Social Media Roundup: Bringing Awareness and Celebrating Father’s Day

Welcome back to another edition of MuggleNet’s Social Media Roundup! Over the past two weeks, the stars of the Wizarding World have made posts to bring awareness to Juneteenth, World Refugee Day, and Pride Month and wished their fathers and husbands a happy Father’s Day. There have also been anniversaries, a pregnancy announcement, project updates, and more quarantine life posts.

With the current coronavirus pandemic, protests, and racial injustice, Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley) checked in with his Twitter followers and responded to some of the comments.

 

 

Bonnie Wright shared this powerful photo for Juneteenth. This date, also known as Freedom Day, celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger announced the federal orders in Galveston, Texas, declaring that all slaves in Texas were free.

 

 

The actress and activist, along with Jason Isaacs, shared facts about climate refugees and the state of those still displaced for World Refugee Day, which takes place June 20 annually. Each year, there is a specific message the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) shares to bring awareness to issues facing displaced people. This year, the message was that every action counts.

 

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#WORLDREFUGEEDAY via @futureearth

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Harry Potter cast members Katie Leung (Cho Chung), Evanna Lynch, Bonnie Wright, Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown), Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), and Anna Shaffer (Romilda Vane) used their social media to express their love and appreciation for fathers on Father’s Day.

 

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Chattin shit with my fave. #happyfathersday

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Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing dads out there, especially my dad! 💚🤍🧡 He isn’t really bothered about instagram but I miss my family so much and wanted a little picture of Dad on my feed. We were talking in ChickPeeps bookclub yesterday about how it’s actually quite a challenging time to be a man, particularly a decent man, as men are getting blamed for all the collective wrongdoings of mankind, and as the pressure for the collapse of the patriarchy mounts. That feels like quite a lot to bear. So I just wanted to say how much I depend on the kind, strong, compassionate and wise men in my life to support, embolden me and at times, to lead the way through dark times, and there’s none I depend on for that more than my own dad. I could not hack this life journey without kind men and brilliant dads ✨

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happy Father’s Day to the best 💕

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Showing his support and acknowledging the work that still needs to be done, Chris Rankin wished everyone a happy Pride Month.

 

 

Jessie Cave announced some exciting family news. She shared that she is again expecting and showed off her beautiful growing baby bump!

 

 

After deleting her Twitter account earlier this month, Evanna Lynch will have a website coming soon. She has been revaluating her connection with social media after receiving multiple angry responses to an earlier tweet.

 

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Beautiful, perfect illustration of Puff by my sublimely talented friend @louiseandrolia for my website, coming soon ☺️⁣ ✨⁣ I’ve been reevaluating my relationship with social media this week. As many of you saw I got a lot of people angry on Twitter last week. So angry in fact that I had to detwitter myself! It was not a good week but it prompted me to do some deep thinking about my online presence. While the replies became way too toxic, I certainly wasn’t bullied into shutting my account. I have been feeling for a while that Twitter is something of a one-sided conversation and just doesn’t suit my voice. (I really only had it to stalk a few of my fav writers and share vegan campaigns 🤷🏼‍♀️) And last week when I shared my thoughts I realised it 100% wasn’t the place for me to express my truth. As the replies rolled in I couldn’t help but think ‘damn! If these people really knew me and my complexity and darkness they would not like me at all! 😬’. So, I no longer want to give my energy or attention to that platform. I’m here to talk to people who are wide awake, willing to listen and think deeply. During lockdown, the main thing I’ve been focusing on has been writing and so much of what I have to say is not pretty. I’m trying to write about learning self acceptance and self love but I can’t effectively do that if I don’t give myself license to explore the voice of self-hate too. I see human nature as complicated, ugly and often messed up and I don’t believe the way to address our darkness is by throwing a rug over it and pretending to society that we’re perfect.⁣ ⁣ I don’t get things right all the time, and I’ll continue to check myself, but I do always do my best to mindfully speak my truth. And I can’t even hear my truth when I’m taking in the energy of thousands of people telling me I’m wrong. I end up looking to others to do my thinking for me, or I say hollow, clichéd words to appease and satisfy, and I go to bed feeling like I’ve abandoned myself. I think ultimately I’d rather disappoint everyone else but feel centred in myself. So I’ve turned down some noise for now while I get on with my work. Will share my new website next week. Hope y’all are well. 😘

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Knowledge is power, and Evanna also shared the books that she has been reading and learning from in quarantine.

 

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Books I’ve been loving lately in lockdown… 📚😽⁣ 1- Don’t Touch My Hair by @emmadabiri, an Irish-Nigerian woman exploring her own and society’s relationship to black people’s hair, and how racial oppression was reflected in the way she was taught to try control her hair. I’d never really considered how glaringly biased the beauty industry is towards white people and how painful it must be for young black girls to not see their features reflected in the language and images of hair and makeup advertising. Now I’m seeing it everywhere. ⁣ ⁣ 2 – Astrology Made Easy by Yasmin Boland. Astrology has been such a source of support and guidance during this trying time. I’ve always been interested in but equally confused by astrology and Yasmin’s work makes it so accessible, applicable and uplifting! I don’t really think astrology is something you can half-ass study, it’s so mind bogglingly complex but when you do understand the basics it is amazing how much strength it lends. It makes me feel held by the universe.⁣ ⁣ 3 – One Hundred And Fifty Two Days by @eliistender10 is a beautifully honest and heartbreaking story about dealing with the loss of his mother as a young boy. I’ve never really ‘gotten’ poetry but the way Giles takes you through these private moments of darkness, hope, confusion, pain on this journey of grief in free verse with simple, truthful images is really the only way to tell it.⁣ ⁣ 4 – The Sexual Politics of Meat by @cja_from_dallas . We read this book in ChickPeeps Bookclub and it was intense but felt like such vital reading. It’s made me more of a feminist and more aware of the importance of not using language that objectifies either women or animals. It gave me words and conviction for experiences I thought might just be in my head. ⁣ ⁣ 5 – Me and White Supremacy by @laylafsaad. I strongly recommend anyone working on anti-racism to do this book and do it with a friend. It can be really hard to honestly answer the prompts but doing it with someone who can listen patiently to your previous mistakes helps you fully confront them, own them and learn to do better.⁣ ⁣ K, hope you peeps find something in there. Going back to my books now.😘

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Katie Leung shared a petition that stressed the importance of getting support before most of Britain’s theaters and performing arts companies are forced to close because of COVID-19.

 

 

That’s it for this edition of Social Media Roundup! Check back in two weeks to see what your favorite Wizarding World stars have been up to.

Sarah Wylde

As a Ravenclaw and introverted tattooed cat, Sarah enjoys reading, writing, and watching hockey (Go Leafs Go). You can follow Sarah on Twitter: @WyldeFandom