Marmite Characters – Albus Dumbledore

Earlier this week I got a mini Dumbledore in my Harry Potter advent calendar (more on this soon!), and it re-ignited my conflicting views on Hogwarts’ most famous Headmaster. I’ve noticed recently that every time I re-read the Harry Potter series I like and respect Dumbledore a little less, and as someone who absolutely loved and admired him at the start, there’s been a lot of feelings to sort through…

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Fantastic Beasts – The Crimes of Grindelwald | *CONTAINS SPOILERS!*

Oh, what a sweet summer child I was, writing my recent blog post on Fantastic Beasts. The one where I said that even though it wasn’t Harry Potter, and even though I wasn’t as hyped about it as everyone else seemed to be, I still liked it. The one where I defended it from previous criticism for at least being captivating and creative and fun, and the one where I said that whilst I had low expectations for the rest of the franchise, I was still looking forward to seeing where it went next.

HA.

Famous last words, etc etc. For I have now seen where it went next, and I am OUTRAGED. I am also heartbroken, frustrated, disappointed, and more than a little bit baffled. Crimes of Grindelwald didn’t only not meet my low expectations – it didn’t even come close to reaching them. It’s actually probably one of the worst films I’ve ever seen, inside AND outside of the Wizarding World.

Five days later, I’m still angry about it, and I’ve written this ridiculously ranty post about why I hated it so much. I couldn’t not. It was SO BAD.

(PS. In case you missed the HUGE CAPS in the title, this post CONTAINS SPOILERS!)

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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find My Feelings

Grab your beasts and buckle up, because this is going to be a long and bumpy ride and I haven’t quite worked out where I’m going yet…

All I DO know is that I have had ~feelings~ about Fantastic Beasts ever since the first film, and with Crimes of Grindelwald about to drop I figured it was about time I tried to work them out.  Don’t worry – this is not going to be a faux-hipster attention-seeking LOOK AT ME HATING ON THE THING YOU ALL LOVE post, because there are parts of the franchise that I love with all my little heart (and I’d hate to be *that person* anyway). I just get a bit salty about certain bits at certain times, and I’m not really seeing many other fans saying that, and I want to know if I’m the only one (I can only assume and hope not…)

Intrigued? Dubious? Resigned? Relieved? READ ON!

 

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Character Meets – Tom Felton and Natalia Tena* | Origin series premiere

After being too busy to blog for almost a month, I’m back again with my second post in an unusually short space of time – because the past few weeks have been utterly and unexpectedly magical, and I’m finally well and truly immersed back in the Wizarding World!

In the space of just 10 days I saw Cursed Child for the second time , brushed up on my potions skills at The Cauldron Pub, and somehow managed to bag myself and my boyfriend an invite to the global red carpet premiere of Origin – a brand new sci-fi series starring non other than Harry Potter alumni Tom Felton and Natalia Tena!

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The Cauldron Magical Experience – London

 

“You are here to learn the subtle science and exact art of Potion making….”

When I found out my sister was making a flying visit down to London, I knew immediately there was one thing we HAD to squeeze in – a trip to The Cauldron Pub to make magical cocktails!

I’d originally seen The Cauldron shared on some of my Potter pals’ Instagram stories, and I was sold from the start. Dressing up in robes, waving a wand around and conjuring up moste potente potions that we could ACTUALLY drink? Sign us up, Snape!

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The Problems With Potter.

Whoops, it’s been a while! A few posts after I promised to be back more consistently with loads of new ideas, I unexpectedly went AWOL. Again. Apologies!

This time however, I can reveal what the aforementioned secret news is (and the main reason for my second hiatus) – I have a magical, shiny new job! And not just any job – I’ve somehow managed to bag myself a brand-spanking role at an animal rescue and welfare charity, and it’s so far going exactly as well as you’d expect for a cruelty free, pet obsessive leftie like myself. I joined at a really busy time for the third sector (hence the radio silence around here) but I’ve now just about settled in and finally feel like I’m starting to know what the hell it is I’m doing. Maybe. Either way, the whole thing is making me very happy, and my work/life balance has most definitely improved – so IN THEORY, I should definitely now have more time to write this blog!

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Character Meets – Argus Filch

Although I’m 27 and left my education behind six years ago, I can’t help but feel all the ‘back to school’ vibes around this time of year (ESPECIALLY given the annual magical importance of September 1st!). The majority of my Muggle schooling passed happily, if uneventfully, right up until the very end – when I got handed my Degree certificate by none other than David Bradley, AKA Argus Filch!

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