Shut Up & Dance: The Hogwarts Edition


Unfortunately, our favourite book and film series of all time doesn't have a choreographed dance number, so we thought we'd improve it! ๐Ÿ˜Ž  Shut Up & Dance: Hogwarts Edition ๐Ÿ˜ณ

Check out our performance here! ๐ŸŽฅ



Abby is deciding whether scarves or ties will better represent Ron, Harry and Hermione. โšก๏ธ She decides on scarves and leaves having spent $135 at the Costume Cave as (the capes are $25 each). ๐ŸŽ“


Clair has just finished teaching a private Hen Do in Island Bay and wants 30 minutes to recharge. Lesa and Abby turn up at her house with ๐Ÿง€  cheese, crackers and gin. ๐Ÿพ  Clair is OK with this.


Abby, Lesa & Clair figure out the characters' arcs e.g. "What about if Ron gets with Harry?!" someone exclaims. Or should Hermione become Prime Minister of New Zealand and we do a political spin? We base this on the fantastic mix Lesa put together earlier on in the week.


We realise that Hermione going down on Ron will be a bit much during Harry's Hopelessly Devoted to You track. We decide that pretending to pash by holding a book in front of our faces works a bit better. ๐Ÿ“š


We give our bodies a break by sitting down, and yelling the lyrics and lines out loud to each other to make sure we know what the heck we're supposed to be saying and when. This is not hard as we are all (obviously) obsessed with pop music and know all the words from the film a little too well. ๐Ÿ”ฎ


Lesa suggests she uses her scarf between her legs. A visual gag. We all like the idea and endorse it. We are happy having spent $135 at Costume Cave.


We do a run through with the music wearing our costumes. Clair's dog, Devon, watches us, very confused. Wigs are flying.


We have a tech rehearsal at the Fringe bar so we know and meet the other contestants backstage. We hang out and chat with Bette Midler, Cher and George Michael.


We inhale a burger each from Burger Fuel. ๐Ÿ”  Over dinner, Lesa runs through the lyrics in a Scottish accent.


We watch from backstage, one of the most weird and wonderful shows we've ever had the pleasure of seeing at the Fringe Bar. Abby realises she will not have time to put on her bedazzled Michael Jackson glove.


Clair is given some glitter which she applies to her red lipstick. ๐Ÿ’„ Abby looks on, jealous and annoyed that she's playing Ron. ๐Ÿ•ธ


Lesa breaks her Harry Potter glasses. ๐Ÿค“


Lesa finds some tape. Fixes glasses with moments to spare. ๐Ÿ‘€


We perform the weirdest and most wonderful show๐Ÿ’ซ of our lives to date. ๐ŸŒ™

11.30pm that evening

We email a recording of the performance to J.K. Rowling and ask if she'd like to collaborate with us as we think we've got some great ideas for her next book series. ๐Ÿ˜


Thanks everyone who came, and thanks to the Wellington Lip Sync Battles for the amazing night, and to all the other participants who blew our socks off! Congratulations to Jayne Grace for winning! ๐Ÿ’›

Can't wait for next year! โœจ

Abby Damen