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1 year ago | 3 notes

MuggleCast Night Before Christmas: 2012 Year in Review

'Twas the night before Christmas and since I'm a Jew,

I sat in my bedroom without much to do.

Chinese food was ordered, movie tickets were bought

So I opened on my iTunes without another thought.

 

The icon was waiting as it was in years past

A new episode of MuggleCast was here at last!

And me in my pjs knew just what to do:

Pressed play and settled in for MuggleCast’s year in review.

 

The familiar tune started and I hummed along

As the tempo picked up in the Hedwig’s Theme song.

It finally ended and Andrew came on

To let us know this was sponsored by Audible.com.

 

As always, then Micah went into the news

And listed the stories the ‘Casters perused.

Pottermore chapters, Aunt Marge news revealed

And just how much income Butterbeer yields.

With a little nostalgia my mind started to drift

And seven years of shows I started to sift.

 

I began to think of the ghosts of hosts past

And how they began each and every podcast:

"I’m Andrew." "I’m Ben." "I’m Eric." "I’m Micah."

"I’m Jamie." "I’m Kevin." "I’m Matt." "I’m Laura."

I thought of the fanclub, of the PicklePack!

And wondered when Spy on Spartz would come back!

 

Make the Connection, British Jokes, Dueling Club,

And all of the MuggleCast segments I love.

Character discussions, listener rebuttals after

And seriously what happened to Chapter-by-Chapter?

 

Then, Eric recited his top seven list

And recapped the events we shouldn’t have missed.

In no particular order he started his spiel

And allowed other hosts to weigh in how they feel.

 

But where were the MuggleCasties this year?

The awards every MuggleCast fan holds most dear.

It seems such a Bobfail- now how will we know

If the JK Rowling award was still given to Jo?

 

After plugs for podcasts, calendars, and more

We moved on to what 2013 has in store:

Theme park expansions? A kids book from Jo?

Could MuggleCast: the Musical be given a go?

 

And what is the status of Jo’s pen and paper?

Since The Casual Vacancy has her writing tapered?

Or can we cross our fingers for an encyclopedia

Despite what she may have said to the media?

 

It’s amazing that MuggleCast has been around seven years,

For more than a forth of my life it’s been here!

I recall being nestled all snug in my bed

While voices of ‘Casters drifted through my head!

 

No way they knew how many they’d touch when they started,

But by simply existing their reach was uncharted.

Strangers at the time, they discussed Mr Potter

And their friendships ran through us just like running water.

 

Every year I thank MuggleCast just for being around

And for the joy made from a simple podcast I’ve found.

For uniting online to record near and far

And bringing friendships together through the boy with a scar.

 

(Yeah…I ended with scar.  Someone had to end something with the word ‘scar’, didn’t they?)

 

H x

1 year ago | 4 notes

New Fantasyland vs Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Does Disney have a fighting chance?

I have two costumes hanging in my closet that I am proud of due to their intricately detailed qualities. They are the costumes I alternate between most frequently and the ones I devoted the most time to completing with authenticity. They are the characters I find most closely resemble my alter egos and that I relate to best: Hermione Granger from Harry Potter and Belle from Beauty and the Beast

When the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened its doors back in June 2010, I wasn’t just at the grand opening, I made the three hour drive from South Florida to Orlando just to spend two hours in the park the moment I found out the park was doing a soft open.

Just over two years later, it’s Belle’s turn. In the largest expansion in Disney World history, New Fantasyland will be opening it’s doors December 6th for Orlando visitors to experience life under the sea with Ariel and Belle’s pre- and post-provincial life. Disney World Passholders anxiously battled busy Internet servers last Monday to snag a spot in the Passholder Preview Days next month, so imagine my surprise when I heard that Disney World was hosting a ‘Dress Rehearsal’. Once again, with a fervor and excitement I hadn’t felt since The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened, I jumped in my car and drove three hours with my fingers crossed, hoping Belle’s Village would be open and waiting for me when I arrived. Thankfully, it was!

New Fantasyland is the first Disney World expansion since Universal Orlando opened the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, so naturally, this section will likely be highly compared to Harry’s world. The most immediate downfall I found in Disney’s New Fantasyland is the use of forced perspective. Where the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has a near scale Hogwarts at its focal point, New Fantasyland has built two castles, Beast/Prince Adam’s and Prince Eric’s, but both are smaller castles meant to be viewed as though far in the distance. Prince Eric’s castle is, admittedly, larger, but Beast’s castle is so clearly a small castle meant to be viewed in forced perspective that I fear the day a bird lands on it revealing the castle’s tiny stature or appearing to be an avian monster attacking Belle’s ‘little town’.

