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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

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It has a Tumblr page so it’s officially official! Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them promo has begun. So far, just the above logo and a pic of Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander have been posted (unless you go to the EW site for 8 more behind-the-scenes photos!), but stay tuned for more in the coming 12 months – its release date is November 18, 2016.

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The Cursed Child: Harry Potter Play is Officially a Sequel!!!

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Tickets for the first run of this show sold out in hours today, surprising no one. But what’s exciting is that it’s been confirmed: the play The Cursed Child, shaped but not written by JK Rowling, is a sequel story to the Harry Potter series!

It’s official. The Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and we have the synopsis to share with you:

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

When we last saw Harry he was waving off his eldest children, James Sirius and Albus Severus, at Platform Nine and Three-Quarters. This next exciting chapter in the story will explore Harry’s life after that moment for the very first time.

Written by Jack Thorne and directed by Olivier and Tony award-winner John Tiffany, the play is a brand new story written in collaboration with J.K. Rowling.

The play is in two parts, due to the ‘epic nature of the story’, and will feature a cast of over 30 actors, to be announced later.

J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany said: ‘It is very exciting to explore Harry’s world in a brand new way through the live form of theatre. Collaborating on this story is exhilarating for all of us and we can’t wait to present the eighth story at the Palace Theatre next summer.’

J.K. Rowling continued: ‘The story only exists because the right group of people came together with a brilliant idea about how to present Harry Potter on stage. I’m confident that when audiences see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child they will understand why we chose to tell this story in this way.’

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child comes to London’s West End summer 2016. Tickets go on sale online only at 11am GMT on Wednesday 28 October, on a first come first served basis to all who have registered for priority booking, and at 11am GMT on Friday 30 October to the general public.

Soooo, the big question is: how do the millions of us not in London and without tickets get to experience this story??

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Asexual Awareness Week and Charlie Weasley – Possible Poster Boy?

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I honestly learned some new words and ideas in this article, originally featured on Mugglenet.com. I’m reposting it in its entirety here!

A couple weeks ago, MuggleNet staff member Amy wrote about Remus Lupin and incurable conditions for Invisible Illness Awareness Week. This inspired me to write something for Asexual Awareness Week, which runs from October 19 through October 25. Prepare to be aware!

I think we all remember the shock of J.K. Rowling’s reveal that Dumbledore was gay. Since then, there has been a lot tossed around about queer representation in the Harry Potter world.* Some people think that Dumbledore is a great representation, others think not so much. Of course, Jo made this announcement about eight years ago and started writing the books about 25 years ago (I know! That long!). Things have changed since then. Maybe if Jo were writing the books today, it would have been more obvious in the text that Dumbledore was gay. Or maybe there would be a few other queer characters that are blatantly labeled as such in the Potter world.

Which brings me to Charlie Weasley. Here’s a conversation from the 2007 documentary J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life.

JKR: “Charlie didn’t have children or marriage.”

JR: “Is he gay?”

JKR: “Dumbledore’s gay. I told a reader that once, and I thought she was gonna slap me. But I always saw Dumbledore as gay. Um, no, I don’t think Charlie’s gay. Just more interested in dragons than women.”

So that pretty much changed everything.

Because not only was Albus Dumbledore—one of the most prominent characters in the most popular children’s series in the world—gay, but Charlie Weasley was more interested in dragons than women. Which is as close to a confirmation of a Harry Potter character being asexual as we’re ever going to get.

Asexuality is the lack of sexual attraction. Now, there are a lot of terms surrounding asexuality. There’s romantic attraction, sensual attraction, aesthetic attraction, demisexuality, gray-asexuality… These are all very important but can be a little overwhelming for someone new to the idea, so I’ll direct you to this page of asexuality.org, which has succinct definitions for all of these things. The one you’ll probably hear about most, though, is romantic attraction, which is the desire to be romantically involved with someone, but not necessarily sexually involved.

