Pure Magic: A Harry Potter Dream Crate

Without a doubt, Harry Potter has become my favorite fandom and the one I’m most passionate about. After making Severus Snape and the Marauders, my obsession with J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world has only grown exponentially.

Naturally, then, when brainstorming what my dream LootCrate  subscription box—or Dream Crate if you will—would look like, it was full of Harry Potter stuff. Now, I do realize that LootCrate already has a “Wizarding World Crate” on their site. However, it’s house specific and comes with a t-shirt, neither of which really appeals to me at the moment.

I’ve become quite picky since I turned 30 last year and don’t want to clutter my life with useless stuff. Instead, I want to be surrounded by things that make me happy and are pleasing to the eye in both design and color.

A lot of the crates out there are also pretty generic or else favor things dudes would like over what ladies or more feminine types might. Although I’m not saying this has to be a “girl’s only” box, I wanted to put together something that would appeal to someone who has similar likes and tastes as myself.

And so, without further ado, I present to you—Pure Magic: A Harry Potter Dream Crate.

Hogwarts Castle Lumos Charm


These charms come in silver or gold (most likely plated) and are made to fit charm bracelets. Although they’re obviously super adorable, 15% of the profits from their sale also go to J.K. Rowling’s charity, Lumos. Fashion for a cause is always a good idea.

Lumos HP Charm #2 – Hogwarts Castle (G) 

Luna Lovegood’s Spectrespecs


Aside from the fact that Luna is one of my favorite Harry Potter characters, (she’s a Ravenclaw after all) she also sports some of the funkiest accessories. Her spectrespecs, from the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince film, are a must have for wrackspurt hunting and general eccentricity.

Luna Lovegood Spectrespecs

Hogwarts Textbook Postcards


If you’re not already aware of the creative geniuses behind the graphic design of both the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series, get on that! MinaLima has created some of the most memorable images in the wizarding world, including the fantastically designed textbook covers seen here. Aside from just getting all of these awesome graphics in poster format, you can get them in a portable size as a postcard set via their website.

The Hogwarts Series – Postcards (Collection 1)

The Quibbler: Editor-in-Chief Pin


As a journalist, this pin appeals to me on so many levels, especially considering how much the media has been under fire these days. However, ultimately, I couldn’t resist another Luna association, this time referencing her father, Xenophilius Lovegood. Now, you too can publish wacky stories and show your support for Harry Potter by acting as The Quibbler’s Editor-in-Chief.

Quibbler Pinback Button

Harry Potter Temporary Tattoos


Admit it, you’ve been dying to get a Harry Potter themed tattoo. For realsies; me too. But, since I’ve made it this far in my life without having any tattoos, it’s highly unlikely I’d ever actually commit to having one permanently imprinted on my skin. These temporary tattoos are the next best thing and will easily wash off after a few days or so. However, the black ink style and modern fonts are very appealing and may very well inspire a permanent version after they wear off.

Harry Potter Temporary Tattoos

Storybook Cosmetics Wizard Wands


Last year, Storybook Cosmetics took the world of geek-inspired makeup by storm with their Harry Potter-style wand brushes. Sold as a limited edition set, the brushes are modeled after Harry, Ron, Dumbledore, Hermione, and Voldemort’s wands. These babies sold out almost instantaneously and the girls are now working on pre-sale for a second series with original wand designs. Do want!

Storybook Cosmetics Wizard Wands

What would your Dream Crate look like?

Leave a comment below so I can check out your ideas too!

*Thank you to LootCrate for contacting me about the DreamCrate project! Craft your own DreamCrate for a chance to turn yours into a reality!


Severus Snape & The Marauders Teaser Trailer Released!

If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll know that I produced a Harry Potter fan film this year with my boyfriend, Justin. Our film is called “Severus Snape & The Marauders,” and we are currently in the post-production phase. Justin got to be on a Harry Potter fandom panel during this year’s Comic-Con entitled “Fantastic Fans and Where to Find Them,” where a tiny amount of footage was shown. However, on Tuesday of this week, we released the first official teaser trailer for our film much to the excitement of fans and journalists alike. So far we’ve been covered on Hypable, the BBC’s Anglophenia, and MoviePilot among others, but we’re hoping for more coverage as the word spreads and the trailer gets more YouTube views. So without further ado, I present to you, the teaser trailer for “Severus Snape & The Marauders.”

Countdown to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Hollywood

If you know me at all or have been following along with this blog, you probably know how much I love Harry Potter. You can imagine my excitement then when I received an email entitled “The Countdown to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has begun!” Although Universal didn’t give an exact date, they’ve stated the WWoHP will open in Spring of 2016. So for those of us who really will be counting down, that’s potentially 9-10 months away!!! Or 303 days. Or 7,272 hours…You know. If we’re really counting…

While I have already been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando (before they built the add-ons with Diagon Alley and all that), I am still beyond excited to have Hogwarts practically in my backyard! Universal Hollywood is only 5 miles from me and I can see the construction driving down one of the main streets in Burbank!! I’m going to start saving up for a season pass because lord knows they’re going to jack up their prices once the WWoHP opens.

Here’s the official video released by Universal today at the IPW tradeshow in Orlando.

Btw, Quidditch inspired 3D goggle glasses?! I know I won’t be the only one who tries to pocket those…

Are you as excited as I am for more Harry Potter theme parks??

