Harry Potter

From ‘Mockingjay’ to Narnia: Fantasy Series Conclusions, Ranked

In preparation for Mockingjay-mania, here’s a look back at seven popular fantasy and trilogy series and an evaluation of their endings, from “perfect” to “meh” to “garbage.” Doubtless, you won’t agree on all of these (or any of them, maybe) but I think we can all come together and acknowledge that it is an incredibly difficult feat of world-building, writing, and pacing to wrap up an entire series in a satisfying way, paying tribute to the moral stakes, the characters, and our desire for a happy ending at the same time. … Read More

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Are Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift Flirting? : Links You Need to See

What better a way to avoid thinking about the fact that the Republicans overtook Congress (and, honestly, what better a way to be a good Democrat than to avoid thinking about such a thing, leading, possibly, to the next dreaded Republican victory?) than to stare at some funny and perhaps even informative (but decidedly unpolitical) shit from around the internet? I can’t think of anything. So here’s some funny and perhaps even informative but decidedly unpolitical shit from around the internet. … Read More

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Happy Halloween! J.K. Rowling Wrote a New Thing: Links You Need to See

There are two things you, internet dweller, should know about today — unless you live exclusively on a series of Wiki sites. First, it’s Halloween, dummy! (Okay, if you’re outside of the U.S., you’re excused.) But, still, it’s Halloween! Look at this photo of a dog dressed up like Ira Glass. (He’s ready to bark and bark and bark until he’s a master barker, guys!) Also, check out this whole list of costumes that Vox uses to explain the news: … Read More

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And 2014′s Best Emerging Rapper Is…Daniel Radcliffe?

Ever since Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe has been taking bold steps to Avada Kedavra our notions of him as Harry Potter, applying… Read More

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‘Harry Potter”s Villainous Professor Umbridge Will Get Her Own Little Backstory This Halloween

If Harry Potter‘s Voldemort represented the degeneration of the human spirit into the typical, ruthless villainy seen in most… Read More

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J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Plan on Releasing at Least Three ‘Fantastic Beasts’

Harry Potter fans needn’t fear–the Harry Potter universe won’t come to an end anytime soon. In a statement made… Read More

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Uncovering the Mysteries of Sweaters and Broomsticks: Links You Need to See

Makeup news doesn’t get talked about very often, which is a shame, because it’s super-fun and because why the hell not? It washes off. So: in probably the most exciting makeup news of the year, best beauty blog Into The Gloss and founder/editorial director Emily Weiss released Glossier, their back-to-basics makeup line. Which focuses on skincare. I know, right? It’s a combination of the most beautiful things on the internet and IRL and everything ends happily ever after. Refinery29 has the full scoop, so head over there for more details. … Read More

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It’s OK to Start Out Reading ‘Harry Potter’ — But Not Because It’s a Gateway Book

In a recent essay at the New York Review of Books, Tim Parks argues against the prevailing notion that it is A-OK for people, particularly young people, to read lowbrow/genre novels because “so long as they are reading something there’s at least a chance that one day they’ll move on to something better.” He essentially argues that that never happens, and moreover that, “If anything, genre fiction prevents engagement with literary fiction, rather than vice versa, partly because of the time it occupies, but more subtly because while the latter is of its nature exploratory and potentially unsettling the former encourages the reader to stay in a comfort zone.” … Read More

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