Arthur Weasley and the Pureblood Privilege


Let’s talk about Arthur Weasley. 

He’s not your typical pureblood. With the political climate in the Harry Potter universe the way it is, you’d expect someone with a pedigree like Arthur Weasley’s to be a bit more right of center, as opposed to where he is. Arthur is almost certainly considered a liberal by most of the Ministry, if not a dangerous radical. Pshhh, ideas about equality. Crazy talk, right?

But better than just having ideas about equality, Arthur acts on them. He does this, I think, because I think he recognizes that his position as a pureblood allows him to act in ways that other people wouldn’t have the opportunity to. We can assume that the Malfoys, as influential as they are within the Ministry, represent a political ideology that is at least accepted as “normal” in wizarding society, if not flat out “the norm”. And we know that Lucius Malfoy gave Mr. Weasley a lot of shit for working on the Muggle Protection Act, right?

How do you think that would have gone over if a Muggle-born was the advocate for that legislation? If it wasn’t being spearheaded by someone with a Pureblood name behind them? Not nearly as well, I’d bet. It didn’t even go over that well for Arthur. 

I think Mr. Weasley knew very well what he was doing. He seems to be pretty savvy with legislation (he did write in a loophole for the sole reason of being able to tinker with the Ford Anglia, and nobody noticed) so he probably knew that politically, he’d take some heat. But in true Weasley fashion, he did it anyway.

Arthur probably could have been promoted long before the sixth book if he played the political game and was a little less concerned with the welfare of the marginalized. He sticks up for the little guy pretty consistently. After the Dark Mark is conjured at the World Cup, Mr. Weasley alone acts kindly toward Winky. He speaks to her politely, gently. He tries to calm Mr. Diggory down using reason. I mean, really. Where could a house elf learn that spell? Mr. Weasley knows that someone in authority needs to help out this house elf, and it needs to be him. Because if he doesn’t help, no one else will.

So what I’m saying is, Arthur Weasley is a whole lot more than the obvious. And that’s saying something, because the obvious is that he’s a fantastic father, a brave Order member, and all around swell guy. The obvious alone is pretty great! Beyond that, though, Arthur Weasley is actually a pretty slick operator, which you might not expect from his mellow, yet eccentric, Muggle-loving exterior. But Arthur knows how to manipulate the system’s own biases to help out the less fortunate. This is a pureblood using his own inherent privileges to help others. And that’s kind of the bomb.

A few options for backing up a Tumblr blog or blogs,


in order of easy-to-hard:

* Tumblr2Wordpress
Does not get pictures-etc or comments, allows you to archive other people’s blogs, allows you to keep multiple blogs separate easily.
Exports to WordPress’s XML format, should work for blogs.

Very simple, an okay choice for quick/emergency backups even if you don’t use WordPress.

(Source on Github.)

*‘s built-in Tumblr importer
Does not get pictures-etc or comments, does not allow you to keep
multiple blogs separate: as in, if you import more than one blog, they’ll all get mashed together into one.

To be very, very clear: this importer definitely
and for-real does not save pictures, music, and other media! It’ll look like it grabbed your stuff, yes – but if you check the image urls you’ll see it’s just loading them from Tumblr.

Basically, I recommend this one only if you want to back up or mirror just one mostly-text blog.

* Tumblr-Importer plugin for hosted WordPress blogs
Does get pictures-etc, does not get comments, doesn’t allow you to keep blogs separate. Pretty easy to use.

Exports directly to the WordPress installation you’re running it from, does not work for blogs.

* tumblr-utils

pictures-etc, does not get comments, allows you to keep blogs separate. A set of Python scripts that export to a simple HTML archive.
Requires you to install Python 2.7 and type a command line comment.

* Jekyll’s tumblr-import – Gets pictures-etc, does not get comments, allows you to keep blogs separate if you configure it that way. Exports to Jekyll’s MarkdownHTML format. Similar to tumblr-utils but 1) much more flexible output, 2) much harder to set up, and 3) requires Ruby, not Python.

* Tumblr API V2 – If you want comments/other notes/downstream reblogs, or if you want to try to archive whole tags site-wide, you’ll need to mess around with this thing.
It retrieves stuff in Tumblr’s alarming-looking JSON format, but at least you’ll have all the information.

If you only want public content, you can just use the API key they provide in the examples. In that case, you may be able to just kinda generate a series of URLs like this:{{BLOG NAME}}{{API KEY}}&notes_info=true
&reblog_info=true&offset=0{{BLOG NAME}}{{API KEY}}&notes_info=true
&reblog_info=true&offset=20{{BLOG NAME}}{{API KEY}}&notes_info=true

~ offset=60, ~ offset=80, etc.

and feed them into a download manager?

However, for things like your likes, drafts, or queue – anything that requires logging in – you’ll need to register to use OAuth and do some actual coding. I am very, very sorry.

* Ruby + three gems: tumblr_client, oauth, and sinatraHere’s an OAuth handshake example I made a while back using those three gems.

I do not know how OAuthorize without at least starting out using Sinatra or Rails or something, sorry. Someone more competent than me please provide an example? However, once you’ve done the OAuth handshake process once, you can dispense with Sinatra and just use the access token and secret you got to configure Tumblr::Client objects in the future.

* weren’t you supposed to be making some kind of tool to save us from the bleak fate of having to mess with the API ourselves, Tumblr user snarp? – Yeah, but I’ve spent most of the past year zombied out in bed and being assailed by modern medicine, so it’s not done.