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My Thoughts On The New ‘Cursed Child’ Look

Cursed Child

Before I get chatting, I want to thank Ameila for my first ever Showbills (they’re obviously Cursed Child and the original Broadway cast as well), and Bertie (@OfficialBertiee) for the Back To Hogwarts badge from September 1st just gone!

All of this yellow is making this Hufflepuff very happy!

Now that’s out of the way, I think we need to chat more Cursed Child! If you haven’t been following all of the drama over on Twitter, you may not have heard that Warner Brothers has taken over the rights for Cursed Child. This news clearly had everyone asking questions: Was there going to be a movie version? Were we getting a proper book following Albus and Scorpius?

We just didn’t know!

What we found out was that this new change meant a whole new look! Out with the font that you see in the picture above! In with the font we know from the films! To say that we were kind of shocked about this new change was a bit of an understatement. You’re clearly wanting to know what my thoughts are about this since it is the title of this post. Haha!

Honestly?

I don’t particularly like it.

Don’t get me wrong…I loved the font for the movie posters because that was what we knew. That font meant movie. However I’ve been a fan of Cursed Child since it popped into the West End back in 2016 and it was the same thing. It had its own nice, clean font that I connected with it. Change is a bit of a big deal for me as it comes hand in hand with being autistic.

If the changes to all its marketing had been gradual, then I don’t think I would have minded as much but everything has just hit us all at once. That doesn’t sit all that well with me. I do understand why it may have changed since Warner Bros was in charge of the Potter films and, since it’s carrying on the same path (sort of) as the films…I get it.

It’s still sad to see the old font go. I’m glad that I managed to get one last picture with my friend Kate last month!

Other than the change, there are a couple of other little things that bother me. The first thing is how the new program looks. I think it looks a bit badly photo-shopped. The text is too close together, the nest is off-centre and…you get the picture. Maybe it’s just going to take me some getting used to and besides, I go to see the play for the performances and not just the marketing.

The other thing is the banner on social media reminds me way too much of Shazam! It doesn’t feel as original as the old one used to look. Plus the little trailer introducing the new look gives a way a massive spoiler that I’ve spent years trying to keep secret from friends!! I even have badges telling me to keep it secret!

Eventually the new look will be old news and we’ll be back to less drama. That’s unless you count the Cursed Child haters that like to pop up every now and again.

What are your thoughts on the new Cursed Child look? Do you like it or do you prefer the old one?

Fandom Lifestyle

What It’s Like Being A Fandom Blogger

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I’ve been wanting to write about being a fandom/lifestyle blogger for a while and today would be the perfect day! I added that little slash in the middle because you guys know I don’t just purely blog fandom.  I wouldn’t get to post too often if I was purely fandom but I do want to type out more. I’ve had a couple of people asking why I’m a fandom/lifestyle blogger so here is why!

It’s no secret at all that I love Harry Potter (I post about it a lot!) but I also love chatting about what other fandoms I’m a massive fan of. Being a blogger has given me the chance to do that and find other people who I can fangirl with. It’s brilliant!

So many of my friends like being nerdy too so if there is some exciting news about that fandom, I know I can tweet them in all caps like ‘OMGGGGGGG!! HAVE YOU SEEN?! AHHHHHH!’. You get the picture!

here are a few reasons why being a fandom/lifestyle blogger is brilliant:

it’s a lot of fun

Like I said at the start, it is a lot of fun getting the chance to put down your feeling into words or, if you can’t do that, using gifs like me! There is always something to talk about if you love multi-fandoms. I’m always ready to post something about my favourite fandom and the posts I most enjoy writing have to be the New In Fandom ones. They let me find out what merchandise is coming up in the next month or so and it’s like my own little shopping list for all to see!

you get to be different from other bloggers

Having a specific niche as a blogger is particularly important especially when the blogging world has become so vast these days! There are obviously some pros and cons to being different to others. The pros would be that it sometimes makes you stand out from the crowd, you get to be unique with your posts and don’t have too much competition with certain brands. The cons are that it can be difficult to come up with post ideas, not everyone wants to read a fandom blog and you don’t have an option when it comes to picking what type of blogger you are.

