What I realized after I got sorted into the wrong Hogwarts house.
SPOILER ALERT: You've read all the Harry Potter books or seen all the movies, right? If not, you may learn something here you didn't know. You've been warned. While J. K. Rowling gave him a great secret and Alan Rickman made him someone we loved to watch, I cannot admire Severus Snape. In the books,... Continue Reading →
Listening to the last episode of Binge Mode: Harry Potter got me thinking. The question I have been mulling over: Who is your favorite character in the series (besides Harry, Ron, or Hermione)? There are plenty of interesting people to choose from, but there's no question in my mind: Remus Lupin wins hands down. SPOILER... Continue Reading →
When I first heard the name of the wizarding school in America (Ilvermorny), I was unimpressed. When I heard the names of the houses, I was disappointed. Sure, Thunderbird and Horned Serpent are pretty cool, but Wampus? Pukwudgie?? Get serious. So I did what we all do when life isn't treating us right: I complained... Continue Reading →
Fantasy gets a bad rap. When it's not referred to as escapist or mindless fluff, it's criticized for being unrealistic, the province of dreamy teenagers (or adults) who don't want to face the real world or deal with real life. But is that true? SPOILER ALERT: Details about the stories of Frodo Baggins, Harry Potter,... Continue Reading →
The Harry Potter series is full of big ideas and great advice, which makes for great quotes. This is one of my favorite because it gets at the moral heart of the series: that we must make an effort, possible even make sacrifices, in order to do the right thing. Dark times lie ahead of... Continue Reading →
It's September first. The Binge Mode: Harry Potter episode I listened to this week reminded me that the Hogwarts Express leaves from platform 9 3/4 today. In 2004, I saw the Hogwarts Express in person, but it was a complete accident. I didn't think about Harry Potter when I was planning my trip to Scotland, or I... Continue Reading →