483 1/2 Wizolympics – Day 12 Update: Snow Shoveling (Squib Games)


We are in the homestretch of the Snow Shoveling games as the eleventh day comes to a close in Sochi – and what an event it has been. Diggory Pitts (USA), reigning gold medalist, was taken to the mediwizard tent two days ago to be treated for severe blistering and exhaustion. “Poor thing, he has nothing left in him. Blisters the size of Galleons,” lamented Healer Herby Planter. Diggory has single handedly – mostly because ... Read More »

483 ½ Wizolympics – Day 12 Update: Skrewt Sledding Finals


Good evening everyone and welcome to the final round of Skrewt Sledding! We’ve watched competitors from all over the globe with wands at the ready and blast-ended Skewt’s ablaze race down the half-mile snow covered slope for a chance at the gold. Things have been heating up (no pun intended) since earlier in the day as it appears one of the finalists, Alden Weatherby of the UK, has suffered an injury to his … feet… in the opening round and is up in arms with Adam Vakhrushev of Russia about it. Read More »

How I Left MuggleNet and Escaped the Depths of Life Crisis to Find a Startup Company Doing Something Amazing, a Hilarious Web Series, and My Way Back Home (to MuggleNet)


Hey, guys! My name is Noah Fried, and this past summer after graduating from college I left MuggleNet to pursue a career in New York City. And now I’m back. To be honest, I really had no intention of coming back to the site. Don’t get me wrong – I had a blast working at MuggleNet for six years and was proud of the experience. But as fate would have it, a series of events ... Read More »

483 ½ Wizolympics – Day 12 Update: Skrewt Sledding


It’s Day 12 of the Sochi Wizolympics, but the competition is far from over. I’m Arabella Featherman, reporting to you live from this year’s Skrewt Sledding. This a relatively new sport added to Wizolympics shortly after the Triwizard Tournament in 1994. Invented by Hogwarts gamekeeper Rubeus Hagrid, the Skrewt is a crossbreed of a manticore and a Fire Crab. They look like a combination of a giant scorpion and a crab, with shiny gray armor ... Read More »

483 ½ Wizolympics – Day 11 Update: W.W.N. Report


The athletes are taking the plunge at the 2014 Sochi Wizolympics! The W.W.N.'s Lee Jordan reports on the leaps of faith at the Cliff Stunning event, while Glenda Chittock details the sticky situation at Expedition Wandless. Read More »

483 ½ Wizolympics – Day 11 Update: Cliff Stunning


Hello again, witches and wizards! I know you’re all anxious to find out who will walk away with the gold medal for this year’s Cliff Stunning. We saw some excellent techniques from the qualifying round earlier today, and Russia and Ireland will be given another opportunity to demonstrate their skill. Although a little sore, all bones have been mended in the hours in between rounds, and our Wizolympians are eager to begin.  And here they ... Read More »

483 ½ Wizolympics – Day 11 Update: Cliff Stunning (Qualifying Round)


Welcome to the qualifying round of Cliff Stunning. This event really is one of the highlights of the Wizolympics winter games. It’s everything that the games are supposed to be about wrapped into one. There’s danger, teamwork, and excitement to be had here. We have three teams vying for the two spots that are available in the final round. The countries competing in this event are Spain, Ireland, and Russia. Read More »

483 ½ Wizolympics – Day 10 Update: W.W.N. Report


Things are heating up at the 2014 Sochi Wizolympics! The W.W.N.'s Lee Jordan covers the day-long Unicorn Capture event, which no athlete has won since 1862, while Glenda Chittock covers the giant challenge faced by the competitors of Expedition Wandless. Read More »

Fan of the Week: Whitney – February 16, 2014


WHITNEY Age 23 – Vancouver, Canada GRYFFINDOR How did you become a Harry Potter fan? When I was 8, my mom said she heard there was “some popular book” called Harry Potter and she gave me a copy. Afterwards, I couldn’t put the series down. Waiting for the books was agony and I went to every Harry Potter midnight release possible. I soon became the geek who quoted Harry Potter, and sent out Harry Potter Valentine cards. My ... Read More »

483 ½ Wizolympics – Day 10 Update: Unicorn Capture


This year’s Unicorn Capture has ended in yet another consecutive (and un-interesting might I add) loss with no success by any of the competing teams. This unfruitful event, already ostracized by many as it is the only non-magical non-squib event, has truly turned up quite a laughable audience. After watching the players wander aimlessly around in the freezing cold for well over a few hours now, many are just excited to escape the stadium and warm themselves with Butterbeer. Read More »