In times of life transition, I continually find myself turning to the Harry Potter universe, without even meaning to. After I graduated from high school, I had Harry Potter-themed dreams all summer. Sometimes Voldemort was in fact coming for me, sometimes I was on the train to Hogwarts, sometimes already at Hogwarts mixed up in some shenanigans. I turned to Harry Potter again, many times, during college. Now, as my life is in a certain state of unpredictability and transition, I’m craving this world as much as ever, and recently found myself having to dedicate an entire board on Pinterest solely to my Harry Potter-related pinning.
If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m a “Harry Potter Generation” girl; I read the books as they came out and saw the movies, dressed up in my Ravenclaw colors for midnight premieres, and even threw a Harry Potter party with my best friend upon the release of Deathly Hallows. (We handmade replica wands and personalized Hogwarts acceptance letters for attendees, had theme food, a Sorting Ceremony, and of course we all dressed for the occasion. It was awesome, FYI). My fandom dedication, however, does not even begin to compare to some of the fiercely dedicated fans out there, or the likes of these talented people. It also seems that as time has passed (or maybe my perspective has just changed) the status of being part of “Fandom” has become markedly more glamorous than it once was, and the pervasiveness of Tumblr and Pinterest has made it easier than ever to unite in expressing ourselves through this series.
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In preparation of the aforementioned party, I stayed up very late one night dying these letters in English Breakfast Tea, while live streaming the Deathly Hallows Premiere red-carpet events from Trafalgar Square. This is when J.K. Rowling famously said, (more…)