Avengers Fandom Has Changed Quite a Lot Since 2012

Avengers 2012 assemble

Joss Whedon’s The Avengers came out seven years ago, helping to kickstart one of the biggest online fandoms to date. The shape that fandom took back then would be almost unrecognizable today. Let’s take a trip down memory lane.

In 2012, US-oriented fandom as a wider concept was spread across several platforms, archives, and sites. Writers and readers tended to hang out over on LiveJournal or Dreamwidth, artists in spots like DeviantArt, vid makers on YouTube and Vimeo. Archive of Our Own was gaining prominence as the story repository to beat, but people still uploaded to the dread fanfiction.net and property-specific archives.

Tumblr, which had been around since 2007, was slowly starting to crystallize as a central place to post about fandom right around the time that Avengers burst onto the scene. In fact, the movie may have been a major catalyst to the migration of fandom in Tumblr’s direction.

The ability to quickly post text, links, art, photos, and gifs all in one place made the platform ideal. It was a convergence of artistic mediums, meta, and memes. The way Tumblr functioned—you’d see posts created by the people you followed but also whatever they “reblogged”—generated a new way of sharing and spreading fan-made content that hadn’t been seen before. Fandom took on a new kind of virality.

Previously, we’d been in more self-selected walled gardens, producing and consuming with like-minded individuals who had signed up to like the same thing we did. But enthusiasm for a topic, media property, actor, or romantic “ship” on Tumblr spread quickly. You might be sucked into a new fandom or OTP (“one true pairing,” yet a term generously applied) by a piece of beautiful art or a great story that landed on your dashboard when you weren’t even looking for it. It was also easy to uncover new friends based on the topic tags appended to posts, send each other messages via the (notoriously glitchy) Ask feature, and soon form fast-growing communities.

It’s hard not to look back with rose-tinted glasses. There was certainly negativity and fandom infighting in those halcyon Avengers days—there always is, in every fandom on every platform I’ve ever been a part of, from Yahoo! Groups until now. But this was before performative purity became a reflex for many, before hunting down the ways your favorite pairing should not morally be your fave began to be de rigueur in fandom circles. Though I doubt my experience speaks to everyone else’s in Avengers fandom at the time, what I remember is this: an outpouring of overwhelming excitement and enthusiasm as we latched onto a long and storied Marvel history that was beginning a new chapter.

Not only was Joss Whedon’s Avengers a smash hit at the box office, but it still stands as a solid superhero movie, even if these days—after immersion in the characters for nearly a decade—I might take issue with some of his creative choices. It was difficult to emerge from The Avengers and not have some character or “ship” that caught your interest and wouldn’t let go. If you were a creator, there was suddenly an extremely active platform waiting to receive your Avengers-centric works, and if you were there as an observer, there was a veritable content feast.

Enthusiasm begets enthusiasm. The more people wrote stories for Avengers, the more others were inspired to do the same. This principle held with art, meta, videos, gifs, photo edits, meme-makers, people who dug through comics archives to provide scans for the masses. It seemed like overnight The Avengers became the dominant fandom for thousands of us, just as the film was dominating box offices worldwide.

The most popular ship by far right after the movie bowed was Tony Stark/Steve Rogers, otherwise known as “Stony” or “Superhusbands.” This emerged from the way Whedon had configured the characters to clash but ultimately reconcile, not to mention their long and tumultuous relationship in Marvel Comics. (Remember the time they got married in an alternate universe?)

Natasha Stark-Rogers

Less popular but more amiable was Tony Stark/Bruce Banner, or “Science Boyfriends” and “Science Bros,” a match-up its actors have enjoyed teasing. Then there was “Frostiron,” which was Tony Stark/Loki, inspired by their snarky interaction at the top of Stark Tower. You might be noticing a pattern here—everyone wanted a piece of Tony Stark. Also popular was “Clintasha,” as Clint and Natasha were close and we had no knowledge yet of Clint’s Secret Family, and Clint Barton/Phil Coulson, a fan-fuelled ship that would take me a long time to explain but has more than 10,000 tagged fics on AO3.

The prevalence of more and more MCU films emerging after Avengers’ success makes that 2012 fandom incarnation a unique moment caught in time. We now have the weight and canon and controversies of the fifteen movies that would come after. Characters have undergone significant transformations in the MCU; the MCU’s very axis of focus has shifted; there are new faces; there are new deaths to face.

