6 Reasons Why Hufflepuffs are Amazing

You might belong in Hufflepuff, Where they are just and loyal, Those patient Hufflepuffs are true, And unafraid of toil; // The Sorting Hat, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Today is an unofficial (but official on social media) Hufflepuff pride day! It’s also the first day of spring which seems pretty fitting to me! (Although, as a Hufflepuff, I’m more autumn-leaning!)

Hufflepuffs don’t seem to get a lot of respect, and they’re often pinned as the weak ones or the “leftover” house. When I took the test on Pottermore, I was honestly sorely disappointed to get Hufflepuff. I would have gladly taken anything else. However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized I really was a Hufflepuff, and we Puffs are pretty awesome.

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Here’s why:

  1. Hufflepuffs are loyal. Insult a Puff (and while they may be a little upset for a while), they won’t hold it against you. They’re forgiving and understanding. We tend to look for the positives in people. We’re not going to let a silly misunderstanding, a lack of judgment, or hormones change how we feel about you.
  2. Hufflepuffs are hard-working. People often see us as just hanging around the Herbology greenhouses or stuffing our faces with cookies. While we might do this occasionally, we are driven people. Give us a task that we enjoy, and we will spend all of our time, resources, and mental strength on it. We don’t do things halfheartedly.
  3. Hufflepuffs are creative. This is true about all of the houses really, but I think we Puffs are pretty good at it. Since we see the world in a different light, we can use our imaginations at a whole new level. Who is the person daydreaming in class? It’s most likely a Hufflepuff. Who’s that person frantically jotting down that story idea on the bus? Probably a Puff. Who’s spending their weekend working on a new piece of art? You got it, probably a Hufflepuff.
  4. Hufflepuffs are kind. This goes along with being loyal- we’re going to stand up for you no matter what. We look out for the little guy. We make friends with the ones who don’t have any. It’s almost like we have a radar for those people who might be unloved. Need a friend? Hufflepuffs are there for you!
  5. Hufflepuffs are cozy. We’re not the party-ers. We’re not the daring adventurers. We’re not running around like crazy trying to get things done. In fact, you’ll probably have to push and prod to get us out of the house to a big gathering. Most of us are introverts, which mean we recharge by being alone. After a long day at work or school, we’re going to be found reading a book with a cup of tea. We’re going to be on a walk in the woods. We’re going to be snuggled by the fire. It doesn’t mean we don’t like loud gatherings, but they can be overwhelming. So if you need someone to just sit quietly with you, look up your closest Hufflepuff.
  6. Hufflepuffs are good listeners. We’re usually not trying to be the center of attention. If you’ve got a problem, we’ll listen. We might not be able to solve it, but we’ll definitely be there for you. We’ll give you a shoulder to cry on. We’ll smile and nod. We’ll make you a cup of coffee to warm your soul.

Obviously, many of these traits can be found in other houses too! I know super kind Slytherins, Ravenclaws who love to listen, and Gryffindors who are so creative! The great thing about your Hogwarts house is that you can have all of these traits and belong to whatever house you’d like- because the Sorting Hat always takes your opinions into consideration!

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Sorting hat scene from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

I’d love to know what house you belong to! Do you think there are some other ways that Hufflepuffs are amazing? What are some characteristics that make YOU amazing? Comment below!

(And don’t worry if you’re not a Puff- I’ll be blogging about ALL of the houses in the future!)

 

A Tribute to Star Wars: Rebels- March 2018 ComLINKS

*This post is part of a link up started by Jenmarie over at Anakin and His Angel. Each month she has a different galactic topic for us to explore and write about. This month we’re talking about our favorite scene from Star Wars: Rebels Season 4!

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*WARNING: Star Wars: Rebels Season 4 spoilers ahead*

I was definitely late (very late) to the party when it came to Star Wars: Rebels. I don’t have cable, so I wasn’t sure if I wanted to pay the money to buy the show on Amazon for a kids’ cartoon. But after watching The Last Jedi, I decided to give The Clone Wars a try (I just really needed something to tie me over until the DVD release!). It was on Netflix, and I figured if I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t be out any extra money. And then if TCW was good, I would purchase Rebels

I’m so glad I tried it. The Clone Wars started out a little slow (and the animation was a little weird to me at first), but I ended up loving it! (And becoming a major fan of Ahsoka Tano in the process.) Since I knew Ahsoka appeared in Rebels, I decided I would pay for the show. And just like with TCW, I am so glad I did!

