In which Martha Jones asks a perfectly reasonable question, and the Doctor brushes her off.
Ok, no. Just no. I hardly ever add comments to posts outside the tags, but as Ten’s appointed guardian angel, lawyer, and protector, I can’t stand by. Your “i hate ten” tag really put me over the edge, as it became a personal attack on my Doctor rather than an initiation of discussion.
I won’t deny Ten was a bit insensitive, even harsh at times, with Martha. David touched on the topic at one point, and I’m definitely on board with his gentle rebuke of the Doctor and the feeling that it makes his character that much more real, to be flawed and to have moments of weakness. BUT, I’m going to refer you to this post and this post which I feel are lovely collections of examples in which the Doctor demonstrates respect for her, concern for her well-being, and rightfully compliments some of her many stellar personality traits; this post because that is NOT a hug that harbors any amount of dislike or disrespect; this post in which Freema and David discuss the Doctor starting to trust her enough to open up about his fears; and this post because despite how bad you think their relationship got or which of the two (or both) you blame, I think people tend to over-emphasize it - it wasn’t all dysfunctional.
Without a doubt, their friendship came at a bad time for them both - the Doctor was fresh off the experience of losing Rose and had to deal with quite a few other traumatic things during season 3, most notably being the Master, a cruel specter to haunt him with things he’d so much like to forget - the Time War and the corrupted Time Lords. But these scenes are both taken out of context and juxtaposed in a way that just does not portray their relationship in an accurate light, at all. Let’s take each scene and unwrap the surrounding dialog and think of it in the context of the show and the characters as a whole. (Very sorry - this is where I’d have a “read more” if I could put one. As this isn’t my post, I cannot.)
1) In the first example, the Doctor is by no means “brushing off” her question. In fact, they’ve only just stepped outside onto the patio, and he doesn’t yet know what’s keeping the air in yet, either. It’s mere minutes after these gifs take place that he throws an object away from the hospital to discover there’s a force field surrounding them. Thus, they both find out the answer to her question together. I’d also like to point out that only seconds after these gifs, Martha asks him “What do you think happened?” and he answers back “What do you think?” both while making eye contact and being thoroughly engaged with listening to her response.
Because he’s already seen it - she’s an intelligent, creative, and intriguing woman and I think he’d honestly like to know, ever since they had the conversation about the air not escaping from the windows a few minutes earlier. During this conversation, he also expressed condolences for her cousin, admits he was at the battle of Canary Wharf, and tacitly agrees to “earn that title” (of the Doctor) by saying “I’d better make a start then.” He doesn’t push it on her, but waits for her to feel comfortable calling him the Doctor. Later, she asks him “what happens when [the air] runs out?” and he has no problem admitting everyone in the hospital will suffocate. No, he’s not “ignoring” her questions in this episode, not by ANY MEANS.
2) In the second example, I’m not even sure what you were trying to prove here. The Doctor hardly ever explains how time travel works, not to anyone. It’s too complicated, and he’s had centuries to learn it all and arguably a more advanced brain than humans do, so he never really answers questions about it, not really. I’d like to bring up Nine and Rose’s conversation from season one, in which Rose asks: “We’ve moved… does it fly?” and the Doctor answers “Disappears there, reappears here. You wouldn’t understand.” Not saying the Doctor was the most sensitive or understanding about it, in either case, but rather trying to point out that he doesn’t have a penchant for explaining the inner workings of his time ship to humans. At the very least, not before he’s come to know them quite well, and in this case, the Doctor’s only known Martha for less than a day - this occurs at the very start of The Shakespeare Code, which follows directly upon their meeting in the hospital in Smith and Jones.
I’d like to point out yet ANOTHER scene from the immediate context of these gifs, and that’s just after they’ve stepped out of the TARDIS. Martha, worried about interfering with the future, asks “Is it safe? Can we move around and stuff?” To which the Doctor replies, “Of course we can… why do you ask?” Again, both ATTENTIVE and INTERESTED in what she’s asking as well as WHY. You might say, well, Britt, he makes a joke after that, though. Why, yes, he does. But isn’t that just the Doctor? Once he knows neither of them are in real danger, he’s more free to be casual about his answer. One could also argue he makes a joking response to lighten her mood, to distract her from worrying about changing anything.
