Editorials

Re-Watching “Potter” as a Television and Film Student

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I'm a communications student. I like to think that explains me pretty much to the fullest. I have always watched movies more carefully then all my friends because that's what I'm interested in. Every DVD I get I have to get the one with the most special features and behind-the-scenes footage. I love to see how things are created to come alive on the screen. Since I've been studying communications for the past two years in college, these habits have escalated. Last semester I even wrote my final paper for my cinema and digital technology class on the cinematography within the "Harry Potter" movies and how it changes from film to film as the directors change. Read More »

Knowing Harry, Knowing Yourself: Discover Your “Potter” Personality

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Who needs a stuffy personality test? Let's find out what our "Potter" personalities are! 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 »

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 »

“Harry Potter” in One (Paragraph, Sentence, Word…)

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There are many ways to describe what "Harry Potter" means to people, but here are three takes on it, each more concise than the next. 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 »

More Than Just a Pretty Face

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Fleur Delacour is a character better known for her loftiness and beauty than her accomplishments and acts of humanity. I took what I believe to be Fleur's top five best moments in the "Harry Potter" novels in the hope of reminding everyone that, though she is a bit annoying at times to both the reader and the Weasley women, Fleur deserves a lot more recognition than she gets. Read More »

Why Dobby’s Death Was So Devastating

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When "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1" hit movie theaters, I was of course right there at midnight. The night was all excitement, but even though I loved the movie it ended in tears. I am not ashamed to admit that I cried while watching Dobby die on the big screen. When the lights came up in the theater, my friends were appalled to see me in tears. They hadn’t read the books, so they didn’t fully understand. Read More »

Is Harry Potter Divergent?

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Hogwarts sorts students into houses via the Sorting Hat. Divergent sorts people into factions via the aptitude test and the choosing ceremony. If Harry entered Veronica Roth's world, would he be deemed divergent? Read More »

Quidditch Comes to Life!

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Playing Quidditch in the air may be closer than you think! Say hello to the HoverBall, a possible precursor to a real-life Golden Snitch. Read More »