Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling Publishes ‘History of the Quidditch World Cup’ Part 1 on Pottermore

When J.K. Rowling’s fan-servicing online interactive Harry Potter experience Pottermore launched almost two years ago, I had high hopes.… Read More

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Let’s Stop Pretending There’s a Love Triangle in ‘Harry Potter’

In an excerpt from her upcoming interview in Wonderland magazine, J.K. Rowling revived a debate that should have died a long time ago: Should Hermione date Ron or Harry? While the full print version of the interview comes out next week, it’s already being reported that Rowling calls Harry and Hermione “a better match”: … Read More

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25 YA Novels Everyone — Even Adults — Should Read

It’s a truism that kids’ books aren’t just for kids. Franchises like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games wouldn’t be nearly as successful if adults weren’t packing into theaters along with teens and tweens, and besides, the stigma against teen lit is so passé. YA is a rich, fascinating, and constantly evolving subset of literature, and it speaks volumes about the values literature passes on to subsequent generations. That said, here are 25 of the best books and series whose appeal endures even for those whose ages don’t end in “-teen”; some are eternal classics, some personal favorites. All are… Read More

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The Greatest Literary Catchphrases

Language is a fluid, ever-evolving thing. There are a few words we could do without, but many catchphrases have stuck with us through the decades — some more stubborn than others. Those that have their roots in literature, or those at least popularized by books, seem to have the most staying power. The printed catchphrase feels more practical, timeless, and stalwart than those words echoing in movie houses — and literary dialogue is often the backbone of cinema scripts in our adaptation-heavy culture. We took a glance back at several catchphrases from the world of literature that have made their way into our vernacular and others that are memorable for their context and poetry. We hope you’ll continue adding to the list, below. … Read More

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I Love ‘Harry Potter,’ But It’s Time to Let It End

Six years after its final book and two after its final movie, the Harry Potter series has started showing some not-entirely-unexpected signs of life in 2013. Back in September, we learned that J.K. Rowling will write Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Themthe first in a series of films set in Harry‘s canonical universe. And yesterday, news broke that a Potter prequel is set to hit London’s West End in 2015, co-produced by Rowling herself. But as one of the many superfans expected to hit the (magical, weather-replicating) ceiling at the idea of an expanded Potterverse, I’m concerned Harry Potter might be best just the way it is: iconic, massively popular, and definitely, conclusively over. … Read More

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New ‘Harry Potter’ Book Illustrations Take Inspiration From Daniel Radcliffe

The UK is giving its Harry Potter books a makeover — and they’re starting with Harry’s face. Illustrator Jim Kay… Read More

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Awesome Illustrated Mugshots of Characters From Famous Banned Books

You’d think that in this day and age, when people aren’t reading all that much, banning books wouldn’t be all that high up on the to-do lists of the powers that be. But, sadly, it’s still an issue, even in 2013: just look at the recent — eventually overturned -- banning of Ralph Ellison’s classic Invisible Man. Why would you want to ban a National Book Award-winning classic that not only documents the African-American experience in the middle of the 20th century, but also remains essential reading to this day… unless you were afraid of what’s contained within the book’s pages? … Read More

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‘Mad Men’s’ Split Season 7: You’re Killing Me, AMC

Here in the “responsive commentary” racket, the only thing that rivals writing something too late is writing something too early. Last week, this site looked at the dire-sounding Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, surveyed the less-than-promising post-BrBa/Mad Men AMC line-up, and asked the question, “Is the golden age of AMC over?” For asking said question, I was branded with both the “e-word” (elitist) and the “h-world” (hipster). Such accusations prompted, as usual, a worried removal of my artisan organic wire-rimmed glasses, a long pull off my home-brewed stout, and a few heartfelt spins of Animal Collective on vinyl. And then AMC announced that their solutions to filling the original programming holes in their schedule are a) a Walking Dead spin-off and b) splitting the final season of Mad Men into two seven-episode halves. Can I say “told you so” yet? … Read More

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