It bothered me that there were no Squibs allowed in Hogwarts. Fine, I can get that Squibs would not be able to do any wand magic, and would not be able to fly a broomstick. They still apparently possess enough innate magic to see the school and other magically hidden locations. Out of the classes at Hogwarts that the kids take, a Squib could take and benefit from the following classes: History of Magic, Astronomy, Divination, Care of Magical Creatures, Herbology, MUGGLE STUDIES, Potions (there will be little foolish wand-waving here), Arithmancy, Ancient Runes, and partially theoretical classes on Defense Against the Dark Arts and Charms.
That’s a long list of classes. And some of them are particularly upsetting to me because there’s stuff like History of Magic being left out- that’s their own history they’re being barred from learning. Since Squibs are often forced into the Muggle world, a Squib would make an ideal Muggle Studies teacher and would no doubt be able to teach a more realistic and informative class than someone going off of biased wizarding texts. Squib kids looking into living in the Muggle world would absolutely benefit from learning Muggle studies, especially if they’re from a mainly pureblood family who doesn’t venture out all too often.
And then there’s the rest of them! Arguably you could have a Squib gifted with prescience, and Divination is supposed to be a very accessible branch of magic. Squibs being excellent at taking care of magical plants and animals and making groundbreaking advancements, Squibs working in tandem with each other to breed different magical herbs for potions, Squib potion masters creating all sorts of amazing concoctions. Squibs working with muggleborns and using logic and science to advance magic theoretically, Squibs being huge pro-muggleborn/pro-muggle advocates, Squibs making star charts and Squibs going into the muggle world to use their healing potions in their jobs as nurses and doctors.
Squibs being so completely shut out of magical education was such a sore point for me in the books, especially viewing the treatment of our only prominent Squib- an angry, bitter, glorified janitor often at the mercy of brats with wands. I’m not justifying or endorsing his abusiveness at all, but this was an awful character to use to explore people without magic in a society that bases your worth on it. A lot of time Rowling seems to validate Wizarding prejudices more than she challenges them. While I really enjoy reading the headcanons about Hogwarts being very accessible to people with disabilities, I can’t bring myself to see that as the case with Squibs being treated as they are.
The thing that’s made it very clear to me how much those headcannons are wish fullfillment; given how Squibs are treated. Given St. Mungos. The wizarding world assumes Neville”s parents can’t be helped - so they’re not. No animal contact therapy, art therapy, no potions/drugs. Nothing.
They’re shut away out of sight, fed and clothed but no one works with them.
The wizarding world cares fuck all for the injured or disabled.
Hell, look at ‘mad eye’ mooney; not just the appellation, but wizarding magic can’t bond a prosthetic to an individual. It’s his choice (in universe) how it looks (Rowling’s choice in reality). But it was obvious HIS PTSD was never treated.
The wizarding world cares fuck all for the differently abled.
There’s no magically widening or enlarging doors for Hagrid. No steps appearing for Flitwick.
It’s KNOWN there’s a spell that can wipe out a person’s very sense of themselves if it’s strong enough. There are no measures to deal with the situation. Just more ‘housing’ at St. Mungos.
The fact that Squibs flounder for correspondence courses to try and learn enough to get along in their lives - and are made to feel ashamed for even that; talked down to, etc…
I understand the need to make a childhood (or just general) favourite a better place. But to me, all the; Imagine a Hogwarts - in relation to trans individuals, disabled persons, acknowledgement of a wider world beyond the UK and Europe; one which has brown folk - is ALL about how narrow and closed and lacking Hogwarts and Rowlings writings really was.
The Supremacy in Rowling’s universe is very, very clear. The hierarchies and cast/class system, very very clear.
And the Epilogue makes it SOLID that all Harry ever did was restore the status quo.
Remember, Dumbledore didn’t think twice about anything, until, to his mind the ‘right sort of people’ ended up getting hurt.
I know the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles movie wasn’t good.
It was fun.
If it does well.
I would really like to see a sequel
Or even a series
So long as they keep the designs for the turtles.
I mean…get rid of the nose-holes, sure, but I am just in love with the designs for the turtles.
(And get better writers, give Will Arnett his funny back, and retweak Shredder and Splinter’s designs because…oh my gosh Splinter looked terrifying. I could never tell where he was looking and he looked like an actual drowned rat - like seriously guys try to make him look at least a little endearing maybe? You tried with the turtles and you failed for a lot of people but seriously)