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20 Fan-tastic Redesigns of Harry Potter Paint New Wizarding Romances

I believe J. K. Rolling’s fantastic books about the Wizarding World not only present an imaginary territory in her mind, but also unfold dimensions of creativity for so many Harry Potter fans… And this allows them to be Fan-tastic.

 

 

Screenpaint has this amazing article about HP fans’ creativity. We love to see Harry and Ginny, Ron and Hermonie, James and Lily, and Lupin and Tonks in Rowling’s original settings. They’re romantic couples, no doubt. Yet, paralleling the Potterverse, there are lines of flight sprawling and multiplying with a group of unsatisfied, bold, and creative fans-artists. They reimagine the romances among characters, scatter them, and paint the world. 

 

 

The following are twenty amazing art pieces introducing some unexpected (Yas I’m surprised by some) and some expected (for some fans who have prophetic eyes) couples from the Harry Potter world:

 

 

20. DRACO AND HARRY    

 

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Image via Screenpaint (original UpTheHillArt)

 

 

19. HARRY AND HERMIONE

 

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Image via Screenpaint (original AnastasiaMantihora)

 

 

18. HERMIONE AND GINNY

 

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Image via Screenpaint (original Gone-Batty)

 

 

17. SIRIUS AND JAMES

 

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Image via Screenpaint (original Andrahilde)

 

 

16. LUNA AND GINNY

 

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Image via Screenpaint (original DasStark)

 

 

15. PARVATI PATIL AND LAVENDER BROWN

 

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Image via Screenpaint (original Meabhd)

 

Parvati is Harry’s classmate in Gryffindor and the best friend of Lavender Brown. She’s also the member of Dumbledore’s Army.

 

 

14. HARRY AND LUNA

 

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Image via Screenpaint (original AndyTheLemon)

 

 

13 LILY AND REMUS

 

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Image via Screenpaint (original WingedCorgi)

 

 

12. HERMIONE AND DRACO

 

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Image via Screenpaint

 

 

11. SNAPE AND BELLATRIX

 

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Image via Screenpaint

 

 

10. MCGONAGALL AND DUMBLEDORE

 

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Image via Screenpaint (original Atalienart)

 

 

9. GINNY AND DRACO

 

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Image via Screenpaint (original Aqvarelles)

 

 

8. HARRY AND RON

 

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Image via Screenpaint (original Rijsamurai)

 

 

7. RON AND DRACO

 

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Image via Screenpaint (original bbcchu)

 

 

6. TEDDY LUPIN AND JAMES SIRIUS POTTER

 

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Image via Screenpaint

 

 

5. LUPIN AND SIRIUS

 

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Image via Screenpaint (original Everythings-Wolfstar)

 

 

4. SCORPIUS MALFOY AND ROSE GRANGER-WEASLEY

 

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Image via Screenpaint (original viria13)

 

 

3. LUNA AND RON

 

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Image via Screenpaint (original kkkiokio)

 

 

2. PANSY PARKINSON AND HERMIONE

 

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Image via Screenpaint (original UpTheHillArt)

 

Being easily forgotten, Pansy is a fierce Slytherin student and a big admirer of Draco Malfoy. She’s also one of the members in Inquisitorial Squad, the Umbridge’s terrorising team in volume 5.

Interestingly, the article interprets that Pansy, a mean girl, and Hermione, a little bit conceited girl, could be a good match. Lol.

 

 

1. HARRY AND NEVILLE

 

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Image via Screenpaint (original Linnpuzzle)

 

Yasss, maybe in some fans’ mind, Ginny is not the best fit for Harry - Neville is. Both of the boys are proved to be the true Gryffindorian students who can draw out the Sword of Gryffindor from the sorting hat.

 

 

Some cues are like hidden gems shining in the dark cave, aren’t they?

 

 

 

 

Featured Image via Screenpaint (orignal Rijsamurai on Tumblr)

Bookworm dates

5 Book-Inspired Dates for You and Your Literary Lover

Ah yes, nothing is quite as lovely and dreamy as a first date that you’ve been looking forward to all week. Those butterflies, knowing smiles, and subtle touches can get pretty dreamy. However, if you’re a bookworm or on the more creative side, sometimes dinner and a movie just doesn’t cut it.

