We did this topic last year for 5 Fandom Friday as well but it’s such a fun one to include because people are always discovering new characters and fandoms so everyone on your list from last year might not make it this year. This year I decided to shake things up and post 5 couple’s costumes that I want to dress up as with Andrew at some point in the future. We don’t have anything big planned for this Halloween (besides the aforementioned pie-baking, Halloween-candy-eating and scary-movie-watching) so Andrew and I will be saving our costumes for Kelly & Erika’s annual after-Halloween Halloween party. I’m not going to reveal our plan just yet but here are some characters I want us to dress up as in the future!
1) Bilbo & Gandalf – Andrew already has the height going for him to be Gandalf and since Gandalf is my favorite character I would love to see Andrew dressed up as him. Also, being Bilbo will give me an excuse to eat a million meals in a day and walk around barefoot.
2) Rapunzel & Flynn – This is one of my favorite Disney films and Rapunzel and Flynn are the characters in the Disney World that most closely resemble us. We have something planned involving Tangled but I’m not allowed to say what it is just yet :-)
3) Jack & Sally – I toyed with the idea of dressing as these characters this year but we ultimately went with something else. I would rather save a classic like Jack and Sally for when we have something huge planned!
4) Harry Potter & Luna Lovegood – I can’t think of any reason why I wouldn’t want to do a couples Harry Potter cosplay. Luna is my favorite character and I chose Harry for Andrew since he’s so easily identifiable but I would be open to letting him choose a different character.
5) Spider-Man & Spider-Gwen – We actually have each other listed in our phones as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. I love both of these characters and now that Gwen is webslinging in an alt universe I think it would be incredible to pair her up with Spidey in our universe.
I was so excited when Joana of Metal and the Geek tagged me for this Ultimate Harry Potter Tag because obviously (you can check out her post here)! Harry Potter is everything. I’m terribly behind on tags but I knew this one and the My Hogwarts Story tag LINK which I posted last week were the two that I counted as my top priority. I’ve been re-reading the series this year (I’m currently up to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix so I have to get moving!) and it’s been so much fun to reflect on my opinions as a child and compare them to things I see differently now as an adult. One thing is for sure, the magic of the series has not disappeared for me and I know for sure that it never will<3
As a child, I would’ve said Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire because it’s one of the first times I remember ever feeling seriously affected by a book. Cedric Diggory man. As an adult and through numerous re-reads, I can say that Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite. I love that it includes an element of time travel known as retro causality and I absolutely ADORE the Marauders (plz write more Jo k thx). Luckily Alice LINK has introduced me to this Marauder’s fanfic LINK so I’m getting by really well these days.
Least favorite book?
UGH this is so hard. If Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone wasn’t the beginning of everything in life for me I would say that one since the Harry-Ron-Hermione trio is so young and it’s a big introduction to the world and the magic which allows for less action overall. But it is first. Right now I would say Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix because I remember not loving how angsty Harry became even though it was warranted. My mind might change after I re-read it though which should be happening really soon. I will not keep you updated because then I’d have to chose a different least fave.
My favorite movie is the same as the book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It’s my go to for when I feel like watching the Wizarding world. Again, I love the time travel and the Marauder’s but I also feel like the third film is last one to encompass all of the story. Goblet of Fire is when things start getting really lengthy and every little detail cannot be included or we would’ve ended up with 4-5 hour films (which let’s be real, I want those in my life and I would devote the days necessary to watching them).
Least favorite movie?
The movies are nowhere near as good as the books and I do struggle with some of the major changes (especially the Ravenclaw liberties that were taken) but I have grown fond of them in their own way. As for least favorite, it would have to be one of the latter films (Order of the Phoenix or Half Blood Prince) because of all the detail that’s missing. I definitely had to attempt the most explanation to my parents during these because they were VERY confused.
“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore. A classic but it’s my absolute favorite. I try to think of this quote whenever something minor is getting to me more than it should.
This is actually a toss up between Molly and Arthur for me! Molly is so caring and organized and the fact that she manages to take care of so many kids is really inspirational. I hate that sometimes stay at home mom’s aren’t given proper recognition since it’s not a traditional career but really it’s one of the most important jobs there is. Each of her children grew up to be extraordinary and it’s in no small part because of Molly’s guidance. I also love Arthur beyond belief because for several reasons. He’s friendly and interested in things and unabashedly himself which leads to so much entertainment. I love when he has to pretend to scold the boys for stealing the stolen car and I’m betting that’s exactly how Andrew would be as a dad. Arthur’s just so good natured and he and Molly are the perfect pair.
