What Hogwarts Means to Me

Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home. // J.K. Rowling

What Hogwarts Means to Me

This is my 3rd year back to Hogwarts. See, like most of you, I didn’t get my letter until then. I didn’t get to experience the books as they came out one by one. I didn’t get to go to any movie premieres. As a child, I vaguely remember the Harry Potter fandom being born, but it didn’t mean anything to me.

At least not until three years ago when I finally decided to give the books a try. I loved reading as a kid, but I had gotten busy throughout college and books fell to the wayside. But I had started grad school, and I needed something to take my mind off of classes. So I purchased the e-book and could not stop reading.

I got through the whole series in about a month in a half. I cheered and laughed along with everyone. And when I got to the last book, I cried- not just because of all of the deaths, but because I was losing close friends. I didn’t want it to end!

So what does Hogwarts mean to me?

Hogwarts is a place where I can be myself; my imagination can run wild, and no one judges me there.  Hogwarts is a place where magic happens; not just wizardly magic, but the magic that happens inside your soul when you pick up that book. Hogwarts is a place where light conquers darkness. It’s a place that will always provide help if you need it. Hogwarts is a place where we’re all family.

So grab your best robes, your owl, and your wand. I’ll save you a seat on the Hogwarts Express!

I’d love to hear what Hogwarts means to you? What was your wizarding journey like?

6 Reasons Why Ravenclaws are Amazing

Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw, if you’ve a ready mind, Where those of wit and learning, Will always find their kind. // The Sorting Hat, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

This is part of a series I’m doing on each of the Hogwarts’ houses! You can check out Hufflepuff and Slytherin in previous posts (Gryffindor is coming soon!).

I’m a Hufflepuff, but I think I could have also been a Ravenclaw. Most people call them the “smart house.” But they are soooo much more than just that! Ravenclaws have a lot of traits that make them awesome, so let’s celebrate them!

 

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  1. Ravenclaws are wise. Your ‘claws are going to be the ones who think things through before doing them. They probably aren’t going to be the spontaneous ones since they make sure what they’re doing is a good idea first. They can use their critical thinking skills to ensure that things run smoothly.
  2. Ravenclaws are creative. This isn’t to say that your other houses aren’t, but Ravenclaws are most likely to be the artists, musicians, poets, and writers of the world. They can readily engage this area of their brains, making them a great person to go to when you need a fresh look at something. They can think outside of the box, allowing new ideas in.
  3. Ravenclaws are curious. Are all ‘claws going to be super smart? Probably not. But all Ravenclaws love learning. Whether that’s an academic subject or just something that they love. They naturally want to know all about everything! They’re the students that want to know “why” and “how”- not just “this is the way to do it.”
  4. Ravenclaws are cunning. This is a trait they share with Slytherins! Because they have great critical thinking skills, they are able to make some great plans. You’ll want to know some Ravenclaws when you’re trying to come up with the best way to do something, the best way to save money, or the best way to accomplish something.
  5. Ravenclaws are observant. Usually introverted, Ravenclaws are always watching the world around them. They might not say anything in a conversation, but you can bet they’re listening and learning constantly. They’ll notice if you’re having a bad day. You can bet they’ll know if you’ve worn the same pair of pants for the past week. They’ll be able to pick out the mistakes in a program or article.
  6. Ravenclaws are eccentric. Now, not every Ravenclaw is going to be a Luna. But because Ravenclaws are so creative and wise, they often don’t let the opinions of others rule what they do. This means they often march to their own beat. They don’t do something just because it’s the “normal” thing to do.

Just like with all of the houses, these traits aren’t just for Ravenclaws! I’ve met tons of creative Hufflepuffs, eccentric Gryffindors, and observant Slytherins. The Sorting Hat takes your desires into mind!

 

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Are you a Ravenclaw? What about this list fits you? What doesn’t? Anything you’d add? Let me know in the comments!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert!

