The Collective Remembers Alan Rickman (Always)

It is with a heavy, heavy heart that I write this memoriam post for an actor that all of us here at The Collective have nothing but fond memories for. After a long battle with cancer, Alan Rickman, who many of us know as Professor Severus Snape of Hogwarts, passed away today at the age of 69. Many of the actors who have worked with him over his almost three-decade career have written heartfelt tributes to the late actor, and perhaps none have moved me more than the words of Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe:

As an actor he was one of the first of the adults on Potter to treat me like a peer rather than a child. Working with him at such a formative age was incredibly important and I will carry the lessons he taught me for the rest of my life and career. Film sets and theatre stages are all far poorer for the loss of this great actor and man. (source)

We are privileged to have lived on this earth at the same time as such a talented actor, and today we fondly remember our favorite Alan Rickman works.

The Sheriff of Nottingham

This was the first Alan Rickman movie I can remember seeing, and although Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves has little to recommend it aside from the Sheriff of Nottingham, it is a film that my brothers and I still quote to each other. In fact, today my brother and I ate lunch using only spoons in memory of Rickman. Why a spoon cousin? …Because it’ll hurt more! -The Collectress

Sense and Sensibility

Although I tend to associate Alan Rickman with Severus Snape, I mustn’t forget that before I started watching Harry Potter, I knew him as Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility. Just as Rickman conquered comedy and fantasy, he was also a master of the genteel and the historical. His portrayal of Brandon made me fall in love with him, his voice, and his unbelievable talent. -The Collected Mutineer


No, I’m not talking about that douche angel from Supernatural. I’m talking about the time that Alan Rickman was the snarky Word of God. Dogma remains one of my favorite films of all time because Metatron was such a sass monster. -The Collectress

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Speaking of Sass…

Alan Rickman not only had fantastic comedic timing, but a lovely sense of humor. I’ll let the clip speak for itself. -The Collected Mutineer

Sonnet 130

I’ve posted about Alan Rickman’s reading of The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy, and listening to his voice will always be one of my favorite things to do. So here is Alan reading Shakespeare’s sonnet 130. -The Collectress

Professor Snape

It would be remiss to talk about the man without mentioning his most famous role, the one that many of us grew up loving him for. Speaking for myself, I find that there are few characters in the HP universe with more emotional complexity and compelling story arc than Severus Snape, and Rickman brought every bit of that depth to the character onscreen.

If you can stand to watch it, here is Snape’s story in chronological order.

We will miss you, Alan Rickman, and we will remember you.

Geek Chic: 5 High Fashion Jewelry Pieces Every Nerd Girl Needs

Every fashionista knows, good jewelry can be the statement piece you need to bring together an outfit. While there are many options out there for chic geeks, here are some of my favorite and nerdiest high fashion pieces from all across the interwebs.

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Find me over on Twitter and Tumblr rambling, per usual.

Wonder Woman Symbol Collar Necklace $16

This gorgeous collar piece can be worn with your Wonder Woman cosplay or out on the town. Either way, you will be the talk of the super hero network.

image-jewlneckwwcollar-primary-shsnowatermarkR2-D2 Clip and Earring Bundle $70

Always a fan of the Her Universe franchise, I love this simple, vintage design that reminds me of a version of my grandmother’s brooch and hairpin collection with a geeky twist.


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Geek Chic: Tadeudz Creations

One of the reasons I love blogging is that I get to share all the amazing things I find on the internet, at conventions, or just when I move about life in general. A while back, I became acquainted with the Etsy shop of a Twitter friend, Ally (Tadeudz), and her jewelry is so lovely that I immediately contacted her with a request for a commissioned piece. She made me a lovely Black Widow inspired necklace that I’ve worn practically nonstop since receiving it.

Let me tell you a bit about Ally and her shop, Tadeudz Creations. Ally began making jewelry in early 2014 after a discouraging search online for a Supernatural charm bracelet. “Of the ones I found, none fitted the aesthetic I had in mind; most were very plain or masculine looking. I wanted something that would show off my nerd passion but would also be feminine and pretty to look at,” says Ally.  Continue reading

Meme Monday: Valentine’s Day Cards


Happy Monday, Collectors!

Love is in the air, and even though Valentine’s Day is still 12 days away, I wanted to give you a few options on cards for your favorite internet friends. Here are some of my favorites. Enjoy!


