It was around that time that the world was getting ready for the final Harry Potter movie, so my friends and I decided that perhaps it was about time to push through with our plans to cosplay Harry Potter characters. Parts of Fernbrook Gardens also looked like Hogwarts so we figured it would be appropriate.
Photos are from my friends, some from albums I was tagged in on Facebook, and some from my own camera.
Here I am with most of my friends that I went to the event with, along with Arnel ~akagii2004 whom we met that day as he was cosplaying Professor Snape. Lucky! We greatly enjoy meeting people who happen to be cosplaying the same series we are.
He caught our eyes because he was so incredibly in character the entire time even when he was just looking around at what was happening around the event by himself. And when he walked around, the wind made his robes gently billow. We were admiring him like creepers before we finally approached him to join us if he wanted.
So that's Arnel as Severus Snape
Kat as Luna Lovegood
Timecake as Cho Chang
Alex as Hermione Granger
Jin as Harry Potter
Miguel as Ron Weasley
Erving as Rubeus Hagrid
Sammy as Parvati Patil
at the back are the Friendly Neighborhood Photobombers
Angelo joined us too as Ventus (Kingdom Hearts)
I don't know where the others disappeared to in this picture
Asian Harry Potter, I don't even care hahaha
Kat ~moonlightflight as Luna.
Kat showing off her wizard bling. She made all her Luna accessories from the dirigible plum earrings, the beetle ring, the Butterbeer cork necklace, and the Spectrespecs.
And so a photo series started. My friends, let me show you them.
Hey Cho, what do you call cheese that isn't yours?
NOT CHO CHEEEEESE
Cho is a vampiiiire
Cedric what have you doooone
Group shot with Charmie as Euphie <3
Yay out of character shotssss
Erving made a big entrance as Hagrid. It's difficult not to notice that pink umbrella.
Hagrid's beard: doubles as wand storage
But he won't give up his camera even when he's cosplaying! Dedication!
And here is a lady who appears to be trying to climb up Hagrid
Kei and Satsuki spotted us just as we arrived at the venue!
They gave me framed artwork and home-baked sweets ;_;
Sammy ~flamable77 took this snapshot of me with her film camera. The soft quality of the photo is pretty awesome.
I saw so many pictures of myself in variations of this pose
With Ella as Chi, whom I first met at a photoshoot in this same place.
She was dressed as Edea then, and I was Sebastian.
With Ku Ri whom I had also formally met at a photoshoot here.
She was Ciel in some of the Kuroshitsuji photos I posted
Kat was totally enjoying how she could get away with being derpy for pictures as Luna
Sammy was fangirling over Arnel's portrayal of Professor Snape and asked for a shot with him.
Being the good friends we are, we photobomed her.
Photobombing 101: Notice how the three of us are in The Uncroppable Zone.
"Why do we have to be in a picture with Snape?"
"That's Professor Snape to you"
We also met Kevin (geekev.com) then. I was so happy to see another Harry cosplayer! It was cool to see how he had different touches on his costume, like the scarf. My Gryffindor friends were all wanting to steal it
We also met (another) Miguel then, who was with Kevin and dressed as Draco. We all laughed over his Potter Stinks! pin I greatly enjoy seeing people add little touches like that. You can see Miguel in our big group photo:
No Slytherins and two Harrys? Unhappy Snape is unhappy.
And then we flew awayyyyyyy. Or something. I don't know what we were doing here.
Somehow this photo reminds me of the Harry Potter game on the PlayStation 1. I miss playing old games!
Melo in his Jedi gear.
Random Jedi and Cousin Dudley photobombing me
Erving got this great photo of Kevin as Harry in the place where we took the Common Room portraits
Without his glasses and with his scar concealed, we thought Kevin would make a great grown-up (and badass) Neville too! We were thankful he obliged when we asked him to be Neville for some photos.
Our friend ships Neville and Luna, so we wanted to get some pair shots for her as part of a birthday present. I found a nice spot for them to post at and here's what happened:
Jin: Hey guys, could I get a candid shot? Pretend I'm not here.
