More ‘Harry Potter’ Mischief Is Coming Soon

I’m afraid I have some bad news. Some really terrible, horrible, no good, very bad news. It has been announced that two more Harry Potter books will be released later this year. The nightmare continues! Let me explain why the Boy Who Lived has made me the Boy Who’s Livid. I actually rather liked the … Continued


The Unheralded Virtues of ‘Fantastic Beasts’

With Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, director David Yates and Harry Potter scribe J. K. Rowling welcome us back into the Wizarding World—and this time, they let a Muggle like us play a main character. Fantastic Beasts stars waifish magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) but the show is stolen by magic-less interloper Jacob … Continued

Entertainment, Movies

Enough with the Harry Potter-Themed Weddings

If you’re invited to a wedding in the next few months, you have my sympathies. Choose your outfit wisely, as it—and you—may dwell on Google forever. Such is the risk of being a wedding guest in the age of viral videos and social media, when bride and groom long for not only each other, but … Continued


Is J.K. Rowling Guilty of Cultural Appropriation?

Have you heard about the release of J.K. Rowling’s latest stories? Coming soon via her subscription website, Pottermore, Rowling has begun promoting a story compilation called The History of Magic in North America. The stories evidently include references to Native American legends such as that of the “skin-walkers,” mythical shape-shifting creatures known as yee naaldlooshii … Continued

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Draco Malfoy’s Bad Boy Appeal

As any novelist will tell you, fictional characters, once released into the world, take on a life of their own in the minds and hearts of readers. They no longer belong solely to the writer. Once a character transitions from page to screen and becomes embodied by a flesh-and-blood actor, he or she drifts even … Continued

Books, Entertainment, Movies

The Books We Love and What They Say About Us

A new status has been popping up on Facebook lately, and it’s not, surprisingly enough, more #IceBucketChallenge posts. Instead, users are sharing their “top 10 books.” The status usually prompts participants to list 10 books that have “stayed with them” in some way. It encourages people to answer the prompt quickly, without over-analyzing the question; … Continued


The Wisdom of Harry Potter in Dark Times

Last month at their home in Texas, Stephen and Katie Stay and four of their five young children were executed in an horrific massacre at the hands of the ex-husband of Katie’s sister. The sole survivor of the family was 15-year-old Cassidy; incredibly, she not only survived being shot in the head by playing dead, … Continued

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