Fan creation is an art form that uses the magic of words and expert wandmanship – whether by pen, paintbrush, or digital technology. In the Wizarding World fandom, talented Potterheads have long led the way in Transfiguring their imagination into pieces of art and fiction to share with fellow fans.
Harry Potter’s fifth year at Hogwarts is filled with emotions. Harry becomes the epitome of an angsty teenager as he has to put up with Umbridge’s regime, Dumbledore ignoring him, navigating a romantic relationship, and constantly attempting to prove that Voldemort is back. Most tragically, he ends up losing one of the people who mattered most to him – Sirius.
No one would be able to survive all of that without some good wizarding food. We’ve put together 10 veganized recipes from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenixfor those times when you need to take a moment to ignore all of the intense things going on in your life. Which will you choose when you fuel up for your next adventure?
Located in Covent Garden, the new (and permanent!) Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition displays an extensive collection of behind-the-scenes photos, sketches, and original props and replicas from the movies.
As soon as you enter the premises, you’re greeted with the Weasleys’ flying Ford Anglia - before its trip in the Forbidden Forest, that is! A garland of Hogwarts letters leads you down the stairs (the exhibition is underground) to the start of the display.
We move through the exhibition in the same way that Harry discovered the wizarding world, starting with an oversized replica of Harry’s acceptance letter to Hogwarts and continuing on to a section devoted to Diagon Alley. Shop signs and original costumes are some of the special items that you might want to have a closer look at here.
The following is an essay submission written by Helen Daubrie. Thank you, Helen!
Extraordinary, mythical creatures
Dragons are regarded as magical and mystical creatures by both magical and non-magical people. While the latter only commonly write stories and myths about said creatures, the wizarding community does far more than that. All recognise the extreme power of the winged, reptile-like creatures, to the extent that the British Ministry for Magic classifies dragons as XXXX. A feature of all dragon species is their extraordinary ability to breathe fire, which dragon mothers use to warm their eggs.
Contrary to other fantastic works, the Potterverse does not regard dragons as equals to humans. It might be due to the fact that dragons are only a small fraction of the total amount of magical creatures, or, as we will discuss in this article, it might be because dragons are viewed within the speciesist framework of human supremacy.
Happy New Year from The Protego Foundation! The new year brings magical new beginnings for people worldwide and an opportunity to set new goals. A popular resolution for many is choosing to go vegan! Whether you are a daring Gryffindor, a wise Ravenclaw, a loyal Hufflepuff, or an ambitious Slytherin, here’s what you need to know about dipping your toes into the world of veganism. What is Veganuary?
Veganuary is a charity that encourages people from around the world to adopt veganism for January (and hopefully beyond!). It has become a global phenomenon since its founding in January 2014. The international reach of this successful organization is undeniable—a whopping 582,538 people registered in 2021 alone.
Minerva McGonagall is known for a great many things: her Transfiguration prowess, her no-nonsense attitude, and her always chic tartan ensembles, just to name a few.
The Scottish Deputy Headmistress of Hogwarts is also famous for giving literally zero Snitches when Dolores Umbridge paraded around the castle, attempting to squash her, her students, and the other professors into submission.
Case in point?
When Harry is kicked out of Umbridge’s classroom after a heated is-You-Know-Who-back-or-isn’t-he debate with the wicked woman herself, McGonagall asks him: “Is it true that you shouted at Professor Umbridge? Called her a liar? Told her He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is back?”
Upon Harry’s confirmation, she replied with the now iconic, “Have a biscuit Potter,” and offered him a ginger newt biscuit from a tartan tin on her desk.
We could hardly think of a better wizarding world treat to veganize for the holiday season!
December isn’t just the holiday season (or Sagittarius season, for our Divination lovers out there). It’s also a month which includes a very special day—International Animal Rights Day!
International Animal Rights Day was introduced on December 10th, 1998 by the Sheffield, England-based anti-vivisection society, Uncaged. It marked the nonprofit taking an active stance against animal abuse and experimentation and was their demand for the need for universal rights for animals.
Now, over twenty years later, International Animal Rights Day continues to be an important day to practice love and kindness towards animals.
Here are 10 things you can (safely) do to celebrate International Animal Rights Day this year!
December is here, and with it, the holiday season and our annual magical gift guide!
Whether you’re looking for the perfect gifts for friends or doing some self-indulgent shopping for yourself, embrace the generosity and giving spirit of the season by supporting small businesses this year. You’ll be sure to find something for everyone with these ten magical ideas!
From artisanal soaps, to sticker packs, and even to wands for your tree (yes really), all of these enchanting finds are created by independent artists and fans of the Potter series rather than large companies.
So toss a yule log onto the Common Room fire, crank up another round of Celestina Warbeck’s holidaytunes, and get ready to become the most magical gift giver this season! Remember to stay clear of those Nargles in the mistletoe!
Kinder Beauty is a self-care products subscription box co-founded by vegan activist and Harry Potter star, Evanna Lynch. Every product is cruelty-free AND vegan, so you can rest assured that no animals were harmed or exploited in the creation and curation of each box you choose!
We’ve gathered everything you need to know about this incredible subscription service.
If you’re anything like me, the idea of receiving quality 100% vegan and cruelty-free beauty products at your doorstep each month sounds like a dream. I’m very passionate about animals and I also love makeup, and I do not believe that the two should intersect. I am so proud to have helped bring the Kinder Beauty Box to life!" - Evanna Lynch, Co-Founder of Kinder Beauty