Wrocking and Trocking


No, these are not the names of dwarfs, believe me.

Before I can go crazy and gush about how awesome WROCK and TROCK are, let me first explain what they are about.

Wrock, short for Wizard Rock, is an indie music movement in which people write and perform songs inspired by the Harry Potter book series. It is a growing fandom within a fandom, with hundreds of bands around the world, many of whom tour and produce CDs. Wizard rock began as a Myspace phenomenon, but it is receiving recognition as a legitimate genre that spans all styles of music.

Trock, short for Time Lord Rock,

is a wave of music started by YouTube partner Nerimon and his band Chameleon Circuit. Styles of music can vary from hard-rock to acoustic, but the underlying theme is the adventures of Doctor Who, or, most recently, the Tenth Doctor, as portrated by David Tennant.
Trock is a musical wave similar to Wizard Rock and mirrors the idea that fans of the series can create musical fusion in their bedrooms with just a guitar or keyboard, and then post it on YouTube.

Source: urbandictionary.com

Too long, didn’t read? Bottom line: while they are not officially a genre of music yet, they are definitely a part of the fandoms just like conventions and fan art and fan fiction. This is fan music.

I discovered wrock before trock and fell in love with The Ministry of Magic. They’re music remind me of some kind of techno/pop/dance fusion except, of course, the songs are about Harry Potter… though, there are some songs that are so vague they can be “normal” songs. Ha, but the Pottergeek in me just can’t help but see it as a Harry Potter fan song. I mean, I already do see Harry Potter references in “normal” songs given the fangirl that I am, so yeah.

It’s a lost cause.

Trock, on the other hand, took some time to take a hold on me. Personally, I blame the fact that I listened to the wrong bands. Now? I’m currently listening to Chameleon Circuit, specifically “Kiss The Girl” — really, how can you not like the line “monkeys, monkeys, monkeys…” It’s so random if Continue reading

Feb29th Post: The Day in the Life of the One Called Me


You may or may not know, but apart from the fact that it’s an additional day to the month, February 29 is significant to a lot of people. Those who have access to the internet, particularly, and of those mostly are bloggers. (Here’s to hoping that Sherlock’s blogger, Dr. John Watson, will partake in this event as well.)

To read more about the Feb29th, follow this link. The passage below is my contribution. Please read it with the voice of a slightly sarcastic, dry and better-than-thou viewpoint — to be fair, I am in the middle of watching the first season of House M.D., so the doctor’s personality has seeped off to me.

I blame osmosis, and therefore science.

Technically it’s still the 28th, but seeing as I’m going to be busy the whole day tomorrow with school and various relating works therein (homework, projects, playing nice-nice with teachers and classmates), I might as well get this over with.

On the 29th, as I’ve stated above, I’m going to be in school. I’ll (hopefully, if I remember to set the alarm) wake up at 7, be ready to leave by 8 and start lessons properly by 9. I’ll have English class first and talk about Rossetti’s ‘Goblin Market’, then I’ll have Statistics class and learn about Regression, whatever that is.

Break time is when I’ll settle myself in the Common Room and sneakily eat some sort of snack while I check my Facebook messages, Twitter updates and blog stats — and my email, if I have enough time.

After break I will have to endure an hour’s worth of Media class, where I’ll be subjected to talking about zombies and how interesting it is to make a film about them. Yay me. Good thing after that I have a solid block of Private Study, where I can read to my heart’s content… oh wait, don’t I have an interview after 12?

Yes. Yes, I do.

I think I’ll have to skip the latter half of Private Study, gather my things and casually stroll out through the school gates (with permission from the Higher Authorities, of course). I’ll most probably buy something to-go for lunch, but after that it’s free reign.

With the interview done, homework somewhat attempted and a research data compilation put off for the next day, I’m ready to actually start my day: Tumblin’ my way through the Sherlock, Harry Potter and Doctor Who fandom.

This is the life of the average me. A teenager. Female. Likes to call herself a nerd, but really it’s just the current label she’s obsessed about. Three years ago it was emo. Now? She’s just obsessing over male protagonists with high cheekbones.

Ginny Weasley, The Defense Of


I was reading an article a couple of nights ago about Ginny Weasley not being the right one for the Boy Who Lived, Chosen One, Guy Who Offed The One With No Nose et cetera, et cetera… Well, after reading it I was so hyped up about it that I *cough* casually wrote up this response instead of finishing up that research assignment I had due the next day.

Oh, but no worries. I finished that assignment in time! After I had searched within myself and found a means by which I could express my thoughts on the Harry/Ginny shipping. Cue the online rant!

