sheghostly asked:

What is the true meaning of Halloween?

facts-i-just-made-up answered:

"Halloween" is a contraction of "All Hallows’ Eve," meaning the night before "All Hallows’ Day," the day on which Harry Potter was in possession of the elder wand, the resurrection stone, and the invisibility cloak, together called "The Deathly Hallows." Potter only had the Hallows together for one day, on which he had to defeat Voldemort or watch Hogwarts be destroyed.

So on the evening before this fateful day, we dress up as our favorite characters from the Harry Potter saga, including Goblins, Elves, Death Eaters or Harry’s best friends. In recent years, people have started going as any character from fact or fiction.

On Halloween, it’s traditional for kids to go around asking for candy, remembering Harry’s first meeting with Ron in which candy was served. They say, “Trick or Treat,” in reference to Ron’s brothers, Fred and George who ran their own trick and treat shop.

There is some controversy as a few fringe individuals claim that Halloween was celebrated before the Harry Potter series was published. This is of course false and the result of botched statistics that average out modern Halloween with only a single instance of the holiday in 1237 B.C.

That holiday was the work of Georg K. Rowling, an ancestor of the author, who was an outlier and should not have been counted.






It’s a cute little thing though.

Sometimes it is hard to remember that owls are incredibly dangerous predators seen by cultures throughout  the world as ill omens. Especially when they look like toasted marshmallows.

My boss once described them as flying pillows filled with seething hatred.

Further confirming that owls are the avian equivalent of cats.