Author Archives: Ross

10 things you’ve been missing since the release of Deathly Hallows

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Talk about post-Potter depression... Read More »

11 Problems Only Sidekicks Will Understand

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“Harry Potter”: A Race to the Finish?

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Imagine if someone told you that in the time it takes the average person to go grocery shopping, you could completely re-read and finish "Harry Potter and Chamber of Secrets"? Say hello to Spritz, the app that’s aiming to make that possible. Read More »

All I Really Needed to Know About ____ I Learned from “Harry Potter”

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A lesson I've learned from the Boy Who Lived. Read More »

A Muggle’s guide to the MuggleNet OWLs

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In spirit of the swiftly approaching MuggleNet OWLs, or Ordinary Wizarding Levels, I thought I’d put together a list of references and little tidbits of information to help with test prep. Read More »

5 Reasons Why the Wizarding World Is Completely Backwards

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It’s all good fun until you’re told you’ve got to take a rowboat to get to class. Read More »

The Importance of “Harry Potter” Memorabilia

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Memorabilia has given people who truly love and connect with a particular field of interest a way to tangibly obtain a piece of the magic. Read More »

4 Parts of the Wizarding World J.K. Rowling Should Further Explain in “Fantastic Beasts” Spinoff

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After the initial wave of what we’ll call intensity had passed, I started to think about what this would really mean for my understanding of the "Potter" series. Would I really learn anything? Wasn’t "Fantastic Beasts" just a small, 54-page guide to the magical beasts found in the wizarding world? How would this be applicable to my already-existing knowledge of "Harry Potter," if at all? And what the heck is an Acromantula?! Read More »

7 “Harry Potter”-Inspired Creations That’ll Knock You Off Your Broomstick

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Last week, a friend of mine who knows me all too well sent me an email with nothing in the subject but “You’ve got to see this!!!” For those of you who’ve had an email account for quite a while and have had the misfortune of landing your alias on a never-ending, spam-the-crap-out-of-you-with-diet-pill-and-“PC-cleanup”-software emails list, you can imagine my initial urge was to instantly mark the email as spam and be done with it. However, curiosity got the best of me, and I opened the email to find myself looking at a Marauder’s Map cardigan; needless to say the geek in me went wild, and I spent the next two hours googling awesome and creative "Potter"-inspired goodies—here are a few of my finds. Read More »

Exploring Animal Cruelty and Mistreatment in “Potter”

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It’s a well-known fact that throughout the "Potter" series we’re introduced to a number of different animals, both “Muggle” and magical, each of which are uniquely portrayed by Rowling in their own way. In an interview with BBC Radio 4, Rowling expressed that she typically liked to derive many of these creatures from folklore and mythology, and many, even the seemingly “normal” ones, exemplify magical properties (think owls delivering mail). Further, though, I think it’s important to recognize that a lot of the different creatures in the "Potter" series haven’t necessarily been given happy endings, or stories for that matter. Read More »