Harry Potter

What does it mean to me??

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Now… I’m going to get a bit crazy, maybe a little serious and deep but let’s see how it goes…

Harry Potter has made me who I am today……..a crazy ass fangirl! Harry Potter is what got me into reading in the first place. I hated reading when I was younger, I loathed it!! I was a maths kinda girl and I loved my films (I still do — massive film nerd). But Harry Potter was different; JK Rowling took me into another world I didn’t know could exist and opened up my imagination to the possibility of being a witch. I loved the thought of going to a charms lesson, reading Hogwarts: A History, being deducted point for talking in class from Professor Snape, I loved the whole idea. Harry Potter was the one way where I could escape from reality and go into this fantasy world, and I wasn’t alone. There are millions just like myself, who fell in love with the franchise and that is my fandom family. They except me for who I am (a Ravenclaw muggleborn witch)- even people you haven’t met yet physically, can still be family. 

Harry Potter was there for me…..always…..when I was ill, bored or when I needed comfort from my reality. Earlier I said I hated reading when I was little…well it’s true, I would avoid it at all costs, but when I was 15 I had , looking back on it, ridiculous school drama with two students. I’m not going to get into it because that would be wrong and petty of me, but luckily I had amazing true friends who looked after me and took me under their wing but I was still upset and needed that escape. So I turned to my bestie – who was always there in my time of need – good ol’ Hp. – but instead of watching his journey, I decided to read it and I couldn’t have been happier with that choice. It allowed me to lose myself in a book having more personal connections with the characters and stories. I also found myself becoming happier and becoming more……me. 

Harry Potter is a huge part of my identity now, I have been to the Warner Bros Studio three times, each better that the last. The third time I was able to go with my best friend – who was there for me and is a loyal Hufflepuff, it was honestly the best day of my life and the best 18th birthday anyone could ask for. I have been to Kings Cross platform 9 and 3/4 plenty of times. I am decked out in Hp Merch and gear – Hogwarts bedding, Luna poster signed by Evanna Lynch, Hogwarts bomber jacket, ravenclaw pillow, 2 scarfs – one quidditch and one house scarf – and so much more. If I named everything, this post would be waaaaayyyy too long! But this obsession has become a big part of my life. JK Rowling is a big part of my happiness and I couldn’t thank her enough for that. There are loads of meaningful, inspiring and relatable quotes created by Jk Rowling, the queen herself, but there are two that stand out to me all above the rest; 

“Don’t let the muggles get you down.”

“Whether you come back by page or screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” 

Thank you JK Rowling and Harry for the best years of my life – finding myself and my happiness. You will never die and your stories will live on forever.

Thank you for reading hope you enjoyed a small part of my Harry Potter craziness!

Speak soon

WiseFlower xx

#PotterHead4Life 

Starkid

Oh Starkid, How you ruine my life in the best possible way!!

Hey Peeps!!

If you didn’t know, Starkid is a YouTube theatre production company who create incredible parody musicals to your favourite films such as Star Wars, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and of the one and only Harry Freakin Potter! Based in Chicago Illinois, they are best known for their Harry Potter musicals, which are, by the way, AMAZING! The music, choreography, plot, all of it is just fantastic. A Very Potter Musical was their first musical released on YouTube and it was a huge success. It is over 2hrs long so make sure you clear you schedule to watch it (I promise it’s definitely worth it!!)  Starkid have (at the moment) 10 full length musical, each over 2hrs long and this has happened over the space of 8 years. Their fan base is spread all across the globe and we are one community who appreciate their talents and enjoy witnessing their fantastic journey. 

I fell in love with Starkid because of my sister, she got me hooked, this was about 4-5 years ago. She told me she found the perfect video for me because it included three of my favourite things; Harry Potter, musicals and Darren Criss. I grew to love Starkid beyond the AVP trilogy, they had created amazing content in between and continued to do so after. Two of my favourite musicals they have ever created are Starship and Twisted. 

Starship is like The Little Mermaid but in space. (Not sure, but I think that’s how Starkid themselves described it). It’s just brilliant. The music is my favourite thing about the musical, it is just phenomenal!! My favourite song is Status Quo performed by Joey Richter. It has so many inspirational words. If you every feel down or done with the world – I would listen to this song. 

“I kick down the walls around, they don’t how strong I am. I’m not defined by boundaries, they could never understand I’m so much more, more than Status Quo!” 

Like this small verse speaks so much – don’t live up to stereotypes and society’s norms – be who you want to be and achieve what you believe in and what you are passionate about. You are so much more than the Status Quo. 

My other favourite musical by Starkid is Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier. Twisted is an Aladdin parody musical told, however, as the title suggests, it’s not about Aladdin but Ja’far. I would say that the main quote or tag line from this musical is “There are two sides to every story”, and this musical puts an emphasise on that. Jafar is constantly harassed by the villagers, who blame him for all of their problems despite his attempts to solve the kingdom’s socioeconomic inequality. In this musical, Jafar is kind, caring, loses his wife and child and still tries to help people. It shows how society can change their opinion of you due to your status.