I binged watched all 4 seasons (except for the last part of season 4) in about 3 weeks. I laughed and cried all the way through it. I loved watching Ezra grow as a Jedi, seeing Sabine find out who she really was inside, laughing at Chopper’s sarcastic beeps, watching Zeb build relationships with the crew, seeing Hera’s compassion, and watching Kanan grow as a mentor. Seeing Ahsoka become an even stronger person than she was in TCW was also amazing!

It’s hard to pick a favorite scene in season 4 because it was such an emotional roller coaster. I can still barely think about Kanan’s death without getting that emotional jerk in my heart. What really got me was right before he died, when his eyes became clear again. He could physically see Hera one last time. (Sorry, is someone cutting onions here???) Honestly, I felt like my heart was ripped out of my chest.

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Fast forward to the finale and seeing Ezra sacrifice himself like he did made the tears flow again. But that last scene with Sabine and Ahsoka? I squealed with delight. And the kicker? And seeing little Jacen Syndulla, Spectre 7? I about fell out of my chair. That moment was the icing on the cake for an incredible run for this show.

So yes, this is definitely more than one favorite scene. But I think it’s impossible to narrow down to just one favorite!

Now that Rebels is over, I feel like I’ve lost some very good friends. (But the good news is I now own the entire series so I can visit them anytime I want!) But I’m really looking forward to see what new shows and ideas Lucasfilm and Disney come out with in the future! I would LOVE to see something with Sabine and Ahsoka, or even seeing Jacen as a member of the Resistance!

I’d love to hear about your favorite Rebels moment in the comments! Or let me know what Star Wars show you’d love to see in the future!

We will each be challenged- our trust, our faith, our friendships, but we must persevere, and in time, a new hope will emerge. May the Force be with you, always.

-Obi-Wan Kenobi (Spark of the Rebellion)

Reaction to “Crimes of Grindelwald” Teaser Trailer

One of my top movies of 2016 was definitely “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Getting the chance to go back to the Wizarding World was absolutely amazing. I loved the characters, the story, and of course the beasts!

The main characters for the new Fantastic Beasts film

Image from Pottermore.com

So like most Potterheads, I’ve been anxiously awaiting the trailer for the second installment of the series! I’m hoping for a lot of things in this film, so fingers crossed it meets my expectations!

If you haven’t seen the teaser yet, you can watch it below!

Getting to see Hogwarts at the beginning was just wonderful! So much nostalgia with that! And then you see some people apparating onto Hogwarts’ grounds, so I’m interested in seeing how that happened! Maybe the rule that you couldn’t do that came after this story?

Then we see a confrontation with Dumbledore played by Jude Law. I really am loving this portrayal of him, even though I sort of thought Dumbledore would be a little more eccentric! Especially since he is in Harry Potter, but I guess we don’t see too much of him in this teaser. He still might be! Or maybe he just gets more like that as he gets older!

We then see Newt and the gang in Paris! I’m really excited to be able to see the wizarding world portrayed in all of these different countries. The various cultures intertwining with the magical communities will be so fun to watch!

We get to see a little of Grindelwald, the magical circus, and Pickett (my favorite fantastic beast!)! The trailer takes a dark turn, showing what looks like a magical stand-off/duel/battle at the end!

I was a little sad we didn’t get to see Ilvermorny (I was really hoping we’d get a glimpse of America’s wizarding school!), but we still might! I was also hoping for a little more of Grindelwald in the trailer, but I definitely don’t mind waiting for the movie to see more of him.

All in all I was very impressed with the trailer, and I’m really looking forward to November to see the movie! I’d love to hear your thoughts on it in the comments!

 

 

Inter{galactic} Inspirations

Yesterday was International Women’s Day. Being a woman is such an amazing privilege, and I’m so thankful God created me as one!

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I wanted to take today’s post and celebrate some (I wish I could celebrate all!) of the amazing fictional women who’ve inspired me to become a better person. This list is in NO WAY complete, and is definitely not in order of importance!

