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An Unexpected Fandom Part 2: Always

I’m pretty sure I’ve stated before that I didn’t grow up being a fan of the fantasy or magic genres, but it all began to change once I started playing the Fable and Elder Scrolls video games in 2010.  I made a post in early 2013 about me finally becoming a fan of the LotR world because of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Well, I’ve once again become a new fan of something that’s considered a geek staple: Harry Potter.

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That’s me! n_n 
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Despite everyone raving about it, and having a roommate ten years ago (omg😐) who was completely obsessed with it, I never managed to have any remote interest.  That started to change last year, when I barely started to have the thought “maybe I should just give the movies a chance.”  But, it didn’t happen until November.

The first one was OK — a bit slow, but I didn’t let it affect my continuing to watch the rest.  They finally began picking up, and I think I experienced my first bit of feels at the end of The Goblet of Fire.  The Order of the Phoenix was great.  I’d quickly grown to love Sirius Black, only to end up with even more feels there.  I just kept waiting for the moment when Ron and Hermione would finally realise they liked each other.  And omg, Deathly Hallows: Part 2.  Just take me now 💀 — the feels!

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*SPOILERS*  I never believed for a second that Snape was evil — or maybe I did, but I didn’t want it to be so.  And then, BAM!  Feels, followed by the truth, further causing just the worst feels.

*SPOILERS* However, the biggest thing on my mind when the last movie ended — I still absolutely do not ship Harry and Ginny.  I mean, like, no.  I was so relieved to find out from that former roommate that I’m not crazy for thinking that way.  I mean, sure, they got married, they have children, and they’re happy, so I’ve accepted it as fact.  But I still just don’t get it.

Anyway, those were just a few thoughts from a brand new Potterhead.  No promises that I’ll ever read those massive books, but it’s not off the table.

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Favourite Characters (in no real order):
-Hermione, Harry, Ron (probably in that order?)
-Hagrid
-Tonks
-Luna Lovegood
-Sirius Black
-Draco Malfoy
-Neville Longbottom
-Severus Snape
-probably others I’m forgetting 😬

Favourite Ship: Lupin & Tonks ❤️


Where would the Sorting Hat put you? Who else here is a Hufflepuff?

Introvert Spotlight: Jim Halpert

–I will say right now that there are several spoilers from The Office in this post.  But come on, the show ended three years ago.–


While I was reading the book Quiet by Susan Cain last year, I was also watching a lot of The Office.  Not only was I starting to evaluate people in the real world to guess/estimate their introvert/extrovert level, but I was doing the same with the characters on that show.

Just like in real life, some were obvious, and some were tough to determine.  However, I think my favourite introvert example on The Office is Jim Halpert.  Quite a master of his introversion, he copes with working in an open-plan office by escaping to chat with the receptionist, and pulling pranks on his desk mate.

I don’t know if his parents were introverts or understanding extroverts, but his big brothers are obvious extroverts who picked on him his whole life.  I’m sure that because of them, Jim learned early on how to sharpen his wit, think on his feet, and deal with difficult extroverts overall.  This becomes apparent when he deals with his co-workers, especially Dwight.  My favourite example is when Dwight finds out that the Michael Scott Paper Company is broke.  Dwight rushes to tell the boss, and Jim doesn’t hesitate to follow him.  The way Jim so quickly comes up with things to say to discredit Dwight, so that Charles doesn’t believe him, just blows my mind.

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Credit: wifflegif.com

Parties.  It can be one of the most dreaded and draining things to an introvert.  Jim not only attends and makes the best of it, but he’s figured out the best way to be at a party as little as possible while making sure people don’t realise it.

Though Jim isn’t an INFJ -T like I am (I’m pretty sure he’s an ISTP-A), and he’s a fictional character, I tend to see him as the “perfect” introvert.  He has figured out pretty well how to survive and thrive in an extroverted world.  He did very well as co-manager, for the short time he was one.  He’s not afraid to go for his dreams, whether it be Pam, talking to David Wallace about being manager, or helping to start Athlead/Athleap.  But, he also takes opportunities to leave the crowd.

This particular introvert may be fictional (though he reminds me almost exactly of someone I know in real life), but I think he’s an example of one type of “perfect” introvert — the kind that isn’t swayed or held back by the opinions and ways of the extroverted world.

Here’s to you, Jim. 🍻

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30 Day Movie Challenge 2 – Day 28

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Day 28: A Classic Movie You Love

 

Mary Poppins

 

Credit: Ronald Grant Archive/Disney
Credit: Ronald Grant Archive/Disney

 

I don’t think I really need to explain much here.

A Time Lord-like woman arrives to be a couple children’s nanny.  She inspires their imagination, and saves their dad from being a butthead.

The music is brilliant, and I can’t get enough of Mary and Bert (not necessarily as a couple).

And of course, there are the earworms.  (Cue “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”)

 

What classic movie do you love?