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i get to chat to people from all over

Since I love other fandoms such as Doctor Who and RWBY, I get to make friends (I know…typical Hufflepuff!) from all over the world! The furthest I know someone is New Zealand and the closest actually lives an hour or so from me! Having international friends means we get to share different fandom info that might just be exclusive to our country. I’ve had one friend ship me a Funko that was only sold at Barnes & Noble which was brilliant!

You constantly get surprised

If there is anything I’ve learned about being a fandom blogger, it’s that you never know what is going to happen next. News turns up at random points of the day, I sometimes have to stay up late to watch things like livestreams of events or follow hash-tags for a few days so I can find out my exclusive products! You never know what is going to be announced and it’s nice that I can surprise my friends and readers with news that they might not have known about!

What are your thoughts about bloggers who are different from the norm?

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My ‘Back To Hogwarts’ Hufflepuff Haul

Hufflepuff

Happy 1st of September! It’s that time again…time for everyone to go back to Hogwarts! I’ve been reading so many fun tweets from everything that happened at King’s Cross this morning and made me a little sad that I couldn’t make it. Silly muggle trains. All that said, I still prepared myself for today with a Hufflepuff haul!

All of these items were collected during August and I love every single one! I do have two other bits but blogger!Dee forgot to put them in the flatlay like an idiot. Haha!

Hufflepuff Key-ring (£2 – Primark)

You know when you go into a store with the intention of buying a few things and ended up buying only a teeny thing? That happened to me. I’d really wanted this gorgeous Hufflepuff sweater I’ve seen friends with but they didn’t have any in my size so one gutted badger over here. I didn’t want to leave the shop without anything so decided to grab this key-ring because it’s adorable and you can never have too many Potter key-rings!

Hufflepuff Premium Notebook (£12.99 – The Shop Under The Stairs)

The first of the two notebooks I bought last month and I just love the design of this!! I always feel better with black notebooks because I don’t like to see any stains on them and it just seems more sleek. You have this beautiful badger design connected with the giant H of Hufflepuff. Part of me thinks the badger looks a teeny bit like a mouse but still adorable!

Hogwarts: A History Journal (£12.95 – MinaLima)

Yeah…obviously this isn’t a Hufflepuff thing but I HAVE A HOGWARTS A HISTORY!!! My friend Kate and I visited MinaLima when I was down in London and I knew straight away that I was buying this journal! I’ve wanted a copy of this ever since Philosopher’s Stone and Hermione quoted reading from it. One day I hope we’ll get the real thing because it has to happen but I couldn’t deny myself it. It feels like such a luxury item with the gold foiled edges, the fact that it’s hardback and simply because MinaLima create only the best Potter designs!

Hufflepuff Bookmark (£8.99 – The Carat Shop)

I love anything that has a gorgeous illustration of Hufflepuff but I adore this bookmark by The Carat Shop! It seems to be like the Hufflepuff badge that the students at Hogwarts wear with the coat of arms take. It’s so cute, is stainless steel and shows off 3 of the traits that makes up a Hufflepuff! Seeing as I have a bunch of books to read and around 3 Hufflepuff bookmarks, I don’t think I’ll be losing a page anytime soon!

Hufflepuff Card Holder (£4.95 – MinaLima)

I ended up having to my old Doctor Who card holder into the bin after around 3 years! (I made it last even when it was hanging by an edge!). I now have this gorgeous Hufflepuff card holder that feels so plush and like it’ll last me a long time! I can’t wait to see what my local bus drivers think when they see it!

How has your September 1st been so far? Did you go down to King’s Cross?

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5 Disney Announcements At D23 Expo I Loved

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Disney fans all over the world have been diving into the annual D23 Expo which is like the ultimate fan event for anyone that loves Disney and other studios under it!

I’ve loved this company for many, many years from the animated pictures I watched as a kid to Disney Channel to Marvel and Star Wars joining!

