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mikalee13:

So i got this Tattoo on Esther Day with my friend Jill. We had just been at LeakyCon for 5 days which was amazing. We had cried together at midnight at Esther’s ball (which was an awesome experience, even if many tears were involved. many hugs were involved too. and so. much. love.)
I wanted something to honor both Esther and the amazing community that we both love. I admire the person Esther was so much and it’s not fair that she only got 16 years but damn, she made the best out of the 16 years didn’t she? <3

mikalee13:

So i got this Tattoo on Esther Day with my friend Jill. We had just been at LeakyCon for 5 days which was amazing. We had cried together at midnight at Esther’s ball (which was an awesome experience, even if many tears were involved. many hugs were involved too. and so. much. love.)

I wanted something to honor both Esther and the amazing community that we both love. I admire the person Esther was so much and it’s not fair that she only got 16 years but damn, she made the best out of the 16 years didn’t she? <3

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thehpalliance:

"It was with Esther that the Nerdfighter community came together and helped the Harry Potter Alliance win 250,000 dollars. And Hank, it was because of Esther that on Esther Day I told you that I love you (which I do, although I don’t want to talk about it). And even though Esther has died we will continue to do projects with her. Because it will be when we work to decrease World Suck and when we show our love for others that Esther will be with us most."

Esther Day is around the corner! Don’t forget to let us know what you’re planning by using the #estherday tag.

You can learn more about the Esther Day project here.

(Source: ripharryjamespotter)

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thehpalliance:

This is how we’re spending our Saturday.
We’d tell you to clear your schedules, but we’re pretty sure a couple thousand of you already have since LeakyCon’s Open at the Close tickets go on sale at 2pm ET. Once you’ve bought yours, come hang out with us as we prepare for Esther Day with this discussion.

thehpalliance:

This is how we’re spending our Saturday.

We’d tell you to clear your schedules, but we’re pretty sure a couple thousand of you already have since LeakyCon’s Open at the Close tickets go on sale at 2pm ET. Once you’ve bought yours, come hang out with us as we prepare for Esther Day with this discussion.

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siriusly-though394:

The Weapon we have is Love.
(I copied a pencil drawing I found on the internet and made it in blue and green colored pencil so I only take a little of the credit.)
This was one of my Esther Day projects that I might give to one of my friends. I might keep it for myself because I like it more than I thought I would.

siriusly-though394:

The Weapon we have is Love.

(I copied a pencil drawing I found on the internet and made it in blue and green colored pencil so I only take a little of the credit.)

This was one of my Esther Day projects that I might give to one of my friends. I might keep it for myself because I like it more than I thought I would.

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thehpalliance:

Esther Day is a holiday, but it is not about metaphors. It is not about gestures. Instead of mass produced greeting cards and baked goods, it calls for an uncommon honesty and bravery.
As the story goes, John and Hank Green asked Nerdfighter Esther Earl (now a published author) to decide how the community would celebrate her birthday every year. Given the opportunity to create a holiday, Esther chose to make it about love, family, and friends. When John uploaded the first annual video in August of 2010, he said “The words we use to describe the things we feel matter. […] So maybe Esther Day is the day where we think, ‘who do I love who I have trouble saying I love you to?’”
Esther passed away from thyroid cancer later that month; she was sixteen.
Since then, Nerdfighters have participated in Esther Day, celebrating the power and importance of love. Videos are uploaded, songs are sung, and we tell the people we love that we love them in no uncertain terms.
It sounds simple enough. In truth, it often comes as a challenge – being honest and unapologetic about love almost feels counterintuitive sometimes. We flee vulnerability.
This campaign – like Esther Day – is about changing that.
On Esther Day, we act for love: to uplift each other and create a more positive fandom; to empower and inspire our community; and to increase empathy. Our goal is nothing less than to make Esther Day a globally recognized, baggage-free holiday about love and gratitude.
In the months leading up to Esther Day, we want to make this community an everyday celebration of our favorite holiday. We want you to join in.
Before Esther Day:
Plan your projects and share your plans to inspire others.
Attend a Nerdfighter or HPA Chapter meetup celebrating Esther Day. 
Watch this space for more ways to get involved. When you post, make sure to use #EstherDay!
On Esther Day (August 3rd)
Tell a friend or family member that you love them: pick up the phone, make a YouTube video, send them a text, an email, an owl, or some treacle tart.
Post your final #EstherDay projects online to share them with the world.
You can check out the Esther Day Project page to see some past projects.
This is what it comes down to: love is awesome. Love is important. Love is what saved the wizarding world and, long before that, its residents. Fandoms become communities when we celebrate loving not just a book or a movie, but each other.
Whether it’s via owl post, social media (#EstherDay) or at LeakyCon in Orlando, please join us in celebrating love and celebrating each other during this year’s Esther Day.

thehpalliance:

Esther Day is a holiday, but it is not about metaphors. It is not about gestures. Instead of mass produced greeting cards and baked goods, it calls for an uncommon honesty and bravery.

