Exciting news for both Harry Potterfans AND fashion fans! According to Buzz the shoe brand Vans have unveiled a first look at their Harry Potter themed collection of upcoming shoes! The collection will feature shoes named after each of the Hogwarts Houses. Sk8-Hi for Gryffindor, Era for Slytherin, Authentic for Ravenclaw, and Classic Slip-On for Hufflepuff. Each shoe contains colors and details connecting them to their respective classes, with the official crest logo and distinct material. Vans had been building up to this reveal for quite a while, teasing the fanbase with a video on Instagram.
The official release date has yet to be announced, it has been confirmed by Vans that the shoes will be available to both men and women. The shoes will be supplanted by a line of Harry Potter accessories as well. Below, you can see a few of the photos from the line that have been circulating online:
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Image Via Twitter
Image via Twitter
Gryffindor will be a mix of red and gold, Slytherin will be a snake-like green, Ravenclaw will be its signature blue, and Hufflepuff will be all-black with subtle yellow striping. There is no further information yet but you can follow Vans on their website to see further updates as they come! Until then, we’ll be hyping ourselves to get these and wear them!
According to Mashable, an illustrator Sophia Canning spent just three hours creating a new look for Hermione, and since the work was published online, it has attracted huge attention from Harry Potter fans!
Most are hugely positive:
However, some people are claiming that ALTHOUGH they “embrace” the diversity, they still be in favor of CLASSIC Hermione who is white.
See how the illustrator responded:
But surprise! The Mama of Hermione has always maintained that whiteness was never canon for Hermione.
She’s the brightest witch of her age. We all know her, we all love her, and we should all feel like her, too. Hermione Granger is the witch we all aspire to be. Don’t be mistaken; she wouldn’t want you to be anyone but yourself. However, her strength, wisdom, sureness, vulnerability, and loyalty are the qualities you ought to take from her.
In a world that’s charming one minute, and then casting spells against you the next, we could all use a little help to stand up to the Malfoys and Voldemorts out there. Hermione embodies characteristics that Ron and Harry truly need and she speaks up for those who can’t. That’s why we need her. Below are ten quotes to remind us we should all be Hermiones in a world of magic.
1. Books! And cleverness! There are more important things—friendship and bravery…
2. Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself.
3. You do realize that your sheets are changed, your fires lit, your classrooms cleaned, and your food cooked by a group of magical creatures who are unpaid and enslaved?
4. I’m hoping to do some good in the world!
5. Oh for heaven’s sake! Listen to me, all of you! You’ve got just as much right as wizards to be unhappy! You’ve got the right to wages and holidays and proper clothes, you don’t have to do everything you’re told
6. I mean, you could claim that anything’s real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody’s proved it doesn’t exist!
7. I just think it’s very irresponsible to start performing spells when you don’t even know what they’re for
8. I mean, it’s sort of exciting isn’t it? Breaking the rules.
9. Next time there’s a ball, ask me before someone else does, and not as a last resort!
10. Actually I’m highly logical which allows me to look past extraneous detail and perceive clearly that which others overlook.
You Harry Potter fans are lovely people; you’re always opened to new ideas, spin-offs, and news. So, I hope you’ll be willing to give this a try: Hermione Granger has her own web series… with a twist! Because doesn’t everyone want more Hermione?
Hermione Granger and the Quarter Life Crisis or HGQLC is the fan-created series all about Ms. Granger and her twenty-five-year-old self in a post-Hogwarts world. Black actress, Ashley Romans, plays the witch herself and we’re psyched to have her on board. Never again do we want to see people lash out about a colored woman playing Hermione like they did when Rowling picked the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child cast a couple years ago. We love Hermione no matter what, we just want the story!
So, upon turning twenty-five, she leaves her boyfriend (poor old Ron), quits her job at the Ministry of Magic, and heads to L.A. for a new adventure with some familiar characters (Draco Malfoy! Say what?) and not so familiar. Now is as good a time as any to dive into more Harry Potter fan works, so check out the trailer and catch up on the seasons!
