My name is Mandi. Here, you'll find reblogs of Harry Potter, especially Remus Lupin, some Doctor Who and Sherlock, minimal stuff from a few other fandoms, and a whole lot of equal rights.If you have a question, feel free to ask!
tagged by empresstheodoras! These are cool questions, Kylie :)
1. what would your words of advice be if you could talk to yourself right before you entered high school?
My younger self had issues with trying too hard, so I would have told her to not take history if she didn’t like it, and to not worry about staying in stressful advanced classes just to be with her friends. I enjoyed a lot of those classes, but I can think of a few where my time could have been better spent.
2. what’s your favorite type of weather?
I have an exact answer for this. My favorite weather is when it’s freezing cold outside, but super sunny right after a rain storm.
3. how do you make your favorite meal?
This may not be my favorite meal, but it’s my go-to meal when I don’t have a lot of time and I want something tasty. I take some spiral noodles, a can of tuna, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper, and Italian seasoning. Mix it all together and you’ve got a healthy and refreshing meal that’s super quick to make!
4. who was the biggest inspiration to you at the hardest time in your life?
The hardest time in my life was during college, where I had some issues with a bad relationship. My younger sister was a big part of how I got through it. We never got along when we were kids, mainly because my sister struggled heavily with her sexuality and gender and took it out on the rest of us. Our extended family always belittled her, and she dropped out of high school because the bullying was so bad. I tried to help but she didn’t want it, so we fought. By the time this guy came around, my sister had sorted herself out and was making a lot of changes in her life. She was getting her GED, making supportive friends, and got a job. I really admired how she was able to persevere though all the crap she dealt with, and we started talking. We had actual conversations, we apologized to each other, and we understood each other. Getting to know the positive person my sister had grown into really changed my mood. That guy didn’t matter so much when I had a new great friend. I like how much we talk now, and I am so happy we don’t fight anymore. She’s still a big inspiration to me because she’s been so strong. I hope I’m helping her as much as she helped me.
5. when did you realize you loved to do your current favorite thing?
An elementary school friend and I used to play imaginary games where we would insert ourselves into various fantasy worlds, like Harry Potter and Narnia. We would imagine how the story would change if we were part of it. I wrote all these ‘adventures’ down and we would come back to it each time we hung out and add more to the story. As we got older, my friend took it in the direction of tabletop RPGs, but I turned it into an avid love for writing. Now I write my own stories using my own characters, and I try to write at least once a day.
6. which hobby do you wish you could learn?
I’ve always wanted to learn knitting or crocheting. I know how to do needlework, and I can sew on a button if it falls off, but knitting seems like a lot of fun!
7. who’s your favorite fictional lady?
Currently, Leslie Knope tops my list for best-written female character on TV. She is so positive and enthusiastic and she isn’t afraid to feel what she feels! I relate to her a lot and I draw inspiration from the fact that, even though it took her a while to accomplish her dreams she fought for what she wanted and keeps fighting for it. I also have much love for Nymphadora Tonks because she was a young lady with a kick-ass job and it really stuck with me that she could change her face but kept it how she liked it. Daine from the Tamora Pierce gets an honorable mention because she could talk to animals and that was super cool!
8. talk about your mom
My mom is a nematologist, and she works with a lot of cool scientist ladies! All her coworkers say she is the most genuine person they have ever met, as she says what she thinks and doesn’t let a lot of things bother her. “Don’t worry, be happy” is her life motto. She was one of the founders and volunteers for the Girl’s Science Club at my elementary school, and I was so bummed when they paired me with some other mom (it was a rule that you couldn’t work with your own mom)! Sewing is a four letter word to her and I had to learn a lot of feminine things like how to shave and what make up to use by myself. She taught me not to get too hung up on female beauty, and she turned 46 five years in a row because she didn’t want to be 50. Currently, she runs my dad’s business (he claims it’s his business but really he just works for mom) while maintaining her full time job. She doesn’t get along with her sisters due to childhood drama and she regrets it, so she constantly encourages me and my sisters to get along. She is such a wonderful lady, and I wish everyone could know her and love her like I do.
9. which childhood pet had the biggest impact on you?
I had a German Sheppard named Jasmine when I was three years old. She was the most mild mannered dog you could ask for and she was so attached to me that I could take her on a walk without a leash and never once worry she would run off. Even though she was the family dog, I fed her, brushed her, walked her, and taught her tricks. She taught me about love and responsibility, and she lived to be 14 years old before developing a tumor in her snout. Her loss really helped me come to terms with death, way more than all three grandparent deaths I had experienced before then.
10. where is your favorite place to just be?
This would have to be the beach. I live in the Pacific North West, so the beaches are cold, but I still love them. On a warm day I could stand for hours ankle deep in the water, letting the waves sink my feet lower and lower into the sand. If it’s cold, I like to find a piece of driftwood to sit on and stare out to the ocean. I can think very clearly when I’m at the beach. The white noise of the water and wind blocks out any of the other people, and it’s very peaceful.
an abridged list of things that jkr should actually regret about the hp series, feel free to add ur own
- albus severus potter’s name
- no queer representation / outing dumbledore after the series was over and expecting that to be enough
- attempting to make snape a sympathetic character and erasing the awful things he did in the name of ‘true love’
- ginny and mrs weasley slut shaming fleur
- remus and tonks’ relationship and not acknowledging the questionable/gross way that they got together
- villainizing all slytherins
- letting s.p.e.w. and hermione’s white savior complex go unexamined
- using white people or magical creatures as metaphors for racism and other real world issues in general
- lyncanthropy being an allegory for hiv/aids / erasing the queer history associated w/ hiv/aids
- enforcing the belief that the only way to have a happy ending in life is to be straight, married, and have 2.5 kids
- the entire epilogue