"I think I’d most like to spend a day with Harry. I’d take him out for a meal and apologize for everything I’ve put him through." J.K Rowling.
Happy Birthday, Jo! Thank you for existing and creating the amazing world all of us love and will cherish forever! (July 31st, 1965)
Happy birthday, Harry James Potter! July 31, 1980
It’s Harry Potter Day, so I thought I’d repost my tribute from last year, because it’s still true:
This is my copy of the first addition of American version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I purchased it at midnight on July 21st, 2007. I don’t think I have ever read another book more times and in such a wide variety of places. This book has been with me to Europe and back twice, has been read and subsequently fallen in the bath, was carried with me as I marched in a parade. This book is literally stained with blood, sweat, and tears. The spine is cracked and the cover is faded. A few choice pages are warped and bent with tear stains. Some people might say that it is tragic to see a book in such poor condition, but I think it’s kind of wonderful. Each stain is a badge, each crease a memory of late nights huddled with blankets and a solitary light, promising myself just one more page before sleep, even though my eyelids drooped and I knew what was going to happen next, because I’d scanned the pages a hundred times before.
This book is a love letter to two people. A brilliant wonderful woman who can spin a marvelous tale, and the boy wizard she brought in to my world; to millions of readers’ worlds. Her story defined my childhood and connected a generation. And I want to say thank you. Thank you Joanne Rowling. Your stories have been a guiding light for me since I was six years old. You taught me courage and friendship and how to keep going, even when it is hard. Harry Potter, thank you for being my best friend in the dark parts of my life. Thanks for allowing me to step into your world for a bit to allow me to forget about mine. J.K. Rowing once said that Hogwarts would always be there to welcome us home, and you know what, she was right.
Thank you J.K. Rowling. Thank you Harry Potter. Happy Birthday.
Neil Patrick Harris backstage at the Belasco theater while performing Hedwig and the Angry Inch, 2014.
Gavin Creel performing “I Believe” at the Olivier Awards 2014
If you won’t sing in the car with me when we drive, we can’t be friends
*loses drink in scotland* where did my Glasgow.
Badass women from history - part 1 (part 2)
- Leather clad English rocker girl
- Women boxing on a roof in LA (1933)
- Ellen O’Neal, the greatest woman freestyle skateboarder in the 1970s
- Elspeth Beard, first Englishwoman to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle