Book Review: No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige

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An alternate title for this story could have been “Dorothy Gale: My journey to the dark side” as we see Dorothy work her way into becoming the villain she's set to play in the following full-length novel... Read More »

Robbie Reviews The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

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Here is a most satisfying recent example of the classic type of private-eye novel. The detective is the whimsically named Cormoran Strike, an ex-military policeman whose career in the army ended when a roadside bomb took away half a leg. His name has nothing to do with his father, a philandering superstar rock musician with whom he has no relationship whatever, and a lot to do with his “supergroupie” mother, who was flaky and impractical ... 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 »

Theater Review: ‘Peddling’, Starring & Written by Harry Melling

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The themes of rewind and repetition are threaded through Peddling, the writing début of Harry Melling, best known for his run as the unpleasant Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films. But you’ll find no hint of Dudley here; Melling has shed Dudley’s cartoonishly menacing bulk—literally and figuratively—and instead inhabits a complex, energetic homeless boy who makes his living by selling ‘everyday essentials’ door to door. 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 »

Book Review: The Monster by Garth Nix & Sean Williams

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The second book in the Troubletwisters series finds the small seaside town of Portland threatened by a fragment of The Evil that menaced it in Book 1. At least, so the Shield twins suspect. Jack and Jaide are still a bit jumpy after their narrow victory in their first adventure. The wards are all intact, protecting Portland, and the world, from the all-consuming hunger that lurks outside our universe. But Jack can never forget how ... Read More »

Fan of the Week: Olivia – April 27, 2014

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OLIVIA Age 12 – Boston, USA HUFFLEPUFF How did you become a Harry Potter fan? When I was 7, I barely read any books. My parents begged me to read the popular books that other kids my age read, such as the Narnia series, but I just didn’t get into them. One day, my mum bought me Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone. I forgot about it, until one day I picked it up and started ... 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 »