlooped Nagini from his neck, where she hid during the day. Talk to it, sweetling? He asked and she bobbed her head and complied.

May I enter, sister snake? Nagini asked.

You may, the snake said. But he must not. The Chamber is sealed to all wizardkind.

But he is my friend, my trusted friend, she said. He would do no harm there.

He is of wizardkind. The last Heir forbade it, the metal snake said.

But this Heir asks it, replied Nagini.

This Heir has no right to! What is said by one Heir speaks for all Heirs! The snake snapped.

Then why may I enter? If I associate with wizardkind then, by the thinking of many snakes I am as they are, Nagini said.

You greeted me as sister. You may enter and seek sanctuary. He may not.

But he is a brother to me as you are sister dear sister snake. Won’t you let him in? Nagini replied.

The little metal snake started running over the metal of the tap, confused, distraught. It had never been intended to put up with such reasoning when Salazar had placed her there. Salazar had never though such a thing might happen; divide within his own house.

Please sister snake, in Slytherins name? Nagini whispered.

Finally the metal snake nodded, and snake and Slytherin entered the chamber.

(written and submitted by the lovely essayofthoughts; once again, essayofthoughts provides us with a clear and well-written picture of Tom Riddle and Slytherin house, nuanced and fascinating, without letting up on the horrifying aspects one bit. Just how I like it.)

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featherwriter:

I’m probably the last person you might expect to come up with Harry Potter headcanons, but I thought one up recently that I’m really quite proud of. Because what if there’s these students who get up there under the Sorting Hat and all they can think is “I have to be in the same house as my friend. My friend needs me with them, we have to stay together. I don’t care where I go so long as I’m there to help them.”

So, the Hat just thinks back at them. “Well, that’s a very loyal mindset that you have there. I think you’re a Hufflepuff.”

And the student just feels so desperate at this—which is of course the test after all—and says “No please you can’t put me in Hufflepuff! You have to put me their house! I can adapt, I swear! I’ll make it work!”

Which means of course that the Hat knows they’re ready for this and tells them: “Okay, here is the deal. You’re a Hufflepuff, but I’m placing you undercover in your friend’s house to stay with them and protect them.” The Hat calls out their “house” but the student knows deep down what house they’re really in, and the Hufflepuff Prefects know what just happened and they feel proud that there’s another stealth Hufflepuff out there, because the undercover members of their house are thought of as some of the strongest.

The student goes over to sit with their new table, ready to protect and help their friend and they’ll go move into the dorm, but after everyone goes to bed the Hufflepuff Prefects come and introduce them to their real house late at night. They get a special scarf that will change to their real Hufflepuff colors in special situations and are shown the secret passages into the Hufflepuff common room. And they meet the few other stealth Hufflepuffs in other houses, and the ones that are hiding in the same house as them give them tips for how to blend in among their fake house and the older undercover members look out for the younger ones.

All of Hufflepuff house knows about the stealth members, but they never let the other houses in on it, of course. It’s the great secret of the Hufflepuff house. They’re also all really respectful to anyone who managed to get a stealth member to bond with them and those students often don’t realize why the Hufflepuffs are always so nice to them, though they maybe figure it’s “just a Hufflepuff thing.”

And there’s a standing rule that there is one exception to the secret keeping rule: the stealth member can tell the person that they’ve gone undercover for what’s going on, but only if they figure it out. Because slowly, over time, their friend might realize that this loyal, protective friend doesn’t really fit in with the house they’re both in and might figure it out. 

Okay, this was really a lot longer and more rambly than I was expecting, but yeah, stealth Hufflepuffs are a thing that should exist.

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michaeljfoxy:

Dumbledore’s Army. On Patronus Day!

#i’m getting emotional #because when i think about the DA #i just get all my hp feels #it’s like #it’s like the ESSENCE of the story #it’s the students banding together and being good and overcoming evil #and it’s like they’re doing all this hard work while having FUN #and being TOGETHER #and just OH GOD HARRY POTTER MAN #THESE BOOKS #and then the PATRONUSES #i just can’t even describe how this makes me fEEL

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