A/n: Set during the HBP with Death Eater Draco. Angst.
It was never how he imagined his life would turn out, you both knew that and it was blindingly obvious when anyone took a second to look at Draco as anything more than his father’s son.
The summer you spent at Malfoy Manor after Lucius got sent to Azkaban wasn’t as much fun as the previous one when Narcissa had let you and Draco run wild around the house.
No, that summer was spent stepping on eggshells around the woman whose husband was in the worst place one could imagine and trying to comfort Draco.
You always saw a dark side in Lucius, at just 11 you were pretty sure that 11-year-old Draco hadn’t come to his conclusion about muggle-borns by himself and when you finally saw Lucius a year later in Flourish and Blotts being incredibly rude to an 11-year-old Ginny you confirmed your theory of this wicked man’s brainwashing.
It wasn’t until third year that you really got close with Draco after you had to take him to the infirmary. Of course, by then you knew his very vocal position on people of different origin than him and yourself but there was a good side of him that you saw, even if it was buried under a mountain of horrible comments.
As soon as you were allowed to leave to Hogsmeade on weekend trips you accompanied Draco and his friends and, although it took him a few long weeks, he eventually asked you out on a date and later that year to be his girlfriend.
And it was good until summer came and Draco asked you to come with him to the Quidditch world cup. Usually, seeing Quidditch with your boyfriend in some of the best seats in the stadium wouldn’t have been a concern but you knew you were going to have to meet Lucius. Thankfully, possibly due to your blood status, Lucius liked you and agreed you should date Draco. Narcissa was happy, as long as Draco was.
Once the Triwizard Tournament was announced you were regularly at Draco’s side to watch the competition, letting him complain about Potter and staying up late together to finished your homework. And of course, the yule ball, where Draco was the perfect gentleman and dancer you were sure his mother trained him to be.
That summer was the first time you’d visited the Manor and Narcissa promptly invited you to stay the whole summer, noticing how happy Draco was one night while you played hide-and-seek in the dark. And staying with the Malfoy’s was far more fun than you’d imagined it would be. Possibly you were too blinded by your love for Draco to notice Lucius absence and whatever strange was happening behind those big door of the dining room.
Arriving back at Hogwarts for your 5th year was like going back to reality from your dreamland with Draco, not a nice feeling. Then the rules started coming down hard and fast thanks to Umbridge. Thankfully as you were Draco’s girlfriend and Draco kept to the rules, Umbridge didn’t hate you. Of course, there were still quite a few late-night rendezvous in Draco’s dorm with a silencing charm.
Then the drama started and was over before you and the rest of the school knew the full story. Draco’s whole demeanour changed and you watched him close up as his father was taken away. As Narcissa loved you and thought it would help Draco come to terms with what he needed to do, she invited you back to the Manor for summer.
And that is where you are now. Draco’s room. Fixing your eyes on the luxurious decor to avoid seeing his pale, drained face. Now you were sure there was nothing worse than seeing someone you loved losing themselves.
“You should go home.” Draco finally said, causing your eyes to snap back onto his. He was standing in the middle of the room, pacing, as you sat on the bed.
All you could manage was shaking your head. “Draco Malfoy.” You began, standing up and taking a step over to him. “I love you so, so, so much and I am not going to let you fall into the trap of thinking you’re like your father. And there is no chance I’m leaving.”
“But what if I am, Y/n. How do you know?” He was stressed out, so drained it looked like he hadn’t slept or eaten in a week.
You knew because no matter what he did you would love him, forever. “Draco, I’ve known you weren’t like him since I saw Lucius bullying Ginny Weasley when we were second years.” You reached your hands out to him to make him stop the mindless walking. “We’re all products of our system and your system was a bad one, he’s been talking this into you since you were born and I know you don’t have to do this. Look me in the eyes and tell me you want to do this.”
Draco’s face softened, slightly. His jaw rested slightly and he stopped looking around anxiously. “I don’t. But I have to.”
