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Book Review: “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak

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"The Book Thief" takes place in Nazi Germany and it tells the story of a book thief, a young German girl named Liesel Meminger. For a series of reasons that have everything to do with Nazis, Liesel ends up living with a foster family in Himmelstrasse, a poor street in Mulching, Munich, and she takes up the hobby of stealing books every once in a while. Read More »

Magical Names

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Coming up with a name as amazing as "Sirius Black" can't be simple, still, Rowling was able to come up with an army of perfect names for each and everyone of her characters, all of them unique and with that touch of "potterness" that makes you immediately relate them with Rowling's masterpiece. Read More »

Harry’s Influence in the Muggle World

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It’s funny how McGonagall’s prediction in 'Philosopher’s Stone' when just a few hundred people were aware of Harry’s existence became real in the 17 years after its publication. Everyone knows about the bespectacled wizard, his influence expands all over the world. Here’s a compilation of some of the areas Potter has influenced over the years. Read More »

“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 »