I first saw an ad for the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra playing the film score to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone last year. I wanted to go so badly, but I was going to be out of town during the show. I was so disappointed! So when I saw that they were doing it again with the Chamber of Secrets, I knew I had to get a ticket!Processed with VSCO with m5 preset

I decided to go all out in my Hufflepuff uniform! I hadn’t been able to debut my new robe or cardigan yet, so I was very excited for the chance to do it! I’m usually a pretty shy person and don’t like to be noticed with my outfits, so I was a little nervous that I was going to be too extra.

But my fears were instantly put aside when I arrived! Lots of kids (and plenty of adults) were dressed up in the Hogwarts best! Wands, robes, scarves, and ties were seen everywhere! I felt really confident in my outfit, and was really happy that I decided to go all out! I definitely learned that if you love something, don’t be ashamed about it! Have fun, be yourself, and experience the magic!

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Me and my Potterhead friend Whitney!

 

I would totally do this again! Since I’ll be moving to Arizona this summer, I’m already stalking the Phoenix Symphony to see when their shows are!

Have you been to one of these movies in concert before? What did you see? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Fandom Fashion: Rock & Luna

One of my favorite ways to show my love for a fandom is by wearing fandom-inspired clothes and accessories. And one of my most favorite companies to get fandom-inspired jewelry from is Rock & Luna.  There are so many great items on this shop, and she’s constantly adding new ones! Also, if there’s something that you want that you don’t see, you can always get a custom order!

Let me just show you how awesome and cute these items are! First up is this galactic ring. I love the simplicity of it, and the fact that it can go with lots of different fandoms- Star Wars, Dr. Who, and Star Trek just to name a few. Even if you’re not a fangirl, this ring is perfect!

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Want to show your support for your favorite quidditch team? Check out this adorable golden snitch neckalce! It’s on a cord, so it makes it a little more casual which I love! I think it will look adorable with a Hogwarts house tee!

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Speaking of Hogwarts house, show off your Hufflepuff (or whatever house you belong to) pride with this adorable house-themed necklace! She’s got necklaces for all of the houses, so you can rep the badger, eagle (yes- she has the book version!), lion, or snake in style!

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Prefer to wield a lightsaber over a wand? Rock & Luna’s got you covered! She has these darling lightsaber necklaces in any color. So let your friends know if you’re a Jedi or Sith with this cute accessory!

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Are you a Jedi like your father before you? Then wear this Jedi emblem necklace with pride. I think it would look absolutely STUNNING with a black dress!

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If hunting the demogorgon is more your thing, you can definitely contact the Upside Down with this necklace! Friends don’t lie, and I’m definitely not lying when I say this is the perfect accessory!

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Not into fandom jewelry? No worries! Rock & Luna makes a lot of every day accessories as well! This crystal necklace is just one of them. She’s got lots of crystals and stones that make gorgeous necklaces and rings.

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And Rock & Luna doesn’t just sell jewelry- she’s got home decor, bags, keychains and more! Make sure to also check out her Instagram (@rocknluna) because almost every weekend she does an auction where you can get one of a kind pieces for GREAT prices!

Rock & Luna already has great prices on their items, but you can get them for an even greater price by using the code GEEKGIRLS10!

See anything you like? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

 

 

I Suspect the Nargles: Happy Birthday, Luna!

Don’t worry, you’re just as sane as I am.

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Me cosplaying as Luna in 2016! 

As soon as I read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, I fell in love with Luna Lovegood. I mean, what’s not to love about her? I had always felt a little different than most people (mostly because I was a big nerd!). I connected with Luna. She was me! In fact, even according to some, we share the same Myers-Briggs type (INFP for those of you wondering). I loved getting to meet a character who was different, dreamy, and awkward. But a character who embraced that about herself and didn’t try to conform to the majority.

Luna wearing her Spectre Specs and clutching the Quibbler

Picture Credit: https://www.pottermore.com/explore-the-story/luna-lovegood

So happy birthday to the one who taught me to embrace every part of me. The one who taught me that it’s okay to be smart. The one who taught me that the things we lose have a way of coming back to us, if not always in the way we expect. Happy birthday to the girl who helped me realize that it’s okay to love dessert. And most importantly, the one who taught me that being kind is the most important thing anyone can be.

