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Despite the fact I announced I would have no opinions in re Dumbledore’s sexual orientation, I, of course, do and have been arguing them ferociously to the J.K. Rowling in my head. The short version is that while I applauded her mischief and relished the subsequent panty-twisting, I thought she had no business making up […]

>Merriman is gay?

>Oops, wrong fantasy*. But in honor of the upcoming extravaganza with Susan Cooper and Gregory Maguire, Kitty and Claire have put online some of the Horn Book Magazine’s finest fantasy articles, including Susan Cooper on Tolkien and Tom’s Midnight Garden, Gregory Maguire on Philip Pullman, Philip Pullman on The Republic of Heaven, and several more […]

>A small correction

>I have a short piece about Harry Potter up on the New York Times site, and it has a small but glaring (to me, anyway) mistake. The passage that reads Nonreaders found in Rowling a benignly authoritarian guide: she told you what to look at and how to feel about what you saw. Those already […]

>Get a grip.

>I’m staggered by the readers’ comments, all four hundred-plus of them, attached to NYT public editor Clark Hoyt’s defense of Michiko Kakutani’s review of Harry Potter. I routinely skip reviews of things I want to “see for myself” first: did this not occur as a strategy to anyone? (I saw the epitome of this thinking […]

>Wanna get spoiled?

>Actually, she doesn’t give all that much away, but Claire Gross’ review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is up. The review will appear in the September/October issue of the Horn Book Magazine.

>Pursuant to the topic at hand,

>Claire Gross sent me here.

>The Owl Has Landed

>And the UPS lady told me they had two trucks in my neighborhood this morning, packed with copies. Our reviewer is on her way over now. While you’re waiting, take a look at this op-ed from a man after my own heart: “Our obsession with spoilers has a diminishing effect, reducing popular criticism to a […]

>Harry and the Horn Book

>And while I was whining over here, Kitty Flynn posted links to all the high spots in the Horn Book’s coverage of Harry Potter. Missing is the letter from the (former) subscriber who took her leave from us upon our less-than rapturous review of The Chamber of Secrets. Speaking for myself, that Harry provided me […]

>And here I thought Monday would be timely.

>But the New York Times and Baltimore Sun got the jump on us, with reviews today of the new Harry Potter. And bravo to them: while Scholastic is entitled to try and stoke the flames of publicity–I mean, “preserve the magic moment”–by insisting on all kinds of secrecy, it’s equally the job of the press […]

>More Harry

>for the insatiable; Claire Gross reviews the new Harry Potter movie. And I had a few more words to say about the boy in USA Today.