Hogwarts 1 - New Fantasyland 0


Small castles aside, the rest of Disney World’s New Fantasyland does not disappoint. It seems the Imagineers really stepped it up after seeing the competition’s detailing in Hogwarts and Hogsmeade village. Gaston’s Tavern is covered in antlers (he really does use antlers in all of his decorating!), Belle’s cottage features tiny details of her childhood alive in every nook and cranny, and Ariel’s Under The Sea ride not only pays homage to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the now closed attraction which was sited near the current ride’s location, with a etched Nautilus submarine hidden within the rock cove, but also houses one of the most intricately detailed hidden Mickey’s I’ve ever encountered (once a year, on Mickey’s birthday, the sun will cast a shadow through the rocks to form a hidden Mickey on the floor below for one hour).  But the detail that really sets New Fantasyland apart are the expertly fantastic characters. Currently, Belle can be found in the Enchanting Tales with Belle attraction and Ariel (in her fin) meets you in her grotto.  Both are amazingly accurate and entertaining to a tee. But the most finely tuned character literally wandering around New Fantasyland is Gaston. Almost an attraction in himself, I found myself spending large portions of time simply watching Belle’s vain and egotistical would-be suitor interact with guests in an impeccable manner.  From his mannerisms to his off-the-cuff exchanges in conversation, Gaston has quickly climbed the ranks for me after having met him in the park. I was more than impressed by how well Disney conceived their characters and felt slightly deflated by the fact that the Wizarding World lacked in this section greatly.  Sure, I could meet random Hogwarts students or random Beauxbatons students or random Durmstrang students, but the randoms aren’t what draw us in.  Universal’s frog choir is entertaining, but I have walked right past it more times than I haven’t.  And honestly, don’t get me started on the Beauxbatons and Durmstrang show.  I’ve been going to the Wizarding World multiple times a month since its opening, and if pressed for information at this very moment, I couldn’t tell someone what happens at that performance aside from some minor rhythmic gymnastics with ribbons and staffs and then a photo op with obscure and unnamed students.  The most characterized person in the Wizarding World is the Conductor of the Hogwarts Express, but he is more informational rather than a big personality to draw you in.  Gaston, on the other hand, literally traipses through Belle’s village, seemingly without boundaries like normal Disney characters, approaching unsuspecting woman and thanking them for visiting him, shouting that women shouldn’t read books because it ‘gives them ideas’, and admiring himself in every reflection he finds, including your sunglasses.  For me, this type of on-point characterization sets New Fantasyland apart in a way that Disney fans can appreciate and Potter fans can only long for.

Hogwarts 1 - New Fantasyland 1

On the subject of Gaston, Gaston’s Tavern is almost certainly the Hog’s Head Pub’s newest rival.  Both feature dark, wooden decors, barrels of ‘ale’ placed decoratively at the bar, and finite details from their respective stories.  While Gaston’s Tavern does not have any actual alcohol (for the first time ever, The Magic Kingdom will be lifting it’s dry park rule ONLY for the new Be Our Guest Restaurant inside Beast’s Castle, but will only be serving wine and beer in limited beverage counts), the Tavern does have a new drink poised to rival the Wizarding World’s Butterbeer.  LeFou’s Brew, named after Gaston’s bumbling, smart-alecy sidekick, is, perhaps, a more refreshing version of Butterbeer.  Sold only in a frozen format, LeFou’s Brew is a no-sugar added frozen apple juice drink with a hint of toasted marshmallow, topped with an all natural mango and passion fruit foam.  Having drank Butterbeer countless times at this point, I naturally assumed this drink in Gaston’s Tavern would be sweet like the drink I was used to in Universal and so my taste buds were sent into temporary shock tasting the more tart flavours of the fruits.  Personally, I’m not a huge apple juice fan, but I did find the sweeter addition of the toasted marshmallow dressed up the drink just enough that I went back for seconds!  The passionfruit and mango foam on top of the drink was not as sweet as I expected either, and in fact, I forgot it was a frozen drink and initially tried to drink it without a straw which is a very bland task as I only managed to consume foam.  Grab a straw and allow the flavours to melt into each other though, and the flavour is delicious.  LeFou’s Brew, actually, tastes closer to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s pumpkin juice since both are heavily apple juice based, though Disney’s is not as spiced nor does it come bottled in order to bring home or mail to friends outside of Florida.  To me, Butterbeer has always tasted like cream soda meets shortbread.  The density of the drink feels heavier as I consume it and many times I feel so full that draining the cup becomes almost difficult due to the sweetness.  LeFou’s Brew, however, is a light enough drink that I had no problem slurping the last refreshing sip in the hot Florida sun.  The drink is sure to be a hit for Disney World and the fact that it can be purchased with not one, but two styles of souvenir mugs (a stein featuring Gaston on one side and Beast on the other or a goblet featuring Belle) is sure to make repeat customers a must. As for which drink is better?  I think it comes down to your preference for sweet versus fruity.  People who want a sweet candy-coated beverage will always prefer Butterbeer, but for those who want something light, refreshing, and admittedly more health conscious, LeFou’s Brew would be the clear winner.  Disney has made a definite contender against Universal’s hit wizarding beverage.

