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thewritersramblings: CAN WE TALK ABOUT MIDDLE EASTERN WITCHES AND WIZARDS THOUGH. AND HOW THEY'RE SPELLS WOULD OBVIOUSLY NOT BE LATIN, GREEK OR ANGLO SAXON, BUT INSTEAD LIKE ANCIENT PHOENICIAN, OR SOMETHING. AND THAT THEIR TIES BETWEEN SPELLS AND MAGIC WOULD BE STRONGER SINCE THEIR WORDS ARE MORE ANCIENT AND FAR OLDER SO THEY'D BE WAY MORE POWERFUL???? SORRY FOR THE CAPS?????

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NEVER APOLOGIZE FOR CAPS. PHOENICIAN SPELLS. ARAMAIC SPELLS. LANGUAGES MUGGLES DON’T KNOW ANYMORE THAT HAVE BEEN PRESERVED THROUGH WIZARDING SPELLS IN LITTLE POCKETS OF THE WORLD. SOURCE LANGUAGES NO ONE KNOWS HOW TO ADAPT OR CHANGE ANYMORE BECAUSE THE LANGUAGES HAVE DIED AND PEOPLE ARE AFRAID TO CAUSE LIKE, A NUCLEAR FALLOUT. IM SO EXCITED THANKS FOR THIS.

#WOOOOOO#literally all i wanna do is write a wizarding series set there#and to explore the prejudices of not only class difference and blood difference#but also religious differences and how that affects their magic#and instead of a ministry theres the monarchy#and djinn instead of ghosts#and just ARABIC FOLKLORE /throws rainbow sparkles/#im gonna die#harry potter#language#linguistics#ARAMIC SPELLSSSS#headcanon that bc they use the older/oldest languages middle eastern witches and wizards have no need for wands to channel their magic#bc it’s so pure and strong#ANOTHER HEaDCANON#pets allowed to be brought to school include and are not limited to: sphinxes. fennec foxes. golems.#desert wolves too#basically go big or go home with school pets (the-writers-ramblings

Witches in secret pockets of Morocco who’ve been casting spells with ancient spices long before wands came about. Warlocks in Egypt who knew the double, magical, meaning behind hieroglyphics. A dead language? Latin and Ancient Greek have NOTHING on hieroglyphs. The veritable cacophany of ideas and spells and magic that the trading routes brought in. The Phoenecians with their many-striped sailboats proudly displayed Persian potion ingredients alongside spelled fishing nets woven by Palestinian wizards. Syrian magical folk meet Greek ones, and realize they can best communicate in the Ancient Greek all serious magical students learn. Curly heads bent over ancient spellbooks, and people stare as they converse in a language not spoken for hundreds of years.

Excuse you but can we not forget the jewish lore masters, poring over their tomes in hebrew and aramaic, preserved from their exiled homeland into the diaspora.

And the development of a syncretic magic in yiddish that mixes the subtle lore and subtle word power of the exiled levantines with the raw brute force of germanic magics. — how else did the golem?

DIASPORA SYNCRETIC MAGICS

jewish wizards offering house elves clothes in accordance with the slave laws

jewish wizards using golems as grunt labor

JEWISH WIZARDS

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Yes to the Yiddish spells, too ;-)

Jewish wizards offering clothing to house elves and then constantly debating among themselves whether using a golem or other magically-created entity with some semblance of sentience for manual labor for years or decades is essentially the same thing as keeping a magical being for the same purpose.

See also: endless debates about whether one can use magic on Shabbat, and what sorts of magic qualify as “work”. Like, does it count if you enchant an object ahead of time?

Also debates over the extent to which Divination counts as the “witchcraft” detailed in the Tanach. Actually, I bet there’d be scholars compiling detailed tractates about which spells are kosher, using extensive biblical commentary.

JEWISH WIZARDS HAVING THEIR OWN EXTENDED TALMUD. HOW HAS THIS NEVER OCCURRED TO ME BEFORE??

Magic is a natural extension of the self; Therefore, one should be allowed to use magic on Shabbos. You might put restrictions on what kind of magic, and brewing potions (even ones that don’t require heat) and using wands…

I wrote a paper for a Harry Potter conference on foreign wizardry and how the systems of magic must have evolved to be completely separate entities that have very little in common. We’re only seen a TINY portion of the wizarding world and for the most part it’s Western European. I like to imagine Bill Weasley had to extensively train for cursebreaking in Egypt, because you can’t just waltz into a tomb, wave your wand, shout Latin and expect it to work.

I also love the idea of foreign magics being a bit wonky in a duel against each other because they’re not quite compatible. Like, it’s really hard to block a spell from a foreign wizard because you don’t understand exactly what you’re blocking against.

God, so many foreign wizard feels.

