Teen Wolf took everyone by surprise with its on-point humor, lovable characters, and excellent story. At Hypable, it’s safe to say we’re fans, and as such, we’ve decided to throw a little celebration in the show’s honor.

After the success of our Month of Merlin project, we couldn’t resist taking on another show and spending a whole month or more waxing lyrical about why we love it.

So…why ‘Teen Wolf’?

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The real question is, why not?

Teen Wolf is truly that little show that could. It had everything stacked against it: It was on MTV, a channel better known for its reality TV than its scripted dramas; it was about werewolves, which were (and still kind of are) on their way out; and it was based on a really bad ’80s movie.

Yet for those few people that gave it a chance from the beginning, they discovered something hidden and magic, something that shouldn’t have worked, but did.

Maybe it’s because we love underdogs, or maybe it’s because this writer’s fangirling has slowly but surely convinced much of the Hypable staff to give the show a chance, but we decided there was no time like the present to give Teen Wolf a virtual party that even Lydia would be proud of.

What does ‘Teen Wolf’ Takeover involve?

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Anything and everything! We’re going to have columns and interviews, ideas for a Teen Wolf party, speculation for the second half of season 3, and fun infographics. Everyone that writes an article for the Takeover is a huge fan of the show, so expect tons of quality content from multiple Hypable staffers.

This is a way to spread the word about Teen Wolf, connect with fellow fans, and celebrate one of our favorite shows in a way that it deserves.

What can YOU do?

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Are you interested in contributing? We’d love to have your input! You can write your own Teen Wolf columns by submitting them via the News By You option, and they may even show up on the front page of the site.

On top of this, make sure you use the #TeenWolfTakeover tag on Twitter and the Teen Wolf Takeover tag on Tumblr — we’ll be checking both of them regularly to capture everyone’s reactions. You can also keep an eye on our Not Another Teen Wolf Podcast Twitter and Tumblr to keep up to date with everything that’s going on with the Takeover. We’ll be talking to you guys, teasing upcoming articles, and generally just having a blast spreading the Teen Wolf love.

What if you don’t watch ‘Teen Wolf’?

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What are you waiting for??

But, hey, we don’t blame you. The whole teenage werewolf thing is a little hard to get past, but we have a way for you to participate in the Takeover as well. If you (or one of your friends or family members) don’t watch the show and don’t really know much about it, feel free to send drawings or messages to Kyle@Hypable.com explaining what you think the show is about.

Kyle is going to be collecting emails, as well as Tweets from the #TeenWolfTakeover hashtag, from people who haven’t seen the show yet. He’ll be putting them in a post at some point during the Takeover, along with a special drawing from one of our own staff members that hasn’t quite jumped on the bandwagon yet.

Hilarity is sure to ensue, so make sure you use all of your knowledge of Teen Wolf to describe what you think it’s about in as much detail as possible.

When does the Takeover start?

Tomorrow, June 24, is our official start date. Look for some amazing articles to fill up the Hypable home page until July 22, which is when the highly anticipated episode 8, titled “Visions,” will air, giving us a look at more of Derek’s past. That’s when the Takeover will end, and you can definitely expect us to go out with a bang.

Keep checking back!

Below you’ll find a master list of all the articles we’ve published for the Takeover, so keep checking back from time to time to make sure you’ve read them all!

Dating profiles for the ladies
Have you noticed a lot of the characters on Teen Wolf are single this season? We’d thought we’d help them out by whipping up dating profiles for a few of them. First up, the ladies!

Dating profiles for the guys
We couldn’t leave the guys out of the picture, so we made sure we drew up profiles for each of them as well. Even Deucalion made the list!

If Beacon Hills were Hogwarts
It’s a fan-favorite pastime to put characters from other worlds under the Sorting Hat to see what Houses they’ll end up in. Some of the Teen Wolf characters were easy to place — others, not to much!

Five plots that could make Teen Wolf: The Movie a reality
We really want to see Teen Wolf: The Movie happen after the show is over and done with, so we thought we’d help out the creative team by giving them five possible plot points to build off of.

Why Sterek should and should not become canon
Hypable staff writer Kyle tackles a huge topic when he asks the question, should Sterek become canon? Listing three reasons why it should and why it shouldn’t, he jumps head first into the debate.

Why we love the adults of Teen Wolf
So many reasons, so little time! The kids are, of course, the main focus of Teen Wolf, but can you even imagine what the show would be like without Mama McCall or Sassy Uncle Peter? We sure can’t!

The best and worst werewolves in modern TV/film history
You can’t have a month all about Teen Wolf without looking at the rest of the werewolves in recent pop culture. There have been quite a few favorites, and a handful of crazies too.

Ten songs we can’t get enough of
Teen Wolf is known for its great selection of music, and in this article two of the Hypable staff members narrow their favorite songs down to just five each.

Stiles and bisexuality
Stiles Stilinski, perhaps the most loved character on Teen Wolf – who just may happen to be bisexual. An unusual set of elements that offers a rare opportunity.