 


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30 Day Movie Challenge 2 – Day 25

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Day 25: A Movie From Your Childhood

 

Lost in Space

 

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Credit: rogerebert.com

 

As a very boyish tween who was obsessed with the “modern” science fiction look of the late ’90s (mostly dim lighting and a lot of bare metal), thought music couldn’t get any cooler than rock and techno, and secretly watched Friends when my parents weren’t looking, it didn’t take me long at all to adore this movie.

The story was well executed, the CGI was great for the time, and I definitely loved the characters.  I wanted to be as confident as Judy, as cool as Penny, and as smart as Will.  And of course, I wanted my own personal robot.

 

What’s a movie from your childhood?

 


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30 Day Movie Challenge 2 – Day 20

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Day 20: Last Movie You Saw In a Cinema

 

Captain America: Civil War

 

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Credit: blastr.com

 

Before this movie, I knew nothing about the civil war from the comics except that there were FAR more superheroes involved than in the movie.  I’d chosen to be #TeamIronMan, simply because he had more heroes on his side that I would consider favourites, haha.

While watching, I was understanding of both sides, so I couldn’t, and wouldn’t, choose a side.

 

*SPOILER IN THIS PARAGRAPH* My only thing about Iron Man’s reason for not wanting to fight anymore was, in a way, negated in this fight.  There was still a lot of destruction being caused during the battle, even though there weren’t any people around.  The destruction during any superhero fight has always bothered me, though.

 

Anything I wasn’t thrilled about in the movie was partially made better by the fact that I do like this version of Spider-Man/Peter Parker.  Also, this Aunt May didn’t seem agonisingly worried about her nephew.  Finally.

And Martin Freeman was in it (what little screen time he had).  That was just a little icing on the cake for this fangirl.

 

What’s the last movie you saw in a cinema?

 


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30 Day Movie Challenge 2 – Day 19

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Day 19: Favourite Subgenre

 

Super Heroes (Live Action)

 

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We all know the real answer is disaster movies, so I figured I’d expand on something not-so-known.  Though the only comics I was ever able to get my hands on when I was younger was Archie and Friends, I devoured any knowledge I could find about Spider-Man.  I’m not really sure why I liked this hero so much over others when I hadn’t even read his (or any other super hero) comics.

I may not enjoy them all, and feel the sheer number that gets released more and more lessens my anticipation, but I’ve seen them all (the ones released this century).  Good and bad, Marvel and DC, Tobey and Andrew.

Let’s keep in mind that this is about movies, not TV shows.  The shows on the CW and Netflix don’t really pique my interest.  I quit Arrow at the end of season three (and only started watching it because several people told me I had to), and the rest don’t even intrigue me.  (Except Legends of Tomorrow, but I make myself enjoy watching it because of Arthur Darvill.)

But I digress.

While I may have only read a handful of Marvel comics, I have done a bit of reading about characters and storylines, and I’m so glad they’re making movies about them (and that they’re actually made with quality now).

Since X-Men: First Class and The Avengers is taken by another topic in this challenge, I’m going to choose Spider-Man 2 for today.  Sorry, Tobey haters.

 

What’s your favourite subgenre?

 


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30 Day Movie Challenge 2 – Day 18

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Day 18: Favourite Main Character

 

Jason Bourne

 

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We all, in a way, want to be like Jason Bourne, don’t we?  Heightened perception, resourceful, super smart, and the ability to defend ourselves as easily as Ryan Gosling attracts women.

Of course we’d want all that without the amnesia, putting forth the effort to train, and being constantly pursued by the government who only wants to see us dead.  The guy just wants to be left alone and have a normal life, for pete’s sake!

Whether or not we actually want to be like him, we like Jason Bourne for who he is, and enjoy watching the action-packed moments of his life as he discovers who he is.  And makes the government pay.

And of course, I’m absolutely looking forward to the release of the next Jason Bourne movie later this month!

 

Who’s your favourite main character?

 


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30 Day Movie Challenge 2 – Day 12

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Day 12: Favourite Cameo

 

Hugh Jackman in Night At the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

 

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This is a movie series I’ve adored from the beginning.  I enjoyed how this third and final installment was progressing, when WHAT?! It’s Hugh Jackman!

He and Alice Eve cameo as themselves starring in a Camelot stage play that gets interrupted by one of the museum exhibits.  And of course, what would a comedic Hugh Jackman cameo be without a Wolverine reference?  The whole scene is pulled off brilliantly!

 

 

What is your favourite cameo?

 


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30 Day Movie Challenge 2 – Day 7

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Day 7: Favourite Disney Villain

 

Loki in The Avengers.

 

 

The only villain I like.  He’s the only reason this option didn’t get trashed.  I don’t generally like villains, but in The Avengers I was almost rooting for Loki. (Almost!)

Tom Hiddleston as a human being keeps Loki fascinating in my book.  When an actor turns out to not be so great of a person, it makes it hard to still enjoy their great characters.  Hiddleston is awesome.  He’s respectable, a gentleman, and great at what he does.

 

A man created these pie charts… then, a woman corrected it.

 

Who is your favourite Disney villain?

 


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