Plan to reduce the noise in the dining hall: serve each meal in two shifts. To avoid creating extra work for the waitrae these will be in carefully timed. The first will be silent and last exactly 15 minutes. The second will go for as long as you want, and you will be able to talk, but the food will be cold and it will cost an extra $25/person/day
3rd September 1991
Dear Mum and Dad,
Sorry it has taken me so long to write but I’ve been really busy. Hogwarts is great, lessons are really interesting. Transfiguration is hard but I like Professor McGonagall. When I told her that she was Dad’s favourite teacher she made a sort of harrumphing noise but she looked like she was smiling a bit and people say she doesn’t do that often. I think Potions could be good but Professor Snape is a ******** (Ron’s brothers said it but I think it’s too rude to say to you).
Ron is the boy I met on the train, his dad is nice Mr Weasley from the Ministry. He’s in Gryffindor too like me. Hagrid said he told you I was in Gryffindor so I hope that doesn’t come as a surprise. Gryffindor!!!!!! I had tea with Hagrid today. He said to tell Dad that the eggs are hatching. I thought I probably shouldn’t ask.
We have flying lessons soon and I’m really excited about that though I wish you’d let me bring my broom. I don’t think anyone would have noticed. You let me bring Dungbombs so I don’t really see why it’s a problem. I haven’t duelled anyone yet either so I think I deserve a reward for that. I know it’s only been three days but it’s still an
It’s going to be strange not being at home for Sunday lunch. The food at Hogwarts is very good but it’s not the same and the treacle tart is not as good as yours Mum. Some of the other meals are better though sorry. I miss Sirius but he says he’s going to send me something cool soon and that I shouldn’t tell the teachers I’ve got it. He says if Professor McGonagall knows he’s sending me packages she’ll probably intercept the owls. There’s a girl called Hermione Granger who is annoying because she talks a lot about not fun things but she is a big fan of yours Mum. And Ron is a big fan of yours Dad. It feels like I’m famous when people hear Potter and ask about you two. I think people will expect me to be very clever and good at Quidditch but one out of two isn’t bad.
I have homework to do so I should probably go and do it. It’s only Charms though. Ron doesn’t like homework either, we play chess quite often, he’s really good. He’s really interested in the Muggle things I know though I told him he wouldn’t like meeting the Dursleys.
Also I know it’s early but Ron’s parents might be going to Romania for Christmas to visit his brother so can he come and stay with us?
I hope you are both all right and not missing me too much. Say hello to the cat for me please.
Harry James Potter
kill the idea that openly caring characters are boring
set on fire the line of thought that dictates that altruism is a bad thing and that selfishness/sassiness is an inherently more appealing and ‘~intricate~’ quality than an affectionate nature
smash and bury the concept of the false equivalency between angst and complexity
kindness and empathy are not synonyms for “blandness” and “lack of personality”
Well, good gravy Marie! Who would be silly enough to believe the negative premises here? Good doesn’t have to be boring; it can just be difficult! It can be complex; it can’t always smile and be beautiful.
Mystery stories are full of people led astray by ugly, nasty looking persons who must be the malefactors, only to learn it was the beautiful person everyone loved who was the bad one. And good doesn’t even have to be ugly; plain will do. Old will do, poor will do, the unexpected will do.
Caring isn’t boring if lives are at stake. Selfishness isn’t more appealing if it causes harm to someone who can’t help themselves. It all depends on the writer.
Tamora Pierce had a tumblr and she uses it to write about things like abortion rights and character design and she uses phrases like “good gravy” on a regular basis and it’s literally (figuratively) my favorite thing in the world
Tamora Pierce, however high the pedestal I put you on when I was 11 and reading your books obsessively, you have far surpassed it