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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
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.
WIZARDS AND WITCHES FROM MEXICO
SPELLWORK FROM MEXICO, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND SOUTH AMERICA
POTIONS WITH CACAO, CACAO AND ALL THE MAGICAL PROPERTIES
MAGIC IN CUBA
SOMEONE CONTRIBUTE TO THIS BECAUSE I CANT AND IT FRUSTRATES ME
Filipino wizards. Filipino wizards who work with alum to purify their spellcasting, and can embed practically any effect into anting-anting (magical amulets), who walk around with their necks and wrists and waists and ankles clattering with amulets of stone and wood and metal and seashells, comparing their amulets with each other. Filipino wizards who use insects to heal and to harm, who carry little woven baskets filled with moths and crickets and butterflies and locusts. Filipino wizards who draw upon the rich botanical landscape of the islands, whose herbology skills would make any Western wizard weep and go down on their knees in envy.
Filipino wizards who race tikbalang for kicks, who sing along with the marcupo dragons (and sometimes accidentally put entire towns to sleep), who swim with the sirena and learn their language and learn the secrets of the sea from them. Filipino wizards who hunt down rogue aswang, and who can spend night upon night conversing with diwata under the great spreading branches of a balete tree.
Filipino wizards who were shot dead by invading Spaniards, and who eventually learned to block bullets with their anting-anting, but learned it too late, when so many of their brethren were dead, their people enslaved and under the yoke of a foreign power.
Honestly part of the reason I tend towards making human characters first when given an option otherwise has a lot to do with the fact that there are at times themes and narratives I’d like to explore with characters that simply wouldn’t have the same impact if it were to be pushed off onto a fictional non-human race.
For example: exploring non-masculinity in a male character simply would not have the same effect if you were to explore it in an elf rather than a human. As a friend of mine put it very well: “you will see one hundred gay elves before you see a gay human.”
There’s this trend in fantasy genres to see narrative explorations into gender/gender roles, sexuality, race, and so on pushed onto non-human races while the humans remain Pillars of Normalcy — straight, white, heterosexual, gender conforming. “Traditional.” This can and does have a very othering effect, because audiences simply aren’t expected to relate to non-humans in quite the same way as they are to humans (that isn’t to say that people don’t relate to non-human races, or in some instances moreso, but in the greater picture I would consider this the exception and not the rule), hence why we see a lot of the human everyman while we see greater diversity of views and expressions in non-human races, such as women and PoC in leadership roles, gender non-conformity accepted as normal, and same-sex relationships. It’s “easier” for many to accept a gay elf over a gay human, because by virtue of being an elf they are different and therefore it is a more immediate reaction for a viewer to place them outside their own experiences.
And thus I think it’s extremely important to explore challenging and subversive narratives among human characters and the human race/s in fantasy (and science fiction) stories. It’s something that for many people hits closer to home, it challenges a status quo more directly. Do I think such themes and narratives should also be explored in non-human races? Of course! However, non-human races shouldn’t exist to do so so it doesn’t have to be done with humans because a brown elf or a gay argonian is less controversial than a gay human or a human that is african-passing, much less one in a leadership position, for example.
Sure, people make boring everyman human characters. People also make cliche and trope-y elves, dwarves, and so on, oftentimes in ways that are just as problematic as the human characters. So that said, I would think twice before you immediately write off all human characters, original or otherwise, as being inherently “boring”.
P.S. if you have to make your character a non-human race to make them interesting, your character is probably suffering in ways that are far more significant than something that is simply a matter of race.
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AFP: 57 more deaths from the Ebola epidemic in west Africa have pushed the overall death toll from the outbreak to 729, according to the World Health Organization.
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