Hogwarts 2 - New Fantasyland 2

All that remains, for me, are the unknowns.  During New Fantasyland’s Dress Rehearsal, I managed to experience everything except previewing the centerpiece of the new section, Be Our Guest Restaurant.  The restaurant based on Beast’s castle, is being regarded as one of the most spectacular and anticipated portions of New Fantasyland.  During Dress Rehearsals, guests are only being allowed to preview it for about an hour a day.  I, however, missed out on the first day I was there and the gates were never opened on the second day due to a tour group with ‘high profile attendees’.  Having spoken to Disney Cast members, however, I am assured that while Hogwarts may be the grander castle on the outside, Beast’s castle wins hands-down on the inside.  The castle is split into three dining areas: the Ballroom, the Rose Gallery, and the West Wing, featuring the enchanted glass-domed rose.  Of course, it’s hard to compare a ride in Universal to a restaurant in Disney World, especially one that is still yet to be seen, but I tend to lean more towards Beast’s Castle winning out only because it allows for more freedom.  Inside Hogwarts is a ride where you are confined to a certain track.  The rest of the exploration can be done while in a queue or through the Hogwarts Tour which essentially follows the queue without the pressure of having to move as quickly.  If Be Our Guest lives up to what it is being made out to be, Beasts Castle will be a more free-roaming castle to explore.  The dining areas will not be confined and, for a guest, the experience may feel more transformative without the added element of queue barriers.  But again, this is all speculation.

The other speculation has to do with what is still under construction in both theme parks.  After much anticipation, Universal Orlando has announced a new Wizarding World of Harry Potter expansion, but the details of what will actually be there are yet to be revealed.  One heavily suspected rumour is a Gringott’s Bank mine car roller coaster.  Similarly, the final phase of New Fantasyland, slated to open in 2014, is the Seven Dwarves Mine Train roller coaster.  While a Gringott’s ride is likely to be a bit scarier versus what will likely be a family friendly Disney ride, I’m under the impression that the Disney coaster will be closer to being like Thunder Mountain rather than Flight of the Hippogriff and it is being called the first roller coaster to move in a wobbling motion on the track.  So, we shall see.  Additionally, Disney is set to open a new Princess Fairytale Hall where guests can meet and greet with their favourite Princesses in 2013, which means more characters which are unlikely to appear in the Universal expansion.

For me, one of the biggest differences between New Fantasyland and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter are the attractions vs shopping ratio.  In it’s current Dress Rehearsal set up, New Fantasyland (and the Fantasyland Storybook Circus which quietly opened this past summer) has nine attractions including rides and character meet and greets.  We also know the expansion will have at least two more attractions, but potentially more that are yet unknown.  As for merchandise and moneymaking, New Fantasyland and the Fantasyland Storybook Circus has exactly two shops, a tavern, and a restaurant.  In contrast, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, before the unknown expansion elements, has seven attractions (this includes counting the Hogwarts Choir and Triwizard shows separately and includes the Conductor as an attraction) and five shops, a pub, and a restaurant.  If the expansion continues accordingly, it’s safe to bet that there will be more shops than attractions, a criticism that is already a disappointment to some fans who feel the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is more of a strip mall rather than a theme park. 

Despite it all, at the end of the day it really comes down to the fandoms and the draw the theme parks provide.  The Harry Potter fandom certainly has a larger fan base than the Disney Princesses appear to have, but Disney is putting up a heck of a fight and only time will tell if their hard work will provide the competition Disney hoped for.  In the end though, magic, fantasy, and story telling prevails in both parks and in a world full of such troubles and strife, what more could you ask for really?

