Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Harry Potter Appreciation

With the news of Diagon Alley opening at Universal Studios on July 8th, I had the urge to go through my photos for all things Harry Potter. I am a huge Potterhead and have been ever since the first book was released in the US in 1998. Let's talk about that story first! (Lots of photos ahead)

When I was 12 years old (!) my mom picked me up from school and handed me a book. She said she had just finished reading it and was certain it would be a story that I would like. At the time, I had no idea of the adventure I was about to embark on. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone had be hooked from the start. Every time a new book was released, my parents and I would attend a midnight party at our local Hastings Bookstore. I can recall reading the books as soon as I would get back in the car and not stop until I was finished. When the movies started to come out we did the same. Dressing up for midnight showings was so much fun, and when the last movie was in theaters my mom and I went together one last time. It has been a magical journey that I will never grow out of. I am 28 years old now with a Harry Potter tattoo on my arm, a Luna Lovegood cosplay I still wear, and you betcha I cried (tears of joy) last year when I met Tom Felton.

Some fun facts:
  • My favorite book is the Goblet of Fire, and my favorite movie is the Prisoner of Azkaban.
  • Visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter was very emotional for me. My dad and I spent an entire day there taking it all in. I never wanted to leave.
  • Butterbeer is delicious! And tastes best as a frozen slushie.
  • My Harry Potter tattoo (which I won't post because I don't want it copied) is of Hedwig sitting on spell books with potion bottles around her, and she's carrying my letter to Hogwarts in her mouth :) I was getting a different tattoo by Matt Van Cura when I noticed his knuckles said "WIZARD" .. I asked him about it and he said he was a Harry Potter fan. I knew right away I wanted him to do my tribute tattoo.
  • When Robert Pattinson was announced for Twilight, I was excited because I had a crush on Cedric Diggory.
  • When Tom Felton came to Dallas Fan Days last year, I was planning on getting my photo and autograph with him on Sunday since that's when I would be dressed as Luna. But I was so nervous that something would happen and he'd leave early that I decided to meet him Saturday, too, to make SURE I got his autograph.
  • I occasionally sell handmade wizard wands in my Etsy store. They sell pretty fast, but I hope to add more soon!
  • After Pottermore sorted me into Gryffindor I literally yelped! I'm not very brave, and I was sure I would be placed in Hufflepuff, but I remember thinking "Anything but Syltherin" just like Harry did! Then reading the welcome speech by J.K. Rowling gave me goosebumps all over again. I've never felt so proud.

The story of Harry Potter has been my favorite fandom to be involved with. I'm so thankful for my mom handing me that book all those years ago. Someday, I hope to meet more of the cast at conventions and also travel back to the Wizarding World to see the new Diagon Alley. Thank you for joining me on this trip down memory lane!


Which book and movie are your favorite?
Do you have a fandom that you've loved for years?

*All photos in this post were taken by me, my mom or my dad. Please don't use without credit :)


  1. I love Harry Potter and I love going to the Wizarding World too! I hope to go back later this year... I've never met any of the cast at all so you are lucky you met Tom. My favorite book was the Half Blood Prince and my favorite movie is the Prisoner of Azkaban! Your Luna cosplay is awesome by the way :)


  2. Thanks for sharing! That was an interesting bit of insight. You sound like an intense Harry Potter fan!

    I think The Order of the Phoenix was my favorite book and probably my favorite movie as well. I've never been to the Harry Potter theme park but would love to see it someday.

  3. I love Harry Potter! I remember first reading some of my cousin's copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and I was hooked right away. I made my mom take me to get my own copy, and I have never looked back.

    My husband and I were able to go to the fan event that they had at Universal Studios for the release of the final movie, and that is definitely a memory that I will cherish forever. I was so excited when I found out that Stanislav Ianevski (Viktor Krum) would be there because I had a huge crush on him when the Goblet of Fire movie came out. I was able to get his autograph and take a picture with him. My husband laughed at me the whole time because I turned into a blushing school girl when he was around. :)

  4. I absolutely adore Harry Potter! What a magical journey it had been with the books and the movies!
    Love your outfits, you look great! ^__^

  5. I only recently started to get in to Harry Potter really :O
    I saw the first 2 or 3 films but somehow lost interest, I didn't realise how intense it would actually become!

    I worked at a Cinema when the last films were released and almost every screen left with people full of tears
    I really want to read the books on my Kindle but it looks like I need to sign up to Pottermore?


  6. I think my favorite book and movie was Goblet of Fire. I just loved the grand scale of everything that happened.

  7. While Star Wars was my first fandom, Harry Potter is probably my favorite (that or Doctor Who). My sister, brother, and, my husband all love it! And my hubby and I had our engagement pics based on Harry Potter (he's Ravenclaw, and I'm Slytherin)!
    My favorite book was Order of the Phoenix, and, movie was Azkaban!

  8. Loved this entire post. It is so rad to hear how you originally got into Harry Potter. I giggled when I read about you being worried that Tom would leave the con before you met him. You are so cute. :)

  9. Oh, I love this post so much - I so need to re-read the Harry Potter books soon and your pictures make me want to visit the studio tour even more (I wish I could get to universal studios to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter though - it's just a little too far away. But it looks like so much fun!

    And your cosplay of Luna is brilliant! :)


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