harry potter: “albus severus, blah blah blah slytherin tootle toot fart noise you were named after the bravest man i’ve ever known”
teddy lupin: “hey uh… remember my fucking dad”
[albus arrives at hogwarts]
albus: “hello professor! did you know severus snape? my dad says he was the bravest man he ever knew”
neville longbottom: “is that fucking right”
albus meets hagrid for the first time
"well I showed up at your dad’s Voldemort-attacked house and pulled his infant ass out of the rubble to drive him to safety"
"was the first person to tell him he was a wizard, explain what happened to him/his parents and who Voldemort was, and prepare him for school"
"consistently gave him realistic advice, protection, and affection over the years"
"drove him away from his Muggle home and to safety while being attacked by goddamn Voldemort"
"carried what I thought was his DEAD BODY out of the woods while taken captive by Voldemort"
"was the first and most consistent father figure he’d ever had"
"but albus severus. albus… severus. the man who kept him in the dark about what was going to happen to him and used him as a pawn, and the creep who used his position of authority to abuse and mistreat him and his friends for years because of a generally unpleasant attitude AND a schoolboy grudge/crush against Harry’s parents, whom he was partially responsible for the murders of. that’s cool. yeah I get it totally"
yep obviously. It goes like this:
Cishet white rich guy: Do you know where the library is?
Me: DIE CIS SCUM UR LITERALLY SHIT HOW DARE YOU SPEAK TO ME THIS IS SUCH TOP OPPRESSION HOW COULD YOU DARE SPEAK TO ME????????? GOD THE ENTITLEMENT ON U. I HATE YOU AND EVERYTHING U STAND FOR. I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU WOULD ASK ME SUCH A HURTFUL THING HOW DARE YOU THIS IS OBVIOUSLY WHAT SOCIAL JUSTICE IS. THIS IS TOTALLY HOW WE ALL ACT. YOU DEFINITELY SEE THIS ALL THE TIME. YEAH. THIS IS WHAT WE DO. YOU’RE SO RIGHT ANON. YOU’RE SO ENLIGHTENED AND KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT. I RLY HAVE LEARNED WHO THE TRUEEEE OPPRESSORS ARE. YEP IT’S OBVIOUSLY ME. JUST BEING OVERSENSITIVE OR SOME ABLEIST BULLSHIT YOU TELL YOURSELF AT NIGHT AND DAY AND JUST U NO ~~ <3
The basic plot, which cannot be ignored even in the films, is that Harry, Hermione and Ron give up everything for their political struggle. They drop out of high school, they go illegal, defy the government, belong to an underground organization [The Order of the Phoenix], operate out of safe houses and forests and even raid offices of the government and banking offices. This is all done in principled opposition to the Dark Wizard Voldemort and a corrupt bureaucratized government that has been heavily infiltrated with his evil minions. This is revolutionary activity. But the movie version does not present it as such or emphasize these radical aspects of the plot, thereby entirely missing the dramatic sweep and action present in the first half of the last novel.
The novels recognize the importance of alternative media for political struggle. The mainstream press [The Daily Prophet] is shown as unreliable and unprincipled, eventually deteriorating into a fear-mongering propaganda machine for the Voldemort-controlled bureaucracy. For a while the alternative but above ground media [The Quibbler] publishes the real news, but it ceases to print after the daughter of the publisher is kidnapped. In the book, friends of Harry [Lee Jordan, with Fred and George Weasley as frequent guests] start broadcasting the real news from an underground radio station, encrypted with a password. This radio station becomes a critical link for the resistance, which is scattered and weak. Although we are treated to some radio broadcast updates in the movie, they are delivered by a disembodied and professional sounding voice, not our friends the Weasleys. This undermines the important message - a guiding principle behind the media coop - that in a serious situation it becomes necessary to produce your own media and not to rely on ‘professionals’.
The novel makes it clear that in this phase of the struggle the characters romantic lives take a backseat to their political activity, as Harry breaks up with the love of his life [Ginny Weasley] so as to avoid making her a target for Voldemort’s forces, who are known to use torture and kidnapping as tactics. The ‘love triangle’ that becomes the focus of the movie isn’t even really present in the books. In the books, the relationship between Harry and Hermione is totally platonic - Ron is shown as jealous, but the feeling is entirely without foundation. In the book Harry says to Ron: “I love her like a sister and I reckon she feels the same way about me. It’s always been like that. I thought you knew” (pg 378, DH US Hardback). This conveys that men and women can be close comrades and friends without being involved romantically. But in the film, Harry and Hermione are shown dancing romantically, and Harry’s line to Ron about his brotherly feeling towards Hermione does not even make it into the film. This completely undermines the important message that jealousy is counter-productive and has toxic effects, which is an important feminist message for young people.”