H x

2 years ago | 4 notes

Harry, Hugo, and Cuckoo Clocks

I’ve been meaning to write something about this for some time now, but just haven’t had the time to sit down and research and write.  I apologise for whatever ignorance I may display here.  It is just something I found very interesting that I wanted to share.

Back in late-October, my mind was heavily preoccupied with other things when I glanced up and, in a bit of a daze, saw the following scenes on my TV screen: a young boy twirling around amongst a shower of pieces of paper falling on him, an old steam train pulling into a train station, a tall tower full of heavy stone staircases filmed from below, the inner workings of a large clock.  And for a moment, in my foggy mind, I thought I was watching a TV spot for Harry Potter and the Philosophers/Sorcerers Stone.  I could not figure out why this would be on TV.  At first I thought, maybe it was going to be played on ABC Family for Halloween (which was only a few days away), but then the title filled the screen and I found that it was for a new film callled Hugo which was coming to theatres soon.  That said, I couldn’t shake the feeling that this advert was geared towards the Potter fans.  It felt like some one high up was being incredibly clever and appealing to us on a subliminal level.  And let’s be honest, it worked.  After seeing that ad spot, I wanted to see Hugo.  I had no idea what it was, but the fact that it reminded me enough of the franchise which had so recently concluded, felt like a slight resurgence, a slight glimpse back to that feeling of fantasy.

I finally saw Hugo a few weeks ago and have to say, for the first few moments, I really thought I was just seeing things: Was that Mr Dursley and Madame Maxime quickly passing by in the crowd?  My brother sat beside me sure I was losing my mind.  How could I have spotted those actors in such a fleeting scene, especially when they were in a crowd of other actors?  I must be making it up simply because I had a Potter preconception.  But lo and behold, it was them.  Richard Griffiths and Francis de la Tour were both in the film.  And what I found even more interesting, was the roles they were in.  I’ve seen them act together before.  In fact, I saw the original run of History Boys at the National Theatre in London and met both actors after the show (Francis de la Tour was exceedingly lovely, I might add!)  But their parts in Hugo felt like such throwaway roles.  If they weren’t there, nothing in the plot would have changed, as far as I am concerned.  They added a comic relief, but didn’t further any plot and weren’t on screen all that often either.  The casting, to me, felt strange due to those reasons and I almost wondered if this was another subliminal Potter nod—if perhaps, these two actors were chosen, instead of others, to subtly seduce the Potter fans.

Moving forward, we are introduced to another character and in the initial introduction they are turned half away from the camera with their face blocked, but I still reacted with, ‘Is that Narcissa Malfoy?!’  Again, I was correct.  Helen McCrory played a much larger role then the others (playing the wife of Georges Méliès), but I still found the casting strange, especially because afterwards, I spoke to people fairly deep within Harry Potter fandom and they were equally unaware that these cast members were in the film.

I did greatly enjoy the film and plan to look into the book (though it seems that it is highly illustrated so it will have to be something I read and not audiobook), but I can’t help but wonder why I feel so drawn to this movie/book in a Harry Potter way.  I’ve done some minor research on it and it appears the book came out in early 2007, the same year that Potter ended.  I wonder if the author was consciously aware of that while writing.  Afterall, while Harry Potter is set in a fairly current time period, a lot of the castle and setting does appear to be derived from a similarly fantastical time period.  The thing that I was left with largely from the film though, was the idea of Georges Méliès, a filmmaker and magician whose story becomes very central to the Hugo Cabret tale.  This idea of magic, even though it is more ‘magician’ rather than ‘wizard’, appealed to me and drew me in further.  Also, having left the theatre, I found out that Méliès was actually a real person and not just a figment of imagination.  The thought of learning more about this ‘real’ wizard had a high appeal to me as a Potter fan, but also on a personal level.

Maybe I’m stretching (in fact, I probably am), but I found all these aspects combined, whether arbitrary or planned, definitely added to the appeal of Hugo for me.  And now, to take it one step further, I was sent a book as a holiday gift which immedietly appealed to me simply by the title, The Boy With The Cuckoo Clock Heart. But when I started reading it, I was led into a fantastical world that started in Edinburgh and made it’s way to Paris where a new character was finally introduced—Méliès.  The very same Méliès.  In the past month, I have suddenly come across this real life ‘wizard’ twice and whether or not it is coincidence or some sort of sign that I should learn more about him, I quite like the idea of a new magician featuring in my life at the moment.  This man, this film-maker, will never take the place of Harry (of this I am sure), but the fact that I’m still finding new and interesting magic in my everyday life is something I can appreciate, whether strategically planned or not.

