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Wands Were Raised At Universal Orlando Resorts In Memory Of Pulse Shooting Victim Luis Vielma

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Luis Vielma got the most magical send off.

Luis Vielma, 22, was one of the 49 victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. More than that, he was one of the people that made Harry Potter fans smile when they visited the Forbidden Journey ride at The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resorts. On June 14, co-workers, guests and Universal Orlando Resorts employees gave Vielma a memorial send off fit for a true wizard. Just like what happens in the stories of Harry Potter, wands were raised near the Hogwarts castle as saddened friends remembered the young man that made countless Harry Potter fans so grateful. Since the the news broke of Vielma’s death on June 12, Harry Potter fans and those who worked on the stories have offered an outpour of condolences.

“Tonight we remember a team member, a brother, a son, a friend,” one woman told the crowd. “Tonight we remember someone that created a type of magic that we can never replace.”

Vielma, known as Luisito to his closest friends, was a student at Seminole State College to become an emergency medical technician. But on the day of the memorial at the amusement park, Vielma was remembered not as gay, Latino or even a student. Instead, he was revered as “one of the bravest and best Gryffindors the world has ever known.” After the raising of the wands, mourners gathered in a circle with wands laid in a circle and remembered their fallen comrade.

The very day that Vielma’s name was released as a victim, author J.K. Rowling took to Twitter in grief.

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As Albus Dumbledore said, “Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love.”

You are very missed, Luis. R.I.P. young Gryffindor.

READ: He Survived The Shooting In Orlando And He Is Now Telling His Story

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13 Harry Potter Nail Designs To Inspire Your Next Manicure

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13 Harry Potter Nail Designs To Inspire Your Next Manicure

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It’s been over 20 years since the release of the “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”, and the hysteria surrounding this page-turning fantasy series isn’t even close to dying down.

Indeed, there’s a collection of Potter-heads out there who will spare no expense for the chance at adding the perfect piece to their memorabilia collection. And with the 2016 advent of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Universal Studios Hollywood, there’s no limit to the amount of money this franchise can potentially milk from its fans.

But more impressive than the cash that Potterheads spend on proving their fandom is the creative way in which the fans pay homage to the series through their art. Of course, there’s the usual suspects of fan-art and Cosplay, but some Potterheads take their fandom to new levels. A little-known fact is that there is an entire community on Instagram devoted to Harry Potter-themed nail art. And some of the designs are downright magical. We’ve compiled a list of thirteen of the most eye-catching Harry Potter-themed nail art on Instagram.

1. The Hogwarts Skyline

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Nothing takes you straight into the world of Harry Potter more than a great landscape portrait of the Hogwarts grounds. This nail look truly takes our breath away.

2. Wear-able Harry

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A quick search of “Harry Potter nails” on Instagram can turn up quite a few results of elaborate nail designs that look better online than they would on your hands. That’s why looks like the one above are perfect for Potter-head who prefers a more toned-down look. 

3. Minimalist Hallows

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Another minimalist design, we love how unusual this Harry Potter nail look is. While many HP enthusiasts commit to intricate nail-bed paintings, this person opted for a simple gold french tip paired with a matching Deathly Hallows symbol.

4. The Three Amigos

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Sure, the Deathly Hallows symbol is cute and all, but the real star of the magical book series is the friendship between Harry, Ron, and Hermione. If it were on our hands, we know we wouldn’t be able to keep our eyes off a design like this 

5. Adorably Harry

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As much as we love the later installments of the series, we can’t help but hold a special place in our hearts for “The Sorcerer’s Stone”. We love this delightful design that includes the legendary line, “You’re a wizard, Harry”.

6. Dobby Love

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Up there with Hagrid, Dobby is one of the most beloved supporting characters in the Potter-Universe. He deserves his own Dobby-themed nail art like the delightful designs above.

7. Hogwarts Houses

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Contrary to popular belief, no one can force you to choose between Hogwarts houses. They all have their qualities! That’s why we love this nail look that reps all of the houses equally.

8. Painted Patronus 

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We stan Harry Potter nail designs that think outside of the box. We love that this nail artist included Harry’s noble stag patronus. In these striking designs, it’s as if each nail tells a separate story.

9. Simply Slytherin

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Slytherins get a bad rep. While practically all of the series’ villains hail from this serpentine house, even J.K. Rowling herself has gone on record to state that Slytherins are “sleek, powerful, and frequently misunderstood”. What’s more sleek than this stunning emerald-green look with a lone snake on the ring finger?

10. Fantastic Beasts

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The red-headed step child (no shade to the Weasleys) of the Potter Universe , the “Fantastic Beasts” spin-off doesn’t get as much love as the main attraction. But the prequel series definitely has a beautiful asthetic, as is evidenced by this navy and perriwinkle creation that features a gorgeous Thunderbird.

