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Dumbledore, notorious for giving second chances Dumbledore, let Sirius rot in Azkaban for twelve years. 

He must have known Sirius well due to his time in the Order, he must have known what James meant to Sirius. Dumbledore was a member of the freaking Wizengamot yet he didn’t fight the Ministry’s horrifying trial-optional policy. 

This is a man who took back Death Eater!Snape at his word, shielded him from prison, and employed him at a school for children. 

But he didn’t have a use for Sirius, so he didn’t care about him.

I got 99 problems with Dumbledore and his treatment of Sirius Black accounts for like 64 of them.  

To be honest, Albus Dumbledore is one of the most disturbing, terrifying characters I’ve ever found in a book, because he thought he was a good guy and so did everyone else and the books don’t really challenge it either (given that Harry forgives him for everything he did), but when you look between the lines he was profoundly, profoundly immoral and unethical.

A couple of months ago, I was talking about HP characters with a friend, and he said that Dumbledore was one of his least favorite characters of all time.

Naturally, this took me back a bit since he’s one of the heroes of the series, misguided as he was at times. Still, I was curious and asked my friend why he hated him. His answer still strikes a chord with me.

"There is never, ever a reason to leave a child in an abusive home. Never."

You have to remember too that this is a book series entirely based in Harry’s perspective and being that he was left in that abusive home and subsequently manipulated by Dumbledore to view Dumbledore as some grandfatherly saviour and therefore Harry’s an unreliable narrator. Every bit of what you know of Dumbledore is tainted by Harry’s perspective because he’s basically as enthralled with Dumbledore as Hagrid is, “Dumbledore’s man through and through”, but Harry has his fame and the public to deal with on top of all that so it doesn’t get discussed like Hagrid’s fondness for Dumbledore does. Recall his reaction to the Rita Skeeter book, he couldn’t even begin to accept that Dumbledore was in deep with Grindelwald. But then whether Dumbledore decided he could acquire more power on the side of the light or he was uncomfortable with Grindelwald’s means to success or that he just didn’t think Grindelwald would actually succeed Dumbledore took Grindelwald out in order to gain more positive momentum for himself, and Harry grew up in a world that was still remembering the great deeds of Albus Dumbledore in the war against Grindelwald, conveniently forgetting his previous friendship with his adversary, and promoting him to the so-called “leader of the light”.

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They literally made the metaphor of Sherlock’s heart being broken by John’s marriage a reality by having Mary shooting him in the chest

Then they did it again with Mary in her wedding dress just in case you didn’t get it the first time.

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Femme Friday: Molly Hooper by BSB Amy

Long, straight hair, lipstick that comes and goes, and an ironically macabre career—exploring unassuming but totally awesome Molly Hooper is a journey that starts with specific stories framed by the creators of the BBC’s Sherlock, finds its anchor in the Sherlock Holmes canon as a whole, and winds up the wider genre of procedural mysteries.

At the beginning of A Study in Pink, Molly Hooper is first introduced as a contrast to and amplifier of Sherlock’s character. His abrupt, almost alien behavior as he flogs a corpse and fails to notice any normal social signals is contrasted sharply with Molly’s slight attempt at humor and shy flirtation. She immediately gives the viewer a window into the detective’s differences from the rest of the world—a world where a woman’s attempt to impress a man with lipstick would be appreciated at best and ignored at worst. In Sherlock’s world, however, facts come first, no matter what, even when it comes to the size of a woman’s mouth. At the same time, Molly shows herself to be more persevering than one might expect, since she doesn’t give up on Sherlock.

In The Blind Banker, Molly again amplifies Sherlock’s character, this time helping to show that he is not always quite as socially oblivious as one might expect and not above cashing in on relationships to get what he wants. His blatant flirting with her in the cafeteria line not only works on a general level by capturing her attention and flattering her (a certain amount of investment in the relationship for the future), but it also leads to an immediate look at a body that he needs to see in order to complete his investigation. Though Molly appears to be completely under Sherlock’s spell in this instance, readers of her blog, which is produced by the BBC and considered to be part of Sherlock canon, will have encountered the following quote:

“Oh, and Sherlock came in again tonight. And he was his usual arrogant self! And he was blatantly flirting with me and I know he’s doing it and I should tell him to stop but I don’t! And, of course, he was only doing it so I’d help him with something. As soon as he got what he wanted, he was off.”

Molly may intermittently act as Sherlock’s dupe, but she’s not an entirely oblivious victim.

Along with other major arcs of the series, Molly’s story comes to a head first in The Great Game, when she is shown to be the unwitting pawn of two extremely clever men, neither of whom is terribly scrupulous about using her for his own ends. Sherlock once again hurts her by abruptly pointing out that her boyfriend is gay, though his offensiveness is apparently unintentional in this case. Jim’s use of her is far colder and more sinister, as she becomes a part of his deadly game.

The cliffhanger at the end of the series leaves Molly hanging as much as the other characters—a woman with a preference for two men who use her, but at the same time a competent career woman who isn’t as gullible as she seems.

Through the next two series, her character grows enormously. The revelation of Molly’s true importance in Sherlock’s second series, particularly throughout The Reichenbach Fall, certainly met and then exceeded fans’ wildest hopes. Previously, Molly’s humiliation at the Christmas party in A Scandal in Belgravia had revealed an unexpectedly contrite, even sweet, side of Holmes. Later on, her perceptiveness regarding his true mental state (“You look sad when you think he can’t see you”) helped him to understand her value. Finally, in the end, when even Watson had to be kept in the dark, Holmes looked to her for help.

