BREAKING: Malala Yousafzai Wins Nobel Peace Prize
Malala, now 17, was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman two years ago in her home country of Pakistan after coming to prominence for her campaigning for education for girls.
She won for what the Nobel committee called her “heroic struggle” for girls’ right to an education.
She is the youngest ever winner of the prize. (x)
On Severus Snape
- HP fans in 2007: Sometimes people are layered like that. There's something totally different underneath than what's on the surface.
- HP fans in 2014: And sometimes there's a third, even deeper level, and that one is the same as the top surface one. Like with pie.
okay, most of what i do re: harry potter is criticism, and hp is flawed in such a number of ways, but sometimes i just sit here and
i mean, you all have a comprehension of just how drastically harry potter changed literature, yeah? like. it revitalized it. it blew the literary scene apart. the new york times had to create a separate bestseller’s list for children’s lit just because harry potter existed. harry potter changed reading.
so many people on tumblr were born in the ’90s. when the first book came out, most of us couldn’t read. but we grew up in a world where everyone, everyone, everyone was reading harry potter, no matter how old they were; we grew up in a world where the most popular story in the entire world was a fantasy children’s book.
it’s sort of difficult to grasp, sometimes, the extent to which harry potter is not just a book. the extent to which what is basically a series of fun, interesting, and fairly good novels is such an enormous, enormous part of our lives, a cultural touchstone, a truly universal reference point, something so many people have shaped their lives around, a foundation for all of the stories we would read and watch for the rest of our lives— for so many of us, the first books we ever loved
the extent to which so many of us can’t call ourselves “fans” of harry potter, because it would like being a “fan” of, like, having lungs.
it’s not even about liking it or disliking it. it’s just a part of us.
#it seriously changed the game though#the childrens lit best seller list#and the fact that they had to change the covers so adults could read it in public without feeling weird#the fact that the internet was becoming a thing around the same time harry potter was becoming a thing#so the harry potter fandom was one of the very first internet fandoms with people on discussion boards and writing fic like it had never been#*before#and now it has solidified its status as a classic while its still contemporary#it embedded itself into our minds so throughly that when we started becoming social activists#we turned to harry potter to apply our theories and activism to#started thinking critically about the race and queer issues at play#started ripping apart JKRs world she created for us not maliciously but because we’re trying to conceptualize#and harry potter is the most readily available touchstone for us to use as a point of reference#i’m just really proud of the way we’ve started critically thinking about the thing that shaped our lives so throughly#and i would reccommend that you read Harry a History which is abook that traces the early harry potter fandom history#you really see how personal it was for the fandom who were young adults when harry potter was still in its infancy#and how its been developed and become this universalized staple we all reference (themaraudersaredead)