11. The Tale of Three Brothers

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Written by Beedle the Bard, “The Tale of the Three Brothers” is the fable of three wizarding brothers who were gifted the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone, and the Invisibility Cloak by Death himself. This artist truly out-did herself with such a loving (and accurate) depiction of the story on her nails.

12. The Flying Ford

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Who could forget the historic scene of Harry and Ron escaping Number 4 Privet driving in a Flying Ford Anglia? This is one of the most creative Harry Potter nail themes we’ve ever come across!

13. The Nail Synopsis

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If you can’t make up your mind about your favorite aspect of the Harry Potter series, do like the person above and create a nail design sampler, so to speak. This Potter-themed look has everything from Hedwig, to Platform 9 and Three-Quarters to the elusive Snitch. Why choose one design when you can have them all?

A Family At Universal Studios Had Their Trip Ruined By A Character From ‘Despicable Me’ Who Flashed A White Power Symbol

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A Family At Universal Studios Had Their Trip Ruined By A Character From ‘Despicable Me’ Who Flashed A White Power Symbol

It is no secret that white supremacists and racists the world over have felt emboldened, and even justified in their hatred, in the past few years. This has a direct relationship with the rise of populist far-right parties and governments in developed countries like Austria, Norway, France and, yes, the United States. There are numerous offspring of the KKK and neo-Nazis who use trolling as a weapon and spread their message of hate more openly now than any other point in time after World War II. 

The vitriolic language used by politicians and other public figures (vete al carajo, Milo!) has found an echo in thousands of individuals, mostly dudes to be honest, who now openly use white supremacists and xenophobic rhetoric. Overt and hidden racist statements have spread like a wild fire and minorities worldwide feel more at risk than a few years ago. Claiming the right to free speech they are emboldened and they are potentially dangerous, as recent terrorist attacks and mass shooting perpetrated by white extremists have demonstrated. 

A black family discovered the OK white power símbolo de mierda when looking at their family pictures in Universal Studios, Orlando.

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This seems to be a perfectly normal family photo with the characters from the Despicable Me franchise, right? Well, it isn’t. As Tiffiney and Richard Zinger, the parents of this 7-year-old girl found out, the photo is a traumatic reminder of the collective tragedy historically suffered by African-Americans in the United States, from their forced migration as slaves to recent police brutality against communities of color. 

Notice the cursed 👌 symbol that Gru is doing.

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The family was appalled to discover, months after their trip, this symbol of hate so close to their daughter, who is autistic. Universal Studios fired the despicable employee, but the damage has been done. The mother told The Daily Mail: “I’ve been emotionally distraught about it. I’m still pretty upset that someone felt they needed to do this to children. It can cause emotional stress on my child and her development”.

The park offered its apologies and all, but it seemed too little too late. A spokesman said: “We never want our guests to experience what this family did. This is not acceptable and we are sorry – and we are taking steps to make sure nothing like this happens again. We can’t discuss specifics about this incident, but we can confirm that the actor no longer works here. We remain in contact with the family and will work with them privately to make this right”.

We wonder how many more family photos worldwide feature the racist idiot ruining a happy moment in the vilest possible way. The family, it is important to clarify, is not seeking any financial compensation. 

The OK symbol is now officially related to hate speech according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). 

As BBC reported four days ago: “The finger-and-thumb gesture – which is also a popular emoji – is being used by some as a “sincere expression of white supremacy”, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)”. The sign has been around since it became a popular joke in the online platform 4chan (the cesspool of the Internet), where people said that basically anything could have a secret meaning. It then became more serious when fellow extremists used it to recognize each other. 

Racism mutates, like a virus, and experts believe that extremist symbols are created constantly.

“Even as extremists continue to use symbols that may be years or decades old, they regularly create new symbols, memes and slogans to express their hateful sentiments,” said ADL boss Jonathan Greenblatt in an interview with BBC. As CNN reports, there is another hidden meaning in the OK symbol: “Why the “OK? sign? The general idea is that the looped and extended fingers resemble the letters W and P, standing for “white power””. 

Mass murderers have used the OK symbol as well.

This hijo de la chin… is accused of killing 51 people by shooting them in two mosques in New Zealand. The Australian national (whose name we won’t repeat because we don’t want to publicize his hateful crimes, which is what terrorists like him want) used the OK hand symbol when he was being photographed in court, flanked by police officers. 

And now even milk is a symbol of white supremacist pendejadas.

The seemingly innocent drink is now being used as a sign of white supremacy as well. The most logical explanation is that milk is pure white, like the racial wet dream of extremists. The other reason is that there is a myth, which has been debunked, that Western Europeans are the only ones who have the enzymes to process lactose. Seriously, WTF.