Five Favorite Characters from the “Forgotten Houses” part 2

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Hufflepuffs, it's your turn! It seems Hufflepuffs are always getting the short end of the stick - losing Quidditch games, for example, and having a reputation, according to Ron, for being push-overs. Even when they got a chance at glory with Cedric, he ended up dead. It seems Hufflepuff just can't win. But here are five fantastic 'Puffs to make you proud! Read More »

Book Review: The Dragon’s Lair by Elizabeth Haydon

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The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme, allegedly discovered in an archeological dig and reconstructed by an expert scholar, relate the experiences of a young explorer in a long-ago world full of magical races, objects, and stories. In this third book, following The Floating Island and The Thief Queen’s Daughter, Ven and his friends flee from the frying pan to the fire. By “frying pan” I mean the Inner Market, walled up inside the Gated City, ... Read More »

Book Review: Sky Raiders by Brandon Mull

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When Cole and his sixth-grader friends troop down the basement steps to view a spooky, Halloween house of horrors, they’re more worried about whether they’re too old to go trick-or-treating than about being kidnapped. But the basement is already nearly full of caged kids waiting to be forced down a ladder in the floor. Cole manages to hide until everybody has gone down the hole, wondering how anyone could think of getting away with kidnapping ... Read More »

Little Did They Know

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Mr. H Potter, The Cupboard under the Stairs, 4 Privet Drive, Little Whinging, Surrey. Read More »

WOULD YOU RATHER…Have The Sorting Hat or Peeves as Your Conscience? #MNWYR

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Who would serve your conscience better? Read More »

Pottermore Moments Revisited: Snitches and Mirrors

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In today's Pottermore Moments Revisited, we skip through two months, Harry's first Quidditch match, Christmas, and one of my absolute favorite moments in the series. Read More »

Theatre Review: ‘Monty Python Live (Mostly)’ starring John Cleese

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Forty-five years, three seasons on the BBC, and four hit movies later (I do include Something Completely Different); Monty Python is the biggest comedy group of all time and have done for comedy what the Beatles did for music. Read More »

Fan of the Week: Maddy – July 20, 2014

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MADDY Age 14 – CT, United States RAVENCLAW How did you become a Harry Potter fan? When I was in 4th grade (age 9) I had a huge writing assessment coming up the next day. I asked my dad to read me a bit of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone for some writing inspiration, but I was scared to actually start reading the books myself. After my dad read me a random couple of ... Read More »

Book Review: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

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I’ve never read anything by Brandon Sanderson before, and I’m generally leery of thick fantasy novels that have the look of “Book One of a Punishingly Long Series.” Three things convinced me to give this book a try. First is the fact that, although it was his first published novel back in 2005, Sanderson hasn’t written any sequels to it… yet. I’m told he plans to, but so far all he has rolled out is ... Read More »

Book Review: The Thief Queen’s Daughter by Elizabeth Haydon

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In The Floating Island, we first met Ven Polypheme, an unusual specimen of the ancient Nain race. Unlike the typical Nain, whose idea of a good time is to dig ore out of a mountain’s roots, Ven’s family lives in a human city and specializes in building ships. Unlike other members of his large, practical family, Ven has the itchy feet of an explorer. And unlike practically anyone else in known history, Ven has survived ... Read More »