oh man but what if there was the same culture about magic as with other things in academia. Like there was this old fashioned way of doing potions and casting spells and creating charms and then a street way that might be more edgy and experimental. Like people programming spells and shit into their phones is frowned upon and new spells are considered fake and not real because they were not in the older academic books and a street level alchemy would produce dangerous new things but also kickass new potions and charms to help people but the government would not take them seriously
and people look at new-age magic like new-age medicine, like there are community groups who swap homemade spells like remedies and you can go to an ‘alternative’ school or doctor or what have you and learn more about it but you might not be taken seriously by academia
yes this is good tell me more
ok but pentagrams done in graffiti on the streets is said to be weaker than doing it in some fancy ass other method when there is actually no proof of this being so and books written on how to cast spells are hard to read and dense and annoying but there is a culture pasted down of verbal magic that has evolved into something different and lets take a kid who comes from this street magic culture and is fucking strong and powerful going to some preppy elite school for mages and not knowing how to do shit with all these expensive ingredients for a potion because yo potatoes work just fine too
are you now telling me about class dynamics within magic okay lets play this game
name-brand spell materials come about and are required by academic magic classes just like specific non-resellable textbooks, and people start flea-market style things to swap unused materials after the semester ends, and people finding alternatives to these but the professors won’t let them in class because it’s not approved by whatever government agency/corporation regulates this stuff for safety
people learning how to do magic at home from their parents and communities and coming to school to learn how to do exactly the same thing but less effectively and for more money
city kids coming up with brilliant magical solutions to problems and them not being listened to by academia at large because they didn’t “do it right” or use recognized, branded materials
ok so lets say most people have the ability to be a little bit magical but some people have more than others and are stronger so the elite in this culture have ways to enhance their powers
we have politicians playing games on the regulation of magic use and people being divided on how much power mages get on systems and the price fixing and the stereotypes
lets talk about backwoods magic in middle of nowhere where people have developed spells so specific to the area and their own culture it would be impossible to bring outside
west coast cities having a different lazier form of spell casting with longer reaching ability and more power in the base of the spell where as the upper east coast cities like new york have quick sharp spells that get the jobs done
accents impacting incantations and a kid with a lisp accidentally discovering a new way of casting a spell
cultures across the world which came up with spells for the same thing that work in almost the same way but using totally different methods, words and materials
native language affecting the outcome of spells in a second language just slightly, despite perfect pronunciation
you can enhance your powers by practicing lots of different spells for a long time, but some people have to work and don’t have the time or energy to practice spells other than everyday things like calling their kids and pets home remotely or fertilizing their window gardens or keeping mold out of their fridge or warding burglars away from the window with the broken inside lock
While we’re here let’s think about when people should and should not use magic. Is it even possible to not use any magic? Is magic like atomic force, where it’s always peripherally involved? Is using magic in certain ways and on certain objects illegal? Immoral? Unsportsmanlike? Rude? What about on other people?
#see this isn’t a thought for bucky #i have always loved the fact that he’s ANGRY when he shouts it in ca1 #he’s legit pissed off at the mere idea of leaving without steve #it’s not like #nah man i bet you can jump it #or #i have an actual reason to believe it would be better if we were still together #or even #i am choosing to prioritize you because i love you #it’s so fundamental to him that it crosses out all the other concerns at the moment #it trumps torture and jealousy and shock and all the other stuff #and comes out furious #which is why it sticks past the amnesia and the programming later #it’s not about thought or choice #it’s something deeper than that #even at his darkest and worst he still feels it (ifeelbetterer)
We need to talk about therapists at Hogwarts.
Magical therapists using modified boggarts to do safe exposure therapy for students with PTSD/phobias.
Magical therapists letting kids with PTSD and trauma store memories in personal Pensieves until they’re ready to deal with them.
Magical therapists who give students with depression patronus training and portable cheering charms to help them out.
Magical therapists who give students with panic disorder little Portkeys so when they think they’re about to have a panic attack they can go somewhere calming hella fast.
Magical therapists. Yes.
Made this in an exercise of ‘Actually start something and then finish it, God dammit’.
reblogging for the 15 people who followed me based solely on this
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Yes but imagine students with depression being less affected by the Dementors because they’re used to the shitty emotions they cause.
using their anger at their depression as a thought the Dementors can’t take away to give them strength.
teaching kids who are powerfully affected by the Dementors (i.e. those with trauma in their past) to conjure Patronuses and defending them at all costs
students with depression as mentors
students with depression as leaders.
Can I just say that one of my very favorite parts of Winter Soldier was Nick Fury cocking an eyebrow at the police officers side-eyeing his expensive vehicle and sneering, “You wanna see my lease?”
Because the idea of Nick Motherfucking Fury having to deal with shit as disgusting and petty as racial profiling is sort of painfully realistic and heartbreaking. He’s hugely, massively powerful, and he’s sitting in his bulletproof car pondering decisions of worldwide import, but also he gets pulled over sometimes and asked for his registration because the police assume he stole it.
Ack. I was just so pleased that they included that line.
yeah the import of that really struck me the second time I watched the movie.
The driving while black bit was one of my favorite parts.
Yeah, this really struck me the second time when I wasn’t just sitting there terrified his car would blow up at any moment. It really makes you think of all the shit he had to go through to get where he is today and still the police give him the side eye when he drives up in an expensive car. Also, obviously we find out later they’re HYDRA agents but the car chase scene is literally a bunch of white guys in police uniforms shooting at a single black man and it’s an image we’ve seen a million times (on the news, in the movies, even on Agents of Shield with Mike Peterson) only this time the police are the bad guys and we’re rooting for Nick. I just thought, especially in the context of scene preceding it where it’s made clear that Nick’s had to deal with racism and profiling that it was a interesting choice to make HYDRA the police.
Or as he’s driving through the city with all these people disguised as cops chasing him and shooting at him and knowing that nobody would even think that he might be innocent and in need of help.
okay, this scene is never talked about. this is an important scene, look at belle, face-down in the freezing cold snow after getting bucked off of philippe just moments before. she could have ran away, she could have waited for help, or gone looking for it. but NO, belle decides to step up to the plate and thwack a wolf off of philippe’s back. and her face, she’s scared, terrified, even. but no, she tries to calm philippe down even though she realizes that these wolves are really freakin’ scary. they’re growling and baring their teeth and licking their lips. but belle sticks to her guns, and stands by philippe, dodging their efforts to bite her foot off. AND EVEN AFTER THAT, she’s still there. she decides to play offensive. she swings the branch, and misses. BUT THAT DOESN’T STOP HER. SHE SWINGS AGAIN. and despite her efforts, the stick unfortunately gets broken into two(which i could not show due to my creative limits.) but THIS IS AN IMPORTANT SCENE. belle is a badass, and if this doesn’t prove it, i don’t know what will.