Kevin and Kat: DURRRR
Jin: Come on guys, relax!
Kevin and Kat: HURRR
Jin: Okay, that didn't work. Pretend you're talking to each other?
Kevin and Kat: Wuuuuuut
Jin: FINE, JUST SIT AND SMILE. Close enough.
Our homemade wantds. Mine is the second from the left, and Miguel's is the third.
GRYFFINDORS GONE WILD
(Sorry about the blur, none of us have a clear shot of this because everyone was laughing too much)
After much mucking about around the venue, the three of us had to go onstage for a while for our Q&A panel.
Everyone was very sweet!
Hahah, our height differences. Character-accurate somewhat?
Hannah changed from Lucky Dog cosplay to Ao no Exorcist. She and Dom are rook arike.
Group shots from Kinoshi They did costume changes, whoa! Their group had some of our favorite costumes of the day!
Markee as Giselle from Enchanted!
GISELLE, FOLLOW ME
Okay, there we go
I'VE BEEN DREAMING OF A TRUE LOVE'S KISS~
Even as nighttime fell, my friends were as diligent as photobombing as ever
(Click here to watch)
And then there were fireworks! Here's a goofy video of me "casting spells".
Dom handstanding with the doggy
ONWARD, HOGWARTS EXPRESS
We went around for a while, just taking pictures and admiring the place
Heading for the Forbidden Forest
And then I don't even know
I think we were trying to be assassins
Or maybe Death Eaters
And then when we were all exhausted beyond reason, we all went back to my place and ordered pizzas which took so long to arrive that we were all starving and delirious and contemplating eating the pizza delivery guy alive if he had arrived a minute later but after a false alarm he did get there it was like BEST AND FASTEST DISAPPEARING PIZZAS EVER. The end!
Some of the things you'll see in this video:
A view of the magical Fernbrook Gardens
Many beautiful costumes
The big fluffy white dog we kept looking at throughout the day and finally got to pat after the fireworks
Disney princes and princesses!
Ducks! Cute ducks swimming in the pond
Nix's gorgeous Hilde cosplay, and her mom as Marie Antoinette
Our Harry Potter group posing for photos at the main event hall
Ricah's lovely Amy Sorel cosplay
Hermione with a lightsaber
Dancing, photobombing (and later, head-bobbing hipsterrific) Jedi
Hagrid and his pink umbrella
Random Jedi gallops through a Harry Potter group photo (as Professor Snape cracks a smile)
And at the very end... our Wingardium Leviosa outtakes in action, hahah
I was working on this graphic, then saw the creative invite at Talenthouse to submit designs for SIGG water bottles. I thought this might look nice for that, so I simplified the design according to their specifications.
Here's my entry, which I gave the title Moonshadow. I illustrated images recalled by the fond memory of walking along the ocean shore at night. Inspiration was taken from woodblock prints.
It would be a big help if you could go to my contest entry page and vote for my design if you liked it. You don't need to sign up at the site. You can simply vote with your Facebook and/or Twitter accounts.
Thank you for your time!
The dA PRO Camera bag
And the Japanese schoolbag-inspired backpacks for charity
More details on my journal post:
Two bags worth checking out! (and boys in skirts)Hello! In this entry, I'll be talking about a couple of bags that might interest you guys. One is a camera bag for you photography enthusiasts, and the other is a Japanese schoolbag-inspired backpack for charity.
I've got another long-overdue cosplay-related journal entry coming up in a bit!
dA PRO Camera Bag
This is a rather late review, but better late than never! This has been my camera bag for a while the dA PRO Camera Bag.
I find it just the right size to carry my essentials, without being too bulky. A lot of my camera-wielding friends with too-large backpacks have repeatedly expressed their envy. Those straps on the front are for carrying tripods. They're removable if you don't need them.
Rubber dA logo on the back.
And here's how it looks when opened. What I've got in there currently is my camera, extra lens, LED camera light panel, charger, USB cord, extra battery, extra memory ca