Many of us who are still around moved on to different ships or areas of interest and may, now, find ourselves affixed to characters hardly on our radar in that initial Avengers boomSuch is the changing nature of any fandom, but what remains extraordinary about The Avengers is that after 2012, we never left the MCU, but rather evolved alongside it. I’ve stayed involved in the same scene, surrounded by many of the same people, for the length of a PhD program. Sometimes it feels as though I should have an honorary doctorate in The Avengers.

What I miss about 2012 was the warmth we gave to the team in our relatively less-jaded state. There was a revolving narrative around “found family,” or the idea that these complicated and damaged people chose each other and would now be blood in all but name. Many works of art and fiction supposed the Avengers were all living together in Tony Stark-appointed lodging, and in their downtime, there were pizza parties and movie nights. If I were to say “Avengers Tower” to anyone from that point in fandom time, the reference would be understood at once. It may have been indulgent, but it was lovely in its way. 2012 was a very different time in the world, and we got an Avengers fandom reflective of that era.

These days, fandom is even bigger than we could have dreamed, but it is also fractured in a fashion that reminds me of the pre-2012 days. Some have declined in their use of Tumblr following the site’s 2018 NSFW content ban, which included NSFW fanart, and moved over to Twitter, Discord, Pillowfort, or back to old mainstays like Dreamwidth. Post-Avengers fandoms like Steve/Bucky dominate on the slash front, while Tony Stark—who remains in fashion—has apparently found a new paramour in Stephen Strange. On the dramatic side of things, Civil Wars and squabbles have torn apart our heroes, reshaping the team dynamic. Fandom wanks and disagreements have created factions within partisans.

New characters from the likes of Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man and The Wasp, Spider-Man, and Captain Marvel fill the ranks and change the scenery. And we, the fanworks-creating-and-consuming audience, have changed as well. If you were 15 when The Avengers came out, you’re now of legal drinking age. I have fandom friends who have gotten married and had children in the interim. If you knew nothing about the MCU going into Avengers, chances are you’re now a battle-scarred warrior, full of comics lore and bearing marks from your years of scuffles with movie canon.

It’s safe to say that you are far from the person you were in 2012. Yet if you’ve been in fandom since then, there is much that you’ve carried with you. Some of my mixed emotions about Endgame being upon us at last stem from the realization that it really is the end of the line for the original Avengers line-up. Fandoms can and do subsist on scraps and survive both canonical catastrophes and triumphs. They are, however, irrevocably altered.

What MCU fan culture will look like post-Endgame is anyone’s guess, and the fandom reflective of 2019 will be different in tone regardless of the movie. But we’ll always have Avengers Tower. See you on pizza night.

(images: Marvel Comics, Marvel Studios)

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#Bond25 Is Here and We’re All Screaming About It

The cast of Bond 25

For many of us, learning about the world of James Bond has been a time-honored pastime that we look forward to with each new film, and now we’ve finally got some information about the next installment! Including a cast of Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, and more!

At the Bond25 film launch at the GoldenEye estate in Jamaica, the film’s director, Cary Fukunaga, joined Daniel Craig and the rest of the cast to make some announcements about what is shaping up to be a great addition to the Bond franchise. One of those additions? Rami Malek, hot off his Oscar win for portraying Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

What was fun was that Malek sent in a video about his role and, of course, Twitter had some thoughts.

And then fans of Captain Marvel were gifted with Lashana Lynch’s announcement!

Also, we’d be remiss not to talk about Cary Fukunaga, the man who should be the next James Bond, because have you seen him? He’s the most debonaire of men.

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Robert De Niro’s Mostly Male Table at Tribeca Film Festival Lunch Didn’t Go Unnoticed

Robert De Niro attends the DIRECTTV Premiere Of "Women Walks Ahead" At 2018 Tribeca Film Festival on April 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for DIRECTTV)

The Tribeca Film Festival kicked off yesterday, and its cofounders, Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal, were photographed at a lunch together at a table with only white men seated with them, save Rosenthal herself.

I should note that Page Six has reported that there was a fairly large female presence at said lunch in general, but it didn’t go unnoticed that De Niro’s table was mostly male, because it’s De Niro. He’s going to be one of the big faces of the festival, and who he associates with does set a kind of tone. As reported, one attendee noted, “The optics are terrible.”

