the high school years will always be my favourite seasons.
this stick figure has no face so why the fuck can I tell exactly what its feeling
It bothered me that there were no Squibs allowed in Hogwarts. Fine, I can get that Squibs would not be able to do any wand magic, and would not be able to fly a broomstick. They still apparently possess enough innate magic to see the school and other magically hidden locations. Out of the classes at Hogwarts that the kids take, a Squib could take and benefit from the following classes: History of Magic, Astronomy, Divination, Care of Magical Creatures, Herbology, MUGGLE STUDIES, Potions (there will be little foolish wand-waving here), Arithmancy, Ancient Runes, and partially theoretical classes on Defense Against the Dark Arts and Charms.
That’s a long list of classes. And some of them are particularly upsetting to me because there’s stuff like History of Magic being left out- that’s their own history they’re being barred from learning. Since Squibs are often forced into the Muggle world, a Squib would make an ideal Muggle Studies teacher and would no doubt be able to teach a more realistic and informative class than someone going off of biased wizarding texts. Squib kids looking into living in the Muggle world would absolutely benefit from learning Muggle studies, especially if they’re from a mainly pureblood family who doesn’t venture out all too often.
And then there’s the rest of them! Arguably you could have a Squib gifted with prescience, and Divination is supposed to be a very accessible branch of magic. Squibs being excellent at taking care of magical plants and animals and making groundbreaking advancements, Squibs working in tandem with each other to breed different magical herbs for potions, Squib potion masters creating all sorts of amazing concoctions. Squibs working with muggleborns and using logic and science to advance magic theoretically, Squibs being huge pro-muggleborn/pro-muggle advocates, Squibs making star charts and Squibs going into the muggle world to use their healing potions in their jobs as nurses and doctors.
Squibs being so completely shut out of magical education was such a sore point for me in the books, especially viewing the treatment of our only prominent Squib- an angry, bitter, glorified janitor often at the mercy of brats with wands. I’m not justifying or endorsing his abusiveness at all, but this was an awful character to use to explore people without magic in a society that bases your worth on it. A lot of time Rowling seems to validate Wizarding prejudices more than she challenges them. While I really enjoy reading the headcanons about Hogwarts being very accessible to people with disabilities, I can’t bring myself to see that as the case with Squibs being treated as they are.
Here’s a picture from our first book, A Hero at the End of the World, written by Erin Claiborne (eleveninches) and illustrated by Jade Liebes (hydrae). The two guys in this photo are Ewan Mao and his former best friend Oliver Abrams.
As a teenager, Ewan was prophesied to save Britain from an evil tyrant — but chickened out at the last moment. Instead, his best friend Oliver ended up defeating the villain. Five years later, Oliver is a national hero while Ewan works at a coffee shop and still lives with his parents. But the two friends are unwillingly reunited when a magical cult targets Ewan in a plot to end the world.
A Hero at the End of the World is a hilarious and gripping combination of YA fantasy adventure, queer romance, and political satire. It will be published by Big Bang Press on November 11, and you can find out more on our website!
fantasy adventure, queer romance, and political satire - this book is everything i’ve ever wanted in my YA fantasy loving heart
y’all, professional me is not joking. this book is incredible. i could barely proof it because i was so busy laughing at the jokes. it is hilarious. it is fun. it has two non-white protagonists, two queer characters, giant chickens, jokes about teen wolf, cogent and hysterical political commentary, a running gag about coffee shop aus, and more.
it’ll be out in november to the general public, and you’ll be able to buy it!!! from us or amazon (if you must) or you can ask your indie bookstore to stock it. it is a real book that we really made, and i am super fucking proud not only of erin and jade, but also our entire publishing team and all the kickstarter backers who helped make this possible.
also that is my thumb in the picture.
reblogging to say that this book also contains an Inception fandom in-joke that I have been laughing about since last July
Óscar Jaenada for Harper’s Bazaar (Gorka Postigo)ohhhhh look at the middle one….
Why the hell not.
#old man bucky harasses a youth #but no look at this #look at this grab look at this cheesy line #bucky grabs him so hard steve’s pushed back #and in catfa he did it too #he swung an arm around steve and steve stumbled at the force #BUCKY’S SO ROUGH WITH HIM i love it #steve’s tiny but tough as nails and can do with a little manhandling ye feel
Kate Bishop + tumblr text posts