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Why the Harry Potter fandom is important

Last night after walking down Regent Street and marvelling at the Christmas lights and how very much I love London(which happens anytime I walk around central London), I sat waiting in Leicester Sq. Me and my Hufflepuff fellow @andyouknowitis were off to see the midnight showing of ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’. 

After a little while, the scarves began to emerge. A girl sat down next to me wearing a Slytherin scarf. Later replaced by a girl in a Ravenclaw scarf. Two Gryffindors came up to me and went ‘Would you mind taking a picture of us? We saw you and thought ‘She’s wearing a Hufflepuff scarf, we’ll ask her’. Me and the two girls got chatting about fandom and the excitement for the movie and they wandered off. I sat back down and then two girls in robes walked by and grinned at me. 

A guy dressed as Newt walked by and jokingly cursed a group of people, more friends in scarves began to appear, wands came out, hugs were had. The cinema was crowded, full of posters and people squealing over them. In the very long queue for food, one guy found out how long the adverts were and I asked whether he was a Ravenclaw, turned out he was. 

Eventually we all found our seats, shuffling around in the dark trying to place drinks and popcorn, balancing the IMAX glasses and jostling for space. The lights dimmed, the Warner Bros logo appeared on screen and we all cheered. Here we were, one big nerdy family in the middle of the night about to experience new wizarding world material. 

The movie was brilliant, we all laughed a lot, we cheered and clapped and gasped. We marvelled at the beauty on screen and were so very aware of how much we just really bloody love magic. 

It’s been nine years since the last book came out, back when most of us were in our teens and  early twenties. And yet he we still are, smiling at the people in scarves and laughing in a movie theatre, nearly ten years on. Older and adulter but still very much in love with this fandom. 

After the movie, we wandered off to House of Minalima, a place in Soho run by the people behind the art of Harry Potter. We got to talk to them and look at all the amazing things surrounded us. The creaky, wobbly old house imbued with magic whilst the drunken Muggles cavorted outside. It felt like the Leaky Cauldron, hidden away in London at 3am. We chatted to Potterheads, it’s London, you don’t talk to random people but with this, how could you not? 

The world has been a bit rubbish of late, it’s terrifying and scary and a lot of unkind people seem to be winning. But we still have Harry Potter, we still have kindness and joy and excitement  and magic. We need that, we revel in it and thankfully this fandom ain’t going anywhere. In ten years time I’d still like to be grinning at people in fandom scarves like we’re part of a secret society. We got this Potterheads, we ain’t going nowhere. 

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☆Stucky Meetups - London☆

☆Sat 9th April☆

Our first London meet!

#stuckymeetups is coming to south London, 1pm at Patisserie Valerie in Soho, on Old Compton Street. It’s just up the road from China Town, nearest tubes are Leicester Sq or Tottenham Court Road.

As always, if you’re shy or haven’t been there before, drop us a PM here on the blog and we can meet you at the tube for the short walk to Pat Val.

Patisserie Valerie serves sweet and savoury food, gluten free options, and is very affordable (esp for London!) There is a gender neutral toilet downstairs, and other restrooms upstairs.
Upstairs is usually nicer to sit for coffee dates, so that’s likely where we’ll be. I’ll make sure you can spot me. :)

We’ll have copies of our first fan book to give out too. (More info on that to come!)

After coffee/lunch, I’ll be walking over to Forbidden Planet comic shop to look at comics. If you want to come you’re v welcome.

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All stucky fans are welcome at the meets: gender inclusive, everyone inclusive. Just be respectful to others.

If you have any questions send a PM here, we hope to accommodate everyone. (For example if you have difficulty with stairs, let us know in advance and we can sit downstairs.)

Let’s get in some mutual fandom support in April before Civil War drops! ♡ (we’ll set up a support group for after…lol)

#stuckymeetups