1. The Hufflepuff common room is by far the noisiest of the four houses. Even if they seem quiet or shy around the rest of their classmates, Hufflepuffs are at home with their friends and family, and in their common room they can abandon their social inhibitions. The doorways to the dormitories are even charmed to be soundproof because it’s not uncommon for groups of Hufflepuffs to stay up, having loud conversations and laughing, until the very early hours of the morning.

2. Hufflepuffs are big on sharing. They share everything. There’s a table in their common room that is full of communal snacks that the older students purchase from Hogsmeade or smuggle in from meals or the kitchens. Snacks will always be given in Hufflepuff House to those who ask.

3. They’re crafty. Not Slytherin Imma-trick-you’s crafty. They just like to make things. Like they share snacks, they also have a communal cache of crafting supplies. During those long hours they stay up talking and joking around with each other, they’ll be making anything from knitted scarfs to paper chains to banners and pennants for Quidditch games. They even make them for the other houses and hand them out before games. It’s a tradition to decorate the doors to dorm rooms every year.

4. Speaking of traditions, the Hufflepuff community thrives on them. The prefects give more or less the same speech every year; Nymphadora Tonks heard the same one that Hannah and Ernie did, she went to the same Every-Monday-Night-Craft-Nights that they did, she decorated her dorm door like they did, and she even knows several inside jokes that they do despite the fact that she graduated the year before they arrived. Age doesn’t matter to Hufflepuffs; they’re all family, always.

5. Specific to the events of the series, they had some ridiculous Cedric Diggory pride rallies during the Triwizard Tournament. They sometimes got really out of hand to the point where it made Cedric uncomfortable - like the “Potter Stinks” badges they produced once. Cedric asked them to stop many times, but the Hufflepuffs were so intensely proud of their champion that they couldn’t contain themselves. To say his death hit them hard would be the worst understatement; every single member of the house was personally devastated at the loss of their friend. Nearly every Hufflepuff who stayed to fight at the battle of Hogwarts will say that they laid down their lives because that’s what Cedric did for them. The evening of his death, every member of Hufflepuff house crowded into the common room to light a candle in memory of Cedric - a candle which remains magically lit to this day.

I’ll do the other houses in a bit!

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Hogwarts  Hufflepuff | Slytherin | Ravenclaw | Gryffindor

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things that are on every college campus i’ve visited that you should probably include in your college au







  • bike racks
  • not enough parking spots, and really expensive parking stickers/passes
  • that one building that isn’t handicap accessible so theres no elevator and hella stairs, and you have a class on the third floor
  • the overly-inquisitive cafeteria worker, who actually wants to know about your day and your plans, a good counterbalance to the cafeteria worker who hates their fucking job so much you can hear them bitching about everything as they wipe down tables or whatever
  • keycard access to dorm buildings. seriously. if they don’t have to swipe to get into the dorms, they’re not at college.
  • unnecessary emails. so many. emails from departments you’ve never heard of for events that don’t involve you, “news” emails that you delete without opening, and all the important ones you need to read filter right into your spam folder
  • peak internet hours, when everyone is on, and it slows to a crawl
  • that one broken washer that floods and never seems to get fixed and that everyone just avoids using
  • that club that always seems to be fundraising or selling things or soliciting whatever or signing people up and they’re always at a table by the cafeteria or inside the student center and they’re always like five people at the table and they have the ugliest posterboard advertising whatever they do
  • a building that hasn’t been updated or fixed or anything since the 1960s. asbestos tiles, awkwardly sized classrooms, wtf color bathroom tiles (seriously, like mint green and salmon, wtf), if it was a thing in the 50s/60s this building has it and also slightly uneven stairs and stupidly heavy front doors

theres more, i’m sure, but this is what i can think of

  • that one person on the dorm floor that talks to EVERYONE and has a weird idea of boundaries
  • teenagers’ utter failure to wash dishes aka the communal kitchen in the building fills up with dirty dishes in the sink
  • people who make the most amount of noise as possible at a certain time of night, yelling or banging on walls or generally being crazy
  • that one dude who has arguments with his parents/girlfriend/whatever over the phone all the time and you can hear him clearly even though he’s in his room with the door closed
  • conversely, that one person that always has their door open
  • the insane mishmash of conversations in the cafeteria: stupid conversations about dumb shit like internet memes and fandom and things you watched on cartoon network when you were 10, conversations about relationships/drama/all that stuff, and serious conversations about philosophy or business or the merits of such and such a thing discussed in class
  • terrible terrible terrible slabs of processed meat labeled as “steak” or “turkey” but which are better classified as “probably not really steak” and “possibly turkey”
  • RAs. People always seem to forget that dorms have RAs in college AUs.
  • Theme Houses — dude, Les Amis would totally all live in a theme house together
  • beds that are impossible to get into without a running jump or a stool of some sort
  • That one (non-cafeteria) food place on campus that EVERYONE goes to and it’s pretty much always loud and hot and full of people
  • That one cafeteria station that’s your fallback if everything else looks gross because at least this one is trustworthy (aka the deli station)

Also, yeah, I’m always super confused when characters from different dorm buildings just waltz into each other’s buildings. You need a keycard to get into different dorm buildings and you can only get into yours.

