Harry Potter

What does it mean to me??

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

Beauty and The Beast (2017)

SPOILERS!!!

Yesterday, I went to see Disney’s Live Action; Beauty and the Beast…

IT WAS MAGICAL!!!

Oh my goodness….Where do I even begin?

Let me start with the trailers, I was so excited to find out there was going to be a live action Beauty and the Beast as it is definitely one of my favourite Disney films of all time. Belle has always been such an inspiration to me, she was a Disney girl who read and said no to an extremely handsome man because he was ugly on the inside. Belle taught me its ok to read, its ok to say no and most importantly beauty lies within. When watching the trailers for this film, I was in pieces!! I was emotional and I was just so excited to watch this film. To see Emma Watson as Belle, singing and dancing. I was very intrigued. I have been a huge fan of Emma Watson from a young age because I grew up with her as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise. I was extremely excited to find out that Emma Watson was going to be portraying Belle as I felt she is the real life Belle; an intelligent head strong woman.

Now, time for the film, I had very high expectations because being the film nerd that I am, I wanted the live action to be an exact replica to the animated film. I knew that this was possible but i still hoped and dreamed. To be honest the live action is extremely close to the animated, there are obviously a few tweaks to make it slightly their own. However, I am extremely grateful to how close they were to the original. As I hoped it was also very musically, I can imagine myself watching this film being performed live on stage because it just had quality. The film had extra songs which I assume were from the broadway version. “Days in The Sun” performed by main characters in the castle – which I thought was beautiful and full of emotion. “Evermore” – performed by The Beast and I just…UgH!!! It was everything to me, it was after the dance between Belle and Beast and he sets her free so she can save her father and it just gave me all the feels. I was already emotional (teary not full on crying) during the dance because it was just so visually beautiful and again…gave me all the feels. THEN the Beast performs Evermore…thats why I lost it and full floods of tears were falling from my eyes. What made it so beautiful to me were the lyrics and then his vocals. As the song progressed he sounded even more human, he let her go because he loved her and this showed the human and prince inside him who knows hows to love and has fallen. One point that is related and kinda of unrelated, another reason why I loved this song so much was because of the broadway feel it gave off, as well as, to me, it felt a bit Moulin Rouge-y and I really enjoyed that… I don’t know why. I loved each of these new songs that I have never heard before. Especially the Beast’s song, I was so moved by it and was in tears. I’m basically just an emotional wreck!

This version of beauty and the beast was very clever in the way they filled one big question from the original…..What does Belle do other than read??? She’s an inventor! She invented a washing machine out of a barrel and horse power (literally). So instead of wasting time washing her clothes, she can use that time to continue to read.  I thought the link between the enchanted rose and the castle was really cool and clever. Every time a petal fell from the rose, a piece of the castle crumbled. The fact that during the song “Belle” the school children were all boys reinforcing that woman are not to be educated and then you have Belle challenging that stereotype and that’s why the whole village finds her strange. Also why they go back crap crazy when she is teaching a little girl to read so they throw her CLEAN laundry on the dirty ground! Like in this scene, I don’t even know how Belle kept her cool, because if someone was to throw my CLEAN laundry onto a dirty floor because I was teaching a little girl how to read….. I would have LOST MY SHIT! I would full on shouted, been violent and everything. I would be fucking pissed. Anyway, I digress, I’m sorry, I got angry and carried away.

More awesome things about this film is character depth. Unlike the animated version, Beast and LeFou have so much more character depth and I am so happy and they did things right in this film.

Beast – we get to know more of his back story; about his parents why he is a selfish little git – side note, when he turns into the beast he is an adult not an eleven year old boy – we get know details about his mum and dad and how they influenced him to be how he is by the way he was raised. In the animated, the Beast cannot read because he forgot or something but here he is says himself that he was highly educated as a prince would have been and gives Belle the most epic eye roll after she tells him that her favourite Shakespeare novel was Romeo and Juliet. He has so much sass and that gave him more of a comical approach which I enjoyed. A sweet moment is when Belle finds him reading in a romance book in the garden after he sassed her for enjoying them but the main reason he started reading romance was because they are Belle’s favourite.

LeFou – has so much more depth and is not a bad guy!! He is just in love. As most people know LeFou is an openly gay character in the film and loves Gaston as friend and more. It isn’t shown as obviously as you would think, however, it is shown through dialogue and body language. They made LeFou have more of a character arc and he was much more than a bumbling villain sidekick. LeFou doesn’t instantly follow him, but questions him. As the film continues, he gets more uncomfortable with Gaston’s behaviour and actions. He felt bad for leaving Maurice in the woods for the wolves. In the battle between humans and objects, he even switches sides and saves Mrs Potts from being smashed into a million pieces.(Him and Gaston are in a bad place right now). LeFou sees his wrongs, makes them right and therefore gets his happy ending. He is not a bad guy. LeFou like the animated, is incredibly funny. Josh Gad is a comical genius and represents this in his character perfectly. The casting was perfection!

One final thing about the film that made me extremely happy was the costumes. They were historically correct, especially the characters with higher statuses such as the prince and the servants. Beauty and the Beast is supposed to be set in the 1800s – the french revolution – so they have a certain fashion style and they got it right, the make up, the clothes, the white fancy wigs….everything was great. The main characters costumes were brilliant also because although they were slightly different to the animated, I’m totally cool with that. For example Belle’s costume, the iconic yellow dress, she didn’t have corset making her have a realistic waist, as well as allowing her to move when dancing. The blue “peasant” dress, she wore bloomers and brown boots which are much more practical. So even though the costumes were adapted from the original the colour palettes were spot on!! I was super thrilled by this.

I’ve gone on about this film for age….I will spoil no more!!

Hope you enjoyed this post – if you got to the end, my message to you is GO SEE THIS FILM!! IT IS EVERYTHING!

Speak soon!

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