Social Media Roundup: International Women’s Day and Working from Home

Welcome back to MuggleNet’s Social Media Roundup! In this edition, stars of the Wizarding World have been celebrating Internation Women’s Day and reminding their followers to stay safe during the outbreak of COVID-19.

On March 8, the world came together to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Emma Watson marked the day by thanking those who have spoken up about violence against women throughout the years, as well as sharing a book recommendation to her Instagram.



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Happy International Women’s Day! Here’s to all the women that put themselves on the line and have broken silence around rape culture and violence against women. I am so grateful for your strong voices.⁣ ⁣ In my continuing search for answers, I feel very grateful to have encountered Sex & World Peace by Valerie M. Hudson, Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill, Mary Caprioli and Chad F. Emmett and I’m excited to share it with you on International Women’s Day.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ The book reveals that so much in the state of our world: security, prosperity, development, democracy, justice and world peace is clearly dependent on and stems from how we treat women and girls. With this highly readable and extensively researched textbook, the authors encourage a holistic view when it comes to national and international relations – the whole tree, not just the branches, but the roots. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ With practical chapters on achieving positive change, the book also offers us personal and societal calls to action while emphasizing that states who have the most power to make change must centralize the concerns of women where security, legal reform and justice is at stake and this includes equality in the decision-making process. Sex & World Peace shows us how gender inequality is a form of violence that impacts everything from population growth to economies to regime type. For me, this book illuminates how we got where we are today, and along with it, a way forward.⁣ ⁣☮️🙏🏽✨❤️⁣ ⁣ #sexandworldpeace #internationalwomensday @columbiauniversitypress @womanstatsproject #oursharedshelf

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Katie Leung (Cho Chang) celebrated the day by speaking to several groups of young women about fighting for equality and inclusion.



Katie Leung also made an appearance on Afshan Azad’s (Padma Patil) Instagram this month as part of a mini Potter reunion! Leung and Azad were joined by Georgina Leonidas (Katie Bell) and Anna Shaffer (Romilda Vane) for a catch-up in London.



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Reunited with my girls yesterday 💕 #Reunited #Friends #LondonTeam #GangShit #MaGirls

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Also connecting with his past was Tom Felton, who posted a throwback to one of his first jobs, the 1999 movie Anna and the King.



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Thanks @therealandytennant for giving me a shot. ‘Anna & the King’ – 1999 x

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While some members of the Wizarding World have been reminiscing about the past, Scarlett Hefner (Pansy Parkinson) is looking to the future. She announced on Twitter that she and her husband are expecting a baby. Congratulations, Scarlett and Cooper, from everyone here at MuggleNet!



As COVID-19 continues to dominate the news cycle, a number of Wizarding World stars have been sharing how this current outbreak of coronavirus is affecting their work and encouraging their followers to stay safe.

Like many people in the United Kingdom and around the world, Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley) has started working from home.



Rankin has also been taking to Twitter to share the challenges of being self-employed during this time.



Evanna Lynch has also been sharing how her work has been affected. Lynch was due to perform in an all-female production of Hamlet, which has since been canceled to help protect the cast and crew, theatre staff, and audience members.



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Presenting the cast of the all-female production of Hamlet that was, very sadly, “not to be” 💔 It has been a strange week rehearsing a show that nobody could say would definitely go on. But there was also something refreshingly different about just taking work one day at a time because nothing was taken for granted. I don’t think I’ve ever lived in such a state of presence, well, ever. No planning, no expectations, no idea what’s next and no anxiety. It was so nice to be with a group of women fully listening and developing ideas purely for the sake of self expression and because it was fun to do. I kept thinking of those lads in the titanic movie who played their violins til the bitter end and how there’s no better way to spend the present moment than connecting and exchanging ideas with open-hearted people. I hope this show happens at some point in the future 🙏🏻 . I got back home to my apartment tonight and felt deeply sad. It’s weird to go home and close your door with absolutely no knowledge of when the world will call you back out again. There’s usually always something in mind – whether it’s in an hour or a month, a job, a gym appointment, a friend’s birthday – to get back out there for. I don’t think I’ve ever gone home to have absolutely nothing on the calendar for…months. But again, I return to, this is how all the spiritual teachers tell us to live: in the present moment which is the only moment promised. There’s plenty to do in the present and I’m excited to embrace that. One more thought that keeps occurring to me and that I’m constantly amazed by throughout this weird new reality: if there was ever proof needed that we are literally all connected and equal, this is it. The fact that we can infect someone with a virus several continents away is surely testament to the fact that we can also affect people around the world with kindness. If we can touch strangers with diseases then so too do our words, our actions and our everyday choices bear significance and have repercussions we can’t even imagine on people we’ve never met. That is WILD and cool and I shall fix my intent on spreading light and laughs in all my actions. Love y’all, stay safe. 😘💗

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Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown) has also seen a disruption to her show, Cave Women: Work in Progress.



One way that Cave is combatting the uncertainty of time is by posting doodles to her social media to help her followers see the lighter side of social distancing while supporting those who may be most affected.



With all productions of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child across the world currently on hold, the casts of each production are finding new ways to stay connected with both fans and one another.

James Snyder, who plays Harry Potter in the Broadway production, is using social media to stay connected with fans.



Across the pond, multiple casts of Cursed Child London are using the power of the internet to stay connected with one another.



As well as reminding her followers to stay safe physically, Bonnie Wright has been making sure that people stay connected during this time.



She has also been using her Instagram stories to read poetry to fans in the mornings and shared a photo of an adorable puppy called Ginny to help keep spirits up.



Speaking of keeping everyone’s spirits up, there are three members of the Wizarding World who have taken to social media to share just how prepared they are for days of social distancing or isolation.

Oliver Phelps (George Weasley) let his followers know that he was prepared for all the gaming he will be doing over the coming weeks.



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Just incase…. 😎 But in all seriousness follow all medical advice 👍 #gaming #prep #naconrevolution

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Both Matthew Lewis and Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) used the apparent panic-buying of toilet paper to bring smiles to their followers’ faces.




Overall, it was Jamie Campbell Bower (young Gellert Grindelwald) who said what everyone needed to hear.



And that’s it for this edition of Social Media Roundup! Check back in two weeks’ time to see what else the stars of the Wizarding World have been up to.

Lucy O'Shea

I was given a copy of Philosopher's Stone in 2001, and instantly, I was hooked. Since then, my passion for Potter has been equaled only by my passion for fair access to education (and watching motorsport). A spell I wish could exist in the Muggle world is the summoning charm because this Hufflepuff is not a "particularly good finder"!