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From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall, September 17, 1952

By Nicole DiekerMarch 15, 2016

Dear Diary—

There's a new student who I want to help. Her name is Pomona Sprout.

My role as a prefect requires that I greet and assist first-year students when they arrive at Hogwarts. This is the second year I've been... More  →

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall, September 17, 1952

QUIZ: Which of Hagrid's Mistakes Would You Make?

By ElodieMarch 14, 2016
Rubeus Hagrid is like a lovable juggernaut of human error. The rest of us are disgraceful flesh-piles unworthy of love and forgiveness by comparison. But if YOU were Hagrid, and YOU were going to blunder your way to total catastrophe, how would you do it?... More  →
QUIZ: Which of Hagrid's Mistakes Would You Make?

Quiz: Which Literary Villain Are You?

By Elaine AtwellMarch 11, 2016
We all have a dark side, and while we may spend 90% of our time as the heroes of our life story, there's still that other 10% when we're not so nice. So if you're feeling a bit wicked today, take this quiz and learn... More  →
Quiz: Which Literary Villain Are You?

POTTERMORE UPDATE: J.K. Rowling Talks 1920s America & Also Makes My Wildest Dreams Come True

By ElodieMarch 11, 2016
Ever since we found out Fantastic Beasts would be taking place in New York City during the Jazz Age, I’ve been trying to make 1920s slang happen. AND TODAY IT DID. In her final "History of Magic in North America" piece, J.K. Rowling... More  →
POTTERMORE UPDATE: J.K. Rowling Talks 1920s America & Also Makes My Wildest Dreams Come True

Death Eater Meeting Minutes, March 11

By Kalina CiokMarch 11, 2016
In Attendance: The Dark Lord Voldemort, better than Albus Dumbledore and the King of Walking Swag Bellatrix Lestrange - Voldemort Rodolphus Lestrange Severus Snape The Malfoy crew Peter Ratarse Pettigrew  NOT funny Bellatrix Pius Thicknesse Fenrir Greyback Alecto and Amycus Carrow Yaxley Dolohov Two temps called Bob Six other attendees that no one has ever seen... More  →
Death Eater Meeting Minutes, March 11

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall, April 21, 1950

By Nicole DiekerMarch 10, 2016
Dear Diary, Today I turned into a cat. It might be more accurate to say that I became a cat. There's no other way to describe it. I had wondered if it would feel strange to inhabit an animal's body, but the truth is that it felt so... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall, April 21, 1950

BREAKING: J.K. Rowling Tells Us How the Salem Witch Trials Fit Into the Potterverse!

By ElodieMarch 9, 2016
Yesterday J.K. Rowling stared down the business end of some hefty social criticisms concerning her mischaracterization and co-opting of Native American culture. No word yet from Rowling (she’s been answering questions on Twitter, but hasn’t yet addressed specific issues as they relate to... More  →
BREAKING: J.K. Rowling Tells Us How the Salem Witch Trials Fit Into the Potterverse!

Here's My Problem With YA Literature

By ElodieMarch 9, 2016
As a connoisseur of YA lit, I don’t know when romance started to be less a subgenre and more of something to mark off a checklist, but it definitely happened. Young protagonist? Check. Absent parents? Check. Romantic subplot obtrusively shoehorned into this story about survival in... More  →
Here's My Problem With YA Literature

J.K. Rowling Dropped Some Major Knowledge About Wizards in America & We NEED to Talk About It

By ElodieMarch 8, 2016
I hate waking up in the morning. I’m always running late, and I don’t know who I am, and everything is terrible. But when there’s new info about wizards in America? I’m up. I’m here for that. Life is a Technicolor musical and I’m doing backflips... More  →
J.K. Rowling Dropped Some Major Knowledge About Wizards in America & We NEED to Talk About It

To Understand Orientalism and the Cultural Other, Read Paper Towns

By Janet ManleyMarch 8, 2016
Paper Towns means a lot to people a) because Nat Wolff, b) because it's eminently tattooable, c) because we have all thought about running away from home, and d) because John Green, just generally.  We all love John Green. We all love Paper Towns,... More  →
To Understand Orientalism and the Cultural Other, Read <i>Paper Towns</i>