We knew they looked familiar: Teen Wolf Edition
A quick look at some of the other places you may have seen your favorite Teen Wolf faces.

A history of werewolves in pop culture
We provide an awesome infographic to show you a selection of some of the most famous werewolves across the years.

Scott McCall is season 3’s M.V.P.
In this News By You post, a Hypable reader tells us why Scott has come a long way since season 1.

Marvel revealed today that a new television series, Legion, has been picked up by FX for the 2017 season!

Legion has been picked up by FX for an 8-episode season to air early in 2017. The series is being described as, “The story of a troubled young man who may be more than human.” Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Jean Smart, Aubrey Plaza, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton, and Bill Irwin are set to star in the series, which will begin filming this summer in Vancouver.

Legion will follow the story of David Haller, who has struggled with mental illness since he was a teenager. He’s been in and out of psychiatric hospitals ever since being diagnosed as schizophrenic. However, a strange encounter with another patient has David wondering if the voices he hears and his visions might be real.

FX President of Original Programming Nick Grad teased the series by saying, “We’ve come to expect excellence from Noah Hawley and with Legion he has delivered another major creative achievement. Just as he did in reimagining Fargo, he is bringing an entirely new aesthetic and sensibility to the enormously popular and richly represented X-Men world.”

Executive Producer and Head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb added, “Marvel Television is thrilled to not only have our first partnership with FX go to series, but working with the enormously talented Noah Hawley makes it even better. From the first time we heard Noah’s vision to his exceptional script and cast through the extraordinary filming of the pilot, we knew the series would be incredible.”

In the comics David Haller is the son of Professor Charles Xavier and Gabrielle Haller. A mutant like his father, David also suffers from several mental illnesses, including dissociative identity disorder. Each of his personalities controls one of his superpowers. David eventually joined his father in the mission to help humans and mutants coexist. I’m intrigued to see how FX might connect Legion to the X-men universe.

Will you tune in to watch ‘Legion’ on FX?

Disney has just announced a few new details about their Mary Poppins sequel starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, and directed by Into the Woods helmer Rob Marshall.

The movie is officially titled Mary Poppins Returns and will hit theaters December 25, 2018. The date is the same one Disney used for their 2014 musical adaptation of Into the Woods. Mary Poppins Returns is being billed as a sequel to the 1964 original.

Here’s Disney’s official synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns:

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Said Rob Marshall in a statement, “I am truly humbled and honored to be asked by Disney to bring P.L. Travers’ further adventures to the screen. The iconic original film means so much to me personally, and I look forward to creating an original movie musical that can bring Mary Poppins, and her message that childlike wonder can be found in even the most challenging of times, to a whole new generation.”

Mary Poppins Returns is the latest in a line of live-action sequels and remakes Disney has put into production. Others include next year’s Beauty and the Beast, which the studio just unveiled a trailer for. Last week we also heard that they’re working on a live-action Little Mermaid movie.

Are you okay with a Mary Poppins sequel?

The Harry Potter play Cursed Child opens in a week, and we’ve just got our first look at Ginny Potter née Weasley. But not everyone is impressed.

Harry Potter fans have long ago resigned themselves to the fact that Ginny Weasley, badass Quidditch superstar and Voldemort possession survivor, is doomed to exist on the fringes of the story.

Despite her undiluted badassery, Ginny floated on the edge of canon throughout the Harry Potter book series, and for this reason, there are unfortunately many fans who simply don’t see Ginny as anything other than Harry’s only heterosexual ticket into the OBHWF.

But while Hermione Granger (rightfully) takes up most of the spotlight as far as female representation is concerned, J.K. Rowling actually created an equally important female character in Ginny Weasley, despite — or maybe because — of her absence from Harry’s part of the story.

Related: 9 reasons why Ginny Weasley’s cooler than the movies give her credit for

Reading the book saga closely will reveal that Ginny Weasley was actually better than everyone (and she knew it). And the fact that she got to be such a quietly confident BAMF, without Harry ever being consciously aware of it (though clearly it made an impression!), definitely meant a lot to me as a young girl growing up Potter.

Ginny may not have been the Chosen One, or the Chosen One’s best friend, but she kicked ass — and continued to kick ass — whether or not anyone gave her credit for it.

Let’s recap the awesomeness of Ginny Weasley:

  • Ron may have been Harry’s best friend, but his little sister was the seventh Weasley child and the first girl in seven generations. Talk about your magic number!
  • By all accounts, she was an immensely powerful witch: Growing up with six brothers made her resilient and hard-working, and she seemed to have the same extraordinary raw talent as Fred and George (but she applied herself more).
  • She was possessed by Voldemort in her first year at Hogwarts, literally making her the only person even remotely qualified to understand what Harry was going through. This came to a head in Order of the Phoenix, when it was Ginny of all people who stood up to Harry and told him that he was being stupid.
  • She overcame her crush on Harry and went on to have a rich and interesting social life which didn’t involve him. When Harry finally noticed and fell in love with her, she didn’t let that slow her down.
  • She stood up for both Neville and Luna, clearly cool and self-confident enough not to care what anyone thought of her companions (unlike Harry, who was far more judgemental towards both Luna and Neville).
  • She was a professional Quidditch player, even taking Harry’s place as Seeker for a while before landing a spot as Chaser while still at Hogwarts.

