cat calls :33c
NEVER APOLOGIZE FOR CAPS. PHOENICIAN SPELLS. ARAMAIC SPELLS. LANGUAGES MUGGLES DON’T KNOW ANYMORE THAT HAVE BEEN PRESERVED THROUGH WIZARDING SPELLS IN LITTLE POCKETS OF THE WORLD. SOURCE LANGUAGES NO ONE KNOWS HOW TO ADAPT OR CHANGE ANYMORE BECAUSE THE LANGUAGES HAVE DIED AND PEOPLE ARE AFRAID TO CAUSE LIKE, A NUCLEAR FALLOUT. IM SO EXCITED THANKS FOR THIS.
#WOOOOOO#literally all i wanna do is write a wizarding series set there#and to explore the prejudices of not only class difference and blood difference#but also religious differences and how that affects their magic#and instead of a ministry theres the monarchy#and djinn instead of ghosts#and just ARABIC FOLKLORE /throws rainbow sparkles/#im gonna die#harry potter#language#linguistics#ARAMIC SPELLSSSS#headcanon that bc they use the older/oldest languages middle eastern witches and wizards have no need for wands to channel their magic#bc it’s so pure and strong#ANOTHER HEaDCANON#pets allowed to be brought to school include and are not limited to: sphinxes. fennec foxes. golems.#desert wolves too#basically go big or go home with school pets (the-writers-ramblings)
Witches in secret pockets of Morocco who’ve been casting spells with ancient spices long before wands came about. Warlocks in Egypt who knew the double, magical, meaning behind hieroglyphics. A dead language? Latin and Ancient Greek have NOTHING on hieroglyphs. The veritable cacophany of ideas and spells and magic that the trading routes brought in. The Phoenecians with their many-striped sailboats proudly displayed Persian potion ingredients alongside spelled fishing nets woven by Palestinian wizards. Syrian magical folk meet Greek ones, and realize they can best communicate in the Ancient Greek all serious magical students learn. Curly heads bent over ancient spellbooks, and people stare as they converse in a language not spoken for hundreds of years.
Excuse you but can we not forget the jewish lore masters, poring over their tomes in hebrew and aramaic, preserved from their exiled homeland into the diaspora.
And the development of a syncretic magic in yiddish that mixes the subtle lore and subtle word power of the exiled levantines with the raw brute force of germanic magics. — how else did the golem?
DIASPORA SYNCRETIC MAGICS
jewish wizards offering house elves clothes in accordance with the slave laws
jewish wizards using golems as grunt labor
Yes to the Yiddish spells, too ;-)
Jewish wizards offering clothing to house elves and then constantly debating among themselves whether using a golem or other magically-created entity with some semblance of sentience for manual labor for years or decades is essentially the same thing as keeping a magical being for the same purpose.
See also: endless debates about whether one can use magic on Shabbat, and what sorts of magic qualify as “work”. Like, does it count if you enchant an object ahead of time?
Also debates over the extent to which Divination counts as the “witchcraft” detailed in the Tanach. Actually, I bet there’d be scholars compiling detailed tractates about which spells are kosher, using extensive biblical commentary.
JEWISH WIZARDS HAVING THEIR OWN EXTENDED TALMUD. HOW HAS THIS NEVER OCCURRED TO ME BEFORE??
Magic is a natural extension of the self; Therefore, one should be allowed to use magic on Shabbos. You might put restrictions on what kind of magic, and brewing potions (even ones that don’t require heat) and using wands…
I wrote a paper for a Harry Potter conference on foreign wizardry and how the systems of magic must have evolved to be completely separate entities that have very little in common. We’re only seen a TINY portion of the wizarding world and for the most part it’s Western European. I like to imagine Bill Weasley had to extensively train for cursebreaking in Egypt, because you can’t just waltz into a tomb, wave your wand, shout Latin and expect it to work.
I also love the idea of foreign magics being a bit wonky in a duel against each other because they’re not quite compatible. Like, it’s really hard to block a spell from a foreign wizard because you don’t understand exactly what you’re blocking against.
God, so many foreign wizard feels.
