Some thoughts on Harry Potter as a dystopia.

bowiesongs:

tomewing:

screwrocknroll:

hellotailor:

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

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

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

As for Wizarding Britain at large:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Super into this person who has exactly the same wacky fan theory of Harry Potter that I do.

It’s almost as if the actual public school educated British Establishment is some kind of dystopian influence.

This is just fantastic. Another thing is Hogwarts’ seeming inability to “de-Nazify” itself. House Slytherin is a prominent part of Hogwarts despite its connections w/Voldemort, whose first wave of attacks were in living memory (yes, the Powers that Be want to keep an eye on it, sure, but is it a good thing to have a fourth of Hogwarts’ students living in a house system with pretty open fascist and racist sympathies?). And the epilogue of the books suggest Syltherin is still at the same game, with the next generation of Malfoys going into it.

whoa swish

8 and 12

Every single episode has been a complete surprise so far. I never know what to expect. There’s already been a stone-cold classic. Everything is so complex and emotional and mad. I’ve seen it written around, but I’ll also join in— I think this is so far my favorite season of Doctor Who, and we’re only halfway through! Capaldi remains stunning. Jenna Coleman makes a seriously strong case for “best companion,” or at the least “best actress playing a companion.” Samuel Anderson is a wonderful complement to the both of them. I don’t want to lose Clara’s character, but the show is certainly raising the question without going full on Donna Prophecy of “oh im sorry about the future but no i wont tell you why.” It takes a lot for this show to actually have a plot of “which life do you prefer” where the answer isn’t entirely obvious. I have a feeling the finale is going to be utterly bonkers.

But really, this show is hitting it out of the park, week-in, week-out. Even fucking Robot of Sherwood was a blast! Robot of Sherwood!

UGH AND WHAT IS THE NETHERSPHERE WHY WAS MISSY BUSY WHAT WAS SHE DOING SHE LOOKED SO CROSS MYSTERY WITHOUT BEATING THE WORDS “BAD WOLF” OVER YOUR HEAD I LOVE IT!

lalewestvind:

Front and back cover drawings  off an old sketchbook I made from 2010? 

Popeye penis death face infinity. That’s what it says. how come?

MY FAVORITE

yocarmo:

Peter Capaldi with Katy Manning, who played 3th Doctor companion Jo Grant. 

omg guys stop

yocarmo:

Peter Capaldi with Katy Manning, who played 3th Doctor companion Jo Grant. 

omg guys stop

(via hangingfire)

kvetchlandia:

Uncredited Photographer     Oskar Schlemmer’s “Das Triadische Ballet,”     Stuttgart, Germany      1922

ohhhhhhhhh

kvetchlandia:

Uncredited Photographer     Oskar Schlemmer’s “Das Triadische Ballet,”     Stuttgart, Germany      1922

ohhhhhhhhh

(via confessionsofamichaelstipe)

SPOILERS

SPOILERS

letsgetreadytocrumble:

Episode Two, Part Three.

MORE #FEELS FEELS FOREVER!
No but seriously, I am really excited about the lighting of this scene. A big impressive (but quietly so) beginning to Part Two, which I remain excited about!

letsgetreadytocrumble:

Episode Two, Part Three.

MORE #FEELS FEELS FOREVER!

No but seriously, I am really excited about the lighting of this scene. A big impressive (but quietly so) beginning to Part Two, which I remain excited about!

yvynyl:

premiere: Videotape - Little Wolves

Spooky new vid closing out the Chicago band’s forthcoming sophomore album Underwater Weather LP.  Singer Sophie Leigh tells me "a while back, you published my letter, along with our song, ‘Monsters’. We’ve been working really hard on a new album called Underwater Weather. It’s taken a long time to write, and save money, and record, and to save more money, then record the second half of the album. We finally finished last weekend.” Worth the wait.

Video filmed and edited by Jess Price.

hey look its me an my band looking hella spooky (featuring the mask of Corpsey and me thinking a beard was a good idea), check it out if u wanna

Maybe?

Maybe?

VIOLET MICE IS PLAYING A SHOW YOU SHOULD GO TO THAT SHOW

VIOLET MICE IS PLAYING A SHOW YOU SHOULD GO TO THAT SHOW

letsgetreadytocrumble:

Episode Two, Part Two.

THAT AWESOME THING WHERE ITS THE FIRST WEEK OF #FEELS SO I POST THREE TIMES!!!

letsgetreadytocrumble:

Episode Two, Part Two.

THAT AWESOME THING WHERE ITS THE FIRST WEEK OF #FEELS SO I POST THREE TIMES!!!

agatha-christie-fanclub:

CAKE 2013 exhibitor badges. I woke up with Ian McDuffie’s mysteriously around my neck one morning.

i have that effect on people

agatha-christie-fanclub:

CAKE 2013 exhibitor badges. I woke up with Ian McDuffie’s mysteriously around my neck one morning.

i have that effect on people

jonathanbogart:

People who group Maus, Watchmen, and The Dark Knight Returns with a straight face as if grouping together Shoah, the Europa trilogy, and RoboCop says anything coherent about film in the 80s.

Three Colors Trilogy and Face/Off

letsgetreadytocrumble:

Episode Two, Part One.

HERE IT IS, episode two of FEELS has begun! Now you can see what all my fuss is about (so far it is about me being proud of the light in these panels). I am in an airport right now and I am really tired, but I am still really happy about this! Woo!

letsgetreadytocrumble:

Episode Two, Part One.

HERE IT IS, episode two of FEELS has begun! Now you can see what all my fuss is about (so far it is about me being proud of the light in these panels). I am in an airport right now and I am really tired, but I am still really happy about this! Woo!

"TIME HEIST" REVIEW

philsandifer:

theonlyspiral:

bright-coat-and-bravado:

It’s bad. Worst since Angels Take Manhattan. Would not rewatch. Too many characters, not enough CHARACTER. Looked cheap, no good jokes, bleh.

When someone says things like that, I already love it.

Yeah, “worst since Angels Take Manhattan" is a staggeringly weird phrase.

You might as well say “worst since the trailer that played right after ‘listen.’”

I actually just watched this for the second time, and was surprised at how much it was still an absolute ton of fun. and thats fine– thats all you need sometimes, and thats okay. Time Heist has one of the best teasers ever- what a hook!

im stunned how on point season 8 has been so far. everyone has been at least a ton of fun, and thats not even getting into Listen.

this is a truly brilliant time to be a doctor who fan.