What have I been looking forward to the most this year? All the Disney+ goodies!! I needed to know what they were going to be showing on it and there is everything!

Lizzie McGuire

If there was one show on the Disney Channel that I was utterly addicted to and still know the theme song to, it’s Lizzie McGuire! I already loved Hilary Duff from Casper Meets Wendy (such a good cheesy film!) but I really fell for her watching Lizzie McGuire! She was just so cool! I was 14 and at the same awkward age!

The friendship between Lizzie, Miranda and Gordo was brilliant and I may have squealed when my ship started to sail! Lordo forever! Haha!

Now we’re getting an adult Lizzie in New York! I’m 14 again, people!! I really hope they can get a few members of the original cast to be in it!

The villains

So many incredible announcements about the ‘villains’ of the Disney world! The two that immediately stick out for me has to be seeing the poster for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and Cruella! First off, how amazing was the first Maleficent film?! It was just perfect and I still have Once Upon A Dream on my phone!

Really glad that we have Elle Fanning back as Aurora! She was just so magical!!

When I saw that Emma Stone was going to be the new generation’s Cruella De Ville…I may have freaked out! I’m a massive Emma fangirl as shown by my random selection of gifs!

She looks both freaky and everything in her Cruella picture! She actually reminds me a little of Helena Bonham Carter as the Queen of Hearts. Just with the hair and makeup! I’m beyond ready to see her play a bad guy like this.

lady and the tramp

The original Lady and the Tramp is in my Top 5 of favourite Disney films because it is so different and I can’t get Peggy Lee’s ‘He’s A Tramp’ out of my head! It was a little bit racist with the whole Siamese cat look but it was a different time and Disney are actually using real animals! That’s right…real dogs and everything! Plus we have Tessa Thompson voicing Lady so yes!!

Star Wars

In a convention far far away, a bunch of Star Wars news was released! We had the trailer to The Mandalorian and the first poster for Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker! It showed Rey and Ben/Kylo at it on a cliff edge with the giant ugly face of Palpaltine looming over them! Who knows what’s going to happen?! J.J Abrams said that Carrie Fisher is the heart of Rise of Skywalker (my heart!!) and apparently in the teaser footage Rey is seen in a Sith robe and with a dual-bladed red lightsaber!

Oh and Ewan McGregor is coming back as Obi-Wan Kenobi for a new Disney+ series!!

Marvel

We all know that Marvel have a bunch of films coming out over the next few years and TV shows on Disney+! Some of the news that had me super excited were that Kat Dennings is going to be in Wandavision (she played Darcy in Thor 1 and 2! I’ve been waiting for the day she came back!), we’ve got confirmation that Loki’s show will have 6 1-hour long episodes!  IT’S LIKE SHERLOCK!

If you loved Sex Education then Kate Herron who directed the episodes will be directing Loki! Super excited to see what she creates with Tom and the rest of the cast!

So much that I’m ready for and one day I will find my way to D23 Expo! It’s a very magical place from what I’ve seen online! Ahhh!

What Disney news has gotten you super excited?!

Fandom Harry Potter

An Anxiety Guide To September 1st at King’s Cross

September 1st

For the last 5 years I’ve been going to Kings Cross every September 1st to celebrate when everyone goes back to Hogwarts. Do we care that it’s only a fictional event? Nope! Do we wish we could go back? Heck yes! I’m still waiting for that darn acceptance letter.

I loved the idea of being in an area full of other Harry Potter fans where you can meet new people, chat about theories and your Houses and get ready for when 11am hits. Kings Cross is an incredible place to be especially as they embrace ‘Back To Hogwarts’ with an announcement over the tannoy.

