A Slytherin in a Mad House: Don’t Shoot Me But…
I sort of have this headcanon that Lily always assumed she was the well-manner, well-educated one between her and James. Then she got to know him and his upbringing and she found herself feeling rather uncultured.
Jame is a pureblood. Not only a pureblood, but the heir to a long line of…
This is also a headcanon of mine, which is supported by canon.
LONG RANT AHEAD
because I love this topic so much:
Sirius and James are descendants from a long line of socially elite, wealthy, pureblooded wizards. They would be extremely cultured and refined as a result, and trained from a young age in everything from mannerisms to learning how to take on the responsibility as heir to their respective families. I’d imagine they’d both had private lessons at home on a variety of subjects proper for children of their status. I’d also imagine that Sirius’ parents would be stricter than James’, obviously following the more traditional pureblood path that anything Muggle-related is unacceptable, and they also thought they were akin to royalty. James’ parents would be traditional as well, being that they were elderly and respected purebloods who grew up in that era, but they also held no prejudices towards Muggles, and were thus more lenient with their son.
James and Sirius’ love for mischief might stem from the fact that they were both born into very traditional homes and as a result wanted some rebellion. This is apart from the fact that they seemed to be inherently mischievous and bright young lads, but whose hearts were always in the right place.
I’m sure Lily never thought for a moment that she was more refined or cultured, because although James was a trouble-maker, his pureblood roots would shine through in his daily knife, separating himself from the others. Not only because of the way he dressed or ate or spoke, but he would have had a distinct air of nobility and class that he was born with under that mischievous layer, very similar to Sirius, who was elegant without trying. James and Sirius (along with other wealthy wizards) were simply born with advantages and benefits that others like Remus, Peter and Lily would have to work all of their lives to achieve. So the idea of James bumbling around like an uncultured, obnoxious fool doesn’t make any sense, and doesn’t adhere to what we know from the books.
I think one of the reasons Lily was attracted to him was that even though he obviously came from a very well-endowed family, he did not have the same prejudiced views as others; we see that even half-bloods think they are superior over muggle-borns as long as they had one magical parent. Her own best friend thought himself superior over her and other Muggle-borns, yet James was born into that world and never thought his blood was superior to any one else’s. That’s deep. Not only that, but she would have lived in the same House with him for seven years, and was attracted to his good nature and open-mindedness, along with other admirable traits we know him to possess.
Even though he and Sirius were born privileged, I think they show an astounding amount of compassion that’s very rare for children of their status and birth. Usually, children like that grow up in ignorance of other ways. Instead, James befriends Sirius on the Hogwarts Express, despite knowing that his entire family were Slytherins (keep in mind, everyone back then had preconceived notions of other Houses that were usually justified, Slytherin included) and before they were even sorted. So James befriended a potential Slytherin who was also a Black on the Hogwarts Express, not caring that his ancestors were known to be Dark wizards. He judged Sirius based on his meeting with him alone, and that’s a big deal. Next, they are put in dorms with Peter and Remus. We know from the books that Peter was a boy with little talents or skill who relied heavily on James and Sirius to get by, was physically unappealing, had no great lineage, ancestry or wealth, and yet he was befriended by two boys who were his complete opposite. He was the underdog who would have been picked on and bullied if he had not been taken in by this group of popular and well-liked boys. They truly thought of him as one of their own, they loved and trusted him regardless of his short-comings, he was a Marauder and thats all that mattered. (Thats why it hurt so much when he betrayed the Potters, because they would never fathom him doing that. He was one of them. They trusted him with their life, but he was thinking of survival in the end.) Then we have Remus, who was afflicted with a serious, detrimental illness that was considered a disease in society and who wanted so much to be liked. He literally went to Hogwarts not expecting to have any friends, and even more terrified if someone found out about his secret. James and Sirius welcomed him into their hearts by first year, uncaring that he was poor or half-blood. By second year they were so concerned about him disappearing every month and returning looking like hell, that they eventually figured about his illness. They didn’t throw him to the wolves (lol pun) or expose his secret to the entire school and the public at large, nor try to get him expelled. They did not alienate him or treat him like a disease. Instead, they went out of their way to research and study how to become an Animagus in their own free time that could have been used for their own leisure. They didn’t have to do that. They could have just accepted him, given him a sympathetic pat on the back, and that’s it. But no. He was one of them, and they loved him and wanted to be with him during the worst periods of his life, they wanted to ease his suffering. That’s true compassion and open-mindedness; a true mark of character.
They were 11/12 years old when they decided all of this for themselves. It speaks volumes about them as individuals, despite growing up in a world that vehemently taught them to act differently. Not everyone can claim as much at their age. And that’s why I find them so fascinating.
peace out boy scout ~
do you think they still deliver pizza during hurricanes
They will in Florida.
I am doing this thing where every time I am bad and have a donut I draw a character eating a donut in punishment. I have had 3 this week. O_O;;; I’m so bad.
Nathan is playing animal crossing on the DS and he is making a metal rock house.
So my university had a ‘stress-free resort’ station set up today to help students combat the stress of finals week.
There was a coloring table
complete with Lion King coloring books
There was a lego table
also, free massages.
This is the most wonderful thing that ever happened in four years of college.
Our school should do this
My community college did something similar. Nothing as awesome as Lego and coloring books, but there was free food and massages? I WASN’T COMPLAINING.
DANG IT, I totally forgot that was today. I wanted a massage.
When I first got this role I just cried like a baby because I was like, “Wow, next Halloween, I’m gonna open the door and there’s gonna be a little kid dressed as the Falcon.” That’s the thing that always gets me. I feel like everybody deserves that. I feel like there should be a Latino superhero. Scarlett [Johansson] does great representation for all the other girls, but there should be a Wonder Woman movie. I don’t care if they make 20 bucks, if there’s a movie you’re gonna lose money on, make it Wonder Woman. You know what I mean, ’cause little girls deserve that. There’s so many of these little people out here doing awful things for money in the world of being famous. And little girls see that. They should have the opposite spectrum of that to look up to.
Dreamboat, check, awesome human being, check.
#look at your favorites#now back to mackie#sadly your favorites aren’t mackie#but if they stopped being misogynistic assholes#they could be like mackie#look back at this post#this post is now that piece of furniture you’ve always wanted#and he found it in a dumpster#he doesn’t need a horse because he flies on the sighs of angels
what do birds do
I apologise for my ignorance, birds are important
catcalls and other street harassment are a form of violence and expressed hatred for women and don’t ever think of it as anything but that because a man on the street can go from “hey baby you look sexy tonight” to “bitch don’t fucking ignore me” in .002 seconds
it’s not about appreciating a woman’s beauty or boosting her ego with a little compliment, it’s intimidation and a source of empowerment for them
*makes heterophobic text post*
It’s a metaphor, see? You make a mean text post, but you don’t back it with thousands of years of violently-upheld institutional power, so it doesn’t have the power to actually hurt anyone.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail Horse Action Figure.
Actual picture of me.