Something Wicked This Way Comes: “Macbeth” Allusions in the “Harry Potter” Series

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Authors throughout time have been known to borrow many of William Shakespeare's themes, character qualities, and plots for their own works. J.K. Rowling borrows several ideas from Shakespeare's Scottish play Macbeth, such as lines and themes from the witches and the concept of a ruthless female villain. Read More »

A Misunderstanding About Gryffindor House

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What exactly do people often overlook about Gryffindor House? People often believe that the value of a Gryffindor student is measured primarily on his or her athleticism, but one's sense of strength goes far beyond pure physical strength. Read More »

Why the Triwizard Tournament is Like a Lease Agreement

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Adult-aged "Potter" fans! Ever feel tied down to a lease agreement? Sort of like submitting your name to the Goblet of Fire, right? Here’s a list of how they are similar, hopefully to make you laugh in what is potentially a stressful time. Read More »

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 »