Author Archives: Caitlin

Pets at Hogwarts

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Why are only certain pets permitted at Hogwarts? Rats aren’t on the list of pets allowed at Hogwarts, but Ron still brings Scabbers (until, of course, Scabbers turns into the man that betrayed his best friend’s parents). Lavender has a rabbit at home but she didn’t bring it Hogwarts, but rabbits seem rather magical to me. But why not allow dogs or hamsters? Read More »

5 Potter characters stories Jo should cover on Pottermore

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Since the books ended, fans have been hungry for more info on the many characters of the Harry Potter series. While we have gotten a glimpse into the personal histories of characters like Remus Lupin and Minerva McGonagall, there are several other fascinating characters whose lives and loyalties haven't been fully explained in the canon. I've compiled a list of five characters I hope JK Rowling will cover in subsequent Pottermore chapters so the fandom can get to know some minor characters in the series better. Read More »

Comic Review: The Tenth Doctor #2

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In this second beautiful comic from Titan Comics covering a new series of adventures with the tenth doctor, David Tennant’s beloved character comes to life alongside new companion Gabriella Gonzalez. Artists Nick Abadzis and Elena Casagrande piece together an exciting and aesthetically pleasing story with  brilliant new monsters and a great new companion for the Doctor. The highlight of the comic is Cerebavores and Pranavores: non-corporeal beings that inhabit earth and influence human thought. Cerebavores are, ... Read More »

Five Favourite Characters from the Forgotten Houses part 3

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Finally, it is Slytherin’s turn to celebrate some of their best members. Slytherin is too often painted as the evil house, with little or no acknowledgement of how Slytherins have contributed to the series and helped Harry to defeat Voldemort In the last installment of this mini-series, I will highlight five of my favourite Slytherin characters, and why they should make you proud to be sorted into Salazar’s house! 1. Narcissa Malfoy: Okay, she is ... Read More »

Five Favorite Characters from the “Forgotten Houses” part 2

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Hufflepuffs, it's your turn! It seems Hufflepuffs are always getting the short end of the stick - losing Quidditch games, for example, and having a reputation, according to Ron, for being push-overs. Even when they got a chance at glory with Cedric, he ended up dead. It seems Hufflepuff just can't win. But here are five fantastic 'Puffs to make you proud! Read More »

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 »