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Fanfic Wednesday: “Tea and No Sympathy”


Tea and No Sympathy by who_la_hoop

Word Count: 70,045
Pairing: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter
Warnings: NSFW, EWE

Author’s Summary

It’s Potter’s fault, of course, that Draco finds himself trapped in the same twenty-four-hour period, repeating itself over and over again. It’s been nearly a year since the unpleasant business at Hogwarts, and Draco’s getting on with his life quite nicely, thank you, until Harry sodding Potter steps in and ruins it all, just like always. At first, though, the time loop seems liberating. For the first time in his life, he can do anything, say anything, be anything, without consequence. But the more Draco repeats the day, the more he realises the uncomfortable truth: he’s falling head over heels for the speccy git. And suddenly, the time loop feels like a trap. For how can he ever get Harry to love him back when time is, quite literally, against him?

My Thoughts

Okay, so I’m a sucker for the time loop trope. Have been ever since I first watched “Groundhog Day” way back when, and my love was set in stone with Supernatural‘s “Mystery Spot.” I was casually strolling through AO3 the other day and came across this fic completely by accident, since I was actually the Johnlock tag. I have zero regrets and a whole lot of gratitude for this author, who captured a post-war Draco Malfoy with superb superciliousness that slowly changes the more the day is repeated and the more he gets to know Harry Potter. If there’s two things I love in an HP fic it’s 1) a Draco Malfoy who’s determined to not let negative social stigma stop him from succeeding in life and 2) descriptions of Harry’s unmanageable hair. This fic has both in spades. It’s humorous, it’s a bit angsty, but in the end it’s charming.

Read it if you ship Drarry and prefer EWE fics.

-The Collectress

Need more? Check out our fic rec lists on our Tumblr or come visit us on AO3

Geek Chic: 5 Holiday Gifts for Your Favorite Fan

Happy Holidays! Don’t know what to get your favorite fangirl or boy for Christmas? Have no fear! The Collectiva Diva is here to help and do the legwork. Last year, I gave you the Guide to Geek Chic Giving, just in case you weren’t sure where to start. This year, with less than a week until Christmas, you may have to express ship, but trust me, ship it. ship it good.

xoxo Misha’s Little Diva

1) The Supernatural Fan

Had to start with what I know. For the SPN family member who has everything, order Jason Mann’s Christmas With Friends over on his website for $15. Friend of the show, Manns convinced some of his Supernatural buddies to sing on this holiday treat, and yes, that means we get songs sung by Richard, Jared, Jensen, Misha, Rob and more.

Image property of Jason Manns

Image property of Jason Manns

2) The Sherlockian

There is a lot of great Sherlock gear out there, but around the holidays, I like my Sherlock with antlers. Check out Lilinas’ page over at Redbubble for iPhone cases, tote bags, throw pillows and tees with this adorable design. Prices range from $15-$30 depending on the item, of course.

Tote bag, Lilinas $18

Tote bag, Lilinas $18

3) The Whovian

Doctor Who fans will adore these funny pajamas that probably aren’t bigger on the inside, but they sure are cute. Visit the Spencer’s website and, for only $25, you can get this hooded onsie and totally look exactly like David Tennant in Series 4*.

*In no way will you look like David Tennant in Series 4


Pajamas, Spencer’s $25

4) The Marvel fan

With 2 new Marvel movies released this year, Funko promptly created various mini versions of Marvel film favorites, ranging from $6-30. Amazon has everyone from Loki to Spiderman, Agent Coulson to an adorable dancing Groot. Of course, I purchased Cap and Bucky for myself and labelled them “To: Diva, From: Santa” because that’s what we fangirls do.

Gamora Funko Pop Doll, Amazon $12

Gamora Funko Pop Doll, Amazon $12

5) The Potterhead

Harry Potter fans already have gotten a pretty amazing Christmas present, with J.K. Rolling releasing 12 new stories from the Hogwarts!Verse on between December 12-23 for FREE. If you’re looking for stocking stuffers, though, check out the WB shop. With quidditch jerseys, time turner watches, cosplay gear and Hedwig figurines, there is something for every fan.

House ties, WBShop $22

House ties, WBShop $22



Geek Chic: Baby Slytherin

I know, I know. On Wednesdays we write about Winchesters. You can all tweet your disappointment at me later. I got sidetracked, okay? It’s the end of term for me, and I wrote a 17 page essay in six hours today. So instead of blogging about Winchester angst, I decided I need to do something a little cuter and fluffier.

Let me tell you about Baby Slytherin.

My brother recently phoned me (while I was in a crowded restaurant no less!) and told me that in a few months, I’d be Auntie Collectress. Yes, coming summer 2015 is the affectionately (and somewhat biasedly) named Baby Slytherin. So like any good auntie, I immediately took to the interwebs to find cute baby clothes. Here are my Harry Potter favourites for the geek chic wee wizard, and just in time for Christmas.

Welcome to House Slytherin

Available here on Etsy

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