a scene that really bothers me in HBP is when Ginny feeds Harry that pie thing and she is like “don’t you trust me?” and then just feeds it to him all nicely
because I honestly believe that book!Ginny would have said “don’t you trust me?” and then she would proceed to shove the pie in his face and then say “your mistake!” and just like run away laughing her head off and Harry would just be sitting there with pie stuck to his face and a small grin thinking ‘wow this girl is perfect’
I also think that America has wizarding technical schools—there’s no reason for everyone to study magical theory if you’re just going to practice magical creature husbandry, for example, or be a healer’s assistant. Plus, have you seen those tuition rates? A farmer’s son, who just needs a couple spells and charms to ensure good soil and even furrows, can’t pay that nonsense.
America also has a huge magical car industry, based out of Detroit. A wizarding car doesn’t fly (or change lights at a whim, they had problems with that one) but the dashboard has about twelve hundred buttons for invisibility or parallel parking. They disguise them as “AUX” buttons since absolutely no one, muggle or wizard, knows what those are for.
There’s a ton of wizarding/Muggle pop culture crossover in America, and Muggles usually act as tastemakers for the wizarding side—which results in a lot of bad imitation of the wizards’ part, second-rate art and poorly acted television shows.
(Yeah, none of that radio nonsense, AWTN has been up and running since the first vacuum tube. The programming is pretty limited, and the news leans on the dry side, but still!)
(This changes when they discover reality television in 2010, and realize that watching people hex each other? Better than the Kardashians.)
Can we have one in Chicago? Have a stop on the Metro or South Shore that takes wizard kids home? :D
The oldest formal wizarding school is Chicago School for Sorcery, or “Chess,” as the students insist on calling it. Founded by Hermetics and Western Esotericists in the 19th century, Muggles would recognize it as the old Chicago Water Tower.
(When they were designing it, there were a great many arguments over whether the old-style castle structure wouldn’t draw a lot of attention from Muggle passers-by. Finally, the planning committee elicited the help of William Boyington, a squib engineer who agreed to help disguise it as a pump station. They thought themselves very clever for that solution.)
(Also, this is the reason that the water tower was among the only structures spared by the Chicago fire—though initially the professors had cast the spells to protect it from destruction of the students' making.)
In addition to the tower itself, Chess boasts a warren of underground hallways and classrooms—including their crowning achievement, a dining hall and library whose ceilings offer a view of Lake Michigan from below. As for curriculum, they’re a pretty traditionally European wizarding school, though since the 70s there has been significant push to make the curriculum more inclusive, and bring some diversity to the teaching staff.
Students who live within the city limits (or near enough) can take the CTA—the Chartreuse line, whose conductor takes great delight in hopping the tracks and playing chicken with the morning Express lines. Many witches and wizards have lodged complaints. None have been acknowledged.
Students from out of state are free to make use of Amtrak’s Midwest Mongoose line, which has no set route or destination but must be summoned by writing your name, fare, and destination on a piece of paper, stuffing it in a glass bottle, and shattering the bottle on the curbside.
Students always emerge from Union Station bleary-eyed and pale after taking the Midwest Mongoose, mumbling about service advisories.
#there’s another chicago wizarding school in bronzeville on 47th street#it was founded during the great migration; when CheSS turned away the young black wizards claiming ”over-enrollement”#and up until about the end of world war II it was considered one of the foremost all-black wizarding schools in the country#and those are just the formal schools; recognized by the National Council for Magical Education#as an Irish-American enclave Bridgeport was always home to the Druidic Syncretic tradition; they taught it out of their kitchens#in church basements#there’s slavic peganism in polish downtown and the stock yard district#they say that old town is still saturated with the centuries of magic worked by the Potawatomi Miami and Illinois#the German Catholics came in with runic magic#mexican and puerto rican wizards moved into the northern suburbs in the last decade or so—but they say#that brujeria is quickly becoming one of the most widely-practiced traditions in the city#SO HEY GUYS DO YOU THINK I’M IN LOVE WITH THIS CITY OR /WHAT/#harry potter#rinais (via notbecauseofvictories)
people are so horrible about cho chang
yeah she cried a lot and was a little bit annoying
but she was in no way ‘whiny’ i mean her boyfriend was murdered and then harry potter started fucking her around and he wouldn’t even talk to her about cedric’s death even though he was the only person she felt she could turn to
- she was a seeker and obviously pretty fucking good
- when harry asked her to the yule ball she let him down gently and was really sweet about it
- after harry got selected to be in the triwizard tournament she didn’t treat him like shit or wear one of the ‘support cedric diggory/potter stinks’ badges
- she believed harry about voldemort returning despite the fact that most of the school, the ministry of magic, and the press were claiming otherwise
- her parents didn’t want her to join the DA but she did anyway because she wanted to avenge cedric’s death so that’s pretty badass
- she was the only one who pointed out that what hermione did to marietta (the SNEAK thing) was actually kind of cruel, especially considering that marietta had a parent working at the ministry and was therefore under pressure to appease umbridge
- she fought along with the other DA members in the battle of hogwarts
basically leave her alone or i’ll fight you