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Is Your Crush a Jerk?

By Kurt HarrogateAugust 17, 2016
Jess Mariano is one thing, but if you're heading into Tom Riddle territory, TURN BACK NOW. ... More  →
Is Your Crush a Jerk?

The Scariest Things in the Potterverse

By Maddy Aaron and Kelsey MurphyAugust 17, 2016
While Hogwarts is a magic academy for children, you'd never know it from how insanely terrifying the place is. It is a school that could kill you. Literally. Maddy and Kelsey address their greatest fears from the wizarding world in this week's PotterNotes. You'll be watching... More  →
The Scariest Things in the Potterverse

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: September 12, 1970

By Nicole DiekerAugust 17, 2016
Dear Diary, It's the end of the first week of term, and the beginning of my fifteenth year as a Hogwarts teacher. I'll turn thirty-five in less than a month. I don't feel old at all, but I do feel older, especially when I look at my... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: September 12, 1970

Open Thread for August 17!

By SparkLifeAugust 17, 2016
Send your photos to contribute@sparknotes.com with your username to get your pictures on the OT!... More  →
Open Thread for August 17!

Here's How Far Along You Are with Your Summer Reading Assignments, Based on Your Zodiac Sign

By Maura Barry-Garland and Steffi LynnAugust 16, 2016
Summer's coming to a swift and grievous end, which isn't a surprise but still makes me feel like I’m confronting some harsh truths. Where did summer go? Is this just how time works? Has it always worked like this? Was anyone going to tell me? It's in... More  →
Here's How Far Along You Are with Your Summer Reading Assignments, Based on Your Zodiac Sign

12 Textbooks All Students Wish They Could Buy

By SparkLifeAugust 16, 2016
Can you smell it in the air? The scent of fresh glue and costly knowledge? That's right, it's textbook season! We're already hunting down those academic brain-bricks, but there are some life lessons we can't learn from books... YET. Here are the top 12 textbooks we wish we could buy. Okay, okay—the real... More  →
12 Textbooks All Students Wish They Could Buy

We Ditched Our Makeup for 24 Hours & Hardly Any of Us Died As a Result

By Chelsea DaggerAugust 16, 2016
We here at SparkLife are committed to bringing you cutting-edge journalism of the finest caliber, and nothing—not fear, nor exhaustion, nor the inevitability of defeat—will keep us from that mission. So it goes without saying that when we were first presented... More  →
We Ditched Our Makeup for 24 Hours & Hardly Any of Us Died As a Result

Open Thread for August 16!

By SparkLifeAugust 16, 2016
Send your photos to contribute@sparknotes.com with your username to get your pictures on the OT!... More  →
Open Thread for August 16!

Auntie SparkNotes: Living With My Bigoted Family Is Driving Me Nuts

By kat_rosenfieldAugust 15, 2016
Dear Auntie, I’m 22, still live with my family, and hate going to church. I’m not an atheist or an agnostic, but my spiritual views do not conform to the intolerance spewed by the priest every weekend. I am also bisexual, a fact known to everyone... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: Living With My Bigoted Family Is Driving Me Nuts

Anatomy of a Game of Thrones Fangirl

By SparkLifeAugust 15, 2016
Welcome back to Anatomy of a Fangirl! To see our previous installments, click here. This week, the unparalleled Vitoria Bas gives you an illustrated warning against spoilers (& frostbite)! This one's for the fangirls who... Have your House sigil printed on all your correspondence and stationery... More  →
Anatomy of a <i>Game of Thrones</i> Fangirl