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Why Hermione Is Better Than Harry

By Maddy Aaron and Kelsey MurphyJuly 20, 2016
Just because the series happens to be named after him, don't think we're giving Potter a pass. We happen to think that there are a great many ways in which Hermione is actually better than Harry. Check out Maddy and Kelsey's hot takes and let 'em know... More  →
Why Hermione Is Better Than Harry

Dating With Science: Are Guys Threatened By Smart Girls?

By Jon_SkindzierJuly 20, 2016
Welcome back to Dating With Science, in which we illuminate the mysteries of romance using only the finest peer-reviewed science, and, occasionally, the spare science we dig out from between the couch cushions. Today's topic: girl brains, and whether or not boys find them t More  →
Dating With Science: Are Guys Threatened By Smart Girls?

Open Thread for July 20!

By SparkLifeJuly 20, 2016
Send your photos to contribute@sparknotes.com with your username to get your pictures on the OT... More  →
Open Thread for July 20!

If Alexander Hamilton Could Text

By ElodieJuly 19, 2016
If there's anything we've learned about Alexander Hamilton from one whole year of rap battles and choreographed dance numbers, it's that he had a lot to say. In fact, the man was so voluble that I'm surprised he doesn't rise from the grave every time anyone anywhere express More  →
If Alexander Hamilton Could Text

How to Meet Your Next S.O. Through Pokémon Go

By Kurt HarrogateJuly 19, 2016
A week ago I was in New York City, wandering the streets in search of Pidgeys and that elusive Tauros. When Pokémon Go came out, I expected it to be a cult hit—nostalgia-stricken millennials would certainly download it, but I didn't think the rest of... More  →
How to Meet Your Next S.O. Through Pokémon Go

Email Signatures For Every Fandom

By Emma W.July 19, 2016
I was a Russian major as an undergraduate, which means that FOR YEARS my iPhone email sign-off has been....*drumroll*...."sent from my troika." A troika's an old-school Russian sleigh, like the kind Anna Karenina, who just happens to be the protagonist of one of... More  →
Email Signatures For Every Fandom

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: April 5, 1956

By Nicole DiekerJuly 19, 2016
Dear Diary, I bought my worst student a wand today. Charles still hasn't been able to successfully transfigure anything, not even in his second term. I know he's been using a hand-me-down wand, it's too large for his hand and it's got a nick on the tip and he's... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: April 5, 1956

Open Thread for July 19!

By SparkLifeJuly 19, 2016
Send your photos to contribute@sparknotes.com with your username to get your pictures on the OT... More  →
Open Thread for July 19!

Every "Blogging the Classics" Post Is Now RIGHT HERE

By Chelsea DaggerJuly 18, 2016
POP QUIZ:  1. In The Great Gatsby, how did Jay Gatsby acquire his wealth? Choose one: Ponzi schemes Befriending a rich and lonely widow whose death was ruled an accident, but questions still linger Cheating at high-stakes poker Whatever he was doing in that Wolf of Wall Street movie 2. List the... More  →
Every "Blogging the Classics" Post Is Now RIGHT HERE

Auntie SparkNotes: My Boyfriend Invited Another Girl to Prom

By kat_rosenfieldJuly 18, 2016
Dear Auntie, My school’s grad (or prom for non-Canadians) is at the end of the month and I was hoping that my boyfriend—let’s call him Brandon—and I (we've been dating for almost a year) would be each other's dates as a way of telling our respective... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: My Boyfriend Invited Another Girl to Prom