As the years have gone by the crowds have gotten bigger! Last year was a lot busier since Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law turned up. Everyone was super excited and I was gutted that I didn’t get a chance to be there earlier. My anxiety has increased with the crowds so I thought I’d try to create a bit of an anxiety guide.

get to the station early

If you’re able to then try to get to Kings Cross a bit earlier. It might still be a working station but that you can still find areas that are quiet like the food court or outside. You can take your time to relax and maybe even go to the Platform 9 3/4 shop to look around. They have this incredible mini trunk you can get with your initials on!

take a friend

One of my triggers is feeling overwhelmed and by myself. It’s kind of ironic I feel that way since I usually prefer being on my own. Busy situations tend to make me a little clingy so I try to take a friend or meet up with a friend each September 1st. I don’t feel alone with my anxiety if I have someone to chat to. Even if I chat with someone new and make a new friend that way!

try using bachs remedy

Bachs Rescue Remedy is a product I’ve been using for a few years whenever I’ve been out and about. I first used the drops which taste amazing but they were a bit too awkward to bring around with me. When I saw that I could get chewing gum or pastilles, it made my life much easier.  Whenever I feel my anxiety flaring I can chew on my gum and it helps. No-one needs anxiety getting in the way of their Potter time!

know when to leave

I know you’ll want to have as much fun as possible but you also need to know when the right time to leave is. It can be so frustrating to leave something early but you need to think about yourself. No fandom or event is worth triggering your mental health and causing you to have an attack. Whether you have to leave before 11am or immediately after…it’s okay.

Will you be going to September 1st this year? How do you cope with your anxiety?

 

Fandom Mental Health

Why I Find It Easier To Communicate Through Gifs

Gifs

For as long as I’ve used Twitter, I’ve loved using gifs in my tweets. At first I would get them off Tumblr and then I decided to collect some of my favourites to use whenever I wanted. I have seperate files for different fandoms that I love such as Harry Potter, Merlin, Sherlock and Disney. Yes I’m a little bit extra but I love finding new gifs that I can use. Obviously I use them for fun but I also use them when I can’t think what to say or if I can’t describe how I’m feeling at that minute.

Some don’t always get what I’m trying to say through the gif and then I have friends who get the fandom I’m using and even take part in whole conversations with me only using gifs. The times I’ve been able to do this have been the best and I’ve had more than a couple nights when I’ve just been giggling. I know that not finding it easy to communicate offline with other people but I find it so much easier to do so since people aren’t talking face-to-face and they also follow me because we have the same interests!

I may have many files to choose from but I have a handful of gifs that I love to use for various conversations and over and over!

If anyone has been mean to someone, been particularly dumb or just gotten to me in some way, you’ll see me using this gif from the Philosopher’s Stone. It’s amazing for getting the point across and Hermione just has a way with words!

Luna Lovegood…my spirit animal! I’ve never related so much to a character than I have with Luna. I love this quote from her since it’s the first one that we hear from her in both book and film. If anyone is thinking they’re a bit weird or if they like the same thing as I do, I always use this to try and make them feel better. We might be a little different compared to others but that doesn’t mean we’re alone!

Doctor Who has some incredible quotes people can make gifs on but one of my favourites has to be during David Tennant’s time. The Doctor is in a massive library and describes books as some of the best weapons in the world! I love using this if books/reading are ever judged negatively!

Do you enjoy using gifs in your tweets?

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The Original Youtubers That I Loved

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Everyone has heard of Youtube and even have youtubers that they love watching. I’m throwing back, people!! I’m going all the way into the past to the original youtubers that I couldn’t wait to watch when I came home. Oh, it was a very different place to what it is now. There were less people to compare yourself to, you could do video responses and more cat videos! Haha! I’ve actually been on the site for around 11 years and have been one and off with it. Still loved watching so here are some Youtubers that I adored! Oh and thanks whereslugo for today’s picture!

