I need to better prepare myself before clicking on Wade’s H/L readmores.
this is objectively a shitton of projection but do you know what is messing me up about this even beyond just the general overload about louis playing with a baby is that this is on TWO SEPARATE OCCASIONS louis pretending with a baby girl that she can punch someone out and i don’t know, my brother did that a lot with his son— fake roughhousing oh my god you can beat me you’re so strong!!!!!!!!— but not his daughter, like there was a hugely noticeable shift, because that’s not how we think about girls.but louis— TWICE— makes a little baby girl laugh with how strong she is, and he’s playing with her, but that play is also him teaching her to think of her baby body as powerful and active. like he is LITERALLY showing her that she can make a fist, that she doesn’t have to let people close to her, that she can push people back. play is how you teach babies to begin conceiving of their bodies and spaces, of their own capabilities, and oh my god louis knows about babies, louis knows about baby girlslook it’s just that the horsing around and teasing you and teaching you to fight him back isn’t i think something that louis only uses to protect and encourage his male bandmates. he already knew how to do all that. louis growing up with sisters is so so so important to me, louis knows how rough the world is and maybe he doesn’t always know how to be nice or soft but he’s on your side and if you make him strong well he’s gonna give all that strength back to you.
can someone please gif the moment when george shelley and louis tomlinson shake hands in this video as its my favourite thing ever recorded and i’ve never seen a gif of it and i’d really like it as my sidebar so yeah if you do it can you tag me in the post so i can find it thank u!!!1
(its in this video about 4 seconds in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvOrkoZexLQ)
the thing about gryffindor/slytherin (and all the house in some respects tbh) is that they’re two sides of the same coin. what keeps louis from being slytherin for me is his carelessness with his public image. it doesn’t matter to him if he alienates people who aren’t in his pocket, and this comes back to bite him a lot. he’s driven, but it’s not the slytherin sort of ambition with lots of careful string-pulling and behind the scenes planning, all with the intent of social gain and recognition.
he does things, i think, because he wants to- because he has the energy and he believes he can, not necessarily because he wants the power that comes with it.
gryffindors can certainly be vain, and it would be more obvious than slytherin vanity- slytherins hide traits that aren’t beneficial to their image.
gryffindor and slytherin are both cliquey houses, it’s how the clique dynamics manifest that separates them. louis doesn’t seem like the type to get revenge so much as he’s the type to immediately react to confrontation. that’s the difference between gryffindor and slytherin there. he doesn’t think things through. he doesn’t stop to think about how reacting is going to impact him/his image in the future. he just DOES it.
that’s a bit of my reasoning. people general want to put louis in slytherin because he’s spiky and difficult, but i think what’s important to him isn’t so much success as it is legacy, if that makes sense. he wants to be remembered the way heroes are remembered more than he wants to be respected the way royalty is respected.