When I told my hubs that I was saving up to take our kiddo to HP Land (aka The Wizarding World of Harry Potter) when he turns 5, his response totally blew me away…
Why? The movies are over so the hype is bound to blow over by that time! The park won’t even exist.
Add that to the happenings that lead to the tweet below and I think our relationship may be in peril…
Is spousal homicide justifiable when your husband says “who’s that old guy?” when Stan Lee in on TV??
— Mandi Zais (@1337mando) December 2, 2012
Ok, ok, I’m totally jaykaying here. I’m not really going to murder my husband over his lack of knowledge of the coolest man on the planet. Or because he believes HP is “just a fad.” I’m just going to imagine his socks bunching in the bottom of his boots at work. Because, let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than uncomfortably slouched socks!
Does the general populous, i.e. Muggles, really believe that HP is going to die out? Do you feel like it’s going anywhere? Well, dear readers, I’m going to tell you my opinion. Why? Because this is my blog but it’s not like you can’t already guess what’s going to come from this die-hard Potterhead. Harry Potter is not just 8 films. It’s not just 7 books (+ the many textbooks that were also published). It’s not just the theme park. HP is a way of life. <– You really have to say that out loud while clutching your hands to your chest. Go on, get dramatic with it! I know, I know, I totally embrace the cheese. That’s my Hufflepuff side coming out. But seriously! Here are just a couple of ways that Jo Rowling’s magical world lives on:
- Have you ever driven by a soccer field to see 3 rings on stands at each end of the field and wondered what was going on? I’ll let you in on a little secret: you’ve just happened upon some quidditch. Yup! You read that right. There’s a chapter in my town that I sadly had not heard of until several months ago. But these guys are awesome. What other book series has inspired an actual sport that has taken over colleges all over?
- The Oxford English Dictionary has been forever changed. In 146 years, the OED has been updated only 3 times and the last time included “Muggle.” I’m sure the Ministry of Magic had a hard time with that one…
- Leaky Con is still going strong. The convention started as a way for HP fans to celebrate everything they loved about the books and films. Of course, the con has expanded to encompass many other fandoms but if you’re planning to attend you should take note of their underage wizards policies.
- Rumor has it that all 8 films will be re-released into theaters in July 2017! Sorry, I’m trying to come up with ways to expand on this one, but it keeps coming out “SQUEE!”
I used to have a very special ringtone when I had an iPhone (long story short, I downgraded to a not-so-smart phone that merely texts): Hedwig’s Theme. I loved when I’d get a call and it would turn the heads of other HP lovers within earshot. Actually… I miss being able to quickly identify the other magical folk out there. Sadly, Potterheads look just like Muggles most of the time. We live amongst you! There’s nothing you can do about it. And remember, HP may have happened inside your head, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?