Editorials

A Misunderstanding About Gryffindor House

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What exactly do people often overlook about Gryffindor House? People often believe that the value of a Gryffindor student is measured primarily on his or her athleticism, but one's sense of strength goes far beyond pure physical strength. Read More »

Why the Triwizard Tournament is Like a Lease Agreement

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Adult-aged "Potter" fans! Ever feel tied down to a lease agreement? Sort of like submitting your name to the Goblet of Fire, right? Here’s a list of how they are similar, hopefully to make you laugh in what is potentially a stressful time. Read More »

Harry Potter and the 9 Personality Types

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Enneagrams (from the Greek word ennea, meaning “nine”) are “models of human personality” that are interconnected can be formed into a circular diagram. Or, in plain English, it’s like a personality test with nine possible outcomes that are all related to one another in different ways. Naturally, upon reading about enneagrams, I wanted to see if I could assign a character from Harry Potter to each personality type. First, here’s a few things to know about ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

5 heroes to replace the “Harry Potter”-shaped hole in your heart

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As excitement builds around the upcoming "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", some fans are left wondering what a new film will be like without Harry. Even with the magic of the original series, it will be hard to wait in line for a new movie that won't feature Harry onscreen. To fill the void, I've compiled a list of five heroes who are as courageous, selfless, and loyal as the eleven-year-old with a lightning bolt-shaped scar. Read More »

The Curse of Time

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What is it that makes the Potter series so desirable? Read More »

‘Potter’, Schools, and Corrupt Administration

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I’ve been seeing a lot in the news lately about investigations at public colleges involving Title IX violations. I’ve been following these stories for my own reasons, but while doing so I’ve found it really interesting to read about the lesser known violation of “retaliation.” Most Title IX cases that make it into the news are about sexual assault, but lumped in with this issue is often the cover up by the university that a complaint has been filed at. Schools are getting caught more now then ever before for the mishandling of Title IX issues. Of course, you are probably wondering what this has to do with Harry Potter. 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 »