5 Fandom Friday – 5 Nerdiest Things I’ve Ever Done

Five Fandom Friday

Ok this week’s 5 Fandom Friday took a little bit of digging into the ol’ mind caves. My nerdiness goes wayyyyy back. I mean I was in gifted class from grades 3-12. I love science museums. And there are tons of things I can nerd out over. However, I chose to go with things that are still relevant for me today. It just so happened that they are also mostly pop culture related as well. Here are the 5 Nerdiest Things I’ve Ever Done:

Game Haus Cafe in Glendale, CA

5. I am a regular at a board game cafe.

Yes that’s right. This exists. Game Häus. A cafe devoted to playing board games. It’s one of my favorite places in all of Los Angeles and quite possibly the world…maybe. It is pretty incredible though. They have about 900 different games, from the classics like Monopoly and Scrabble to deck building card games and hardcore table top strategy games. It can be pretty overwhelming at first, but the guys who work there are all super helpful. If you just give them an idea of what kind of games you like, they will recommend a game for you, and it’s always a good time. It only costs $5 and you can play ALL DAY. Equally incredible is the delicious selection of food and drinks they offer. I am particularly fond of the cornmeal pizzas and their cafe lattes. If you have a sweet tooth, they also always have amazing cookies, cakes, and other naughty confectionaries. So yeah, you can find me there with my boyfriend at least twice a month.

Liana at the Renaissance Faire 2014

4. I have been going to Renaissance Faires religiously since I was 11.

I’m pretty sure I went to some even before the age of 11, but it all changed that year. That was the year my Mom and I actually worked at the Renaissance Faire. Well technically I couldn’t really “work” at the faire, I volunteered, but I was assigned to a shift just like people who were getting paid, so yeah. We were both beverage wenches. I served sodas and she served beer. We were stationed in different locations of course. I was with a bunch of teenagers, which I loved. Some of the vendors even gave me things for free, probably because I was such a cute kid. 😛 I ate giant pickles and enormous turkey legs. I watched the Washing Well Wenches and the Mud Show. I gaped at the fairies and the tree lady. I spoke in Olde English the best I could. It was all so magical and I loved every second of it. So, naturally, I went back every year. This was all in Florida, but I’ve continued the tradition here in California. This year, however, I couldn’t go so I did the next best thing; Medieval Times! I enjoyed a lovely surprise party there organized by my boyfriend and cheered on the blue knight with 15 of my friends and family. ❤

Justin and Liana Doctor Who Cosplay

3. I built a Tardis from scratch for my Halloween costume two years ago.

I really wish I had a better photo of it, but alas. My boyfriend, Justin, got me hooked on Doctor Who a few years ago so of course we had to dress up as the 11th Doctor and the Tardis for Halloween. I built my Tardis out of a cardboard box from Office Depot, spray painted it, made paper windows, made handles from straws, etc, etc. It was probably my favorite costume I’ve ever made. I wore it with galaxy print leggings and a Bad Wolf sign pinned to my chest. Unfortunately, the West Hollywood Halloween Parade pretty much destroyed it and I had to trash it shortly after. RIP sweet Tardis.

Me and Mom at the Wizarding World

2. I have regularly nerded out on Harry Potter with my mom…like a lot.

Yeah my mom is cool like that. She likes Harry Potter. She has read most of the books and seen all the movies. When the last few movies came out we went to see them with a Harry Potter cosplay group and dressed up. We went to Islands of Adventure the year after the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened. It was magical, OF COURSE. We ate in The Three Broomsticks, had Butterbeer, met the Hogwarts Express conductor, rode all the rides, etc, etc. Three years ago we went to London for the Olympics, but managed to squeeze in a few Harry Potter related activities including visiting Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station and the village of Lacock where they filmed parts of the first few films. My mom is awesome! Love you moo. 😀

severus snape and the marauders kickstarter poster

1. My boyfriend and I are making a Harry Potter fan film.

I recently posted a few images from a promotional photoshoot we did for our Harry Potter fan film entitled Severus Snape & The Marauders. We are in the post-production phase now, but we have been working on getting this film made for almost a year and a half now. During the Summer last year, we launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, which failed. But, we didn’t give up and re-launched on Kickstarter in November. After a successful Harry Potter themed launch party, and the help of our large Facebook following, we managed to reach our goal in one week! We went into production in February and had one hell of time filming some pretty epic wizarding duels. This film has been a serious labor of love for Justin and I, but we are lucky enough to be surrounded by some pretty amazing people. Everyone involved loves Harry Potter just as much as we do and wants to see this film get made. If you’re curious, feel free to check out Justin’s previous Harry Potter fan film The Greater Good, which has nearly 3 million views on YouTube!

Severus Snape & The Marauders Poster Photoshoot!

I haven’t mentioned this on my blog yet, but I am the Producer of a Harry Potter fan film called Severus Snape & The Marauders. We raised money on Kickstarter to make our film and finished production last month. We’re currently in the post-production phase, which includes editing, sound, music, and marketing. I did the photography stills for the production as well as all the posters. On Sunday, we did our last photo shoot for the film at Valley Photo Studio in Winnetka. All of the main cast was there and we had a blast shooting, dancing, drinking breakfast beer, and singing to whatever ridiculous music Paul (our Remus) decided to put on. We shot images for character posters as well as the official film posters and even did a few interviews for our friend, Dr. Janina Scarlet.

Here are a few unedited images from the shoot. I will definitely post the posters when they’re done! If anyone is interested in helping us get the word out about the film when it’s finished please comment or email me! 🙂

Garrett Schweighauser as James Potter
Garrett Schweighauser as James Potter
Dani Jae as Lily Evans
Dani Jae as Lily Evans
Paul Stanko as Remus Lupin
Paul Stanko as Remus Lupin