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From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: July 14, 1955

By Nicole DiekerMay 20, 2016
Dear Diary, You'll never guess who I saw today: Professor Dumbledore! He came into the Ministry to take a meeting with somebody. Elphinstone says they want Professor Dumbledore to be Minister of Magic someday. I like that idea; it would be lovely to work under him. He'd probably give... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: July 14, 1955

What is Free Verse?

By Emma W.May 19, 2016
If you missed our previous Poetry 101s, check them out here! FREE VERSE! I can picture it in block letters on handmade signs held up by politically-conscious protestors eager to "free verse" from the formal constraints of metrical patterns and rhyme schemes, in the... More  →
What is Free Verse?

Feminist Posters for Every Hogwarts House

By Louise ReimerMay 19, 2016
As much as we love JK Rowling and the blessings of this gif forever more, the world of Harry Potter isn't without the patriarchal trappings of Muggle society.* Still, two of the House founders are women (Helga Hufflepuff! Rowena Ravenclaw!), and JK herself is something More  →
Feminist Posters for Every Hogwarts House

We Would Read These Literary Spin-Offs

By Kalina CiokMay 19, 2016
Publishers are always looking to squeeze some extra juice out of a successful book by cranking out a spin-off. Wherefore did Four: A Divergent Story Collection appear in our lives, if not for the nerve-wracked publishing executive sitting in their office screaming, "We are running out of Theo... More  →
We Would Read These Literary Spin-Offs

Blogging Lord of the Flies: Part 2 (The One Where I Think Jack Did All of This But I Don't Have Any Proof)

By ElodieMay 18, 2016
Are you reading Lord of the Flies right now in class? Is it boring? I’ll bet. But it doesn’t have to be boring. It could be hilarious and exciting—full of fun and whimsy! And with me at the helm, it will be! If... More  →
Blogging <em>Lord of the Flies</em>: Part 2 (The One Where I Think Jack Did All of This But I Don't Have Any Proof)

Snapechat, Part 2

By Janet ManleyMay 17, 2016
The wizarding world obviously thinks the muggle world is boring as toast, as they lost interest our technological advances some time around 1920, content to exist thereon in a kind of steampunk limbo of heaving old trains and floating candles. In fairness to wizards, th More  →
Snapechat, Part 2

If Shakespeare Got Lazy

By Emma W.May 16, 2016

We all have our "off days"—days we're feeling tired, uninspired, perpetually hungry, apathetic, pissed at the world. Shakespeare must have had them, too, days he just thought, Screw it, I'm taking it a nap. But what if, instead of taking a nap, he'd... More  →

If Shakespeare Got Lazy

Literary Advice for Fictional Characters

By kat_rosenfieldMay 16, 2016
Dear Auntie: I live in a really small community. Sometimes I feel like it will be physically impossible for me ever to leave. No one here ever listens to me, even when I GOT THE CONCH. They bully me a lot since I'm a little... More  →
Literary Advice for Fictional Characters

Blogging Lord of the Flies: Part 1 (The One Where This Island Full of Children is Basically My Nightmare Realm)

By ElodieMay 13, 2016
You might remember me as the person who blogged The Great Gatsby and hated every minute that Tom Buchanan SPENT sapping my lifeblood with his dumbness. Now that the people have spoken, I’m back with Lord of the Flies. But if... More  →
Blogging <em>Lord of the Flies</em>: Part 1 (The One Where This Island Full of Children is Basically My Nightmare Realm)

BREAKING: These Are the New American Wizarding Houses and You Can't Tell Me Otherwise

By ElodieMay 13, 2016
If you’re anything like me, then I’m sorry about that for a variety of reasons. But I’m not sorry if you heard about the apparent leaked wizarding houses of the American school Ilvermorny and your first thought was, "Oh, jeez," because that was... More  →
BREAKING: These Are the New American Wizarding Houses and You Can't Tell Me Otherwise