Book Review: Brisingr by Christopher Paolini

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Brisingr by Christopher Paolini Recommended Ages: 13+ Many things discouraged me from reading the third book of the Inheritance Cycle. There was the backlash against my mixed review of Book 2, Eldest—almost, but not quite, the harshest feedback I have received. There was the disappointment of the film based on Book 1, Eragon—a hint that there would be less pressure from Fandom in General to stay on top of this series. And finally, there was ... Read More »

The Technicalities of Quidditch

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About a week ago I was watching a Quidditch match on youtube. At one point in the game, a chaser was standing directly next to the snitch. He was standing there for some time while a play was happening that didn't involve him. This raised a question in my mind. Can only the seeker catch the snitch? I had never thought of this before. It would make for an interesting game if a seeker was diving for a snitch and some random beater came out of no where to snatch it up for the opposing team. While I'm sure that muggle Quidditch players have done their research on the subject, and the chaser I was observing was doing as he was supposed to do within the rules of the game, I wanted to make sure. Read More »

LGBT Students at Hogwarts

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As marriage equality sweeps across the United States, visibility of gay and trans rights is increasing, and it has made me consider what it would be like to a be a gay student at Hogwarts. Certainly Dumbledore and the rest of the professors would readily take any students, but which house would be most welcoming and safe for LGBT students? Would it be Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin to introduce gender neutral dorms or start ... Read More »

What I Love Most About the Harry Potter Fandom

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The Harry Potter fans are the best fans in the world (maybe a little biased). But what makes us different than any other group of dedicated fans, whether it be Star Wars, Twilight, or Lord of the Rings, is that we’ve literally brought our story world to life. QUIDDITCH Thanks to Middlebury College, we now have the ability to play Quidditch in reality (though we aren’t able to play by flying on brooms, yet… the ... Read More »

The Mysterious Life of Nicolas Flamel

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A search of the name Nicolas Flamel on Google will yield over 400,000 results, most of which will link you to books or information about the character Nicolas Flamel. If it is information about the real life alchemist you are looking for, however, that information is much harder to find. Made especially famous by J.K. Rowling’s use of him in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Flamel is known as the creator of the legendary ... Read More »

Fan of the Week: Daniella – January 26, 2014

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DANIELLA Age 20 – Ontario, Canada SLYTHERIN How did you become a Harry Potter fan? I became a Harry Potter fan in elementary school, where I read the first three books first in English, and then in French. I remember eagerly awaiting the translations to see if there was anything significantly different in the dialogue. I bought used copies of the books from my classmates to begin my own collection. I now own all of the books, ... Read More »

Book Review: Pegasus by Robin McKinley

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Pegasus by Robin McKinley Recommended Ages: 12+ She has won the Newbery Medal (for The Hero and the Crown). She has won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award (for Sunshine). She has entertained us with tales of vampires, fairies, dragons, and Robin Hood, as well as folk tales spruced up as novels. As the wife of Peter Dickinson, she dwells in a reactor-core of magic and beautiful storytelling that could reach critical mass at any time. All ... Read More »

Severus Snape: What It Means to Love

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Professor Severus Snape went from one of our most loathed characters, a character Harry, Ron, and Hermione couldn’t stand, to one of the most loved. Harry even names one of his children after him. (Definitely didn’t see that one coming upon reading Book 1.) But why? Most of us, especially avid rereaders of the series, should be able to answer: Love. But I want to dig a little deeper here. Love is a main theme ... Read More »

Plagiarizing “Potter”

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I have been part of the Harry Potter fandom a long time. I remember when MuggleNet.com first launched. I remember being made fun of at school and coming home and burying my head in a Potter book and finding comfort and adventure. I remember the midnight premieres of the books and movies and screaming the Potter Puppet Pals’ “The Mysterious Ticking Noise” at the top of my lungs in a packed movie theater with dozens ... Read More »

My Day in Diagon Alley

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Even though Diagon Alley had no firm footing, scaffolding everywhere, and less than half of the storefronts completed, I am PSYCHED for this expansion to be complete. Read More »