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 »

Why Is Zacharias Smith a Hufflepuff?

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As a proud Hufflepuff, to me one of the greatest mysteries that has yet to be answered in the Harry Potter series is why the spiteful and obnoxious Zacharias Smith was sorted into the house known for its kindness and loyalty. After much thought, I have narrowed all of the possibilities into three theories. Read More »

What Draws Us to Our Favorite Characters?

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In any book or movie, people tend to feel drawn to certain characters. As humans with our own unique thought processes and life experiences, these favorite characters say a lot about us and our own character. There is a certain connectivity that we feel with some characters that endears them to us more then others. Read More »

What Would Harry Potter Do?

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We’ve all been there. The moment when you realize your day might not be panning out the way you had planned while brushing your teeth that morning. Wherever you are in life, no one is safe from these instances of “Oh… oh no”. And in these moments, many a time I try to think about what Harry Potter would do. Read More »

Fan of the Week: Jayne – January 19, 2014

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JAYNE Age 19 – New Jersey, USA GRYFFINDOR How did you become a Harry Potter fan? I started reading the books when I was 6 years old. My Mom even became a fan and every night she would reread the books with me at bedtime.  Soon after I finished the first book, I started my Harry Potter collection. My collection started with a golden snitch T-shirt and grew from there.  Every Christmas, Easter and even birthdays, my ... Read More »

The Significance of Albus Severus Potter Possibly Being in Slytherin

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We all know Harry told his son Albus Severus that if it really bothered him, he could tell the Sorting Hat he’d rather be in Gryffindor than Slytherin. The thing is, though, what if Albus was really Sorted into Slytherin? Read More »