Defining my Wizarding Identity with Harry Potter

Last summer, at the Dinner Party Project, I gallantly proclaimed that I wanted to be the next J.K. Rowling, and write a story that would inspire people of all ages to read again.  Alas, the creative juices haven’t been flowing in the fiction department, but since then I have written more here. I’ve gone through a rebranding process through which I have made friends with some amazing local nerds. It was the lovely Liz over at Nerd in the City who informed me at MegaCon that I MUST go to GeekyCon! Two months have breezed by since then, so now I’m dusting off my broom and getting ready to Geek Out Muggles and magic folk alike!

 Yes, there are TWO copies of Harry Potter & the Sorcerer Stone!

How I Became Wild About Harry

My sister deserves full credit for  packing my bags and shipping me off to Hogwarts. For Christmas 1998, she bought me a copy of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I was in my second year of undergrad and I had come home for the holidays. When she schooled me about how popular the series was, I had to confess that 1) I had never heard of it, so 2) I hadn’t read the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Needless to say, we went to the bookstore the next morning, so I could get started from the very beginning.

Luna appreciates my unconventional dining practices.

I could write pages upon pages about my love for Harry Potter, but I think after a tick off a few more action items off my to do list (see below) I can write a more developed analysis and ode to all things Potter!

Karen’s Potter Primer

To my knowledge, my father is not a wizard and my mother is not a witch. If they are magic folk, they’ve kept it hush hush for the nearly 37 years of my life on this planet.

  • Family: To my knowledge Muggle-born (No-Maj)
  • Hogwarts House: Ravenclaw
    • Best Subjects: Defense Against the Dark Arts, Transfiguration, and Charms
    • Worst Subjects: Potions and Herbology (Cursed Sciences!)
    • Favorite Professor: Severus Snape
    • Pet: Owl (due to cat allergies) named Howl.
    • Quidditch Position: Keeper (Captain)
    • Favorite Power Couple: Tonks x Lupin
  • Wand: Larch wood with a Dragon heartstring core 12.5″ and Brittle flexibility
    • Patronus: Wolf
    • Animagus: Swallow-tailed Kite
  • Ilvermorny House: Horned Serpent (“The Mind”)
    • Skill: Parselmouth
  • Wizard Job Class: Auror
  • Quidditch Team: Toyohashi Tengu (Japan)
    • Position: Keeper
    • Status: Retired (2008)

My official Sorting Record & Wand Selection from Pottermore!

EDIT! When I lived in Japan, my friends and I could not WAIT for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire to come with Japanese subtitles, so we went to the cinema and sat through the Japanese dub. We gained the general idea having read the fourth volume in the series, but I ended up seeing it again once it was released with the English dialogue with subtitles. {Originally, I omitted this paragraph because I couldn’t remember which film it was, but massive kudos to Becks for reminding me! I have a feeling that I did the same thing for Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, but it was so long ago and movies in Japan are so expensive!}

“…And You STILL Call Yourself a Fan?!”

Brace yourself because I am about to air my dirty wizarding laundry as I liberated my house elves long ago. Fandom is about celebrating what you love, and embracing that idea that different people own their fandom differently. Some jaws may drop while others may call for the revocation of my nerd card and geek cred. Yes, there are items left to tick off the checklist, but then again, my Hogwarts letter arrived 25 years late.

  • Wizarding World of Harry Potter – I have only been to Diagon Alley once while chaperoning a school field trip, and for the one day we spent at Universal Orlando, I was assigned to Universal Studios not Islands of Adventure for the bulk of the day. I haven’t been to Hogsmeade, but I managed to get a ticket onto Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Back in my day, The Triwizard Dragon Challenge, was named Dueling Dragons and they would fly concurrently. I have plans to go back and give the world a proper exploration.
  • Lack of Cosplay – I do not own any Harry Potter-themed clothing. I do not own a Ravenclaw shirt, Hogwarts uniform or Wizarding Robes. I am having a difficult time finding patterns and designs I like. Florida weather makes formal cosplay a challenge because I do not want to invest in all these lovely pieces, simply to sweat and be miserable in them.
  • Currently Wand-free – Indecision has truly kept me from investing in a wand. It isn’t that I do not want one. I do, but I cannot seem to make up my mind when it comes to dropping the money on one. Naturally, undergoing a proper wand selection at Olivander’s would be  perfection, but will they have what I truly want? Should I craft one myself? Is crafting a wand akin to a Jedi building their own light saber?

