Did you know that by spelling the english word SOCKS outloud, you are also saying the spanish phrase Eso si que es, which means “it is what is is”.
My spanish teacher told us this last year and I will never forget it
can we say socks instead of yolo?
Mama, just killed a man #SOCKS
Daddy, just burnt the house down #SOCKS
I killed my parents #SOCKS
This explains so much about Dumbledore.
#RIVER TEACHING AT HOGWARTS #RIVER TUTORING HERMIONE AND ENCOURAGING HER AND MAKING SURE SHE NEVER DOUBTED HOW MUCH AWESOME SHIT SHE COULD DO #RIVER TAKING GINNY UNDER HER WING BECAUSE GETTING A FAMOUS GUY’S ATTENTION IS HER SPECIALTY #RIVER TELLING LUNA STORIES ABOUT ALL THE AMAZING THINGS IN OTHER DIMENSIONS THAT REALLY EXIST THAT RIVER’S SEEN THAT LUNA ONLY IMAGINES #RIVER WHACKING RON ON THE BACK OF THE HEAD ON A REGULAR BASIS #RIVER CHALLENGING HARRY AND PUSHING HIM HARD BECAUSE SHE KNOWS BEING A SUPER HERO IS NOT EVEN MOSTLY FUN AND GAMES #RIVER HAVING TEA WITH MCGONAGALL AFTER A LONG DAY #RIVER RIVER RIVER IN ALL THE PLACES
The world needs this.
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Latest assignment completed! We had one week to illustrate any scene from the first chapter of Harry Potter (I almost had a heart attack from the excitement srsly). And because I love my Silhouette Cameo to death, I did papercuts of course.
Taking an illustration class in the midst of all of this GD thesis planning and job applications is really a breath of fresh air. I had so much fun with this one although the background
I can’t do perspective for shit so I just made it warpy and whimsicalgave me a lot of grief.
A friend of mine asked me for my on-site hotel guests touring plan for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando, so I wrote something up, based on a moderately-crowded day with kids (or grownups) who are willing to get up very early, and wait a while before having a substantive breakfast. If you need coffee before doing this, there’s a great coffee station in each of the Loews hotels’ lobbies.
The thing to remember is, no matter what you have to do to your family, if the Park opens to Muggles at 9 AM you *need* to be at IoA’s front gate no later than 7:40, because they will start letting hotel guests in at about 740/750.
Go right to the WWOHP - there is a shortcut to the left just before Seuss Landing that shaves about two minutes off your walk.
If the line for Ollivanders is under 25 people, get in that line. It will *never* be shorter. And while it’s worth a fifteen minute wait, my kids and I really feel that it’s definitely not worth a wait that’s longer than that.
HOWEVER, the wait for the Forbidden Journey is best when it’s 20-30 minutes, because that gives you time to look at Hogwarts Castle as you walk through, so it’s fine - and ideal - to do that second, after Ollivanders.
But, as I said, if the Ollivanders line has more than 30 people in it, don’t bother - your kids can still get wands at the kiosk by the castle, or in Owl Post, any time later in the day.
THEN go to the castle. You’ll have to leave bags in a locker - if you can get away with carrying just a wristlet or a fanny pack, do NOT bring bags to the Park at all - everything is easier if you’re not carrying anything. Anything you buy can be sent to the hotel itself, or the front of the Park, so don’t plan to carry *anything* you buy (unless people want to hold onto their wands which will then need to be put in a locker).
After the Castle, either go on the Hippogryff (my kids set records for multiple rides on it, and the Express Pass line is usually 5-10 minutes, so you can go on it three to fifteen times over the course of the day if everyone likes it) or go and FINALLY have something to eat by breakfasting at The Three Broomsticks. Yes, you can and should have Butterbeer for breakfast - it’s the same drink as they have at the two long lines outside, but (a) you need to eat, and (b) you’re not standing in the sun. The food is really good and the place is adorable.
If anyone wants to go on Dragon Challenge, they might want to do that while those of you who don’t want to get in the Breakfast line and order (and sit). DC with Express Pass is usually under 15 minutes at that time of day. If everyone wants to go on Dragon Challenge, do it before breakfast, or at least 20 minutes after eating, just in case.
If the line for Forbidden Journey is still under 45 minutes or so, go again; otherwise, plan to come back in the 90 minutes before the Park closes.
Make sure you visit the shops, get Sugarquills and Cauldron Cakes at Honeydukes, and possibly pick up some Quidditch gear, too. Remember that AAA members get a discount of 10% at (iirc) all the restaurants, kiosks and shops in the WWoHP.
