"James was such a dick in year 5, there’s no way Lily would date him in year 7. He can’t possibly have changed that much in two years!"
When I was 15 there was a girl at my school who thought I was an annoying weirdo. Then I pulled my head out of my ass and stopped being such a dick, and when we were 17 she asked me out on a date, and we were in a relationship for quite a while after that. That thing you’re saying isn’t possible is literally a thing that happened to me in real life.
Can you say with confidence that you weren’t more of a dick two years ago than you are now?
A story about the Potterverse’s USA, where the anglo-saxon derived magic is considered “proper” and “civilized” magic, while magic derived from Afro-Caribbean and Latin sources (i.e. Voodoo and Santeria) are considered “dark magic” when used by people from the cultures who invented them, but are described as “innovative, groundbreaking, and hip” when high-profile white wizards use them
And the protagonist is a black witch or wizard who is constantly trying to explain how fucked up it is that “black magic” can be used to mean either “magic invented by black people” or “evil magic,” but most white wizards act like there isn’t a difference between the two connotations.
They would also be a magical genius who keeps inventing new forms of magic and reinventing old forms of magic, but Lockhart or some other Elvis-type white wizard keeps copying their work and passing it off as original magic.
Asked by Anonymous
the Ministry was worse than JUST corrupt and incompetent, they were terrified out of their minds, and someone who they had concrete evidence (to their knowledge—remember, Sirius was literally the ONLY PERSON ALIVE, as far as they were aware, who could have informed Voldemort of the Potters’ whereabouts, leaving them no reasonable doubt as to the guilty party), you have a blunder on the order of the Internment Camps from the 40’s—but one that, at least in context, makes sense.
Circumstantial evidence. None of that is substantial enough for a conviction. They presumed Sirius guilty and sentenced him to life in prison for 13 murders he didn’t commit because they reacted in haste and denied someone their right to stand trial.
Whether or not they were suspicious of Sirius informing on the Potters is completely irrelevant. He was sentenced as a murderer, not an informant. Had he stood trial for his crimes, he would have been able to explain that Pettigrew was the secret-keeper, not him, which would be an easy enough claim to verify.
Give him a dose of veritaserum and ask him where the Potters had been hiding. The veritaserum would force him to answer if he was able, and if his story was true and Pettigrew was still alive, he would still be bound by the Fidelius charm even though the Potters’ cover had been blown, because their secret-keeper still survived.
Sirius laughing proves nothing. Of course, what he was actually laughing at the sheer ludicrousness that one of his closest friends just murdered twelve people and betrayed him and all his other closest friends. Had Sirius stood trial, he would have been able to explain that Pettigrew was a traitor and still alive which, again, casts a reasonable doubt on his guilt, since in the absence of a body, it was completely plausible Pettigrew was still alive and responsible.
I honestly don’t think their reaction is justifiable or even understandable. The only explanation is that they responded out of panic, ignored protocol and human rights entirely, and sentenced an innocent man to a life sentence in a maximum-security prison without even bothering to investigate whether or not he was guilty or allow him to defend himself against his charges. He was unlawfully detained and tortured for twelve years on suspicion alone.
And that’s the thing. They didn’t have any concrete evidence. They had incomplete, circumstantial evidence. They believed Sirius was the only one who could have done it, but they made no effort to investigate any reasonable alternatives, which there were, since Sirius didn’t do it.
If Sirius had stood trial, which is a right that should be afforded to every alleged criminal no matter how heinous the crimes they’re accused of or how certain law enforcement is of their guilt, those reasonable alternatives might have come to light, and they might not have given an innocent bystander a life sentence, but they didn’t afford him that courtesy and convicted him without trial or any evidence whatsoever that he was the perpetrator.
Of course, this shit goes down in the real world all the time, that’s literally what Guantanamo Bay and similar not-so-secret prisons, but the point is that no one should be imprisoned without first being tried for their crimes, and nobody should be convicted unless the evidence proves their guilt. I’m not saying the justice system always gets it right, they super don’t, but that doesn’t make it okay to lock people up without giving them the opportunity to try and prove their innocence.
Asked by Anonymous
That wasn’t the biggest piece left. It was the only piece left. Even if a body is destroyed, it leaves residue. Even with magic, the laws of thermodynamics are not voided. Matter can be transmuted or transformed into other forms, but not created or destroyed. The matter that made up the body would have had to go somewhere, and until it was found, they should not have presumed Pettigrew dead. They had insufficient evidence.
Even with the forensic science of the 1980s, law enforcement should be able to find bones or bone fragments, as well as the five liters of blood present in a human body, and even if Pettigrew’s body was incinerated, they should have been able to locate and identify cremains. Even then, that’s a lead at best, and is only evidence that someone died, not Pettigrew.
In order to vaporize Pettigrew, the spell Sirius used would have to be as powerful as a nuclear blast. If that were the case, why were the other dozen bodies not vaporized in the blast? How did Sirius survive his own spell, given that it would have had to render the area uninhabitable by humans in order to destroy all evidence of Pettigrew’s body? How would it be possible for a single finger, identifiable as Pettigrew’s, to survive such a blast that was capable of nearly leveling a city block and killing twelve people?
