Four years as a Journalism student and I finally get to write a story about Harry Potter

April 19, 2010 at 3:49 pm (Uncategorized)

Harry Potter has arrived in Fredericton.

Well, the Harry Potter fans have arrived at the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University.

The fans are taking their love for their favourite fantasy book series and applying it to real life.

Robbie Dumaresq a first year student at UNB came up with the idea of staring up a Dumbledore’s Army group in Fredericton.

In the Harry Potter series, Dumbledore is headmaster of Hogwarts the magical school Harry Potter attends.

“Dumbledore’s Army is where people can come and talk about Harry Potter,” said Dumaresq. “We’ll be talking about characters, different twists and faults in the plot, what we like best about each book and movie. We’ll also be discussing things that have come from Harry Potter, like the theme park, wizard rock, parodies, and even muggle Quidditch.”

Along with Dumbledore’s Army starting up in Fredericton, muggle Quidditch is also planning to start within the residences of STU and UNB in fall.

Christopher Fournier a first year student at STU is one of the co-founders of the St. Thomas University Quidditch Association.

Fournier says, he came up with the idea on a whim.

“I was thinking something like… Harry Potter is so lucky, he gets to play Quidditch, then I realized that it isn’t much of a stretch to do it,” said Fournier. “We made the constitution on that same night.”

Although, there has been some negative feedback about starting up Dumbledore’s Army and Quidditch most of the feedback is positive.

Dumaresq says, his friends thought it was bad idea at first, but now he has gotten many responses and a total of 50 members in the official Dumbledore’s Army Facebook group.

“I’m pretty happy I started this,” said Dumaresq. “The more people laugh at it, the worse I feel for them not embracing their childhood fantasies. I’ve loved Harry Potter since it came out, and I’m not going to put down the book that I’ve read hundreds of times just because it’s viewed at as childish.”

Fournier says, there is much support for Quidditch.

“Not everyone wants to play but Harrington alone has enough interested to form two teams and an off-campus team that was created faster than you can say expelliarmus,” said Fournier.

Dumaresq says, he was surprised that UNB and STU did not already have a Harry Potter group because most universities have them.

“I found out that they existed through a site called Average Wizard at the start of the school year and wanted to join one or make one,” said Dumaresq.

So far Dumbledore’s Army has met once but they plan to be in full gear by next year.

“A girl I met through the facebook group is planning to help me a lot. She goes to STU and we’re working together to make this a great time for everyone involved,” said Dumaresq.

Fournier says, he hopes Quidditch will be successful with the STU residences in fall.

“UNB has a Dumbledore’s Army that encompasses all of Fredericton and if all of Fredericton would watch Quidditch games, then this town is surely magical. I just want everyone to feel like Harry Potter books are not a work of fiction, but a biography.”


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The house that awkwardness built

April 5, 2010 at 6:32 pm (Uncategorized)

The title of this post was stolen from a friend.

But anywho, it gave me a great idea for a post.

I decided to think of groups of people that would create the most awkwardness in a house…

(Photos Courtesy of Google Images and Flikr…accept for the one of Victoria Beckham (that’s mine heehe)

Group A: The house of blues

Marilyn Manson

Justin Bieber

Victoria Beckham

I just cringe thinking about the residents of this household. Marilyn would have the creepy room in the basement that no one would venture to. Justin would constantly be updating  his twitter and just in general being awkward around Marily Manson. And as for the former spice girl, she probably wouldn’t be in the house most of the time and when she is she’s probably talking about her perfect her life is…bitch.

Group B: Drama Queen Central

Kirsten Stewart

Elijah Wood

Jet Li

K-Stew is well…K- Stew. She runs her hand through her hair ALL THE TIME and would talk about how much  she  had to prepare for depressed Bella in New Moon. Elijah Wood would probably be begging K-Stew for a role in Breaking Dawn. He would be the party one in the group and would invite the whole LOTR cast over for beer pong.  And Jet Li…would spent most of his time kicking out the party guests with his hardcore martial arts skills.

Group C: Awkward Hall of Fame

Caster Semenya

Tie Domi

Alex Rodriguez

For those who don’t know Caster Semenya, she’s a female runner who won gold in Women’s 800 meters  in the 2009 World Championships in Athletics . There was a whole scandal about her and how she was actually a man and had to undergo a gender test.  (I personally think the whole thing is ridiculous and that she is female) So, she would be in the household still being accused of being a man and dealing with the awkwardness. Tie Domi would just be punching shit 24/7 and Alex Rodriguez would be bringing different women home each night. The third baseman of the New York Yankees would go to uncover the “real” gender of Caster Semenya…

Group D: The not so happiest place on Earth


The Evil crow from Sleeping Beauty

In this scenario Ariel is still a mermaid. So she would be in the pool 24/7. She would get awfully lonely and the only way she would be able to socialize is if they came outside to the pool. Smee would be free from Captain Hook’s reign. He would look for a new authoritative leader, the evil crow. The evil crow from Sleeping Beauty aka Millicent’s side-kick. He would just glare at Smee and caw at him, you know since crows can’t talk and all.


Group E: The Order of Awkwardness

Neville Longbottom

Gilderoy Lockhart

Lavender Brown

I love Neville, don’t get me wrong he’s amazing…but he would be an awkward housemate. Gilderoy of course would still be under the Memory charm that backfired from Ron’s wand. And Lavender Brown would be owling her bff Parvarti to get her out of the house. She would not want to be around Neville and the former DADA teacher so she would be constantly threating to Avada Kadavra herself.

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it…I may write another one like this sometime in the future.

Woot Woot!

Peace yo!

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