Rosenthal herself admitted to Page Six that the disparity didn’t go unnoticed by her, either, and she was asked how it felt being the only woman at the table. “I noticed that there were a lot of … mostly men in this room. That is more of what I noticed versus being here yesterday at lunch for our ‘Untold Stories,’ and it was predominantly women.” Rosenthal did go on to say that “Our festival, our company, is predominantly women, but it’s interesting, I didn’t look that at the table specifically as much as the room.”

Looking at the table at the source, I can see how it can seem sort of like an all-boys club, with a token woman, especially because there is so much female and diverse talent at Tribeca that should be present there. As I said before, despite there being other, more diverse tables, if the cofounders of the festival are only surrounded by white men, it sets a tone of elitism that can reinforce to some people that, despite the progress being made, they still aren’t seeing it at the top.

Rosenthal told Page Six that she agrees more needs to be done to improve diversity within the industry and its events: “It’s the works that we’re highlighting. It’s what we’re doing to continue to mentor people. It’s stories that are looking at other cultures that hopefully we can start to turn a corner and make a difference, but it is also about listening to people, listening to each other.”

Seeing faces like you among the people in charge is what makes POC and women feel safe to seek out mentorship, because they feel that someone will understand their vision and perspective. A representative for Tribeca Film Festival made the following statement about the event: “Seats got changed at the last minute when people canceled, so yes one or two tables were skewed more with females or more with males.”

I think that, if you are in charge of PR, even if you have to finagle it, you find a way to include some POC and more than one woman at the big boy table. This is De Niro; I’m sure it’s not hard to sit him next to a Black woman.

(via Page Six, image: Andrew Toth/Getty Images for DIRECTTV)

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The First Detective Pikachu Reactions Break the Video Game Movie Curse

Pikachu looks for clues in the trailer for Detective Pikachu.

The first reviews for Detective Pikachu are in, and it seems as though the video game movie curse is broken. The early reviews call it charming and praise the humor, fun, and Pokémon designs. Honestly, given the marketing and trailers, this doesn’t surprise me, but it is nice to see that those of us who guessed the film would be enjoyable based on that first ridiculous trailer weren’t let down.

Sometimes, we just need fun movies. Detective Pikachu is exactly what the popcorn film doctor ordered. It’s about something millennials and Gen Z have a great nostalgia for, which is a recipe for not only potential box office success, but a lot of love from audiences. Besides, the premise is very Who Framed Roger Rabbit, another cult classic. The creative team knew what they were doing when they crafted this film.

It’s great to hear that the film avoids video game movie tropes and instead explores other genres, which might be the secret to saving the subgenre of video game films. It’s also great to hear that Justice Smith and Ryan Reynolds are a great pair, as they’re going to be the heart of the film. Check out the reviews below!

DETECTIVE PIKACHU is everything a Pokémon fan could ever want in a live-action film, it’s charming, funny, and heartfelt.

If you didn’t grow up with this brand, this movie does a great job introducing you to this world! #DetectivePikachu pic.twitter.com/9cZfms1gyY

— Skyler Shuler (@Skylerhxc) April 25, 2019

Not all reviews were as glowing, though, with one reaction implying it was a little more predictable and a little less fun for non-Pokémon fans.

Still, even with a less glowing review in the mix, the film sounds excellent. Who doesn’t want to see an adorable Pikachu solve crimes?

Catch us opening weekend to see Detective Pikachu on May 10. Will we see you there?

(image: Warner Bros.)

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Things We Saw Today: We’re in the Endgame Now

Steve Rogers and Tony Stark in 'Avengers' Endgame

If you were lucky enough to score a Thursday night ticket, you could be on your way to Avengers: Endgame right now.

If you’re not in the US, chances are you may have already seen the movie, but still have to play along with the rest of us and smile benevolently at your American friends’ excitement.

It’s also the day that Doctor Strange is finally proven correct after sitting through 14,000,605 possible futures, which is only a bit longer than Endgame’s ultimate runtime.

Doctor Strange We're in the endgame gif

In New York City, there was such an immediate run on tickets that I’m not bound to see Endgame again until Friday night at 11pm (RIP sleep). But many folks across the US and the world will be packing into theaters tonight. Whether or not you’re a Marvel fan, this is a day in movie-making history, and I wonder when we’ll see an event of such build-up and resulting magnitude of global box office again.