Even if the case of Pettigrew’s transformation into a rat, matter can only be transformed, not destroyed. The excess matter may have been magically transmuted into air (the way that conjured materials would have to be transfigured from air), but it didn’t just disappear. If Sirius was careful enough to transfigure Pettigrew’s body into air to avoid detection, which would be the only way of destroying all traces of his body, why would he leave one finger behind? Why wouldn’t he dispose of the other 12 bodies? If he was that careful to dispose of the evidence of this premeditated murder, why would he use a spell that would inevitably draw a number of emergency response teams, and not the killing curse which is near-universally effective, silent, and leaves no forensic evidence? Why would he kill 12 other muggles, if he was trying to avoid detection, and if he didn’t want to avoid detection, why dispose of Pettigrew’s body at all? If he wasn’t planning to escape detection, then why try to hide his crime?
The stuff you’re describing is what you call “circumstantial evidence.” Sirius was present at the crime scene, and fought with one of the alleged victims prior to the murders taking place. There was no concrete evidence to suggest Pettigrew was dead, or that Sirius had committed the murders and not Pettigrew. There was no concrete, reliable evidence to suggest that Sirius was the perpetrator and not a survivor. There was only circumstantial evidence, which is not enough for a conviction.
Sirius didn’t confess, either. He said nothing, because he was convicted and sentenced without trial.
See, the things I’m describing are called “reasonable doubts.” A person is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If someone could reasonably believe the perpetrator might not be guilty, the prosecution has insufficient evidence and that person is not guilty, because the burden of proving guilt lies on the prosecution.
Since there was no concrete, tangible evidence to suggest Sirius was actually guilty of the crime and not a bystander or survivor, the justice system should have treated him as a suspect until his accusers were able to prove he did it.
If Sirius had ever stood in front of a jury, he would have been completely acquitted of the crime. That case would have been dismissed on the grounds of insufficient evidence. There was no evidence, other than the fact that he was present for the explosion and was still in the area when the authorities arrived, to suggest that he committed a crime. There was evidence to suggest he witnessed the crime, but being present before, during, and after the committing of a crime is not enough evidence to convict someone of that crime.
Sirius was an innocent man. There was no concrete or reliable evidence whatsoever to suggest he did anything but witness the crime, and a pointed lack of evidence that Peter Pettigrew was killed or that his body was ever present at the crime scene. There was no investigation. They presumed Sirius guilty, did not give him a chance to state his case, did not have any analysis into whether or not the evidence against him was reliable or even present, and threw him in jail because “it stands to reason he committed the crime. he was the only one left alive when the dust settled. It’s not like we live in a world where teleportation and disguise are both really fucking easy and the real perpetrator could have fled without detection.”
They didn’t have enough evidence to convict Sirius or to presume Pettigrew dead. It was a major failure of the Ministry of Magic’s corrupt, cruel, and ineffective justice system. I know that post was more of a joke, but I’m not just dicking around here, the people who declared Pettigrew dead and the people who put Sirius in prison without benefit of charge or trial should have been fired in disgrace for incompetence. They were bad at their jobs.
I think the real stupidity of everyone being afraid of everyone saying Tom Riddle’s name or self-assigned nickname, instead calling him “you-know-who” or “he-who-must-not-be-named,” is that a group of children managed to get, use, and lose control of a magic flash drive that contained the personality and memories of the world’s most dangerous superpowered, genocidal mass murderer and serial killer
And that thing unabashedly used its real name and not one of them thought “Oh, shit, that’s the name of that guy who killed everybody” until the thing literally spelled it out for them.
If a group of middle school students found a CD, popped it in, and their computer started saying “Hello, my name is Hitler, please build me a body” and they didn’t immediately recognize the name “Hitler” and turn that shit directly into a teacher or trusted adult, then their education has failed them
I had been in a state of shock that there were people who didn’t see why “Xenophilius” was a corny-ass, heavy-handed name to give a character who’s obsessed with weird stuff, but then a few minutes ago I found out that there are people who never noticed the same thing about a werewolf named “Remus Lupin”
Next I’m going to find out that people don’t get the joke in Draco’s snobbish, superior, and self-righteous mother being named “Narcissa.”
The fact that wizard law enforcement found a dude’s finger and immediately closed the investigation, declared him dead, and concluded that the only possible explanation for why they only found a finger was that he was killed so hard that the rest of him was obliterated kind of speaks volumes about why nobody followed up when the genocidal serial killer just vanished.
Mako Mori, Codename: Shark tooth. Combat expert, skilled pilot, mechanical genius. Specializes in the investigation and handling of interdimensional rifts.
Korra, Codename: Avatar. Metahuman with the ability to generate and control fire, manipulate the gravitational pull affecting earth and water, and alter localized fields of air pressure to create intense bursts of wind. Limited clairvoyant abilities. Pulled by Mako Mori out of an unstable rift in Antarctica, she’s fighting in UNIT’s Heroine Squad in exchange for assistance in returning to her world. However, Doctors Gottleib and Geiszler warn her that given the reflective nature of the rift, it’s almost certain that she stepped out it in her world just like she stepped out of it in ours, with no knowledge of the other Korra on the other side of the rift.
Hermione Granger, Codename: Otter. The most powerful witch in the world. Eidetic memory, encyclopedic knowledge of literature, history, mathematics, and political science. Highly-skilled strategist, talented in all fields of magic, but specializing in charms. Able to teleport almost anywhere on earth with no more than a thought. Her affiliation with the Heroine Squad is a rare exception to the statute of secrecy approved by the Minister for Magic on the condition that she is publicly referred to as a “metahuman” and given a false backstory to cover up her magical schooling.
Their orders come from a high-ranking UNIT Doctor who refuses to identify herself by any name other than the letter “M,” and they’re very often called to stop schemes by notorious crime boss Moriarty and her international gang of super-criminals.