And yet one more example, Martha asks “Am I alright? I’m not going to get carted off as a slave or anything?”, voicing a concern that would probably be difficult for many to say at all. The Doctor at first doesn’t know what she means, but later says “Just walk about like you own the place, works for me.” To me, that’s him saying, “they better not. You’re just the same as anyone else here.” The Doctor’s never been good at discussing things that could cause friction, or to broach a topic as politically loaded as this one. What else was he to say - “oh, yeah, you might, better watch out?” He’d never say that. Her skin color doesn’t matter a single iota to him, and he just seems confident that while he’s around, no one will try to tell her differently. He doesn’t always have the right thing to say, I’ll give you that. But he tries. AND HE DOESN’T BRUSH OFF HER QUESTIONS.
3) In the third example, what Martha is asking is deeply personal. And also keep in mind, this is set during Gridlock, which is still only a few days, arguably up to a week, since they met, so they hardly know each other, still. They’ve both just witnessed the death of the Face of Boe, which in my opinion has much more of an impact on the Doctor than Martha, considering he’s seen him before and the message he gave the Doctor. He was already feeling uncomfortable before she started asking him about what it could mean, and if the past two seasons tell us ANYTHING AT ALL it’s that the Doctor is not fond of opening up. He hardly opened up with Rose in season one, and even then, it was only after she prodded a handful of times. Hell, all the way til Fear Her, she didn’t even know that he’d ever been a father. Martha is certainly not the only companion the Doctor is very hesitant to share the still-aching parts of himself with.
To be sure, he could have handled it better, the way he at first denied answering, but he does have a track record for it. Then, there’s the fact that only moments after he says “It really doesn’t matter,” Martha responds, “You don’t talk, you never say. Why not?” And, *gasp*, guess what? He proceeds not only to tell her about Gallifrey and being the last of his kind, properly, but in doing so also owns up to lying to her before, which is not an easy thing for anyone to do. I also feel I should note he PULLS UP A CHAIR to sit and talk with her, meeting her at her level, which I feel speaks volumes in itself. I think he quickly realized he was being insensitive and she deserved an answer, so he gave it to her. So here, really, another issue of taking things out of context.
4) In the fourth example, the first thing I’d like to point out is that in the beginning of this episode (Utopia), the Doctor and Martha actually have quite a lengthy back-and-forth about some time traveling mechanics, in which he’s more than happy to explain anything she wants to know, including where they’re going when the TARDIS goes out of control as Jacks climbs onto it (which simply contradicts the entire point of this gifset, yet again). Aside from that, in the immediate context of these gifs, YES, the Doctor is being quite cold and stand-off-ish regarding the entire situation with Jack. And though I don’t fully understand his responses to Jack, especially when he personally asks why he left him behind on Satellite Five, I think his attitude does seem to be directed at Jack (or what Jack is) rather than Martha. In fact, I’m not sure it really has anything to do with Martha at all.
I do know two things: first, Jack being a fixed point in time, for some reason, scares the pants off the Doctor. I can’t lie and say I fully understand why, but he certainly does, as he even admits later when he and Jack are alone: “How long have you known?” Jack asks, and the Doctor responds “Ever since I ran away from you.”and later “It’s why I left you behind…. Just looking at you, Jack… you’re wrong.” He proceeds to explain that it’s “instinct” for him to flee from Jack’s permanence, and that it was the TARDIS trying to shake him off led to them landing in the year 100 trillion. Perhaps he waited until they were away from Martha, simply because he didn’t want to bring up something so inextricably connected to Rose, yet again, in Martha’s presence. He must at least have an inkling Martha’s already grown tired of hearing about the ex-lover (from her perspective). Or perhaps he simply wanted the conversation to be private, which is also perfectly valid (though, I realize it turned out not to be, as the others were listening in, but it remains ambiguous whether the two knew they had eavesdroppers).
So what Martha exactly asks is “you just get bored of us one day and disappear?” and you’ve conveniently left out the VERY IMPORTANT two lines in between this and the Doctor’s response. Jack says “Not if you’re blonde” and Martha adds “Oh, she was blonde! What a surprise!” Now, regardless of how the Doctor is acting a bit rough around the edges in this scene, that was pretty heartless, as well. They BOTH know, Jack more than Martha, what Rose meant to the Doctor, and to bring her up in such a condescending context is definitely not the best way to get an honest answer to such a loaded question. Further still, the Doctor was asked a very similar question by Rose, in School Reunion, when she said, “This is really seeing the future - you just leave us behind. Is that what you’re gonna do to me?” If nothing else, you HAVE to see the parallel phrasing in both of these scenarios, and as the two have just gracelessly brought up Rose explicitly, I should think the Doctor is not at all inclined to answer that question, and I don’t really blame him, actually.
