Author Archives: Maria

“Harry Potter” after “Deathly Hallows”

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Harry didn’t stop existing when he defeated Voldemort. To us, he’s a 33 year old wizard who’s still fighting crime. Rowling found a way to keep him alive by writing an epilogue in "Deathly Hallows" and continuing publishing material in Pottermore. There are reasons to love and dislike this way of keeping our hero alive, what do you think about it? Read More »

The Art of Legilimency

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When you read a book or watch a movie where people can ‘read minds', you don’t dwell much on it. It’s fiction, why would you question it? But if you are like me, you’ll start thinking, wondering, considering what a person would have to do in order to be able to ‘read minds’ or perform Legilimency. Read More »

The Problem with Hogwarts’s House System

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When I was younger, I used to find the idea of being sorted into a house incredibly appealing. I wanted to be a Gryffindor, just like Harry, and grow up with a group of people as amazing as the members of the Gryffindor House. But the concept of being forced to enter a house when you’re still eleven years old has begun to bother me quite a lot for different reasons. Read More »

Famous People Also Love “Potter”

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The "Harry Potter" fandom is huge; even the people we admire are obsessed with this series. Here's a list of some famous people who love The Boy Who Lived as much as we do. Read More »

Is Draco Malfoy “evil”?

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Draco Malfoy seems to be evil to the core. Even his last name, “bad faith” in French, seethes with evilness. You could say he deserves all the hatred the fandom can muster. But… is this really the case? Is Draco really someone “evil”? Read More »

Fan Fiction, Anyone?

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You can start a new series or novel, but even though they provide you with excitement and new characters to fangirl about, they don’t give you the feeling of coming back home (at least most don’t). What do you do then? How do you deal with this need for more potterness? Fan fiction. Read More »

Why Ron is more than “just funny”

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“I get that Harry stands for bravery and represents all that’s good. Hermione represents reason and Voldemort, evil, obviously. But what on earth does Ron Weasley represent?!” I thought about it for a couple of seconds and gave her an answer I’m not very proud of: “He’s just funny.” I felt bad immediately after saying it. Read More »

Potterhead Experiences

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I consider myself to be a Potterhead, and as such, I’ve reread each book in the series no less than fifteen times since I was seven. I used to think it was a pretty normal thing to do, but talking to real normal people made me realize that rereading the same words so many times isn’t common; it’s actually weird. I suppose Potterheads are fairly strange creatures. It’s not like we have superpowers or anything ... Read More »

483 ½ Wizolympics – Day 4 Update: Doxy Baiting Opening

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This year’s Doxy Baiting started with a blast when the Wizolympics Organizing Committee decided to give the event a twist. Doxy Baiting has been part of the Wizolympics ever since it was declared an official sport back in the 15th century by the Russian Department of Magical Games and Sports. The game was originally played using Ashwinder eggs and Doxys; however, the practice was banned after the game’s sudden rise in popularity and the consequent ... Read More »

483 ½ Wizolympics – Day 3 Update: Snowmen Battle

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The Snowman Battle is always one of the most popular events in the Wizolympics; no one wants to miss the beautiful and terrifying sculptures the competitors manage to construct in the span of an hour followed by a violent fifteen-minute battle. Today’s event is no exception to this rule; nevertheless, we’ll be seeing few familiar faces. Read More »