  • Luna Lovegood: Luna is simply amazing. I don’t think this list could be complete without her. She’s kind, she’s brave, she’s confident. Isn’t that something we all should strive for? So thank you, Luna, for helping me learn that it’s okay to be different!
  • Eleven (a.k.a. Jane Ives): Stranger Things captured the hearts of Americans when it first debuted, and El instantly became a favorite of mine. She had a rough life, but yet she overcame it. She built friendships, sacrificed herself more than once, and discovered herself through it all. So thanks, El, for showing me what true friendship is all about!
  • Hermione Granger: Who can forget the brightest witch of her age? Hermione inspired so many young girls to be smart AND brave. And she told us that the most important is friendship and bravery. So, here’s to Hermione, who taught me that being smart is great- as long as I’m still a friend!
  • Princess Leia Organa: This princess doesn’t need saving! Leia showed us that you’re never too young to stand up for what’s right. From working as a senator, to becoming a leader in the rebellion against the Empire, to leading the resistance against the First Order as general, Leia proved that women can make a difference! Thank you, princess, for showing me that doing the right thing is ALWAYS the right thing!
  • Katniss Everdeen: When her world was falling apart, Katniss showed us that family is the most important thing. Her strength and resilience through the hard times gave us hope when things are tough. So thanks, girl on fire, for being a light in the darkness!
  • Rey: This girl from Jakku showed us that no matter your background, you can do great things. It doesn’t matter if you’re nothing and come from nothing- you have the power to change the world- as long as you believe there’s still some hope and good in it. Thank you, Rey, for showing me that anyone can do anything!
  • Meg Murry: With a Wrinkle in Time coming out today, this list had to include dear Meg! Meg showed us that being different is okay. You don’t have to fit into the mold. And that love conquers all evil. So thanks, Meg, for being a warrior for love!
  • Ahsoka Tano: While we have only met her cartoon version (so far!), Ahoska is a shining beacon for courage and love in a dark galaxy. She was never afraid to step up to do the right thing. She was willing to put her life on the line for a cause she believed in. Thank you, Fulcrum, for helping us to see what really matters in life!
  • Lucy Pevensie: Queen Lucy the Valiant taught us that kindness is always the answer. Even when her own family didn’t believe her, Lucy didn’t give up. Even when her friend and brother betrayed her, she didn’t stop being kind. So thank you, Lucy, for teaching us that kindness is always the best way.
Hermione Granger illustrated by Jim Kay

Image from Pottermore.com

There are so many other amazing fictional ladies I could mention- Padmé Amidala, Jyn Erso, Tina and Queenie Goldstein, Molly Weasley, Ginny Weasley, Elizabeth Bennett, Éowyn, Jo March, Professor McGonagall, Anne Shirley, Laura Ingalls, Wonder Woman, and so many more!

I’d love to hear about your favorite fictional ladies! Who inspires you to do great things?

A Letter to the Geek Girl

Dearest Geek Girl,

I get it. Being a geek girl can be hard. I heard those kids on the playground say “but that’s for boys” when you told them you watched Star Wars the night before. I heard the snickers as you pretended your pencil was a wand in science class. I saw the eyebrows raised as you unpacked the dozens of books for your dorm bookshelf. I heard your coworker say “I don’t get it” when you wore that awesome cosplay to the work Halloween party. I get it. Because I’ve been there.

It can be hard to be a geek girl. But it’s also the greatest thing ever! You have a passion. You have imagination. That’s more than most people ever get. You’ve seen the ones without it- walking around with their heads down. Going through life like a machine.

Not you. You’re like a splash of color on a drab background. You stand out. You make the world exciting. Embrace it. You’re like a unicorn in a world of horses.

So buy that new book. Wait in line at the bookstore for the midnight release. Dress up to see the new Star Wars movie. Build that cosplay you’ve always wanted to make. Get the Harry Potter inspired dishes for your house. Get tickets for the con you’ve always wanted to go to. Scour Etsy for the perfect fandom jewelry. Embrace the geek girl. That’s who you are.

Don’t try to be like everyone else. Because that’s boring. You are you. And you are a geek girl.

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Spoiler-free Review of ” Phasma” by Delilah Dawson

“Submit your blaster for inspection.” | Captain Phasma

(Warning- possible The Last Jedi spoilers ahead! But if you haven’t seen the movie yet, what are you still waiting for????)

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Captain Phasma (image from Starwars.com)

I was intrigued by Captain Phasma in The Force Awakens, as was pretty much everyone. But I didn’t care too much about her character. Yes, she was interesting, but I could tell that she wasn’t a focal point of the story.