I know there are a lot of people who hate Ginny — I think there are more Ginny haters than there are Ginny lovers, but either way I can see where each side of the competition is coming from. However, I really do believe that Harry belongs with GinnyIt’s what Rowling wanted, isn’t it?

Yes, she wasn’t featured much in the books. But the books are not a love story — one of the main themes might be love and its power to conquer evil, but it’s not a love story with mushy dates and passionate snog sessions. It’s about other things: love of friends, of family… of redemption, loss of innocence.

It could be argued that Hermione would go very well with Harry. I honestly think that this is just strongly influenced by the films; you can’t deny that Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson have strong chemistry, and it doesn’t help that Yates is a Harmony shipper and disliked Hinny (I know, ridiculous ship name XD), but still Hermione chose Ron. Ron made her happy, not Harry. Besides, I think Harry would go bonkers with Hermione’s nagging and Hermione would drive herself mad with Harry’s roller coaster moods.

Hermione might have been there for Harry for all the hard times, but it wasn’t her who was able to put him in place when he was acting like a prat in OotP. Ginny did. Hermione simply didn’t understand how to get to him, no matter how much she tried.

Another argument is the possibility of Harry being pared with another character such as Cho or Luna. Well, Cho was a disaster, hung up as she was with Cedric. I can’t blame her for that since I do think she felt something for Harry; the timing was just wrong for the two of them. Harry wasn’t emotionally mature yet when they were dating, and she was still grieving. If they hadn’t dated in 5th year then perhaps something could have happenedafter the two of them got over their demons. Still, Cedric is still too big a factor to consider, though it could work since Angelina and George had Fred’s death to bind them along with their friendship. (I don’t mean to sound harsh, but it’s true.)

As for Luna, she’s more like the spiritual friend for Harry than anything. They both could see Thestrals and she helped him accept Sirius’ death, but Harry is too grounded a person to actually develop anything with Luna beyond their friendship. They went on a date, but that was just as friends. It shows how comfortable they are with each other, knowing that they could do on a dinner date without either of them confusing the situation as more than anything than friends going to a party together.

Just because Ginny was not mentioned in the books very much, doesn’t mean her personality is not right for Harry. There were many indirect characterizations through Harry’s experience with her family as well. Rowling herself made is so that Harry and Ginny were the only ones that Voldemort had possessed, binding them together. Ginny had won that Quidditch match against Cho, a symbolism of her being a better match for Harry. She might not be as smart as Hermione, but Harry isn’t looking for braniac intelligence for a match, just someone who can handle being with him when he’s in one of his moods. As for any inspiring advice, wasn’t it Ginny who said “…anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve?”

So yeah, I don’t mind the odd Harry/other character shipping every once in a while, but at heart I’m a strong Harry/Ginny shipper. They’re canon, and it’s slightly disrespectful to go against the author, don’t you think?

This was probably messy and my points were everywhere all at once, but in my defense it was written late at night and… yeah. That’s all I have. Everybody’s entitled to their own opinion, of course, but this is my view on the shipping.

Link to my favorite -- well, my only -- Harry/Ginny fanfiction website

Oh, It’s the 31st of October


You know what that means… *waggles eyebrows*

Happy Halloween!

This day is a very important day because, apart from Halloween, it symbolises a couple more things for me. Take the death of James and Lily Potter. As a Harry Potter fan, I feel obligated to mourn their deaths and celebrate it at the same time, because that led to the inevitability of Harry’s destiny…

On to happier things, October 31st is also the day my friends and I have planned to go bowling. It’s been about four or five months since I went bowling, so yay! for me. Also, it’s been a while since I’ve met up with most of my friends given that it’s currently the half-term holidays for my school. (Don’t get me started on the load of homework I have to do… erg.)

Oh, and I suppose the end of October welcomes the beginning of November… and guess what that means?

NaNoWriMo!!

As of this moment, there are only twelve hours to go before it’s officially time to begin writing my so-called novel. I’m excited and thrilled and all the other words in the thesaurus, but later on I know I’ll be freaking out like a maniac: What on earth convinced me that this was a great idea? What have I gotten myself into?! Things like that ;D

But, oh well. I’ve begun this journey and there’s no stopping me. M’kay?!

Productivity During Private Study Time: Ninjas and Harry Potter


I’ve become real ninja* during my Private Studies lessons recently. Because I’m a real geek when it comes to homework, I actually do the work at home as soon as I could; I don’t procrastinate (not much, anyway) until the deadline is right upon me. So, when it comes to Private Study, a one-hour chunk during the day dedicated in doing school-related work, I have nothing to do.

Enter my ninja skills.

