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Top 7 Harry Potter Memes

Harry Potter has had twenty plus years to percolate in popular culture, and it’s produced a lot of content, including memes. Here are some funny ones.

 

He Takes His Job Seriously

 

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The last thing Snape needs is art teacher vibes. I hate to let them down! It does make me feel like I understand Neville’s suffering though. Once in grade school, an art teacher told me I was bad at collages. I was stunned. I’m just glad I didn’t need to eat it.

 

 

Harry Potter, King of Shade

 

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I’ve always said, if you can’t beat them, annoy them. It might not kill Voldy to get his name wrong, but I can’t imagine him reacting calmly. Sometimes you don’t need actual magic, just a really sick burn. Think of “no need to call me sir, professor.”

 

 

I’ve Connected Them!

 

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Dumbledore, you ridiculous jumble of contradictions and eccentricities. Say what you will about Dumbledore and the wisdom of his choices either way, but he is objectively a TERRIBLE judge of character. Think of Quirrell.

 

 

Grammar is Life

 

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While this isn’t cannon… it’s cannon. It would be so like Hermione to just absolutely reject being killed by a mispronounced spell. Like, kill me, sure, but do it right. Here, let me help you with your murder technique. She just really couldn’t watch someone flounder.

 

 

There’s a Reason He’s Not in Ravenclaw

 

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Obviously danger does follow Harry, but Harry does also follow danger. Like, anything dangerous happens, and Harry is like *butterfly meme* “Is this a situation I should get involved in?” I guess it’s what Godric Gryffindor would have wanted?

 

 

When you and Your Roommate fight

 

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I think we’ve all been there. Just pointedly staring at undone dishes and listening to top 40 music from across a small apartment. What are you guys going to do, slam your curtains? Hum loudly? You’ve got real problems, work it out!

 

Hermione’s always Been Metal

 

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I mean, yeah, it would have made for a much shorter book, but I’m also not convinced it didn’t happen. Hermione is the sort of person who would be like “this is something I’ve been working on, it’s just simple” and then summon a dragon or something.

 

 

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‘His Dark Materials’ “Perfect for TV Adaptation”, Says Star Ruth Wilson

His Dark Materials is coming to HBO this fall. The show is a joint effort between HBO and the BBC, and stars Ruth Wilson, Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. In an interview with The Guardian, Ruth Wilson spoke highly of the show, noting:

His Dark Materials is perfect for television.

 

She went on to say that with Game of Thrones, HBO has proven that television is no longer film’s poorer sister. In fact, she noted books are inherently better for the small screen, saying you can really take your time with a book’s content as opposed to rushing through its contents in an hour and a half on the big screen.

There’s no difference anymore and in a way, if you’re going to tell a drama – which this is, as well as being fantasy – you’ve got more time. You have eight hours to explore that, rather than an hour and a half.

 

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She says the show ‘feels special’ and she is very hopeful about how it will be received by general audiences. The scale of it would have been impossible years ago but nowadays, fantasy can look just as epic, if not more so, on the small than in film. Having more time to explore the world and get to know the characters are huge pluses as well.

His Dark Materials is a trilogy of epic fantasy books by Philip Pullman. It is a coming-of-age tale centering around two children in a strange alternative Oxford. While magic, witches, and giant armored polar bears exist in this universe, themes of spirituality and physics are also explored. The books have attracted controversy for their criticism of religion, but this hasn’t stopped them from being enormously popular, garnering numerous awards and reaching bestsellers lists. The iconic series will see its debut this fall on HBO and we cannot wait. 

 

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Are you excited for this classic fantasy series to finally get its well-deserved TV adaptation? Below, you can watch the official trailer for the show. Let us know what you think in the comments!

 

 

 

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13 ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ Quotes for a Spellbinding Week!

I don’t know about you, but when I was little (and by little I mean currently today as a fully grown adult) all I ever wanted was to awake one morning to find that I had become a teenage witch à la Sabrina.

 

Just think about how much more convenient life would be if, at the point of your finger, the world around you could change? You’d never have to wake up early to get ready and commute to work, you could just point and boom, you’d be ready! You could freeze time, erase all of your embarrassing moments from the ether, and never have to worry about a thing! You would have complete and total control over your life.