“I know.” You told him as you pulled him down to place a kiss on his cheek. “Your place at the moment is out there with them.” You nodded to the door.
“No, my place will never be anywhere but your side.” Draco frowned, looking unhappy.
You looked at him with a frown. “Draco, I know but for now I think the best move to make is keeping your head down and doing what you need to until this is all over.”
He looked defeated but you weren’t sure if it was because of your words or his day. “Can we just cuddle now?” He asked, with that sweet smile you had missed.
“Yes, whatever you need.” You told him as you pulled him onto the bed. He toppled on top of you, finally letting the muscles in his body relax as you embarrassed him.
He was quick to fall asleep, on your chest as you ran your hands through his blonde locks. It was the best (and only) sleep he’d gotten in weeks.
Let's be real, the only reason so many dark lords come from Slytherin is because of their approach to gaining power. A Hufflepuff could rule the world just as easily, it's just that they would be loved for it and I'm not entirely sure anyone would be aware it was even happening.
Gryffindor: Playing the white knight, gaining supporters as someone pure and wholesome
Hufflepuff: by making friends and earning loyalty and love
Ravenclaw: Maybe a teacher but definitely get a reputation as someone who knows your stuff.
Slytherin: Playing the political game and doing what you need to to reach that end goal.
description- an essay i wrote when i should have been doing actual course work
warnings- mentions of abusive households, spoilers for the HP series, mentions of death, and dumbledore slander. (duh)
I have read the Harry Potter books around twenty times, along with dozens of fanfictions based off of the series. My friends and family have suffered through hour-long rants on subjects such as Snape being the worst character, racism in the writing, and how characters such as Fleur and Lavender are a projection of Rowling’s own internalized misogyny. (Warning: spoilers for the Harry Potter series below!)
The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling is arguably one of the most well known book series in modern times. With over 500 million copies sold worldwide, these books have been read by millions of people. The story follows orphaned main character Harry Potter as he learns he is a wizard and has a mortal enemy that he will consequently face every book. Harry begins to study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which is presided over by Headmaster Albus Dumbledore. Dumbledore was written to represent the Mentor character that is so commonly found in any Hero’s Journey type of story; however I do not believe Dumbledore deserves any praise. I believe that Albus Dumbledore was the true villain of Harry’s story.
Before I dive into the prompt, I would like to first clarify that this is actually not how Rowling had intended for her character to be interpreted. Although she has to be accredited with the fascinating world-building of her series, I don’t like to provide her with any unnecessary praise. Rowling has shown through her social media that she is transphobic, homophobic, anti-Semitic, and racist. Her judgment is incredibly flawed and therefore reflected in her work; Rowling truly believes that Dumbledore should be praised.
In the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, young Harry is sent to live with his non-magical Aunt and Uncle proceeding the murder of his parents. While standing on the end of the street and conversing with Professor McGonagall, Dumbledore says, “It’s the best place for him— His aunt and uncle will be able to explain everything to him when he’s older. I’ve written them a letter.” (pg 14.) The Dursley’s were incredibly neglectful towards Harry, border lining on the edge of abuse. Harry often went days without meals and spent weeks locked inside the cupboard under the stairs. In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, book number six, Dumbledore finally explains why he allowed a child to grow up in such horrible conditions. Since Lily Potter sacrificed herself to protect Harry, that protection would continue as long as he spent at least one day a year with her blood relatives. Dumbledore could have easily found a magical family to take Harry in, and have the boy visit his aunt and uncle once a year. It was completely unnecessary for him to be raised by them, yet Dumbledore simply did not care.
