The Secret Life of Bees: Potion Edition

Well, Hive, we did it—we got married!  And now that we are far away from the internet on our epic Disney honeymoon, I am reasonably safe from ridicule for what it is that I’m about to post.

That’s right, I’m putting on some Gryffindor courage to share a big, embarrassing secret with y’all in a Secret Life of Bees post.

Deep breath. Here goes.

I…am a Harry Potter fan.

I know what you’re thinking—“um, duh, we saw your invites“—but I don’t think you quite grasp what I’m saying. I’m a Harry Potter fan. As in, fanatic. As in, borderline unhealthy obsession.

Unfortunately (well, okay, fortunately for my mental health) I’m not quite as obsessive as I was in high school when we were still in the thick of book releases, but I did dress as Hermione for a Halloween party…at work. Last year. As in, during the workday.

yup, this is a 23-year-old // {personal photo}

I don’t think I’m really getting the point across here, though.

For every movie release, I held an epic party at my house. We would take at least 20, if not more, people to the theater, in costume, and most of the girls would spend the night at my house afterwards. I would turn our kitchen into Honeydukes, complete with homemade chocolate frogs, cauldron cakes, and pumpkin pasties- one year we did root beer floats and called them butterbeer. When the first movie came out, we weren’t able to pre-order tickets online (at least not for premieres) so my mom actually had to go to the theater in person to purchase 25 tickets (one month in advance). She was interviewed on the local news because she was the first person in line.

Nope, still not emphasizing the insanity here.

I was really, really into the online fandom. Like, really. Mostly as just a lurker, not really posting anywhere, definitely not a BNF. (Big Name Fan, for all you n00bs out there.) But I used to read the articles on the original version of Mugglenet, I followed the theory conversations on the boards over at The Sugar Quill (and was totally pulling for the One Big Happy Weasley Family theory even though secretly I knew, all along, that a Weasley would have to die.), I listened to the very first Pottercast, I waited in line at midnight to purchase books five, six, and seven and would not eat, drink, or sleep until I’d finished reading. I’ve never been to a Con (yet!!) nor have I met a BNF, but you guys…

I wrote fanfiction.

And it was on the internet.

And in the interest of full disclosure, I’ll even give you my penname so you can try and hunt it down and mock me fully (if the crap stories even exist on the internet anymore):

Drezella Eleanor Winesap.

(Variations: Drezella_Winesap, Drez, drezwinesap, drezella)

*phew* Glad I got that off my chest.

Anybody else into internet fandoms? I’ve dabbled in other fandoms but nothing will ever be to me what Potter was. Please tell me I’m not the only weirdo here…


Mrs. Potion

Herndon, VA
Wedding Date:
November 2012
Bridesmaid Barbie
Finding Our Church, Part 2
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    mglem89 171 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:37 am

    As a DIE HARD Harry Potter fan, I can’t even express how much I understand … I had my garter made on etsy and it was Gryffindor colors with 2 HP charms on it … I wore a bobby pin in my hair with a button on it that had the deathly hallow symbol on it … and I brought my wand … there are professional wedding pictures of my brother, sister, and I dueling — side note: when I posted these pictures on Facebook in the caption I wrote “After all this time” … “Always”

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    nightcheese 1836 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:41 am

    i got into harry potter entirely too late (and not on your level). but i did watch the 3rd movie last night, and i cried like an idiot. the 3rd book is my absolute favorite.
    but anyway, what was the big happy weasley family theory?

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    soontobemrsriley 86 posts, Worker bee @ 7:42 am


    I was not only in to fanfiction, I for some reason had it in my twisted little brain that Hermione and Snape were PEEEERFECT for each other.

    I wasn’t a BNF, but I knew several, and actually two of my friends that I’ve had for about ten years I’ve never met in person, they’re Pottheads.

    I never got to do midnight releases since I live in the middle of nowhere, but for the very last movie we went at midnight and drew fake dark marks on our arms and carried red vines. You aren’t a true fan if you dont know what AVPM is haha;)

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    christinamarie980 761 posts, Busy bee @ 7:43 am

    Harry Potter was a HUGE part of my teen years. Hours on message boards. one was on this geocities Harry Potter fan site, with one of the first really active forums. I went by LupinsBatteredSuitcase. 😛

    I loved midnight releases, and my whole family threw a HP themed Halloween party complete with brooms and snitches hanging from the ceiling, and everyone decked out in robes.

    You are not alone. :)

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    iammcdibble 995 posts, Busy bee @ 8:03 am

    I too am a die-hard Harry Potter fan. I never participated in fandom, but I did follow Mugglenet’s articles semi-religously. Went to all the midnight releases for books and the movies and also dressed up as Harry Potter for Halloween at work when I was 23. I have one Harry Potter related tattoo already and am contemplating at least one more. I was even one of those crazies who went to the WWOHP opening week (and I live in NY).

    I’m still trying to find a way to incorporate Harry Potter into the wedding somehow. My initial idea was to walk down the aisle to Hedwig’s theme, but FI doesn’t like that idea so much. I might have all the bridesmaids carry wands (because, yes, I do have enough wands to outfit a 5 person wedding party).

    What I’m trying to say is that its nothing to be ashamed of :)

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    snowcone 1141 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:11 am

    The guy who started MuggleNet lived in the dorm next to mine in college!