 

I think we can all just admit that Sabrina is goals. *sigh* Maybe someday…

 

In the meantime, soak up these thirteen quotes (and all the nostalgia that may ensue) from our favorite teenage witch, quirky aunts, and sassy ex-dictator kitty!

 

 

Mrs. QuickMen rule the world, and they do it by oppressing women, forcing us into stereotypical roles and shoes that create permanent foot problems… remember, a woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle. 

 

 

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Sabrina: It can take years to develop a craft. Look at my aunts Hilda and Zelda.

Josh: Which craft were they involved in? Which craft were they involved in?

Sabrina: Witchcraft? Who said anything about witchcraft?

 

 

 
 

Salem: I’m a cat, I’m curious, so kill me.

 

 

 

 

Sabrina: What’s the matter? I have to be a witch, I have to be a mortal, I have to be a teenager and I have to be a girl all at the same time. That’s what’s the matter.

 

 

 

 

 

Harvey: Why do you need college? Let’s stick to our plan, after graduation we load up my bus and travel the country following the music.

 

 

 

 

Salem: I need a little fresh air and a latte.

 

 

 

 

Sabrina: So, can I ask you a question? Ever felt like you don’t fit in?

Jenny: Only all the time, but I don’t want to fit in! I researched it, and awkward people tend to be much more successful later in life. I look at Libby, I see tragedy!

 

 

 
 

Zelda: Because sometimes, when things get tough, denial is all we have.

 

 

 

 

Sabrina: Woohoo! I’m normal! Gotta go tell the cat.

 

 

 

Jenny: But I like weird. I love weird. I bask in the glow of weird. 

 

 

 

Salem: Don’t ask me. I was an English major.

 

 

 

 

Sabrina: You are so weird!

Salem: [nodding] It helps break up the day.

 

 

 

 

Sabrina: I want a world where you can escape your problems and not learn anything.

                                                                             

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Bette Middler is Not in the Mood for Hocus Pocus Remake

It wouldn’t be Halloween without acknowledging the iconic film that is Hocus Pocus! While Hocus Pocus isn’t exactly book-related, it is a cultural classic that needs to be addressed.

If you haven’t heard already, there are rumors that Disney is in the early stages of developing a Hocus Pocus remake. Though it is unclear whether or not any of the original cast members will be involved, or if the remake will play on the original plot, one major original cast member will definitely be absent.

 

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It appears that none of the original witches may be involved, and Better Middler isn’t pleased. Middler allegedly criticized the upcoming film, calling it “cheap.”

 

“I know it’s cheap. It’s going to be cheap!” Middler told People Magazine.

 

 

“I’m not sure what they’re going to do with my character,” Middler said. “My character is very, very broad and I don’t know who they’re going to find to play that.”

 

 

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While Middler’s comments may sound a little…well…pessimistic, she is kind of right. Middler’s iconic performance as the domineering witch-in-charge, Winifred Sanderson, is undoubtedly one of the best witches ever created.

 

While many fans (myself included) are excited to see a return of our favorite Halloween classic, no one can out-do this iconic character. 

 

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6 Literary Witches That Put a Spell on Us

We all love ’em, we all know ’em, we all want to be ’em. Witches. Just the word itself has me throwing on pendants and bobbles and vying to make earthy concoctions and spells. Please tell me I’m not the only one.

 

Why is it that we love witches so much? Their knowledge, power, strength, and otherworldly aura create something so mystifying that we can only daydream of being one. Especially the ones everybody loves. Below are six literary witches that we wish we could be. I’d like to believe I’ll become one in another life, but anyway. Enjoy, mere humans.

 

1. Elphaba Thropp from Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire.

 

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In the musical adaptation, Elphaba is the witch that we all relate to. When I first saw the show on Broadway I fell in love with the play and her character as soon as the curtains drew open. I was the fool who cried at ‘Defying Gravity.’ Her musical character is a bit different from the book in that she’s not as skeptical and distrustful and she never truly gives in to those trying to bring her down. I think that’s why I like her a tad more. She stays true to who she is yet she gives Glinda a chance to show her a different side of life. Her powers are incredible, she fights for what she loves, and she’s stronger than I could ever be. Yes, Elphaba is the green queen.

