Uninhibitedly Me

Hello once more!

I am terribly sorry that, once again, this post is late, but at least it is happening this time and not getting shoved aside like some previous ones have been…

Anywho, This post is going to be a little different. I was going to make a post all about the awesome types of pigeons there are in the world, but I will most likely leave that for next week. This post is going to be just for me. You can read it but I am writing it for me.

Last night, I was upset about having to go back to school and leave my home, family, friends, and the fair I am working at. I confided in my mom that I don’t feel like I ‘fit’ in my education classes because sometimes my ideas are really ‘out there,’ as some put it. She told me that it was the loss of everyone in that class to not understand how my mind works. In hindsight, I was just over reacting. While I might not have the super-close friendships that so many of my fellow ed-majors have with one another, I get along with them all pretty well.

However, this is the first time that someone has ever told me that other people not understanding how I think is “their loss.” Mum’s words triggered a thought process in my mind during the 55 minute drive back to my college apartment (which apparently now smells very strongly of a certain plant, compliments of the new neighbors).

I’m done watering myself down for others. I realize that I often hold back the thoughts and ideas that I think are the most fascinating. Those closest to me get to hear them all the time, but many others see me only as the quite person sitting in class with a ball of yarn and a crochet hook, keeping my mouth shut because I am worried about talking too much.

I do not want to be that person for my whole life.

I want to be free to be myself. I want to explode with my ideas instead of keeping them under lock and key. I want to sing when I feel like it instead of only whispering the lyrics under my breath. I want to not be embarrassed for any aggressive typing that so many people call me out for. I am done biting my tongue when someone asks me my opinion. I am done sugar-coating stuff just because the world is touchy-feely place. I’m going to be myself, and I am going to be happy. After all, 2016 has been such a great year, and this has been such an amazing summer. It would be a shame to end the year curled up in a prison I built for myself.

The person I am when I am with my best friends and closest family is who I am happiest being.

I will be ending this short post with one of my favorite quotes of all times. It is from Shakespeare’s Othello  and spoken by my favorite character in the play, Emilia.

“All, all cry shame against me, yet I’ll speak” (Act IV, Scene II, line 234).

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Emilia says this as she reveals that her husband was the conniving eggplant who ruined Desdemona and Othello’s relationship. Of course, the dodo ran her through with his sword, but she spoke the truth. She knew what she needed to say and so she said it despite the consequences.

I don’t plan on being run through with any swords, but I do vow to be myself and live with as much freedom and expression as I can (while still being a responsible and employable human being of course). I’m coming out of my shell.

I vow to sing and paint and write and be as I wish.

I vow to be incredibly, uninhibitedly, me.

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Slytherin for the Win: 3 Examples of Positive Representation of the Slytherin House in “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”

***SPOILER ALERT FOR Harry Potter and the Cursed Child***

Harry Potter, the boy who lived, is a name as commonly known as the president of the United States, especially for my generation. We grew up eagerly awaiting the release of the books and movies that would bring us further into J. K. Rowling’s magical world. There are more young people who know their Hogwarts house (as assigned by Pottermore) than those who do not.

As I mentioned in one of my earliest blog posts, I am a proud member of Slytherin. This house has had a negative representation during most of the Harry Potter series, largely due to the majority of Death Eaters coming from its ranks, including Lucius Malfoy, Bellatrix Lestrange, Severus Snape, and Dolores Umbridge (the mother of all evil, in my opinion). Tom Riddle, Voldemort himself, was also from this house. Slytherins are often viewed as being wrongly selfish, stuck-up, and just plain evil. Despite the negative assumptions many make about the house, the traits used to describe it on Pottermore are “cunning, ambitious, resourceful, shrewd, and determined.”

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There are many great characters emerged from Slytherin as well. Merlin himself was a Slytherin, as well as Regulus Black (here’s why), and even Severus Snape ended up being good despite his twisted way of dealing with Harry. With the most recent addition to the story, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Scorpius Malfoy and Albus Potter join the ranks of not-evil Slytherin wizards.

I’ve been listing a bunch of facts that many Potterheads already know, so I’ll get down to business. This is also where the spoilers start showing up. The representation in of Slytherin in The Cursed Child has changed drastically from the representation this house had in main Harry Potter series.

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1. Albus and Scorpius are Slytherins. This might not have been a big deal, but these are the two main characters of the story. Giving most of the attention to Slytherins instead of anther house elevates the importance of the deeds that these young wizards accomplish and gives them more leverage in changing the perception many fans have of this house.

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2. Slytherin traits are embodied positively. Yes, Albus drags Scorpius along in a line of deeds that almost destroys the semi-peaceful world their predecessors fought so aggressively to create. Yes, they do end up making the same mistake twice. However, they are just children, and they learn. They have a noble ambition: bringing Cedric Diggory back from an early death. Their plan can be described as shrewd. Their cunning nature helps them obtain the Time-Turner that they believe will help them achieve their means. Once learning from their mistakes, Scorpius and Albus are determined to right them, no matter how arduous the task is. They both show their resourcefulness when devising the plan to use the blanket Harry was wrapped in the night his parents were killed to get a message to their families in the future.

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3. Harry starts getting over his issues with Draco and Slytherin. Okay, this is not explicitly said but Harry and Draco do have a reasonable heart-to-heart about being fathers and their families in the second half of Act Four, Scene Four. They work together during the climax of the action in Godric’s Hollow to defeat Delphi and save the world they both have come to know and love. While Harry and Draco may never be actual ‘friends,’ they did learn to overlook the rivalry between their houses and themselves. This could be the beginning of Harry’s true acceptance of the Slytherin house after years of prejudice.

These are just a few examples of the positive representation of Slytherin in Rowling’s latest book, and there are many more hidden within the text. If you have any others that you noticed, please let me know in the comments!

I’ll sign off for today by sharing some of my Slytherin pride!

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Slytherin. You’ll make your real friends. Those cunning folks use any means to achieve their ends.