Scar Tissue

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I’m not sure we’ll ever really know exactly what Harry thought or felt about his scar, or what it was like to have that be the center of most people’s attention. As for me, though, I can honestly say that I’ve grown to love my scar tissue. Read More »

5 Potter characters stories Jo should cover on Pottermore

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Since the books ended, fans have been hungry for more info on the many characters of the Harry Potter series. While we have gotten a glimpse into the personal histories of characters like Remus Lupin and Minerva McGonagall, there are several other fascinating characters whose lives and loyalties haven't been fully explained in the canon. I've compiled a list of five characters I hope JK Rowling will cover in subsequent Pottermore chapters so the fandom can get to know some minor characters in the series better. Read More »

WOULD YOU RATHER…Be Stranded at Gringotts or Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes? #MNWYR

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Vaults filled with money or a shop filled with pranks? Read More »

Book Review: Showrunners: The Art of Running A TV Show by Tara Bennett

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When watching television shows, we usually get so swept up in the story that we don’t stop to think about all the work that goes on behind the scenes. Keeping a show on the air depends heavily on keeping audiences interested and maintaining a healthy story arc. Who is in charge of keeping the ship afloat? That would be the showrunners. Read More »

Grieftime by Heather Bulpett

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Grieftime is a dystopian novel set in England at some point in the future. It is based largely around the story of Lyn, a thirty-something widow whose grieftime has been cut short. In this dystopian society, once a woman runs the course of her schooling and years of working she is put into a pool to be selected for marriage. If selected, she has to marry whoever chooses her and she becomes that man’s property. If her husband dies, she is allotted a certain number of weeks of grieftime before being placed back in the pool. She will have to marry up to three times, after that she is allowed out of the pool. Read More »

Book Review: “What If?” by Randall Munroe

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Many of you know Randall Munroe as the author and illustrator of the three-times-a-week web comic xkcd. For the uninitiated, it is a comic "of romance, sarcasm, math, and language." About two years ago, Munroe started a sort of "Dear Abbey" portion of the website, called What If?, where readers would write in and ask ridiculous hypothetical questions that Munroe would use his knowledge of physics (along with input from professionals in various fields) to answer completely seriously. The What If? book compiles many of the entries from the website, along with some new ones, and reproduces them in all of their glory - except the mouse-over text, of course. Read More »

Pottermore Moments Revisited: Secrets of all types

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As we head towards the climax of this book, there are secrets abounding in this Pottermore Moments Revisited! Read More »

Book Review: Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender

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Colette Iselin has had a rough year, but a class trip to France offers an escape from all her troubles. Once she arrives, Colette begins to see the ghost of Marie Antoinette, who appears to be murdering members of old aristocratic families all around Paris. And, of course, Colette soon realizes that she might be next! Read More »

Fan of the Week: Brian – Aug 31, 2014

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BRIAN Age 24 – Colorado Springs, USA Slytherin How did you become a Harry Potter fan? It took me two tries to read the 1st book (my first time I was in the 3rd grade and I just didn’t want to read!) But I got through it on my 2nd go-around, which would have put me in the 4th grade. I really was swept away by the time we got into the depths into Prisoner ... Read More »

Book Review: “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak

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"The Book Thief" takes place in Nazi Germany and it tells the story of a book thief, a young German girl named Liesel Meminger. For a series of reasons that have everything to do with Nazis, Liesel ends up living with a foster family in Himmelstrasse, a poor street in Mulching, Munich, and she takes up the hobby of stealing books every once in a while. Read More »