greetings from hogwarts


Welcome to The Shrewd Slytherin! It's really nice to have you here. Let's begin with a little about me and what this blog is going to be about!

My name is Xandie.

This is me in my natural habitat, surrounded by books. I have ~serious~ dreams of owning a library one day.

Anyway, Harry Potter is the best series ever. EVER, I TELL YOU. I've loved it since the first time I laid my eyes on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. My life has more or less revolved around Harry Potter since I can even consciously remember being alive.

I named this blog "The Shrewd Slytherin" because it encompasses my personality. I'm definitely Slytherin, always have been, always will be. I'm cunning, ambitious, and all the other descriptive words associated with Slytherin. And, yeah, I like to think I'm shrewd, the definition for which is "having or showing sharp powers of judgment: astute." (Also, one of my really good friends got me a shirt from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in California and it says "Shrewd Slytherin" and the phrase made me REALLY happy so here we are with this blog title.)

Here are a few fun little facts about me:

// My favorite compliment that I've ever gotten is that I'm "pretty, but in an evil sort of way, like Bellatrix Lestrange."

// I'm a second-degree black belt in tae kwon do.

// I served in the United States Navy for three years working as an aviation electrician's mate on MH-60S helicopters at HSC-21, home the Blackjacks. Funny story, we went to Vegas a couple of times for war games, and it was always funny to see my mates at the blackjack tables at the casinos because, well, the blackjacks were playing blackjack. (I know, I know, that's a super lame joke. Don't judge me.)

// I follow way more animals on Instagram than I do humans and that's honestly probably the most telling things I could let you know about me.

Now onto the blog.

My hope for The Shrewd Slytherin is to help use mine and other's experiences (with permission, of course) to spread awareness on the topic of sexual assault and to remind other survivors that they are not alone. I want this to be a center of healing and comradery. I want to be able to help people with my feelings and experiences. If this blog helps out just ONE person, I will feel like I've done what I've set out to do.

I know, you're probably thinking, "how in the world does harry potter connect to sexual assault? it has nothing to do with anything," or maybe even, "wow, that's a ridiculous name for a blog dealing with topics related to sexual assault."

I'll tell you that part of my story in a later post but Harry Potter was always a huge part of my life and ended up keeping me from committing suicide a few months after my assault. Harry Potter has so many themes that encompass many areas of life. Where some people find comfort and solace in religious texts, or other kinds of novels, or television shows, or anything, I found my saving grace through Harry Potter. It will always be such a huge part of my life and my survival story because of it. I'm apologizing now because I will probably throw a lot of HP references around in my posts.

Please let me know if you have any specific topics you would like me to cover. I'd love to hear from all of you! You can email me here to get in contact!

"But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the lights. " - Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore 💚


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