Are you headed to Endgame tonight or this weekend? What’re your plans? And if you’re just completely done with Endgame already, what’s you’re counter-programming strategy? I’ll be bingeing on episodes of Schitt’s Creek tonight to try and think about something unrelated to superheroes for, uh, roughly seven to nine hours.

There are other things happening in the world! Important things! Here are some other things we saw today:

  • A nonbinary Magic: The Gathering player replaced a pro accused of harassment in Wizards of the Coast’ esports league. (via Kotaku)
  • Your weird uncle who was also President Obama’s BFF announced his bid for President. Thank god, I don’t think we had enough old white men in the running. (via BBC News)
  • Meanwhile,

  • Double meanwhile, Elizabeth Warren keeps kicking policy ass and taking names. (via CNN)
  • Triple meanwhile, “If Only We Valued Women Politicians Like We Admire the Hardcore Heroines of ‘Game of Thrones’” (via Rewire)
  • Trump is apparently mad that he’s losing Twitter followers because that’s the kind of thing he thinks about. (via Yahoo News)
  • New pictures from Disney’s live-action The Lion King. (via Comicbook)
  • Love is real!!! A Captain America cosplayer proposed to his lady-love, a Peggy Carter cosplayer, at the Endgame premiere. This is the only good thing to happen in 2019. (via HuffPo)

What did you see today?

Avengers Endgame meme

via (Aww Memes)

(images: Marvel Studios)

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Tessa Virtue Continues to Amaze Me

Tessa Virtue at an event

An amazing figure skater and so much more, Tessa Virtue is one of those Olympians that I seemingly cannot get enough of. There was something so beautiful about her ability to convey the emotions of her routine with a grace that was not matched by any other (clearly, Virtue and partner, Scott Moir, took home the gold medal).

The skate that put her on the map was her long-form program with Moir set to a mix of two songs from Moulin Rouge!. With a lift affectionately known as “cunnaliftgus”, the two clinched their spot in the Olympics and took home the gold medal for Canada while also becoming icons of the 2018 Olympics.

Though they have competed in the Olympics since 2010, many just became aware of them with the 2018 Winter Olympics and it is mainly because of this skate:

But that’s not what makes Tessa Virtue an amazing woman. Just today, she’s teaming up with Jessica Mulroney to do an event with Bumble Canada, to connect women with mentors in the world of business. On top of that, she’s partnered with FitSpirit, a nonprofit organization that encourages young girls’ involvement in sports.

Maybe it’s because she’s part of the Barbie collection about female role models or her constant support of women in sports, Virtue is the kind of woman that makes you proud to be a fan of her work.

You can see Tessa Virtue sporadically performing on the ice, and she’s currently planning a North American tour, but spend your time looking at the amazing work she’s doing off the ice. Yes, watching Virtue skate is mesmerizing, but there’s also something so brilliant about her work for young women everywhere. Whether you’re like me and you found out about Tessa Virtue through her skating or if you’re just now learning about her, she’s definitely someone to watch out for.

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We’re Here for this “How It Should Have Ended” Captain Marvel/DCEU Crossover Coffee Talk

Captain Marvel left us with a lot of lingering questions about the Avengers and the MCU. Questions like, why didn’t Fury page Carol during the battle of New York or while Ultron was attacking Sokovia? And what’s Carol been doing in space all these years? Also, why is Nick Fury so chill about keeping Goose, who blinded him in one eye? Actually, that one I can understand, as someone who immediately forgives my dog every time they bite me.

Here to tackle these questions are our friends at How It Should Have Ended, who take on Captain Marvel in their latest animated entry. The short opens with Carol/Vers training opposite Yon-Rogg, who keeps reminding her to control her emotions and her fiery fists. Carol asks him why she should be taking lessons from him considering she’s the one with the powers, and then removes her inhibitor chip to go full Captain Marvel.

We then see Carol taking out all of Ronan’s ships, before Superman flies by to congratulate her. He reminds her that now that she’s saved the world, all she needs to do is give a Superman-sized smile to the camera. But unfortunately, Kal-El doesn’t understand that telling a woman to smile is a dick move, so Carol quickly educates him on the subject.

