I unashamedly, without hesitation, admit that I’m a massive Harry Potter fan. Back in 1990, when all of the hoopla began circulating about the first book, I decided as a ‘concerned’ parent that I’d read it before I handed it over to my eager daughter. Well, to put it simply, I got “Potter-fied”. You would glaze over if I made you listen to me ramble on about it.
The list of issues and aspects of this story that gripped my heart are too numerous to count. But, among the top 10 resides this… a precious young orphaned boy… innocent, confused, an outcast… alone. What mom wouldn’t respond?? The inborn need of a child to be loved, to belong, to be protected is as compelling an issue as any. This momma’s heart was snagged and rooted Harry on to the final end.
In the meantime, my daughter grew up with Harry. We painfully waited for the next novel in the series to be released. And, yes, we stood in line a few times. I know she has read through the series at least 10 times. Potter trivia? She’s got you beat.
It was a big surprise and yet a perfectly logical fit that Casey’s first bridal shower this January was a Harry Potter inspired event. Not to eclipse the beautiful spread of delicious delights, gifts and love that abounded.
But, we were all completely blown away by the Hogwart inspired bridal gown design competition that ensued, pitting the younger than 21 year olds against all the older ladies. Check out the pictures below for the full impact. Casey’s face was copied and blown up to scale, then pasted to the life size painting of her body…ready for bridal design.
Each team had the predicted tissue paper and doilies, but, added was a burgundy cape material, an owl, a pair of black-rimmed glasses, a wand and flying broomstick. Oh, and don’t forget the rat (that would be Scabbers). What was produced was a more classic presentation by the older ladies, and a tattooed-up, mini-skirt version from the younger crowd.
Hilariously descriptive presentations took place for the final vote. But, before the verdict was revealed, Harry, himself came as a surprise guest to weigh in on the designs.
Casey’s cousin, Jake, carried out the life size painting of Harry and carried on in his best British accent, prompted by choice prompt words pasted on the back for him to weave into his monologue. Casey was split open in laughter. There couldn’t have been a more precious gift to her.
I wonder if this is the beginning of a trend? Has anyone of you out there seen this done lately. We’d love to hear about it!