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    mswizard 554 posts, Busy bee @ 8:12 am

    Umm…can we be best friends?! Because this. is. awesome. Even the fanfiction part. I am like this too (like, reread the entire series TWICE in the past year and thinking about picking it up again, just because) and none of my friends quite understand.

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 8:12 am

    love this. love love. i assume you’re big into pottermore? i consider that my “OFFICIAL” sorting…i’m a ravenclaw. what are you?

    also my dog’s name is tonks. i get it. our next dog will clearly be lupin.

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    cafrinb 33 posts, Newbee @ 8:19 am

    Hahahah! My fiance and I have had legitimate arguments about whether I am a Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff. Seriously? Clearly I am Ravenclaw…

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    DiamondsandLace 513 posts, Busy bee @ 8:22 am

    I never wrote fanfiction, mostly because I was “too busy” reading the ones that paired up Harry and Hermione (still a perfect pair, as far as I’m concerned). All the midnight book releases, Halloween costumes, fan sites… yeah, I get it. (My husband is four years older and thinks my obsession is TOTALLY bizarre).

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    Highness 82 posts, Worker bee @ 8:43 am

    @Miss Gray Wolf: I’m also a Ravenclaw on Pottermore and have always been one even before that.

    @Mrs Potion. Since you’re at Disney and are soooo close to The Wizarding World at Universal are you going? It’s AWESOME! I went with my bff’s a couple years ago as a road trip. Yep 3 20-somethings in a car together just to see Harry Potter’s world. I recomend taking your camera and riding every ride 2x.
    I have a picture with Seamus from when he was at our local Con and he signed my HP backpack. So yes I totally understand your Potterhead-ness. You are among friends.

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    manatee 31 posts, Newbee @ 8:46 am

    I’m right there with you! My favorite fan fics were about Snape, every time. So when I read ‘after all this time?….Always’ I pretty much died of vindication!!

    But I’ve found I’m more of a hunger games person recently myself. After I finished the last one, I cried like there was no tomorrow, I felt like it changed the way I see things forever. But it still could never be the same as the loyalty felt for HP, dutifully waiting for each book and movie.

    I’m also a HUGE Wheel Of Time fan. Now I’ve really given myself away as a dweeb. January 8th, everyone!

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    warbler 249 posts, Helper bee @ 8:57 am

    Hahaha I have skirted the line of obsession! Halloween costume, movie premiers and book release parties. I wish I could have partied with you!

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    Mrs. Beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 9:30 am

    LOVE Harry Potter!!! I dragged my mom and sister to a midnight release book party… good times!!! I even bought that special collector’s edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard (which I think your holding in your pic)! I just HAD to have that leather bound book!!! I am dying to visit Harry Potter world and have already started planning a trip for next year with mr. B!!!

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    acciotoni 421 posts, Helper bee @ 9:48 am

    I am, I am! I’ve been lucky enough to go to multiple LeakyCons, many WizRock concerts, and see A Very Potter Musical/Sequel live. No one i know really understands my obsession, not even my older sister who I dragged to cons with me before I was old enough to rent hotel rooms alone!
    And, obviously, I wrote fan fiction too. I still read it sometimes, and freak out if HPFF goes down! :)

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    genie 723 posts, Busy bee @ 10:09 am

    You seriously rock, and who doesn’t LOVE Harry Potter? Your parties sound so fun!

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    mholden 167 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:54 am

    I LOVE The Sugar Quill! Seriously all I did in middle school was read the actual Harry Potter books and fanfic at SQ. I was so sad when they stopped uploading, but have definitely spent more time on the archives than I should probably admit.

    So have you read Shoebox Project? It’s definitely my favorite fanfic of all time.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 10:57 am

    Yay Harry Potter, I love you even more after reading this :)

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:26 pm

    I really really liked the books, I never went as far as looking for HP online communities because I can get way too obsesed with things (exhibit A: Weddingbee). But it is so cool you make it part of your life. I want a chocolate frog now.

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    newfiebullet 2224 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:36 pm

    Totally understand! I was fanatical as well! I had a HP costume last year, had numerous ones, in fact, started a quidditch team, ran tournaments at a local sci-fi con, was on local and national news talking about Harry Potter, wrote terrible fan fiction, ran a Ron/Hermione fan site (called Isn’t it Obvious?) and had parties and dressed up for the movies.

    So I feel ya. And I have no issue telling people about my extreme nerdiness!

    My iPod has tons of Wizard Rock too and I’ve been to a Harry Potter symposium in Toronto. It ROCKED!

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 9:04 pm

    You are hilarious. I love it!

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    village_skeptic 1861 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:19 pm

    Spent a LOT of time in fandom — met my BFFs in college through the Harry Potter club. Definitely crucial book series for me!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:28 am

    I was also a lurker on the original mugglenet. I get fairly obsessed with things so i have to FORCE myself not to get really into something if I can handle it! Looking forward to recaps! Oh and I am totally googling to see if I can find your fanfiction hehe!

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    curious, Guest @ 8:03 pm

    I keep checking back for your recaps! Hopefully you start them soon! :) I’m looking forward to seeing how things turned out.

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    bridesmomma 476 posts, Helper bee @ 6:25 pm

    Mrs. Potion, where are you?? I’ve been dying to see you in your wedding gown! :-)

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