(2/2) Muggle civilization was too advanced, with censuses and photographs etc., for that to be a viable option. So pureblood families were forced to keep their Squibs instead of kidnapping Muggleborn infants and pretending the magical babies were theirs all along. This lead to a *seemingly* huge increase in Squibs and Muggleborns in the 20th century, which pureblood elitists who supported Voldemort used to their advantage to sow seeds of fear and panic about the ‘disappearing’ magical society.
Oh wow this is a fascinating theory. Putting this out there for those who might be interested and thank you for telling me this! It’s an interesting perspective for approaching the muggleborn/pureblood population question in the wizarding world.
Okay, but when you take this theory in conjunction with the one about magic being a recessive genetic trait or mutation, the existence of muggleborns makes even more sense. Since we know for a fact that squibs would carry the gene and were unknowingly seeded into the muggle population, it all kinda clicks.
Or with the replications of particular sections thing Klenotiz talks about. Yep.
Now imagine a Neville-like case, where the parents thought their kid was a Squib and got rid of it, and then one day their (stolen) son or daughter brings a Muggle-born friend home from Hogwarts who looks so much like you guys, isn’t it crazy mum, we could practically be siblings—well, except I don’t really look much like either of you, but you get my point… And the parents just nod and force smiles and think that is my child whom I gave up for no reason, and can’t do a damn thing about it because it’s too late, they made their bed already and now all they can do is feel guilty and squirm.
While Johansson’s first Marvel appearance in Iron Man 2 may have relied somewhat upon sex appeal, this was quickly nixed in favor of characterizing her as the most cerebral Avenger. Her most important scenes in The Avengers relied upon her intelligence and skills as a spy, to the extent that she even managed to outwit Loki, the God of Lies. At the end of the movie, she’s the one who closes the portal that let all the aliens into New York. Then in Winter Soldier she’s given second billing to Captain America, a meaty role that showcases a wide-ranging skillset that stretches far beyond just “kicking ass.” At no point during any of these movies does she seduce anyone, by the way.
Sadly, there’s very little sign of this character in the most easily accessible reviews of both The Avengers and Winter Soldier. Judging by the Guardian, WSJ, or New Yorker, Black Widow is more like a blow-up doll with a black belt. By their logic, if she’s wearing a tight outfit, then she must be a sexy ass-kicker, meaning that she must be the token female character, and therefore is little more than eye candy.
With that thought process in mind, it must make perfect sense to relegate Black Widow to a single sniggering comment about her catsuit, because obviously Scarlett Johansson is just there for decoration. And if you’ve read in the New York Times that Black Widow is a token female character, then chances are you’ll have internalized that opinion before you even buy a ticket. The feedback loop of misogynist preconceptions continues on, and in the end, we all lose out.
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw, Every review of Black Widow in ‘Captain America’ is wrong (via fyeahmcublackwidow)
If you saw CA:TWS and didn’t think that Black Widow and Cap were basically in a buddy-cop flick, you weren’t watching the right movie.
I’m due April 26 and it would really screw up some end of the semester academic stuff for me if the baby arrives before April 10, but DAMN does part of me want to go into labor sometime in the next 24 hours so I can tell people and then be like “PSYCH, YOU THOUGHT IT WAS AN APRIL FOOL’S JOKE BUT REALLY I HAD MY BABY AND HERE’S A PICTURE.”