You’ll see very contemporary characteristics and issues dealt with in this show, through both Hermione’s friends and the different journeys they take. Pretty sweet right? We’ve loved Hermione for all these years because of her intelligence, self-assurance, wit, and loyalty. Now, we get to see a vulnerable side; a side that’s a bit more relatable for us muggles. Perhaps there are no spells on how to live the right way; no potions to make the right choice for every decision. The first episode below shows Hermione’s bouncing back from her twenty-fifth birthday.
This series began almost a year ago and has raked in thousands of views and followers. Yet, it’s still funny that no matter how rocky her path may be, we still can count on her being the smartest witch in the room.
A world without Hermione may seem unthinkable, it may even be non-existent as without Hermione, few of the main characters would have made it passed the first books, leaving the coast clear for Voldemort to take power once again. However, a world without Hermione may very well be the one we’re living in today.
On September 1st, the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA), a twelve-year-old non-profit organization, launched their ‘A World Without Hermione’ campaign, aimed at tackling gender inequity in education.
Last Saturday, September 23rd, they held a press conference in New York City’s Union Square. HPA Campaigns Director Katie Bowers, dressed in full witch regalia, addressed a crowd of wizarding journalists and protesters bearing signs with magical takes on familiar phrases such as ‘Yes All Witches’ and ‘Witches Rights Are Human Rights.’ Bowers announced that female applicants to Hogwarts had been issued with waitlist letters, but encouraged young witches not to be disheartened, and to take comfort in the fact that millions of girls in the muggle world are denied education as well.
Katie Bowers announces the exclusion of girls from Hogwarts
Speaking to Bookstr after the event, Bowers explains:
We use a lot of different metaphors and allegories to look at how problems in the real world manifest themselves in the Harry Potter stories and other stories that you love, and if your heroes that you love from the books were facing problems, how would they deal with it, how would they solve it? And then [to point out] to people Harry and Ron and Hermione were just kids, you can do it, we’re ready for you to take action. That’s what we do.
So what is the ‘A World Without Hermione‘ campaign?
While the HPA deals with a number of different issues, the main problem they are tackling at present is gender inequity in education. ‘A World Without Hermione’ kicked off on September 1st with ‘waitlist’ letters sent out to all the girls on their mailing list, explaining that for the time being, they had been waitlisted and would not be allowed to attend Hogwarts. The letter stressed that the recipients take comfort in the fact that girls all over the muggle world are facing this. Millions of girls are left out of school.
The crowd protests, while witch and wizard journalists report
What the campaign is looking at is what would Hogwarts have looked like without Hermione and without a lot of the girl characters who make a big difference. The truth is Harry probably would have died in Sorcerer’s Stone, and that would have been a terrible story and eventually Voldemort would have taken over the world. So we’re kind of presenting this idea of ‘if Hermione made such a big difference in Hogwarts, what are we missing out on in the real world, when we have so many girls who are left out of school?’ Here in the US oftentimes it’s when they’re socialized out of STEM programs, singled out by dress codes and sent home for the day, and in other parts of the world and here, if a girl gets pregnant she’s out of school, child marriage gets girls out of school, poverty, all sorts of things.
The waitlist letter / Image via HPA
According to the Harry Potter Alliance website, in 2014, nearly 15% of women globally could not read or write, and as of today, more than 130 million girls are being denied education. Educating women is one of the best ways to combat climate change as it helps to control overpopulation, create more productive agriculture reducing global poverty, and ensuring women are resilient enough to cope with climate disasters. If all women were educated, child mortality would be halved, and malnutrition in children would be reduced by 12 million cases. To date, HPA’s achievements include
A partnership with Walk Free that engaged over 400,000 fans and resulted in Warner Bros., changing the sourcing of their Harry Potter chocolate to be 100% UTZ or Fairtrade.
Raising over $123,000 for Partners In Health and sending five cargo planes of life-saving supplies to Haiti.
Donations of over 250,000 books across the world through HPA’s Accio Books campaign.
A partnership with Public Knowledge that brought over 20,000 fans and online video creators together for Net Neutrality.
The use of broad cultural messaging to link The Hunger Games with real-life inequality.
With all of this under their belt, there is little doubt that the ‘Without Hermione’ campaign will be a success. If you would like to donate or learn more, you can do so here, and join the conversation on social media with #WithoutHermione.