Favorite female character?
There are so many amazing female characters in Harry Potter which makes this question the hardest one on the list. There are logical reasons why Hermione should be my favorite but I’ve always loved Luna Lovegood the most. She’s quirky and loyal and embraces her inner weirdness. I wish we could be best friends IRL.
I do really love Draco Malfoy. He underwent a lot of character development throughout the series and by the end you could tell that he was growing comfortable enough in his own skin to reject some of his parents expectations (ie. Dumbledore). I think adult Draco will have made very different choices than naive young Draco and I would love to read about his experience after Hogwarts.
Favorite male character?
I’m going to be a little controversial here and say Dumbledore. A lot of readers criticize many of the choices Dumbledore makes throughout the series but to me he always seemed so wise and I think he’s a great leader. I would love to learn more about his past and how be came to be headmaster. A young Dumbledore series is the prequel I want second most after the Marauders of course.
If this were least favorite Professor I would easily choose Trelawney but alas it is not. My favorite Professor is definitely Lupin! It’s so sad that he was only able to teach for one year because I think he would’ve been an amazing mentor to future students. His method of teaching was hands on and would get kids interested and Defense Against the Dark Arts is also really relevant for real life application.
A, Wash Snape’s hair, or B, spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself.
A, wash Snape’s hair. Lockhart is simply intolerable.
Duel A, an elated Bellatrix, or B, an angry Molly
Definitely Bellatrix. Molly is such a good person that I could never duel with her in good conscience. And I would never try to hurt any of the Weasley’s so she would have no reason to be angry enough to duel with me.
Travel to Hogwarts via A. Hogwarts Express or B. flying car.
A. Hogwarts Express without any hesitation. I love trains. I love Wizarding World snacks. I would love getting to catch up with friends about our summer holiday as soon as possible!
A, Kiss Voldemort. Or B, give Umbridge a bubble bath.
Umm, are we talking the early days Tom Riddle Voldemort or the fallen from power and barely a human Voldemort? I just rly don’t want to be near Umbridge ever.
A, ride a hippogriff, B, ride a firebolt
B, Firebolt! And there would be some type of parody singing involving Aladdin’s A Whole New World.
Is there a character which you felt differently about in the movies vs books?
Bellatrix. I HATED her in the books and while I also hated her in the film, Helena Bonham Carter did such a wonderful job of portraying an insane villain that I also felt more intrigued by her character.
Is there a movie you preferred instead of the book?
Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore?
They were both good! Although Gambon spoke more quickly which appeals to my New York pace.
Your top thing (person or event) which wasn’t included in the movie that annoyed you most.
I’m going to have to agree with Joana on this one and say the truth about Neville’s parents. Neville is a great character and I think it’s vital to the story to know the complete story of his past and what he’s been struggling with his whole life. It explains a lot about him as a person and I think that cutting it from the films is a disservice to those who may not have read the books.
If you could remake any of the Potter movies, which would it be?
I would split Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix and Half Blood Prince into two films each which would probably be an adequate amount of time to include what’s missing.
Which house was your first gut feeling you’d be a part of?
When I read the first 4 books I identified with Gryffindor because Gryffindor and Slytherin were the most prominent houses and if there’s one thing I am not it’s a Slytherin (no offense to my best friends because the majority of them reside there).
Which house were you actually sorted into on Pottemore (or another online sorting quiz)?
Ravenclaw! And all was right with the world. My sorting happened after I continued reading and put a lot of thought into which house I actually belong in.
Which class would be your favourite?
Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?
The Summoning Charm because I’m lazy and I hate when I sit down to watch TV and realize I left the remote across the room. As you also might know, I own a lot of stuff. The Summoning Charm would be great when I can’t find a specific book or if I just don’t have time to dismantle the organization of a particular bookshelf to grab it.
Which character do you think at Hogwarts you’d instantly become best friends with?
Hermione. I love being around intelligent people and picking up little tidbits of information here and there. It would be a privilege to befriend Hermione and I would hang on to each piece of her Hogwarts, a History trivia.
If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be?
