and in that moment, the entire movie theater burst into tears
i think this was the moment that made most of us despise umbridge more than voldemort
most of us?! don’t you mean ALL of us?? I don’t think even Voldemort liked this bitch!
No one likes Umbridge.
I heard, one time, a dementor kissed her and IT died
Voldemort committed genocide, but Umbridge dared to be female while she abused her power.
The point isn’t that Umbridge was worse than Voldemort; it’s that everyone hates her more. And I think it has nothing to do with her being a woman and everything with being the sort of cruel most of us have actually experienced.
I mean, look at Voldemort. He’s basically Wizard Hitler, which is, obviously, an incredibly terrible thing to be. But most people—especially the younger people in Harry Potter’s target audience—have not had their parents murdered by a xenophobic cult leader. Nor have they fought for their lives against giant snakes, been kidnapped for dark rituals, or watched numerous friends die in front of them. Voldemort’s crimes are numerous, but they’re distant and fantastical, like hearing about a serial killer on the news.
But they have had that one teacher who inflicts extra punishments just because they don’t like you. They’ve complained to parents and authorities only to be ignored. They’ve sat through pointless classes and been silenced when they criticize. Umbridge is that teacher we all hated because she made our lives miserable and we were powerless to stop her. And as we grow out of school, there are still people in positions of power who act like her. The manager who denies your schedule requests and penalizes you for invented infractions. That customer who complains to corporate because their scam didn’t work, and the corporate decision to listen to their story. Cops performing illegal searches because they know you don’t have any proof.
Yes, torturing and killing numerous people is worse than terrorizing a handful of schoolchildren, but Voldemort is the bad guy in a fairy tale. Umbridge is personal.
*drops the mic*
Voldemort is the villain we never hope to face.
Umbridge is the villain we face every day.
thank you all-four-cheekbones some people on this website need to realise not everything is a matter of sexism or gender discrimination omg
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In photo: Portraits taken by German photographer Mario Gerth in Angola, Kenya and Ethiopia.
A part-time banker and photojournalist, Gerth has traveled to over 60 countries, extensively taking portraits of various ethnic groups throughout parts of Africa.
In my exposure to the work of Gerth and other Western photographers like him, such as Sam Barker, Joey Lawrence and Eric Lafforgue, I’ve often wondered what motivates these individuals to select these specific groups of people to document. Often times the same ethnic groups seem to be chosen over and over again. More importantly, the relationship between those pictured and those behind the lens more than raises my curiosity. Questions of power, agency, framing and history often swirl in my mind when I come across project such as these, no matter how beautiful they seem. It would be interesting to see a documentary that both revealed and dissected this process and see how these communities are affected by it.
Are these photos birthed out of fascination for the ‘other’, or the preservation of at risk communities?
"I was so scared, I was shaking, shaking. And whenever I saw him, I hid, I hated to see him."
- Tehani, Married at 6, Yemen
Child marriage affects one in three girls in the developing world (excluding China), and predominately impacts the poorest, least-educated girls, the majority of whom live in rural areas. Girls who get married early get pregnant early, putting their lives - and the lives of their children - at great risk. Read more about the project here.
The first photo above portraits Nujoud Ali (Yemen) in 2010. When she was only eight years old she divorced her husband, a man more than 20 years her senior. Check out her book here.