Editorials

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 »

Taking Classes on “Harry Potter”

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So you want to take a class on "Harry Potter". Think about these five things before you do. Read More »

How Would You Use Your Magic?

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Imagine you woke up one day with the ability to perform any of the types of magic performed by the witches and wizards of the "Harry Potter" series, but you could only choose one purpose for this skill. What would you do with this ability? 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 »

Harry Potter and the Hero’s Journey

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Last week, I found a post on Tumblr that analyzed a character from the TV show "Doctor Who" and compared that character's journey to the pattern of Joseph Campbell's "monomyth," or "the hero's journey" (the original post can be found here). Monomyth, as conveniently explained by Wikipedia, "is a basic pattern that its proponents argue is found in many narratives from around the world." Essentially, it is the theory that many great literary heroes have all gone through the same seventeen stages of adventure (i.e., their stories all follow the same pattern). After researching this for a while, I was inspired to make my own comparisons between Harry's journey in the "Harry Potter" series to see if it matched up with Joseph Campbell's pattern. Read More »

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 »