Earlier today I had in one hand my Kindle, which contained some e-books that really help during my English Lit. classes. (It also has a dictionary so… win-win.) On the other hand I had my mobile phone, which has a special feature that enables it to become a wireless internet router called a mobile AP. With those two thing, plus an internet addict like me, you have a nerdy geek ‘breaking’ the rules: dude, I surfed the hour away on the internet!

Of course, I’m not the kind of person to do things without reason. I was on the internet — Google, to be precise — searching for college/university options. I figured if I’m too busy at home to research it (cough*watchingTsubasaReservoirChronicle*cough), then I might as well do it during Private Study.

My research led me to some promising choices, though most of them were far from promising. I basically searched for higher education institutions that have a Harry Potter course, because I believe in studying something you’re interested in, and the ones that came up were either:

I honestly don’t know what I’d be doing after leaving school, but I’ve always seen myself with a pen in hand (or laptop in front of me), writing. I love writing. It’s a passion for me. And since I’m a freak over writing fanfictions, I might as well take it to the next level and write it professionally. I know there’s not much respect in reusing an author’s idea, but I find it enjoyable.

Anyway, I doubt I’d be doing that. It’s a dream, but I’m a realistic girl — at least, I’d like to think that I am. I might not be writing Harry Potter stories professionally (because really, why steal the spotlight from J.K.? She cool, dude). But I do know this: I will be writing. May it be my own stories or something in the journalism department.

I will write.

*ninja — used as a slang term meaning sneaky or inconspicuous, based on how ninjas are portrayed in media. My use of this is the influence of my classmates back in the Philippines. (Yeah, those were the days…) ^__^

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Are You A Harry Potter Fan?


Philippines’ OK! magazine had a Harry Potter exclusive this month, which is understandable since the 8th and last installment of the movie series is being released this month. If you didn’t know that, then you must have been living under a rock or something. (How you could you not know?)

I read the articles as meticulously as I could, scanning the pictures and trying to commit them to memory. Since my memory and I aren’t on the best of terms, I failed on that particular endeavor. Nevertheless, my fun was not diminished in any way because of this prompt:

I couldn't resist it. I had to answer.

It took the better part of my night, but I managed to email them and though I know that there’s a small chance of ever printing what I wrote them, there’s still a small part of me hoping they would. Yes, it would be cool to have my name printed, but that was not the reason why I wrote them. I wrote — well, emailed –them because I wanted to express how much Harry Potter meant to me as a fan. That, and I’ve always wanted to write to them but I’ve never gotten around to it until now.

I guess all I needed was a nudge in the right direction, and Harry Potter did that for me. ^__^

Hello, my name is Luigi and I’m sixteen years old. I became a fan of all-things Harry Potter after watching the GOBLET OF FIRE when I was younger. I was in my tween years, living in England with my family, and a friend of my mother’s saw how enthralled I was by the movie that she suggested that I should read the books. Back then, I was only budding reader. My “repertoire” only included a select few titles from the British author Roald Dahl, and the prospect of reading something as thick as the ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, the book I have decided to read first because it followed on from GOBLET, was simply daunting. But I trudged on: my mother bought me the book and I was hooked. I remember exclaiming at the dinner table one day that “I would love to be Cho Chang.” When my mother asked why, I just smiled coyly and continued eating my dinner. I didn’t want to tell her that I wanted to be Cho because she gets to kiss Harry. (Don’t tell her that now, either ;D) what can I say, I was just a young girl then.

As for the rest of the books, I rallied back and forth from the library to my house to my school and read them. I didn’t care if I read them in order or not (which I certainly didn’t — it doesn’t make me less of a fan). And I didn’t care that I stayed up late telling myself that “after this chapter, I’ll go to sleep.” I remember reading PRISONER OF AZKABAN in just one day. I remember squealing with joy when my mother presented me my own copy of CHAMBER OF SECRETS and HALF-BLOOD PRINCE years later. And I also remember my fondest memory, which is of my best friend gifting me the DEATHLY HALLOWS when it came out on 2007. We also went to the cinema together and watched ORDER OF THE PHOENIX with her mother and sister. It’s one of my dearest memories because I was preparing to leave England then.

Moving back to the Philippines was difficult. The culture shock, though not overwhelming, just changed me from the kid that I was then to the (slightly rebellious) teen I am now. The biggest shock? The fact that the Harry Potter books weren’t allowed in my new school and that my new classmates didn’t care much for the boy wizard. I guess maybe that’s why I’ve held on to the series — the books, the movies and the fan fiction — so much was because they were one of the ties I had to England.

