Posted on November 5, 2017

10 Ways to Keep the Potter Magic Alive

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Even people who have managed to avoid reading the Harry Potter series and seeing the films know that love for Harry and his magical world extends far beyond the confines of the pages in which he lives. Over the past year or so, love of the series has been on the rise, particularly with the introduction of the Fantastic Beasts films. This renewed (and let’s be honest here — ever-present) popularity of my favorite boy-wizard makes me giddier than an eleven-year-old who just received her Hogwarts letter. My partner and I frequently make the “Potter rounds” when we are near the mall to check out any new merch — Hot Topic, Barnes and Noble, and occasionally Five Below. I love all the new stuff that has come out! The clothes, trinkets, jewelry, home decor… you name it, it’s probably on my wish list.

Even more important than things that line the shelves, I know that isn’t what I truly want. I want more magic, more presence of the fandom, more love and appreciation for the books that started it all. I delight in the concept of magic in whatever form it might take, so I’ve tried my best to engage in new and interesting ways to keep Potter magic alive in my life as much as possible. Whether costly or cost-effective, here are some of my favorites.

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Posted on October 25, 2017

A First-Timer’s Guide to the Celebration of Harry Potter

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For the past 4 years, Universal Studios Orlando has hosted The Celebration of Harry Potter, a large three day fan event that takes place at the end of January. Fans and their supportive friends/family members enjoy the thrills of the Universal Parks (for my full write-up about the HP parks, click here) as well as host of additional magical delights.

The 2018 Celebration will be the third one for my family and me. I love being in a space that is overtaken by fans of the series that we adore. My partner and I have since gone to the parks outside of the Celebration weekend and, while I love it just as much, it misses that heightened sense of community and shared connection that permeates the event. (As an example of this, Alan Rickman, who played Professor Severus Snape in the Potter films, passed away shortly before the 2016 Celebration. Many of the fans attending the event gathered together on opening night to have a “wands up” moment to honor and celebrate his life.)

If you are thinking about or planning to attend the Celebration of Harry Potter for the first time, it’s always helpful to know what you are getting into! There are plenty of things to do, see, and enjoy.

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Posted on October 12, 2017

What Being a Victim of Theft Has Taught Me

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On the morning of December 8th, 2015, I drove from my partner’s house to a local community college to present a workshop to a group of sign language interpreters. I had finished my master’s degree earlier in the year and was presenting on the research of my thesis – gender identity and its impact on interpreters. Little did I know at the time that my house had been broken into in the early hours of that very same morning.

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Posted on October 9, 2017

2017 – A Year of Rediscovering My Love of Reading

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I am a reader. I love books — their feel, their smell, the way they’re able to take you somewhere completely different in a matter of moments. I am also typically quite content to be on a constant re-read of the Harry Potter series with a few other books tossed in occasionally. This year, however, I decided that I wanted to read more widely, get out of my Potter-lovin’ comfort zone, and jump into other worlds for a while.

Towards the end of last year, I started to see 2017 reading challenges floating around on various websites. I looked at many of them but I wasn’t immediately drawn to all of the categories in one singular challenge or all of the specific slants the creators took. Instead, my partner and I compiled our own mish-mash of categories to create our own challenges for the year.

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