Definitely spend more time checking out the shop windows, visiting the Hogwarts Express conductor, checking out the Beauxbatons & Durmstrang show, or the Frog Choir - after you’ve done the castle fully. It’s a magical place to walk through, and if you’re in that early in the morning, hopefully you’ll have time to really enjoy it.
Oh, and a side note! If you have 4-12 year olds with you, go right to the Pteranadon Flyers after you’ve made this first visit to the WWoHP, because there are no Express Passes accepted there, and the lines can get long later in the day.
[If WB doesn’t go after people who use the Harry Potter mark without their authorization] not only will there be dozens of HP sites (which the world could deal with) there would be unauthorized HP merchandise, and even possibly unauthorized books (which would be bad).
DOZENS of sites?
I should be shunned. My predictive powers sucked.
(I’m reading through law-focused posts I’ve made on LJ in the last mumble-mumble years to find things to seed on FuckYeahCopyright (it’s a new project from me and hllangel where we channel Elle Woods and Tony Stark).
tips for surviving an aggressive relapse of marauders feels: it lessens the pain somewhat (not entirely, but somewhat) to consider the basic plot of copperbadge’s stealing harry the eventual conclusion to the shoebox project
I AM IN SUPPORT OF THIS CONCLUSION.
What’s funny is that Jaida and I were really good friends while she was working on Shoebox and I was working on Stealing Harry, both of which were pretty huge in fandom at roughly the same time. But we fell into that weird category where we hung out all the time and talked about writing with each other but didn’t actually read each others’ work.
So I don’t think she’s ever actually read Stealing Harry, and I’ve never read Shoebox Project.
And Livejournal was just referenced in an article on “ancient websites that are still alive” along side things like the official SpaceJam web page that was launched in 1996.
So, in case anyone wasn’t clear.
Oh, goodness, and also Gypsy’s 1999 Harry Potter site!
Harry Potter’s Realm of Wizardry
Millennial dorks will be pleased to know that one of the boy wizard’s first fansites — founded in 1999 — hasn’t apparated off of the Internet, though webmistress Gypsy last updated it right before Book 6 was released in 2005. Click around to read now-hilarious rumors about the last books in the series (back then, we thought Book 7 would be called Harry Potter and the Forest of Shadows) and surprisingly active forums.
And speaking of LJ, she hasn’t posted there since the week DH came out…
Axe says they’re “scouring the world for a few brave men” to send into space.
The current leader has less than 3,000 votes. The runner up has less than 700 (and they’re taking the top two). That’s nothing for you, fandom.
Vote for me HERE. How awesome would it be if a woman (a fangirl, no less) actually won this thing? Sherlockians, Whovians, Potterheads, Trekkies: I want to be your impossible astronaut!
Okay, we need to vote her up just for this sexism alone please
Boosting the signal because Harry Potter, StarKid, anti-sexism and science!
I found this image on an LJ/DW post I made back in 2010 while recuperating from Infinitus. I don’t have the original posting information but it seems like it was posted by silvrey in inceptionlulz sometime that summer.
I think I’m in a bit of a Harry Potter Fandom Forever mood today. Not every day. But, today.
All I know is that I was at a Harry Potter Con in July 2010 and they closed the formal ball with Don’t Stop Believing and the crowd went NUTS and I had no idea why… That was also a con where Darren Criss still walked freely through the HP fandom.Fwiw, re Don’t Stop Believin’, here’s what a friend of mine said at the time: Not just gleeeeeeee, but GLEE, the new TV show. ANY show that uses a version of Don’t Stop Believin’ by JOURNEY in its preview/commercial thingie is a show I will WATCH.
Just putting y’all on the same page, because I think Heidi, at least, will find it entertaining.
(I think that my last HPEF event was 2007, in New Orleans. Good times. Memories of the ball at the one in Salem still make me grin pretty regularly.)
Oh my GOD, yes I find it entertaining!
We’d discussed calling the ball the Don’t Stop Believing Ball (I got outvoted) and had used Don’t Stop Believing in 2009 as the final song at Azkatraz, too (yes, that’s the con where some of StarKid sat on the floor and played songs from AVPM) but having it as the final song at Infinitus was one of my favorite con-Ball moments of all time. Luckily, it’s on YouTube from about a half-dozen different angles!
I remember that night through a bit of a post-drinks-with-Andrew-Slack blur, standing toward the back of the crowd with friends who I’d been in fandom with for years, as well as Chris Rankin and his then-girlfriend-now-wife, and Christian Coulson and his then-boyfriend, and we were just singing at the top of our lungs because in the moment of perfect fun and the end of a long and awesome weekend. I was in some brilliant netherworld of fandom love and joy and tears and fun and fizzy lifting drinks.
In other words, Friend of Carrie, HI! Hope you had fun at Infinitus lo those many years ago!