We then see Carol and Supes at the diner, joined by Talos, Nick Fury, Goose, and (my favorite HISHE mainstay) Batman. Everyone schools Superman in some feminism, especially Batman, who “batmansplains” the issue to his super-frenemy. I could watch a whole movie of Superman and Batman sniping at each other and being passive-aggressive, which is unfortunately not what happened in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Goose eats Batman’s coffe mug, but Bats is quick to replace it because that utility belt really does hold everything. Nick Fury tells the table that, despite finding Carol, he’s gonna wait at least a decade to assemble a superhero team. He also shows an unfailing loyalty to Goose, who continues to scratch his face off (again, totally relate).

We then see the 2012 battle of New York reimagined with Carol swooping in to save the day in front of the gobsmacked Avengers before flying face-first into Thanos. Yes, Carol can obviously kick all of the ass, but of course she’s got to chill and hang in space until the Snapture.

A post-credits scene shows Monica Rambeau programming Carol’s suit, before turning it into Shazam’s outfit.

This did get me thinking about the overarching plans for the MCU and how Carol came to be incorporated. How early did Feige know he wanted to bring her into the Avengers? And how far in advance is he planning the next slate of movies? No doubt we’ll be watching them, along with whatever the future of HISHE holds.

(via /Film, image: How It Should Have Ended)

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It’s Been a Weird Week for Celebrities Punching Down at Critics Online

Olivia Munn in pink waving at the camera.

I don’t know what newsletter all the celebrities subscribe to that declared this to be the week they were all going to attack critics, but that’s what’s happening. Especially in the case of Olivia Munn’s misdirected rant at the Fug Girls.

Earlier this week, Lizzo tweeted out her belief that music critics shouldn’t be allowed to do their job unless they make music themselves.

It’s not clear what inspired the tweet, since reviews of her new album have been overwhelmingly glowing. This isn’t an uncommon belief, but it’s a strange one, akin to saying political journalists shouldn’t be allowed to write about Congress until they serve two terms themselves. Good commentary and analysis is its own valuable field of expertise, tangential to but very different from the act of making music (or any art form) itself.

But that take turned out to be the mildest of the week.

We also had Michael Che doing his usual thing of attacking a critic on Instagram. This isn’t new for him, though his specific angle this time—accusing said critic of bestiality—was a unique twist.

Colin Jost also came out to defend Che, who was defending Jost in the first place.

This week we also saw Ariana Grande slam critics after Justin Bieber was mocked for poorly lipsyncing through a surprise cameo during Grande’s Coachella set. There were plenty of people who were less than kind and Grande seemed to be speaking directly to a team of E! network hosts that fell into that category. But then she moved on to insulting all critics.

In a now-deleted tweet, she wrote, “People are so lost. One day everybody that works at all them blogs will realize how unfulfilled they are and purposeless what they’re doing is and hopefully shift their focus elsewhere. that’s gonna be a beautiful ass day for them! i can’t wait for them to feel lit inside. … i don’t like when people try to ruin beautiful moments for my friends that’s all. have a good day.”

Then this morning, Olivia Munn decided to publish “a short essay on the ugly behaviors of the @fuggirls.”

If you’re not familiar with the Fug Girls, that title belongs to Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, a couple of best friends who founded the fashion blog Go Fug Yourself back in 2004. GFY is the only fashion outlet I read, because it’s hilarious but never, ever mean-spirited. Yes, they can be absolutely scathing in their takedowns, but those are of outfits, never people. They also focus on men just as much as they do female celebrities, a rarity in fashion journalism. If Olivia Munn bothered to look at who she was attacking, she might have seen all of that.

Instead, Munn railed against what she sees as “blatant hypocrisy,” wondering who deemed Heather and Jessica “the judge and jury of what’s fashionable.” (You might argue that their continuing success and growing readership did, but whatever.)

Despite their success—15 years for a website run by two people is an incredible feat—Munn, like all of the celebrities mentioned above, has a gigantic audience compared to the people she’s attacking. There are legitimate issues in the field of celebrity journalism. That’s an industry rife with sexism, body shaming, and bullying. Not only are the Fug Girls a relatively tiny target compared to the bigger players in that industry, but they represent exactly none of those traits. And yet Munn is sending her followers after them with a misguided and disingenuous attack.

In addition to offering wit and their genuinely great fashion sense, Go Fug Yourself does a great job of framing fashion as a business, which it is. The relationship between celebrities, stylists, and designers is an enormous (and enormously lucrative) industry. The site critiques designers just as much as it does the celebrities who wear their clothes, and it offers a smart look at the industry as a whole.

