Harry Potter

Does Magic Stand for Privilege in Harry Potter?

J.K. Rowling may have been writing about Harry Potter before “privilege” (and the checking thereof) became a mainstream idea, with waves of backlash and counter-backlash to its frequent use. But that doesn’t mean the concepts embedded within “check your privilege” discussions weren’t present in her seven Harry Potter books. … Read More

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Jonathan Franzen Is Wrong: Genre Fiction Is All About Moral Complexity

Well, there’s a new Jonathan Franzen interview out with literary magazine Booth, and for someone who eschews the Internet, the man sure knows how to conquer it. The Twitter detractor is now, himself, a trending topic on Twitter. Well done, sir. Well done. … Read More

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25 Painfully Unrequited Love Stories From Literature

Great unrequited and unconsummated love affairs in literature act so powerfully on readers that we think we can change the story’s ending. Some of us will devour a book over and over again, knowing that two characters with great romantic chemistry won’t — and maybe shouldn’t — end up together but wishing against all reason that they will. Each time, we hope that the page might turn, and this time instead of a missed moment or a gaze or a goodbye, we will happen upon a kiss, or a reconciliation. … Read More

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“The Moon Is A Planet, Darling”: Links You Need to See

Every week, fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi sits on the judging panel of Project Runway: All Stars and tries to be as clever as Michael Kors, but every week he just comes off sounding offensively opinionated. He also likes to use the word “darling” a lot, and not in an affectionate way, but in the best, bitchiest way, which results in the faux-affection and condescension characteristic of all the best deconstructive criticism. … Read More

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Literary T-Shirts for Last-Minute Holiday (or Treat-Yourself) Gifts

I’m obsessed with literary T-shirts because they’re my version of band T-shirts — exactly the kind of geeky, nerdy, not-quite-hipster item that fits my personality. I won’t mention how many I own. And a Jane Eyre T-shirt was my most treasured MFA graduation present. So, in the spirit of the season, I thought I’d honor night seven of Hanukkah and the penultimate eve before Christmas Eve by sharing a few perfect literary T-shirts to purchase for yourself or a loved one before the year ends. … Read More

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J.K. Rowling: There Was a Jewish Wizard at Hogwarts

Hanukkah happened at Hogwarts, according a fan Q+A on Twitter with J.K. Rowling last night. Rowling introduced us to Anthony Goldstein,… Read More

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J.K. Rowling Is Writing More Harry Potter Material, Reveals Snape’s Hometown

A few days ago, J.K. Rowling announced that she’d be releasing new Harry Potter material starting today, December 12, through December… Read More

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Jaw-Dropping Redesigns of the ‘Harry Potter’ Books

Everyone loves the Harry Potter books — 450 million units sold, at last count — but one Hungarian design student took her love for those books a step further, and came up with something rather (dare I say it) magical. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) “The Harry Potter books are so magical, so mysterious, and so adventurous,” writes Kincső Nagy, introducing her BA degree project at the art showcase site Behance. Nagy says that she chose to redesign them “to show this extraordinary atmosphere of the books.” She created covers for the entire series and devised ingenious “interactive illustrations” for the inaugural volume; check out our faves after the jump. … Read More

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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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