“Hermione Granger and the Quarter Life Crisis” dropped on YouTube one year ago, today. A lot has happened in the past year. It has been, in a word, magical. In honor of HGQLC’s first birthday, we wanted to look back at some of the best moments we’ve had, so far (and tease a few things that are coming up in the near future).
We dropped the full trailer on January 1, 2017. It was a major moment for us because we’d been working like Hufflepuffs and were so excited to let you all know what was coming.
The response was amazing!!! We even started to get some press.
And then came Episode 1!! Where our Hermione popped up on her old Gryffindor roomie, Parvati, after deciding that she didn’t like where her life was going and seriously needed a break from Ron.
Her first few days in the US, she reunited with her No-Maj cousin, LaQuita, and her old Hogwarts nemesis, Draco. She also met Ilvermorny grads Juniper, Tae Joon, Dez, and Ben. The West Coast Wizarding community was so much fun to imagine.
Before the next 4 episodes dropped, we came out with a The Wizard’s Voice video series. They were interviews and “candid” moments with characters from the show.
Then the rest of the season was done. Episodes 2-5 followed Hermione as she tried to figure out exactly what she was exploring in LA, dealing sign complicated relationship with Draco and her family problems — and all while avoiding Ron’s text messages at all costs.
VidCon 2017. It was our very first con. We got to meet a ton of other YouTube creators, and just left feeling really inspired, and with plenty of popular teen vloggers to Google.
Comic-Con 2017. Our very own Eliyannah Amirah Yisrael and Sinead Persaud spoke on the “From Fandom to Creator” panel at Comic-Con with Jamie Broadnax of Black Girl Nerds and Robyn Jordan of Black Girls Create and #WizardTeam.
LeakyCon 2017. The HGQLC team flew to Dublin for one of the biggest Potterhead conventions in the world. Four panels, a couple of screenings, one (honestly, v. cute) booth & photos for days.
This shining moment of #BlackGirlMagic happened. (Apologies in advance for any baby fever it might cause.)
In honor of Hermione’s bday, we had our first #HermioneDay celebration, sharing Hermione appreciation essays, an interview with our Hermione, Ashley Romans, and hosted two #HGQLC live tweets.
And we pretty much lost it in all of our HGQLC-related group texts after every story was written about us.
CONjuration in Atlanta last November was so much fun. We had three screenings and enjoyed checking out some excellent cosplay.
HGQLC gifs became top-shelf #PatronusFuel.
The great feedback from you all was almost too much to handle and inspired us to dream even bigger in 2018.
Happy to announce one of those big, 2018 moves here: PBS (yes, THAT PBS) invited us to be a part of their series on the power of reading. Shooting it was so much fun, and we can’t wait for it to premiere.
And last, but definitely not least, we started working on...season 2! We can’t wait to share it with you.