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The 30 Most Dumbledore Things That Dumbledore Ever Did

By ElodieAugust 12, 2016
Albus Dumbledore was the most Dumbledore person to ever have Dumbledored. Dude ran a school full of death and whimsy, and he did it with smiles and cryptic comments. Not just anyone can do that. He was without peer. We will never see another like him in... More  →
The 30 Most Dumbledore Things That Dumbledore Ever Did

If Books Were Bands

By Ana RuizAugust 10, 2016
Any hardcore fan of The Doors knows that the band got its name from Aldous Huxley's book The Doors of Perception. If I had a shred of musical talent, there is a great chance that I'd follow in the footsteps of Modest Mouse, Belle & Sebastian, Titus Andronicus,... More  →
If Books Were Bands

How Good a Scholar of Shakespeare and/or Taylor Swift Are You?

By SparkLifeAugust 10, 2016
Think you're a 1989-level Swiftie phenom? Believe that the only plot more convoluted than King Lear is that of the perplexing Tay-Tay-Katy Perry tiff? In honor of Barnes & Noble's Vinyl Day, which takes place THIS SATURDAY at Barnes & Noble stores across the nation and... More  →
How Good a Scholar of Shakespeare and/or Taylor Swift Are You?

Ginny Weasley Is Not as Great as You Remember

By Vitoria BasAugust 9, 2016
Disclaimer: All of our faves are problematic. We’ve all fallen for the irresistible charm of Ginny Weasley. To borrow a chant: she’s pretty, she’s cool, she dominates [that] school! She’s almost too good to be true, which is actually my number one complaint about her characterization. HOT TAKE: Ginny is not... More  →
Ginny Weasley Is Not as Great as You Remember

5 Book-to-Screen Adaptations We're Psyched to See

By kat_rosenfieldAugust 9, 2016
With a few notable exceptions (that 16-hour Periscope livestream of cats attending a summer day camp), it seems like all the best stuff happening on-screen these days happened in a book first. From Game of Thrones to Harry Potter to The Hunger Games, you... More  →
5 Book-to-Screen Adaptations We're Psyched to See

If the Characters From Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Could Text

By ElodieAugust 8, 2016
In this day and age it’s surprising that anyone still bothers with face-to-face interaction. By now I was expecting our society to have done away with that lumbering dinosaur entirely. The fact that we haven’t is somewhat of an inconvenience to me personally, because the More  →
If the Characters From <em>Harry Potter and the Cursed Child</em> Could Text

Blogging Lord of the Flies: Part 12 (The One Where This Whole Thing Ends Not With a Whimper, But With a Bang)

By ElodieAugust 5, 2016
Did any childhood game of yours ever get anywhere near this out-of-control? I’m thinking not. One time I was playing freeze tag with the neighbor kids and someone got hit by a tractor, because I live in an issue of Midwestern Gothic and tractors are just... More  →
Blogging <em>Lord of the Flies</em>: Part 12 (The One Where This Whole Thing Ends Not With a Whimper, But With a Bang)

Anatomy of a Lord of the Rings Fangirl

By SparkLifeAugust 4, 2016
Welcome back to our new series, Anatomy of a Fangirl! To see our previous installments, click here. This week, an enormous thank you goes out to Emma Barker for this ✨ illustration. This one goes out to the fangirls who... Know the One Ring verse by heart Have SO MANY feelings about Aragorn... More  →
Anatomy of a <i>Lord of the Rings</i> Fangirl

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: June 9, 1956

By Nicole DiekerAugust 4, 2016
Dear Diary, My first year as a Hogwarts teacher is over! All of my second-term Transfiguration passed their exams, some better than others, but all of them well enough that I can feel confident in both my abilities and theirs. Charles, the student for whom I bought... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: June 9, 1956

The Official SparkLife Review of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

By ElodieAugust 2, 2016
Let’s have an open and honest (spoiler-free) discussion about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I was determined to give this book the chance it deserved, but I also wanted to temper my expectations in case it was terrible. I figured at worst it would suck,... More  →
The Official SparkLife Review of <em>Harry Potter and the Cursed Child</em>