There are two well-worn tales of the first witch. The more religious families tell their children of Lillith, that most misunderstood Biblical character, the mother of all purebloods. The secular families speak of the mitochondrial Eve, a woman who long ago, was born with magical ability for reasons unknown. The very existence of Muggleborns disproves both of these stories, of course, but since when has anyone needed proof to believe?
The truth is both simpler and more complex.
Your body is made of electricity. The thoughts you think, the moves you make, the sights you see all come from the electrical impulses that course through your body faster than comprehension. The language of the human experience is electric.
Many, many years ago, before written language or the spoken word, a mutation occurred in a baby girl. This girl passed that mutation on to her children, and then to their children and their children, multiplying and spreading throughout the population.
This mutation caused a series of repeats on chromosome 13. Some children were born with only one repeat, some with hundreds or thousands. In those with repeats stretching into triple digits, the electrical signals between neurons were strengthened. Neurons, while well insulated in their myelin sheaths, cannot always contain the potential that runs through them. And as the signals grew stronger, as the repeats increased, that electrical excess had to go somewhere.
We call it magic.
All things, animate and inanimate, have a magnetic field, a gravitational pull. That which we call magic results in the ability to manipulate these fields, to change matter in ways that defy Muggle physical law.
This, of course, was not known until well into the twenty third century. By then, the International Statute of Secrecy had long been repealed, and institutes of science and magic coexisted and collaborated around the world. Scholars looked back on centuries past and laughed at the ignorance of the old Wizarding World. Of course they couldn’t use Muggle devices! When one walks about pulsing with electricity, anything with a plug is bound to go haywire. How could they not see it?
How could they not guess that the secrets to their world lay not in tales or lineage, but deep at the core of what makes us human?
Partial credit for this must go to thepostmodernpottercompendium; this idea came from our excited discussion about the nature of magic
The stunning art seen here is by artist Greg Dunn, whose work hangs in our graduate department and who is an incredibly talented artist. Find more of his work at www.gregdunn.com
we don’t just need feminism, we need lisa simpson feminism
The best part about the Simpsons was it was written all by educated men that wanted to be comedians but saw things wrong with the world and wanted change.
Hermione’s last minute study crunch before exams!
okay I’m gonna reblog this again because last time I didn’t say what I thought about this picture
I LOVE THIS SO MUCH. This makes the universe of Harry Potter so much more magical than I ever dreamed it to be. In the movies and books it’s like an average library with magic books, but this picture shows a Hogwarts alive and brimming with magic. The shelves are impossibly tall because you can enchant stuff to help you reach, so why SHOULDN’T the shelves be huge? I love the girls walking on books like stairs, the cat who got caught on a flying book, Hermione sitting on a book like a chair, everyone’s casual confidence in their unbelievable magic because it’s natural to them. It’s part of their everyday lives. I love the Harry Potter world so much that it hurts, and this picture is gorgeous and makes me relive the magic I have loved since I was little.
OH MY GOSH I JUST REALIZED THEYRE ALL HERMIONE. THE ONE SLEEPING ON THE sHELF OMG
Want to attend college for free? It can happen if you learn German.
All German universities are now free to Americans and all other international students. The last German state to charge tuition at its universities struck down the fees this week.
Even before Germany abolished college tuition for all students, the price was a steal. Typically semester fees were around $630. What’s more, German students receive many perks including discounts for food, clothing and events, as well as inexpensive or even free transportation.
In explaining why Germany made this move, Dorothee Stapelfeldt, a Hamburg senator, called tuition fees “unjust” and added that “they discourage young people who do not have a traditional academic family background from taking up study. It is a core task of politics to ensure that young women and men can study with a high quality standard free of charge in Germany.”
Actually, German universities were free up until 2006 when they started charging tuition. That triggered such a crush of criticism that German states began phasing out this policy. Lower Saxony was the last holdout.
It’s too bad that politicians in the U.S. don’t feel that a college education is worth supporting appropriately. State aid to the nation’s public universities took a nosedive during the 2008 recession and education funding remains well below those levels. The average state is spending 23 percent less per student than before the recession, according to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Actually, state support has been declining for public universities for a quarter of a century. Using an interactive tool from The Chronicle of Higher Education, you can see how state government subsidies have cratered at individual institutions.
With the average undergrad borrower now leaving school with more than $29,000 in debt, the free ride in Germany can look awfully tempting.
How to handle the language barrier
German is not an easy language to learn. Fortunately, however, there are international language programs in Germany, which have become very popular with international students before they tackle obtaining a degree in a different language.
What’s more, an increasing number of German universities are offering degrees in English. These are often called international studies programs or in some other way have the word international in their title.
This is actually making me cry…it’s one of those times when you realize that your own government just truly, honestly, does not give a shit about your wellbeing in any way.
If Americans don’t reblog this, then y’all need help.
Me when my food arrives at the restaurant
When you’re in the forbidden forest and you stumble across Draco Malfoy putting his thingie in Ebony Dark’ness Dementia Raven Way’s you-know-what
Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan on the sex scene [in Kill Your Darlings] that made headlines +
i work at a gym largely frequented by older women, and today as one of them left after her workout she accidentally pulled the entire door handle off and just slowly looked at her bicep in horror as if she was terrified of her new strength. it was beautiful.
this means so much to me. so much
Okay but like actually this is the most thoughtful gift IN THE WHOLE WORLD.
It might seem to make more sense to give Ron the precious family heirloom (remember that Molly’s brother Fabian died in the First Wizarding War; Molly has held onto his watch out of sentimentality since then). But Ron is the sixth son in his (canonically financially-struggling) family. He’s been forced into hand-me-downs his whole life. If he’d gotten the watch with a dent in the back, he wouldn’t have appreciated it; he’d only have seen the flaw. And if his mum bought Harry a new watch instead of getting Ron one, Ron would have resented that. A new watch was a worthwhile expense to get Ron a rare taste of the luxury and individual attention he has always craved.
Harry, though. Harry has money; Harry has new things. What Harry does not have is family. Harry is an orphan. Other than one photo album and the invisibility cloak, he doesn’t have anything that came with family history attached. What Molly does here is give him that; she makes him part of the family, symbolically, by giving him an emotionally significant if physically imperfect item. She gives him love in a tangible form.
This makes me CRY
Oh god I saw this a long time ago and just now got it.
oh my god
IM ACTUALLY REALLY SAD NOW
Yeah this was really common. Because people believed witches had cats it made cats have an association with the devil so people would throw bags of kittens into water. This subsequently led to rat infestations, flea overpopulation, and finally the black plague