The invisibility cloak. I learned the lesson that The Tales of the Beedle Bard was trying to send thank you very much.
Is there any aspect of the books you’d want to change? This can be a character, and event, anything.
NO THEY’RE PERFECT. (Although maybe there would be more of a revolution from S.P.E.W. and Fred / Lupin / Tonks / Sirius could live? I’m sure that’s not too much to ask)
Lupin! Favorite teacher, favorite Marauder. He has a good heart and he tried to always keep James and Sirius in check.
Cedric Diggory. Cedric was in the wrong place at the wrong time and I think his death was really unfair. He was so young and he had so much life ahead of him. I’m sure he would’ve helped at the Battle of Hogwarts if he had been given the opportunity.
Hallows or horcruxes?
Hallows! Horcruxes are just plain terrifying to me.
And now for the tagging part! I’m going to try to tag bloggers who I know are also Harry Potter enthusiasts. So I tag Sara from Sincerely Sara, Kristin from My Life as a Teacup, Alice of A Nudge in the Right Direction, Alice of The Geeky Burrow, Gwen of Like Gwen Stacy and Travis of Travis the Grimm.
And for no good reason here are some Halloween themed Hogwarts gifs.
I’m a little late posting this due to a really busy week, but I really wanted to share my Harry Potter wish list so here it is! It’s a collection of random things that I feel like my life is missing. If you’ve read my other PotterWeek post about Hogwarts house pride, you’ll understand why there are so many things on here representing Ravenclaw (my favorite being the beautiful blanket from Look Human). There are three items from the Noble Collection (miniature Hedwig, the Maraduer’s Map, Ravenclaw diadem), a few great Etsy finds including a Luna Lovegood paper doll and those laptop decals which are super magical. You can see the full set on Polyvore which will direct you to the websites selling these items. What’s on your wish list?
I tend to be a quieter person (depending on the circumstances). I enjoy connecting with people one on one but when I’m in a large group I usually feel kind of overwhelmed and wishing I was home with a good book instead. I’ve always been a great listener and everyone tells me I’m really supportive and I offer helpful and insightful advice. I tend to get along best with strong-minded individuals who are more outgoing than I am. I had such a fun time thinking of which fictional characters I would get along the best with and why I could see us being best friends. Here’s my list!
1) Luna Lovegood – Luna is wacky and I love her to pieces. I would be so interested in hearing her speak about her theories and thoughts that I could picture us having plenty of tea dates together. (Sorry guys, you know I can’t go a blog post without mentioning Harry Potter at least once!)
2) Celaena Sardothien – Caelena is such a brave and fierce heroine. I would happy to help her do research about what could possibly be going on in the castle and I would totally cover for her when need be.
3) Belle – Belle is more introspective than the other characters I would call my BFF’s, but I just know we would chat about books together for HOURS on end. Plus, she seems generous and I bet she would let me walk around her library.
4) Veronica Mars – I appreciate Veronica’s snark and I would love to be there to help her sort out her ongoing issues with Logan because they’re perfect together.
5) Echo – Echo is hilariously snarky and puts up a strong front to protect the people she loves. She’s loyal and caring and we have the same taste in food (plus we live in the same city which is super convenient). I would love to be able to call her a friend!
PAST & UPCOMING TOPICS
I am so so so excited to be writing my first 5 Fandom Friday post here on SuperSpaceChick! Megan and I were so happy that everyone was so receptive to our idea. It totally made our days, so thank you<3! We decided to kick off our blog baby with a post about our gateway fandoms. There are so many fandoms that are near and dear to my heart but it was very simple to pinpoint the top 5 from my childhood that molded me into the fan I am today. It was such an enjoyable writing experience to relive those old memories and really analyze my passions. What were your gateway fandoms? If you write your own post I would love to read it and share it here!