Throughout the series, Dumbledore manipulated nearly everyone around him in a variety of ways. One example of this was his relationship with Rubeus Hagrid. In the year 1945, the Chamber of Secrets was opened by Tom Riddle, (young Voldemort.) During a flashback scene, a suspicious Dumbledore has a conversation with Tom Riddle and asks, “Is there anything that you wish to tell me?” (pg. 245) regarding the Chamber. Dumbledore already knew that Riddle was the one to open in, yet he stood aside and did nothing when Hagrid was later blamed. Once Dumbledore was appointed as Headmaster of Hogwarts, he allowed Hagrid to become a gamekeeper for the school. Poor Hagrid views Dumbledore as his savior, which the old man uses to his advantage. Dumbledore was constantly having Hagrid risk his life and freedom by running errands for him. On page 59 of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Hagrid performs magic after Uncle Vernon insults Dumbledore. After his expulsion from Hogwarts, Hagrid was banned from doing magic. He is so blindly devoted to Dumbledore that he is willing to break laws to “defend his honor.” When the Chamber of Secrets is opened again in book two, Dumbledore stands aside and allows Hagrid to be taken to Azkaban, the wizard prison, even though he knows Hagrid could not have opened the Chamber.
Dumbledore is consistently described as a great and powerful wizard. Readers are meant to believe that there is nothing the man can not do. It is true that Dumbledore was extremely talented. We know this because of his part in defeating Grindelwald in the 1940’s, the various awards given to him by the Ministry, and him being appointed Headmaster of the school. Yet Dumbledore did very little to help defeat Voldemort, instead opting to use two generations of child soldiers. The Order of the Phoenix was an organization that he started in the 1970’s, which was made up of mostly 18-20 year old's that were fresh out of Hogwarts, Harry’s parents included. During the May 2nd 1998 Battle of Hogwarts, the majority of the fighters were teenagers. And where was Dumbledore? Well, he was conveniently dead by then, after plotting with Snape in the previous book to have him be “murdered.” Dumbledore was selfish and careless when he essentially raised Harry to be a sacrificial lamb, knowing that he was Voldemort’s 7th horcrux all along.
“Help will always be given at Hogwarts, Harry, to those who ask for it.” Dumbledore loves to emphasize how Hogwarts can essentially be a home and family for those who do not have one. That is, if they are in Gryffindor. Although Rowling paints members of Slytherin house to all be evil and conniving, that is not at all true. (Not that Rowling considers Snape to be the only redeemable Slytherin, which I completely disagree with.) Horace Slughorn and Regulus Black are examples of Slytherin characters who bravely fought against evil in their own special ways. In Regulus’ case, he sacrificed his life to further hide one of Voldemort’s horcruxes. Slughorn was able to put past his sense of pride and divulge vital information to Harry, even though it embarrassed him. But Dumbledore believes that being sorted into Slytherin House is like having the world EVIL branded across your forehead. When a young Tom Riddle was sorted into Slytherin, Dumbledore no longer made any attempts to help the boy. Much like Harry, he was a half-blooded orphan who had no idea of his heritage before coming to Hogwarts. Seeing as Harry was a Gryffindor, he was given extra favors and help from Dumbledore that prevented him from becoming evil, which was a very real possibility. Even after his time as a student at Hogwarts, Tom Riddle returned to the castle seeking out a job as a teacher. Dumbledore refused him the job, which would have been an excellent opportunity to keep Riddle in check and prevent him from becoming the monster that is Lord Voldemort. But Dumbledore turned him away, and is therefore responsible for the man he later became.
Although the Harry Potter series is marketed towards elementary school children, I have realized that as you mature, there is so much more that you will take away from the book series. Rowling’s intended themes are one of love, death, and friendship. Looking deeper, you realize that the story is essentially the story of two boys. By the neglect and manipulation of Dumbledore, one became the greatest villain, and the other the greatest hero.
Hi! I love your blog (specially your sly x huff mini series.) Anyway I’m here with a 101 fever and just was wondering what do you think a Slytherin taking care of a Hufflepuff while their sick would be like? Please don’t waste your time writing a whole story for this little idea just wondering what you thought of!
