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From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: December 30, 1978

By Nicole DiekerDecember 20, 2016
Dear Diary, It is the penultimate day of the year, and I have just returned from James and Lily Potter's wedding. Sirius Black, who has grown up surprisingly since graduation—but then again, it seems we all have—was Best Man, and gave a speech that I do not... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: December 30, 1978

First Lines of Classic Novels As Tumblr Posts

By Ana RuizDecember 19, 2016
There's something about quoting famous lines that gives you a sparkling aura of intellectuality and learnedness. It's why Pudge's memorizing of dying words in Looking for Alaska wasn't as macabre as it could've been, and it's why Lorelai Gilmore tried reading Swann's Way More  →
First Lines of Classic Novels As Tumblr Posts

What to Get Your BFF, Based On Her Fave Book!

By Chelsea DaggerDecember 16, 2016
Christmas and Hanukah are almost upon us, which means that we here at SparkLife have set our panic level to CODE RED: IMPENDING DOOM. And if you're anything like us (impossibly charming, wildly good-looking, permanently afflicted with the meat sweats, and PROFESSIONAL AT PRO More  →
What to Get Your BFF, Based On Her Fave Book!

Harry Potter and the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

By Paulina BasDecember 14, 2016
We're using "ugly" with all love here, because Molly Weasley is the real MVP of delightfully tacky Christmas sweaters, and if you say you don't want one you are a GRINCH and a LIAR and we bid you Good Day, but also Happy Holidays! Because, you know, Christmas spirit. Onwar More  →
Harry Potter and the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

9 Outfits in J.D. Salinger's Nine Stories, Ranked

By Rosa LysterDecember 13, 2016
Some writers speak the language of clothes, and some do not. J.D. Salinger speaks it fluently. Clothes, in Salinger, are used to define character, to move the plot along, to add depth and weight to a scene.... More  →
9 Outfits in J.D. Salinger's <i>Nine Stories</i>, Ranked

Blogging Hamlet: Part 1

By ElodieDecember 13, 2016
As someone who spends a lot of time perusing the various revenge plots and sex jokes of Shakespeare, I’ve come to believe that the Bard of Avon really only wrote three kinds of plays: Someone’s in love, and this is terrible. There’s been a misunderstanding, and this is... More  →
Blogging <em>Hamlet</em>: Part 1

Shakespeare Quotes to Describe the Year 2016

By ElodieDecember 12, 2016
I think we can all agree that the year 2016 was just like a Thunderdome of terrible, with everything and everyone duking it out for the honor of being the most terrible. In Shakespeare's time, people were contesting the rule of Queen Elizabeth, everyone was dying of the plague, and no... More  →
Shakespeare Quotes to Describe the Year 2016

The 8 Best Holiday Scenes in Fiction

By Emily BrownDecember 12, 2016
If there are two things in which the holiday szn is never lacking, they are books and cheese platters. In the spirit of this, I invite you to sample the camembert and then read this list of my favorite, sobbiest, nuts-est fictional holiday scenes. SPOILERS AHEAD. [This More  →
The 8 Best Holiday Scenes in Fiction

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: June 20, 1978

By Nicole DiekerDecember 12, 2016

Dear Diary,

The end of term tends to bring with it a feeling of relief; no matter how many Quidditch games were won or how many house points were scored, you can begin your summer holidays knowing that you did your best—or, if the back... More  →

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: June 20, 1978

You've Been Waiting Your Whole Life for this Slideshow: It's...TEXTS FROM INSIDE HOGWARTS

By ElodieDecember 9, 2016
We originally published this slideshow in November 25, and we're putting it in front of your lucky eyeballs today in case you missed it the first time around!—the edsHarry Potter had pretty much everything you could ask for in a book (magic, dragons, a yearly death-defyin More  →
You've Been Waiting Your Whole Life for this Slideshow: It's...TEXTS FROM INSIDE HOGWARTS