Author Archives: Ross

What to Do If You’re Falling Out of Love with ‘Harry Potter’


What to do if you’re falling out of love with Harry Potter. Read More »

The 7 Things We Hate About You (Know Who)


Those of us with a passion for all things Potter can most certainly agree that Lord Voldemort is as sinister as they come. Here are 7 reasons we love to hate him: Read More »

483 ½ Wizolympics – Day 12 Update: Skrewt Sledding Finals


Good evening everyone and welcome to the final round of Skrewt Sledding! We’ve watched competitors from all over the globe with wands at the ready and blast-ended Skewt’s ablaze race down the half-mile snow covered slope for a chance at the gold. Things have been heating up (no pun intended) since earlier in the day as it appears one of the finalists, Alden Weatherby of the UK, has suffered an injury to his … feet… in the opening round and is up in arms with Adam Vakhrushev of Russia about it. Read More »

483 ½ Wizolympics – Day 10 Update: Unicorn Capture


This year’s Unicorn Capture has ended in yet another consecutive (and un-interesting might I add) loss with no success by any of the competing teams. This unfruitful event, already ostracized by many as it is the only non-magical non-squib event, has truly turned up quite a laughable audience. After watching the players wander aimlessly around in the freezing cold for well over a few hours now, many are just excited to escape the stadium and warm themselves with Butterbeer. Read More »

The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore

Since the beginning of time (and by time, I mean Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), I’ve always thought of Dumbledore as not only wise beyond his many, many… many… years, but as someone who was in a sense “ethically and morally superior”. He was the Wizard who could do no wrong; he was a role model, in particular to Harry, and as Headmaster of Hogwarts I had assumed a certain level of credibility attached to his name, at least to some degree. But as we continued to read on through the books and as the final pieces of the story fell into their rightful place, I found myself feeling a bit unsure of exactly where Dumbledore stood in my lineup of favorites. I mean, who was Dumbledore, really? Read More »

Welcome to the Restricted Section


Books have always been a huge focal point in the Harry Potter series, and this is something that I both love and attribute to J.K. Rowling’s love of them herself. Throughout the series, we’re introduced to a number of different types of books and constantly reminded of their importance; from the book that almost ate Neville (think Prisoner of Azkaban, Care of Magical Creatures class) to Tom Riddle’s Diary to Severus’ copy of Advanced Potion-Making (Half-blood Prince) to even the Tale of Three Brothers, we are truly shown the importance of books and the information they hold. That being said, there’s one set of books that I think has been purposefully left a mystery; and that is the Restricted Section. Read More »

What Would Harry Potter Do?


We’ve all been there. The moment when you realize your day might not be panning out the way you had planned while brushing your teeth that morning. Wherever you are in life, no one is safe from these instances of “Oh… oh no”. And in these moments, many a time I try to think about what Harry Potter would do. Read More »