Thank you 💚🤍💛
aww I'm sorry to hear that, I really hope you feel better soon:(!! and I love the idea :D I've already written a story where Slytherin is the one who's sick and Hufflepuff takes care of her, but I wouldn't mind writing a few headcanons for a situation where it's the other way around.
Firstly, Hufflepuff doesn't even realize that they're sick bc it hit them out of the blue and they're always looking out for other people and never themselves
but of courseeeeeee slytherin notices bc its✨hufflepuff✨ and slytherin's head snaps up at the first cough or sniffle
"are you okay?"
"yeah im fine i just-"
before huff can even finish their sentence, sly is all over them, touching their forehead and stuff
and yes indeed sly immediately knows huff is sick
usually sly doesnt like being around sick people bc they dont want their sickness to rub off of them
lmaooooooo when one of their friends (sayyyyy ravenclaw? or gryffindor, whatever u want) was sick, slytherin was like
(HEHE I IMMEDIATELY THOUGHT OF ADDING THSI REACTION MEME, I HOPE IT MADE U LAUGH BC IT DID FOR ME)
"GET AWAY FROM ME"
but its different with hufflepuff (lets be honest, its always different with huffpuff😌✨ i.e. when asking sly for some of their food - for their friends, its "ill pay for you to have ur own" (bc lets not make sly seem so coldhearted, theyre a good person! ride or die folks) but for huff, sly just gives them the whole thing but end up sharing bc huff feels bad and its more fun sharing)
ok anywaysssss yes its different with huff when THEYRE the ones who is sick
tissues, warm blankets, homemade soup (huff learns that sly makes one hell of a good soup)
they spend the day watching movies together in bed
hufflepuff's skin feels uncomfortably hot but its ok bc slytherin is naturally cold-skinned so it equals out
AND BADABING BADABOOM HUFFLEPUFF BEGINS TO FEEL BETTER AND BOTH SLYTHERIN AND HUFFLEPUFF HOPE YOU DO TOO, BELOVED ANON<3 <3 <3
I am playing @gameofdrarry Exploding Snap 2021. This is for my Two (2) of Hufflepuff card.
Title: To Touch a Unicorn
Exploding Snap Trope: Hurt Comfort
Word Count: 12,546
Tags: Angst; Drama; Hurt/Comfort; One Shot; Pre-Slash; Unicorns; Past Threats of Rape/Non-Con
Summary: Teaching at Hogwarts is more than Draco ever expected to aspire to after the war. He would be content if not for two things: Harry Potter visiting to give lectures on Defense Against the Dark Arts, and those bloody unicorns.
Excerpt: “But—you sound as if you think you’re below me in some way.”
“Everyone’s below the Savior,” Draco said quickly.
Potter gave an irritated motion of his shoulders and head, as if he were shrugging off a compliment he’d heard so many times that it meant nothing. Draco sneered. He understood the political power and social cachet of Potter’s name, even if the idiot didn’t. That was one of the ways in which he refused to ignore reality. He would not forget who Potter was, who he had been, who he continued to be. And he’d had it drummed into his head during his months in Azkaban who Draco Malfoy was.
“No one is,” said Potter. “But especially not you.”
Rec Notes: This story was so wonderful. It was difficult to pick just one excerpt to share. I loved the idea of Draco being plagued by unicorns while teaching Care of Magical Creatures at Hogwarts. Draco as a Care of Magical Creatures professor worked so well in this story,
Harry was also very emotionally mature, which felt unique to me. Harry has done a lot of healing before this story takes place, and that allowed him to help Draco with his traumas. I enjoyed watching Harry help Draco deal with his repressed feelings involving the war. I also loved watching Harry be the one to pursue a relationship.