By series three, Molly has become a formidable ally for Sherlock and a woman who realizes her own strength to the point that she’s willing to take him to task for his substance abuse. Also, through windows into Sherlock’s mind palace, she’s shown to be a permanent part of his mental processes, his respect of her so great that she represents all medical knowledge to him.

In the first series of Sherlock, Molly was a humorous character with a great deal of potential. In the subsequent series, she revealed her true nature as a multi-faceted, faithful, and intelligent woman. Her future in the show is certainly something to anticipate.

 Molly and the Holmes Canon

Virtually every incarnation of Sherlock Holmes shares the common characteristic of willingness to use innocent people to accomplish his own ends, and the BBC version expresses this quality no more ruthlessly than his original predecessor. Most of Sherlock’s flaws—such as pipe smoking, drug use, and some aspects of his sociopathy—have been portrayed as glamorous and attractive in various books and films, to the point that in many cases, they have become like backhanded strengths. His selfish, borderline-exploitation of other people, as exemplified in his treatment of Molly, however, is impossible to glamorize.

In simple terms, at the beginning of the series, Molly showed the viewer an ugly side of Sherlock, one that is absolutely necessary to the character. Without true flaws, Sherlock Holmes is a caricature—an impossibly heroic genius who is good at everything and even successfully controls his vices. Molly’s frequent presence on the show is a reminder that the world’s only consulting detective can be selfish, thoughtless, and occasionally cruel. He may be a hero, but he is also an anti-hero, a duality that makes him one of the most intriguing characters in the world.

As the series progresses, however, Molly’s growth takes her from a dupe to a queen, a woman whose ability to stand up for herself and for what is best for her friends ultimately affects Sherlock’s own character. He becomes a better person as a result of trusting and knowing her.

Molly and the Mystery Genre

The concept of flawed heroes runs through all of literature, film, and television, but mystery novels and shows have made the concept of the heroic antihero an art form. Larger-than-life detectives bring larger-than-life vices to the cases they solve. Dr. House has his Vicodin, Flavia de Luce her vindictiveness, Adrian Monk his obsessive compulsions. Arguably, most of these characters are the descendents of Sherlock Holmes, attempts by authors to capture the complex interplay of light and dark that makes up Conan Doyle’s hero. The creators of the BBC’s Sherlock have seen fit to soften their hero’s smoking habit and take away his drug use almost entirely. Molly is essential to the show because she highlights what makes Sherlock so very imperfect—his frequent lack of understanding of people or concern for them. The things she amplifies in him make him a reflection not only of Conan Doyle’s original source, but also of the mystery genre as a whole, a gray-shaded world of flawed heroes. And yet, there’s something a little bit different about Molly Hooper, a little bit independent, a little bit unwilling to give up, something in her that ends up surprising even Sherlock Holmes.

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Very hard to find a pressure point on you, Mr Holmes. … But look how you care about John Watson.

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John Watson’s jealous face

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Martin [Freeman] did this amazing thing of having a military bearing.

It’s something that’s in the [Conan Doyle] stories all the time; Sherlock’s always deducing things in the original stories based on people’s military bearing, and you think—‘What is that?’

Martin came in and did it—‘Oh look, he’s a soldier.’

He looks, he stands like a soldier. Everything about it worked.

Mark Gatiss, on Freeman’s impressive audition for the part of John Watson.

(Royal Television Society’s Sherlock: Anatomy of a Hit, March 2014 [x])

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Sherlock goes to unlock John's computer, but can't guess the password. It's generally very easy for Sherlock, hardly even a challenge, but this time he's completely baffled. Just as a joke Sherlock tried "ilovesherlockholmes" and the computer unlocks. John comes home half an hour later to find Sherlock doing the adorable blinky thing at the screen. John ruffles Sherlock's curls. "I knew you'd figure it out eventually." John says as he kisses the top of Sherlock's head. Sherlock keeps blinking.




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in which sherlock comforts anderson

this has to be one of my favourite scenes

He’s doing that thing again. That sort of…that thing. He does it twice on the stag night, that kind of very performative no I am not engaging in an act I’d rather not admit to engaging in in the first right now, no no no I am not.

It’s clearly a sign of discomfort, but it seems like a particular kind of discomfort.

What is it?



He does the same kind of thing when the client says “I wish it had gone further” and he takes his arm away from where it was resting behind John.


COULD IT BE? Could this be Sherlock’s reaction to feeling as if things have suddenly moved into an intimate realm he’s not sure how to cope with?


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I think most people have experienced the agony and the ignominy of unrequited love. I’ve never thought Molly was an idiot. She just really, really loves him.
- Louise Brealey [x] (via shinysherlock)
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Just wanted to draw his knee……..:Q


Just wanted to draw his knee……..:Q

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Sherlock2 Reichenbach filming


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buying groceries and this is the first thing I see…
"Fucking hydgrangeas. If I never see another hydrangea in my life it will be too soon."






buying groceries and this is the first thing I see…

"Fucking hydgrangeas. If I never see another hydrangea in my life it will be too soon."



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Happy Anniversary, smartarse. 
January 29th, 1881 - January 29th, 2014.


Happy Anniversary, smartarse.

January 29th, 1881 - January 29th, 2014.

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