thewritersramblings said: CAN WE TALK ABOUT MIDDLE EASTERN WITCHES AND WIZARDS THOUGH. AND HOW THEY'RE SPELLS WOULD OBVIOUSLY NOT BE LATIN, GREEK OR ANGLO SAXON, BUT INSTEAD LIKE ANCIENT PHOENICIAN, OR SOMETHING. AND THAT THEIR TIES BETWEEN SPELLS AND MAGIC WOULD BE STRONGER SINCE THEIR WORDS ARE MORE ANCIENT AND FAR OLDER SO THEY'D BE WAY MORE POWERFUL???? SORRY FOR THE CAPS?????
NEVER APOLOGIZE FOR CAPS. PHOENICIAN SPELLS. ARAMAIC SPELLS. LANGUAGES MUGGLES DON’T KNOW ANYMORE THAT HAVE BEEN PRESERVED THROUGH WIZARDING SPELLS IN LITTLE POCKETS OF THE WORLD. SOURCE LANGUAGES NO ONE KNOWS HOW TO ADAPT OR CHANGE ANYMORE BECAUSE THE LANGUAGES HAVE DIED AND PEOPLE ARE AFRAID TO CAUSE LIKE, A NUCLEAR FALLOUT. IM SO EXCITED THANKS FOR THIS.
#WOOOOOO#literally all i wanna do is write a wizarding series set there#and to explore the prejudices of not only class difference and blood difference#but also religious differences and how that affects their magic#and instead of a ministry theres the monarchy#and djinn instead of ghosts#and just ARABIC FOLKLORE /throws rainbow sparkles/#im gonna die#harry potter#language#linguistics#ARAMIC SPELLSSSS#headcanon that bc they use the older/oldest languages middle eastern witches and wizards have no need for wands to channel their magic#bc it’s so pure and strong#ANOTHER HEaDCANON#pets allowed to be brought to school include and are not limited to: sphinxes. fennec foxes. golems.#desert wolves too#basically go big or go home with school pets (the-writers-ramblings)
Witches in secret pockets of Morocco who’ve been casting spells with ancient spices long before wands came about. Warlocks in Egypt who knew the double, magical, meaning behind hieroglyphics. A dead language? Latin and Ancient Greek have NOTHING on hieroglyphs. The veritable cacophany of ideas and spells and magic that the trading routes brought in. The Phoenecians with their many-striped sailboats proudly displayed Persian potion ingredients alongside spelled fishing nets woven by Palestinian wizards. Syrian magical folk meet Greek ones, and realize they can best communicate in the Ancient Greek all serious magical students learn. Curly heads bent over ancient spellbooks, and people stare as they converse in a language not spoken for hundreds of years.
Excuse you but can we not forget the jewish lore masters, poring over their tomes in hebrew and aramaic, preserved from their exiled homeland into the diaspora.
And the development of a syncretic magic in yiddish that mixes the subtle lore and subtle word power of the exiled levantines with the raw brute force of germanic magics. — how else did the golem?
DIASPORA SYNCRETIC MAGICS
jewish wizards offering house elves clothes in accordance with the slave laws
jewish wizards using golems as grunt labor
Yes to the Yiddish spells, too ;-)
Jewish wizards offering clothing to house elves and then constantly debating among themselves whether using a golem or other magically-created entity with some semblance of sentience for manual labor for years or decades is essentially the same thing as keeping a magical being for the same purpose.
See also: endless debates about whether one can use magic on Shabbat, and what sorts of magic qualify as “work”. Like, does it count if you enchant an object ahead of time?
Also debates over the extent to which Divination counts as the “witchcraft” detailed in the Tanach. Actually, I bet there’d be scholars compiling detailed tractates about which spells are kosher, using extensive biblical commentary.
JEWISH WIZARDS HAVING THEIR OWN EXTENDED TALMUD. HOW HAS THIS NEVER OCCURRED TO ME BEFORE??
YES PLEASE HERE FOR ALL OF THIS
Tractates about which spells are kosher and what ingredients one can substitute in certain potions, particularly the ones that call for any sort of blood; debates about whether it is forbidden to brew those potions for someone else’s use
At least one prevailing opinion that all forms of Divination must be avoided, since we don’t know which ones are the ones forbidden by the Torah; this is one reason why Divination is an elective rather than a requirement at so many wizarding schools
Many, many disagreements about what sorts of magic constitute “work” on Shabbat, especially with regard to instantaneous travel; Floo powder is out because it involves burning something, but Apparition might not be? And does it count as travel (which is prohibited on Shabbat past a certain distance) if you’re not actually traversing the miles between you and your destination?
Fuck if it counts as traveling, IT COUNTS AS CARRYING. Even if you keep it within the eruv (and are sure you will never make mistakes), wands are likely mukzah.
Also, I see the need for serious questions about transfiguration in general. Do not ever transfigure ANYTHING that might come to be involved in food prep. Ignore all the issues about transfiguring an animal and shecting it and if you transfigure a pig into a chicken, because that gets into the issues of what is life and can you create it or are you just mimicing it, but THINK ABOUT THE TOVELING AND KASHRUS ISSUES. THINK ABOUT THEM AND WEEP FOR THE GEMARA YOU WILL NEVER STUDY.
(I am just sitting here going “yovel for house elves” and wanting allllll the fic.)
