Superheroes, witches and wizards: A Christian reflection

I know we’ve all heard tales of those extremely zealous Christians who, in addition to hating on Hogwarts and Hermione Granger, have gone as far as to demand schools to ban the Harry Potter books from their libraries. The question is, why? There are even a few people in my church who believe Harry and Hagrid are not to be trusted and almost as bad as “He who must not be named.” So what is this fear based on?

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Marvel > DC

I posed a question to someone in my church – a particularly smart and awesome lady – who does not like the Harry Potter series. I asked this series of questions. “Do you see a safe distance between people who love superheroes and people who love witches and wizards, from a Christian perspective? Superheroes can do all kinds of cool things including flying, moving objects with their minds, shooting lasers out of their eyes, and have super strength… and witches and wizards too have superpowers and can fly, move objects, and so on – Or would you say loving superheroes and witches is evil?”

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My second family: The Weasleys

My friend’s answer was simple – one of those beings is fictional and one of those beings is real. But I don’t think she was talking about the Weasleys or even about modern day Wiccans. I think the issue stems purely from where one gets their power. A superhero gets their power in any number of ways. It could have been a freaky spider bite. Perhaps genetic testing gone wrong, or right… or it’s possible a secret government organization bonded adamantium to your skeleton and turned you into a literal metal kitty cat man. Whatever the case may be, superheroes are generally in the science fiction spectrum and don’t necessarily “call upon Satan” to get their abilities.

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Exhibit a: Literal metal kitty cat man

But what about Dumbledore and Dobby? When a Christian gets all hot and heavy about being cautious when it comes to witches and wizards, it’s because Biblically, witches, or diviners of hidden knowledge, exist. And by diviner, I mean a practitioner of divination, or attempting to, for example, see into the future, by going through a channel that isn’t necessarily Godly. Biblically, these diviners of secret knowledge totally get their information from demons and Satan. And while Christians know there can come a supernatural divination from God or an agent of God, we know the opposite is true too. 1 John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

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So imagine with me for a moment – there’s God, and he has all these angels and awesome spirits around him, and then there’s Satan, and he has these insane demons, who want to do whatever the opposite of the agents of God do. You pull out a tool of the occult, or something used for divination, like tarot cards, or a crystal ball, and it’s sort of like a supernatural hotline. Let’s prank call the world of spirits! I mean, actually, it sounds kind of fun and exciting, but a Christian is always the cautious one who doesn’t play around with the possibility of getting hooked up with someone really bad. Imagine prank calling a bunch of people in your neighborhood, with the chance of dialing up a serial killer, who will then find out who you are and where you live. Kind of the same principal.

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“Er mah gerd, what’s your favorite scary movie?”

That’s what the word “occult” means. It means knowledge of the hidden, or knowledge of things that are meant for only certain people (or God) and must be kept hidden. It’s stuff we shouldn’t know unless it is revealed to us by God. Because from a Christian perspective, we are not supposed to know everything in regards to the world of the supernatural. Some of that stuff is pretty freaky deeky and we need to keep a safe distance. You all saw the Exorcist, right?? So we can either try to peek behind the curtain, and maybe get bitchslapped by a demon, or perhaps we’ll see an angel being all cool with big feathery wings and an epic halo. Either way, it’s a risk. Isaiah 8:19 And when they say to you, “Inquire of the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,” should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of the dead on behalf of the living?

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“I should have played DreamPhone instead!”

Christians might seem like a pretty superstitious bunch. Demons, Lucifer, demonic possessions… the world is a pretty dark and twisted place. You know how there’s always the archetypical characters in horror movies? The stupid jock who tries to show off for the girl and gets himself run through… the virgin who gets chased but survives… the couple who has sex and succumbs to an untimely death… and the girls who run upstairs while in the same house as the killer – she ALWAYS dies. So basically, the Christian is the smart one who says “Don’t go upstairs or you’ll be trapped!” The knowledge of what might be on the other end of the Tarot cards prevents them from coming face to face with evil. Sure, maybe it’s Casper the friendly ghost, or an angel, or some kind of nice spirit – who can say? But Satan is as clever and cunning as he is evil. So wouldn’t he do anything to deceive us into thinking he’s really the good guy?

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Angel Gabriel, can I get your digits?

Think about our first encounter with Satan. Satan’s being all creepy and lurking around the Tree of Knowledge. Adam and Eve just got done talking about how they really shouldn’t eat that fruit from the tree because God told them not to. Satan’s like, “Oh Eve… you should totes eat this apple.” And she’s like, “But God told me… YOLOOOO” and she friggin’ does it. The devil didn’t try that hard to convince her, and then YOLO was unleashed upon the world. As soon as they disobeyed God, death was a part of the punishment to the first man and woman for their sin (and all of mankind).