 

2. Hermione Granger, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

 

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You know this witch, right? Because if you don’t, you’re missing out. Hermione is a soul and spirit all her own. Her wit, intelligence, strength, and loyalty are something we all want in a friend and damn it if we don’t want Hermione Granger as our bff. Despite being born to muggle parents her magic skills are out of this world and we often find ourselves reading the books or watching the movies just to watch her find the answers we need. Although she does come across as an overconfident know-it-all by many of her classmates, she simply has a fear of failing. We’ve seen time and time again that vulnerability is usually masked by her self-assurance. Often seen as a feminist icon, Hermione has the courage to stick to her convictions no matter what. For this, we want to be in her house.

 

3. Strega Nona, Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola

 

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This beautifully illustrated children’s book is the stuff of cozy reading and innocent imagination. Strega Nona, meaning Grandma Witch in Italian, is the old tale of the local witch woman who is known for her cures, remedies, and even helping the single women of the small Italian village find husbands. What a nice little lady. When she calls upon her young assistant to help her make pasta for the village he makes a mistake and cooks too much. It overflows into the streets and, as a result, he has to eat it all. Strega Nona is known for her compassionate, loving, and nurturing nature for those around her. She is the motherly figure we all need and she just wants to teach us the consequences of our actions and the life lessons we can learn from them. Thankfully, I sort of have my own Strega Nona and her pasta is the best I know.

 

4. Circe, The Odyssey by Homer

 

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This witch, goddess, and sorceress of Greek mythology is often given a bad rap, but I tend to see the good in people and I think it’s necessary here. Circe in The Odyssey is quite controversial, especially because she often casts spells on other characters, including Odysseus’ men. After turning them into pigs she explained that their exterior then matched their interior. Ouch. However, she was nice enough to turn them back in time and she treated them kindly while in animal form. She even helps Odysseus find his way back home and remains true to her promise to absolve from casting spells on him. Honestly, I think Circe is as human as she is a witch and a goddess. She has a temper, she wants company, she wants to use her powers while being understood. I think we should all be vulnerable and make mistakes like Circe has; it shows we can remain true and bounce back from a poor choice. Plus, I really just love Greek mythology. That is all.

 

5. Rhiannon, The Mabinogi and Other Medieval Welsh Tales translated by Patrick K. Ford

 

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Ah, yes, the beautiful and mystical Rhiannon that has inspired generations through spoken tales, myths, and songs. This Welsh Horse Goddess is a healing witch with powers beyond measure. She has several parts in the collection of tales within Mabinogi, but I can recall one of her being chased by the Prince’s men on her pure white horse. Her gold cloak glitters behind her as her horse leisurely glides along the ground, yet the men on horseback trailing her never catch up. She’s unreachable, but nearly in grasp. The three birds she has at her shoulder symbolize the sweetest of songs that can heal anyone. Her patience, courage, and beauty that shine from the inside out are qualities we should all strive for. The wonder that comes with being kind to all you come in contact with creates a marvel that is timeless. That’s Rhiannon. Plus, if for some strange reason you haven’t heard Fleetwood Mac’s song ‘Rhiannon’, then please just go do that. It is very loosely tied to the witch, but you will surely feel connected to the sky.

 

6. Alexandra Spofford, Jane Smart, and Sukie Rougemont, The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike

 

'The Witches of Eastwick'

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This story is a bonus because it gives us three witches in one story and each of them is as strong as the next! This is the feminist tale that could be plugged into many contemporary situations so for that, I must include it. These three witches cast magic together in peace until Darryl Van Horne deceives them. After seducing each of the women and pushing their powers to the edge of evil, they take revenge. I don’t want to give much away, but these witches are pure powerhouses. Despite their magical status, they’re still vulnerable and I appreciate that. But their revenge is fierce (maybe even a bit much). However, at the time when this novel was created it was seen as breaking the chains of male oppression and patriarchal expectation. The end is left to interpretation, but I still consider these women to be totally badasses. Also, if you’re looking for an adaptation, check out the lighter film of the same name, which stars Cher. Glorious.

 

To me, these witches embody something we can all use. Gone are the days of green skin and horrid cackles. Patience, courage, power, beauty, kindness, and pure magic are qualities we could apply to everyday life from these timeless women. Sometimes I feel like we’ve lost many of those traits, like they’ve been left somewhere between the pages of a dusty book. That’s why these women inspire me in ways beyond spells and potions. Take their fictional lessons and make them real. Will you ever win? Yes.

 

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