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RonNotes: Ron Weasley Explains the Classics

By Nicole DiekerJuly 14, 2017
RonNotes are exactly like SparkNotes, if the SparkNotes editors read half of each book before quitting and were only reading them in the first place to impress the brightest witch of their age. So, actually not at all like SparkNotes.This slideshow was originally publish More  →
RonNotes: Ron Weasley Explains the Classics

How Magic Works in Different Universes

By Nicole DiekerJune 6, 2017
Have you ever wondered how magic in the Potterverse, Narnia, or Middle Earth actually works? Like, why do you have to say "wingardium leviOHsa?" Is magic like Siri, and it won't work if you mumble? Is that even fair? We've put on our wizard hats, looked into our pensieves, More  →
How Magic Works in Different Universes

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: July 24, 1991

By Nicole DiekerMay 30, 2017
Dear Diary, It is time for me to confess that I wrote something that is not true. Many things, because to write the truth at the time was dangerous, and so I had to write down, in a book designed to be seen only by myself, a ... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: July 24, 1991

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: 1947-1991

By Nicole DiekerMay 30, 2017
The whole of it. December 10, 1947 Dear Diary, Today was my first Transfiguration exam: turning a mouse into a snuff box. Professor Dumbledore gave us all three tries, and I was worried that I wouldn't pass on my first go. You still pass, even if it takes you ... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: 1947-1991

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: July 14, 1985

By Nicole DiekerMay 23, 2017
Dear Diary, None of this was supposed to happen. It was unimaginable. IT’S NOT FAIR Time spins on while I stand still, stuck, lost.   Elphinstone has been dead for nine days now. I thought I would not write about it because I could not, how could I write about the great ... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: July 14, 1985

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: June 30, 1982

By Nicole DiekerMay 3, 2017
Dear Minerva, Thank you for sharing your diaries with me. I read them all, from the beginning—the earliest ones opened eagerly, as if they were excited to be read after so long. The ones written during your adolescence were more reluctant. One volume in particular was ... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: June 30, 1982

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: June 1, 1982

By Nicole DiekerApril 13, 2017
Dear Diary, Elphinstone has asked me to marry him—and I have said yes. Of course, you will know from my entries of late that this was not a surprise; we had been discussing, in between discussing everything else, what it might look like to build a life ... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: June 1, 1982

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: March 22, 1982

By Nicole DiekerApril 4, 2017
Dear Diary, I want to keep this short because I want to write Elphinstone. I want to send him all my diaries, even the old ones where I was young and foolish, so he’ll know everything about me. Even the pages I wrote about him—what I ... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: March 22, 1982

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: February 3, 1982

By Nicole DiekerMarch 27, 2017
Dear Diary, Is it wrong to say that age has improved someone? I know that I am a stronger, kinder, and more compassionate person than I was in my youth—and, meeting Elphinstone for the first time in years, found him to be… it’s hard to say. ... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: February 3, 1982

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: January 21, 1982

By Nicole DiekerFebruary 28, 2017
I got a letter from Elphinstone today. He writes that he wants to see me: “It is strange to think that we haven’t spoken since before the war.” I hadn’t thought it was all that strange; I suppose we could have spoken, but I was ... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: January 21, 1982
About the Author
Nicole Dieker

Nicole Dieker is a freelance writer and occasional nerd musician. Her work has appeared in The Billfold, Boing Boing, Yearbook Office, The Write Life, and The Toast, among other sites. She collects owls, but has yet to train them to deliver her mail. You can find the Patreon page for her novel, "The Biographies of Ordinary People," about three sisters, at www.patreon.com/NicoleDieker.

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