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 […]

Kidlit crafts

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Lately I’ve been drooling over the craft tutorials at EPBOT: Geekery, Girliness, and Goofing Off, another blog written by Jen Yates, mastermind behind the genius and hilarious Cake Wrecks. (If you’re not familiar with Cake Wrecks, start with “Grammar geeks, UNITE!” and gorgeous children’s lit cakes.) EPBOT is pretty much what it sounds like from […]

Reviews of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling; illus. by Mary Grandpré Levine/Scholastic Reviewed 1/99 Orphaned Harry Potter has been living a dog’s life with his horrible relatives. He sleeps in the broom cupboard under the stairs and is treated as a slave by his aunt and uncle. On his eleventh birthday, mysterious […]

Headmaster?

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Crossing the Simmons quad this morning, I spotted a familiar figure: long white hair and beard, flowing robes, and twinkling, bespectacled eyes… Professor Dumbledore? No, it was Professor Bob White, a beloved Communications department faculty member. Still, his big smile and cheery “Good morning!” added a little bit of magic to my morning.

What Hath Harry Wrought?

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Just to get a sense of historical perspective, when I last spoke at this festival, there was no euro, no iPods, no Wikipedia, no Facebook; Pluto was still a planet; and I was still drinking. More to the point—today’s point—is that Harry Potter had yet to appear on our side of the pond. That would […]

Where are those famous fact-checkers NOW?

In a profile of fashionista  Daphne Guinness, Rebecca Mead wrote in the 9/26/11 issue of The New Yorker that “even before J.K. Rowling came up with the idea, Guinness dreamed of wearing a cloak that would render her invisible.”

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>Kazia Berkley-Cramer reviews the new Harry Potter movie over at Out of the Box. We just watched the first part of Deathly Hallows on TV the other night and I am still a little confused about the Horcruxes. Richard wanted to know why Voldemort and Harry were enemies, so I was at least glad to […]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part Two (spoilers ahead!)

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two opened in theaters on Friday to the delight and trepidation of fans everywhere. Movie-goers be warned: there is no summary or introduction as in the previous films — they really did just split one long film into two — so it’s definitely worthwhile to re-watch Part One […]