I’ll be repping one of my favorite election tickets Granger/Lovegood 2016!

  • Books in Storage – In December, I bought my first home, but for the last 15 years, as the books have been tucked safely away in storage boxes at my parents’ house. After living in Japan, I constantly moved around the country for work, so as much as I would loved to bring the magic with me, my hardcovers stayed in a sealed box. My Accio spell is a little rusty because I haven’t unearthed all of my books. Also, until I paint my home office and install puppy-proof book shelving, I want to keep these books safe.
  • Incomplete DVD Collection – see Books in Storage above. The movies were being released while I was abroad and traveling. I wanted to invest in a proper complete collection once they were done with the films, but now I want to get a Blu-Ray player first.
  • I Haven’t Reread – Yep, you heard me. I have read each book a grand total of once. It isn’t that I don’t appreciate the world and the writing, but I started while in undergrad (English Major = ALL THE BOOKS) and then I moved across the planet. I love books, and it is hard to reread ones (no matter how much I love them) when there are so many others I have yet to experience for the first time. That is why I am excited about finally having a library of my own. I can unpack, organize, and prepare to revisit worlds.
  • Only THREE Midnight Release Parties: When I was in undergrad, Azkaban and Goblet of Fire were released and discovered the thrill of the midnight book release party. It was like attending the midnight screening of a movie. I would later enjoy waiting for Order of the Phoenix with friends, while the last two were picked up on trips home while living in Japan. At GeekyCon, I will be attending the Cursed Child release party, but my book will arrive a couple of days after thanks to a gift from Barnes & Noble. (Plus, I like to be in pajamas by 9PM daily, so at midnight, I’m usually dreaming.)

“But wait, Karen! Aren’t you confusing GeekyCon with LeakyCon?!” You might think so as they are both operated by Michief Management, but there is substantial Harry Potter programming on the schedule in addition to other geeky programs, podcasts, youtube creatives, young adult authors and live music! Yes, there is so much more, so stay tuned!

Answer Me, These Questions Three

  1. Have you ever been to a convention that focuses on one primary interest, or do you prefer the one-stop-shopping ALL the fandom events?
  2. Aside from my standard con survival kit, what essentials am I forgetting?
  3. Which item in my unfinished business, should I strive to complete first?

img_8610Don’t hate on my Geeky Squad! I can’t wait to meet up again!

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  1. I really LOVE this post. I consider myself a Harry Potter fan, but honestly… I’ve done even fewer of the proverbial items on your checklist!

    Have you considered making your own wand instead of buying one? I’ve toyed with the idea of getting help making one to the specifications of the wand I was matched with. 😀

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    1. Yes! Actually, Danielle (From Girlie to Nerdy) posted her DIY wand steps today, so I am intrigued! I don’t think I’ll manage it before the weekend, but definitely before I make it to Universal.


  2. Should we have a wand making party? I do have a “real” one but I lost my homemade one 😦 Can’t wait to hit up GeekyCon with you this weekend!

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  3. Once I went to a convention that was all Doctor Who themed. It was pretty cool, but I like more broad conventions with so many other things going on. It’s more exciting in my opinion!

    I have only re-read the Harry Potter books twice ish? I hear you though when I read a book, I already know what happens so I want to read other books that are still a mystery to me.

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  4. Funny, my 1st Harry Potter book was also a gift and I ended up getting book 3. Wish I had more time to make it to more cons this year -jealous!


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