Tangentially related to knitting

There are some days when, despite having a blog devoted almost entirely to knitting, I come across something else that I can’t help but want to show off; like finding a cool thing and needing someone to run to and say “LOOK, I found this cool thing,” because finding it makes your day better.

Sometimes those things are fannish videos edited together from clips of Harry Potter films.

(Note: also includes clips from the most recent film).

I love fannish offerings like this that distill the original text into the very essence of what makes it great in the first place – in this case the friendship and inherent acts of everyday bravery that have grown these characters into not just admirable young people but admirable role models in general.

Stories like the Harry Potter series are powerful because you know that as you turn one page at a time or watch one scene after the next, there are millions of other people doing the same thing. And it makes me smile to know (and then have confirmation later), that the thousands (millions?) of knitters watching these films are parsing out all the beautiful knitted garments worn by the characters, and/or reverse-engineering patterns to make them. Heck, I’ve got my own hand-knitted Ravenclaw scarf as testament to that.

I don’t think it’s a surprise that knitters have started to gather around popular stories like this, and expressing their fan appreciation through their knitting. I like that the same thing can be said about knitting, if such a bold statement can be allowed – that knitting one stitch after the next means that you belong to a group of people who are doing the same thing, putting one stitch after another, possibly with a certain amount of bravery in a world that expects you to get your socks and sweaters from Wal-Mart, not through a laborious but knowledge-dependent and possibly community-building process of handcraft over a period of weeks and months.

Here’s to you, knitters – fannish and otherwise!


  1. wow. That’s one hundred kinds of awesome right there. I love how they adjusted the brightness/contrast to give it more visual continuity… thanks for sharing it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I really loved this post, the comparison between both worlds. Thanks for sharing.

  3. christine m. east of toronto · ·

    i had a frisson of recognition when you mentioned noting all the handknits in the HP series. while mesmerized by the story, i spent large parts of HP7 creating a mental list of all the great knits the characters wore and even formulating plans to go see the movie again to absorb more detail in both the story and the knits! it’s great to “feel the connection” in the the things we love and know others love them too.

  4. Thanks Glenna – that was lovely! You always share the neatest things (remember it was through your blog that – much to my daughters’ chagrin – I learned about DJ Earworm lol). While I haven’t done any HP (yet!) my teen did receive “Bella’s Mittens” last year for Christmas.

  5. Love the video.

    Love the sentiment.

  6. That was marvelous. Although I have to admit it made me cry a bit – so much bittersweet about the stories and JK Rowling doesn’t pull many punches. Can’t wait/dreading the last movie. I too love Luna, and watching Neville turn into a hero is so satisfying.

  7. Oh, just remembered, about knitting and movies. Have you seen “Coraline”? Marvelous stop-motion animation (the REAL kind), and unbelievable minature hand-knit sweaters for the dolls. If you can rent the DVD, do so, and watch the “Making Of” feature. They don’t talk about the sweaters much, but a magazine article about the time it came out said they were knitted with incredibly fine needles to get the scale correct.

  8. Thanks Glenna!! I love this video with a passionate love and am forwarding the address to my daughter right now. As someone who grew up on Harry Potter and spent hours in line for the premiere midnight screening with all the other dressed-up nuts, I know she’ll love it.

  9. Dang! I’ve been at the wrong stage in life to be interested in HP… I’m afraid to watch your clip! Will I be hooked? I’ll take it up at knit nite to see if I’d appreciate the knitter’s connection.
    Thanks for sharing. I enjoy your writing!

  10. Oh, Ann in NJ, thanks for admitting you cried a little, too. I’d hate to be the only one!

  11. Thanks so much for sharing this. I’ll admit thinking about knitting patterns when watching DH1 for the first time – kept thinking to myself that I wanted to make Hermione’s gloves.

    … and I cried a wee bit too while watching that video. >.<

  12. Thanks so much for sharing this clip – made me teary. Sometimes it feels silly being so emotionally involved with fictional characters – I guess I just love how they embody so much of what is right about friends, and I don’t mean only Harry, Hermione and Ron – but all the others that they generously expanded their circle to include. And, I think the Weasley’s were dead lucky to get hand knit Christmas sweaters every year!

  13. Thank you. Your words are always inspirational. It will help me get through a DK scarf.

  14. That was beautifully said, Glenna — I’ve often tried to explain to people why knitting “makes sense” to me and failed every time. Now I’m just going to read that last paragraph to them. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. atomicfunk07 · ·

    that was brilliant. i love it when famous people (you’re pretty famous to me!) turn out to be hp fans just like me!

  16. KnitterInPink · ·

    Ahhhh HP love. ๐Ÿ™‚ Wonderful stuff. Such well written books and beautiful movies. I do love ALL the knit-ware in the movies. The second they came out I had dozens of requests for scarves. Haha.

    Wonderful post!

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