"See, Rowling largely operates Harry’s generation in a clear system of parallels to the previous generation, Marauders and all. Harry is his father—Quidditch star, a little pig-headed sometimes, an excellent leader. Ron is Sirius Black—snarky and fun, loyal to a fault, mired in self-doubts. Hermione is Remus Lupin—book smart and meticulous, always level-headed, unfailingly perceptive. Ginny is Lily Evans—a firecracker, clever and kind, unwilling to take excuses. Draco Malfoy is Severus Snape—a natural foil to Harry, pretentious, possessed of the frailest ego and also deeper sense of right and wrong when it counts. And guess what? Neville Longbottom is Peter Pettigrew.

Neville is a perfect example of how one single ingredient in the recipe can either ruin your casserole (or stew, or treacle tart, whatever you like), or utterly perfect your whole dish. Neville is the tide-turner, the shiny hinge. And all because he happens to be in the same position as Wormtail… but makes all the hard choices that Pettigrew refused the first time around. Other characters are in similar positions, but none of them go so far as Neville. None of them prove that the shaping of destiny is all on the individual the way he does."

silversarcasm:

if you had to drop out of a class you are not a failure

if you had to take time off school you are not a failure

if you had to leave school for good you are not a failure

your worth is not determined by academia and this goes doubly so for disabled people and others for whom school is set against them

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commanderhandsomeintraining:

dirtybrian:

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kateelliottsff:

jenniferrpovey:

wintersoldierfell:

ohhaiguise:

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Okay, but this movie wins the award for Best Use of Manpain, tho.

In any other movie, Raleigh would’ve spent 90 minutes being like MY PAIN IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOUR STUPID WAR, and instead, he snaps back into action as soon as he meets Mako. That’s awesome. But what floors me is that he uses his own grief to help Mako survive hers. He knows how awful it is to lose your family. He knows what she’s going through. And instead of whining or thinking his pain makes him entitled to opt out of his responsibilities, he empathizes with Mako, supports her, and encourages her.

Raleigh’s greatest strength is his compassion. And that’s the kind of male hero I’d like to see on my screen, please.

Plus, like, a bazillion more movies about Mako Mori.

I have a friend who thinks Pacific Rim is the best expression of true, non-toxic, GOOD masculinity in recent times.

All agreement.

Let’s talk about Stacker Pentecost in light of this, though. Because we learn, towards the end of the movie, that the day he met Mako is the day he lost his partner. He gets out of that jaeger after having piloted it alone, after having his body burned for hours by toxic radiation, after losing the person he was mentally linked to (family? partner? friend?) and what does he do? He adopts a young girl, and more than that, he promises her her right to revenge if that’s what she wants. Tries his best to keep her safe but gives her the tools and skills and support and eventually permission to fight. Respects her enough to rely on her. Gives her a home and family and meaningful, important vocation during the goddamn apocalypse. Let’s talk about the kind of masculinity that uplifts others that completely. That takes all kinds of pain and stands up in the face of it because of the people who need to see him still standing. That has purpose and drive and passion but above all understands other people and believes in them.

Stacker fucking Pentecost everybody.

I have a friend who thinks Pacific Rim is the best expression of true, non-toxic, GOOD masculinity in recent times.

^ THIS.

i’ve got a theory about what makes the best jaeger pilots in pacific rim.  a lot of the good ones are related to each other in some way (the triplets, chuck and herc, raleigh and yancy) or are otherwise really close (the kaidonovskys).  being related gives them a more innate understanding of each other, so they can drift easier and pilot better.  makes sense.
all of the rangers in pacific rim are also incredibly willful and mentally fit. chuck’s a bit of a shit, but he knows to leave that in the shatterdome; mission time is for missions, not for shitting on other rangers.
but the best rangers?  the kind that can pilot a jaeger solo and still take down a kaiju?  they’ve got empathy.  ridiculous fucking empathy.  that empathy is what allows them to understand their copilots and drift so well with them, and maybe it’s what gives them a degree of fortitude that other pilots lack.  empathy, after all, is what helps them realize that no fight is ever just about them and the kaiju; it’s about them, the kaiju, and everybody back home.  it’s what helps them understand the fear and pain and helplessness of seven billion people.  but the rangers are not helpess, and they can do something about the fear and pain.

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feministsirius:

mcgonagall pulling sirius into her office after every outburst in fifth year before he moves out & gets disowned and refusing to punish him but instead offering him biscuits and talking to him about quidditch

mcgonagall intercepting howlers so that they never reach him

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batcii:

give me first year sirius spouting the offensive rhetoric he’s been brought up on and being confused when peter is silent and uncomfortable and james looks at him like he doesn’t know him and remus doesn’t speak to him for a few days

give me sirius deeply conflicted about…

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chesisbest:

in which your very soul BEGS for you to draw and you do nothing about it

chesisbest:

in which your very soul BEGS for you to draw and you do nothing about it

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theladymonsters:

in which a gay cover of one of america’s most quintessential modern american love songs is a thing that exists

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“For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.” 

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  • me: what are taxes and how do I pay them?
  • school system: worry not
  • school system: mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell
hashtagpropaganja:

thelifeofelrey:

stilldefending:

Mom you can stop stressingMom you can stop cryingMom I can buy the groceriesMom I can pay for the houseMom I can give you whatever the fuck you need money

Exactly

Me too.

hashtagpropaganja:

thelifeofelrey:

stilldefending:

Mom you can stop stressing
Mom you can stop crying
Mom I can buy the groceries
Mom I can pay for the house
Mom I can give you whatever the fuck you need money

Exactly

Me too.

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zamii070:

god im bored

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