The 2nd Annual Harry Potter Roller Skating Night!

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For those of you who do not know (which is probably good chunk of you!), mind I am part of one of the BEST groups EVER in the history of all groups: The Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army. We are a 21-and over Los Angeles/Southern California based Harry Potter group. I joined in October of 2011 and have had some of the BEST times with them. So many people associate Harry Potter with children but what they fail to realize is that the kids that read Harry Potter when it first came out (like me), are adults now! And there isn’t much out there geared toward us adults…so voila, the LADA! The group has existed for five years now and has put on some seriously cool events, like Avengers de Mayo (a HUGE party where we went and saw the Avengers and ate superhero themed food and superhero games) and a Hunger Games Capitol party to celebrate the release of Hunger Games last month. We’ve had Quidditch picnics, HP birthday teas, game nights, pub night and pub crawls, Triwizard tournaments, beach days and so much.

But a HUGE event for us is the Harry Potter Roller Skating Night. We held out first one last April, in 2012, and over 650 people showed up! It was fantastic! So, of course, we had to do it again this year, and yesterday, we partied hard at the Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale.

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And it was a blast once again! I got my Ravenclaw tie out, put my Ravenclaw bow in, tied on my super awesome Ravenclaw tutu and prepared myself for a seriously awesome night of Harry Potter fun.

There were raffle prizes, and every person who paid to come, whether they were a spectator or a skater, was automatically entered in the raffle. Prizes included all kinds of handmade Harry Potter merch, like bows, cat toys, earrings, Harry Potter candy, and more.

There was a ton of music to skate and dance to, from music familar to us Potterheads from the movies to some Wizard Wrock favorites to top 40 Muggle hits as well. Even though I chose to skip out on the skating this year (last year, I could barely move for days…wasn’t really anxious to do that again haha), I had fun, hanging out with all my friends, and dancing around in my tutu, which got a TON of compliments. Here’s a picture of me, in my tutu.

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If you’re interested in purchasing a super awesome tutu like this (in ANY colors, though I do have a ton of Ravenclaw colors left), please leave a comment below or email me at whatanerdgirlsays@gmail.com!

There was also a TON of other super cool stuff to buy as well, like BUTTERBEER!

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If you’ve never tried Butterbeer, you are TOTALLY missing out! Its delicious stuff. You can buy it in the bottle by Flying Cauldron here on Amazon.

You could also buy a TON of handmade Harry Potter stuff as well!

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This is Miss Tanya, who runs Heroine Habit on Etsy, where she makes all kinds of nerdy themed bows (or any bows, really, she’ll make custom orders!). Here is an example of some of the bows she was selling last night. Also, in the picture above, I’m wearing a Ravenclaw bow she made!

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She also just custom made me an Angels bow for me to rock at the baseball games!

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Definitely check out her store, she has some of the CUTEST bows and headbands :)

Also rocking the vendor tables at Harry Potter Roller Skate Night was SuzAnne and her super AWESOME Sugar Dukes Magical Sweets candy.

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She makes Harry Potter themed candy, and trust me, its delicious stuff. She gave me a Dill Pickle Barrel, basically a root beer barrel but in the flavor of a pickle. Okay, I know that sounds crazy, right? But it was actually SUPER delicious. Here is some of the stuff she was selling last night:

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DELICIOUS stuff, check out her Facebook page here to find out when or where or how you can get your hands on some :)

Also, the Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army was selling some stuff of our own. Last Saturday, we had a massive craft day and made ALL kinds of Harry Potter wares for the event.

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Yup, thats a Harry Potter pillow :) I helped to make these, and by helped, I mean I ironed and helped pin and stuffed! But hey, I helped!

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We also had a ton of handmade stuff as well, like crocheted little bags in house colors, crocheted hair bows and hair ties. We had house themed earrings and nerdy doggie collars and cat bandanas. We even had SERIOUSLY awesome Harry Potter cat toys (which were tested and approved by my friend Kendall’s cat, Lucius). If you guys are interested in any of these, send a message my way, comment below, and I’ll let you know how to get your hands on them!

Also my mom was there as well, showing off her new dolls as well.

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She’s also made Ginny, Neville, Fred and George, and more. She’s also working on making some Doctor Who ones, Hunger Games, Mortal Instruments, etc. and she’s willing to take CUSTOM orders as well, so check out her facebook page, Ellie’s Quirky CreationsHERE.

Oh yeah! There was also SKATING TOO!

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It was SO hard to get a clear picture because there were SO many many many people and ya’ll were skating SO fast! But there were a TON of people there, and everyone looked like they were having a great time. There were great costumes: a seriously intimidating Death Eater, a couple cute Hedwigs going around, an entire posse of A Very Potter Musical kids, Sirius Black and tons of people rocking the good ‘ol Hogwarts ties.

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A Very Potter Musical people completely with Ron Weasley, Voldemort, Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley, Hermione Granger and supermegafoxyawesaomehot Harry Potter :)

Lastly, we had a *secret* special guest, miss Ellie Darcy-Alden, who plays young Lily Evans in Deathly Hallows Part 2. She also had a part in the Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Snowmen. She was a super lovely and sweet girl, and looked like she had a great time as well :)

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All in all, it was a GREAT night and I’m sure everyone who attended had a great time, because it looked like they all had a fun time :) I can’t wait til next year ;)

Much thanks goes out to Miss Adrienne, the leader of our group, and to everyone who helped to put this together (hey, that includes me too!). It was a great event and I can’t wait to do it all again next year :)

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WonderCon Day One Highlights

   I had an awesome awesome awesome day today at WonderCon.