 

You want to get to know your date, but you always want to impress them and show them a little bit about you and how fun you can really be. Well, we’re here to help when it comes to the dream literary date. Everyone wants to feel like they’re in a book, how magical is that? Here are five literary-themed dates to absolutely fall for.

 

1. Go to a book reading at your local library

 

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This is actually a perfect for a first date or any date really. It could act as the foundation of getting to know one another (things you have in common) or something fun to do when you’ve done it all and need a good idea (getting creative)! Sneak some hand holding in there during all the book’s best parts and make it a goal for you both to talk to the author!

 

2.  Try a Gatsby-inspired champagne picnic
 
 

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Everyone loves how adorably awkward Gatsby was when he finally got Daisy to come see him (with the help of Nick of course). We don’t want you to be tripping over yourself though, so this is a bit more laid back than a tea party. Put together a bag of yummy picking goodies and throw in a bottle of bubbly because why not? Or homemade iced tea is lovely. Maybe you don’t have a Gold Coast mansion, but a beautiful park or botanical garden will do just fine.

 

3. A book-themed bar rendezvous!
 
 

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Bottoms up people. This could also be a good first date idea, unless you tend to drown your nerves with alcohol, then maybe wait. But crowded bars are my favorite with their fantastic atmosphere, so literary-themed is a bonus. Have a drink or two, order some food, and have a fun playful night discussing your favorite books, adaptations, and beyond. Check out a list of a few hot spots here!

 

4. Let sparks fly with a sweet A Walk to Remember date

 

 

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One of my favorites from Nicholas Sparks and a great adaptation. Who the hell doesn’t want to straddle the state line and be in two places at once? In the book Landon and Jamie spend some time taking walks to their local malt shop since it took place in the ‘50s. However, in the ‘90s movie adaptation, it’s double the cuteness. Steal their idea and go to dinner at a place near the water, then spontaneously dance. You could even end up in two places at once or go stargazing! If you’re sentimental, let Jamie and Landon be your guide.

 

5. Stay in with a literary-inspired homemade meal followed by your favorite movie adaptation
 
 

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If you don’t want to spend too much money or you’re tired of the typical date scenes, it’s time to brush up on your cooking skills. Turn your kitchen into something bitchin’ by whipping up a literary inspired meal for your date. Ask them what books they like then search away to get some ideas. Set the table up nice and make the theme clear; it’s more fun that way. Following your lovely meal, pop in your favorite movie adaptation (or theirs) and bask in the afterglow of a date well done. You’re welcome.

 

Feature Image Via Tunefind

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James Joyce’s Steamy Love Letters Are Better Than ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

Irish writer James Joyce may best be remembered as a literary icon whose written work, Ulysses, cemented his image as a wise and intelligent mind hiding behind a soft and innocent-looking face.

 

Don’t be fooled, however. Yes, he is in fact intelligent, but he’s certainty not soft (in more ways than one). Behind those puppy dog eyes, thick mustache, and posh bowtie happens to be a dirty old man. Seriously dirty, dirty man.

 

The same passion and experimental attitude this linguistic mastermind brought to his stories and poetry he also translated to other avenues of his personal life. For those unfamiliar with Joyce, he had a passionate relationship with Nora Barnacle, whom he met in 1904 (the same date he later chose as the setting of Ulysses).

 

Their enduring love was filled with children, a marriage, and a great deal of passion. The sensual bond between the pair was evident throughout their public relationship. However, it became much more evident following their deaths when, in 1975, a book containing Joyce’s side of their written correspondence was published. The book, appropriately titled, Selected Letters of James Joyce (which you can buy here), brought to light their very personal and steamy love affair that rivaled anything E. L. James ever wrote. 

 

Don’t believe it? Take a peek for yourself. Just a warning, however, they are absolutely NSFW! You’ve been warned.

