if you’re ever having problems with a boy just remember that at least he never converted his entire country to protestantism just to break up with you
oh my fucking god
SCREAMING BECAUSE I LOVE HISTORY.
This line here is the reason I get so annoyed when people act like Peter wasn’t their friend, when they portray him to be this annoying little tag-along, like he wasn’t a proper marauder.
Sirius would have died for Peter.
It’s what makes Peter’s betrayal so damning, the fact that they all would have died for him. They would have died rather then betray their friend.
Literally there’s NO POINT in peter’s storyline AT ALL if people pretend for a second that he wasn’t a marauder, or that the others didn’t love him as much as they did each other.
Professor Marion Hunt was agreed by all the students to be a superb Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. She allowed students to practice spells and ran a twice weekly duelling club that anyone could attend. She also was a strong believer in magical equality and liked to teach things that weren’t on the syllabus to widen her students’ views.
So on Thursday when her students entered the classroom and saw copies of “Werewolves of the Continent” set on their desks they simply sat down and waited. “Page four-forty-nine please. Werewolves of the Black Forest.” The room was filled with rustling pages.
“Who knows anything about lycanthropy?” she asked. No one looked up from the large diagram on the open pages before them. “Hmm. Very well I shall have to explain a great deal to you.
“Lycanthropy is a magical retrovirus. Recent studies done by Singapore Magibiologists have shown that lycanthropy is transmitted by a virus in werewolf saliva. The virus is only present in the wolf form and completely rewrites the DNA of the one bitten. In muggles it usually results in death but in Wizards and Witches the presence of magic allows the individual to survive. The result is a person - for they are human bar thirteen nights of each year - who is forced through an excruciating transformation each full moon that renders them unable to control the violent urges of the magical wolf.”
Professor Hunt tapped a map hanging from the ceiling and directed small lights to specific spots. “These are the sites of the last twenty Werewolf attacks on the continent; see how spread apart they are? On the continent werewolf hunting used to be a pureblood pastime, and it was banned shortly after the bloodsports, which you will learn about in your History of Magic class.
“Werewolves on the continent lived in packs, the largest of which was in the Black Forest. Because of the pack hierarchy found on the continent that we lack here in Britain, werewolves on the continent varied in violence with the most violent usually ruling the packs. These most violent ones were often also the biggest and the ones marked to be killed or selected as “trophy kills” by the pureblood hunters, and so increasingly when new wolves were bitten they had similarly calm temperaments like the ones who bit them. Over time, wolves began behaving like the common European Wolf, and even some werewolves retained memory of who they were when human and vice versa. Before long these wolves became pack leaders, and with these wixes in charge werewolf packs became almost indistinguishable from mundane wolf packs.”
Professor Hunt tapped the map and the lights changed colour, softening from gold to different shades of orange and red. “The darker the red the older the attacks, the newest, this one,” she tapped a coppery coloured one, “was sixty-nine years ago. Since then all werewolf infections on the continent have been consensual. An individual, often an orphan or disowned by their family will ask a pack registered with their Ministry permission to join them. If the individual is deemed suitable they stay with the pack at the full moon and are bitten.”
Several hands rose and Marion pointed to one, “Yes Phoebus?”
“Isn’t that risky? They’ve got werewolves in a controllable state, all it would take is for one to go feral or rabid and everyone ends up in danger.”
“OI!” Susi cried. “They’re people too! The fact is, they’re capable of higher thinking as wolves now. They won’t attack people. That means you won’t have to lock them up like they do here. They’re lucky. Don’t take that from them.”
The class was silent.
“What, none of you think that? Are you cruel? The Lupin laws were put in place for a reason.”
The Professor laughed. “Brave girl, Susi, to own to thinking as such, and right too. In the past the Ministries on the continent have discussed preventing any turnings but it was quickly agreed that to do so would both bring back the stigma attached to lycanthropy as well as drive to crime those previously mentioned orphans and disowned witches and wizards. The family a pack created was proven to be a stabilising influence on these individuals and the occasional accidental breeding that would occur between the wolves increased the intelligence of the native wolves which reduced non-magical animal attacks.
“Your homework is to pick one of the continental werewolf packs and analyse how the effects of lycanthropy there have changed as well as a projection of what might happen should a British werewolf join them.”
(written and submitted by essayofthoughts, who consistently thinks about magical creatures in new and insightful ways. Here, they depart a bit from the standard reading of canon werewolves, but in so doing offer us a glimpse of how the status quo in the magical world might be altered. Wonderful.)