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Actor & Adult Adoptee, Chris Rankin, Talks About Adoption

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Guest Blog by Chris Rankin


I MENTIONED IN AN #ASKCHRIS SESSION ON TWITTER THAT I’M ADOPTED. WELL, I AM!

Being adopted isn’t something I talk about very much. Not because I’m ashamed of it, nor because it hurts, or that it’s a sensitive subject, because, I’m not, it doesn’t, it’s not. It’s my story, that’s all and it’s a personal one at that. Equally, it’s just my life, I don’t see it as a “thing”. It’s my normal.

“The general assumption with adopted kids is that they aren’t or weren’t wanted by their birth parents.”

When I was growing up, adoption was often used as a negative, used as a joke or a put-down. I’d hear people using adoption as an insult, or a joke to differentiate someone from the rest of their family. The general assumption with adopted kids is that they aren’t or weren’t wanted by their birth parents. Well, in some cases, sadly that may be true. In my case, I happen to know that my birth parents didn’t NOT want me, they just weren’t in a position where they were able to give me the life they would have wanted for me. Let’s just say, my understanding of the situation was that I was a “surprise” in the early stages of a relationship neither my birth mother nor birth father were ready to bring a child into.

I also know that my Mum and Dad (my adoptive parents) ABSOLUTELY wanted me. They wanted me more than anything in the world. That’s why they adopted me.

In New Zealand in the 80s (I don’t know if this is still true) all adopted little children and babies were given a little booklet with some information in it about their birth parents and why they were adopted. I’ve still got mine, and it’s the most reassuring thing. It answers all the questions I think I want to know the answers to:

  • Why was I adopted?
  • Who were my birth parents? Not their names, just a bit of basic info about age, occupation, complexion – I get the ginger from my mother’s side.
  • Birth family medical history (nothing to report)
  • Siblings (when I was born, there were others before me from previous marriages, there is every chance there could be more after me)

I think that’s all I need to know. Not once in the 34 years I’ve been on this planet have I ever really seriously considered actually FINDING my birth parents. Sure, I’ve had days where I’ve wondered who they are, what they’re doing, and how often I’m thought of.

Of course, it’s crossed my mind that they, their other children, grandchildren, my birth siblings, nieces, nephews etc, have seen Harry Potter and probably have them stored there on the dvd shelves. That blows my little mind and makes me chuckle. I like to imagine them all sat there going “doesn’t he look like Uncle Brian?”. Do they know they had a brother who was adopted? Who knows?! I don’t know them, and although it would be curious to have siblings, having grown up as an only child, I haven’t felt like I’ve missed out for one minute.


My feeling is that we, as a western culture, often default to adoption as something that rich celebrities do (think Madonna, Angelina). I don’t think we consider why it is that people may want, or choose to adopt nearly enough. There’s the obvious reason to leap to, of course being infertility. But there are and SHOULD be so many other reasons to consider adoption.

“…think about all the publicity there is around adopting dogs and cats… There are thousands of children in care across the UK, all of them need permanent, caring, solid homes to go to, where they can learn to be the best that they can be, and know that they are loved. But we don’t promote that in the same way?”

This might come slightly out of left field, but think about all the publicity there is around adopting dogs and cats. There are thousands of badly treated and unwanted animals in shelters and homes around the country, and we all know about it. We all know that it’s cheaper and more responsible to give a rescue animal a home, rather than hand over hundreds, even thousands of pounds to a breeder. But can the same be said about children? There are thousands of children in care across the UK, all of them need permanent, caring, solid homes to go to, where they can learn to be the best that they can be, and know that they are loved. But we don’t promote that in the same way?

Why?

I don’t know the answer to that, but perhaps it is to do with the social expectations. Deep down, after all, our purpose on this planet is to pro-create. To do the sex and pop out the next generation. The stigma against people who struggle, for whatever reason, to conceive children naturally is RIDICULOUS, and I think that part of the reason there is such a lack of promotion around adoption. I mean, what if we all thought carefully before settling down to have babies? What if we thought seriously about how important it is to create a small human in the vague hope it resembles all you and your partner’s best qualities, and whether or not it’s actually more important to give a safe and caring home to a child who otherwise may not have one? How much of a difference does it make in the long run? The child will still be the product of your upbringing, care, love and time, no different to if you’d been incubating them for 9months.

Adoption is a gift, both to the adopters and the adoptee. Imagine being given a chance to shine, either as parents or as a child that may not have had an opportunity otherwise. How SPECIAL. And how selfless to give a child that life.


So them’s my feelings on the subject.

Like everything I write about, it’s something that’s really close to my heart. I’m not usually one to talk openly about a lot of things, I like to keep my private life relatively personal. Having said that, I’m starting to realize that there are things that have happened in my life, that if I tell you about them, if I put those words out there, then maybe they can help or reassure someone reading them. At the very least, I hope you find it interesting and enlightening.

