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Neville Longbottom in the Garden of the Hesperides, Chapter 2 - The Phantom Librarian
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Neville Longbottom in the Garden of the Hesperides, Chapter 2
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 12th, 2016 02:45 am (UTC) (Link)
going to Muggle school isn't perceived as much of a death sentence as it is during Harry's time?
I doubt it would ever be a happy thing for a family to know that their child wasn't able to follow the family's traditions. I don't think for Neville it's a question of shame or whatnot. I think of being a Squib as something like being blind or deaf, in wizarding terms. It's not a death sentence. It's nothing to be ashamed of. It might even have some pride movements attached. But the parents would likely see it as their child having been deprived of some essential sense.

I think the choice not refer to other fiction was just a narrative choice; I doubt it's a world where no one reads or sees movies.
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 17th, 2016 09:52 am (UTC) (Link)
I doubt it's a world where no one reads or sees movies

Except that throughout the books Ron, representing an "authentic" wizard family and background, is completely ignorant of the most basic iconic Muggle folk literature, i.e. fairy tales.

Unless you suggest that it is specifically those that wizards are unaware of, except that so much of Muggle culture draws on those archetypes.

Sirius, OTOH, I totally see getting into Muggle culture, first as a rebellion, then as a point of principle, as you write him.

Shloz

PS Love this, btw. Love all your writing, even if PJ isn't my cup of ambrosia.
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