Social Media wRap: Harry Potter, spooky statues, #LoveIsLove
MANILA, Philippines - In case you missed it last week, Rappler's weekly social media wRap is back with a vengeance!
We're a little awkward when it comes to small talk so let's dive right in, shall we? Here are the top viral stories, photos, video, and posts that ticked our fancy the past week.
MoodMeter = Happy
Harry Potter and our forgotten childhoods
This week's scary realization: the first Harry Potter movie is 12 years old, and the last book in the series was released 8 years ago. Let that sink in.
Remember the first time you picked up and started reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone? Remember how exciting it was to learn about the Hogwarts, Diagon Alley and Platform 9 3/4 for the first time?
See those key passages from the book come to life through illustrations by Harry Potter US edition illustrator Mary GrandPre.
There's more where those came from. Head on over here.
MoodMeter = Sad
'The Amanda Show' takes a turn for the dark
Oh Amanda, why did we fail you? The former child actor and Nickelodeon comedienne (remember the Amanda Show?) is now famous – or maybe – infamous for odd and random Twitter outbursts.
Things you need to know about Amanda, based on tweets made in the last 24 hours:
1) She loves surgery
I'm Having My Next Surgery Tomorrow— Amanda Bynes (@AmandaBynes) June 28, 2013
My Surgeon Can't Perform Surgery Tomorrow So I Need To Wait Until This Week ;(— Amanda Bynes (@AmandaBynes) June 29, 2013
2) She likes Drake
Drake Is The Man Of My Dreams— Amanda Bynes (@AmandaBynes) June 28, 2013
If Drake Is Ugly I'm Ugly— Amanda Bynes (@AmandaBynes) June 29, 2013
We're still waiting for her to finally admit she's just pulling a Joaquin Phoenix. Right... Amanda?
MoodMeter = Afraid
This Egyptian statue is moving... by itself
Okay. We believe in scientific, rational explanations to most things but you have to admit, the video is creepy.
iO9 offers a very sober explanation: differential friction.
MoodMeter = Annoyed?
Texas state Senator Wendy Davis spoke for 12.5 hours to block a bill that would have set strict limits on abortions in the state.
And in case you aren't impressed with Davis' filibustering feat, you have to note that Texas rules dictate that Davis would have to stand during the whole speech. Drinking, eating, bathroom breaks and even – get this – leaning on her desk isn't allowed.
US President Barack Obama showed his support on Twitter as well, using the hashtag #StandWithWendy.
It's a huge win for Democrats in Texas. We can only imagine how the Republicans felt. (Annoyed, that's how.)
MoodMeter = Amused
Visa-free travel to Japan?
Don't count those cherry blossoms just yet, folks.
Early this week, social media was abuzz with the good news: Japan had lifted its visa requirements for ALL Southeast Asians. Too good to be true, right? It was. The Japanese Embassy in Manila later clarified that starting July 1, they were going to relax visa rules for Filipinos.
Malaysians and Thais are the real recipients of the visa-requirement lift. Lucky!
MoodMeter = Inspired
'My love is the same as yours. Not different, not special, but just equal to you.'
We're a sucker for weddings. But when the weddings are between same-sex couples in the United States who've waited so long for the chance to marry, all hell breaks lose. (And by hell we mean tears.)
On June 26, the US Supreme Court rejected the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between a man and woman. In another decision, the court repealed Proposition 8, paving the way for same-sex marriage in California to continue.
The day after, Rappler hosted a conversation about marriage equality. We got a myriad of opinions — from those vehemently opposing same-sex marriage to those who could not wait for the same thing to happen in the Philippines.
Now, pass me some tissue will you?