 

1. 2 December 1909, Dublin

 

My love for you allows me to pray to the spirit of eternal beauty and tenderness mirrored in your eyes or fling you down under me on that softy belly of yours and fuck you up behind, like a hog riding a sow, glorying in the very stink and sweat that rises from your arse, glorying in the open shape of your upturned dress and white girlish drawers and in the confusion of your flushed cheeks and tangled hair. It allows me to burst into tears of pity and love at some slight word, to tremble with love for you at the sounding of some chord or cadence of music or to lie heads and tails with you feeling your fingers fondling and tickling my ballocks or stuck up in me behind and your hot lips sucking off my cock while my head is wedged in between your fat thighs, my hands clutching the round cushions of your bum and my tongue licking ravenously up your rank red cunt. I have taught you almost to swoon at the hearing of my voice singing or murmuring to your soul the passion and sorrow and mystery of life and at the same time have taught you to make filthy signs to me with your lips and tongue, to provoke me by obscene touches and noises, and even to do in my presence the most shameful and filthy act of the body. You remember the day you pulled up your clothes and let me lie under you looking up at you while you did it? Then you were ashamed even to meet my eyes.

 

You are mine, darling, mine! I love you. All I have written above is only a moment or two of brutal madness. The last drop of seed has hardly been squirted up your cunt before it is over and my true love for you, the love of my verses, the love of my eyes for your strange luring eyes, comes blowing over my soul like a wind of spices. My prick is still hot and stiff and quivering from the last brutal drive it has given you when a faint hymn is heard rising in tender pitiful worship of you from the dim cloisters of my heart.

 

Nora, my faithful darling, my seet-eyed blackguard schoolgirl, be my whore, my mistress, as much as you like (my little frigging mistress! My little fucking whore!) you are always my beautiful wild flower of the hedges, my dark-blue rain-drenched flower.

 

JIM

 

2. 3 December 1909, Dublin.

 

As you know, dearest, I never use obscene phrases in speaking. You have never heard me, have you, utter an unfit word before others. When men tell in my presence here filthy or lecherous stories I hardly smile. Yet you seem to turn me into a beast. It was you yourself, you naughty shameless girl who first led the way. It was not I who first touched you long ago down at Ringsend. It was you who slid your hand down inside my trousers and pulled my shirt softly aside and touched my prick with your long tickling fingers, and gradually took it all, fat and stiff as it was, into your hand and frigged me slowly until I came off through your fingers, all the time bending over me and gazing at me out of your quiet saintlike eyes. It was your lips too which first uttered an obscene word. I remember well that night in bed in Pola. Tired of lying under a man one night you tore off your chemise violently and began to ride me up and down. Perhaps the horn I had was not big enough for you for I remember that you bent down to my face and murmured tenderly ‘Fuck up, love! fuck up, love!’

 

JIM

 

 

3. 8 December 1909, Dublin.

 

My sweet little whorish Nora,

 

I did as you told me, you dirty little girl, and pulled myself off twice when I read your letter. I am delighted to see that you do like being fucked arseways. Yes, now I can remember that night when I fucked you for so long backwards. It was the dirtiest fucking I ever gave you, darling. My prick was stuck up in you for hours, fucking in and out under your upturned rump. I felt your fat sweaty buttocks under my belly and saw your flushed face and mad eyes. At every fuck I gave you your shameless tongue come bursting out through your lips and if I gave you a bigger stronger fuck than usual fat dirty farts came spluttering out of your backside. You had an arse full of farts that night, darling, and I fucked them out of you, big fat fellows, long windy ones, quick little merry cracks and a lot of tiny little naughty farties ending in a long gush from your hole. It is wonderful to fuck a farting woman when every fuck drives one out of her. I think I would know Nora’s fart anywhere. I think I could pick hers out in a roomful of farting women. It is a rather girlish noise not like the wet windy fart which I imagine fat wives have. It is sudden and dry and dirty like what a bold girl would let off in fun in a school dormitory at night. I hope Nora will let off no end of her farts in my face so that I may know their smell also.

 

You say when I go back you will suck me off and you want me to lick your cunt, you little depraved blackguard. I hope you will surprise me some time when I am asleep dressed, steal over me with a whore’s glow in your slumbrous eyes, gently undo button after button in the fly of my trousers and gently take out your lover’s fat mickey, lap it up in your moist mouth and suck away at it till it gets fatter and stiffer and comes off in your mouth. Sometime too I shall surprise you asleep, lift up your skirts and open your hot drawers gently, then lie down gently by you and begin to lick lazily round your bush. You will begin to stir uneasily then I will lick the lips of my darling’s cunt. You will begin to groan and grunt and sigh and fart with lust in your sleep. Then I will lick up faster and faster like a ravenous dog until your cunt is a mass of slime and your body wriggling wildly.