I’ve written extensively about how Harry Potter will always be my number one fandom. I’ve always felt an unbreakable connection to the characters in JK Rowling’s series because, besides the obvious fantastically crafted story, Harry, Hermione, Ron, Luna, Neville, and I basically grew up together. We were the same age throughout the series (my birthday being in July a mere week after Harry’s) until the delay between Order of the Phoenix and the Half Blood Prince. I will never forget browsing through my a book catalog (my dad worked at a publishing company for the majority of my life so our house has always been overflowing with books) for new books worthy of my next order when I came across Harry Potter. My ten year old self read the description and preordered this book about wizards, having no idea it would end up meaning more to me than anything else I would read for the rest of my life (thus far). Besides the constant guidance from my parents, JK Rowling’s series is responsible for teaching me lessons about what’s right and how making the right choice is almost never the easy choice. My favorite character is Luna Lovegood and I am a proud Ravenclaw. I’ve attended every midnight book release party at my local Borders (how I miss that shop!), and every midnight movie premiere, having made custom Harry Potter t-shirts with my group of friends for all of these events. I own multiple copies of the books and all of the films on Blu-ray and more Harry Potter clothing and accessories than anyone needs. I visit Harry Potter World in Orlando as often as I can afford and I would do just about anything to take the studio tour in London. I also fancy torturing people in my car by forcing them to listen to Wizard Rock.
When my brother and I were kids, my Dad took us to a local movie theater to see Star Wars: A New Hope. I remember sitting in the theater, popcorn in hand, and being completely blown away by the opening credits. I felt like I was actually in outer space. For a kid that loved looking at the night sky through a telescope, this was huge. As soon as the movie ended my brother and I both wanted to see more. Luckily, the theater also screened Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and my dad took us to see each of those as well. Since then all three of the original Star Wars films have become my go to comfort movies. I’ve spent more nights than I can count scrolling through my Netflix cue for 30-45 minutes before just throwing on Empire Strikes Back. I was always (and still am) fascinated by Leia. She’s an awesome Princess but she’s still a badass. And now that she’s a Disney Princess, she’s set the bar pretty high for future female characters!
After falling head over heels in love with the Harry Potter series, I was eager to read more fantasy genre novels. I happened upon Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series which I love with all of my heart and then promptly proceeded to read just about everything else he’s ever published. I could watch YouTube videos of Neil speaking about writing or storytelling for hours on end. The entire reason that I joined Twitter is because (in the least creepy way possible) Neil is on it and I could read updates from him more frequently. He is the first person that I followed. I’ve embarrassed myself in front of him in real life but luckily he was so delightful and British and could see how happy and nervous I was that he interrupted me and offered to give me a hug. My first and only tattoo is an ankh symbol because of the Sandman series and I’ve cosplayed the character Death who wears an ankh around her neck. I’ve seen Neil at book signings, conversational evenings, and one of my favorite and most obscure events, when he read A Christmas Carol in its entirety at the New York Public Library. Neil Gaiman + Christmas is a combination that’s almost too much for me to handle.
Super Nintendo was my gateway into video games. It’s still one of my favorite game systems to date despite the realistic graphics and special effects that go into modern games. Call me crazy but I would take a side scrolling 2D game over the confusing directional controls on my PS3 any day. I think this is also why the game system I use most often is my Nintendo 3DS. My favorite game on Super Nintendo was Donkey Kong Country 2 which I feel like I could still beat with my eyes closed. I recently replayed the second and third games with Andrew (who makes fun of me for insisting that I haven’t beaten the game until I obtain the highest percentage achievable) and it was still so much fun. Andrew is going to let me play Chrono Trigger on his system soon! Because my brother and I used to play with our best friends Lauren and Gina, we would often do a two player contest and have to rotate playing or have two people sit and watch since SNES is only made for two controllers. I remember how excited we were to get Nintendo64 and play games like Mario Kart and Mario Party where we could all participate simultaneously. What a treat!
My final gateway fandom is without a doubt, Pokémon. I collected those cards like you wouldn’t believe. I remember printing out images I found on AOL during the days of dial up internet and pimping out my binder with cutouts of Jigglypuff, Pikachu, and Bulbasaur. I had pages of holographic cards (the best cards, obviously) and my brother, Lauren, Gina and I would beg our moms to buy us a new pack of cards every week after our swimming lessons. I think it was this behavior that made me into the collector I am today. We would also collect McDonald’s toys (those were the unhealthiest weeks of our lives), Beanie Babies, Goosebumps cards, and so many other things I’m probably forgetting. I also loved watching the classic Pokémon TV show with Ash, Misty and Pikachu. I’m surprised it took me as long as it did to get into anime since I loved that series so much.
Honorable Mention: Disney
My Grandma and I would watch The Little Mermaid every single time I slept over her house. We would sing the songs (there are too many videos of me signing and thinking I sound like Ariel than I care to reveal), pretend forks were hair brushes, and then sing some more. I also loved watching Beauty and the Beast. Belle’s library is what I’ve always aspired to recreate in my future adult home.