But really, I still say this scene has little to do with a direct assault or neglect of Martha and more with Jack’s now abnormal existence and both of their carless mentioning of Rose. Really, I think he just wanted to put an end to the conversation that had taken a turn for the worse, in his mind. Also it’s important to note they are at “the end of the universe” so the Doctor has a right mind to be wary of their surroundings and not get carried away or waste too much time with chatter rather than figure out what’s going on around them, and if they could be in any danger (which it turns out, of course, they soon are).
5) In the fifth example, Martha’s again asking a question that would require both a large backstory and a fair amount of personal details. Though he opened up about the war and his home planet, as much as we know, earlier in Gridlock, there’s no evidence he mentioned his role in it, or details about his friends and family, or the things he had to do, the consequences and the fallout of the War. Then, there’s the fact that he, too, has only just found out about the Master’s existence. Since the War, he was thoroughly convinced not a single Time Lord was left alive, and I think he’s struggling with the new knowledge and its possible ramifications more than he lets on to the others.
Add to that the fact that they are in just a *teensy* bit of a rush to find out about Harold Saxon, now the Prime Minister, what he’s been up to and what the Master’s intentions are. The Doctor is, of course, stressing out quite a bit about how exactly he’s going to take the Master on, and doesn’t have all the time in the world to sit down and explain the story, either. Just after he says “that’s all you need to know,” he’s not just off making his “rude and not ginger” club and rolling his eyes, he’s with Jack at the computer trying to find information. That’s not even to say he goes completely rogue and ditches Martha (and Jack, who’s also still here) in the dust, either: only minutes later he talks with them to see what they can infer about his campaign, his purposes: why they wanted to vote for him.
Also, let me just add to this, only minutes after that, Martha finds out her parents are in danger over the phone. Despite the Doctor believing it’s a trap, he doesn’t hesitate for more than a second to climb into a car (of all things!) and help her.
So just - NO. Please, take your Ten hate and shove it somewhere else, or at least keep it out of the RTD tag. But even if you don’t, I’ll always be there to defend him from your out of context and unfounded bullshit. And that’s not because he’s perfect, or infallible, or because I worship him. He does make mistakes, and he is sometimes less than perfect, not as understanding or delicate as he should be, or is at times too harsh in his rejection of romantic notions, in this case. And I would not deny Martha had to put up with a LOT during her time with the Doctor. But damn it, he cares for her, respects her, KNOWS how intelligent she is, DOES talk with her and engage her in conversation even in the immediate context of these gifs, and would do anything to protect her, in spite of his mistakes while she travels with him.
As I near the end, I want to remind you: I LOVE MARTHA JONES. I’m not trying in any way to undermine her awesomeness, and I certainly hope none of this has come off this way. Also, keep in mind, in case any of you are chewing this over: JOHN SMITH IS NOT THE DOCTOR. END OF STORY. John Smith was undeniably a jerk to Martha, not the Doctor. Even so, if you insist on dwelling on the Doctor’s mistakes during their somewhat rocky relationship, take this as a parting thought: In the end, it’s not just Martha he disappoints or fucks up his sentences around or accidentally offends with his coldness from time to time: it’s nearly all his companions. But that doesn’t stop them, me, or likely many of you all, from loving him all the same.
DW Confidential Rewatch: 3x02 Stage Fright
Teachers are often unaware of the gender distribution of talk in their classrooms. They usually consider that they give equal amounts of attention to girls and boys, and it is only when they make a tape recording that they realize that boys are dominating the interactions. Dale Spender, an Australian feminist who has been a strong advocate of female rights in this area, noted that teachers who tried to restore the balance by deliberately ‘favouring’ the girls were astounded to find that despite their efforts they continued to devote more time to the boys in their classrooms. Another study reported that a male science teacher who managed to create an atmosphere in which girls and boys contributed more equally to discussion felt that he was devoting 90 per cent of his attention to the girls. And so did his male pupils. They complained vociferously that the girls were getting too much talking time.
In other public contexts, too, such as seminars and debates, when women and men are deliberately given an equal amount of the highly valued talking time, there is often a perception that they are getting more than their fair share. Dale Spender explains this as follows:
“The talkativeness of women has been gauged in comparison not with men but with silence. Women have not been judged on the grounds of whether they talk more than men, but of whether they talk more than silent women.”