#JEWISH WIXEN THO #(the others are very fab!!!! but i can’t comment) #AND JFC OF /COURSE/ THERE’S A MAGICAL EXTENSION FOR THE TANAKH #BUT IMAGINE THE TALMUD #TWO THOUSAND YEARS OF SQUABBLING JEWISH WIXEN #DOES IT COUNT AS MIXING FABRICS IF YOU TRANSFIGURED ONE OUT OF THE OTHER #DEBATES OVER WHETHER MAGICALLY COOKED BREAD COUNTS AS RISEN #D I F F E R E N T F O O D S #JEWISH FOOD IS ALREADY HIGHLY VARIABLE AND DETERMINED ON PLACE OF ORIGIN#WIZARDING FOODS THAT ARE CHARACTERISTICALLY JEWISH #JEWISH WIXEN DEVELOPING HIGHER LEVEL MAGIC SCHOOLS #JEWISH WIXEN QUESTIONING HOW MAGIC WORKS #WIXEN RABBIS LECTURING ON WHICH ORGANISMS ARE BEASTS OR BEINGS BASED ON SCRIPTURE#JEWISH WIXEN BUILDING THE THIRD TEMPLE ON UNPLOTTABLE GROUND #JEWISH WIXEN BEING VERY CLOSELY TIED TO GOBLINS #(intentional or not the parallels are there) #AND UNDERSTANDING GOBLIN LAW AND COMMISERATING WITH THEM FOR THE PERSECUTIONS#GOBLINS GUARDING ASHKENAZI JEWISH SETTLEMENTS IN RUSSIA #ALL JEWISH POTIONS ARE KOSHER #THERE WAS A LOT OF DEBATE OVER WHETHER MAGICAL ANIMALS WERE CLEAN OR UNCLEAN #JUST #JEWISH WIXEN #harry potter #hp meta (eighthdoctor)

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gotitforcheap:

atheist side of tumblr, care to explain this?

youre right, god is real 

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nerdjpg:

gotitforcheap:

atheist side of tumblr, care to explain this?

youre right, god is real 

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Magwa Falls - Lusikisiki, South Africa (by Hougaard Malan).

oecologia:

Magwa Falls Lusikisiki, South Africa (by Hougaard Malan).

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Thurfall | by @marco    (Switzerland)

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Thurfall | by @marco    (Switzerland)

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lifeof-ty:

Some things I’ve learned: 
Try as hard as you can not to judge. Everyone is the way they are for a reason. You don’t know what happened in their past that made them that way.
It’s good to push yourself out of your comfort zone. It’s easy to get comfortable with your daily routine, but this is the surest way to kill your spirit. Even if you don’t feel like doing something, you never know what could happen if you do. “You won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain” -Jack Kerouac
Be kind. In the end, people will want to be around you if you make them feel good about themselves. Not only that, but it will make you feel good about yourself too. 
Travel. Travel as much as you can afford to, and then travel more. You won’t understand why until you do, but it’s important.
Keep an open mind. You don’t know everything and you’re not always right. Take everything in. 
Keep a dream journal. 
The past and future aren’t real. There is only now. 
Learn to be happy alone. Learn to be happy with people. 
Spend time outside every day. Go on walks or lay in the grass or eat on your patio. It’s easy to forget how important nature is, but I think it has a lot to do with happiness. 
Don’t forget to breathe. 
Take care of yourself because you only have one body. Anything that is naturally bright blue, green, purple or red is magic food. Eat lots of it. 
Reading good books makes you happier and smarter.
Do what you want. Take what other people have to say into account, but then make up your own mind. 
Love.
Be curious. Everything is fascinating when you look close enough.
Do good. Always be nice, but beyond that, find something you deeply care about, and fight for it. I promised myself when I was little that I would dedicate my life to fighting for animal’s rights. Don’t let your life be about feathering your own nest. “You haven’t lived until you’ve found something worth dying for.” -Paul Watson, Sea Shepherds 
Life is funny. Don’t take anything too seriously. If you’re sad about failing a test, just think about how many stars there are in the universe. More than every grain of sand on every beach in the world. Your test is nothing.
You are perfect. The only thing left to work on is realizing this. 

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lifeof-ty:

Some things I’ve learned: 

  • Try as hard as you can not to judge. Everyone is the way they are for a reason. You don’t know what happened in their past that made them that way.
  • It’s good to push yourself out of your comfort zone. It’s easy to get comfortable with your daily routine, but this is the surest way to kill your spirit. Even if you don’t feel like doing something, you never know what could happen if you do. “You won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain” -Jack Kerouac
  • Be kind. In the end, people will want to be around you if you make them feel good about themselves. Not only that, but it will make you feel good about yourself too. 
  • Travel. Travel as much as you can afford to, and then travel more. You won’t understand why until you do, but it’s important.
  • Keep an open mind. You don’t know everything and you’re not always right. Take everything in. 
  • Keep a dream journal. 
  • The past and future aren’t real. There is only now. 
  • Learn to be happy alone. Learn to be happy with people. 
  • Spend time outside every day. Go on walks or lay in the grass or eat on your patio. It’s easy to forget how important nature is, but I think it has a lot to do with happiness. 
  • Don’t forget to breathe. 
  • Take care of yourself because you only have one body. Anything that is naturally bright blue, green, purple or red is magic food. Eat lots of it. 
  • Reading good books makes you happier and smarter.
  • Do what you want. Take what other people have to say into account, but then make up your own mind. 
  • Love.
  • Be curious. Everything is fascinating when you look close enough.
  • Do good. Always be nice, but beyond that, find something you deeply care about, and fight for it. I promised myself when I was little that I would dedicate my life to fighting for animal’s rights. Don’t let your life be about feathering your own nest. “You haven’t lived until you’ve found something worth dying for.” -Paul Watson, Sea Shepherds 
  • Life is funny. Don’t take anything too seriously. If you’re sad about failing a test, just think about how many stars there are in the universe. More than every grain of sand on every beach in the world. Your test is nothing.
  • You are perfect. The only thing left to work on is realizing this. 
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  • gay kid: hey i like your shoes
  • straight boy: haha thanks but im straight
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jabberwockysuperfly:

The lack of tattoos on my body is highly upsetting.

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bobmarleynephew:

I’ve waited FOREVER for this

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rottensalts:

rottensalts:

I managed to make a fully interactive custom npc husband in Skyrim, but somewhere along the way I messed up so if I give him any items the sound of eating bread plays at full blast, nonstop 

reblog if you want a relationship like this

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lovelylamb sewing machine

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