Social Media Roundup: Start of Something New

Welcome back to MuggleNet’s Social Media Roundup! January might feel like the longest month, but our Wizarding World alumni have been making the most of the start of the new year with a number of creative ventures.

Emma Watson has turned her hand to something new this month. She shared her directorial debut to Instagram in the form of a short video tribute to her friend and landscape artist Emma Webster.



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Watson isn’t the only alumnus who has jumped into something creative. Fellow Gryffindor Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown) has released a new podcast! Whenever It Kicks is a podcast about pregnancy and motherhood and is available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. In the first three episodes, Cave recounts her experiences of giving birth to her children. Expect future episodes to feature Cave’s thoughts on her current pregnancy experience as she expects her fourth child.



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On her new platform, Go Gently, Bonnie Wright shared a video of her mum teaching her how to sew. While learning to make cushion covers out of an old dress, Bonnie highlighted the importance of passing skills down through the generations.



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Rupert Grint’s latest project, the third season of M. Night Shyamalan’s psychological horror series Servant, is fast approaching. Alluding to his absence from Instagram, Rupert took the opportunity to let his followers know about a live Q&A he will be taking part in for the show’s premiere and to also thank followers for watching Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts. Maybe Rupert’s New Year’s resolution is to remember to post on Instagram?



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Taking on a traditional January pastime of getting active is Mads Mikkelsen (Gellert Grindelwald). He posted a post-workout picture (complete with running pun) to his Instagram.



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Rest is just as important as staying creative and getting active. Evanna Lynch posted a photo of her fluffy companion, Puff, looking cozy on a Sunday morning.



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Matthew Lewis has been making waves on both sides of the Atlantic with his role as aristocrat Hugh in the hit tv series All Creatures Great and Small, which is set in the scenic Yorkshire Dales. Sharing an article about the show’s success in the United States, Lewis joked that he hoped the show would improve American audiences’ familiarity with the Yorkshire accent, which also happens to be his own!



David Thewlis (Remus Lupin) has been keeping his followers on their toes in his corner of the Internet. Thewlis posted a 59-second video of a candle burning and encouraged his followers to “wait for it.” Spoiler alert: nothing happens.



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Tom Felton has been sharing promotional photos of his new movie, Save the Cinema. Felton plays the role of local mayor Richard Goodridge in this movie, which is based on a true story of a Welsh community that enlists the help of Steven Spielberg to help save their local theater.



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Sticking with the Malfoy family, Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) has been promoting his film Mass, which is now available for fans to watch anywhere in the world.



Finally, Gemma Chan (Madam Ya Zhou) has written a powerful essay about her father and his experiences of racism in the Merchant Navy. Chan told of reuniting with her father after lockdown and learning of the differences in working conditions between white and Chinese crew members. Chan’s father protested the conditions, and as a result, he and the crew members he represented “were allowed to fly back home with holiday pay.” You can read Chan’s full essay on the Guardian website.



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That brings this edition of Social Media Roundup to a close. Make sure to check back in two weeks’ time to see what the stars of the Wizarding World have been up to. 


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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"!