Munn claims to be writing in the name of feminism—she lumps the girls of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, who refused to be rated and ranked by their male classmates, into her argument—and altruism, stating that the outfit she was mocked for was worn to accept an award from the organization Apex for Youth. Which is great! Good for her! But she was wearing the work of a designer (Peter Pilotto) with whom she has spent the better part of (at least) a decade cultivating a mutually beneficial professional relationship. She didn’t wear that outfit by chance. This is an industry—one rooted in celebrity and it is not immune from criticism.

Obviously, there are some problematic areas of criticism, but that’s true of literally every industry. For the most part, critics are people that love something—be it fashion, film, art, food, etc.—so much that they decided to make a career of studying it. Some are better at it than others, some are kinder than others. Olivia Munn appears to have not even bothered to check which camp her targets fell into.

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“Stan” Is Now Officially a Real Word in the Dictionary

Fans enjoying a concert

Okay, so at first, I was filled with excitement over the word “stan” finally being included in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, but then the tweets started and the official definition came out, and I can’t handle the amount of misinformation coming out about the word.

Many of us openly identify as a “stan” of something—whether that be a musician or an actor or even the object of their art, we “stan” it. So, I was shocked to discover that the Merriam-Webster definition makes it seem as if we’re back in the era of Beatle-mania: “an extremely or excessively enthusiastic and devoted fan.”

Another definition from the official site goes on to continue to misconstrue the definition of the word campared to how it’s actually used on the internet: “to exhibit fandom to an extreme or excessive degree to be an extremely devoted and enthusiastic fan of someone or something.”

The thing is, the word isn’t new at all. The word “stan” became a topic of conversation with the Eminem song of the same name, about an overzealous fan who ended up killing himself and his girlfriend for the rapper. The word was then associated with those fans who took their love of something a bit too far.

The problem is that that definition as since changed, so when something like the Merriam-Webster dictionary reverts back to that original definition, it means that the internet is also now mixed between the two uses of the word.

Here is how I define a “stan”: Someone who will willingly see anything their fave does and wants to talk about them and their work all the time—not the extreme that was the origin of the word, but more than just a casual “fan” of the thing.

It’s exciting though that the word is getting recognition. I just wish it was the correct usage.

(via Merriam-Webster; image: Nicholas Green on Unsplash)

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What a transformation! Harry Potter’s Ginny Weasley star Bonnie Wright is unrecognisable as she unveils amazing bikini body

Ginny Weasley is all grown up!

She’s best known for playing Ginny Weasley in the smash hit Harry Potter movie franchise, but Bonnie Wright looks totally unrecognisable while modelling her brand new bikini line.

Ginny Weasley

The 28-year-old actress, who famously played the youngest member of the Weasley family in the film adaptations of J.K Rowling’s wizarding world, has teamed up with super sustainable swimwear brand, Fair Harbor, to release her own collection.

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Ginny Weasley

Sharing a snap as she modeled one of the stunning swimsuits from the line, Bonnie can be seen showing off her amazing figure while tossing her wet hair back while standing in the ocean.

Alongside the idyllic photo, the fiery-headed film star penned a caption, dishing the details on her environmentally friendly fashion project.

Ginny Weasley

She wrote: ‘I’m wearing 11 plastic bottles in a suit I designed. Next month you’ll be able to wear it too.’

Fans of the Harry Potter star were quick to express their excitement for the news in the comments section.

One follower wrote: ‘Is anyone cooler than you?! I need this environmentally friendly suit 😍,’ while another added: ‘OMG I just love the idea!😍♻👏 Plus you look amazing Bonnie!😊❤.’

In another summery snapshot, Bonnie can be seen showcasing her slim physique in a blue, patterned two-piece, posing on the shore side with the sea breeze tousling her signature red locks.

Ginny Weasley

It’s certainly not a shock that Bonnie looks worlds apart from her days on the HP big screen – she made her movie debut when she was just ten years old!

Ginny Weasley

Now the fully grown starlet spends her time advocating sustainability and helping to save our planet.

On Earth Day this week,  Bonnie shared a post urging her followers to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

She passionately penned: ‘It’s earth day for every single one of us two and four legged. No matter what language we speak, what education we have, or what race we are. But we can only protect our shared home together.

‘I urge you first to challenge your own limiting belief systems in order to change those of others.’

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