Let’s talk about… fandom

August 04, 2017 :: 3:01 PM

dumbledore and snape :: harry potter studio tour :: england, may 2017

So - we moved to South Florida. Where I don’t know anyone outside of my coworkers…

Cue the Ohana writing group on Facebook. Ohana always comes to the rescue. And so I met K.

And K invited me to go to a Not-At-ComicCon thing in Lauderhill.

And we cosplayed.

Pleased to meet you, I’m Katniss Everdeen. You can call me The Mockingjay.

No seriously. I cosplayed as Katniss. I had a bow and arrow and everything.

And it was fucking FREEING.

No, dude. You have no idea.

Here I am, in a place I’m already uncomfortable in, waiting to meet a girl I only know from Facebook… and I’m doing it in fucking costume.

It was the best experience ever.

K and I are going to go back to that place next time they have a thing.

I will be in full cosplay.

Cuz I’m the motherfucking Mockingjay, bitch.

 

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So, now that that’s out of the way, there’s so much I want to say about the Harry Potter Studio Tour, but I don’t have the words.

I literally don’t have the words. Not in English. Not in Ukrainian. Not in Polish. And definitely not in Spanish.

Yeah. Spanish. Because South Florida.

I don’t plan on ever leaving my current employer, but I figure as a now-Floridian surrounded by Spanish-speaking neighbours and co-workers, that it might be a good language to learn. At any rate, it will look good on my resume and I can learn from all the mistakes I made studying Ukrainian.

But I digress.

So, I accidentally came out at work. My co-worker asked me if I liked Harry Potter when I was talking about our plans for London, and it slipped: Yeah. I totally love Harry Potter, but I’m a book canon nerd so I’m knitting myself things in the Ravenclaw colours as they are described on Pottermore and in the books. And, oh, by the way, I write Harry Potter fan fiction.

Yup. Whoops.

AND THEN, when I got back from NCC with K, I told that same worker that I cosplayed as Katniss Everdeen.

Thankfully, she told me that she thought I was cool because I embrace my inner nerd and have fun with her.

My inner nerd is kind of cool.

But yeah. Hi. I’m 42 years old, write slashfic about Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy, and dress up as a 16 year old girl.

When I’m not knitting Harry Potter costume parts, that is.

 

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I am damn proud of those stats…

 


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