What you don’t seem to realized is that there are many different levels of intelligence. Wasn’t Luna the one that found a way to get to the ministry? Wasn’t Luna the one to always comfort Harry- the one who understood him in ways that no one else could? You don’t have to have Book smarts to be considered smart. It’s clear that Luna has very high levels of interpersonal intelligence. To be honest I don’t even know where this is coming from- we never see her in a classroom, we don’t see her grades- wtf are you talking about? Because she believes in things other people don’t? Do we have proof that those things don’t exist!? This was one of the most important themes in the book- Voldemort, the chamber of secrets, the room of requirement, horcruxes, Ravenclaw’s diadem, THE DEATHLY HALLOWS….. people didn’t believe they existed but eventually they were proven wrong. So why should Luna be considered stupid just because she chooses to believe!? And I can’t… because she doesn’t try to make friends!? Really? Fucking REALLY!? WHY would you try to be friends with people who treat you like crap? Who bully you and call you names just because you’re different? No one needs friends like that. And Luna didn’t need people like that in her life and she knew that. Didn’t she eventually find the friends that she deserved? The ones that accepted her quirks and differences and didn’t try and make her change? Frankly, I’m ashamed of you. You’re showing levels of narrow-minded ignorance a Ravenclaw shouldn’t possess.
Fuck, being a Ravenclaw does NOT mean being academically brilliant and overly logical and having a stick up your ass. It means being open to new ideas and alternatives and being willing to think outside of the box; it means accepting that you do not know everything but nonetheless choosing to follow your own path and learn for the sake of learning. It means not judging others for their eccentricities because there are so many different types of intelligence. While it makes logical sense that Ravenclaws would be good at academics and smart, being smart has multiple facets. Two brilliant people could disagree with one another on everything just because their modes of thought and the way they process information is completely different. Luna was different, and the way she processed reality may seem funny, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that she passionately searched for information about things she was interested in, even if that thing is a crumple horned snorkack. Being a Ravenclaw means accepting the world for being a strange and marvelous as it is, and seizing it to learn all of its intricacies. Luna is more a Ravenclaw than you will ever be.
Can we also bring up the fact that one of the magical creatures she “made up” was found to be true, but only certain people could see it so they thought she was insane?
If the thestral was real, who’s to say the other things weren’t?
I knew when the answer opened with those gifs that someone was going to get schooled.
Are we never going to talk about how the “password” to the Ravenclaw tower is a RIDDLE?
A Ravenclaw who is strictly logical will LITERALLY BE UNABLE TO GET TO THEIR DORM. A Ravenclaw who has book-smarts and cannot think outside the box and take the weird answer WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BE A RAVENCLAW. “Which came first, the phoenix or the flame?” “Where do Vanished objects go?”
TO BE A RAVENCLAW YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX. YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO TAKE THE ANSWER THAT ISN’T GIVEN, TO TAKE THE WEIRD OPTION AND FLIGHT OF FANCY AND MAKE SENSE OF IT. BECAUSE THAT’S THE KIND OF RIDDLE RAVENCLAWS LIVE ON. THE KIND OF RIDDLE THAT ACTS AS A KEY TO GET INTO THEIR DAMN DORM.
AND WHAT’S MORE, YOU KNOW WHO WAS THE SHITTIEST TO LUNA, AS FAR AS WE CAN TELL FROM THE BOOKS? OTHER. RAVENCLAWS. RAVENCLAWS ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO COULD HAVE GOTTEN INTO HER DORM AND TAKE THINGS. RAVENCLAWS HAD TO HAVE A BIG FUCKING HAND IN TORMENTING LUNA. WHY THE FUCK SHOULD SHE MAKE FRIENDS WITH THOSE PEOPLE?
this post is so great because it demonstrates exactly how luna got bullied for being different and also how she got a badass posse of friends to save the goddamn world with
Also, let us remember that even if none of the above were true (and of course, all these things are true, house placement is based on the qualities you value the most. So that doesn’t mean you have to be the smartest person ever to be in Ravenclaw, the bravest person to be in Gryffindor, etc. Luna is in Ravenclaw because she wants to be there, because she values intelligence and learning and discovery, and because that is who she is.
Pete Wentz (via perfect)
This is why I am confused by the popularity of the highschool!AU trope. Seriously, being a teenager sucks, and then everything changes for the worse because you grow up. (via mikes-grrl)
I suspect a lot of it is the chance to do it over and make it better than the high school experience we actually had. Have the heroes triumph over the crap, give them the happily ever after love we didn’t find, and recreate a high school experience that’s better in some way than ours.
Plus, there are stories and reactions that can only be told in a high school settings. Try to tell those same stories with adults in a setting like SHIELD? They fall apart in moments.
Wow, I didn’t know I had strong feels about high school AUs.
Ahhh, revisionist escapism? Which I’m not saying as a put down but rather to help me understand. And that makes so much sense: high school sucked over all, so write a story where it is still a bit sucky but has all sorts of cool people and romance and adventure (or whatever) to make up for it. Okay, I get it now! Not that I’ll start reading them much but at least it’s not so confusing to me as to why they are popular. :)
Revisionist escapism is a brilliant phrase for it :-D Just about every high school AU I’ve ever read has people triumphing over whatever sucktastic thing happened to them and that makes me feel so happy, which is why I end up sucked into reading them. I’m following “My Insides Are Copper” right now (foxxcub, woot!) and the idea of all the tangled feelings and enmity hiding attraction works so well in the HS setting and it gives us the chance to read about people getting through that (hopefully) and learning all the things a lot of us just never figured out at the time.
Revisionist escapism. Rewriting our own histories through these characters. Wish-fulfillment for how we wished it might have been. I think that’s a fairly significant part of the attraction to high school AUs.
THIS POST GIVES ME MANY FEELINGS, and i swear i’m not just reblogging for shameless self-reccing (although THANK YOU, selenay, bb!). the thing with high school aus is that the emotions are amplified x 10000; everything is new and horrible and exciting and scary and fascinating. you just can’t get that level of over-the-top emotiveness with adults (unless you’re 50 shades of grey, lol /o\) yes, it’s revisionist escapism (great term!!), but it’s also a chance to play around with situations in a “new” setting, to remember how it was to feel overwhelming want or desire or loss for the first time. teenagers are messy, selfish, fragile creatures, and sometimes it’s just a ton of fun to put our favorite characters—some of whom are very emotionally muted—into their shoes and see what happens.
i just really love high school aus, in case that was in question. ;__;