Book Review: Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

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Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy Recommended Ages: 14+ If I had read Anna Karenina after this book, it would have cheered me up. Hardy’s last novel, written in 1895, stirred up such harsh criticism that its author never wrote another novel, although he lived until 1928. In me, listening to the audio-book while driving a sales circuit of convenience stores in rural Illinois, it stirred up feelings of failure and disappointment in life. The ... Read More »

Book Review: The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

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The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens Recommended Ages: 12+ Kate P barely remembers her parents. Heck, she doesn’t even remember her last name; only the letter P. Mostly she remembers the night her parents disappeared, when her mother gave her a cherished locket, told her to take care of her younger brother and sister, and promised to return someday. Since then, Kate, Michael, and Emma have spent ten years moving from one orphanage to another, ... Read More »

Book Review: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy Recommended Ages: 14+ Over the past few years, I have frequently experienced the advantages of having audiobooks in my car while commuting or traveling. In that way I have found time, at last, to take in many great works of literature that I might otherwise have skipped because they were too long, too serious, to difficult to focus my mind on during the sleepy time of day when I do ... Read More »

Fantastic Beasts for Muggles: Which Would You Have as a Pet?

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After reading through Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by “Newt Scammander,” I realized there are quite a few beasts that knowledgable Muggles may be able to handle and a few  I would like to have for various reasons. If you are unfamiliar with these beasts, I suggest grabbing a copy of the book or heading over to the Harry Potter Wiki for a refresher. Here’s a countdown of the most useful:  10. Flobberworm – The ... Read More »

Love Connection

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I’ve been thinking about writing a post about Potter relationships. How did certain characters end up together? Why? And with the recent news of Rowling’s comments about Ron and Hermione’s relationship, this seemed like the perfect time. There are so many relationships within the series, so I’ve decided to make this post ongoing, posting related articles in the future. But for now, let’s start with the whole Harry/Ginny and Ron/Hermione thing. I’m going to begin ... Read More »

The 7 Things We Hate About You (Know Who)

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Those of us with a passion for all things Potter can most certainly agree that Lord Voldemort is as sinister as they come. Here are 7 reasons we love to hate him: Read More »

10 HP Characters That We Meet in Real Life

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There are so many distinct characters in the Harry Potter series that are completely believable purely because we have all come across someone like them in our day to day lives. Here is a list of some of those characters and their real life counterparts. Read More »

18 Signs That You Are the Ron Weasley of Your Friend Group

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Let’s be honest. You may not be the Chosen One or the Brightest Witch of Your Age, but where does that leave you? You might be a Ron, a title that may not sound as glamorous as the former two but that is still pretty terrific. Without further ado, here are eighteen signs that you are the Ron of your circle of friends: 1. You find yourself in trouble all the time. 2. You’re the life of ... Read More »

Is Dolores Umbridge the Most Evil Character of All?

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Dolores Jane Umbridge, known for her shockingly pink wardrobe, obsession with fluffy animals, and love of all things sugary and sweet, is considered to be one of the most hated characters in all of fiction. Despite her seemingly harmless appearance, many Harry Potter fans consider her to be more unlikable than Bellatrix Lestrange and even the Dark Lord himself. Why is it that a woman with no clear criminal history (during the duration of the books, that ... Read More »

Whom Would You Have Saved Who Died?

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If any of you are on Goodreads and subscribed to the Harry Potter Group, you may  have seen and even answered this question. To some it may seem senseless–whoever is dead is dead, and there is no point in trying to change the facts. But I believe fandom is about asking questions of the stories we love, not just reading and accepting. Fandom is about digging deep, tearing stories apart to find their core, and ... Read More »