H x

2 years ago | 3 notes

Only 2 To Go

I am so, so proud of myself.  I have just completed my first rough draft of the newest chapter of the book I’ve been writing and I am thrilled!  Not only, is this the longest chapter I have written, but it was one of the harder ones to write because of the subject.  And I’m incredibly pleased it has turned out the way it has because it was important to me that this chapter work properly.  I’ve been working on this since May, so it has been an eight month ordeal.

Also, this means I only have two more chapters to write before I am finally finished with the first draft of my book.  TWO!  I started writing this book back in 2005 or 2006 and I could have never imagined it would have turned into what it now is and I’m just really proud of it and really excited to finish so I can begin the process of trying to get it published—finally!

I know quite a few people who follow me on here only found me because of the reviews I’ve done for MuggleNet and to those people, I want you to know that I appreciate the follows and hope that when this is eventually done you’ll want to read more from me (which means hopefully wanting to read my book).  The book is about Harry, but not the way you probably think.  Wait for it—I’m hoping for good things to come :)

H x.

2 years ago | 5 notes

Vote for me to win free candddyyy

Here’s something you can do for fun. Vote for me. You can vote 3 times, so you probably should. Thanks, tumblr.

(Fun fact: does anyone ever read anything I write on here?  I think probably no…)

2 years ago | 9 notes

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2 years ago | 88 notes

And you know what? Here’s the other thing that bothers me. They’re really big on, you know, Pottermore has to be safe for kids….it has to be a family experience. And the truth is, look, Harry Potter fans are not kids. Why is this catering to the nine year olds, when it’s the people, sixteen, eighteen, and older, who shaped Harry Potter. JK Rowling’s not here to thank the nine year olds; she’s here to thank the people who bought the books, that were there at midnight, lining up, reading them over night. I mean this is ridiculous. AvisKey101—who is that!?

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-Andrew Sims on Mugglecast Ep.#239 Feed Your Owl on the topic of Pottermore’s family friendly nature.

I agree completely (though ever so slightly less harshly).

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2 years ago | 5 notes

Pottermore, Elements and Total Overanalysis

I’d like to preface this by saying yes, I read my horoscope and follow my star signs, but no, I do not ever over-analyse them to this extent. I’m just bored and found it interesting to cross compare these things.

I’ve just been doing some thinking and have stumbled across something that I find fairly interesting related to Pottermore sorting and felt the need to share.  I know lately people have been wondering if its just an algorithm and if people are being sorted properly and after recently finding a self proclaimed Hufflepuff was sorted into Slytherin, I got to thinking about the four houses and the four elements. 

The four houses in Hogwarts each are associated to one of the 4 elements

  • Gryffindor-Fire
  • Slytherin-Water
  • Ravenclaw-Air
  • Hufflepuff-Earth

These four elements can also be found in Western astrology

  • Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius-Fire
  • Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces-Water
  • Gemini, Libra, Aquarius-Air
  • Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn-Earth

And in Eastern astrology it is a bit more complex because they typically use Yin and Yang, zodiac animals, and 5 elements of Fire, Water, Earth, Wood, and Metal, but I did find a few interesting things using Eastern astrology as well.  The animals associated to these five elements are

  • Vermilion Bird (aka Phoenix)-Fire
  • Black Tortoise-Water
  • Yellow Dragon-Earth
  • White Tiger-Metal
  • Azure Dragon-Wood

And birth years are Yin or Yang and elemental as follows:

  • If the year ends in 0 it is Yang Metal
  • If the year ends in 1 it is Yin Metal
  • If the year ends in 2 it is Yang Water
  • If the year ends in 3 it is Yin Water
  • If the year ends in 4 it is Yang Wood
  • If the year ends in 5 it is Yin Wood
  • If the year ends in 6 it is Yang Fire
  • If the year ends in 7 it is Yin Fire
  • If the year ends in 8 it is Yang Earth
  • If the year ends in 9 it is Yin Earth

Also, apparently the animals elements change based on the birth year, but they also have governing elements that appear to be tied to them at all times. Each of the 12 animals are governed by an element plus a Yin Yang Direction as follows:

