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Exploring the House of Minalima in London

House of Minalima is a wonderful little building near the Palace Theatre, London, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play is on at the moment. It is the brainchild of Miraphora (Mina) and Eduardo (Lima) who were the graphic designers for the Harry Potter movies (and now Fantastic Beasts). The building is an exhibition as well as a shop, where you can buy pretty much anything that is on display. The artwork includes issues of Quibbler, wanted posters of Death Eaters, Marauder’s Map, and much much more! All the classic props that you saw in the movies are there to look at…for FREE!

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I guess I don’t need to tell you that I jumped at the chance to go see the House of Minalima when I visited London for the Cursed Child play with my friend. The building looks adorable already from the outside and the windows are filled with floating candles and different posters.

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The house is divided into the shop on the ground floor, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them on the first floor, and finally the Harry Potter exhibition on the second and third floor.

One of my favorite things was the fireplace that had tons of Hogwarts acceptance letters shooting out of it. I was really tempted to grab one but I guess McGonagall would notice right away that I was too old to attend Hogwarts and that I had stolen someone else’s letter…

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The Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes section is magnificent: the colors are popping and in your face, which just makes you feel like you’re right there in their joke shop. I also loved the floors of the building, which have the Marauders’ Map printed on them.

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I definitely recommend to anyone who might be going to London, that you also go see the House of Minalima! And get souvenirs too! ;) I bought two sets of cards (one set with Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes designs and one with school books and other classic designs), which I just love love love.

Have you been to House of Minalima? What are your favorite props from the movies?

London: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I will try to keep this spoiler free for those who haven’t read/seen Harry Potter and the Cursed Child yet.

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As I said in my previous post, I went to see Harry Potter and Cursed Child in London with a longtime friend of mine who is also a huge Potterhead. I had read the play as soon as it came out so I knew the plot while my friend didn’t. I was really curious to see how the technical stuff would work on stage – I didn’t wanna see any fake-looking magic! – but I was equally curious to find out whether I would care for the characters the same way as in the original books.

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SURPRISE – the magic was incredible! We were both left wondering how on earth they managed to perform some of the tricks. Nothing looked out of place or lame, everything was expertly choreographed and made to look as real as possible. There were even two impressive dance scenes that looked fantabulous from the balcony!

The characters were often funny – surprisingly it was Draco who had me giggling more than once. Ron was perhaps the most similar to his predecessor from the new cast. I kept comparing the “new” Hermione, Ron, and Harry to the originals and wondering if the older characters were enough like their younger selves and, while all did a good job of it, Ron was most like himself.

The plot holes and problems one might have with the script itself are far easier to ignore when watching the story unravel on stage. The focus is on the characters, the movement, the visuals…and some of the awkward lines end up feeling less so.

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After the play ended, we quickly ran to the other side of the theater to wait for the actors to pour out and got our programs signed by most of them. In the pictures above you can see Noma Dumezweni (Hermione) and Anthony Boyle (Scorpius), who both were fabulous. Everyone was really lovely considering they had just finished a really long day!

All in all, I’d definitely recommend the play to any hardcore Harry Potter fan (as long as you’re not too nitpicky about time travel plot lines). However, if you’re not a massive fan, the length of the play can make it quite an intense experience. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the performance though and think that, as long as you recognize that this is separate entity from the original series, you can get a lot of kicks out of it!

Have you seen/read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? What did you think?

Thoughts on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Oh the nostalgia – it’s been such a long time since the last time I got to gush over a new Harry Potter book!

I read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as soon as it came out but I wanted to think about it first for a while before writing anything. Then my internship started and it got pushed even further. But here are some of my thoughts on the new play (in the book format…actual play review will come only in January when I get to see it).

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I get the feeling that a lot of people are disappointed in Cursed Child because it doesn’t present as vivid of a world as the originals…but how could it? It’s a play that is supposed to work on stage with the emotions of the actors and props guiding the story. A play in a book format is only the lines of the actors so naturally it doesn’t feel quite as engaging as a regular narrative.

I did find the writing somewhat fanfiction-y but I didn’t feel like it was too distracting. However, I can completely understand why it would bug a lot of people the wrong way. Overall though, I really liked Cursed Child. I guess Harry Potter will always have me under a spell ;)

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Pottermore Sorting: I’m a Hufflepuff?

The sorting is back on Pottermore! I was so excited to find out that the sorting function has been reinstated on Pottermore because it was lovely to have your own house in the previous incarnation of the site. Way back when I first sorted myself into a house, I got Hufflepuff as a result….and the same thing happened again! I’ve always related to Slytherin the most, but I guess I have to come to terms with the fact that inside this Slytherin there was always a little Hufflepuff heart beating.

