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 »

Book Review: Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride

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Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride Recommended Ages: 14+ In this sequel to Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, college dropout, ex-fry cook, late-blooming necromancer Sam LaCroix begins to make sense of his long hidden powers, his network of strange and dangerous allies, his steamy relationship with the Alpha female of a werewolf pack, and the huge fortune left to him by the villain he recently vanquished. But he’d better hurry. More challenges are coming at him, ... Read More »

Muggle Pensieve

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Dumbledore: “I use the Pensieve. One simply siphons the excess thoughts from one’s mind, pours them into the basin, and examines them at one’s leisure. It becomes easier to spot patterns and links, you understand, when they are in this form” (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire). Do you know that feeling of anxiety and dread, when the world weighs a ton, and you just don’t know what to do? When you feel so ... Read More »