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So, just to give you a little bit of background information, I’m a long time Harry Potter fan. And I mean so long term that on June 30, 1997 when the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was released, I spent the day sitting on my favorite chair in my childhood room reading my hardcover copy and hoping that on my 11th birthday (which was less than a month away at the time), I’d be finding out that I was actually a wizard too and unlike the Dursley’s, my loving parents would be gladly escorting me to Platform 9 3/4 that fall for my first year at Hogwarts. I vividly remember preordering a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, from a Book of the Month Club catalog ( ! ) (way before I knew what an impact it would have on my life), because my ten year old self had thought that a book about wizards sounded incredibly awesome. Spoiler alert, I was right. But anyway, I also remember JK Rowling first introducing us to Luna Lovegood. A character who is arguably one of my favorites in any storytelling medium. Luna is so cool. She’s blond with green eyes, just like me, and I totally admire her ability to believe the unbelievable, as well as her complete disregard for other people’s opinions of herself. I think Luna is the reason that I too, don’t give a darn what anyone thinks of me. She always served as a kind of role model to me, but not in the way that adults are role models. Luna is a character that grew up along with me (until book 5, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, when JK Rowling took a two year period to release the next book and I surpassed her in age). But nonetheless, I looked up to Luna as much as any kid could look up to one of their peers. (Side note: I still consider her a peer because I’m not entirely convinced that I could possibly be a Muggle).
So here’s the thing. I’ve spent my entire life identifying with Luna. Then, this Harry Potter based Jung Typology Test showed up. Did I *need* to take it? Probably not. Anyone who meets me agrees within minutes that I’m a Ravenclaw. I don’t need a test to confirm it for me. But out of sheer boredom and curiosity, I decided to indulge myself in the affirmation this test would surely provide. So there I went, answering question after question, critiquing my personality traits until hitting submit and awaiting my result. And there it came INTJ (Introvert Intuitive Thinking Judging). I flipped back to the Harry Potter infographic, and my eyes beelined to Luna I (yupp), N (mmhmm), F (wait, what?), P (?!). NO. No, no, no, no, no. This can’t be correct. Who’s lettering do I match? And that’s when I saw it. Draco Malfoy. Shock. Awe. Surprise. Confusion. Speechlessness. These are all things that I experienced.
Fortunately, Draco’s Jung character description is not nearly as awful as the way his character behaves in the books, so I suppose that just goes to show you that it’s all about how you choose to apply your traits to your everyday life. Here’s mine & Malfoy’s description: Natural leaders that strive for perfection. Objective, independent, conceptual, and adaptable. Quickly see patterns in external events and develop long range explanatory perspectives. Skeptical and independent. Tend to have an aura of definite self confidence.
I spent a bit of time reflecting upon my life and wondering how this could’ve happened, and how I could possibly be like Draco Malfoy in any way, shape or form, but while barely any direct comparisons come to mind, I did find the description very accurate and applicable to my own self. Then I thought back to good ole book number one when dear Harry begged the Sorting Hat to place him anywhere except Slytherin. “Not Slytherin. Not Slytherin.” And do you know what the Sorting Hat said? “Are you sure? You could be great, you know, it’s all here in your head, and Slytherin will help you on the way to greatness, no doubt about that – no? Well, if you’re sure – better be GRYFFINDOR!” Which is why I’m choosing to believe that I am in exactly the same situation. This Jung test is like my Sorting Hat and I’m begging for it to comply and allow me to continue living my childhood fantasy of becoming Luna Lovegood. If I’ve learned anything from Harry Potter, it’s that the conscious choices we make are the ones that define us. So while I’m quite happy with my outcome’s description, I suppose I shall attempt to be more empathetic from here on out. In fact, the results have made me more empathetic towards Malfoy, which is probably a step in the right direction. He made some poor choices along the way, but he proved himself in the end. I may share traits with Malfoy, but Harry shared traits with Voldemort, and really, it’s all about the application of those traits to your own actions. So, Luna Lovegood, I will not disappoint you!
You can take the test here, and then compare your score to the chart above (click to enlarge!) to find out exactly which Harry Potter character you’re most like! I’d love to know your results as well, so feel free to leave a comment!