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My wand is a lovely rowan wood one with a dragon heartstring core. Neat, huh? Now if only I could choose a pet to take to Hogwarts (or would I have to attend Durmstrang since I live in Northern Europe?)…

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Reasons why I’m now all about Hufflepride:

  • They are loyal and kind…what else could you want from a person?
  • They can grow up to be kickass aurors like Tonks!
  • They’re good at herbology (and I could use a greener thumb since I even managed to kill my cactus).
  • They are hardworking but they don’t brag about it – Cedric, anyone?
  • They’re common room is next to the kitchens and I adore food…I’d be having a midnight snack every night.
  • Newt Scamander was a Hufflepuff and from what we know of him so far, he’s a pretty cool cat.
  • They don’t go dark. I wouldn’t want to share my house with a bunch of dark wizards (and yes, I’m aware I said that I relate to Slytherin most. It was based on ambition and a slight dark side – not being a dark wizard!)

Pottermore also now includes new information about other magical schools besides Hogwarts. I love especially the African one…though they all sound absolutely epic!

Did you get sorted already?

The Harry Potter Alliance: Haul (of Sorts)

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I wanted to do a quick post (before another travel themed one – I will finally get the Barcelona post up next week) about the Harry Potter Alliance. The organization has been around since 2005 and they have changing campaigns that try to influence current societal problems. Quite some time ago already, I participated in one of their charity campaigns (EqualityFTW) and bought the Ultimate Hermione Pack, which came with all sorts of amazing goodies:

  • Wizard Activist T-shirt
  • Reading Turns Muggles into Wizards tote bag
  • journal
  • bookmarks
  • Hang in There Baby Crookshanks poster
  • etc

I love the Harry Potter Alliance for their dedication to do good in the world (which is very much what Harry Potters are about) so I just wanted to share the great stuff they sell and hope that everyone checks out their website! Nothing is greater magic than being able to change the world (even if it is a little bit at a time).

Their current campaigns are Fanworks Are Fair Use and Positive Fandom. You can contribute by volunteering, donating, buying from their shop or participating in the campaigns.

Stay tuned for some Barcelona summer fun!

5 Fandom Friday: Nerdiest Things I’ve Done

After missing last week, here is yet another 5 Fandom Friday post! :) This Friday’s topic for the linkup was “5 Nerdiest Things You’ve Ever Done”. You can find more info on the linkup from The Nerdy Girlie or SuperSpaceChick. So, without further ado, here are my top 5 moments of being a complete nerd.

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1. Waiting in line for way too many hours (from an outsider’s point of view) to get my hands on a Harry Potter book or waiting to see some of the actors when they’ve visited Finland.

2. Dragging my mom around all the Harry Potter and Doctor Who related places in London. I have to give props to her for going along with it :)

3. Waiting for a whole night at a movie theater to get tickets to a Hobbit movie. So no, I didn’t wait to see the movie, I just waited to get the tickets.

4. Reading all my different fandom books (Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, etc.) a million times.

5. Also, watching all my shows (Buffy, Supernatural etc.) a million times.

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I’m sure there are plenty more moments but these were all I could think of right now.

5 Fandom Friday: Favorite Fictional Moms

5 Fandom Friday is back! This week’s 5 Fandom Friday linkup topic was “favorite fictional moms”. I have lots of those because I love mom characters but I tried to narrow it down to just five.

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1. Molly Weasley

This was such an easy pick. I absolutely adore Molly’s character. She is such a warm and loving person and even took Harry under her wing without even thinking about it twice. Also, she completely kicked ass in the Battle of Hogwarts!

2. Piper Halliwell

One of my favorite characters from one of my favorite shows. Piper was always my favorite of the three Halliwell sisters and I knew that she would make a great mom because she was already in the beginning a very down to earth, warm person. And she held the sisters together even when Phoebe and Prue didn’t get along.

3. Joyce Summers

Joyce was a great mom to Buffy in BtVS and I always felt that considering what a handful she had for a daughter, she took it in strides. Can’t be easy raising a vampire slayer! She became one of my favorites over the course of the show and her death was really tragic.

4. Snow White/Mary Margaret

Snow missed Emma’s childhood but she is doing everything she can to make up for it now. She clearly is a devoted mom and wife and she loves Emma even though it took her a long time to get to know her.

5. Emma Swan & Regina Mills

I couldn’t pick between Emma and Regina because they’re both great moms for Henry. Emma wasn’t there for Henry when he was smaller but like her mom Snow, she has been making up for the lost time. Now she is a great mom who does everything to protect her kid. And Regina: even though she was the Evil Queen, she has turned a new leaf and is trying to be a good person – including a good mom. Of course, she was always a good mom because she always tried to protect Henry. In the beginning, it was her only redeeming characteristic, but now she’s a great character – complex and fascinating!

