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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.”

>Harry 76.5

>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 2 (spoilers ahead!)

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (Warner Bros., July 2011; PG-13) 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 […]

What a long, magical trip it’s been

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Last night, like fans everywhere, I got gussied up in my best Hogwarts gear and went to see the final Harry Potter movie premiere at midnight. Despite the fact that I’m running on about three hours of sleep (yawn!) and lots of caffeine today, I’m so glad I was able to be a part of […]

>Rowling on Lifetime–this could be good. Snort.

>But at least Sam got a new job! I’m so happy she’s moved on–Brian was a total wimp and Jack would only break her heart again.

>iWatch your movie

>and Claire Gross reviews the new Harry Potter movie.  I’m thinking of watching the whole megillacuddy (shut up, I’m in a mixed marriage) of HP movies this weekend, having seen none of them before, and Comcast is offering a deal. Would this be fun?