If you’ve followed me on any of my social media accounts over the past five months, you’ve probably seen me complain about latest cosplay endeavor: Harley Quinn. Now, HQ is one of the most popular costumes at comic and pop culture conventions (and this is just as true at the conventions I’ve attended in London as well as the States), and I almost felt that it was a rite of passage as a burgeoning cosplayer to pay homage to one of the most recognizable comic characters.

So after planning, fabricating, cursing, and crying for almost a year, I first wore my HQ outfit to WonderCon 2016, and I learned a few things about cosplaying such a famous character, such as…

Owning the consequences of our actions is a huge step to making things right, but it is usually preceded by a lot of guilt, which puts the weight of the world on our shoulders.

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The loss of Jay weighs heavy on all of Team Flash, but none as deeply as Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) who was finally to the point where she was willing to open her heart and let someone in again after the tragic loss of Ronnie.

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No one is more aware of this than Barry/Flash (Grant Gustin), who blames himself not just for Jay’s death, but everything that has gone wrong since he decided to travel back in time to save his Mom.

That’s a lot of bad stuff to feel guilty about and it shows. In addition, Harry (Tom Cavanagh) tells Barry and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) they need to stay quiet about everything that happened on Earth 2, especially about Joe, Iris and Caitlin’s doppelgangers.  If they knew, it could potentially change the course of things on Earth 1.

Love is the ultimate motivator. We never know just how far we’ll go in the name of love until we are tested or pushed to prove our devotion.

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Zoom (Tony Todd) knows Harry (Tom Cavanagh) is back on Earth 2 and didn’t come alone. He is one pissed off villain and will stop at nothing to track down Harry and eliminate him.  This just makes the clock tick faster for Harry and Cisco (Carlos Valdes), whose mission to rescue Jessie is now twice as tricky since Flash is also a captive of Zoom’s.

As if that’s not bad enough, they almost forgot about Barry (Grant Gustin) from Earth 2 who was tied up in a closet. He’s awake and not happy about his treatment. He wants an explanation, but there’s no time for that, Zoom is in Star Labs and can smell blood.

You’re going to go through the looking glass. Don’t be distracted by what you see and hear.

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After methodically closing all the breaches/portals except the one in Star Labs, Harry (Tom Cavanagh), Barry (Grant Gustin) and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) set off on their journey through the “rabbit hole” to Earth 2. Once there, they have 48 hours to find Zoom, defeat him, save Harry’s daughter Jessie, and return to Earth 1. If they don’t return, that means the mission failed and Jay needs to close the portal, leaving Barry and Cisco trapped on Earth 2.

Sometimes doing the right thing comes with great heartache and consequences.

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With Patty gone, Barry (Grant Gustin) focuses on mending his broken heart by burying himself into his work. Nothing like trying to find a way to close the 52 breaches all over Central City to take your mind off a failed relationship.

Barry is enthusiastic about working with Harry (Tom Cavanagh). It feels like the good old days, before Wells turned out to be the bad guy. If only Harry felt the same way.