In other words, if women talk at all, this may be perceived as ‘too much’ by men who expect them to provide a silent, decorative background in many social contexts.
cis people aren’t allowed to edit my papers anymore
"WHAAATT? I HAVE TO EXPLAIN MY WORK??? IN MY OWN PAPER??? WHAT THE FUUUCK??"
It’s not my job to educate you, teacher.
I’m betting one hundred bucks that this is a comment about a really badly written essay and not someone being actively transphobic.
well, you’re about to owe me one hundred bucks.
- this is not the first time i mentioned privilege in the paper. or cisgender. this paper was written on my personal experiences with being trans, and the difficulties i’ve faced because of it, and the difficulties that cisgender people with otherwise comparable lives have not faced.
- the terms privilege and cisgender had both been thoroughly elaborated on in this paper.
- this paper was written for a women’s studies class, on gender analysis, in which both privilege and cisgender privilege in particular had been explained, elaborated upon, and discussed by the professor.
- the comment was not by the professor, it was by a cis classmate during a peer review.
- the words cisgender and privilege are both in scare quotes (in case you can’t google that or don’t know what it means or want to deny their existence, scare quotes is when you put a word or phrase in quotation marks to make it seem less real — the textual version of sarcastically making air quotes with your fingers)
- another edit, by the same editor, involved asking me what my birth name was. i’m sure you don’t need to be told that that’s transphobic.
- i spoke to the professor about this edit, and he agreed with me that the comment (and the way it was phrased) was out of line. in fact, he thought it was so out of line that he led a workshop for the class on how not to be disrespectful assholes to trans people (say, by asking for their birth name, or telling them they’re wrong or oversensitive about transphobia).
- i got a 99% on the essay — WITHOUT changing anything the edit asked for.
- the professor liked my essay so much that he asked to keep it as an EXAMPLE for future classes
bonus: if your reaction to seeing gross transphobic things is “well it’s probably the trans person’s fault”, then you’re gross and transphobic and i hope you don’t know any trans people IRL for their sake
10. they can’t even spell “priviledge” when the correct spelling is right under their nose how can you expect them to form an opinion
Disney vs. 7 early fairytales
The 1812 version of Snow White is even worse when you consider that the girl was only seven years old in the tale (plus her unconscious body ended up being carted around by the prince until one of his servants accidentally woke her up). Also, in The Little Mermaid, the mermaid’s unable to speak because she had her tongue cut out >__<
But I’d love to see faithful adaptations of the original tales. Especially Bluebeard. We need a Bluebeard adaptation.
Actually, the original-original pre-Grimm Brothers’ stories that were passed around Europe via oral tradition are nowhere near as violent as the Grimm’s made them. Cinderella’s stepsisters were never ugly and kept their eyes, Snow White’s mother was not even a villain (instead a group of bandits were), and instead of spending the whole story napping Sleeping Beauty outwitted a dangerous bandit leader, wouldn’t let him sleep with her, and saved herself.
The original oral stories were radically changed by the Brothers Grimm to fit their personal and political beliefs. Most notably, they often added in female characters solely for the purpose of making them evil villains and took away most of the heroines’ agency and intelligence. Both brothers belonged to a small fanatical sect of Catholicism that vilified women because of the idea of Original Sin and Wilhelm in particular had a particularly deep hatred of women. The Grimms were actually pretty horrible people. Those cannibalistic queens and ugly stepsisters and the mass amount of violence against women didn’t exist until the Grimms wanted them to. Their ideas stuck so soundly though that we now assume they were in the original tales and that these terrible characters and ideas come out of some perceived barbaric Old World culture. But in truth they’re really the Grimms’ weird obsession with hating women showing through. The original oral folklore focused on the heroes’ and heroines’ good deeds and used them as ways to teach cultural norms and a society’s rules and encouraged girls to be quick-witted and street-savvy instead of passive princesses, and the Grimms promptly stripped that all away.
