I don’t care about what you ship. I quite honestly don’t. I recognize that you have your own thoughts, your own opinions, and that you’re expressing them.
Now allow me to express mine.
I ship Jily not because “James CHANGED for her” or because “she secretly HATED him and that’s just romantic.” I ship them because they show me personally what it’s like having a relationship that is human. In the midst of the First Wizarding War and the magic and the blood statuses and everything else, they show me what it’s like to be two individuals who learn from each other, fight for what they believe in, and eventually fall for each other.
I think James Potter was, like a lot of people at this age, a boy who believed himself to be invincible, a boy who was brought up right and raised correctly, something which he was proud of in a world that was being ripped apart because of prejudice. He was, of course, arrogant, like all teenage boys who think the world of themselves. But who can honestly condemn him and all like him without condemning themselves too? We’ve all been there. You cannot stand there and tell me that you have never considered yourself better than someone else. It isn’t in human nature to think so lowly of ourselves.
But then he grew up, and he realized that because he’d been brought up to ignore blood status, he should start acting the part. Just because he’d been raised well didn’t give him a free pass in the world, and him realizing this was a crucial step in his life. He could have been a douche forever. But he was man enough to realize that there were other things to think about, other wars to fight. It was time to step away from hexing Slytherins and step towards defeating Voldemort. It was time to broaden his scope. So he did.
I think that Lily Evans was a girl who was also brought up to realize that there was more to a person than so-called blood status. Not only would it have been hypocritical for her to hold this view, she was a genuinely kind-hearted person. Remember Remus telling Harry that she “had a way of seeing the beauty in others even, and perhaps most especially, when that person couldn’t see it in themselves”? She was a lovely person, but she also stood up for what she believed, as we see in Snape’s Worst Memory. Because James had been so arrogant before, she couldn’t bring herself to admit that he had grown up. He had violated everything she believed in, every good moral she’d grown up believing in, and had long decided that he was not like her in any way. But when he realized that he had to grow up, and actually did grow up, she found that they had common values, common beliefs. And like any stubborn person, she decided not to revoke her judgment and went on hating him. But, like any good person, she soon realized that it was wrong of her to continue. So she gave him a chance. And James, having grown up not for Lily, but instead because his conscience and personal morals told him to, was able to capitalize on this chance.
Lily valued courage, truth, justice, and maturity. James filled these qualities, not because he purposely twisted himself to fit them for Lily, but because this was who he was at the core, underneath teenage pride and the rush that comes from being the most popular boy at school.
Okay. But let’s talk about Thor for a second. Thor does not get enough love and (Loki forgive me) he is honestly one of the best fucking characters Marvel has. And it’s shown so simply and so beautifully right here. He is so fucking chill about everything. Obviously, he doesn’t live in space, he lives in Asgard. But he knows everyone thinks he’s kinda like an alien, and he just goes along with it because why not? These humans are funny in their lack of understanding, but it’s an endearing kind of funny. Just like in the first movie, where Darcy tells him to smile so she can take a picture of him and he has no fucking clue what she’s doing or what a phone is and it could kill him for all he knows but he just fucking smiles and keeps eating his delicious pancakes because he’s just so chill like that. And if you look at his face in the first gif, it’s very serious and concentrated but the moment Darcy starts talking to him he loosens up and is like “Muscles? Ah, yes I suppose I am quite muscular. Oh, she’s inquiring about Asgard. But she called it space. She seems confused as to my origins, but it’s not of import. I like space, that’s a good name. I shall call it space too.”
And that little head nod he does back to her in the last gif. I’m dead. Deceased. Murdered from Thor cuteness.
He’s just.. ugh, Thor doesn’t get enough appreciation. There are so many little things he does that go ignored but no more. His complete adorableness will be appreciated.
the potter generation - 4/30 - favourite brotp
↳“Never saw one without the other, did you? The number of times I had them in here - ooh, they used to make me laugh. Quite the double act, Sirius Black and James Potter!”
“Precisely,” said Professor McGonagall. “Black and Potter. Ringleaders of their little gang. Both very bright, of course — exceptionally bright, in fact — but I don’t think we’ve ever had such a pair of troublemakers!”
“You’d have thought Black and Potter were brothers!” chimed in Professor Flitwick. “Inseparable!”
The Next Civil Rights Issue: Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet by Amanda Hess (via misandry-mermaid)
For men who claim that “it happens to men too, you don’t see us complaining!”
No, it does not.
- Mod D.