I know, you’re thinking, “What do you mean asexuals don’t experience sexual attraction?” I would counter that with “What do you mean allosexuals do?” (Then you would ask, “What’s allosexual?”and I would say, “Anyone who experiences sexual attraction,” but I digress.) I have no idea what sexual attraction feels like, and apparently, it’s really difficult to define! I’m asexual; I’ve known that for years now. Before I realized asexuality was a thing, I thought everyone was exaggerating about having crushes on people. Yes, that’s how a lot of asexuals think! But a lot of asexuals also don’t have an experience as simple as this. Instead, they’re isolated and made fun of; they feel as if something is wrong with them. It takes many asexuals well into adulthood to realize that they’re not broken, that there are other people out there like them. Part of the reason this realization is so difficult is because there’s little to no representation out there.

That’s why Charlie Weasley is so important. A nice, handsome young man who cares more about dragons than women? That’s awesome! I care more about dragons than men. There’s someone out there like me!

It’s grasping at straws, I know. Does J.K. Rowling know what asexuality is? Maybe by now, eight years after mentioning that Charlie doesn’t get married, she does. Would she agree that Charlie is asexual? I don’t know, but I hope so. I can’t imagine having this character taken away from me. That would be heart-wrenching, actually. Asexual characters in fiction are so difficult to come by that I take pretty much anything I can get…

Oh, no, I’d love to go with you as friends!” said Luna, beaming as he had never seen her beam before. “Nobody’s ever asked me to a party before, as a friend! Is that why you dyed your eyebrow, for the party? Should I do mine too?” – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Luna Lovegood, who cares more about friends than anything else? Heteroromantic asexual.

Katniss Everdeen, more interested in saving her sister than her own love triangle? Aromantic asexual (or aroace for short, which is also a great pun).

Sherlock Holmes, who thinks love is an emotional thing, and whatever is emotional is opposed to that true cold reason that he places above all things? Asexual, despite how often Hollywood tries to shoehorn him a love interest.**

Daryl Dixon, heartthrob of The Walking Dead despite never showing romantic interest in anyone?Called asexual by the creator of the show! I don’t know if Robert Kirkman really knows what asexuality is, but that one threw me for a loop, and now I’m hanging on for dear life.

Representation is so important. It helps people feel less alone. It gives them the strength to be who they are. I don’t know if J.K. Rowling realizes what she has done for not only gay people but for asexual people, too, but I want to thank her. I made myself a little movement called Protect Charlie Weasley Aat All Costs. I never thought a minor character who works with dragons would mean so much to me, but he really does, and I am prepared to defend him to the ends of the Earth.

I hope all asexuals have had a great Asexual Awareness Week, and I hope everyone else is a little bit more aware. This is the most public I’ve ever been about my asexuality, and it’s kind of freaking me out, but I hope it helps a few of you out there be more comfortable with yourselves! You are all magical.***

The featured image is art by kaenith on Tumblr and depicts Charlie with an aromantic/asexual flag. And a dragon, of course.

*I use the term “queer” here as a reclaiming of the word, though I am aware of the negative connotations associated with it. I prefer it as a catch-all term over LGBTQIA+ because that is so often exclusionary toward asexuals either because people think “A” stands for “ally” or because the short version (LGBT) is only ever used.

**I’m so obsessed with this headcanon that I made a Sherlock Holmes web series in which I play an aromantic asexual Sherlock Holmes. It’s called The Adventures of Jamie Watson (and Sherlock Holmes), and you can watch the first season on YouTube.

***Even as magical as dragons. And dragons are pretty rad.

Posted by: Shannen October 25, 2015 http://www.mugglenet.com/2015/10/asexual-awareness-protect-charlie-weasley-at-all-costs/

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A How-To Manual for Dating Harry Potter Nerds

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Buzzfeed was kind enough to make up a manual for me to hand to my next True Love when I meet her. I’m reposting it in full below. Please note the similarity between the bookshelf they feature, and my own, seen above. Thanks Buzzfeed!

26 Things You Learn When You Date Someone Who Loves Harry Potter

They’ll stay with you until the very end.

1. Their bookshelf looks like this.

To make room for your own books, claim a corner and call it “The Restricted Section.”

2. And their jewelry box looks like this.

Take. Note.

3. They’re loyal, smart, brave, and resourceful.

Harry Potter has taught them pretty much every life lesson they know. YOU’RE WELCOME.

4. You never have to worry about what to give them for Christmas.

You never have to worry about what to give them for Christmas.

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Bertie Bott’s and an invisibility cloak if you can swing it pls, but if all else fails, a very cosy jumper with their initials on it will do.

