My Harry Potter Tattoo

May 2018

So, if you haven’t gone to my about me section yet, you’re missing out! But also there’s a photo of my Harry Potter themed tattoo! Below I’ve attached some more images. If you click on any of them they’ll get larger so you can see them in better detail. I’m practically covered in tattoos but left a large section of my arm for this piece because I wanted it to showcase some of the items, people, places, etc. that made the stories special to me. I got this tattoo idea from somewhere I can’t remember but made changes that fit my personal style and what I wanted it to represent. Click a photo and check them out!

 

The bottom near my wrist is really where this tattoo begins. The open book is a representation of the story coming off of the pages for me. And I added the words “Until the very end,” to express how important I feel the bond of sticking together in the stories was for everyone.

The colors that are emerging from the book represent the four houses: red for Gryffindor, yellow for Hufflepuff, blue for Ravenclaw, and green for Slytherin.

The first object you see in the tattoo are Luna’s Spectraspecs. Above you’ll see the Nimbus 2000 and a golden snitch. To the left slightly under the castle you have Harry’s glasses and his scar. A little further to the left I have the Deathly Hallows inked in with the Elder Wand as the centerpiece if you look closely. In the last image you’re able to see that the tattoo wraps around my arm a bit, even going through some of my previous tattoo work. But here you can slightly see Hedwig, a Hogwarts letter, a stag Patronus with a banner beneath is stating “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good,” and footprints from the Marauders Map wrap around my arm. You can’t see it in these images but I also have 9 and 3/4 near the castle ledge. The last detail to highlight are the three stars that sit right above Hogwarts castle. If you aren’t familiar with these, it’s okay! I know some people have never picked up the books and are huge fans of the films. But these three stars sit on every page corner of the Harry Potter books.

These photos were taken only 4 hours after getting the tattoo so it might look real fresh in color and crispness, but the tattoo for me hasn’t lost any of it’s brilliance over a year later. You’ll see more of the piece in other photos I post in the future, but I hope you enjoyed reading about it!

If you have any Harry Potter related tattoos let me know what they are in the comments section! I’d love to hear what sort of artwork other Potterheads have! Hope you’re all having an awesome day!

Alan Rickman’s “Frustrations” playing Professor Severus Snape

May 2018

Though Alan Rickman’s acting career spanned 40 years, his most memorable role was that of “Professor Severus Snape” in the Harry Potter films. As a Potterhead myself, I can’t picture anyone else playing the role as well or brilliantly as he did. The films spanned over a 10 year period of filming starting with “Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone” and closing the story with “The Deathly Hallows 2.” During this time even though we may have known the books we still got unnerved as we watched Professor Snape mistreat Harry Potter. We still felt anger towards the way Professor Snape seemingly wanted the worst for our hero. And in the end Alan Rickman hit us in the feels when he left us on screen…

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Like anyone who spends that much time invested in something, Mr. Rickman had his own thoughts on the direction of the story and his character. Recently a collection of letters that spanned his 40 year career were auctioned off. In them he wrote about his acting roles, but notable to us is his thoughts on the character we know best.

Rickman wrote while working on The Half-Blood Prince. In the note titled “Inside Snape’s Head,” he stated “It’s as if David Yates has decided that this is not important in the scheme of things i.e. teen audience appeal.”

His notes on the filming of the series also included heartwarming letters on his close relationships with Daniel Radcliffe and JK Rowling. As someone from the outside looking in I don’t feel any different towards the man as he stated what he believes, and though not publically, his pouring out on paper seemed to be his best way of articulating what he felt.

Rickman passed away at the age of 69 in 2016 from pancreatic cancer.

My journey into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

May 2018

It was 7th grade. I was 12 years old at the time and oh was I ever into reading books of all types.

I particularly enjoyed the fantasy and fiction genres because I felt you could be transported into another world with each turn of a page. In my town near Los Angeles we had a Barnes and Noble near my home, and my parents would take my brothers and I most nights to set us loose while they drank coffee and talked the night away. I found myself sitting in the children’s section reading goosebumps, or wandering to the fantasy section looking for the newest novel in the Redwall series. At that age I even read my first Anne Rice book, “The Vampire Lestat.” Those were good times…and during all this, I never once wondered what the new signage promoting a “Harry Potter” book was all about. We would walk by the store front most nights and this huge poster of a boy riding a broom and carrying a wand would come into my view and I can see it was “coming soon,” but it never crossed my mind that one day that story would be such a big part of my life.

My youngest brother asked my parents to purchase the book for him after it’s release and it wasn’t until about a year later I would actually pick it up and open the cover. After that I was hooked. I can’t say that I purchased each new title as it became available because I didn’t have the money at that age, but eventually I’d get my hands on the book and I was taken into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Away from school work and away from the growing up, I remembered hints of the stories and with each new announcement of coming films, theme parks, and more, my fascination with Harry Potter hasn’t lessened. I hope that with this blog I’m able to show you why I appreciate this world JK Rowling created and along the way give my thoughts, views, updates on new Harry Potter news, and much more. So whatever house you represent, be you muggle or pure-blood, a witch or wizard, grab yourself a Butterbeer and pass the time with me while we wait for our Hogwarts letter. ❾¾