Harry Potter is not just a story for me. It’s not just a bunch of movies either. They’ve influenced me in ways I can’t even find words to explain.

Because of the books, I’ve branched out into other genres and became an avid bookworm, and somewhere along the way I began writing. Just small fan fictions at first, but then I moved on to my own original works. (Still, that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped writing fan fiction… I doubt I ever will.)

Because of the movies, I’ve been introduced to the frenetic world of the movie industry. I now follow the works of legendary British actors such as Alan Rickman, Richard Griffiths, Maggie Smith, Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter. And let’s not forget Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe. It was because of Radcliffe that I had jokingly announced one day that I’d “make a Filipino movie script so wonderful and cast him a part he can’t refuse” after reading an interview about it. And you know what? I plan on making that lighthearted comment a reality. I’m a very ambitious girl — that could be the Slytherin in me.

I know that there are a lot of people who adore Rowling’s fictional world, and I do understand that I am not its biggest fan.. I didn’t go out of my way to buy the books the moment they were released. In fact, I only own four out of the seven books, and THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD. I didn’t grow up with the books like some people, nor did I do the same with the movies — frankly, I still have a lot of growing up to do.

What the books are to me are not my childhood, they are my guidelines… in the loosest sense of the word, of course. I won’t be enrolling myself into a boarding school anytime soon, but I will keep in mind whenever I come across a situation in which I have to choose between what is right and what is easy, Harry did not choose the easy path. Neither did Dumbledore, nor did Snape, the Weasleys, the Order of the Phoenix and Dumbeldore’s Army. They fought for what they believed in. They fought against great evil, discrimination and corruption. They fought for their loved ones, for justice and fairness to all Wizarding folk.

The Harry Potter series are not just about its titular character, and it’s not just about his family and friends, either. Rowling tackles every facet of life: from education to romance to politics, she has depicted our lives in one way or another. I suppose that’s why she has managed to enthrall us all with her creation, for it relates to many different people in many different levels. It might just be about a fantasy world for one person and about an orphaned boy for another, but it can also be a satire of a corrupt government, racial prejudice and social discrimination.

I’m sorry for going on and on about this, but once I get started about Harry Potter, I won’t stop until I run out of steam. Or if someone forcibly shuts me up. Yes, I’m a fan of Harry Potter. I’m a fan of the books, I’m a fan of the movies and I’m a fan of the person. Harry is not just a fictional character for me; he might have been at first, but he’s not that anymore. That goes for all the other characters as well. Rowling wrote them so well they just jumped off the page and began strutting around like real people, like they really existed.. And I admire Rowling for that. I really, really do. I aspire to be as good a writer as her one day.

Yes, it is indeed saddening (and slightly depressing, too) that the entire franchise is coming to a close. We might have been able to ignore that empty feeling when the DEATHLY HALLOWS came out on 2007 since the movie franchise was still going strong, but with the eighth and last movie installment being released on the 15th (or 14th in some parts of the world), you can’t ignore it anymore. To some fans, the emptiness might just last a few days or weeks. To some it could even last for months. There’s no denying that something monumental has just finished and it hurts for it to do so. It certainly does for me. I’m tearing up as I write this now.

But you know what? To quote what a wise woman once said: “…The stories we love best do live in us forever, so whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” See? It’s not the end of the world. There’s still more of Harry Potter to pass around. Personally, I’m waiting for a theater or TV adaptation, though I’m not holding my breath. Meanwhile, I’m gonna read up on some fan fiction, maybe write some more if I have the time. You’ll never know: just like the many novels out there that continue Jane Austen’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE past Lizzy’s marriage to Mr. Darcy, you might just see books about Harry’s life between the Battle and the Epilogue.

This is Luigi, an avid Harry Potter fan. Thank you for reading and I hope this wasn’t a complete waste of your time.

And you, are you a Harry Potter fan? If so, what is your history with the books and movies?

Trailers for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2


This would be my 100th post ever since I started here on WordPress. I don’t want to make a big deal out of it, but I can’t just let this go without any sort of fanfare. So… here I am. Anyway, I figured that this is the only time I’d be able to visit YouTube (I’m in an internet café with fast as fast connection), and I’ve used my time wisely searching for the new Harry Potter Trailer. This is what I found:

In case you’ve missed the first one — where do you live, under a rock? — here it is as well:

Oh, and as for POTTERMORE.COM, I couldn’t access it until now. There’s a video in there of J.K. Rowling herself, explaining what the site is all about. I was right. It’s gonna be like an RPG/social networking website, only it’s going to be ‘safe’. I’m guessing everything there would be at least PG. I can’t wait!

