Harry Potter

Edinburgh in “One day”

This weekend me and one of my friends went to Edinburgh for a concert. Since we arrived late Friday night and left early Sunday morning we didn’t have much time on our hands for other activities. In other words; We had to plan our day well..

We skipped breakfast at our hotel and decided to find some local place to get ourselves a decent meal at. We chose a full Scottish breakfast at a pub, which included the all famous delicacy of haggis. This was my first time trying it, or at least I think so. It actually just looks like any sausage, and it didn’t really taste as funny as I thought it would. You could have fooled any kid to eat it…

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Since both me and my friend loves castles and history we went up to the Edinburgh Castle, which  is the most famous landmark in the city and a must to see! You also get a lovely view of the city from up there. I’ve already been in Edinburgh twice earlier, but I have never been inside the castle, so that was a first for me. It’s really recommended! For £16 you get to see a lot of history in one place, exhibitions, museums and the all famous crown jewels (Honours).

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After the visit to the castle we still had some time before the concert. Since we both also love the Harry Potter series and J. K. Rowling we went up to Greyfriars in Old Town to check out The Elephant House (pub) were she wrote much of her early work. We also visited Greyfriars Kirkyard, which is the inspiration to were Voldemort grave was placed. There’s actually a real Tom Riddell buried there. Harry Potter fans visits his grave every Halloween to honor the series.

edin6The Elephant House, were Rowling wrote her first Harry Potter books.

edin7The grave of Tom Riddell (Note, not “Tom Riddle”)

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For dinner we had Italian food at a lovely autenthic Italian restaurant. I had bruschetta for starters, then a lovely pasta meal with mussels, scampi and calamari (squid). After that it was all about the concert. The band playing was Busted, which was my favourite band as a young teen.. It’s quite nostalgic to finally be able to see them live, since it was a dream of the 13 year old me!

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edin13Yet another awesome Busted concert. Tempted to go for a triple next year!

As you can see it’s possible to have a copious experience even if you are short on time. Don’t think you always need a week or two to travel and experience…

Desucon10: Cosplay & Japan

I helgen var jeg på min andre cosplay-messe dette året, “Desucon: Cosplay & Japan”, på Oslo Kongressenter. Denne gangen var det den japanske spill- og tegneseriekulturen som var tematikken under messen, uten at det var noe krav om dette når det kom til kostymer. Det gikk med andre ord mye i dette og dette.

Selv er jeg svært lite kjent med japanske tegneserier, også kalt Anime (tv) og Manga (papir), sånn bortsett fra Pokemon o.l. På en annen side så har jeg jo vokst opp blant Nintendo-generasjonen, så jeg tenkte “hvorfor ikke prøve seg på noe litt innafor tema” denne gangen. Karakteren jeg kledde meg ut som heter Lulu, og er kjent fra spillet Final Fantasy 10. Spillet kom ut til Playstation 2 i 2001.. og er med andre ord old school blant ungdommen i dag. Heldigvis var det mange som kjente henne igjen. Folk tok bilder, og jeg fikk til og med tegning fra en “fan”. Veldig stas når folk setter pris på kostymet!

Som vanlig tok jeg få bilder, og selvsagt mest av favorittkarakterene. Der det gikk mye i Tolkiens verden på forrige messe, var det nå Harry Potter som ble det store. Dumbledore gikk av med seieren for årets beste kostyme. Noe som var vel fortjent! Kostymet kan du se her – Foto: Katrix Media (jeg fikk dessverre ikke tatt bilde selv).

Aktivitetene på messen bestod av salgsboder, art stands, konkurranser, kafeteria og en konsert med Kyoshu Orchestra. Jeg føler meg heldig som fikk med meg hele dagen, da jeg raskt fikk hodepine av parykken min, som satt litt for stramt på hodet. Jeg ble kvalm i tillegg og måtte en rask løpetur på toalettet. Heldigvis hjalp det med litt Cola. Anbefaler alle som bruker parykk å legge denne OVER ørene, så godt det lar seg gjøre (og gjøre den løsere så snart du kjenner deg litt ør). Dette reddet i alle fall meg!

.. så kommer bildene. Først av kostymet mitt, og tilbehøret jeg lagde selv (hårpinnene og smykkene). Deretter litt freshe kostymer fra messen.

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Kan ikke akkurat kalle meg noen ekspert på crafting, men synes jeg fikk på plass detaljene til slutt..

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Lucius (@vescosplay) og Narcissa (@heresetai) Malfoy. Faboulous!

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Malfoys, Bellatrix Lestrange fra tiden i Azkaban (@diary_of_a_superhero_girl) og Snape (@theweaslette).

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Bellatrix Lestrange (@nerwen_a). Vet ikke om jeg tørr prøve meg på Bellatrix etter å ha sett dette kostymet. Rett og slett mye å leve opp til!

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Kamilla som Charlotte fra Disneys “Froskeprinsessen”. Originalt og artig valg. Denne må sees nå!

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Et råstilig kostyme jeg bare måtte ta bilde av. Nemlig Pokemon Charizard i menneskeskikkelse. Kreativt!

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Einar i photoshoot, som Terminator. Ekstra stas med ordentlig fotoutstyr og sikkerhetsvakt i bakgrunnen.

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Close-up av Azkaban-Bellatrix. Mye Potter nå!

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Scenen til Desucon, hvor det blant annet var catwalk, konsert og kåringer.

Devilish and stunning

Evil

Why do the women on the “dark side” always look the coolest in fiction? The hair, outfits, makeup.. everything is just so thoroughly done. While the good guys probably need to represent the bigger crowd, the dark ones do have the benefit to look wicked… and also fascinate people like myself.

I am fully aware that only Bellatrix, out of these four, are 100% evil. The rest have their weak spots, like Regina’s envy, Cersei’s fear, Narcissa’s protecting her child and Morgana growing up with powers that are banned from the kingdom. It’s also these weaknesses that makes them more interesting to watch. Bellatrix on the other hand is just.. too wicked not to love!

Do you prefer the heroes, or do you get more fascinated by the outcasts?

A magical tour

Last Wednesday me and my good friend Aleksander went to the Warner Bros’ Harry Potter studio tour, and it was F-R-E-A-K-I-N amazing! We got to see a lot of the sets from the films aswell as costumes, memorable objects and several of the creatures. This is something I really recommend for all Harry Potter fans to do.

Some of my favourite things to see was Diagon Alley (yes, you get to walk through it), the HUGE miniature of the castle which they use when they film, Dumbledore’s office with the sorting hat in it as well as the costumes of my favourite characters. I’ll leave the rest for the pictures I took, and I really hope some of you will envy us for this … ahhh… Haha, I know I would!

The set lies in Leavesden, which is a short trip by train from Euston in central London, and then just a 15 min shuttle bus from Watford Junction.