5. And this is one of the sweetest things they can say to you.

The greatest love story of our time, that BS Sunday Times story aside.

6. Their Snap(e)chat game is STRONG.

Their Snap(e)chat game is STRONG.

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They take their Potter puns very Siriusly.

7. The way to their heart is obscure book knowledge.

Step One: Read the books.
Step Two: Choose the right ship.
Step Three: Fall on the correct side of the the Snape debate.
Step Four: Win their heart.

8. They’re all about the Potter-themed decor.

They're all about the Potter-themed decor.

Get used to sleeping under a Hogwarts duvet.

9. And you can always count on them to throw a magical party.

Getting drunk and trying to do spells with their limited Collector’s Edition wand is actually really fun.

10. You know adding a touch of magic to their morning coffee earns you serious points.

You might even win the House Cup if you order them the Butterbeer Latte off the Starbucks secret menu.

11. You probably haven’t talked about kids yet, but they’ve got already got the JK Rowling-inspired names picked out.

Don’t worry, none of them will ever stoop so low as to name their kids Albus fucking Severus, but Hermione will be in there somewhere, just accept it.

12. And a box of Harry Potter-themed onesies ready in the attic.

And a box of Harry Potter-themed onesies ready in the attic.

CONSTANT VIGILANCE.

13. You’ve tagged along with them on at least oneHarry Potter pilgrimage.

The food at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is actually DELICIOUS, though, so no bust.

14. They will insist that you play Harry Potter trivia with them.

They will insist that you play Harry Potter trivia with them.

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It’ll be fun, they said.

15. Even though you both know they win EVERY TIME.

You: How am I supposed to know what floor of the Ministry of Magic the Department of Mysteries is on, I mean, WTF?
Them: UGH I COULD HAVE WRITTEN HARDER QUESTIONS IN MY SLEEP.

16. Because they infuse everything in their life withHarry Potter references.

Sex definitely involves references to your wand, basilisk, or Chamber of Secrets.

17. Like, you can’t get through a conversation without a sneaky (or not so sneaky) nod to the Wizarding World.

Every time you watch a TV show, they’ll point out which actors have connections to the Harry Potter films.

18. But they will LOVE you if you play along.

It’s like that time Hermione made out with Ron when he started to care about house-elves.

19. You don’t really understand A Very Potter Musical, but you’re used to it being on YouTube in the background.

You do know that Hufflepuffs are particularly good finders for some reason?

20. Your partner has probably referred to members of the film cast as their real-life BFFs.

Your partner has probably referred to members of the film cast as their real-life BFFs.

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“OMG Tom just posted the most hilarious Instagram, I have to tweet it to JKR.”

21. And they are honest to god still waiting for that sweet Hogwarts letter.

Or even a Daily Prophet. A fucking Howler would do at this point.

22. But they’ll settle for a Potter proposal.

HINT, HINT.

23. They dress up as an HP character every Halloween.

They dress up as an HP character every Halloween.

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And are just waiting for the day you finally agree to do a Hagrid and Norbert couples costume.

24. They are always bragging about how *real* of a fan they are.

They are always bragging about how *real* of a fan they are.

It’s not even fair really, because even if you got into it now, out of pure love for them, they’d just take the piss out of you for being a latecomer. Slytherin move, I know.

25. Their perfect date is staying in for a Harry Potterweekend.

COSY AND MAGICAL AF.

26. And the most romantic thing you can say to them in the entire fucking world is “Always.”

It ALWAYS works. Until the very end.

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell: An addictive gay teen vampire/wizard love story

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Carry On, by Fangirl author Rainbow Rowell, is maybe the first fictional fan-fic novel ever published. Carry On Simon was the fan-fic creation of Cath (and her sister, Wren) in Fangirl, which itself featured a reluctant love story that made the book impossible to put down. Within Fangirl, the protagonist was a fandom sensation, writing fanfiction loosely based on Harry Potter that was followed by tens of thousands of online readers. In Cath’s version of things, Simon Snow (the HP-esque main character) struggled with his hate/love relationship with his rich, handsome, cocky roommate-cum-nemesis, Baz, which usually ended up with them making out. It’s Harry/Draco slash – antagonistic, sweet, and addictive to read.

