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Potter’s Field Redux

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Thanks to Siân (recently) and Martha (several years ago), I am compulsively reading Harry Potter. Sian brought the guy up in a Horn Book podcast and awakened my curiosity; Martha had told me back in the day that Jim Dale’s audio edition is the perfect entrée to the books for those who are not among the […]

HBook Podcast 1.4 – Special Guest David Hyde Costello

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Podcast the fourth in which Siân makes guest author/illustrator David Hyde Costello take the Sorting Hat test, meets a hobgoblin, and manages to forget how many books are in the Harry Potter series (SEVEN books, Siân. Not eight!) Links David’s website Ezra Jack Keats New Writer honor Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature (under five […]

Harry Potter’s World, right on our doorstep

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As you may have surmised if you keep up with the Horn Book, there are quite a few Harry Potter fans among us. So when we saw that our host campus, Simmons College, had a Harry Potter exhibit in its Beatley Library, we knew we had to stop by. This traveling National Library of Medicine […]

HBook Podcast 1.2 – What House Are You?

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Podcast the second in which Roger and Siân talk about Harry Potter, jury duty, and Hufflepuff Pride. Warning: there are a few mildly annoying but not terrible crackles after the 18 minute mark (because someone—Siân—just HAD to sort Roger on her phone) Books we talk about: J. K. Rowling, The Cursed Child and the Harry […]

Always: remembering Alan Rickman

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Just a few days ago, the Goblin King passed. While Bowie the Artist never really had much of an impact on my life, Bowie the Goblin King certainly did. As a child, Labyrinth in equal parts delighted and terrified me. I watched it over and over, always hiding my face when the fire creature things […]

Hermione, headcanons, and kindred spirits

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Recently, the two-part what-happens-next-in-the-Wizarding-World play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child announced three key cast members: Jamie Parker as adult Harry, Paul Thornley as adult Ron, and Noma Dumezweni as adult Hermione. Congratulations to them all, and I hope the plays are as good as the books, and I really hope they make it to […]

Read good books, do good deeds

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Have you ever read a book and thought to yourself, “Man, I wish this could be real?” Well, unfortunately, no one I know has ever gotten an owl-delivered acceptance letter to Hogwarts, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a little bit of the Wizarding World out here for us muggles. One of the major […]

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — after hours!

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Live, reporting from Orlando, Florida — it’s the intern! Every year around Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling’s birthday (July 31st, in case you aren’t quite the Harry Potter addict I am), approximately 3,000 fans convene for the annual LeakyCon. Once a Harry Potter–only conference, LeakyCon has since opened its doors to fan communities of all […]

Happy birthday, Harry!

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Happy birthday to one of kidlit’s most beloved and backlashed big-name characters, Harry Potter! (He’d be thirty-four this year. Holy hippogriff.) The Horn Book has had a lot to say — good, bad, and damn, these books are long — about The Boy Who Lived over the years. Here’s a roundup of reviews, articles, and […]

Harry Potter read-alikes

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These titles — all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine — offer a mix of magic, adventure, humor, and suspense that will enchant Harry Potter fans. So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane [Young Wizards series] (Delacorte, 1983; reissued by Harcourt, 2003) A splendid, unusual fantasy tells of the efforts of two […]