This is a list I made for YALSA’s The Hub on the wide range of YA literature featuring LGBTQ characters. See the full post and a downloadable pdf here.
HOLY CRAP THIS IS A BADASS ROUNDUP
In case you were looking for reading material.
Me reading terrible fanfiction.
In Salem’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the children learn how some ten years ago three students from their sister school in Britain lead a victorious battle against the evil wizard Voldemort. The children all know the story well, even the Muggle-borns have heard the tales of the Golden Trios adventures. To most children the stories are exciting and during the recess and after classes it’s not uncommon to see the students pretending to slay a basilisk.
Regina Mills is the Headmistress of Salem’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the youngest in the history of the school. She isn’t comfortable around children, but she believes firmly that knowledge is power. Having been raised in a time when the Wizarding world recovered from one Wizarding War and having spent her teenage years reading about the Second Wizarding War raging in Britain, she knew the best way to protect the Wizarding world was to teach the younger generations. Granted, she’ll leave the actual teaching to her staff and stays as far from the rugrats as possible.
This proves a difficult task when one of the new students, Henry Swan, keeps getting into trouble with his teachers. Speaking to his head of house, Regina find out the boy is a Muggle-born and, despite everything he has seen on a daily basis for the past month, keeps insisting magic isn’t real and downright refuses to learn. Also, for some reason, the child never exhibited any signs of accidental magic, which is why the news of him being a wizard came as such a surprise to him and his mother.
Faced with only one course of action, Regina reluctantly sends summons for the boy’s parents to come and discuss the situation.
It’s almost as soon as Regina sees Emma Swan that she realizes there’s something familiar about the woman. She’d already had that instinct about Henry but she’d pushed it aside. Now, though… She knows those eyes and the chin… And something about the manner in which the woman carries herself. And she’d be the right age, too, Regina suspects. But suspecting what she does about the woman’s heritage, how could she be a squib? Deciding to ignore her suspicions about the woman’s heritage for the time being, the Headmistress explains the issues they’re having with Henry.
Emma Swan, in turn, confesses that much of his attitude comes from her. She’s always thought of herself a realist and never so much as read him fairytales because who believes in those? She’d always told him witches and fairies and magic were all nonsense. And when he got the letter a month before school started him and his mom, Emma, were both sure someone was pranking them.
Regina suspects that because of this attitude, and Henry accepting the idea of magic not existing so strongly that he never did any accidental magic. He didn’t believe in it, never had like any other child might, even for some time, so it didn’t manifest and grow in him.
Emma wonders if it would be best to take the kid out of the school and let him return to the non-magical school which he so enjoyed, but Regina explains that, eventually, Henry will start doing magic as it’s in his blood. And unless he’s taught, it’s not going to be safe for him or those around him. It is then decided that Emma should talk to him and encourage him to stay and keep an open mind.
Satisfied with this, Regina does the unthinkable and promises to take Henry under her wing. She does have a dual purpose for this, of course. Not only is she keeping her clean statistics of not one child quitting school before graduating, but she’ll also have a better chance to look into the Swans’ connection to an old curse she’s been reading about since she was a child.
What Emma and Henry don’t know, and what Regina suspects, is that Emma is the long lost daughter of Snow White. Almost thirty years ago, when Regina was just a little girl, someone cast a curse on Snow and her husband, James. They’d all knew of Voldemort, a wizard in Britain, who was waging a war against Muggle-borns and Half-bloods. Though Snow and James were still young, and Pure-bloods, they were determined to help fight against Voldemort. They’d heard of the Order of the Phoenix that was fighting against the Dark Lord, and they gathered a group of people to go and help. After long preparations, it was only weeks before they were supposed to leave Salem and go to Britain, when Snow had discovered she was pregnant. After talking about the change in their situation, Snow and James had decided to stay behind, while the rest of the group went to fight. Most of their friends were either killed or came back injured, all within a few months.
Snow eventually gave birth to a daughter, but that very night Death Eaters came, under orders from Voldemort, to stop the ‘rebellion’ from spreading. They cursed Snow and James, freezing them. Their baby daughter of only few hours disappeared that night. Some said Voldemort used her for rituals, while others thought that he simply killed her. Rumors of the latter grew especially popular a few months later when Voldemort tried, and failed, to kill Harry Potter.
But, even with Voldemort gone, the curse placed on Snow and James stayed in place and even today they were in the almost forgotten section of the St. Ann’s Wizarding Hospital. And no one ever did see their baby girl again. Until perhaps now.
Okay so this is a map of Panem..
Throughout all the books in my head it was just like this
But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep..
weirdest thing about this show…
a lead actor knows her character and her character’s story better than the writers do.
Wasn’t going to reblog again but that comment is so damn relevant…shows what the two idiots know
“Why don’t you come in?” Regina says sardonically as Emma bursts through her doorway without so much as a hello. She resembles something like a human tornado as she paces circles around the vast hallway, muttering under her breath as Regina closes the front door and waits. Her mother had always…
a collection of my favorite emma and regina manips i’ve done the past two years :) my dash needed a megapost along the lines of the color of the sky swan queen style!
Thank you!! :)
Silly anon. Lesbian shit only ever improves things. Everything goes better with lesbians! What ruins real OUAT kisses? Real OUAT kisses.
That lesbian shit is 10000x better than the real OUAT kisses.
It keeps getting better… Damn, SWEN… Bring it.
OMG PLEASE KEEP THEM COMING I WANNA SEE THIS ON MY DASH AGAIN AND AGAIN.
HOLY CHEESEBALLS MCFUCKMUFFIN! THIS IS THE BEST POST OF THE YEAR!
hell yes!! Masterpost of swan queen kisses is HEEEEREEEEE!!!!!
all of SWENeveryone in the world to read and review at least one SQ fic on ff net or AO3 with under 100 reviews/comments that was posted over a week ago.
Let’s show some love to the
‘less popular’as of yet not widely known authors & maybe discover some gems in the process!
best part is that it’s even scarier when they lift the cup and nothing is there and they think it got out
i think you need a nap satan