charlieissocoolike

Charlie! This was a Charlie long before ‘Charlie bit my finger’! This nerdy Brit is Charlie McDonnell aka charlieissocoollike! I can still remember his intro tune after all these years! I thought he was incredible! He was so funny, different and he came up with this most random content that I couldn’t help but smile at. There was another video that I watched which was my first ever one to watch but it’s not there anymore so here is the 2nd! Such a fun duet! He was even the first ever original Youtuber that got to 1 million subscribers!! He’s still making videos but he lives in Canada now and hasn’t uploaded in 7 months! *sniffle*

beckie0 | beckiejanebrown

I still love Beckie to this date!! She’s been vlogging for so many years and has developed so much! I started watching her when she was in her early teens and now I think she’s 25! It’s crazy! She did Doctor Who skits, vlogs about her life, twin editing (they were so cool!) and spoke bravely about her Trichotillomania. You can tell she tries to balance a life online with privacy but some trolls just don’t take the hint! If you love a Youtuber with a difference, Beckie would be great for you!

fiveawesomegirls

Why did these girls leave me?! *sob* I adored all 5 of these ladies and I’m still following Kristina, Hayley, Kayley and Lauren on social media! (Sorry Lianne!). They were everything the original youtubers stood for: being themselves, being funny, declaring what they loved to everyone and of course…awful camera/sound quality! I watched them every week back in 2009 and get so much nostalgia when I hear the old intro! Who else adored these girls?!

CTFXC (Charles Trippy and Allie)

Wow…has this guy been through a lot over the last 10+ years!

He literally vlogged every single day for 10 whole years! Not 1 break! Not even when he was having brain surgery! He got the surgery staff to film it! Charles is so real about what he’s thinking, very funny, has amazing dogs called Zoey, Marley and Diesel and a stunning wife! He’s doing chemotherapy at the minute and recently had another seizure (after almost a year without).

Which original youtubers did you used to watch back in the day?

 

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11 Magical Harry Potter Gift Ideas For Witches & Wizards

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I know it’s not Christmas but there are so many opportunities to get gifts for different occasions such as birthdays, graduations, new babies…you name it, there is someone who needs a gift. I’m going to pick 20 gifts for that special witch or wizard in your life!

for the little witches & wizards

“When In Doubt, Go To The Library” Onesie Set (£38.92)

This set is adorable!! For any parents that end up calling their daughter Hermione or have a little one that may grow up to love books, this set would be amazing! I found this on Etsy and fell in love with it! With the set you get a onesie with the quote on the front, a Quidditch beanie, a Quidditch pair of leggings and some headbands! The onesie is organic so should be good for anyone who worries. The onesie has some built-in mittens, the leggings have a yoga-type waistband so it isn’t uncomfortable for a newborn, the hat has a hidden seam inside so it doesn’t rub on your baby’s head and the headband actually stretches as they grow!

I Roar For Gryffindor Sleepsuit and Bib Set (£4.95)

For any teeny Gryffindors out there, I think they would love this set. They get to show off their House colours at bed-time or around their home and have a bib to keep everything all nice and tidy! The bib does say ‘Future Wizard’ but I’m sure a little girl would love the sleepsuit to show off what a brave little girl she is! It’s actually been reduced from £14 to £4.95 so yay bargains!

Honeydukes T-Shirt (£10)

What I wouldn’t give for this t-shirt to come in adult size! It’s so cute! I have one major sweet tooth and don’t think I’d have many teeth left if I had magical sweets. It has sugar quills, chocolate frogs, Bertie Botts and other sweets sticking out of the pocket and over the t-shirt!

Hogwarts Boy PJs with shorts (£10)

No kid likes to be hot at night so, for any wizards from 5-6 years all the way to 12-13 years, I bet they would love! What is really cool about the PJ top is the design on front. Hogwarts is all designed and connected like constellations and it’s stunning. I think a Scorpius Malfoy would have liked this as a kid.

For the guys

Deathly Hallows Men’s T-Shirt (£14.99)

Something I’m always jealous of the guys for having and that is that they have amazing nerdy t-shirts! They’re so cool and creative! Look how cool this Deathly Hallows t-shirt is. It’s obviously the shape but it’s made out of words of the 3 elements that make it: the Invisibility Cloak, the Elder Wand and the Resurrection Stone. Together they make the Master of Death. So simple but amazing!