Carry On sees their story to completion. In Fangirl, we only got snippets of Cath’s fic and we were left craving more. Now we have an entire novel committed to Simon and Baz. TBH, I found myself impatient for the first third of the book, only because – without giving too much away – the central relationship was on the periphery, for reasons you’ll come to know when you read it. I wanted to get to the good stuff – the aching, angsty dynamic between Simon and Baz that makes their story so compelling. But fear not, friends – once things get rolling, they’re on. I marathoned the rest of the book – three hours one day, three hours the next; it’s as if their connection comes off the pages and electrifies you while you read. (If you find antagonistic gay vamp/wizard love exciting to read, that is.)

The amazing thing about fanfiction is that it breeds itself. Harry Potter begat Simon Snow slash, and Simon Snow begat more Simon/Baz slash by writers other than Rainbow Rowell. After consuming Carry On I was left with a void, so jumped online to see what was out there. Well, turns out there’s a bunch of well-written Simon/Baz fanfic to be found on An Archive of Our Own, and a few of the pieces are so well written that if they were signed by Rowell I would have no hesitation believing they were hers. A few even have her multi-parenthetical signature.

And if you were left wishing that Carry On featured more, shall we say, scenes of an explicit nature, fear not. A few of the stories on An Archive of Our Own include ‘happy endings’ for us pervs – although more feature the same sweet and snarky banter that makes Simon and Baz’s love so, well, loveable. What’s great about fanfic is that, even when the book is over, the story lives on. Rowell helped our Harry/Draco fantasies develop into something new and wonderful, and now her fans are doing the same with Simon and Baz; it’s fanfic to the third degree.

Curious? Check it out here: http://archiveofourown.org/tags/Tyrannus%20Basilton%20%22Baz%22%20Pitch*s*Simon%20Snow/works

Now if only someone would create that ‘Baz lounging on a fanged black throne’ poster and sell it on Etsy…

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TOMBOY presents The Hogwarts Halloween Ball: review!

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Last night’s Harry Potter party at the Media Club was just friggin’ awesome. It had costumes, it had chandeliers and floating candles (poorly photographed above), it had burlesque and best of all it had tons of queer (or queer friendly) folks who love Harry Potter all together on one room!

Special mentions:

  • The group costume comprised of Professor Umbridge, a Doe Patronus, Aragog and Snape (with Umbridge dropping it like it’s hot on the dancefloor)
  • The doe and stag mask combo – designed purchased on Wintercroft (check it out at http://wintercroft.com/collections/masks )
  • The burlesque act featuring a girly Dumbledore, wearing a full grey beard, who revealed a matching grey beard merkin and pasties
  • The burlesque act featuring female Harry battling a dragon – to the Wrock cover of Katy Perry’s Dark Horse – with audience members singing along!

Best of all, all of the decorations and the efforts of the host of the night, Kasey Riot, who made this night happen in the first place! Nerds FTW!

UPDATE: for pics of the night, click here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153774865425719.1073741836.658140718&type=3

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Tomboy presents: The Hogwarts Halloween Ball in VANCOUVER!!!

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Somehow, the stars have aligned to bring my worlds together: there’s going to be a queer Harry Potter-themed party on October 17th! In Vancouver!! I cannot believe it. Way to blow my mind, Tomboy!!

If you need tickets, go here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/tomboy-the-hogwarts-halloween-ball-tickets-18927154629

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Get Your LeakyCon 2016 Tickets Now!

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I have my ticket – do you have yours! LeakyCon 2016 is a year away but it’s going to be a smaller con than usual, so tickets won’t last long. Go here for yours: https://www.tixr.com/groups/leakycon/events/leakycon-2016-1680

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October 6th: An exciting day for books in the fandom

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It’s a big week ahead for fans of Harry Potter! We are getting two new releases on October 6th: Carry On, a fanficiton book written by a fictional character, Magicath, from Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl (Carry On features the lives and loves of Simon Snow and Baz, the Harry and Draco of Magicath’s fanfic world), as well as the first ever illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I have both on order from my local independent bookstore… be sure to get yours!

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Freeing Dobby

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Visitors to the Leavesden Warner Brothers Studio Tour in London are hoping to set our favourite house elf free from his encasement. So heartwarming!

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