"Grimms Bad Girls and Bold Boys" by Ruth Bottingheimer is an excellent book on this
We had to read The Book of Lost Things for school and it’s Grimm level crazy
Not only that, you’re skipping out a really important thing: the brother’s grimm got those tales from WOMEN, women were the ones who would tell these tales orally and the brother’s grimm took them, altered them to be sexist and never gave the women credit. You can read Clever Maids the Secret History The Grimm Fairytales for more info
reblogging for the excellent commentary
I have the clever maids book! It’s on my reading list :3
wait i just realized that was me and i own that book because that comment written by me after i bought it
if you see a game, comic, or show
that was made in japan
and everyone in it has Japanese names, was born and raised in japan , and speaks Japanese
and you think the characters are white
there are white Japanese
no joke it is absolutely terrifying how people need to compare other people to people they know in order to be able to acknowledge their humanity
The American Hogwarts Houses
Look at your school of witchcraft and wizardry. Now look at mine. Now yours. Now back to mine. Sadly, your school is not mine, but if you all got off your broomsticks and started using a real sorcerer’s deodorant, it could smell like mine. Abracadabra! I’m a horse.
Good. Night. I’m done.
I CAN’T STOP LAUGHING
I AM ALARMED. WHICH ONE IS THE HUFFLEPUFF ONE? THE YELLOW ONE HAS BIRDS AND THAT CONFUSES ME.
It is AMERICAN houses, Ebil. Why would one be hufflepuff? Maybe you are a fox. Cunning, smart, LOYAL. Foxes stay with one mate all their life, in loff. If that ain’t loyalty, i don’t know what is.
The bear, bird, and wolf ain’t got that. Be a fox. Be strong. Be cunning. Be loyal. Be you and never let anyone crush you because while people only see cute and sneaky. You know who you are, and will not break.
Crest Animal- Timber Wolf
Colors- Blue and Silver.
Qualities- Selflessness, Responsibility, Teamwork
Those of the Wolfthorn house value Teamwork and Selflessness over any of the other houses. Like the wolf members of this house learn to attack problems as a singular unit towards a common goal. Each member works to understand each other equally and play to each other’s strengths. In order to do so each house member must remember to serve each other and not themselves, selflessness in teamwork to keep others at the forefront of their mind is the basic key element to any collective strategy.
House Ghost- Patient Pamuy.
The house ghost of Wolfthorn is a Hopi woman in her late teens, once the highly revered medicine woman of her village. When the soldiers from the east came in being both Native American and a pracitioner of ‘black magic’ as the soldier, she was the first to die in her village. After a series of gruesome acts commited on her. Now she roams the halls, patiently assisting the members of her house in herbology as it was always a love of her people to be in touch with nature to heal those around her.
Crest Animal- Ferruginous Hawk
Colors- Gold and Black
Qualities- Honesty, Intelligence, Patience
Like the hawk members of this house are patient and intelligent, always waiting for an opportunity to prove their intelligence with their brilliant plans and tactics. Like the hawk this house is sharp and quick with their wit. However, you will never have to know what these house members are thinking as they will let you know, they believe that honesty and intelligence go hand in hand since evidence and truth go hand in hand. The members of this house are very black and white and treat justice with openness. Lying and false information will get you on this house’s bad side quickly.
House Ghost- Confident Cruz
Once a proud Mestizo man in the Mexican Army, he now spends his days confidently recalling the events leading up to his death. Never failing to include each and every individual detail up until the moment of his death. He is proud that he fought for Mexico and for the land of his ancestors against white invaders. When talked to he will talk about Mexico as his proud homeland with nothing but glory and love for his home. Anytime a student has their history incorrect or twisted with the glorification of ‘settlers’ he will quickly and sternly correct them on who the invaders were, and who’s land belonged to who. He will not tolerate lies and false information of the accounts of his people and the basis for the fighting of his territory. However if asked about his military days he will more than likely start rattling off from childhood of admiring his strong father to his days as a soldier. He also enjoys teaching those who are interested in his culture and tries to get as many students interested in Dia de les Muertos.
Crest Animal- Red Fox
Colors- Red and White
Qualities- Loyalty, Cunning, Resourcefulness
The cunning trickster, is what most think of when they hear of the fox. The trickster who deceives men and dogs in order to live. However, what you might not think of is loyalty a fox has one mate for their entire life and remains loyal every season even though they are apart. Like the fox members of this house pride themselves on the loyalty to their friends and family. Willing to go to any and all lengths to protect their loved ones and ensure their happiness. Members of this house are also cunning and resourceful, they will find as many ways as they can to keep their head above the water with their loved ones. Because, no one can look after their significants quite like they can. A Foxcrest will do all that they can to succeed in the name of their loved ones, and in their honor.
House Ghost- One-Eyed Jacqueline Thibodeaux.
