Friday, July 15, 2011

Too Old, Too Poor, Too Dangerous.

"The stranger was wearing an extremely shabby set of wizard's robes that had been darned in several places. He looked ill and exhausted. Though quite young, his light brown hair was flecked with grey."

Outfit details: shirt, vest, blazer, and pants: J. Crew both recent seasons and from several years ago; tie: dad's; shoes: Urban Outfitters; wand: home-made; chocolate bar: Cadbury's

Scars: Liquid latex and lip liner/blush

I love Harry Potter. A lot. I'm not entirely sure how to explain what it is, but the past few days then, have been very strange. It seems terribly overdramatic to say these kinds of things over something like this (because it isn't just books anymore, or just books and movies. It's something entirely different, a strange oddly intangible and fleeting thing inextricably personal and also linked with a larger fan community) but really, it's very upsetting. Of course it isn't over--in the sentimental way it will never be over--but at the same time this is the last in a long series of midnight releases and day-after events of a certain kind.

Of course, I knew this was my last chance to dress as my biggest favorite, Remus J. Lupin. November's costume was alright, but I knew there had to be a way to do it better. To be baggier, thinner-looking, with better scars. In the end I pulled together what i could, added a chocolate bar because it will make you feel better, and tried my darndest. I am quite pleased with how my makeup came out, although it's a bit fake-looking in the above picture I think it looked pretty realistic in life!




My thoughts and feelings on the movie are mixed. At the moment I'm feeling not so good about it, but I think my little costume is a nice heartbroken homage to my favorite werewolf.

Pictures taken by John M.

20 comments:

  1. Your costume is super awesome. We're going to see the movie during the afternoon in the next week or so. I'm just not good with crowds lately.

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  2. Your costume looks fantastic and in all sincerity, I almost cried reading this. You've summed up the feeling exactly. Harry Potter is such a huge part of my life (and no I'm not an insane tweenybopper fan) but... it's the book I read when I was happy, when I was sad, when I was scared and couldn't sleep.. they were the friends that I knew so well, even though we never meet. The teachers I completely understood as I wished to be in their lessons. There's a bitter sweetness though, in that as it's ending, I'm seeing how much it meant to all these other people and really grasping what being in such a huge fanbase is like. Great post xo

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  3. i haven't seen the last movie yet (going tomorrow to avoid crowds), but i understand what you mean about it being more than books and more than movies. i kinda geeked out a lot about it (and the lord of the rings) on my own blog this morning. if you're at all interested in reading it, here's the link (sorry, it's kinda long):

    http://amdespot.blogspot.com/2011/07/likening-harry-potter-to-lord-of-rings.html

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  4. ps. i love your costume! though it's hard to choose a favorite, i think lupin would be it <3 gosh, i'm going to cry so hard tomorrow...

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  5. your costume is perfect!! i'm seeing the movie tomorrow night.. it's an end of an era, that's for sure. i love when you mix a little literary love into the style posts. a perfect combination, i believe!

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  6. i haven't seen the movie yet. i haven't even watched part 1. (worst harry potter fan ever) but you look amazing. but i relate to this so much.

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  7. Great costume! I love, love, love Lupin. He's like the cute, tired, tweed-wearing, tormented English professor I never had. I only wish the movie version matched the image of him in my head!

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  8. oh your costume is just heartbreaking! i agree, remus is just... argh, i always feel so inarticulate when i try to talk about harry potter. i have no words. i saw the film this morning, and the feeling of just... and the books... and the movies... i just run out of words because i don't love or appreciate all of it in words, but in some other language, inexpressible for the moment.

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  9. I kind of get what you mean about the whole.. being bigger than the books or the movies thing. It's just this *feeling* but it's difficult to explain. I haven't seen the movie yet (boo being responsible and not spending money on movie tickets), but I imagine it'll be something of an emotional event.

    Your Remus costume is really fantastic. He's one of my very favorite characters, and I think you got pretty spot-on with your costume.

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  10. You look so fantastic! I absolutely love your costume!
    I'm also super upset that this will be the end of HP...at least there won't be any more movies. Probably not any more books. Although I could see her writing a book like 10 years later or something and all of them have families and all that and the book might be about the kids. I don't know...what I'm trying to say is that I'm upset that this is the last movie but I also can't wait to see it tomorrow! And I wish I had a cool costume like yours!

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  11. Oh man, your costume is so ace. I wish there had been more people dressed up at the theater I went to for the midnight showing (and that I had put more thought into what I wore). I totally relate to this post, though. Harry Potter has been such a huge part of my life and now that there will not be another book or movie, I'm feeling the post-Potter depression. I just keep walking around, talking about HP and saying "It's real for us!" Potterheads forever.

    http://carolinegillan.blogspot.com

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  12. I looooooove your Remus! So so much. This is exactly how I feel about it all and I love that this post exists and that you described it all so well. *hugs forever in sadness/happiness*

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  13. I know exactly what you mean- its so difficult to explain, but when something becomes such a part of your childhood (from reading the first book at 7 to this last film at nearly 21) it feels quite heartbreaking when it is over. I still feel a bit sad that after lusting after Harry Potter esque boys for years (him being my first crush) my actual boyfriend is blonde with perfectly fine vision.

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  14. You are so amazing! :O Lupin used to be my absolute fav, but I've come to love Ron & Hermione over the years as well.

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  15. Your words on it have really hit me, you just sum it up perfectly. I'm so sad and have been emotional in stops and starts since seeing it a couple of days ago.

    Your outfit is incredible, you look the part of Remus, I just love it!

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  16. Your Lupin costume is phenomenal! Wonderful!

    Harry Potter has become this huge part of an entire generation. It's amazing, and I'm so happy to have been a part of it all.

    I have mixed feelings about the film as well. I mean, I cried, I really did, and I enjoyed it, but there was much changes, and much left out.

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  17. Mm cadburys. I work in a cinema so I'm afraid I can't get as excited as all the other bloggers seem to be. HP customers tend to be nicer than say, Transformers customers though

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  18. Did you cry? I did. Which I found very odd because I stopped being a die-hard Potter fan after the fifth book (before that I lived and breathed HP). I loved the Weasleys but I always felt that Ginny should have been more independent, not merely the mother of Harry's children, and I was disappointed that J.K. Rowling never got to make Draco more complex. The framework was all laid out but Rowling's problem was always the substantive. Still, I think my life would have been completely different if I hadn't read the HP books. I wouldn't gave discovered Wynne Jones or Gaiman or Pratchett, for one thing.

    Hugs and cheers for your terrific Lupin costume.

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  19. Seriously love your costume. So original and really accurate!

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