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A lot can change in two days.
cap, captain miss america

On Monday, I was not going to the Harry Potter midnight screening tomorrow. I had made plans with Rina to do some drawing, and the midnight Harry Potter was the farthest thing from my mind. I didn’t even know what date it was.

Back when the first movie came out, a friend of a friend invited me to go to the midnight showing at the Ziegfield. He was a huge movie buff, but I don’t even think he’d read the books. I had read the first three, but I think Goblet of Fire was out, and I hadn’t read it yet. I enjoyed the books, but this was before I had gotten at all involved in fandom.

The thing was, I was never really in the fandom for the books. I just…started meeting people. Amazing people. People who got me through some really hard times, even if they didn’t know what was going on in my life at the time because I didn’t know them well enough to tell them.

It was always about the people for me. A lot of you are those people.

So, when Rina had to change our plans, I immediately texted [info]spiralstairs who was one of those people. I think she’s the first person from [info]hogwarts_elite whom I met in person. She had been looking for someone to go with, but all her friends were busy.

Suddenly, I was not only going to see the last Harry Potter movie at midnight, but I was going to see it in the same theater where I saw the first one.

So then, Kate asked about costumes. I have some Harry Potter-themed clothing, but It’s either “all out” sort of stuff– like full dress robes– or it’s up at my parents’ in Connecticut (like my Gryffindor tie). So I was like, eh, I don’t think I can do it.

But then, when I was dressing for work this morning (I think it was this morning), I took a look in my closet. Not for a costume, but for clothes for work. And I came to a stunning realization.

In two days, I went from not going at all, to this:

PS: I am actually wearing vintage skivvies under that dress. Since you can’t actually see those.

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Thanks! I am incredibly pleased for it being a totally pulled together last minute costume!

I have to admit I've never gotten into the whole Harry Potter thing, but I know people go wild. An old roommate of mine invited me to a midnight release of (I think?) the last book and it was insane. There's some game they play in the books apparently, and at an old job we had 35 people come in all at once dressed to the 9's in HP gear wanting lunch. Freaking wild. The only chatter out of all of them I understood was stuff related to what they wanted to order. It's a pretty hilarious story I won't bore you with here.

The real point of this comment is that you could come and knock on my door in that outfit, and I'd think "Who the hell is that girl at my door?" I saw the pics and wondered who you were posting pictures of, honestly.

Somewhat unrelated but also somewhat related, I have a pretty hilarious vintage skivvies story as well. I really need to work service again.

I actually got PAID to go to the last book release in costume, which was kind of a trip. There are some pictures somewhere of me murdering Jess on the floor of the bookstore. Oh yes! here!

So, yeah, I could have been one of those people, figuratively, if not literally. Then again, I think one of the times I came to GG I was dressed as a French Revolutionary vampire from a webcomic, so... :-P

And I think the hair does that! The minute I do anything crazy to my hair, no one recognizes me. It's very convenient. But god I love this wig.

You just told me you had two hilarious stories but neglected to tell them! :-P Curses!

<3 <3 <3 This post makes me all warm n' fuzzy n' stuff. :) I'm glad I get to go with you! And that costume is SMOKIN'! I've got to step up my game. Can't wait for tomorrow! :D :D

I am so excited I get to go with you! And thanks! I am incredibly proud of it for being something I threw together in less than a day!

LOVE the costume!

abangaku and I are going to be seeing it in Times Square at midnight. I can't wait!

Thank you! I am very very pleased with the impromptuness of this costume and the fact that my wardrobe can actually manage this.

Kate really wanted to do Ziegfield, which I can't object to! And Jess is coming too!

Thanks! I'm very happy with how it came out!

Nice Rita costume! The folks in HP fandom have been so lovely. Yes, it's had it's share of drama, but all the amazing people overcame that and more. :)

Well, I don't think the drama is actually anything to do with the fandom-- drama is present in any large group of people, because there are some people who will always be assholes everywhere you go. It IS a pretty amazing group of people, though, and has given me some of my best friends.

I totally want to see the vintage skivvies. :P

You look amazing, seriously.