Charms Men’s T-Shirt (£14.99)

Another brilliant t-shirt! It is black with rainbow writing that labels some of the spells and charms used in Harry Potter along with the wand movements too! I’d probably get arrested for staring too much at a guy’s chest and trying to copy the wand movements too much.

Deathly Hallows Wallet (£13.45)

Every time a guy and he pays for something, he has a wallet so why not gift your special man with this beautiful Deathly Hallows wallet. I promise there are tons of men products that aren’t just this symbol…I just think it looks cool! It has the main Deathly Hallows in the middle but it also has tons of teeny ones engraved into the fabric!

For the ladies

Harry Potter Wand Necklace (£25)

This is something on my Christmas wishlist or birthday wishlist! I’ve been meaning to treat myself to it for so long and, if I do well with my mental health in the next few months, I’m going to get it. This is a silver-plated replica of Harry’s wand that you can get from WB Studio Tour London! As well as Harry’s, you can get Dumbledore’s and Hermione’s wands! A little sad that Ron has been left out again but maybe he’ll be added at a later date? Please?

Wingardium Leviosa Kit (£10)

One of my favourite scenes in the Harry Potter films has to be the moment Hermione is trying to teach Ron how to perform Wingardium Leviosa! This special set actually lets you levitate a feather just like Hermione. You even get her wand to do it with her. Maybe you’ll have the magic touch that will have Hogwarts contacting you!

Marauder’s Map Shoes (£32.99)

If the Vans x Harry Potter collection is too expensive for you right now, then you can pick out these Marauder’s Map shoes from EMP as a gift! They are just as cool-looking and it has the little shoeprints wandering around them! So cute and only half the price!

Loungefly Magical Creatures Purse (£32.99)

You can’t have a Harry Potter gift ideas list without something from Loungefly! This is another brand I would like to work with one day because they have such beautiful purses and other fandom items such as bags, lunch-boxes, tablet cares and more! I love all the little details on this purse showing different magical creatures from the series like Fawkes, a thestral and Hedwig!

What would be on your Potter gift ideas list?

 

Fandom Lifestyle

My 5 Favourite Voice Actors (Anime/Cartoons)

Voice Actors

You know how I seem to be a fan of a lot of nerdy things? Well…I have another thing that I love to fan over and that is anime! I’ve been watching animes/dubbed cartoons since the 90s so I’ve brought myself up on different voice actors! Once you hear a voice and fall in love with it, you tend to recognise it in other shows. One of my friends calls me a weeb but I think being an actress makes me appreciate how much work voice actors have to do with warm-ups and roles.

Some of the voice actors I love to fangirl over you may know and others you may have never heard of unless you’re in my head. Haha! That said, I bet that even if you don’t know them by name you’ll know them by voice!

Veronica Taylor

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Oof! Veronica has to be the first voice actor who I loved to hear! If you don’t know her name then you might recognise the character that she is most famous for…Ash Ketchum from Pokemon! Yep, she voiced Ash for so many years and introduced me to how awesome shows like this could be. Not only has she voiced Ash in Pokemon, she also did Sailor Pluto in Sailor Moon among other voices in other shows! So many!! Such a legend!

Josh Grelle

Josh is definitely in my top 3! This guy can literally do every kind of voice role and I always get excited when I hear that he’s in an anime I haven’t watched yet! If you love anime then you might know him as Armin in Attack On Titan, Zen in Snow White With The Red Hair,  Fumikage Tokoyami in My Hero Academia and Tyrian in RWBY. So different but all of them are so cool! My favourite is actually Tyrian because he’s so crazy and psychotic that you can’t help but love it. He had the first swear in RWBY!

Caitlin Glass

There is nothing more awesome than hearing incredible female voice actors! They’re so inspiring even if my voice sounds nothing more than nails on a chalkboard! I can still appreciate, okay?! Another of my favourite actresses happens to be Caitlin Glass and she has voiced some of the strongest ladies in anime from Winry in Fullmetal Alchemist and Haruhi in Ouran High School Host Club! I love how she can sound powerful in one moment and then utterly broken in another.