As the story goes, John and Hank Green asked Nerdfighter Esther Earl (now a published author) to decide how the community would celebrate her birthday every year. Given the opportunity to create a holiday, Esther chose to make it about love, family, and friends. When John uploaded the first annual video in August of 2010, he said “The words we use to describe the things we feel matter. […] So maybe Esther Day is the day where we think, ‘who do I love who I have trouble saying I love you to?’”

Esther passed away from thyroid cancer later that month; she was sixteen.

Since then, Nerdfighters have participated in Esther Day, celebrating the power and importance of love. Videos are uploaded, songs are sung, and we tell the people we love that we love them in no uncertain terms.

It sounds simple enough. In truth, it often comes as a challenge – being honest and unapologetic about love almost feels counterintuitive sometimes. We flee vulnerability.

This campaign – like Esther Day – is about changing that.

On Esther Day, we act for love: to uplift each other and create a more positive fandom; to empower and inspire our community; and to increase empathy. Our goal is nothing less than to make Esther Day a globally recognized, baggage-free holiday about love and gratitude.

In the months leading up to Esther Day, we want to make this community an everyday celebration of our favorite holiday. We want you to join in.

Before Esther Day:

  • Plan your projects and share your plans to inspire others.
  • Attend a Nerdfighter or HPA Chapter meetup celebrating Esther Day.
  • Watch this space for more ways to get involved. When you post, make sure to use #EstherDay!

On Esther Day (August 3rd)

  • Tell a friend or family member that you love them: pick up the phone, make a YouTube video, send them a text, an email, an owl, or some treacle tart.
  • Post your final #EstherDay projects online to share them with the world.

You can check out the Esther Day Project page to see some past projects.

This is what it comes down to: love is awesome. Love is important. Love is what saved the wizarding world and, long before that, its residents. Fandoms become communities when we celebrate loving not just a book or a movie, but each other.

Whether it’s via owl post, social media (#EstherDay) or at LeakyCon in Orlando, please join us in celebrating love and celebrating each other during this year’s Esther Day.

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amandaneumann:

Me and my sister Mary before The Night Before Our Stars! Our whole theatre did Esther Day hearts before the movie started, too! 

amandaneumann:

Me and my sister Mary before The Night Before Our Stars! Our whole theatre did Esther Day hearts before the movie started, too! 

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ravenclawdia:


songs about friendship, community, gratitude and love

the hpa launched an esther day campaign today and i’ve been thinking about esther day a lot because of that and because of leakycon so i did a thing. because i can’t think about things without making a playlist about them. apparently. a bigger, messier, constantly evolving version of this is on spotify.

ravenclawdia:

songs about friendship, community, gratitude and love

the hpa launched an esther day campaign today and i’ve been thinking about esther day a lot because of that and because of leakycon so i did a thing. because i can’t think about things without making a playlist about them. apparently. a bigger, messier, constantly evolving version of this is on spotify.

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thehpalliance:

Help us kick off the Esther Day Project by handhearting it up at TFiOS screenings everywhere!

Chances are you remember a Harry Potter movie premiere or eight. You got there early, made friends, took pictures in your awesome robes and costumes. The magic began hours before the theater lights dimmed.

Now, we’re days away from another night just like that. Whether you’ve been a nerdfighter for years or days, the TFiOS movie is something you’ve waited for with all the “jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself” excitement John’s talked about and then some. We know because we’re right there with you.

So here’s what we’re proposing: let’s make the night about community. Let’s channel that energy into something actively positive.

While you’re waiting for the TFiOS movie, take a photo making the shape of a heart with your hands and tag it #EstherDay wherever you upload it. Grab some friends - old and just-met-them-in-line alike - and have them join in. If you’re up for it, tell others why you’re doing it. We don’t have wands to pose with this time around, so let’s make our own magic.

Find out more about the Esther Day Project here.

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"The measure of a friendship is not its physicality but it’s significance. Good friendships, online or off, urge us toward empathy; they give us comfort and also pull us out of the prison of our selves."

John Green, introduction to This Star Won’t Go Out (via mediocreparagon)

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