But I will admit, her death in The Last Jedi was a tad sad. I was hoping to see more of an epic showdown between her and Finn. So I’m still crossing my fingers she somehow survived and will appear in Episode IX.

Since I’ve been on a Star Wars kick for my personal reading, I decided to pick up Star Wars: Phasma by Delilah Dawson and give it a go. Even though I wasn’t too invested in her character, I did want to learn more about her (and a stormtrooper in chrome armor is pretty awesome if you ask me!).

Phasma book

At first, the story threw me off a little. It was written in present-tense. For you non-grammar nerds, that just means it is written like it is happening now. (Example of present-tense: Alyssa is walking down the hall and sees her friend.) Honestly, that was somewhat hard to read. However, once you get into the book you find that Phasma’s back story is written in the past-tense and the other part of the story (which I won’t spoil) is written in the present tense. It makes a lot more sense the more you read.

Phasma’s story was interesting, although not what I had imagined her back story to be at all. But I really ended up liking the character who tells the story of Phasma as well as Cardinal (another stormtrooper in cool armor). I won’t spoil the book, but I found myself looking forward to their part of the story more than the story about Phasma.

I’ll be honest, this wasn’t my favorite book to read, but I do think it was worth reading to learn the back story of these characters. You even get to learn a little bit more about General Hux as well. The cover of the book is pretty awesome, and the Target copy comes with a cool poster! So even if you don’t love the story, the book will look nice on your shelf (and that’s always important, right?!).

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this book if you’ve read it! Or your thoughts on Phasma in general!

You can grab the special Target edition of the book here. Or grab a copy on Amazon here.

 

 

Top Hunger Games Fan Films to Watch on YouTube

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Remember when The Hunger Games was huge?? I think this series really got the dystopian trope going for this generation. And even though a lot of other dystopian books/movies have come out since then, I still love THG quite a bit!

I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t jump into the Hunger Games fandom until after they announced the movie. Actually, I didn’t even end up reading the books until just a few months before the movie came out. I had told my sister that they looked dumb. And I ended up eating my words…

After I read the books and watched all of the movies, I realized I wanted to know more about this world! It was super freaky for sure, but very intriguing as well. I know a lot of people like to read fan-fic, but I’ve found something I like even better! It’s fan-made films on YouTube. Now just like fan-fic, some fan-films are good and some are junk. You sort of have to weed through it to find the good ones. So let me help you out some! I’ve made a list of some of my absolute favorites.

Top Hunger Games Fan-Films on YouTube

Just a warning- since THG deals with violent topics, most of these fan-films are violent/graphic. That’s the nature of the topic. If that’s a trigger for you, or if you would rather avoid the violence, you will probably want to avoid these! Although the last film on the list doesn’t contain any violence.

  1. Cirrus Quell- A Hunger Games Story: This is a fan-film in 6 parts so make sure you watch them all! The story is really intriguing, and it shows the origins of the Quarter Quell. Be aware that this story is rather graphic with the killing scenes.
  2. Hunger Games- Weeping Willow: This fan film tells the story of a brother and sister pair from District 7. This story does have some killing scenes, but about at the same level as the actual Hunger Games movie. The cinematography in this film is gorgeous though! And you might want some tissues…
  3. Finnick Odair- A Hunger Games Story: Made by the same people who did Cirrus Quell, this fan-film is definitely one to watch. It is slightly different than book canon so those of you who are purists may be a little disappointed, but the film itself is still great. The special effects and cinematography are beautiful as well! The story isn’t as developed at Weeping Willow or Cirrus Quell, but if you’re looking for some good action then this is a film for you!
  4.  Hunger Games: The Second Quarter Quell: This fan film tells the story of Haymitch’s win in the 50th Hunger Games. It is rather graphic, so be warned! But in my opinion, this is one of the best fan films portraying the games that’s out there. I love that we get to see a younger Haymitch, and the story is very accurate to the books.
  5. Hunger Games: The Hanging Tree: For those of you not into the fighting/action, this fan film is probably my favorite. It’s beautifully done- the acting, music, everything. It shows the beautiful relationship Katniss and her father had, as well as gives some political insights to the world of the Hunger Games. Grab some tissues for this one too…

There’s actually a surprising amount of THG fan-films out there! Just do a simple YouTube search to see. Have any others you’d add to this list? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Check out my top Harry Potter fan films here.