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Hogwarts Founders
» Idris Elba // Lucy Liu // Hrithik Roshan // Angel Coulby

While I do love that whoever made this did a good job matching actors to characters, the one issue I have is that Hogwarts is in England and what founded several centuries ago. I’m not saying that there wouldn’t have been blacks or asians in England at the time, but it’s still a historical inaccuracy to depict them as anything other than white Englishmen, since the culture of England at the time wouldn’t have had room for blacks and asians as anything other than slaves or traders.

Please don’t take this as me being racist, this is just me with a debilitating and incurable need for historical accuracy.

So let’s see. The Sorting claims it’s origins about a thousand or so years ago in it’s song, which implies the 1000s. JK Rowling described them as “medieval," which is about 500 to 1500, again agreeing with our 1000 date. So let’s work with that. We’ve got a pretty decent timeline to work with here. 

There have been black people in Scotland since “classical times,” and black moors present in James IV’s royal court in the 1500s, plus there’s St. Deiniol in Wales in the 500s, implying black people were also in the religious court instead of all just slaves and servants. Therefore, could a strong and fearless future-Gryffindor have ancestry native to the Isles? Hmmm.

Hannibal of Carthage was definitely not white (at least not in the modern sense). As a matter of fact, many Mediterranean descended people are mixed with Central Asians, South Asians, and North Africans so… But anyway, in 1555, black men were learning to be interpreters in London to help with trading in the Ghanian region. Here’s a coat of arms with black people on it dated 1616. Also, literally how do you not know about Dido Elizabeth Belle, an aristocratic lady of Scotland from the 1700s???

The Romani migrated out what is now modern day India and Pakistan in about the 1000s, so add in that they’re wizards who can fly and all that jazz, they could’ve easily gotten there within a year or two and settled in Scotland once they learned white people weren’t treating them very kindly. There you go, that’s how a South Asian Slytherin made it to Scotland just in time to found Hogwarts.

Here’s desi people of color from the Indian subcontinent, called Lascars, who had been sailing in Europe from as early as the 1400s, possibly earlier, still fitting that there could’ve been wizards in the British Isles about a hundred or so years earlier. Art from the 1600s showing brown men in turbans. Here’s an Indian man who in the 1700s ran a successful restaurant in England and taught white people to shampoo their hair lol.

Japanese emissaries came to Europe as early as 1584 and observed there were already Chinese and Japanese slaves among the overwhelmingly black slaves, something blamed on Christianity, which was part of the reason why Japan vehemently became isolated from that point.

Also about East Asia, Mongolian Genghis Khan made it to about Poland-ish in the 1200s, so it’s not a far bet to say the Chinese (who were also conquered by Khan on his way to Europe) could’ve found their way to Scotland around that time or a few hundred years earlier. Along with a smart cookie who would go on to be the founder of Ravenclaw.

Native Americans, of course, have been present in Europe for a while. In the 1500s, Manteo and Wanchese arrived in London. There’s evidence the Vikings and Indigenous Americans were friendly long before when Columbus blah blah, and there’s even evidence of Native Americans in Holland that’s like 2000 years old. Could a kind and loyal future Hufflepuff be one of those mixed race indigenous American-Africans?

ALSO considering the fact that Binns (the history professor at Hogwarts) specifically stated that witches and wizards were being persecuted and Hogwarts was built out of sight of Muggle eyes, it’s completely possible that POC came to Scotland and built the castle happily for other magical humans to have a safe place. Since HP universe is a fantasy anyway, read these article while you’re at it.

So yeah, I understand your implication that you don’t want to be racist or anything like that (bc being called racist is ofc so much worse than actually being ignorant), but POC were not just traders and slaves in the British Isles, they were a fuckton of other things your history books aren’t telling you (or trying to intentionally steer you away from). So me having an all-brown cast for a location in a dominantly-white place I’m sure is irking the fuck out of you, and that makes me so glad to see you confronted with that “incurable” need for historical accuracy you have.

And check out this rad blog: Racebending Harry Potter.

how come the only time people mention the enslavement of black people in Europe is when they want to deny our presence in fantasy fiction?

And that’s what it really boils down to pretty much every time.

Because someone couldn’t deal with a single photoset with characters of color in a FANTASY setting. None of the “fact checking” is really necessary, because that isn’t really the issue. Fantasy fiction isn’t something that should be subject to “proof”, but when it comes to racial diversity, it invariably is every time.

It’s my hope that with Medievalpoc, this endless quibbling about what is and is not “historically accurate” can be done away with, and Toni Morrison’s quote here can become creative people of color’s realities:

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Suddenly her mom’s silence matched Jackie’s own. “Oh, my God,” she murmured in disbelief. “Are you gay?”