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More info on the linkup can be found from The Nerdy Girlie‘s blog or the SuperSpaceChick‘s blog. Basically it’s a weekly reason to fangirl.

5 Fandom Friday: Total Fangirl Moments

Once again I’m late with this post…BUT HERE IT IS! So last Friday’s 5 Fandom Friday topic was “Five Times I Totally Fangirled”. The linkup is hosted by Super Space Chick and The Nerdy Girlie and you can find more info about it from their blogs!

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1. the time I went to the world premiere of one of the Harry Potter movies in London (one of the best moments of my entire life!) and I saw all the actors from the movies… I still wonder to this day how I managed not to faint or anything.

2. the time Oliver and James Phelps came to Finland and I managed to snap a pic with Oliver AND got tickets to the gala showing of the HBP movie premiere since I had lined up for the red carpet from 6am.

3. the time I went to the Warner Bros studio tour with my friend and saw all the amazing set pieces and props. It was such a magical way to spend time.

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4. the time Matthew Lewis and Evanna Lynch came to Finland for one of the Harry Potter movie premieres and I managed to snap pics with both of them. They were super friendly and nice – and I couldn’t have been happier!

5. the time I saw David Tennant doing Richard II and the time I saw Billy Boyd in Macbeth during a study trip (too bad I don’t have pictures).

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5 Fandom Friday: Fictional BFFs

5 Fandom Friday (a linkup hosted by The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick – check their amazing blogs out for more information on the linkup!) is here again. This week’s topic for the post was “My Fictional BFFs”.

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1. Willow Rosenberg from Buffy the Vampire Slayer:

a loyal friend and a lovable geek…a girl after my own heart! I always related to her a lot while watching Buffy and I think we would be awesome friends!

2. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter:

There’s nothing I don’t love about Hermione. She’s just as much of a bookworm as me and we both like school. She’s also honest and a good friend, which is really important to me.

3. Piper Halliwell from Charmed:

I always loved Piper the most out of the Halliwell sisters. She was the most down to earth and strong, while still being maternal and compassionate.

4. Emily Fields from Pretty Little Liars:

My favorite “liar”. Emily is relaxed, tomboy-ish but also enjoys girly things. Just like me. And we both like swimming. Maybe she’d encourage me to exercise more? :P

5. Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter:

Luna is so quirky and adorable. She is an amazing friend and isn’t afraid to stand up for what she believes in. Anyone would be lucky to have a friend like her!

Honorable mentions go to Pippin from Lord of the Rings, who would make me laugh probably all the time and to Mary Margaret (Snow) from Once Upon a Time, who is sweet, brave and loyal.

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London Haul: So Much Fandomness

Here is FINALLY my London haul post! Been crazy busy at school because of the looming exam week that I haven’t had much time to post even though I have a lot of stuff waiting for you guys, like this post, tomorrow’s 5 Fandom Friday, Valentine’s post, etc.

So anyway, this post is just to highlight some of the AMAZING stuff I got when I was in London. First of all, I had already planned before the trip that I really wanted to visit The Who Shop, which is a shop and a museum dedicated just for Doctor Who! How brilliant is that? I got some stuff like magazines, earrings, postcards, and a T-shirt. But the main reason for my visit was the museum. They had so much cool stuff like props and costumes there!

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I also went to the Harry Potter shop at King’s Cross, which was super adorable, although majorly crowded. I did find the cutest Platform 9 3/4 mug from there though! (And some other stuff…)

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Here you can see the full scope of everything I bought… So much fandom stuff! It made me super happy. Not pictured is the Buffy book that I ended up getting right before going to the airport on our way home. Gosh, I think I have a million Harry Potter shirts by now…

I also got bunch of stuff from Forbidden Planet and the Buffy book was actually from the Cinema Store so if you go to London, be sure to check them out!

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Here are the very few non-fandom things I got. I had to grab a few books since it’s been a habit of mine forever. Also, I love bookstores in the UK! So, since I’ve been meaning to read more John Green’s books and I’ve wanted to read Fangirl for a while now, I grabbed these.

And what girl doesn’t need a new dress and a top every now and then? ;)

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Tomorrow you can look forward to the latest 5 Fandom Friday! And I’ll try to get that Valentine’s Day recap post up asap :)

ALSO, I’d like to promo our English student paper BTSB, because our newest issue just came out and  wrote about fandom “sights” in London.