  1. Rat (Yang-Fixed Element Water)
  2. Ox (Yin- Fixed Element Water)
  3. Tiger (Yang- Fixed Element Wood)
  4. Rabbit (Yin- Fixed Element Wood)
  5. Dragon (Yang- Fixed Element Wood)
  6. Snake (Yin- Fixed Element Fire)
  7. Horse (Yang- Fixed Element Fire)
  8. Ram (Yin- Fixed Element Fire)
  9. Monkey (Yang- Fixed Element Metal)
  10. Rooster (Yin- Fixed Element Metal)
  11. Dog (Yang- Fixed Element Metal)
  12. Pig (Yin- Fixed Element Water)

Anyways, I’ve decided to overanalyse a few different people by their astrological signs and then see how they sorted on Pottermore and am fairly impressed with the results:

Myself

I’m a western Libra (air) and an Eastern Yin Wood Ox (water)….obviously the eastern elements are a bit harder to decipher because there is no wood or metal in the four Hogwarts houses, but I sorted into Ravenclaw which is also an Air sign.  And while Ox is governed by water and I’m by no means a Slytherin, there were quite a few sorting questions that I noticed had answers that I assumed were Ravenclaw choices, but my brother believes were actually Slytherin. I’ve never noticed a similarity between the houses until Pottermore.

Nicole

Nicole is a western cusp of Libra (air) and Scorpio (water) and an Eastern Yang Wood Rat (water). She is the reason I began looking at this information because she has always associated herself as a Hufflepuff but was sorted to Slytherin on Pottermore.  However, her Scorpio and Rat signs are both water signs, like Slytherin.  Perhaps it was always in her.  (Or perhaps it’s just her unborn twins are both Slytherins and they are overpowering their Hufflepuff mother 2 to 1!)

Stuart

Stuart is a western Libra (air) and an Eastern Yang Water Monkey (metal).  Stuart is a good example of how this overanalysis obviously is not fact, because he was sorted Hufflepuff which is totally unrepresented in his astrological signs. lol!!  HOWEVER, he was given a hatstall and Stuart chose Hufflepuff over Ravenclaw, which is represented in his western sign.  I wanted to make sure that a totally wrong case was thrown in here though, because while I find this all interesting, the astrologies are obviously not indicative of the Pottermore sortings.  That being said, Stuart’s Monkey is governed by Yang, his birth year is Yang and his final Pottermore question was white or black—and he went with the Yang choice of white.

Delme

Delme is a western Aquarius (air) and an Eastern Yin Wood Ox (water), despite the fact that he has always thought himself a Tiger (sorry February birthday!). Delme was sorted into Ravenclaw (air) accordingly with his western star sign.

Eric

The fact that we did not see Eric being a Hufflepuff before Pottermore is actually atrocious after overanalysing his astrology. lol!  Eric is a western Taurus (earth) and an Eastern Yang Earth Dragon (wood).  While his dragon element is governed by wood, his year is Earth as is his western star sign as is his Pottermore house of Hufflepuff (earth).  Furthermore, his element of Dragon is governed by Yang, his birth year is Yang and his final Pottermore questions was white or black—and he went with the Yang choice of white. Finally, the animal associated with the Earth element is the Yellow Dragon.  A Hufflepuff Dragon?  Does this make Eric the epitome of Hufflepuff? haha!

After looking through all of this, I’m finding that the Western astrology seems to have much more commonality with some of the houses we’ve been sorted into than the Eastern ones, but I still think looking at Eastern is neat too.  Regardless, I thought it was a different way to look at the sorting and kind of neat that someone like Nicole, who never associated to Slytherin, actually had a lot of water signs attached to her pre-Pottermore.  Anyone else find they were sorted by the stars before they were sorted by JKR? 

Geez…after all of this analysis, I feel like I ought to apply for Divination teacher at Hogwarts. Is the position still open?

H x.

2 years ago | 17 notes

Ring - Tootsies

|  The MuggleCasters

I would pay to be in the room when this persons phone rings. Personally, I hope the ‘somebody’ is Eric himself ;)

spielerman:

SPIELER WAYBACK MACHINE: ON. *Sounds of bulldozers driving backwards through a jungle with chain tires, a.k.a. the TARDIS noise.*

This is an mp3 version of the conclusion of the “Tootsie Roll Spiel” from MuggleCast, Episode 31. It is ringtone length, and somebody made this specifically for their phone.

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