Author Archives: Caitlin

Five Favorite Characters from the “Forgotten Houses”

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As a Ravenclaw, I know how tough it can be to be a fan in one of the series neglected Hogwarts houses: Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin - it seems Gryffindor gets all the love! It seems there aren't any characters that remind us of how cool our house is, or what a Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff really looks like. Read More »

Outcasts and “Harry Potter”

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I think much of Harry Potter’s success can be attributed to the fact that all of us have felt like Harry at some point – we may have never been locked in a cupboard or neglected and malnourished, but we do know how it feels to be an outsider to the world, to feel misunderstood and silenced, and to hope that a half giant with a pink umbrella will come rescue you from your horrible family. Read More »

Interview with JR Han

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According to some studies, reading rates among young people is down. However, publisher JR Han plans to engage kids with a new series of books combining Asian mythology and the modern form of the graphic novel. I interviewed JR to find out more about his graphic novels. Why is it valuable/important for teens to read? Comics are a new format invented in 20th century. Comic books are beloved by most generations thanks to the artistic ... Read More »

5 heroes to replace the “Harry Potter”-shaped hole in your heart

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As excitement builds around the upcoming "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", some fans are left wondering what a new film will be like without Harry. Even with the magic of the original series, it will be hard to wait in line for a new movie that won't feature Harry onscreen. To fill the void, I've compiled a list of five heroes who are as courageous, selfless, and loyal as the eleven-year-old with a lightning bolt-shaped scar. Read More »

5 Reasons Why I Ship Harry and Cho

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No relationship in the "Potter" series was nearly as honest or poignant as Harry’s with his first crush, Cho. I think the series may have come to a more interesting end if Harry had married Cho instead of Ginny. I am a Harry/Cho shipper through and through, and here’s why. Read More »

In Defense of Ginny Weasley

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Ginny Weasley gets a lot of hate in the fandom, and given that we so often criticize those who don’t read the books, I have to wonder why. Although the film franchise did not do the youngest Weasley justice, anyone who read the books knows Ginny is one fierce lady. Read More »

10 Potter Ladies Who Kick Butt

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Minerva McGonagall: Professor McGongall doesn’t put up with anyone’s crap. Minerva is tough but good-hearted and never goes down without a fight, standing alongside Harry and the trio until the end of the battle. Hermione Granger: Hermione is a given on this list. She uses magic to defeat everyone from schoolyard bullies to the most evil wizard of all time. Hermione is powerful and clever enough to destroy the Horcruxes and helps Harry every step ... Read More »

483 ½ Wizolympics – Day 15 Update: Ice Obstacle Course

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Hello, wizards. We’re back for the final round of the always unpredictable Ice Course at the Sochi Wizolympics. Hungary, the UK, the US, and South Africa will be competing for the gold medal in the ice course. Eniko Csaszar of Hungary, having won the gold in this event twice previously, is a fan favorite, and many predict he will be taking home his third gold tonight. However, in a surprising turn, Benjamin Hadley, a first-time ... Read More »

483 ½ Wizolympics – Day 9 Update: Ice Fishing

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For the first time ever, right here at the 483 ½ Wizolympics, wizards from across the world competed in the Muggle sport ice fishing. Despite some initial confusion from athletes as to how exactly to catch ice, the game got off to an exciting start. Percy Weasley from the Department of Magical Games and Sports was able to charm ice blocks of various sizes so that the games could continue. Mr. Weasley was not available ... Read More »

LGBT Students at Hogwarts

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As marriage equality sweeps across the United States, visibility of gay and trans rights is increasing, and it has made me consider what it would be like to a be a gay student at Hogwarts. Certainly Dumbledore and the rest of the professors would readily take any students, but which house would be most welcoming and safe for LGBT students? Would it be Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin to introduce gender neutral dorms or start ... Read More »