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My feet still hurt and I’ve been back a full day now. But oh was it worth it! I had so much fun during the con…insanely stupid and unnecessary drama unfolded in the after hours part of the trip, but I won’t bore you guys with those details. Especially since I am trying to ignore them as best I can.
First and foremost for my excitable news…I met Tom Felton! Well, met is probably a strong word, we hardly had a conversation or anything, but me and some friends and the Eagle Scout did take a picture with him! A few weird fangirl tidbits: He smells great. I have no idea what he wears but it’s nice. His shirt (I got to put my arm around him) was very soft, couldn’t tell what the fabric was made of but I did wonder about it. Most importantly, I managed to not squee and mumble out a very excitable “it was nice meeting you” and he actually responded to that…can’t for the life of me remember what it he said, we were ushered from the picture area very quickly, but I heard a response. Is it weird I forgot how English he was going to be? Last thing I saw him in had him doing a very convincing American accent. Anyway, so that was fun and pretty crazy.
I also bought way too much stuff…or should I say the Eagle Scout bought way too much stuff for the both of us. I am now the proud owner of a Sword of Gryffindor because apparently I was in desperate need of a sword. I also have my very own Gryffindor robes, and a Spider Gwen hooded dress. We got quite a few really awesome pieces of art as well and an amazingly drawn deck of cards where the suits were changed to the four elements from ATLA. It also has really great pictures of lots of characters from the show. The Jokers are the foaming mouth guy and the cabbage man…which is just gold. We are most definitely broke now and I feel it was worth it.
The absolute best part though was all the awesome cosplayers we saw. If it weren’t for the epic swag and celebs you can meet at a con I would literally go, find a great place to sit and just watch people walk around. Actually, I spent a decent bit of Sunday just sitting and enjoying all the cosplayers that passed by me. In fact, I got so many pictures I’m going to upload all of them on my computer and just give you pictures from Megacon. But that probably won’t be up until tomorrow since I have lots of laundry and stuff to do tonight.
Sigh…after such a geektastic weekend it’s really hard to return to the regular world. I miss everyone getting my references already. Anyway, that’s all the gushing I’ll do today. Look for those pictures tomorrow. Happy Memorial Day guys and as always, thanks for reading.
This is just going to be a really quick post because I wanted to prepare you all what what’s coming. Today I’m headed to Orlando where Mega Con is taking place. A few people from some of my favorite fandoms are supposed to be there and I’m really excited. I’ll be there until Sunday night, so expect a rather long and excitable post on Monday telling you all the amazing stuff I witnessed. It will also probably contain tons of awesome cosplay pictures. Unfortunately, this year I was unsure if I was going or not until the very last minute so I will not be cosplaying, though hopefully next year that will not be the case. Anyway, I hope you guys have as awesome a weekend as I’m about to have. Until Monday, thanks for reading.
So there is a fan theory that Harry, Ron and Hermione actually represent the other three houses and the only reason they were placed in Gryffindor is because they were brave enough to ask…this blows my mind, but not for the reason you might think.
Neville didn’t ask to be placed in Gryffindor, he actually tried to convince the Sorting Hat he wasn’t brave enough for Gryffindor, but the Hat insisted he was and placed him there anyway. Think about that for a minute…
Basically, what blows my mind about that is that, if the fan theory is correct then Neville should’ve asked to be in Gryffindor. If the fan theory is still to be considered correct despite Neville not asking to be in Gryffindor, then that mean means Neville was so brave and chivalrous and so…Gryffindor, the Hat changed the rules for him! The Sorting Hat knew Neville would never ask to be in Gryffindor, but it also knew he was meant to be in Gryffindor, more so than even Harry Potter.
I think this one sticks out a lot for me because, I have loved the character of Neville Longbottom since he first lost Trevor…maybe I just have a soft spot for the underdog, but I think, deep in my heart I knew he was more than he was being written as in Philosopher’s Stone. I knew he was a Gryffindor for a reason. Maybe the Hat made mistakes once or twice, but I never thought Neville was one. So, this fan theory just resonates with me because it proves just how Gryffindor Neville has always been. He might have been scared of many things, but he woke up every day and faced them head on. He took the punishment and kept on pushing. He was, in my eyes, the bravest Gryffindor in Harry’s year, perhaps one of the bravest there ever was.
Just thought that might be something to think on. Anyway, two posts in a day…I’m a wild woman ;D. Until next time guys, thanks for reading.
This is it guys, letter Z! I’m so excited and happy to have been going through this with you all. I can’t believe I actually kept up with every letter, because let me tell you, I did think I wasn’t going to do it at times. But here we are and Z stands for Zombies! Seriously, I cover Vampires and Werewolves, two of the biggest monsters to show up in geek culture and you didn’t think I’d cover Zombies too? So I miss the chance to cover cyborgs, but zombies have been oh so big lately haven’t they. I mean we’ve had everything from classics retold as zombie movies to all new takes on them, and the show The Walking Dead is one of the biggest on TV.
So, the idea of zombies comes from Haitian and African lore, where the corpses of the dead have been told to be reanimated by magic. The original name for the creature was zombi, in Haitian French and zonbi in Haitian Creole. In the folklore they are the dead being brought back by necromancy by a sorcerer, and they have no will of their own so they are essentially slaves of the sorcerer who brought them back.
The idea of the modern zombie we know does not truly take form until several novelettes by H.P. Lovecraft in which a mad scientist who tries to raise the dead. He is, to an extent, successful. however the dead he brings back are primal, violent, mostly mute, uncontrollable and the beginning of what we think of when we talk about zombies today. Though the creatures were never described as zombies, they were what other writers looked to when they began creating their own undead creatures. It was these stories, along with the book I Am Legend (though this is classified as a vampire novel) that greatly influenced George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, which is (much like Dracula) the basis for all modern zombie films.
Romero meshed the idea of Vampires, with their ability to spread their disease with the idea of the primal and violent zombies and created something truly terrifying. A creature with no mind, no self-control, and the ability to spread it’s illness throughout the lands. This is the zombie we know today. After that, this is what zombies were, creatures created often by an inept government trying to create biological warfare or simply experimenting when it all goes horribly wrong. The idea that dead anywhere and everywhere could suddenly become the enemy was terrifying. But I honestly feel like the two factors which made the idea of zombies the most terrifying were that, 1: anyone could easily become a danger, because life is such a fragile thing to hold on to, and 2: the dead outnumber the living. We would literally start this battle at a disadvantage and be at rick every moment of losing the person fighting beside us to the other side.
Honestly, the idea of zombies has always scared me more than vampires or werewolves because unlike the other two diseases this one has been told to cross species. Also, being eaten alive sounds like the absolute worst way to go. Luckily for all of us, Neil Degrasse Tyson has proven why zombies would never be a threat. To give you all peace of mind, here is the link: http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/iegury/neil-degrasse-tyson–buzzkill-of-science
Don’t you feel better now? I mean, except for the whole space zombies thing.