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Week of Geek Bonus: Harry Potter turns 20

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Just popping in to remind everyone that the Harry Potter series turned 2o years old today.

Amazing that 20 years have already gone by.  I actually didn’t start reading the first book until just before the first movie came out in 2001, so I was a little late to the game.  It wasn’t until I saw the first trailer for the film that I thought ‘Oh, OK, this actually does look pretty good.  I should see what all the fuss is about.”  And I did.  And I haven’t looked back.

I am a slow reader on a good day, and I think my record for fastest time reading a novel is still Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the last book in the series.  That took me a week, and that was me reading every spare moment I had.  Sad, I know, some people read it overnight, but I really tried!

And those are just 2 memories of mine about the series that has meant so much to me and to so many people all around the world.  From the books to the films to the merch to the Wizarding Worlds to live theatre and to Newt Scamander’s adventures (with more of those coming), in 20 years the Harry Potter series has gone from one woman’s dream to an entire franchise, with no plans to slow down.  And fans couldn’t be happier, with new members joining all the time.

What are some of the Potter-related moments that have stood out to you over the years?  Post away in the comments section or write your own thoughts, poems or stories about the series on the Write It! Website.  And if you’re looking to read or re-read the series over the summer be sure to post the page counts for the Teen Summer Reading Challenge.

Book publisher Bloomsbury recently asked fans about their favorite moments, which are compiled in this amazing video.  Watch and feel the feels.  Here’s to another 20 years and beyond, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek: In honor of International Women’s Day, let’s go to Hillywood!

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Hiya Geeklings!  Happy International Women’s Day!  Whether a woman, a girl, or a fan of both, today’s the day to celebrate how far we’ve come and the strides we’ve made.  For a couple of books to take a look at click here and here.

Today, I thought I’d take the opportunity to focus on two sisters who, while they may not be changing the world per se, have taken something they love and have created a huge presence online with it.  Their YouTube page has almost 1.3 million followers and their latest video has almost that many views in just five days.

Who’m I talkin’ ’bout?  Hilly and Hannah Hindi and their channel The Hillywood Show.  What do they do?  Parodies of their favorite fandoms in the form of elaborate musical numbers based on popular songs and featuring seriously awesome cosplay and terrific production values.

Observe: Their latest video that combines Lady Gaga with Suicide Squad.

OH MY GOSH!  THE COSTUMES!  AND LOOK HOW MUCH EVERYONE LOOKS LIKE THEIR CHARACTERS!  AND THE DANCE NUMBERS!  You gotta hand it to them, they is talented, and for fans of these fandoms these videos are fun and squee worthy.

How about a few more examples?  A few of my favorites include a Taylor Swift ode to Supernatural with with MANY surprise guests at the end.

Or how about one where Middle Earth meets Frozen?

Here’s one where Hocus Pocus mashes with The Nightmare Before Christmas.

And the Doctor gets a little help from Rocky Horror.

And this last vid isn’t a parody, but I like it.  It’s the girls going to the Harry Potter Studio Tour and fangirling all over the place.

You can find more of their videos on their YouTube page (parodying Potter, The Hunger Games, SherlockPirates of the Caribbean, etc), and you can read about how this whole thing came to be in this article at Geek and Sundry.

I guess the lesson to take away from the Hindi sisters and today in general is that women are, and always have been, capable of amazing things.  Whether it’s something as earth shattering as a new invention or something that creates as much joy as a musical parody, it’s always great to take a moment to realize that women, and people in general, can accomplish almost anything so long as the drive, the hard work and the love are there.

Stay awesome geeklings, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek: The next chapter for the Wizarding World… Are we ready?

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Well guys, it’s almost here.  I think you know what I’m talking about, but just in case…

Yes, 19 years after we first met The Boy Who Lived and 9 years after we all thought the series would come to a close for good, the Wizarding World is emerging again with a new tale to tell.  Based on the Hogwarts textbook and set in the Roaring Twenties, 54 years before Harry Potter’s birth, this story reveals not only more of the history of the world Harry and his friends occupy but also the history of magic in North America, the USA in particular, and how witches and wizards have evolved along with the complicated and tumultuous history of our own continent.

All of that is, of course, AWESOME!

But mostly, I’m excited for more magic.   I’m excited to get to know Newt Scamander and all the beasts he loves (BTW his full name is Newton Artemis Fido Scamander; one of his middle names is FIDO, and that is adorable).  I’m excited that a Muggle (or No-Maj, as the Americans call non-magic folk) will be a main character.  I’m excited that we have not one, but TWO girls as part of the main group (and I love Queenie’s clothes).  Mostly though , I’m excited to step back into this world that has meant so much not only to me, but to so many fans in so many places of all different ages for so long.

And fans are REALLY EAGER!  There was an IMAX event not too long ago that brought the cast and creators of the film together with audiences from so many different places around the world.  Check it out!

(Click here if you’d like to watch the whole thing.)