Adam and Eve Yolo

In summation, what’s the source? Where does the power come from? Who gets the glory? There is real supernatural power that comes from both God and Satan, and then there’s fictitious supernatural power that comes from our brilliant comic book authors’ pen tips, writers’ keyboards, and artists’ paint brushes. Be careful when the two might accidentally get mixed up, or you may end up spewing vomit like Regan.

For me, Harry Potter is a fun filled universe with great characters and an amazing plot line. The entire fantasy, fairytale, superhero, and wizard world of fangirl obsessions is full of a spectrum of exciting characters and stories. But at the end of the day, I know who I ought to give thanks to, for creating these amazing comic book artists and fairytale authors.

That being said, I’m totally a Hufflepuff. Winky is one of my favorite characters, and I’m completely bummed she didn’t make it into the movies. I am an official member of S.P.E.W. And I will never recover from the death of Dobby. Spoiler alert.

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Featured image from cotewrites

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The Renaissance Wedding: Favors!

Photo from Boho Weddings
Photo from Boho Weddings

Favors are a complicated part of any wedding. For starters, most people don’t particularly want to find a spot for that cheesy etched glass you’ve had custom made with your initials, and the big day. Nor do they have a real desire for a personalized set of coasters with photos of the lucky couple on display. To me, wedding favors are pretty much crap, unless they are useable. I don’t mean useful, I mean use-up-able. Something you can eat, use, or get rid of somehow.

Photo from lulsugar
Photo from Lulsugar

So what sort of favors are useable? Things like personalized candles you can burn up, little baggies of popcorn and candy with your names on them, jars of honey, custom bottles of beer or wine, bags of bird seed, or adorable little succulents. All of these things are useable wedding favors. So what have Mark and I settled on? Soap. It’s not only period, but useable.

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Veronese, Paolo (1528-1588) “Susanna in the Bath”

Soap certainly played a role in medieval and renaissance times. Contrary to popular belief that people only bathed once a year, they actually attempted to be as hygienic as possible, bathing as often as once per week. Additionally, Leonardo da Vinci started an entire “culture of cleanliness” that permeated Italy during the renaissance, associating cleanliness and hygiene with social elation. So yeah, soap is approp.

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We’ve chosen one of my personal favorite smelling (and cheap!) soaps, Bee & Flower soap from China. Not only does it come in some of my favorite scents including sandalwood and jasmine, but it has lovely ornate and colorful paper that just fits. Additionally, we’ll be designing custom labels for each one. In short, soap good. Smell nice. Leslie like.

The Renaissance Wedding Custom Favors

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The Renaissance Wedding: Geeky Game of Thrones Save the Dates

Jon Snow Game of Thrones Save the Date Geek Wedding

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Tyrion Save the Date Game of Thrones

I reveal to you, my concepts for Mark and I’s “Save the Dates.” It all started when my friend Amanda posted this wedding planning timeline on Pinterest. While I’m not necessarily a traditionalist, I like to make sure people have notice, so I am now working our Save the Dates. Mark and I will be drafting up our guest list this week.

Game of Thrones totally goes along with not only one of our geek obsessions, but with our entire renaissance theme! If someone gets the Save the Date and doesn’t get it, they will just have to start watching Game of Thrones :3 Oh, and a special shout out to @tonydac for helping me come up with some awesome concepts for this. He is le smart.

Spoiler alert. Our ceremony will be nothing like the Red Wedding.


Have you seen any awesome and geeky invitations or save the dates in your time? Post them in a comment!

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I’m getting married in 7 months!

Dudes! I’m totes exchanging nuptials with Mark Hunsinger in 7 months. We’re getting married on June 7, 2014, in a fabulous Renaissance themed wedding ceremony. It’s creeping in so close I can taste it! I will be Mrs. Leslie Hunsinger and I couldn’t be more excited. As such, I’m making a few changes over the next 7 months.
My Etsy store, Word To Your Unicorn, will be in a state of either vacation mode, or I will only have for sale what I have in stock. I won’t be ordering any new products or designing new items.

My role in the Geek Girl Pen Pals Club will be creeper and peeker, but I won’t be Headmistress to House Granger until I come back from my marital hiatus. This means we’re seeking a new temporary staff member for the IGGPPC during this hiatus – to pair Iggles and Miggles, to man house competitions, and to poke about on the forums and in the symposium. If you think you can fill my shoes for 7 months, why not apply to be a temp IGGPPC HQ staffer?

I will be attempting to meet with the girls of NEPA BlogCon as often as possible, but ultimately that has to take a back burner to any wedding obligations. It’s crunch time!

In the mean time, here are a few fabulous articles I’ve read about marital bliss this week, as well as some posts about my wedding from my blog. <3

35 Things You Absolutely MUST Agree Upon Before Getting Married
Marriage Isn’t For You
The Renaissance Wedding: Activities for the Kids
My Top 5 Favorite Geek Wedding Themes
Wedding Location: Kirby House Japanese Gardens and Glen Summit Chapel & Casino

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How he proposed!

