7 Ways to Show Your Appreciation for Harry Potter

7 Ways to Show Your Appreciation for Harry Potter

With so many milestones, 2017 is a bigger year for Harry Potter than we all expected.
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Although the book and movie series ended years ago, the magical world of Harry Potter has still has a monumental impact in the literary world. The fan-base is growing faster than ever and the magical universe is continuing to expand as J.K. Rowling continually produces content for the series, despite refusing to make an eighth book.

This year alone has shed a number of milestones on the Harry Potter universe:

1. The twentieth anniversary of the publishing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, published in 1997.

2. The tenth anniversary of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, published in July 21, 2007

3. The sixth anniversary of the film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, released in 2011.

4. This September 1st will mark the 19th anniversary of the "Battle of Hogwarts" in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Indeed, there are lots to celebrate! Harry Potter is still relevant today, and with more films coming out in the Fantastic Beasts universe in the future, the Wizarding World is here to stay. But for now, we can all show our appreciation for Harry Potter in different ways.

1. Revamp your old Pottermore account and sort yourself into your Hogwarts House!

And even if you're confident that you've got the right house, there's still the Ilvermorny sorting ceremony, a quiz that lets you sort yourself into the American Wizarding school. You can also find our your Patronus now! (For the curious--Pottermore sorted me as a Pukwudgie, and my Patronus is a Rottweiler.)

2. (Re)read the novels when you get the chance

But let's be real: you were going to spring back for them anyway. No other young adult book really holds a candle to it.

3. Have a Harry Potter Marathon!


You know, when Freeform has the movies on every other weekend. I think they're more excited about the prospect of a Harry Potter come back than we are. While you're marathoning, you could also drool over your favorite actors and perfect that British accent. Even throw in some episodes of Fantastic Beasts while you're at it--Eddie Redmayne needs attention too.

4. Dress up in your old House robes, throw on a scarf, and whip out your wand for old time's sake


Because it never gets old. Ever.


5. Munch on some Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans and make your own Butterbeer!


Who knew that bringing this favored drink to life would be so easy? Feel free to head to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter if you wish, but for a more economical way to partake in the joys of Hogsmeade, follow the recipe at http://wizardingworldpark.com/butterbeer-recipes/

6. Buy the makeup palette and matching brushes.

This one is a little bit of a stretch, since it isn't officially licensed, but this palette is gorgeous. The color "Potions" are a great way to channel your inner Slytherin.


7. See the play!




This one is the most exciting but also the most controversial suggestion yet. While many people were mixed about the screenplay that was released last year, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has gotten rave reviews--they even won Olivier Awards during its run in the West End. The play is due to open on Broadway in April 2018, so this gives us American wizards and no-majs a chance to see it in action!


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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.
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It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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11 Amazing TV Shows That Are Ending in 2019

All good things must come to an end.

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It might just be the beginning of 2019 but there are many TV series wrapping up already. There are many breathtaking and original pilots around along with several reboots coming. This might be one of the greatest year for TV.

However, all good things must come to an end. Some series have been planned out and are going to be finished while others have been cut short. Sadly, here's a list of TV series to say goodbye to this year.

1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Final Date: May

12 Seasons//279 episodes

2. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

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Final Date: End of 2019

7 seasons//91 episodes

3. Jane the Virgin (CW)

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Final Date: Mid-late 2019

5 seasons//100 episodes

4. Games of Thrones (HBO)

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Final Date: Summer

8 Seasons//73 episodes

5. Broad City (Comedy Central)

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Final Date: March

5 seasons//50 episodes

6. VEEP (HBO)

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Final Date: Spring

7 seasons//67 episodes

7. Homeland (Showtime)

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Final date: Summer

8 seasons//96 episodes

8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Final date: January 25

4 seasons//52 episodes

9. The Affair (Showtime)

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Final Date: End of 2019

5 seasons//42 episodes

10. Friends From College (Netflix)

Final Date: End of 2019

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