I’m a total Fangirl and I’m not ashamed to admit it!
Well ok, maybe I keep some of my fandoms well hidden. But overall I would say I’m still a perfectly normal adult woman who just happens to have a slight obsessive nature when it comes to popular culture.
Let me explain further.
According to Urban Dictionary, there are two definitions for Fangirl:
- (derogatory) a female fan, obsessed with something (or someone) to a frightening or sickening degree.
- (playful, good-natured) less extreme, a female fan who can laugh at their own passion for their particular interest (or even obsession).
I am most assuredly the second definition.
I mainly place myself into four fandoms:
- Whedonites: Fans of all the work of Joss Whedon – although my personal favorites are Firefly and Buffy.
- Whovians: Fans of the greatest show ever to be on television in the history of the world, Doctor Who. I think I would even leave my husband for David Tennant if he ever showed up in a blue police box. For our anniversary, my husband even got me a plush Dalek who says “EXTERMINATE” and “you would make a good Dalek”.
- Bronies: I know I should call myself a “pegasister”, but I thing Brony sounds a bazillion times cooler. You have all seen my Brony Birthday Cake, so you know me and my husband are both huge fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
- Potterheads: Harry Potter…I don’t think further explanation is necessary.
Since I’m a very nostalgic person I often find myself drifting back to previously read books despite stacks of unread books lining my bookshelves. Which is how I ended up re-reading the entire Harry Potter series for the eleventy millionth time. I also forced my husband to re-watch all of the movies.
Harry Potter was my first fandom and it will always be special to me. I’m part of the generation that grew up alongside Harry, Ron and Hermione and waited anxiously for the books to be released. I went to midnight book releases and movie premiers (yeah, I even dressed up a few times because I am THAT committed).
Which brings me to these:
I made these cupcakes to bring to the midnight viewing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Since moving to California in 2004, I’ve attended every midnight release with Alex Roque and an assortment of friends we picked up along the way. We were the crazy people sitting on blankets along the sidewalk for hours and hours drinking coffee and playing Apples to Apples. And this was the last movie, so I thought it needed something special. And nothing says special like cupcakes.
The recipe was nothing special (chocolate cupcakes spiked with a copious amount of espresso and vanilla frosting). The decorations were all made with fondant I tinted with gel food coloring. Piping was done with chocolate melting candy. On the scarves I used edible writing pens. For the shield I made edible paint my mixing gel food coloring with corn syrup.
A small note on the Ravenclaw scarf: I chose to stick with the movie colors of grey and blue even though the book shows their colors as bronze and blue.