Anonymous asked: In another, queer-er universe, the boy named Tom Riddle felt no love, but was not a monster because of it. Mr. Riddle grew to be a brusque, sharp-edged DADA professor, infamous for the tanks of snakes that lined every wall of his study. He was a sadistic old bastard right up until the day he died at the ripe age of 104, and left behind many accomplished aurors, a new strain of viper, and a book titled "Speaking Snake: Raising Serpents for Medicinal Purposes"
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there were a few times in the books where they mentioned familial love but he was an orphan and never had a family so screw that the hp books never talk about voldemort having or not having platonic feelings gdi but you know what he fucking LOVED hogwarts he adored it absolutely and sometimes i wonder just how bad he would’ve turned out if dumbledore had given him a job so everything he did was supervised and influenced by colleagues and he didn’t wind up with no peers to speak of because people either hated him or followed him
Dumbledore talks about him acquiring other people but not having friends. I don’t…know what more you want re: ‘having platonic feelings.’
And man, he was already torturing defenseless people by age 10 so?
He was already murdering muggleborns by age 15 when he was still at Hogwarts so?
At some point the dude’s got to be held accountable for his own actions.
Minionier is completely right, Tom Riddle had every opportunity to make friends. The person who asked the question and the OP seem to assume that Riddle was judged and ostracized for not feeling love, but actually nobody knew about it but Dumbledore. Everyone loved him! Dippet wanted to hire him, Slughorn thought he’d be Minister of Magic, as a student he was popular. His treatment by a magical world which welcomed him with open arms and provided him with the opportunity to become absolutely anything he wanted is not to blame for his behavior.
I’m not saying the Potterverse doesn’t have its major failings, but not emphasizing or valuing platonic love is not one of them. Friendships are probably the most prominent relationships in the series. You say Voldemort loved Hogwarts, but when Voldemort ‘loved’ something, he tended to twist it beyond recognition. When Voldemort wants something, he wants to possess it utterly- literally, in the case of Nagini. Dumbledore was wrong about a lot of things, but rejecting Voldemort for a teaching position was not one of them. Students are not lab rats. You don’t risk them to try to help a man who can’t be saved.
A lot of people would have been helped by a more accepting wizarding world. Voldemort was not one of them. Some people are beyond redemption.
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way too many people think that slash is about the queer and het is about the straight, and that’s why slash is automatically more progressive than het at all times
but the way fandom is realised, what actually happens most of the time is that slash is about the white dudes and het is about the ladies
so generally speaking, i’m okay with fandom doing het. i’m okay with that
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