August 10, 2013:
My geeky partner in crime, Mark Hunsinger, asked the BIG QUESTION on Saturday, while we were at the Renaissance Faire. “Will you be my companion?” I said yes.

What a perfect day. We tasted Mt. Hope’s wines with Baccus, threw axes in medieval carnival games, and watched friends doing archery. We also shopped for wands, sniffed loose teas, and role-played with costumed improv actors who dotted the Faire.

The Renaissance Faire is a theater and history geek’s dream, with a bit of sci-fi flair. Because we were there for “Time Traveler’s Weekend,” there were Marty McFlys, Bill and Teds, and Fry and Benders among the Elizabethan nobles and peasants. Hence why we were dressed up as the Doctor as the TARDIS.

Mark proposed as we sat resting on a bench near one of the theaters. He pulled out the ring, and I said, “YES!” After that, we went straight to the Swashbucker’s Tavern to enjoy a brew with our comrades. The bar was filled with cheers, hoots, and “HUZZAHS” as we drank and laughed and soaked in the moment. The beer was fizzy and delicious, and I couldn’t help but cry a few tears.

The setting was perfect. I can’t imagine a more beautiful place, or a more perfect man, that this could have all happened with. <3

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Who’s That Geek? It’s Kristin Hackett!

If you don’t know who Kristin Hackett is, your life must be a sad pile of soggy potato chips. She is as delightfully peppy as a cup of coffee, and as sugary sweet as a thousand pixie sticks! We first crossed paths when we discovered we were both geek girl bloggers! She writes for 2 amazing geek blogs, On Wednesdays We Wear Pink, and Super Space Chick. And she also has another exciting new venture that you can read about here! She is vlogging on YouTube now, so you can see her beautiful face in real time! Be sure to subscribe!

Kristin achieved super geek fame when she graced this season’s Fangasm on SyFy channel, something I know each geek inside of us would desperately love! You just HAVE to watch her on the telly – you can watch the episodes here! If you were unsure of just how much of a nice girl next door she is, you will find out once you watch her on Fangasm! I remember being at the Geek Girl Brunch where she talked about this experience… and myself and the other geek girls were floored! What an awesome chance not only to be on one of my favorite channels, the SyFy channel… but to PITCH a comic book idea to Stan Lee! How incredible! The godfather of so many amazing comic book characters… wow… epic.

A few other reasons I heart her so much… and there are many… she loves comic conventions, geek fashion, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Game of Thrones. Basically she’s awesome… and if I haven’t convinced you, just take a few moments to read her tweets. I am sure you will be convinced.

I’ll be joining Kristin and the other girls of the Geek Girl Brunch crew on Nov. 23rd. Here’s a snap from the last one we all attended in NYC. Geek girl bloggers unite! Aren’t we cute?

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If you don’t follow Kristin on Twitter, get to it right meow. Also like her on Facebook!

1. If you could be besties with any cartoon character, who would it be and why?
If I could be besties with any cartoon character it would be Princess Bubblegum for sure.  We would plan tea parties for other princesses, conduct science experiments in matching lab coats, and gossip with Peppermint Butler about Finn’s crush on PB during our sleepovers. Candy Kingdom is even listed as one of my residences on Twitter because I spend a lot of time there in my imagination.

2. What was your very first cosplay? How about your favorite cosplay?
My first cosplay ever (that wasn’t a Halloween costume) was Death from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. I’m completely in love with the series. It’s one of the most beautiful comics ever written and it inspired my first tattoo. Sadly, it was at NYCC like a million years ago, and my computer crashed right afterwards so I don’t have any photos… But I’m thinking it’s a good excuse to emulate my favorite member of the Endless another time!

3. What was your favorite cartoon as a kid?
As a kid, my favorite cartoon was Daria which probably explains a lot about me. When the complete series was re-released on DVD I rewatched the whole thing and I got so much more out of it than I had as a child. James brother Trent was the second animated character I had a major crush on (next to Link), but during my re-watch I realized that despite his good looks, he’s a total slacker so it would never work between us 🙂

4. Apocalypse! You and 1 other person, real or fictitious, have to re-populate the Earth. Who do you choose and why?
I feel like I should choose a fictitious character so I don’t embarrass myself with the real life person! I would want to repopulate with Severus Snape because we would have a high chance of having wizard babies who would be helpful in rebuilding all of the locations that were destroyed. Also, I would FINALLY get to visit Hogwarts (not that this is anytime to be selfish), and we could use their extensive library to research ways of expanding the population as rapidly as possible. And I might have a crush on Snape.

5. If you were a food, what would you be?
If I were a food I would be a vanilla birthday cupcake with pink frosting and rainbow sprinkles. I’m sweet and colorful in my human life and I feel like I would accurately translate to a cupcake if I were to suddenly transform. Plus cupcakes make people happy and I try my best to do just that all the time!

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