#JEWISH WIXEN THO #(the others are very fab!!!! but i can’t comment) #AND JFC OF /COURSE/ THERE’S A MAGICAL EXTENSION FOR THE TANAKH #BUT IMAGINE THE TALMUD #TWO THOUSAND YEARS OF SQUABBLING JEWISH WIXEN #DOES IT COUNT AS MIXING FABRICS IF YOU TRANSFIGURED ONE OUT OF THE OTHER #DEBATES OVER WHETHER MAGICALLY COOKED BREAD COUNTS AS RISEN #D I F F E R E N T F O O D S #JEWISH FOOD IS ALREADY HIGHLY VARIABLE AND DETERMINED ON PLACE OF ORIGIN#WIZARDING FOODS THAT ARE CHARACTERISTICALLY JEWISH #JEWISH WIXEN DEVELOPING HIGHER LEVEL MAGIC SCHOOLS #JEWISH WIXEN QUESTIONING HOW MAGIC WORKS #WIXEN RABBIS LECTURING ON WHICH ORGANISMS ARE BEASTS OR BEINGS BASED ON SCRIPTURE#JEWISH WIXEN BUILDING THE THIRD TEMPLE ON UNPLOTTABLE GROUND #JEWISH WIXEN BEING VERY CLOSELY TIED TO GOBLINS #(intentional or not the parallels are there) #AND UNDERSTANDING GOBLIN LAW AND COMMISERATING WITH THEM FOR THE PERSECUTIONS#GOBLINS GUARDING ASHKENAZI JEWISH SETTLEMENTS IN RUSSIA #ALL JEWISH POTIONS ARE KOSHER #THERE WAS A LOT OF DEBATE OVER WHETHER MAGICAL ANIMALS WERE CLEAN OR UNCLEAN #JUST #JEWISH WIXEN #harry potter #hp meta (eighthdoctor)
Can’t tell if Disney Princess or supreme overlord of evil.
This is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen
why not both
okay but can you imagine like
a week after your truck gets stolen out of the goddamn mall parking lot, you get a knock on the door and there’s fucking Captain America standing there. Says he’s here about your goddamn truck. And for a moment you wonder if he started working for the police now that Shield took a dive, but you don’t say so, you just nod when he describes your truck to you, license plate number, make, model and color, all to a tee.
And then the weirdest thing happens (weirder than Captain America just showing up at your front door). Captain America starts looking bashful. And then he tells you your truck was lost ‘in the line of duty’. You must still look a little awestruck because he elaborates; he’s the one who took your truck.
Captain America fucking stole your goddamn truck out of the goddamn mall parking lot.
And he’s going to pay for a new one. And he’s very, very sorry.
Made this in an exercise of ‘Actually start something and then finish it, God dammit’.
reblogging for the 15 people who followed me based solely on this
LOOK GUYS HER COMIC HAS 1000+ NOTES :D ITS SO GOOD.
* Sometimes, of course, to say, “please stop doing it.
|—||Terry Pratchett, Carpe Jugulum (via gottaquoteit)|
I have a dream and that dream is that Anna from Frozen is chubby.
Seriously - Disney missed a golden opportunity to have a beautiful, zaftig, Scandinavian heroine instead of just another waifish Barbie doll. It fits her character so perfectly! She has a big warm personality, why shouldn’t she be physically big and warm?
By this line of thinking everyone in the kingdom would probably be put off by how skinny Elsa is. Like, “Oh, no wonder she’s so thin, she’s a witch! UNNATURAL.”
It’s the mythology of a sun god who wished he was a man because he saw something so great in us. It’s the story of a hero who could move whole worlds and see through stars and hear a whisper on the other side of the planet… who fell in love with a storyteller. It’s about a man and his dog.
Every single day, you can turn on the news and hear about something bad happening. People do terrible things to each other all the time. And, on the worst days, you might just sit down and get cynical, thinking thoughts like “maybe we are inherently evil. Maybe there’s just something wrong deep down in our hearts.”
And then there’s Superman. Looking down at the world with an unfathomable sadness. Waiting for us to join him in the sun. All the while, truly believing something only an impossible man could believe.
“If you knew how you are loved, not one of you would raise a hand in rage again.”
There’s a psychology to storytelling. It’s really quite simple. When presented with something light, we look for darkness. When presented with darkness, we look for the light. It gives a story depth. In a world without a Superman, we made one for our fiction. To guide us and make us feel brave. To let us hope.
You will believe a man can fly.