Book Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm – The Official Movie Prequel by Greg Keyes

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At the end of the 2011 film, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," roughly 200 apes (chimpanzees, orangutans and gorillas) escape captivity in San Francisco, California and clash with police and local authorities on the Golden Gate Bridge. Following the skirmish, the apes... Read More »

Book Review: Legacies by F. Paul Wilson

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Jack, last name withheld, lives off the grid in New York City. He has no Social Security Number. He pays no income taxes. All his IDs are fake. As far as officialdom is concerned, he doesn’t exist. And that’s the way he likes it. “Repairman Jack,” as he is professionally known, fixes problems for a living. When people come to his website looking for someone to fix their broken appliances, he ignores them. When they ... 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 »

Movie Review: The Fault In Our Stars

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I guess for those of you (are there even any?) who haven’t read the book, I should give a quick overview. Hazel Grace Lancaster, the teenage narrator, meets Augustus Waters at a cancer support group. He’s in remission, she’s stable but has an uncertain future, and they’re both tired of cancer clichés. They fall in love... Read More »

Book Review: Side Jobs by Jim Butcher

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Here is a collection of eleven stories, ranging from very short up to novelette length, supplementing the novels of the Dresden Files. One was written before Storm Front, the very first Dresden novel, when Harry was still an apprentice detective and Jim Butcher was still learning to write. Another was suggested by his publisher as a promotional gimmick for one of his earlier books. One was written for this collection. And the rest were originally ... 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 »

Book Review: Seeds of Rebellion by Brandon Mull

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After reading the first book in the Beyonders trilogy, I decided to drop everything and go to the library to fetch Book 2. This turned into a whirlwind tour of five (5) library branches, after which I came home with two armloads of books to read. Happily, I was able to get my hands on this, the middle book of the trilogy, and read it with an exquisitely tuned balance between relish and haste. And ... Read More »