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Book Review: The Wizard in the Tree by Lloyd Alexander

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If Chocolate Frogs Famous Wizard Cards featured beloved wizards from the pages of literature, you know there would be a card each for J. K. Rowling’s Dumbledore, and Tolkien’s Gandalf, and Peter Beagle’s Schmendrick, and John Bellairs’ Prospero… I’ve already got quite a long list in mind. Now that I’ve read this brief book by the Newbery Medal and National Book Award winning author of the Prydain Chronicles, I have another name to add to ... Read More »

All I Really Needed to Know About ____ I Learned from “Harry Potter”

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A lesson I've learned from the Boy Who Lived. Read More »

Book Review: Side Jobs by Jim Butcher

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Here is a collection of eleven stories, ranging from very short up to novelette length, supplementing the novels of the Dresden Files. One was written before Storm Front, the very first Dresden novel, when Harry was still an apprentice detective and Jim Butcher was still learning to write. Another was suggested by his publisher as a promotional gimmick for one of his earlier books. One was written for this collection. And the rest were originally ... Read More »

4 Parts of the Wizarding World J.K. Rowling Should Further Explain in “Fantastic Beasts” Spinoff

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After the initial wave of what we’ll call intensity had passed, I started to think about what this would really mean for my understanding of the "Potter" series. Would I really learn anything? Wasn’t "Fantastic Beasts" just a small, 54-page guide to the magical beasts found in the wizarding world? How would this be applicable to my already-existing knowledge of "Harry Potter," if at all? And what the heck is an Acromantula?! Read More »

Book Review: Seeds of Rebellion by Brandon Mull

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After reading the first book in the Beyonders trilogy, I decided to drop everything and go to the library to fetch Book 2. This turned into a whirlwind tour of five (5) library branches, after which I came home with two armloads of books to read. Happily, I was able to get my hands on this, the middle book of the trilogy, and read it with an exquisitely tuned balance between relish and haste. And ... Read More »

Review: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull

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Thirteen-year-old Jason is an ordinary, baseball-playing, zoo-volunteering kid from Colorado, until the day he hears music coming out of a hippopotamus. Leaning closer, he falls into the hippo’s mouth, slides down a long chute, and comes out at the bottom of a hollow tree in a completely different world. It’s not how most visitors from our reality find their way to the magical land of Lyrian. Later, Jason meets a girl his age named Rachel, ... Read More »

Book Review: ImagiNation Unveiled: The Hidden Realm by Judy Probus

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ImagiNation Unveiled: The Hidden Realm By Judy Probus Hanna and Trevor want to be just like their big brother, Ace Edwards. But Zhii wants Ace to go back to earth ASAP so she can save her planet from destruction on her own. And Ace? Well Ace just wants to win the Alabama State Championship football game for his team. Little does he know that a dragon, a martial arts master magician who kind of looks ... Read More »

Exploring Animal Cruelty and Mistreatment in “Potter”

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It’s a well-known fact that throughout the "Potter" series we’re introduced to a number of different animals, both “Muggle” and magical, each of which are uniquely portrayed by Rowling in their own way. In an interview with BBC Radio 4, Rowling expressed that she typically liked to derive many of these creatures from folklore and mythology, and many, even the seemingly “normal” ones, exemplify magical properties (think owls delivering mail). Further, though, I think it’s important to recognize that a lot of the different creatures in the "Potter" series haven’t necessarily been given happy endings, or stories for that matter. Read More »

What to Do If You’re Falling Out of Love with ‘Harry Potter’

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What to do if you’re falling out of love with Harry Potter. Read More »

The 7 Things We Hate About You (Know Who)

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Those of us with a passion for all things Potter can most certainly agree that Lord Voldemort is as sinister as they come. Here are 7 reasons we love to hate him: Read More »