Road Trip Wednesday – Day Seven: Central London

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From July 31st - August 11th 2013, three MuggleNet staff members went on a road trip of a lifetime - visiting Harry Potter filming locations all over England, Wales, and Scotland. Over the next 9 weeks they will be sharing their experience with you - the good, the bad, and the hilarious. Their journey continues here, with Road Trip Wednesday - Day Seven: Central London Read More »

“Child-Proofing Harry Potter”: A Rebuttal

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My friend Brandon knows me very well. This past Sunday, he posted a New York Times editorial to my Facebook wall. It was entitled “Child-Proofing Harry Potter” and was written by Lynn Messina, a mom and novelist. The title raised red flags for me immediately. Then I read the editorial itself and found that not only were the red flags completely justified, they were accompanied by some sirens and flashing red lights as well. See, ... Read More »

Armageddon Expo 2013 – Auckland, New Zealand

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October 25-28th, 2013   Armageddon is New Zealand’s largest annual pop culture expo, showcasing the latest and greatest in sci-fi, fantasy, and gaming, and playing host to celebrities from a variety of TV shows and movies. To the delight of Kiwi Harry Potter fans, Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) and Robbie Jarvis (Young James Potter in the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix movie) were in attendance for this year’s convention at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds ... Read More »

Hollywood Costume Exhibit at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

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A high-pitched cackled laugh from the Wicked Witch of the West welcomes us to the start of the Hollywood Costume Exhibit at the Richmond Virginia Fine Arts Museum. The curator mentions this exhibit will visit only four places in the world. The exhibit has already been to London and Australia. Once it’s finished in the east coast it will head over to the west coast. Read More »

Road Trip Wednesday – Day Six: Malham Cove & Leeds

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From July 31st - August 11th 2013, three MuggleNet staff members went on a road trip of a lifetime - visiting Harry Potter filming locations all over England, Wales, and Scotland. Over the next 9 weeks they will be sharing their experience with you - the good, the bad, and the hilarious. Their journey continues here, with Road Trip Wednesday - Day Six: Malham Cove & Leeds Read More »

Book Review: The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry

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The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry Recommended Ages: 13+ Fantasy and hardboiled detective fiction have met before this novel—I cannot restrain myself from name-dropping The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon—but I don’t think any mash-up of the two has ever been quite like this book, its author’s first novel. It takes place in an unnamed, rainy city where the boundary between dreams and reality have become blurred. Here the forces of order are ... Read More »

Book Review: Labyrinth by Kat Richardson

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Labyrinth by Kat Richardson Recommended Ages: 14+ Until this fifth Greywalker novel, I have been enjoying the series via a set of audio-books held by a local library. A downside of hearing Mia Barron’s excellent dramatic reading of the books was that I didn’t know how to spell the names of some monsters introduced in the series. And so the upside of this book being missing from the library’s set of audio books—but available in ... Read More »

The Melting Cauldron: How America Teaches Magic

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Goblet of Fire gave us a tiny glimpse into the magical world outside of Hogwarts and British wizarding communities. We got informed impressions of Europe’s other wizarding schools—Beauxbatons and Durmstrang—as well as glimpses of other pockets of wizarding society at the Quidditch World Cup, notably the Salem Witches’ Institute. America is arguably the largest group of consumers of the Harry Potter series, and what young (or old, for that matter) American reader hasn’t wished for ... Read More »

Theater Review: ‘Mojo’ starring Rupert Grint

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1950s Britain. The rock ‘n’ roll craze has begun trickling its way over the pond, infecting a generation teens, bored of their lives in a country still reeling from the Second World War. In London’s most infamous district, teddy boys and thugs found enterprises off the back of home-grown rock ‘n’ roll talent, desperate to get their slice of the piece. One such business is Mojo, an illegal but popular America inspired club run by ... Read More »

The Pros and Cons of Halloween at Hogwarts

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'Tis the season of witches and wizards, and every Potter fan’s mind turns to the beloved Hogwarts. But would we really want to be a student at the school around this time of year? Here’s why that’s probably not going to be the great time you’ve imagined. Read More »