Once a proud voodoo queen in Louisiana this woman lived with pride and loyalty to her home of Zimbabwe. After being forcibly removed from her lands, brought to Haiti, and then to Mississippi as a slave. She used not only her skill in voodoo magick to escape, but her loyalty with the other slaves on her plantation. To escape the cruelty of the plantation, her and many other slaves escaped on the underground railroad. Using both her magic and cunning she was able to escape with her friends and what remained of her family from the horrors of plantation life to Louisiana where she made a name for herself with her voodoo. Becoming a highly regarded voodoo queen she then helped those with an inclination to magick to help free her brothers and sisters trapped on plantations and then giving them refugee in her home. Soon though, news of her operation spread. Using her divination skills she found of the plot to kill her and the escaped slaves, though she could only save herself and not the newly freed men and women, or save them and not herself. She made the quick choice to save them over herself, and stood her ground where she fought tooth and nail with her magick to ensure the survival of her brothers and sisters. She however lost the fight when a white man pulled a gun and ultimate shot her in the eye by sheer dumb luck. She is both a gentle, and helpful ghost who also ensures that students are well aware of the dishonor and torture she went through in the Americas. When asked for help she always seems to know that you were going to ask for help and appears to you before you have to go and find her.
Crest Animal- Grizzly Bear
Colors- Green and Tan
Qualities- Bravery, Curiosity, Leadership
Last but certainly not least the home of the bears. Bears are not the naturally aggressive creature but however are curious and have a hierarchy amongst their species. Just like the bear members of this house are known for their fighting skills and bravery, but are also extremely curious. Members of this house exhibit leadership characterstics and always fight for the top of the chain in any event or subject they’re in. Their competitve drive can sometimes lead to hotheadedness and aggressive outbursts with the other students giving them their bear qualities. Loud, boisterous, and certainly commanding students of Bearglove do not have a hard time making a name for themselves in someway shape or form.
House Ghost- ‘Doc’ Thomas Benton
Among the house ghosts he is the most resented, due to his megalomaniac attitude and his past as a serial killer. While in medschool in the 1920’s he sought any and all information to eternal youth as the drive to be the best in his field and to never die to pass on his superior knowledge. No one knows the true nature of his evil some say it was trauma others say it lied in wait. If you ask the other house ghost they will tell you that he was evil from the start and to his very core. While he was alive he under strange circumstances became a hermit, and soon dead animals were found on his land with strange markings carved into them. And then the farmer’s daughter went missing in his town. When townspeople found him he had carved strange markings on her and was mumbling in an incorherent language before tossing her off a cliff. Everytime he’s asked about his death he gives a new story each time, about the scars on his face. The other ghosts say it was one of his evil experiments done onto himself after the town found him killing the farmer’s daughter, in an attempt to save his own life.
Location of Lavaeudeen ,the Waverly Hills Sanitarium.
Built in 1910 and expanded to the enormous abandoned hulk it is today in 1924, Waverly Hills Sanitarium was opened to house tuberculosis patients as an isolation hospital. Doctors at the hospital carried out painful experimental surgeries to treat the disease, often with bloody results. One surgery of last resort involved opening the chest cavity to insert balloons into the lungs and another involved removing ribs to allow the lungs to expand. As many as 64,000 people who were admitted to the hospital died there over the years, and at least one employee is reputed to have hung herself in the laundry room on the fourth floor in the 1930s. Those who passed away at Waverly Hills were moved through the morgue and out of the hospital through the body chute that led cadavers out the back out of sight of the patients. Most of the hospital, including the morgue and body chute, remain intact today.
Or so the muggles think, with this story and the appearance by use of charms to give this school an abandoned look it becomes the hot topic of muggle ghost hunters. Allowing students to use the charms they learned in school and a bit of leg room for the ghosts. Strange occurances that are reported by ghost hunters are just your magical children having a bit of fun. When the hospital was abandoned, magical folk sought out a place to teach and form the magical youth of America. Under the guise of ‘helping mental patients’ they sent letters to families with ‘peculiar’ children to save them from the horrors of the muggle insane aslyums. As these asylums phased out the school kept up with appearances and altered the charms to make the muggles see a more and more decrepit abandoned building.
Behind the Name of the School- As a tribute to America’s very own famous voodoo queen and a desire to pass on magick the school was named for Marie Lavaeu
DID I JUST READ A PIECE OF QUALITY FANFICTION ON TUMBLR