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The 3rd Place Winner of the SparkLife Identity Essay Contest!

By YameenFebruary 5, 2016
You guys submitted some INCREDIBLE essays, and it was such a privilege to read them. Because we got so many great submissions, we will be posting more of them in the next few weeks, so stay tuned! And a big congratulations to our top three! —eds. Untitled I... More  →
The 3rd Place Winner of the SparkLife Identity Essay Contest!

THIS IS NOT A DRILL: J.K. Rowling Just Dropped a Whole Lot of Info About 4 New Wizarding Schools Around the World!

By ElodieFebruary 5, 2016
There are lots of things I want to know about the wizarding world, and #1 is outerspace wizards. Wizarding schools around the world, however? That comes in a very close second. We already knew about Beauxbatons, which is somewhere in the Pyrenees, and Durmstrang, which is More  →
THIS IS NOT A DRILL: J.K. Rowling Just Dropped a Whole Lot of Info About 4 New Wizarding Schools Around the World!

Open Thread for February 5!

By SparkLifeFebruary 5, 2016
Is there a way to Pinterest someone's entire life at once? Send your photos to contribute@sparknotes.com with your username to get your pictures on the OT.... More  →
Open Thread for February 5!

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: September 13, 1947

By Nicole DiekerFebruary 4, 2016
Dear Diary, This is the first chance I've gotten to write in you since arriving at Hogwarts. I wish there was a spell where I could whisper my thoughts to my quill and have them written down as I sleep, because there is too much to remember... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: September 13, 1947

The Many (GLORIOUS) Faces of Oscar Isaac

By Maddy AaronFebruary 4, 2016
Oscar Isaac officially strapped on his jetpack to stardom when he took on the role of heroic and hunky fighter pilot Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The world cannot get over his effortless curls, his mastery of lip-biting (this... More  →
The Many (GLORIOUS) Faces of Oscar Isaac

iStock Microfiction-Vol. 1

By Elaine AtwellFebruary 4, 2016
iStock is a treasure trove of hapless models who just want to collect their $50 for allowing images of themselves laughing alone with salad or whatever to be licensed in perpetuity. Most stock photos beg the question, "Zuh?"  Herein, we set about trying to answer that interrogative sound, with (micro)fictional... More  →
iStock Microfiction-Vol. 1

Your Favorite Harry Potter Characters' BUSINESS CARDS

By Steffi LynnFebruary 4, 2016
We collaborated with our champion Weasley sweaters illustrator, Steffi Lynn, to bring you never-before-seen business cards of those we thought would be most likely to distribute them. Click on for some REAL TREATS—from Hermione's gmail, to Voldemort's striking similar More  →
Your Favorite <i>Harry Potter</i> Characters' BUSINESS CARDS

Torture Devices That Make You Feel Terrible About Your Body? SIGN US UP!

By Josh PeriloFebruary 4, 2016
Don't ever accuse Josh and Reid of not sacrificing themselves for the greater good of the That's a Thing community. This week, the lads try out two separate items, both meant to change one's appearance, that could easily double as medieval torture devices. DO NOT... More  →
Torture Devices That Make You Feel Terrible About Your Body? SIGN US UP!

Would You Rather... (Featuring THE Question of Our Childhoods)

By ElodieFebruary 4, 2016
Last week I asked if you guys would rather give up eating or sleeping. Personally, I'd get rid of sleeping in a heartbeat; it's a total waste of time, and I need that time for things like eating chicken nuggets. Besides, sleeping's not just sleeping. It's trying to fall More  →
Would You Rather... (Featuring THE Question of Our Childhoods)

These 8 Foods Would Make the Best SOs (YES, THAT IS THE ACTUAL TITLE OF THIS SLIDESHOW)

By Jon_SkindzierFebruary 4, 2016
Is the concept behind this slideshow completely ridiculous? ABSO-GOURDDAMN-LUTELY. But we here at SparkLife are committed to pushing the boundaries of investigative journalism (nope), and we will defend our choices TO THE DEATH. Now quit shaking your head in bemusement and c More  →
These 8 Foods Would Make the Best SOs (YES, THAT IS THE ACTUAL TITLE OF THIS SLIDESHOW)