What has fans salivating in particular is that a lot of stuff that’s just been hinted at in the Potter series may actually be brought to life in these upcoming films.  Not only has Dumbledore been mentioned in the trailers, so has Gellert Grindelwald, who was the dark wizard before Voldemort to really make an impact on the whole magic community (and who has a personal connection to Dumbledore).

I’ll let FB actor Ezra Miller explain a bit.

There’s already speculation about who is going to play young Dumbledore in the upcoming sequels… AND WE’RE GETTING FOUR SEQUELS!  *SQUEAL*!

So I ask… are we ready?  And I ask that because there are going to be A LOT of high expectations with this.  And high expectations mixed with nerdy people does not always a good combination make.  We want so much from the fandoms we love, and we all have individual expectations, and sometimes if those aren’t met we may not appreciate the uniqueness and awesomeness of what we did get.  And that’s a crying shame.  I felt that way about the Ghostbusters reboot.  People were so caught up in what they thought they should get that they missed out on what they got.

So my humble advice, for what it’s worth, is as rabid as we are for Fantastic Beasts, and as much as it’s been hyped by it’s marketing and our own freaking out, don’t let that get in the way of taking it on it’s own merits.  Yes, we all love Harry Potter.  Yes, it is going to be SO HARD to top the Harry Potter series in the hearts of fans.  We know that, and I think it’s safe to say that the people making Fantastic Beasts know that too.  So be excited!  Wear your House colors proudly!  Show off the MACUSA crest!  Declare your allegiance to Ilvermorny.  Go and enjoy it!  But remember that it’s not trying to replace Harry Potter.  It’s it’s own story that happens to share the same universe, and that is still super!  Plus, the early reviews are pretty good.

One last thing; how stoked are we that a Hufflepuff is leading this story?  Though I am a proud Gryffindor, I do feel like we’ve gotten plenty of representation, as has Slytherin.  Ravenclaw could use some more rep, but they’ve at least had a little bit and are thought of very highly amongst fans (a lot of librarians would put themselves in that house).  But Hufflepuff has gotten a bad wrap of being the mediocre or ‘filler’ house, when that is totally not the case.  And now Newt will help finally set that incorrect perception right.  Yay!

So wands up Geeklings, ’cause we’re doing this Wizarding World fandom thing all over again!  Have fun and until next time, End of Line.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Series: Harry Potter)

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

This amazing book is only the beginning of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series of a boy who survived the unspeakable, a boy who will later on be known as “the boy who lived.” Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is an amazing book that takes place in a wizarding world, where wizards only know of a place with magic and cannot simply envision a place where non-magical folk can live without magic. This place was to be Harry Potter’s home and where he was to belong, until an evil wizard named Voldemort [otherwise known as “he-who-shall-not-be-named”] had ransacked Harry’s home and killed both of his parents (Lily and James Potter). Fortunately, Harry had somehow survived the attack and had made Voldemort weak, but remembered none of it as he was only a baby. He was then sent to live with his greedy and mean aunt and uncle until his eleventh birthday, when he finally found out that he was an actual wizard and should be sent to a Wizarding School called Hogwarts. The book summarizes his magical year at Hogwarts and how he spent it with his two close friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. His first year at Hogwarts is fascinating as he studies Transfiguration and many spells, while also participating in magical sports in which wizards fly on broomsticks. Harry is absorbed into his new life until he figures out that the potions’ teacher, Severus Snape, is trying to steal a very ancient stone called the “Philosopher’s Stone.” This stone has the ability to keep you alive for centuries and Snape wants it for the evil wizard Voldemort so that he could heal himself and come back to get his revenge on Harry Potter. Harry and his friends will attempt to keep the stone safe from Snape and will fight back at any cost to keep the stone safe.

This fantasy is not only amazing but also intriguing as it takes you through an unbelievable journey in a world with magic. I love this series very much as the first book is a hooking introduction to what J.K. Rowling has in store for you! The reason it is so interesting is because the way J.K. Rowling introduces her novel to you is fascinating. Unlike many authors, J.K. Rowling has chosen to develop her world beautifully as the many details show how much thought and effort she put into making the wizarding world come to life, and to help the reader coexist side by side with the characters. The story line is mysterious and has many plot twists which you may not expect. J.K. Rowling’s writing is also very original and has humor to it which shows how talented she is at getting the reader’s attention. The story she created is enchanting and I think that deserves a 10 out of 10 for this amazing book that she has written.


Week of Geek Breaking News: Final FBAWTFT Trailer!

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When Newt popped out of the suitcase in the middle of that meeting!  Gold!

So much to dissect here!  More fantastic beasts!  More action!  What’s up with Colin Farrell‘s character?  I see villain talk there.  We even got a mention of Grindelwald.  EEP!  What do you guys think?

Only a few more weeks left until the November 18th premier!  Keep your wands at the ready, read up on the different beasts, and until next time, End of Line.