  • that crew in the lounge who play cards against humanity until obscene hours of the morning
  • the confused delivery person who you didn’t order but neither did no one else
  • the one person who is always forced to order the delivery and interact with the delivery people even if they’re not paying for it
  • the room of dudes who adore scarface and generally make you kind of uncomfortable
  • that professor you never realized was into punk rock
  • that professor who pays for pizza
  • at least one building on campus with an elevator you’re absolutely sure is a deathtrap but you occasionally have to take because you have to get to the seventh floor and there’s no time
  • if cars are allowed on/near the campus, drivers do not give a shit about the pedestrian right of way
  • similarly, pedestrians do not give a shit about the fact that cars are large and heavy and can kill them, because they have a class they’re already late for
  • bulletin boards are everywhere, but only suckers restrict themselves to them—well-traversed halls and stairwells will be papered with fliers, along with ragged corners left from others being ripped down and miles of scotch tape left behind over the weeks and months
  • every class has that one chair that no one wants to sit in, because it’s one careless shift away from breaking and dumping your ass on the floor
  • buses are incredibly useful, and incredibly important, and the worse the weather is the more crowded and unbearable they will be.  if it’s raining or snowing, be advised that every bus will be packed impossibly full of damp, sweaty students
  • you will inevitably end up spending all of your time in someone else’s dorm room, even if there are 15 of you
  • the cafeteria, towards the end of the week, will serve “meat”. Not pork or chicken or beef, but “meat”. 
  • if you’re like me, there will be a catering company using your dorms/campus for weddings and events and you won’t even know they exist until two years later when you start working for them
  • how do you miss three weddings a month, across multiple parts of the dorms? i don’t know.
  • drunken half-naked people doing the walk of shame at 5 am will cease to be interesting very quickly
  • friends throwing snowballs at your windows to lure you outside will not
  • Waking up at 6 am to register to classes only to have an error pull up on your system.
  • Finally getting your schedule together, only the classes haven’t been assigned locations yet.
  • And then when they are you realize you’re doing laps around campus from one end to the other for every class.
  • The warnings from friends on what dining commons are not as harsh on your digestive tract.
  • Homecoming parade float building.

(Source: librariandragon)

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I think one thing you can do to help your friends who are depressed is to reach out to them not in the spirit of helping, but in the spirit of liking them and wanting their company. “I’m here to help if you ever need me” is good to know, but hard to act on, especially when you’re in a dark place. Specific, ongoing, pleasure-based invitations are much easier to absorb. “I’m here. Let’s go to the movies. Or stay in and order takeout and watch some dumb TV.” “I’m having a party, it would be really great if you could come for a little while.” Ask them for help with things you know they are good at and like doing, so there is reciprocity and a way for them to contribute. “Will you come over Sunday and help me clear my closet of unfashionable and unflattering items? I trust your eye.” “Will you read this story I wrote and help me fix the dialogue?” “Want to make dinner together? You chop, I’ll assemble.” “I am going glasses shopping and I need another set of eyes.” Remind yourself why you like this person, and in the process, remind them that they are likable and worth your time and interest.

Talk to the parts of the person that aren’t being eaten by the depression. Make it as easy as possible to make and keep plans, if you have the emotional resources to be the initiator and to meet your friends a little more than halfway. If the person turns down a bunch of invitations in a row because (presumably) they don’t have the energy to be social, respect their autonomy by giving it a month or two and then try again. Keep the invitations simple; “Any chance we could have breakfast Saturday?” > “ARE YOU AVOIDING ME BECAUSE YOU’RE DEPRESSED OR BECAUSE YOU HATE ME I AM ONLY TRYING TO HELP YOU.” “I miss you and I want to see you” > “I’m worried about you.” A depressed person is going to have a shame spiral about how their shame is making them avoid you and how that’s giving them more shame, which is making them avoid you no matter what you do. No need for you to call attention to it. Just keep asking. “I want to see you” “Let’s do this thing.” “If you are feeling low, I understand, and I don’t want to impose on you, but I miss your face. Please come have coffee with me.” “Apology accepted. ApologIES accepted. So. Gelato and Outlander?”

#613: How do I reach out to my friends who have depression? | Captain Awkward

P.S. A lot of people with depression and other mental illnesses have trouble making decisions or choosing from a bunch of different options. “Wanna get dinner at that pizza place on Tuesday night?” is a LOT easier to answer than “So wanna hang out sometime? What do you want to do?”

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Yaoi Hans

this site needs to be shut down immediately 

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Tell me why the stars do shine,
Tell me why the ivy twines,
Tell me what makes skies so blue,
And I’ll tell you why I love you.

Nuclear fusion makes stars to shine,
Tropisms make the ivy twine,
Raleigh scattering make skies so blue,
Testicular hormones are why I love you.
― Isaac Asimov (via scalar)
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Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.
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Omfg Asimov just rips into Clarke like they are the best of nerd friends And my fan heart can’t take it!!
(Image taken from the book of collected essays: Asimov on Science Fiction by Isaac Asimov)

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Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992), Salvor Hardin in “Foundation” (via iamnotheonlydreamer)
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Being feared is nothing. Being despised, even, can be lived with. But being laughed at - that’s fatal.
Isaac Asimov, Forward the Foundation (via nyclocale)
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