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Today In Harry Potter Controversy: Was S.P.E.W. Secretly Awful?

By Lanie NajjabJune 24, 2016
We're all familiar with Hermione’s quest to guarantee the rights of house elves through the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare, right? Many of us admired—nay, applauded—her humanitarians efforts. But is there a darker side to this seemingly upstanding organization? Could Hermione's intentions, so pure on the... More  →
Today In <em>Harry Potter</em> Controversy: Was S.P.E.W. Secretly Awful?

POLL: Is Summer the Worst Season?

By Andrew TavinJune 24, 2016
Summer: the season of beaches, picnics, chasing speeding ice cream trucks down the block in bare feet. I know it may be hard to believe when I say this, but summer is the worst season. I’m not just being a cynic; I appreciate and respect all... More  →
POLL: Is Summer the Worst Season?

Blogging Lord of the Flies: Part 6 (The One Where Human Beings Are Apparently Just Falling From the Sky Now)

By ElodieJune 24, 2016
To catch up on chapters 1-5, click here! Last time, Ralph called a family meeting and made some suggestions for the good of society, like not pooping on the food, to which everyone unanimously said, "Nah." This time the chapter opens in a rather... More  →
Blogging <em>Lord of the Flies</em>: Part 6 (The One Where Human Beings Are Apparently Just Falling From the Sky Now)

Open Thread for June 24!

By SparkLifeJune 24, 2016
Send your photos to contribute@sparknotes.com with your username to get your pictures on the OT... More  →
Open Thread for June 24!

Check Out the Brand-New Fantastic Beasts Trailer, Featuring the Unsung Hero of Hufflepuff!

By ElodieJune 23, 2016
As if a BRAND-NEW TRAILER weren't enough, Barnes & Noble stores across the American nation are preparing to celebrate the publication of the Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2 play with midnight release parties on July 31. Details here! Some day I will run out... More  →
Check Out the Brand-New <em>Fantastic Beasts</em> Trailer, Featuring the Unsung Hero of Hufflepuff!

Summer Recipe: How to Make *~Unicorn Bark~*

By Steffi LynnJune 23, 2016
This is a four-step party treat/snack that will make you look like a total genius. Never again will you find a recipe that doesn't involve baking and is almost too beautiful to eat. And involves unicorns. Just trust me on this one. Ingredients: Directions: (until solid) And... For photos and details, click here!... More  →
Summer Recipe: How to Make *~Unicorn Bark~*

Real Talk: I Get More Depressed in Summer Than Winter

By Emma W.June 23, 2016
I remember being surprised when, years ago, I heard that suicide rates jumped in the spring. The more I thought about it though, and the more years—and seasons—I live through, the less this statistic surprises me. I am not, nor have I ever been, clinically depressed... More  →
Real Talk: I Get More Depressed in Summer Than Winter

Which Theatre of the Absurd Play Are You?

By Josh PeriloJune 23, 2016
Have you ever had one of those bad days that seems to go on forever? And as the day goes on, it keeps getting weirder and worse until it's so absurd that you can't help but throw your head back and laugh out loud like a... More  →
Which Theatre of the Absurd Play Are You?

5 of Our Fave Harry Potter Characters Get Modern Makeovers

By Klara SteevesJune 23, 2016
Prior to this slideshow, if someone had asked us to name one thing we'd do to make the Weasley twins even better, we would have slapped them grandly across the face and declared, "PERISH THE THOUGHT, YOU UNMITIGATED DUNDERHEAD. THOSE GINGER HOODLUMS ARE PERFECTION." But afte More  →
5 of Our Fave Harry Potter Characters Get Modern Makeovers