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The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore

Since the beginning of time (and by time, I mean Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), I’ve always thought of Dumbledore as not only wise beyond his many, many… many… years, but as someone who was in a sense “ethically and morally superior”. He was the Wizard who could do no wrong; he was a role model, in particular to Harry, and as Headmaster of Hogwarts I had assumed a certain level of credibility attached to his name, at least to some degree. But as we continued to read on through the books and as the final pieces of the story fell into their rightful place, I found myself feeling a bit unsure of exactly where Dumbledore stood in my lineup of favorites. I mean, who was Dumbledore, really? Read More »

Welcome to the Restricted Section

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Books have always been a huge focal point in the Harry Potter series, and this is something that I both love and attribute to J.K. Rowling’s love of them herself. Throughout the series, we’re introduced to a number of different types of books and constantly reminded of their importance; from the book that almost ate Neville (think Prisoner of Azkaban, Care of Magical Creatures class) to Tom Riddle’s Diary to Severus’ copy of Advanced Potion-Making (Half-blood Prince) to even the Tale of Three Brothers, we are truly shown the importance of books and the information they hold. That being said, there’s one set of books that I think has been purposefully left a mystery; and that is the Restricted Section. Read More »

Zodiac Signs in the Wizarding World

J.K. Rowling has openly admitted to the influence of astrological signs in interviews. While Jo has a birthday of July 31 (identical to that of her protagonist, making them both associated with the Leo sign), her characters have a wide variety of birthdays in order to highlight their individual personalities.   Aquarius: Professor Lockhart – January 26 Lockhart, like many Aquarius men, is somewhat unemotional in terms of the ethics of his actions in Chamber of ... Read More »

What If Harry Had Said No?

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I know the title of this article is “What if Harry had said no,” but let’s start off with “What if J.K. had said no?” What if the idea for Harry Potter popped into her brain, and she said “no” to writing the story of the Boy Who Lived? None of us would be reading this article. I wouldn’t have written it. MuggleNet wouldn’t exist. The Wonderful World of Harry Potter would be occupied by some other tribute to ... Read More »

The Technicalities of Quidditch

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About a week ago I was watching a Quidditch match on youtube. At one point in the game, a chaser was standing directly next to the snitch. He was standing there for some time while a play was happening that didn't involve him. This raised a question in my mind. Can only the seeker catch the snitch? I had never thought of this before. It would make for an interesting game if a seeker was diving for a snitch and some random beater came out of no where to snatch it up for the opposing team. While I'm sure that muggle Quidditch players have done their research on the subject, and the chaser I was observing was doing as he was supposed to do within the rules of the game, I wanted to make sure. 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 »

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 »

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 »

Hogwarts in the Snow Exclusive Preview

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Every visit to the Warner Brother Studio Tour is magical. From the moment you get on the bus at Watford Junction and hear the iconic theme tune play over the speakers, you are instantly transported to that wonderful world we have all spent many hours/days/years within. However as we pulled up the studios, amongst a crowd of recognisable faces of YouTube fame, and entered the main foyer area, we knew this night would be something ... Read More »