I always welcome discussion too, and hope that if you have any questions about my story or my opinions in anything I write, that you’ll comment below 🙂


chris-rankinChris Rankin was 16 years old when 
he sent off a letter asking for an
audition to play Percy Weasley in 
"Harry Potter and the Philosopher's
Stone". He went on to play the role
for 11 years.
These days, Chris can be found in
Cardiff, working for a TV Production
Company, making high end TV drama.
Chris is a regular at Comic Cons and Events around the
world, where he regularly meets with the fan community
and speaks about his experiences in one of the most
beloved and successful film franchises in cinema history.

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Golden Snitch: The Quidditch Board Game – Review for Families

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From the Back of the Box:

Will you be the first to catch the Golden Snitch? It’s Gryffindor vs. Slytherin in this fast-paced wizarding game of Quidditch. Outmaneuver the opposing team with authentic Quidditch tactics. Use the spells and potions to confound and outwit your opponent. Each high-flying game is a battle of strategy and magic!


  • Ages: 7+
    (The complicated nature of the game may make it difficult for kid from backgrounds ages 7-9)
  • Players: 2
  • Approx. Game Time: 60+ minutes

Our family purchased Golden Snitch: The Quidditch Game while visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando. As you can see from our review video, the game has several pieces and the basis of the game is similar to chess with other rules thrown in to make the game even more interesting.

The few times our family has played the game thus far, the game cards and other aspects of the game appear to make the event as such that you never are quite sure who is going to win the game.

This game will help your child work on their strategy skills. We will note that while the game box states that children ages 7+ will enjoy the game – children from traumatic backgrounds (such as foster or adoptive kids) may have a difficult time successfully playing this game until about age 10+ due to the complicated of the game play.

Comment Below – Let us know what you think

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Book Fair & MuggleCon Event – Barnes & Noble Event

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You’re Invited to MuggleCon at Barnes & Noble, Knoxville

Not in Knoxville?! You can still help foster families. See voucher below for details.

Purpose of MuggleCon Event:

  1. Celebrate the release of the NEW Harry Potter Illustrated Edition book
  2. Help foster families by raising funds for local charity, Transfiguring Adoption

In-store Knoxville Activities and Fun:

During this three day celebration people from ages 5 to 99 will enjoy various activities to celebrate the release of the first illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. For a detailed listing of activities please call Barnes and Noble, Knoxville. A sample of events you will enjoy:

  • October 28, Saturday:
    • 10:00 am – Tea Leaf Reading Session
      Join us for a fun, pretend experience suitable for children and adults.
    • 11:00 am – Hogwarts House Trivia Contest
      Participants will play against other Hogwarts houses to see who can win the Quiz Master Cup. Children and adults are welcomed to place this fun game of wits and strategy as teams win and use spells against other teams.
    • 12:00 – 3:00 pm – Quidditch Demonstrations
      Nox Quidditch (Knoxville’s Community Team) will be on hand in the parking lot to give demonstrations and hands-on fun about he game of muggle quidditch. The team loves answering questions.
    • 1:00 pm – Wizards Chess
      Audience volunteers will be used as real life chess pieces as two of our champion chess players go head to head in the chess game of the century.
    • 2:00 pm – Kids’ Costume Contest
    • 7:00 pm – Yule Ball
    • Crafts, small activities, and a community puzzle table will be available to do on your own throughout the day.

BnN-Oct-voucher-2017Anyone, ANYWHERE Can Help Children like Harry Potter:

Harry Potter himself was an orphan and there are many children in United States that find themselves separated from their birth parents for a plethora of reasons. Unfortunately many foster parents would say that they are not equipped to handle trauma caused issues such as sexual abuse behaviors, malnutrition behaviors, PTSD, and so on. Transfiguring Adoption provides foster & adoptive parents tools and resources that allow them to better hand past trauma and nurture children.
(Click Here for More Details.)

Everyone, EVERYWHERE can join Barnes & Noble Knoxville as they help support foster families. During October 28, 2017 a percentage of every purchase you make ONLINE or In Store goes funding resources for caregivers such as online learning panels, media discussion guides, foster family kits, and MUCH MORE.

Here’s How to Help:

  • Print off the Bookfair voucher
    [Click Here for Voucher]
  • Present the voucher to a B&N staff member before making a purchase in-store or from the cafe.
  • Online purchases: Visit bn.com/bookfairs to do your shopping. On the payment page make sure to choose the box, “Check if this is a bookfair order.” You will then be asked to type in the ID code on the voucher.
  • Tell your friends to print the voucher and support the cause.

Event Details:

October 28, 2017
8029 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 670-0773


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