For all this, Ginny never really amounted to the ‘fourth member of the trio’ fans might have hoped for ahead of Deathly Hallows. She didn’t join Harry, Ron and Hermione on the Horcrux hunt (solely because Harry wanted to ‘protect’ her), and yet her badassery continued to assert itself behind the scenes, as she joined Dumbledore’s Army at Hogwarts and fought in the ensuing battle.

To me, it always felt like the essence of Ginny, the soul of this character, simply would not be repressed no matter how much J.K. Rowling tried to bench her (and the benching in itself was not an issue; Ginny was never meant to be a main character, and as laid out above, it actually worked to her benefit).

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But unfortunately, the Harry Potter movies have done a lot to undo the subtle ways in which Rowling empowered Ginny between the lines. With Ginny’s value in the story mostly inferred rather than expressly stated, it clearly became as easy of a subplot to trim away as Nearly Headless Nick’s deathday party.

Ginny had hardly any presence in the movies at all, peaking in Chamber of Secrets (because they couldn’t completely ignore her in that one) and otherwise having only a few scattered, out-of-context moments of empowerment that still paled in comparison to the material given to characters like Fred and George, Draco, Luna, and Neville. Heck, even made-up character Nigel had more of a presence in the movies than Ginny did.

And of course it didn’t help that Bonnie Wright (who is a talented actress — check out After the Dark and see for yourself) had no chemistry with Dan Radcliffe, and that they gave the best Harry/Ginny moment of the series to Ron/Lavender for some inexplicable reason.

But still she married Harry, and still they had three kids (all of whom were named after people important to Harry, but alright). The One Big Happy Weasley Family prophecy came true, and all was well…

Until now. (Dun dun dunnn.)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opens for previews in London next week, and everyone’s excited for the trio and their kids to return. Once again Ginny is getting second billing, not being announced as part of the main cast, but rather revealed a week before the show opens, along with a photograph of Poppy Miller in character:

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There’s also a family portrait of Ginny, Harry and their son Albus, with Ginny holding on to her youngest son protectively (there’s that mother’s love again), kicking us in the feels because it’s pretty much exactly what Harry saw when he looked into the Mirror of Erised:

l-r Harry Potter (Jamie Parker), Albus Potter (Sam Clemmett), Ginny Potter (Poppy Miller)

And I actually love this. I love that Ginny is included (especially since, um, Harry’s other two kids are nowhere to be seen), front and center by Harry’s side.

As far as her clothes go, no, I’m not a fan. They remind me too much of movie-Ginny’s getup in the epilogue, and it’s just not what I’d imagine she’d wear. But it’s just an outfit; it doesn’t actually tell us anything about Ginny’s role in the play, so I’m not too worried about that.

What I am worried about is the fact that she’d be revealed here as part of Harry’s Erised fantasy. It’s doubtless we’ll see more character reveals over the coming days, and Harry will likely factor into more constellations (notably the Ron-Hermione-Harry group photo we’re all waiting for). Ginny probably won’t.

I’m worried that Ginny’s role in this story will amount to being Harry’s wife and Albus’ mom. Not that J.K. Rowling hasn’t full well established that The Power of Motherhood pretty much overrules everything else, but that’s not what Ginny is — or, rather, that’s not all she is. As much as I love Molly Weasley, Ginny represented a different kind of female character. I hope the play stays true to that.

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As a long-time Ginny fan used to everyone overlooking and under-utilizing this fantastic character, I’m just desperately hoping now that the eighth Harry Potter story will give us the Ginny we know from the books, rather than her inferior on-screen counterpart. While Cursed Child isn’t and shouldn’t be about her, I’m hoping this is Ginny’s chance to reclaim some of the agency the movies robbed her of.

And call me an optimist, but I’m hopeful that this is exactly what Cursed Child is gonna give us. I trust that J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany don’t let the movies’ depiction of Ginny influence what is supposed to be the next installment of the book series.

In J.K. Rowling’s own words on Pottermore, Poppy Miller’s Ginny will be, “Kind and cool, exactly as I imagined her.” It’s not the bat-bogey hexing firecracker we know and love, but hey, everyone grows up, right? So even if we get just a couple of scenes with Ginny, let’s presume she’ll be her badass, Quidditch player self, and that she’ll be given space to exist in her own right, rather than as a prop in Harry’s perfect family.

She may not have been the most important character in Harry Potter, but she was my favorite, and Cursed Child has an opportunity to undo the damage the movies did to this fantastic, empowering heroine. Let’s hope they take it.

Are you looking forward to seeing Ginny Potter in ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’?