 

Goodnight, my little farting Nora, my dirty little fuckbird! There is one lovely word, darling, you have underlined to make me pull myself off better. Write me more about that and yourself, sweetly, dirtier, dirtier.

 

JIM

 

If you can’t get enough, the great news is, there’s more. You can read more of James Joyce’s letters by clicking on the link here.

 

Feature Image Courtesy of The Irish Times and Her Campus

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This Witty Comic Strip Makes Classics Chuckle-Worthy

Literature has a way of bleeding into other mediums. Movies, TV, comics, etc. However, when readers turn their eyes to classics, they usually don’t give them funny spins. Canadian comic artist Kate Beaton does her own thing, though, portraying classic books as hilarious comic strips.

 

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Via Warren Smith

 

Since about 2007, Beaton has produced an online comic strip called Hark! A Vagrant. She has produced hundreds of comic strips, covering a wide variety of subjects including literature, history, superhero stuff, and everything in between. Her work has been featured in notable magazines and newspapers from Time to Wired. After taking a look at her work, it’s no wonder why!

 

Here are just five of the hundreds of comic strips that Beaton created. These 5 pieces re-create literary titles and authors in a hilarious, shocking, and downright awesome way.

 

1. The Great Gatsby

 

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Via Hark! A Vagrant

Read the full comic here.

 

2. Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelly…and Lord Byron

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3. Jane Austen

 

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4. Wuthering Heights

 

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This comic is one of a five part series. The full first comic strip can be found here, part two here, part three here, part four here, and part five here.

 

5. The Brontës

 

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These incredible comics were drawn with a combination of pencil and pen. Her website states, “I draw it with pencils and then I use a pen on top, it is terribly simplistic. I use brush pens for lines and I use greyscale markers and sometimes watercolour to shade it.”

 

And, if you’re wondering about that very unique name of her website, you’ll be interested to find that it has absolutely no meaning. Beaton told Time:

 

I just wanted a title that didn’t mean anything but also sounded a little bit bizarre and archaic, a little bit funny. It’s one of those things where you make a decision and then you live with it forever. For a while I was like, I kind of wish I named it something normal.

 

Beaton updates her website, though she admits, infrequently. Nevertheless, check out more of her incredible work here. If you prefer to see the comics up close, her works can also be founded in these printed books, Hark! A VagrantStep Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant CollectionNever Learn Anything From History, and A Collection of Comics. 

 

Featured Image Via Kate Beaton

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Swipe on the Tinders of Famous Literary Characters

1. Holden Caufield

 

Holden Caulfield Tinder

 

Not into phonies. 6”2, if that matters. Smoker. Drinker. I’m probably the biggest sex maniac you ever saw, but recovering from an operation on my clavichord.

 

2. Golem

 

Golem Tinder

 

Looking for a ring. Something to call precious.

 

 

3. Patrick Bateman

 

Patrick Bateman Tinder

 

Return some videotapes and chill?

 

About Huey Lewis and the News: Their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in ’83, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He’s been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humor.

 

4. Big Brother

 

Big Brother Tinder

 

You WILL love me.

 

5. Brutus

 

Brutus Tinder

 

There will be no fault in our stars…as long as you aren’t a Virgo or a Pisces.

 

6. Oedipus

 

Oedipus tinder

 

Looking for someone who can cook, clean, and tuck me in. Older women are my Achilles.

 

7. Elizabeth Bennet

 

Elizabeth Bennet Tinder

 

I am a gentleman’s daughter; so far we are equal. On here looking around, but not looking for your approval.

 

8. Nancy Drew

 

Nancy Drew Tinder

 

I’ll learn all your dirty secrets before you can even figure me out.

 

9. Lisbeth Salander

 

Lisbeth Salander Tinder

 

If you touch me, I’ll more than alarm you.

 

10. Hester Prynne

 

Hester Prynne Tinder

 

Independent. Not on here to get slut-shamed. Into religious dudes.

 

11. Anna Karenina

 

Anna Kerinana tinder

 

A married woman, but curious. I don’t love you yet, but I’ll respect you.

 

12. Jane Eyre

 

Jane Eyre Tinder

 

I may not be your first, but I will be your last.