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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Doctor Who-The Snowmen Review

So we all (well, visit this site maybe not ALL) celebrated that wonderful holiday, Christmas. Which, really, only means one thing:

You know, besides, presents…and food, and cake, and snow, and Christmas lights and pine trees and gingerbread men and candy canes and…

All right, there are a LOT of awesome things about Christmas.

But if you’re a nerd, one of the biggest things to be excited about with Christmas is the airing of the Doctor Who Christmas Special on BBC and BBC America.

Especially this one.

I mean, what could be a better way to celebrate the holidays than with the most lovable, sexy and clever Time Lord there ever was, The Doctor!

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Now, this particular Christmas special was something that I was super looking forward to. For the most part, I’m not a HUGE Christmas special fan. Most of them I don’t like. I liked the Christmas Invasion because it’s David Tennant’s first episode and its awesome. I do like the Runaway Bride because that’s Donna’s first episode and Donna is badass. But the rest…I’ve never really liked. I guess its probably because I watched all the seasons except the most recent on Netflix so I just wanted to keep going on, finding out what happens next, and a lot of the Christmas specials don’t really have a point, except maybe as a filler until the episodes return.

This one, however, was pretty important to me. Amy Pond and Rory Williams are gone, taken by the Weeping Angels back in time, and are no longer with the Doctor, after a LONG run with him. Its time for the Doctor to take on a new companion and his new companion is to be Clara, played by the GORGEOUS Jenna Louise Coleman.

Jenna Louise Coleman made an appearance in the first episode of the seventh series, Asylum of the Daleks, as Oswin Oswald, Souffle Girl…a girl who becomes a Dalek and dies. Everyone knew that Jenna would become the next companion so it was quite confusing…how would she be worked in as the companion? That question would be answered in the Christmas special.

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The Snowmen takes place in Victorian age Britain and The Doctor has given up. He’s over saving the world, probably because he has lost Amy and Rory, his two best friends. However, there is a problem going on, with some evil Snowmen going on and Clara, a barmaid and sometimes governess, is noticing. She is determined, along with some of the Doctor’s old friends, to get the Doctor involved, to wake him up off his cloud-literally-and save the day again.

The Good or the Bad:

Now, the story wasn’t great. If I ranked some of my favorite Doctor Who episodes, this wouldn’t even make the top 50. It was cheesy, though the Snowmen were pretty creepy, my god. I actually kind of felt grateful that I do not live somewhere where it snows because those Snowmen were scary!

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But the story itself? Blergh. Whatever. I will say that it was better than some of the previous Christmas specials. I hated the 2011 Christmas special; that one was straight up horrible. But this one was enjoyable enough and that comes a lot from one Miss Jenna Louise Coleman.

Jenna is so FUN, she’s gorgeous and I’m already LOVING Clara. Clara has a little spunk to her, like an Amy or a Donna but there’s just something more than that. Clara seems to be one step ahead of the Doctor whereas the rest of his companions were either awed by him or just able to keep ahead of him. Clara was figuring things out before the Doctor was, and she was always on top of it.

I spent the entire episode wondering who Clara was and how she was connected to Oswin Oswald, and how she would become the companion. She became the companion pretty quickly; The Doctor handed over that key so fast! But I really liked Clara and I think she had a way of being easily likable from the beginning, especially since the Doctor knew that she had to be connected to Oswin in some way, and the Doctor liked Oswin.

And THEN, the best part of the entire Christmas special, the absolute cliffhanger that makes me so incredibly sad and PISSED OFF that the rest of the series doesn’t return until April: Clara dies! She dies and they bury her in the GROUND! How is this possible? They said she’s going to be the new companion! You’re freaking out, how could this happen…until you see her gravestone and it reads “Clara Oswin Oswald”…and there’s a flash-forward to present day and you see Clara, modern-day Clara, checking out her OWN gravestone.

And the Doctor figures that out and the episode ends with him leaving, determined to find her. Of course, then, they have to show all the previews of the adventures to come when the season returns. AND THAT’S NOT EVEN UNTIL APRIL! FLIPPIN APRIL! We have to wait til April to see all the adventures, including an adventure with the Cybermen, written by Neil Gaiman, and we are going to learn about Clara Oswin Oswald and what she is or who she is and figure out her mysteries.

I seriously cannot wait until April. Its going to FOREVER until it returns. SO LONG. Ugh.

I also liked the new intro to the show. It was SUPER awesome, completely different than any of the other intros before it. I hope they keep it for the rest of the season, and it wasn’t just for the Christmas special. It was really, really cool and I think it is very fitting now that there are new adventures and a new companion and all that. Very, very cool intro.

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Also the new TARDIS! The new TARDIS was badass! I have NO idea why its new. The TARDIS changing makes NO sense at all to me, like I don’t understand when and why it changes. It didn’t change inbetween the 9th and 10th Doctor but it did between the 10th and 11th Doctors and now its changed again. I love the new look though and it’ll be easier to see Clara in that TARDIS because I’ll miss Amy and Rory, big time.

I also liked the subtle references to other things. Well, at least, I felt like they were references to other things. Everyone kept saying “winter is coming” in this special and every single time, it made me think of Game of Thrones. How could it not make me think of that? I think that one was more of a coincidence than an actual reference to the show.

Then there was a part where The Doctor pretends to be Sherlock Holmes and he mentions Moriarty, and that had to be a cute little reference and reminder of Steven Moffat’s other extremely popular show, Sherlock, which won’t be returning until late 2013 or early 2014.

All in all, it was enjoyable enough, if not ground breaking and it left me, and probably other Whovians, dying to have the series return, and sooner than April! I can’t wait to see what Clara has to bring to the Doctor Who universe and what her mystery is.

I’m heading to Gallifrey One, the Doctor Who convention in Los Angeles, in February and I hope that there will be some hints or previews or SOMETHING there to keep me happy until it returns.

Until then, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and watch Doctor Who!!!