slytherin is chipped china mugs steaming with hot tea. dark green tropical leaves that are leathery to the touch and exude the scent of freshness. jewellery made from gleaming silver. the sound of the wheels of a bicycle against concrete as you try to pedal faster than everyone else. a balcony in an isolated city, the building complete with window shutters. fabric matching the colour of paint. the deep sea green of a churning ocean, a lighthouse in the distance. diving headfirst into a project. leaders, dreamers and rebels.
ravenclaw is staying up for hours to finish that painting you’ve been doing instead of anything else for days, but throwing away the finished result. wishing upon a shooting star even though you know it won’t come true. wandering along an isolated beach, collecting seashells that catch the eye. soft morning light that filters through white curtains casting shadows on the wall. long hair tied back messily. the wingspan of a bird of prey high up in the clouds, looking down upon the world from a different perspective. a spiral staircase curling deep into the ground. knitted sweaters made from soft cotton. glitter running through your veins. the inky blue of a night sky, almost black, or the bronze of a wax seal. marble set with cracks and lines of colour. not believing everything you think.
hufflepuff is blackberry picking in the autumn and the sweetness of the berries as you crush them on your tongue. the world bathed in gold. squinting against the sunlight and closing your eyes to savour a moment in time. running through the ruins of a stone building and weaving through the carpeted hallways. handwritten letters folded into envelopes. feeling heartbeats with your palm. yellow flower petals curling into one another as they dry. wrapping your hands around a mug containing a hot drink and letting the warmth bleed into your skin. the patience to try again.
gryffindor is the crash of waves on the shore, the spray of salt water slowly dampening your hair. the feeling of anticipation before a test, and the elation after finishing it. the steep climb to the top of a hill and looking down on the view as the wind whistles past your ears. chipped nail varnish that you don’t have the energy to repaint. fireworks spraying the night sky with a thousand colours. the papery texture of a crumpled map, leading somewhere brand new. watching clouds float past and searching for the different shapes. music. gilded walls. the vast emptiness inside a library where the pages seem to whisper. red bricks splashed with rain water. a ripped-edged masterpiece.
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Estrid met Lucian Marsh when he was 5 years old. His father was an Auror who had been brought to St. Mungo’s in critical condition after being tortured by a Dark Wizard. Estrid sat with him for 2 days until his father passed away. Lucian’s mother was a muggle who was no longer in his life and he had no other family to speak of. Estrid had grown fond of the boy and decided to take him on as her ward, officially adopting him a few months later. Lucian is an outgoing, energetic young boy, but on the rare occasion Estrid can get him to sit still, he loves to paint with her and becomes quite good at it.
Lucian attends Hogwarts as a Hufflepuff where he quickly gains a reputation as a troublemaker. He’s easygoing, kind, and has a sense of fashion that would rival Estrid’s late partner, Ru (@carewyncromwell). His favorite subjects are DADA and Transfiguration, but he loathes History of Magic. He also played Keeper for the Hufflepuff quidditch team from years 5-7. After graduating from Hogwarts Lucian becomes an (unregistered) animagus and pursues a career as an Auror.
(Lucian’s face claim is Chance Perdomo)
2 years after she adopts Lucian, Estrid finds Emmeline Cartwright living in a muggle orphanage. She’s been there for most of her life and it’s presumed that she’s Muggleborn. Estrid adopts her when she’s 7, the same age as Lucian. Emmeline is very shy when she first comes to live with them until Estrid shows her how to use Ru’s old photography equipment which she had been curiously eyeing. She’s also very interested in Estrid’s Veela heritage. Lucian is very excited to have Emmeline living with them and invites her to be his sister. They get on right away and soon become thick as thieves. Emmeline likes playing in the garden with Lucian and baking with Estrid’s mother, Sofia.
Emmeline attends Hogwarts as a Gryffindor where she excels at Muggle Studies and Herbology. She’s made Prefect in her 5th year and also starts a photography club. Emmeline is kindhearted, loyal, and has a silly sense of humor. After Hogwarts, Emmeline wants to become either a Dragonologist or Herbologist.