Posts Tagged: Harry Potter

A Language in Constant Rebellion: Talking with Aura Xilonen

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Aura Xilonen discusses her novel, Gringo Champion, the realities of immigration, translating texts, and her love of cinema. ...more

VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Angie Thomas

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Angie Thomas discusses her debut novel, The Hate U Give, landing an agent on Twitter, and why she trusts teenagers more than the publishing industry. ...more

The Read Along: Neda Semnani

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I picked up The Odyssey because I wanted to read about wanders and refugees. A story about a man who takes a decade to get home and is on a quest for safety seemed like a good place to start. ...more

A Recommended Reading List for Trump’s America

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We asked nineteen authors what books they'd suggest as recommended reading in light of America's new political reality. ...more

This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Bookstore sales continue to grow.

In the wake of the presidential election, bookstores are becoming more than just shops and are serving their communities as impromptu community centers.

More independent bookstores are becoming publishers.

Bushwick Brooklyn’s Molasses Books has started fundraising for good causes following Trump’s election.

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Mr. Clarke, the Real Hero of Stranger Things

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He’s the teacher who encourages questions beyond the class assessment, who always gets his students to open the “Curiosity Door.” ...more

Anna March’s Reading Mixtape #29: Literary Bitches

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All too often, it gets hurled at strong women like a boulder of hate tied up with a big red misogynistic bow. ...more

The Most Depressing Harry Potter Fan Theory

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The only thing creepier than a spot-on Harry Potter fan theory is a spot-on Harry Potter fan theory that is … not exactly unconfirmed by J.K. Rowling herself.

Harry Potter is a novel series with quite a few depressing moments to get readers all up in their feelings, so it’s certainly something when a fan theory is arguably more depressing than anything Harry went through.

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Just Kidding

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Heads up, Harry Potter fans: the staff over at VICE confirm that J.K. Rowling will be coming out with three more short stories about Hogwarts. The stories will provide background to some of the secondary characters in the Harry Potter series:

Power, Politics, and Pesky Poltergeists centers on Voldemort’s ties with Professor Horace Slughorn at Hogwarts; Heroism, Hardship, and Dangerous Hobbies offers a look into Professor McGonagall’s roots; and Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide provides readers with everything they ever wanted to know about Harry’s prestigious wizarding school.

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Kid’s Lit: Team Order or Team Nonsense?

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Children’s literature as a genre has grown exponentially from early morality-racked lesson books to modern goofy masterpieces such as Captain Underpants—how did we switch from Order to Nonsense, and have we completely switched over? At Slate, Katy Waldman sits down with literary critic and professor Seth Lerer to discuss the evolution of children’s literature and the indefinable nature of the genre.

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The Saturday Rumpus Essay: Heirlooms

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The strings of our DNA mark us as one, but it’s the roots of our memories that bind us. ...more

This Week in Indie Bookstores

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The World Bank houses a bookstore. Unfortunately, it’s closing.

Harry Potter is causing a legal dispute between two bookstores in the Philippines, with one store claiming a legal monopoly over the book.

CityLab checks out The Last Bookstore, a massive bookstore warehouse in Los Angeles.

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Franchise Exploitation

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Harry Potter fans are celebrating the release of J.K Rowling’s newest work, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the eighth installment in the Harry Potter series. However, unlike the other novels in the series, Cursed Child is the script of a play, written primarily by playwright Jack Thorne with the help of Rowling:

It’s hard to imagine enthusiasm running as high for the unvarnished script, which could fall flat on the page without the elaborate staging and the emotional nuances of a performance.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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A woman met her husband when she fell in love with the man operating the Twitter account for Waterstone’s Oxford bookstore.

Bookstores are more than just bookstores, declares the Chicago Tribune.

You might not think the home of America’s television and film industry knew what a book was, but there are some great bookstores in LA.

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Blame Harry Potter for Your Girlfriend Going Gone Girl

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The then-girls, now-women who grew up reading Harry Potter are revitalizing the book market and steering publishing trends, and here’s what they want now: crime thriller fiction featuring calculating and vengeful female protagonists, now its own genre umbrella-ed by the term “grip lit.” MPR writes that the dark, psychological magic of Harry Potter inspired this burst of crime thrillers, such as The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins or the big screen-adapted Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

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Save the Children

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Graeme Whiting, headmaster of the Acorn School (motto: “Have courage for the truth”) of Nailsworth, Great Britain, recently published a blog post condemning “sensational” fantasy novels such as the Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Hunger Games series that feature “dark,” “insensitive,” and “addictive” subjects.

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The Rumpus Interview with Minsoo Kang

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Writer and historian Minsoo Kang talks about his new translation of The Story of Hong Gildong, a touchstone novel of Korea written in the 19th century. ...more

The Slow Fall of the Hot Heroine

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If nothing else, it’s the opinion of other women that encroaches on mine. Resemblances spark my joy; differences become character flaws. ...more

Black Hermione Fine with Rowling

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A black actress—Noma Dumezweni—has been cast to play the adult Hermione in the upcoming stage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and author J.K. Rowling applauded the choice. Some fans were upset or confused about the choice to go from Emma Watson’s white Hermione to an adult Hermione of color, but Rowling pointed out that she never mentions Hermione’s skin color in the books, only that she has frizzy hair and brown eyes.

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Voldemort vs. Trump

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J.K. Rowling has recently found herself defending her Harry Potter series’ character Voldemort against comparisons to Donald Trump. At Electric Literature, however, Julia Tolo points out the similarities between the two:

As Harry Potter fans know, Voldemort’s motis operandi was hinged on deep-set racism and his desire to purify wizard-kind.

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