She’s also an ADR (automatic dialog replacement) director that helps replace the original Japanese voices with the English voice actors!

Aaron Dismuke

I almost met Aaron a few weeks ago! He actually came to MCM Comic Con in London with some other My Hero Academia people and was due to meet him and have a picture with him! However I got my travel all messed up so couldn’t afford to change! Ah well…maybe next time! Aaron was actually one of the young voice actors at one point when he debuted as a couple of characters in the original Fruit Baskets! His cousin was a voice actor too so what an epic way to start!!

I remember him being Alphonse in Fullmetal Alchemist and he actually broke me a fair few times during the show when he had to be emotional! It was like with the Potter cast…I grew up with him! He’s got an incredible voice and one of my favourite characters is Oscar Pine from RWBY! Look at him! He’s adorable!!

tara strong

All hail the queen!! Well, she is my eyes but seriously think of a big cartoon character and I bet you Tara has voiced either the main character or someone really important in it! If you hadn’t guessed it, she was Bubbles in Powerpuff Girls! I love how adorable Bubbles sounded but could be seriously fiesty when she wanted to be! She also voiced Timmy Turner in Fairy Odd Parents, Raven in Teen Titans, Ben in Ben 10, Twilight Sparkle in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and so many other incredible characters! She has literally been my childhood!

There are literally so many voice actors that I love that I’m probably going to come and add to this post over the few days with the likes of Vincent Tong, Alejandro Saab, Luci Christian, Cristina Vee and a few others!

Which voice actors do you love listening out for in animes/cartoons?

 

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Tips For Planning Your Fandom Staycation

Staycation

Even though the UK has been pretty rainy the last week, it is Summer and that for some people means summer holidays! Woo! Whether you have kids to entertain, a partner or even just you then you are probably trying to come up with some reason to fill the time you have off with something. You wouldn’t be on my blog if you weren’t just a little nerdy so here are a few fun tips to plan for a fandom staycation!

think of a fandom/fandoms

Okay…you’ve decided to stay in the UK for the summer but still want a break away somewhere. First off: yay for breaks!! Everyone needs one especially if you’ve worked crazy hours and need a change of scenery for a little bit. The fun thing about having a staycation as a nerd is that you get to see certain areas of the UK in a whole new light. There are even a few places near where I live that have been in films and TV…even Harry Potter! You just have to choose whether you want to go somewhere your favourite fandom used or, if you’re going to a city like London, you can focus on a number of fandoms!

NAME YOUR BUDGET

Being a fan isn’t cheap! Once we love for something then we want to buy everything! Even staying in the UK is sometimes expensive so you have to decide what your budget is. You could either have a day trip somewhere or you can have a few days away. It’s totally up to you! If you’re staying a few days then it’s best to look around for the best deals where you want to go for hotels and places to eat. You can’t stare in awe on an empty stomach!

plan, plan, plan

You want to be able to enjoy your staycation without any worries, don’t you? You have to plan. Plan how you’re going to get to your destination (car or public transport), where you’re staying, the easiest way to get to where you want to visit and the most important parts…the souvenir shop and the best spots to get decent photos! WB Studio Tour London has some of the best spots to take that perfect magical selfie!

check the weather

As we’ve seen this week the UK loves to be unpredictable when it comes to weather! We can literally have 4 different types in 1 day! It’s not as important if you’re visiting indoor places but it’s good to double-check what will be happening if you’re looking around outside. There are so many streets and the fronts of buildings that are used for TV/Film! I mean…look at Sherlock and New Gover Street near Euston Station being used for Baker Street!

alone or with company

This depends on you. Do you prefer your own company or do you not mind sharing memories with others? I’m 50/50. Majority of the time I prefer my own company and can easily go to the cinema and still have fun. However there is something somehow special about visiting nerdy places with friends who love the same fandom as you! You almost get double the excitement and have more memories to relive afterwards!

Are you planning a fandom staycation this year? If so, where are you going?!