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The relationship between my mouth and brain is casual at best. Currently living in Rednecktown Georgia.

Falling Out of Love With Harry Potter

Written by Nik. Posted in Featured, Opinions & Such

It’s been coming on for awhile now. I’m not sure when it started, or how it happened. But it has. When watching television and FreeForm plays the Harry Potter films for the umpteenth time, the music starts, usually a tingling sensation starts in the back of my neck and I would binge watch the entire film series in one day. Now, it’s, “Really? Again”, and change the channel or go read a book. For the past couple of years all my Harry Potter stuff has started migrating either to the storage shed, or the spare room. As I visit my facebook and twitter feeds, I stray away from those that post or share Harry Potter related stuff, instead I find myself looking for new interests, and doing other things. So, what the hell happened? After fifteen years…the spell has been broken…
It has been a wild ride, and I have enjoyed it, but the fandom is changing and it’s long since time to move on. For fifteen years the message has always been love and tolerance. Fans would openly welcome one another no matter what, we all shared a common love of the boy wizard. Now, tweets are blasting those that do not agree with the JK Rowling’s point of view on whatever she says. Even the Queen herself has been tweeting hateful messages, not just about the U.S. President, but to her long time and loyal fans as well. This is not the fandom and the public figure that I grew up with. Don’t believe me, it even made Time Magazine.


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Guess it’s true what they say: you can lead a girl to books about the rise and fall of an autocrat, but you still can’t make her think.
7:56 AM – 1 Feb 2017

And there are those that agree with Rowling, stating that she is just sticking up for herself. Childish all the way around. So, to keep from having to hear a foreign public icon that I once loved so much bash the leader of my Nation, I no longer follow JK Rowling. On top of that, I no longer get chills and thrills when news of the Harry Potter or Wizarding World comes about. The magic is gone, the fandom is changing and I don’t care anymore. Sure, the Fantastic Beast films are rolling out, and they did a magnificent job, but I will go on as an ordinary muggle enjoying the films, but no longer being a part of the fandom.

Beyond the woes of writer tweets, there is the factor of those within the fandom. It used to be a widespread but close knit welcoming group. Now, many of them have grown up, and Harry Potter has become an obsession, a way of life, rather than a world to read or play in and just enjoy. I have run into numerous fans of Harry Potter and if you mention another book, or something else of interest, I get blasted for it, or ignored. The world I once knew that was loving, and accepting of others and their ideas has turned into an obsession. The very same people are now lonely and spend their lives searching for Harry Potter paraphernalia and surround themselves with stuff, and only befriend those that are Harry Potter fans, rather than making outside friends, relating to family, and in general, a life outside of the Wizarding World. And each time I go to lunch or hang out with them, I look around and see what I might become if I don’t let go now. It’s like going to Neverland, “you’ll never grow up, never grow old. You can spend your days playing without a care in the world”. Sorry world, but I rather enjoy being an adult with a family and friends who read other books, see other films and live life outside of the box.

Sorry to say, I have well and truly fell out of love with Harry Potter. I still enjoy the books and the films. But the theories have been proven, one way or another, the tale has been spun and I am off to expand my horizons in the minds of others, and soon one day, let others dabble in the thoughts of my own. Muggles Behaving Badly probably won’t go anywhere, and neither will I. But there will be some changes coming, as the others basically feel the same as I do. Once college is finished, and we all turn 40, we have plans to kick off some long-awaited projects, not revolving around the Wizarding World. I hope you join me and my friends for the next great adventure. I wish all those that keep on believing the best of luck, and I raise my wand one final time to ya!

~ Good Luck & God’s Speed!~

Join us & Vudu for a Fantastic Online Release Party for Fantastic Beast & Where To Find Them!

Written by Nik. Posted in Featured, News & Updates

This Friday March 10th join us and Vudu for a special Fantastic Beast & Where to Find Them Online Screening Release Party!

Join us for an online screening of Fantastic Beast & Where to Find them, and engage in online banter, reactions and trivia contests for the duration of the movie. It’s fun, it’s fast, and it’s an experience you won’t soon forget.

We’ve broken into the archives of Magical Congress of the United States of America and curated a selection of prizes that is absolutely magical!

Another great prize opportunity comes in the form of the Fantastic quiz! Fans who answer at least ten trivia questions correctly will be entered into a random drawing. One grand prize winner will receive a wand set from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt Scamander’s journal, and a wand pen! You can enter the contest here.

More Details: Sync your screening and watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with Vudu!

Starting at 6:00pm (PT) on Friday 3/10/17, Vudu will be hosting a live viewing party of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! Pre-order now and be ready to watch when the party begins! Follow @vudufans on Twitter for fun facts, trivia, and giveaways all throughout the screening!

RSVP now and reserve a spot on your couch for Newt Scamander and Vudu!

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The Party Starts at 6pm Pacific/ 9pm Eastern Don’t Be Late! Or you’ll miss out on great prizes and hanging out with us while we run amok during the screening. And if you attend & mention you’re a fan of Muggles Behaving Badly Online, we’ll give you a free copy of the film (only 7 copies available. First come first serve.) To receive your copy screenshot your shout out and send it to us at bad.muggle.staff@gmail.com! Good Luck & Have Fun!

Classic Nintendo Rip Off:

Written by Nik. Posted in Featured, Opinions & Such

For the Love of God! It’s Just An Emulator; Not the Real NES!

When I first saw that Nintendo was rolling out the Classic NES I was thrilled! I even got a tingling feeling in my heart; thinking they were going re-release the old system with upgraded cartridges or something like that. But when I started to read up on what it really was, that feeling went away with a quickness. With a sixty dollar price tag, that has now magically gone up to nearly two hundred or more, and only available from third party sellers, I should have known better. What I found was that this wasn’t what I was expecting, actually nowhere near it. It’s just a Nintendo shaped emulator, not an actual console! I was disappointed and broken heartened, so much so, that when the opportunity came to get one, I intentionally let it slip by. Yes, I had the alerts and pre-orders ready, but waved as it passed me by.

If it’s just an emulator, what is everyone so excited about? Yes, many want to relieve their childhoods by playing Super Mario Bros., Mega Man, Castlevania, Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, Donkey Kong, Double Dragon, and Zelda, just to name a few, but are people that lazy or so non-tech savvy to realize they are being duped?

ConJuration 2016

Written by Nik. Posted in Featured, News & Updates, The Muggle Experience

Last year a friend of mine introduced me to a local convention in Atlanta, ConJuration. For those looking for a family orientated convention that celebrates magic and fantasy this is it. ConJuration is not only a Harry Potter convention, though many of the panels and events revolve around the boy wizard, it entails so, so, much more. This convention celebrates all things, (or as many as possible) magical; such as Supernatural, Doctor Who, Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit, and other magical literature and media. So for those with friends or family members who are just not that into the boy wizard there is something for everyone to enjoy!