Today was my working day, malady and by working, I mean hanging out with my friends, Adrienne and Little Wolf (yes, that’s her name) and my brother Robby while hanging out at the Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army table, recruiting members and encouraging all you Southern California Harry Potters to come out to Harry Potter Skate Night. Here is the flyer for that:

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It was a SUPER fun day. I met a ton of really awesome people, and hopefully we were able to recruit more members and hopefully people will come to Skate Night. This year is our second annual Skate Night, and I am SO insanely excited about it. There’s Harry Potter soundtrack, Wizard Wrock, and top 40 music playing, free raffles going on, handmade Harry Potter merchandise, butterbeer and just so much more. If you live in the Southern California area, you should definitely check it out!

Moving on though, it was a good day.

The lines to get in and all that: really good. The line/wait time to get badges was SUPER short, and moved really quickly, I was amazed. At Comic Con, Anime Expo, Comikaze, its always such an ordeal to pick up your badges but this was easy cheesy. Even the line to actually get into the convention? It was super long, and yeah it was warm, but we were constantly moving and it didn’t take that long to get in. It was pretty awesome. I always like fast moving lines.

There seem to be a lot of cool people, great artists and vendors there. I didn’t get much time to check it out yet, because I spent most of my day at the LADA table, but I have tomorrow and Sunday to check it all out.

I did, however, get SUPER great news. I got this tweet sent to my phone from Ms. Cassandra Clare herself. And I freaked!

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All I could think was, thank GOD I get Cassie’s tweets sent directly to my phone in text messages. I got that and as soon as I read it, I replied as FAST as I could. I sent my email so fast, I’m surprised I didn’t misspell.

A few minutes later, Cassie said she had the emails she needed and that you’d get an email if you got it. I didn’t get anything right away; man, I didn’t get anything for HOURS. But I eventually did get an email…

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Yay! I don’t know how I keep getting SO lucky but I was really so so so very excited and I can’t WAIT until tomorrow. I will have lots and lots of fun stuff for you tomorrow, including some panel reviews, what it was like to meet Cassandra Clare (again) and Lily, Jamie and Kevin AND what I think of the NEW trailer!

Can’t wait!

Happy WonderCon everyone!

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Attention All So Cal Wizards! So Cal Wizarding Weekend!

This a blog for all you Southern California wizards. If you love Harry Potter and you love having a good time, abortion and you live in Southern California (or are close!) then So Cal Wizarding Weekend is the weekend for you!

So Cal Wizarding Weekend is a little less than a month away, taking place on the dates of November 2nd to 4th, with three awesome events to look forward to. One of these events is an  unofficial annual event taking place at the Happiest Place on Earth every November…and now its transformed into an amazing three day event!

Friday, November 2nd will be the Wizarding Weekend Dinner at The Cellar in Fullerton, California. Theere is gong to be a special menu for those who attend this event. It is reservation only! You can go to The Cellar’s website and go to “click to shop” to purchase your tickets to this one of a kind dinner. From what I know of it, its going to be a character dinner with some of your favorite characters making an appearance, similar to a Disney dining experience.

I’m skipping Saturday and moving on to Sunday, because Saturday is a big event and I want to share that last .

On Sunday, November 4th is the unofficial annual Harry Potter Day at Disneyland. This is the 6th annual event, taking place at the good ol Mouse House in Anaheim, California. I’ve never attended this event, which is kind of crazy because I live so close to Disneyland and have had an annual pass for years. It’s amazing that I’ve never been. I know that everyone meets at a certain spot in the beginning of the day, that there are fun scavenger hunts and things like that. They have “first years to the boats” and go on Jungle Cruise or the Mark Twain Riverboat. I’ve heard its a ton of fun and this will be the first year that I’ll be attending and I’m really really looking forward to it. You can find out more information on this particular event at their facebook page here.

The motherload of the events though is the Saturday, November 3rd event: The First Ever Harry Potter Bowling Night, being organized and put together by the amazing people at the Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army. This event will be taking place at Palos Verdes Bowling Alley in Torrance, California and is going to be a night of seriously awesome amazing nerd fun. Now these are the same people that brought you the first ever Harry Potter Skating Night back in April of this year. This event was off the hook, and it was more than our group expected it to be. Over 600 people showed up and it was a blast! There were cool handmade Potter stuff to buy and butterbeer to drink, a costume contest and plenty of Potter music to skate to!

Now, my amazing group is bringing you Bowling Night. The entire bowling alley is reserved for this event, and there’s going to be so much fun. The pricing is decent, there’s going to be awesome memorabilia again and Butterbeer to enjoy, as well as some unique Potter cocktails for those of you 21 and over. There’s going to be a costume contest and a free raffle contest as well. It’s going to be so much fun and I literally cannot wait for it. There’s more information at the event page on facebook, so make sure to stop by and R.S.V.P with your “yes”! You will regret not attending this amazing event. And if you do manage to stop by, come by the Welcome Witch table to say hi to me! I’ll be the assistant to the Minister of Magical Events and will be stoked if you come by to say hello :D

So there you have it folks, an amazing weekend coming up very very soon that is tailored perfectly for Potterheads here in California. I urge all you Califorians to make an appearance at these events, especially the Bowling Night. You will not regret attending these events. What could be better than getting together with fellow Potterheads and enjoying a good dinner, or partying it up at a bowling alley or hitting the Happiest Place on earth? I can’t think of anything…except maybe a nice slice of chocolate cake…mmmm….well anyway, I hope that you guys check it out, click on any of the links above for more information and feel free to ask me any questions!

And for those of you not in Southern California (or even Central or Northern California willing to make a drive), I urge you to get out there and start some of these awesome events! Hit up your local bowling alley or skating rink or whatever and meet fellow Potterheads or Star Wars nerds or Trekkies or whatever you’re in to! I promise, it’ll be fun :D

Hope to see you all at these awesome events!

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