Ah, but! BUT! Does it count as carrying if you’re going from a private residence to another private residence without passing through public property on the way? Surely eruv chatzerot is a precedent here?
(And wands are only mukzah if you assume a priori that there’s no shabbat-permissible use for them, which there easily could be! Like knives; you can’t use one to kill a chicken on shabbat, but you can certainly use one to cut up cooked chicken.)
… oh god though, transfiguration, you are SO RIGHT. o.O
CNN actually researched how much it would cost to go to Hogwarts
How exactly did they “research” this? Looks like they just pulled a bunch of random figures out of their butts.
It’s stated in the books that tuition to Hogwarts is “free for all children in Britain”. I don’t know why they thought it wouldn’t be - it’s a British high school, not a college. So there, you just saved yourself $42,024.
In Chamber of Secrets, Mrs. Weasley emptied her entire bank account which contained only two galleons [£10 / US$20] and she managed to buy all five children’s entire set of books and potion ingredients with this, as well as Ginny’s robes, hat, clock, cauldron, and wand!!! And we know she bought all of these as she mentioned having to buy them. The fact that she bought all of these with only £10 pretty much proves how absolutely ridiculous CNNs estimation is.
If you want more proof, the actual cost of Harry’s want is far over estimated here, and the exact price in both pounds as US dollars can easily be found right within the books! Harry’s wand is bought for seven galleons, a galleon being worth about five pounds [mentioned by JK Rowling in an interview and in FBAWTFT/QTTA] means that his wand was £35, or US$53. So there’s some straight-out-of-the-books-and-word-of-god proof that the figures CNN have given are way off the mark. Not to mention the fact that even if you don’t go to Hogwarts, as a magical human you’re gonna have to buy a wand anyway if you want to do magic.
As for the school books, I’ve done an approximation based on various prices given through-out the books and on Pottermore. While these prices involve a substantial amount of guess-work, I think you’ll agree that my calculation is far more accurate than CNNs:
The Standard book of Spells costs one sickle [29p / US59c]. On the back of my comic relief copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them it says it costs fourteen sickles [£4.60 / US$8.26]. One Pottermore, all text books are one galleon [£4.97 / US$10.17] - however Pottermore currency only uses galleons so it’s likely they have rounded off. Lockhart’s books, the most expensive in the series, are five galleons on Pottermore meaning that the exchange rate in the books puts them around two galleons and fourteen sickles [£14.60 / US$20.80]. If we put a high average on this and assume that all textbooks are approximately a galleon [they are likely much less], and that each year has around seven required reading books, the entire price for seven years worth of books would be forty-nine galleons, which equals approximately £243, or US$367 - and remember, this is the maximum estimated price for the textbooks.
For the minimum, we need to consider that the Weasleys get a lot of things second hand, with Ginny’s copy of A Begginers Guide To Transfiguration being described as “a very old, very battered copy” - likely no more than five sickles. If they got all their books around that price, it would cost them no more than £14 / US$21 for the entire seven years worth! So school books, far from being US$516, fall somewhere between US$14 and US$367 for the entire seven years at Hogwarts.
Next we have robe, glove, cloak, and hat prices - these are never mentioned in the books or on Pottermore, so I can’t account for that. However I seriously doubt it’s as a high as they’ve got here. Considering books in the wizarding world are generally much cheaper than in the muggle world, I think it’s fairly safe to assume that clothing is as well. Likely a maximum of a galleon for a single set of robes.
They’ve also forgotten a huge number of things - cauldrons, potion ingredients, scales, and star charts, among others.
I really don’t know where they came up with these figures. It looks like some guy in just wanted to make a story about how expensive Hogwarts would be and put a bunch of American college figures together and thought “yeah, this looks good.”
i’m loving the research here. if only i had the attention span to work on my schoolwork like this person too prove CNN wrong
Is anyone going to mention that the source is from Lehigh University? A news reporter did not do the research, it was probably someone in academia, most likely a college student’s research.
I’m not trying to say that validates it anymore, or how correct it is (I really like miakosamuio's analysis); it's just an observation. Everyone keeps falsely crediting the research to CNN which bugs me because it says very clearly what the source is.
DIRECTOR DAVID YEATS ON TORTURING HERMIONE (x)
“I didn’t shoot it like a scene where you [say] action [and] cut. I kind of let the camera roll for four or five minutes and I let Helena and Emma improvise… build an intensity together. It was getting scary. Emma was able to just let go a little bit and forget for a moment that she was acting. And the screams were quite horrible to listen to. It was a very odd energy in the room. In that moment and in that day and in that room, she kind of crossed the line as an actress. She discovered something within herself that will make her a great actor.”
Just a casual reminder that Harry Potter loves A:TLA.
TOM FELTON IS COMING TO NYCC
See also: First time anything cool has happened at NYCC since I started going
OMG this is seriously awesome!
FUCKING JO DOES NOT MISS ANYTHING!
Wow, going shopping in Diagon Alley on Pottermore makes it actually feel like I’m going to Hogwarts xD
IT ALL ENDS. COKE OR PEPSI?!?!?!?!
I was bored and thought of this, so I put it together in gimp. xD I apologize if someone already came up with this idea. I was inspired by the Always pads Snape parody. I kept thinking, “why does the word ‘always’ ring a bell so much?” and then Robot Unicorn came to mind.
Though I kind of feel like a terrible person right now. xD