The Problem with Hogwarts’s House System

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When I was younger, I used to find the idea of being sorted into a house incredibly appealing. I wanted to be a Gryffindor, just like Harry, and grow up with a group of people as amazing as the members of the Gryffindor House. But the concept of being forced to enter a house when you’re still eleven years old has begun to bother me quite a lot for different reasons. Read More »

Book Review: “Rogues,” the new anthology from George R. R. Martin!

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George R.R. Martin! Neil Gaiman! Patrick Rothfuss! Check out our review of "Rogues," a new star-studded short story anthology that's out today! Read More »

Book Review: All the Rage by F. Paul Wilson

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In the fourth Repairman Jack novel, the rakoshi are back. Those were the blue-skinned, yellow-eyed, man-eating demons from Indian prehistory, who terrorized Jack and his loved ones in The Tomb. Now the last rakosh—the one who left his claw-marks on Jack’s chest—has turned up in a freak show at the same quaint Long Island town where Jack battled the otherness in Conspiracies. Jack is torn between killing it, to make sure it can never hurt ... 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 »

Fan of the Week: Annie – June 15, 2014

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ANNIE Age 16 – Wales RAVENCLAW How did you become a Harry Potter fan? I don’t think I can remember when I wasn’t a Harry Potter fan, to be honest – my dad read me the stories when I was little, and as more started coming out, I started reading more. I completely idolized Hermione, which I think helped me through my GCSEs, to tell the truth! What would your patronus be and why? Oh, a dragon, ... Read More »

Book Review: Honor & Innocence by Glen Thomas Hierlmeier

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Honor & Innocence Against the Tides of War by Glen Thomas Hierlmeier If the History Channel were to make an original movie based on the events of World War II à la Pearl Harbor, you’d have Glen Thomas Hierlmeier’s Honor & Innocence Against the Tides of War. The novel follows Hank, a young American soldier tasked with taking a group of German interns back to Germany shortly in the summer of 1945. Although unhappy to ... Read More »

Book Review: Geek Fantasy Novel by E. Archer

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Ralph is a geek, but not the type who would ordinarily dream of becoming the hero in a fantasy novel. In fact, Ralph’s boring parents have done their best to instill in him a flat, unheroic, unimaginative character. Their reason is that it is dangerous for members of their family to make wishes. The closest thing to a wish that has ever crossed Ralph’s mind is his dream of being a computer game designer. I ... Read More »

Enter to Win a Magician’s Kit in anticipation of Lev Grossman’s “The Magician’s Land”!

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GIVEAWAY! The final installment of Lev Grossman's Magicians trilogy, The Magician's Land, may not come out until August, but we've got an exciting offer for fans that you can win right now! Read More »

Cell Block Tango: Azkaban Style

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If you're a fan of "Harry Potter" and the musical "Chicago", you'll enjoy seeing what parallels can be made between them. Read More »

Theatre Review: Good People, starring Imelda Staunton

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Staunton delivers a magnificent performance as Margie, her comic timing is impeccable, and she had the audience in the palm of her hands from the minute she stepped on to the stage. It is worth mentioning that the play is far from a predictable straightforward comedy, it contains many surprise twists along the way, which left the audience gasping at the performance I saw. Read More »