"Yeah," Jackie forced herself to say.

After what felt like an eternity, her mom finally responded. “I don’t know what we could have done for God to have given us a fag as a child,” she said before hanging up.

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She got a call from her older brother. “He said, ‘Mom and Dad don’t want to talk to you, but I’m supposed to tell you what’s going to happen,’” Jackie recalls. “And he’s like, ‘All your cards are going to be shut off, and Mom and Dad want you to take the car and drop it off at this specific location. Your phone’s going to last for this much longer. They don’t want you coming to the house, and you’re not to contact them. You’re not going to get any money from them. Nothing. And if you don’t return the car, they’re going to report it stolen.’ And I’m just bawling. I hung up on him because I couldn’t handle it.” Her brother was so firm, so matter-of-fact, it was as if they already weren’t family.

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Found a box of white privilege at work today..

Found a box of white privilege at work today..

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Jessica is so cold

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The Nerdfighter Online Video Workshop

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There are three important ingredients to a good video…the writing, the performance, and the editing. Now, of course, lots of videos have those things blend together…sometimes I write while I film and sometimes while I edit (deciding to put stuff on screen or cut things (cutting is a huge part of…

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10 Days of Giles: Day 10 - Favorite Scene

5.22 “The Gift” -  Giles kills Ben/Glory

Giles: Can you move?

Ben: Need a … a minute. She could’ve killed me.

Giles: No she couldn’t. Never. And sooner or later Glory will re-emerge, and … make Buffy pay for that mercy. And the world with her. Buffy even knows that…  and still she couldn’t take a human life.

Giles: She’s a hero, you see. She’s not like us.

Ben: Us?

I thought for a very long time about this decision. I thought of all the snarky scenes Giles has and the heart warming ones, all of which are great, but I think this scene captures the true essence of who Giles is better than any scene in the entire show. Now let me explain what I mean before you start saying I’m accusing Giles of being a sociopath. First let’s get one thing straight, this is Giles that kills Ben. It’s not Ripper, or any other form/alter ego of Giles. When Giles puts his glasses on that is his way of saying, this is me, the tweed clad, tea drinking, stammering librarian. Giles isn’t out of control, in fact he’s very much in control. Everything he does is calculated. He doesn’t feel as if what he’s doing is wrong, this is evidenced by the way he looks at Ben and the manner in which he kills Ben. He’s looking into Ben’s eyes, when most people commit a murder they feel shame, they can’t look into their victims eyes, they don’t want to have to see what they’re doing. Giles doesn’t want to hide from what he’s doing, that’s not the kind of man he is, he’s going to face it and take responsibility for it. He also suffocates Ben, with his bare hand. It’s a very personal way of killing someone, very hands on, he will literally feel Ben’s last breath. He knows in his mind that this is something that has to be done, and the he has to be the one to do this. He is the watcher, he is forced to look at the bigger picture, he is forced to make decisions that Buffy can’t and shouldn’t have to make. This is a scene in which Giles is very much so playing the anti-hero, he makes a heroic gesture (protecting Buffy and the world) and does it in what is scene as a very unheroic way (kills a human). When you think about it, Giles is saving the world by doing this, just because Buffy thwarted Glory’s plan this time doesn’t mean she won’t keep trying. Giles fixes that, there’s only one way Glory can be killed and Giles is the only one willing to do it. In a way, he’s also protecting Buffy. He knows that while Ben is still alive, Glory will be a threat to Buffy. It doesn’t matter in which way you interpret the Buffy/Giles relationship, I think it can all be agreed upon, that Giles does love her in some way. One of the things I find truly heart breaking about this scene is how he in some sense kill Ben to help protect Buffy, and the next we see of Giles he’s watching as Buffy leaps off the tower. I just think this scene, however little dialogue there is, reveals a lot about who Giles is a person. That has a lot do with the subtext, and the brilliant acting Anthony Head brings to the scene. It’s a scene that I feel gets overlooked quite often simply because of what the next scene contains (Buffy’s death). It’s kind of like “oh my god, Giles just killed someone” then two seconds later, “I can’t believe they just killed Buffy”. Buffy’s death scene is obviously going to have more weight than Ben’s death scene. I could literally write pages about this scene, my interpretation of the action, etc. but I don’t feel like boring you any more than I’ve already done. So with that I’m just going to post now.

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So for the last four months or so, I have taken part in the body positivity movement on Instagram, including posting photos of myself in my bikini and underwear/bra. Keep in mind that none of my photos have ever been sexually explicit or suggestive and that I have always been fully covered. As far…