 

Rediscovering Dan Bergstein’s Funny-ness


It’s been simply ages since I’ve visited the Sparknotes website to catch up on Dan and his latest critiques on the Twilight Saga as he read through them. So, logic prevails when I rediscovered his work, I was all “OMG! OMG! OMG!”

But in my head, of course. No need to alert my brother that I’m insane.

Anyway, I’ve given up halfway through Reading New Moon – or was it Reading Eclipse? because of my crappy internet connection, but I’m back on track, people! No, I’m not following his Twilight related blog posts anymore. I’m more into the Harry Potter ones. He’s currently reading though Chamber of Secrets, which is cool since I want to know his opinion of Ginny (*lamp post, giggle-giggle*).

I, on the other hand, is still in Sorcerer’s Philosopher’s Stone. (To those who know me, I insist on the British titles.)

The links to the posts are thus:

Dan’s pictures are hilarious and his sense of humor, though a tad mean sometimes, is seriously laugh out loud worthy. Read it now and tell me what you think.
Blogging Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Part 1

James, Voldemort and Lily casting a spell at Harry (you must read the entry to make sense of this)

Get Out of My Head!


No, seriously — please. Get out of my head, Harry Potter.

Don’t get distracted by the poster because by ‘Harry Potter’ I really do mean the character, not the actor. I mean, Daniel has a heavenly, deep British accent and all — have you heard him sing in ‘Brotherhood of Man’ from How to Succeed? *swoon* — but not even he can compare to the boy who lived.

What can I say? I love me some speccy-eyed wizard.

I’ve first come about Harry Potter after I’ve seen Goblet of Fire. A friend of my mom’s suggested to me that I should read the book series (I was around eleven at the time), and so I read Order of the Phoenix. Before long, I was hooked. I found myself going to the local library in Ashington borrowing any of the books from the Harry Potter series that were available at the time. I didn’t care that I read them in order. As long as I read them, I was happy.

The Harry Potter series is a really, really wonderful read. I know I’ve mentioned this once before, but I’m not one of those bookworms who reads books over and over again. I don’t like that. Once I read something, that’s it. I look back on it every now and again, but to actually read it cover to cover for the second or third time?

Na-uh.

Which leads you to wonder: how come I’m such a big a fan? I know all these insignificant details about the Harry Potter universe that really, it’s a wonder I know them because the movies barely cover them — you should’ve heard my running commentary while watching Deathly Hallows Part 1. Anyway, the answer to that question is fan fiction.

Being the internet addict that I am, I stumbled upon Harry Potter fan fiction when I was around twelve. By then I have finished reading all the original Harry Potter books (the ones that were out anyway) and was craving for more.

My first website love was harrypotterfanfiction.com.

And then I discovered SIYE and became a die-hard Harry/Ginny shipper.

Finally, I found fanfiction.net where I have a working account with stories and such, which kind of leads me to my dilemma now…

Get out of my head, HARRY POTTER!

Plot bunnies have been invading my thoughts. They hop around in my head incessantly and I can’t seem to get rid of them unless I write them down and post them online as a fan fiction. I’ve read a lot of Harry Potter fiction (and some Twilight as well ;D), and let’s just say that the stories have all blended together. They are all alike in one way or the other and I just can’t help but think that hey, what if I look at this classic storyline and write about it from a different angle?

See, that’s the kind of trouble I’m in right now. My thoughts think I have time to make these plot ideas, character conversations and catalysts and whatnot because the things is, I don’t. It’s summer! I want to be lazy and watch movies and blog about them. My writing juices, as of this moment, is dried up.

Oh, the woes of me. Over and out.

#5 – A picture of your favorite memory


I won’t say that I’m the biggest Harry Potter fan out there since I don’t go out of my way to buy the books (though I’ve read all of them). I don’t re-read them either just for the sake of it, except when I need to for one of my fan fiction. But I’d like to think of myself as one of the avid fans. Harry Potter has had a huge impact on my life and how I grew up — it still has, actually, since I’m still growing up.

My favorite memory was when my best friend gifted me Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The memory’s quite fuzzy now, but I remember watching Order of the Phoenix with her and her family as well.

You might be wondering why she went to all the trouble. Well, that’s because my family and I were leaving — not just leaving the town, but the country. After living the last few years in England, my mother decided that we all move back to the Philippines.

I didn’t know then how much I’d be missing my best friend. I didn’t know then how much I’d be missing my old school, the friends I’ve made there, and the freedom I felt just running around the town. My copy of Deathly Hallows is a special copy because, every time I look at it, I get a flashback of what my life used to be…

…Well, that and because the book is now one of my treasured possessions and I just love the Harry Potter series that much. ;D