Like I said previously Starkid contains three of my favourite things; Harry Potter, Musicals and Darren Criss. That’s right I said Darren Criss…you know the gay guy from Glee. Well, before he became better known as Blaine, Darren Criss went to the University of Michigan and performed as Harry Potter in Basement Arts production of A Very Potter Musical.  He was brilliant and he still is in all of his work today. A Very Potter Musical was the first Starkid product of theirs I ever saw…and I was in love. This musical was a combination of several Harry Potter books but Philosopher’s Stone, Goblet of Fire and Deathly Hallows in particular were significant and dominant in this parody’s storyline. To be honest, sometimes I argue that although the stories are mashed, I think that they are arguably sometimes more accurate than the films. I don’t even know. Anyway, they created another two Hp musicals which are epic and extremely long!!! Three and a half hours long each!! Put them together and they are longer than a school day in England. (Average is 6hrs).

I love Starkid and the main reason why is because they are so ordinary, in the best way possible! They all have “normal” jobs, they have their normal lives. And on the side they are able to do something that they love, perform to the people who helped get where they are today by watching videos of them as lovable characters on the internet. They are grateful for their fans and you can just see it when they meet them after their shows or just by chance. 

Hope you enjoyed this post, hopefully by the end of it you gathered that I love Starkid and all that they do, they are a group of talented human beings who bring joy to many across the world. And that you should probably watch one of their comically genius musicals. (Give them a chance, you may enjoy them).

I am a member of the Dikrats.

WiseFlower xx

Ravenclaw Pride Day!!

“Wit beyond measure is a man’s greatest treasure”

 

Hello Everybody!!

Every year in March for four days, 20th-23rd, Potterheads across the world celebrate and represent their house pride. I know I am uploading the day after, however, on the 23rd March 2017, it was Ravenclaw Pride Day. (As you can probably tell by the title of this post).

Ravenclaw in a nutshell – from Wiki:

Ravenclaw House prizes learning, wisdom, wit, and intellect in its members. Thus, many Ravenclaws tend to be academically motivated and talented students. Ravenclaws also pride themselves in being original in their ideas, and methods. Students in Ravenclaw can also be quirky and possess unusual intellectual interests. Ravenclaws usually accept and celebrate these eccentrics.

I highlighted some things in that description that apply to me and why I identify as a Ravenclaw. No questions asked, I am a Ravenclaw through and through – watching the Harry potter films and reading the books I alway felt like I belonged in Ravenclaw. I didn’t follow the heroes and want to be in Gryffindor, I wanted to be sorted properly and hangout with Luna Lovegood because I admired (and still do) her view on the world around her.

I am not saying I am super duper clever but I will say that I’m not stupid. I valued school from a young age and always enjoyed it. Well………that was until I experienced A-Levels, they ruined my love for school. However, even though I’m not going to university, I still think education is important and learning new things always excits and interests me. I make sure I learn a new fact everyday and I keep up with basic mathematics.

Now, some knowledge from memory…..here we go…..

The founder of Ravenclaw is Rowena Ravenclaw she had a daughter named Helena (portrayed by Kelly MacDonald), who is now formaly known as The Grey Lady and she “haunts” Ravenclaw House. However, she rarely talks to anyone but she does help if you are lost in the castle or if you have misplaced something she will help you find it. Head of House is Professor Flitwick (portrayed by Warrick Davis). Flitwick teaches charms and is the conducter of the school choir. Then we have the students, there are many to name but im just gonna name a few.

Luna Lovegood – ACTUAL QUEEN!! I admire her so much, I think she is so cool and unique. Luna Lovegood is the daughter of Xenophilius Lovegood, who is the editor of the Quibbler. Luna is introduced to us in the Order of the Phoenix, she is nicknamed “Looney” Lovegood because she is perculiar and quirky, she gets bullied by students however she doesn’t let it fase her. She stays quirky and doesnt let society change her.

Cho Chang – I have changed my opinion on Cho Chang because she really use to geet on my nerves – book and film version. I have nothing against the actress, it was the character. The way she was portrayed, in my eyes, she was kind of helpless and she just….. I’m not even sure, I just didnt really like her to start with but I then thought about all the crap she went through in her final years at Hogwarts. Her boyfriend died!!!! Like I can’t imagine how painful that is. She has the right to grieve. She defended her friend who snitched about Dumbledore’s army (in the books). Cho was threatened by Umbridge, who was going to fire her mother. She was put under Veritaserum by Umbridge – she was forced to talk about Dumbledore’s army – against her will – and she was treated like poop by everybody!! So I do have sympathy for her that I didn’t before and I feel bad for disliking her so much.

Obviously there are many other Ravenclaw alumini’s however Luna and Cho mean the most to me.

Anyways I hope you enjoyed this Ravenclaw – Harry Potter themed post.

Speak to you soon!

Wise flower xx