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The Cursed Child

When the magic continues…

What would you say if all your dreams about all your favorite characters come true? What if all your favorite characters gathered together in one interesting story? Probably, you would be happy as an army of Harry Potter fans, having received the long-awaited continuation of their favorite franchise. It’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Let’s inspect this official sequel in the form of the play… Continue reading

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The Magic of Love: J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series

Pretty much everyone loves movies and television. Most people would also add books or music (or both) to that list. But, no matter how popular a piece of entertainment is, we all experience things differently and our favorite stories become part of our identities for unique reasons. Each viewer or reader brings with them separate tastes, and different people can prefer different aspects of the same film or novel. What affects us the most varies from person to person. The Harry Potter series is a massive fandom, but I root my personal connection to it in its use of love. In her Harry Potter novels, J. K. Rowling develops and demonstrates the theme of love in all its forms as a force with power that her characters can use to combat evil. Continue reading

The Golden Duo: Ron & Hermione

JAN / FEB 2017: BY ELORA SHORE

Harry Potter has been, and continues to be, a part of our childhood. We identify with the characters, their hurts, troubles, intense friendships, and humor. The things they do for each other are what we hope we’d be able to do for our friends. Ron and Hermione are iconic characters that perfectly encapsulate the type of friends we’re closest to being—or feel, and hope, that we are. The one that’s always helping, or standing up for a friend, and often enough, the one that looks like a fool. The foolish champion; the guardian angel. Continue reading

Always: Severus Snape and the Appeal of the Anti-Hero

SEPT / OCT 2015: BY RACHEL SEXTON

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The idea of the extraordinary existing in our ordinary world has always had a pull on the human imagination. When magic is placed in the “real world,” we find it relatable and intriguing—probably due to a bit of wish fulfillment on the part of the audience. A magical narrative is at its best, however, when the qualities of good storytelling in general are present. With regards to character, this means that alongside the hero and villain, there can also be the anti-hero. He or she does good things but has aspects to their personality that are off. One such character does feature in a tale of magical realism, to exceptional results. Severus Snape in Harry Potter is a complex, compelling character who feels magical and real at the same time. Continue reading

A Monster in Pink

SEPT / OCT 2013: BY CAROL STARKEY

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Lord Acton first said, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Professor Umbridge of the Harry Potter series presents an excellent example for that phrase. We first meet her when Harry is brought before the High Court. Though toad-like in her appearance, her honeyed voice masks a desire to get what she wants, no matter the cost. Continue reading

The Golden Trio: Harry, Hermione and Ron

JULY / AUG 2013: BY RACHEL SEXTON

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Friendship is a conspicuous element of a lot of children’s and young adult literature. Given the fact that social development is an important part of maturing into an adult, this is hardly surprising. If readers are lucky, they’ll get entertaining and realistic portraits of friendships. One particular pop culture-changing book series goes further than that, though. The Harry Potter series uses the bond between the three lead characters as one of the major illustrations of a central theme of the story: that love is a powerful force and can be actively used against evil. Continue reading

Just Like Magic

MAY / JUNE 2013: BY CHARITY BISHOP

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According to British author J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter was an idea floating on a train. She certainly didn’t expect her series about a boy wizard to become a phenomenon but after reading the books, it’s not difficult to see why it’s become the best-selling series of the 21st century. It’s unique in that many of its readers grew up right along with the hero! They started in grade school when the first book was released and finished as young adults. Rowling’s books reflect that increasing sense of self-awareness, realization that life is precious and doesn’t revolve around you, and awareness of death that all children face as they grow up. For an adult, it’s a charming look on innocence and childhood; for a child, a gradual introduction to life and death through magical experiences. Like many other good children’s authors, Rowling doesn’t shy away from mature and serious topics such as racism, genocide, evil in all its forms (from petty bullies like Draco to the death-dealing Voldemort, to the cold, abusive, controlling Delores Umbridge), and death. Continue reading

Modern Heroines: Hermione, Bella, and Katniss

MAY / JUNE 2012: BY CHARITY BISHOP

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WOMEN IN FICTION have changed over time to reflect society. In modern times our heroines reflect three different aspects of femininity: Hermione the scholar, Bella the homemaker, and Katniss the warrior. Continue reading

The Greatest of These is Love

HALLOWEEN 2011: BY CHARITY BISHOP

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Attempting to describe my affection for the Harry Potter book series is impossible; the mark it has left on me is undeniable and I am a different person today because of it. Though there are many powerful messages in its pages, the strongest is love in all forms … friendships that grow and strengthen, the love parents have for their children, and romantic love both true and lasting and weak and waning. Love survives, transcends, grows and offers salvation. It is the redemption of Snape and the destruction of Lord Voldemort. From the very beginning, the power of love is apparent when Harry wonders how he survived the death curse that killed his parents. Dumbledore reveals it was his mother sacrificing her life for his that allowed him to live. “That kind of love leaves a mark, Harry… it is in your very skin.” Continue reading