Hee! I would post a picture but they're kinda transparent.

And thank you! I am quite pleased with how quickly I threw this baby together.

You can post a pic of them without you wearing them. Like, on the clips of a skirt hanger or something!

VINTAGE skivvies??? *dies a little* oh best ever.

I still need to see films 6 and 7/1! o.O

I think underwear can make a costume. I have a lot of replica-period-undies because I feel like wearing the right underwear can make you carry yourself differently.

And oh noes! You do. The later movies are much better than the earlier movies in my opinion. It took them five movies to find the right director, but Yates gets it better than any of the other people who directed films. Goblet of Fire is just an embarrassingly big mess of a movie and I wish they'd gotten Yates one movie earlier.

Ooh totally. YOU know what's under your clothes and it can totally change everything. One of the reasons why I love pretty underwear. I know that my bra has red lace all over it and it feels nicer than if it was just the plain white one ;)

We're going to netflix them I think, since amazon wants to give us a free trial. Just as long as we do that before 7/2 leaves cinemas but I hope that won't be too hard!

IT should be pretty easy-- there are also a few places that are running the movies on demand all month.

They don't make red lace bras in my size :-( I only have white and beige ones, and occasionally black.

I believe the cinema here is running 7/1 as well - but we still need to DVD the 6th!

Aww :( B-cups do come in handy when buying things with frills and laces and bows! gf always likes to poke fun at how ridiculous my underwear is ;)

If you ever feel like bankrupting yourself... Rigby & Peller balcony bras come in red lace. And they do them up to an F or G cup, and they sell them online, too. I have a red lace one in a 30E I got in the sale, though it's too small since the baby.

Also, more cheaply:

There are unfortunately a bunch of other requirements I have-- I can't wear anything with underwire as I'm allergic to a lot of them (I have the same problem with earrings and even bracelets and necklaces from time to time). Which pretty rules out all but one of the bras on the Bravissimo site-- although most of those bras are so far out of any price range I could afford to begin with, that it's really a moot point anyway! I am pretty okay with the fact that I am going to wear old lady bras for the rest of my life.

Oh Jesus, no underwires in big sizing? That sucks. And this country is disgustingly expensive, unfortunately. I really don't get why things in the USA are the same price in dollars as pounds, given most are manufactured overseas anyway. Bravissimo isn't that expensive by our bra standards.

(Is it nickel? I wondered why so many baby sleepsuits go on about the snap fasteners being nickel free. Now I get it, if so.)

I think it's just that they think they can get away with it, because they can round to the nearest pound instead of dollar since that's the base unit of money, or something. It's so annoying!

And I'm not 100% sure because I've never had it confirmed by an allergist, but yeah, I think so. The worst is earrings-- a lot of silver or gold-plated ones have nickel cores and my earlobes swell up and turn gross. I'll occasionally wear an underwire bra for a special occasion that demands a certain type of outfit, but mostly I avoid them.

I am so excited about this development!

I love the dress and you look so different with blond hair! For a moment I was very much "That cannot be Tea!?"

Yeah, like I said to trouserminnow, I think my hair is so distinctive that when I change it, I'm suddenly unrecognizable. In high school, I had a couple of my aunt's wigs from when she had chemo and I used to wear them to the mall and kids I went to school with every day would freak out because I'd be all like "hey!" and they wouldn't recognize me. And then I'd remember I had the wig on!

That happens to me on occasion as well. Poofy hair club!

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Hooray! Thanks! I was so excited I pulled this together so quickly.

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It wasn't so much work as "looking through my shit and running to the costume shop!" I am still proud. Small victories, yes!

I'm not really into costuming, but that is seriously A+++

Hee, thank you! I am totally stoked to wear this.

Rita! :D Well done, have a great time!

Thanks! I will! I am really excited.

What a stellar costume! I super-love the glasses especially. Have a great time at the movie!

Thank you so much! I did have a great time! It was so much fun.


Also: yay, vintage everything!

Ahh, thank you! I am very pleased I pulled it together at the last minute like that.

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