PS- I’ve gathered up a few of my favorite Luna-inspired items on the Etsy! Check them out!

Luna’s dirigible plum earrings

Luna’s butterbeer cork necklace

Spectrespec necklace

Quibbler magazine

Luna skirt

 

Top Harry Potter Fan Films to Watch on YouTube

Fan fiction is such a fun way to get more immersed in the fandom you love! But honestly, I haven’t read too much fan-fic just because some of it is really weird… (so if you have any suggestions of non-weird fan-fic let me know!). But something I do love to do instead is watch fan films on YouTube!

Obviously, most fan films are not anywhere near the quality of a big Hollywood movie, but some are really great stories! My favorite fan films to watch are for Harry Potter, Star Wars, and the Hunger Games. So in today’s post, I’m going to share with you some of my fave Harry Potter fan films. All are less than an hour (some less than 30 minutes), so they’re a great way to get a quick fix of HP!

Top YouTube HP Fan Films

  1. Severus Snape and the Marauders: This fan film is one of the first I found, and honestly it’s probably my favorite. It tells a story of a situation that might have happened between the Marauders and Snape at the end of their 7th year at Hogwarts. If we’re being technical, this story isn’t really canon since JKR told us that James Potter stopped bullying Snape long before this, but it’s still fun to watch. The score, special effects, and acting are pretty great too!
  2. The Greater Good: This fan film is produced by the same people who did Severus Snape and the Marauders. It was done before that film, so the quality isn’t as great, but it’s still an awesome story. It tells the story of the duel between Dumbledore and Grindelwald. So if you’re anxiously awaiting November for the next installment of Fantastic Beasts, this is a great film to hold you over!
  3. Le Maitre de la Mort: This fan film is a longer one, but it’s definitely worth every minute! It’s in French, but has English subtitles. It tells the story of the origins of Voldemort. The cinematography is beautiful, the special effects are great, and the ending makes me cry every time.
  4. Lily Evans and the Eleventh Hour: This is actually a series of short films showcasing Lily and her friends while they are still at Hogwarts. Make sure to watch all of the parts to get the complete story though!
  5. Voldemort: Origins of the Heir: This is a super recent fan film, and it had a ton of hype! I honestly wasn’t as big on the story, BUT the cinematography is gorgeous and you can tell the creators put a ton of work into it to make it look good. So I can definitely appreciate that aspect of it! It’s a little longer, so make sure you carve out about 50 minutes to watch it.

Let me know if you’ve watched any of these, or if you have any other fan films you would add! I’m definitely on the look out for some new ones!

FREE DOWNLOAD: Harry Potter Inspired Farmhouse Chic Prints

If you’re like me, than you love the darling farmhouse chic trend that’s in for home decor right now! Chip and Joanna Gaines are my muses. I would love to have my whole house look like Fixer Upper!

But if you’re like me, you also want to put nerdy things all around your house. And nerdy and farmhouse chic don’t really go together right?

Wrong.

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I’ve designed some super cute (shameless bragging here!) prints that you can put around your home. They are simple but stylish, and the best part is that they’re in black and white so you don’t have to have a color printer to print them. They’ll look great printed on regular copy paper and framed (or clip them on a rustic clipboard!) or you could print them poster-sized and frame them as well!

The “You’ll Stay With Me?/Until the Very End” and “After all this time?/Always” prints go perfectly side by side (I’m thinking they will look adorable above a bed in a bedroom!).  I put the rubber duck quote in my bathroom. The house elf quote could go in a playroom, laundry room, or really anywhere!

The files below are PDFs so you can’t change or edit them (you’ll also want to be sure you have Adobe Reader to open it). However, if there’s a Harry Potter themed print you’d like me to make that you don’t see, let me know and I’d be happy to make it for you!

Download Here: Harry Potter Farmhouse Prints 8 1/2×11

Download Here: Harry Potter Farmhouse Prints 11×17