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Hogwarts Professor

Thoughts for the Serious Reader of Harry Potter

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Harry Potter and Lolita: Rowling’s Rings and Vladimir Nabokov’s Story Mirrors (The Alchemy of Narrative Structure)

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 02:49:08 +0000

I promised in the post ‘Harry Potter and Lolita: J. K. Rowling’s Relationship with Vladimir Nabokov‘ to discuss the structure of Lolita in relationship to Harry Potter’s story scaffolding. I deferred it from that first JKR/VVN post because it was already over-crowded with discussion of names, alchemy, politics, and, most important, parody. As I hope you’ll agree after […]

MuggleNet Academia, 2011-2017: R. I. P

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 03:37:50 +0000

To all our friends who have written to ask why the more than fifty MuggleNet Academia podcasts are no longer available at (so all the links on our posts are dead), the three answers to the questions you’ve asked are: What Happened? Keith Hawk left his position at MuggleNet, and, as Keith owns the […]

Guest Post: Why Nabokov Would Have Liked Harry Potter (Michael Maar)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 03:26:37 +0000

In yesterday’s post on the intertextual relationship of Vladimir Nabokov’s work and J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels, I all but said that no one has written on this subject. That is not the case. A Nabokov scholar of the first rank, Michael Maar, has written two books on the Hogwarts Saga, one of which is […]

Harry Potter and Lolita: J. K. Rowling’s ‘Relationship’ with Vladimir Nabokov (Names, Politics, Alchemy, and Parody)

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 02:58:34 +0000

It’s been fifteen years since I started thinking seriously and speaking publicly about the literary merits of Joanne Rowling’s Harry Potter books. I am still surprised at how much work there is to be done, how many mysteries and markers that have been neglected. Take, as an obvious example, the matter of the author’s favorite books […]

Signum U. Symposium: Beasts and Rogue One

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:23:42 +0000

Last month, I was pleased to take part in a Signum U./Mythgard Institute-sponsored symposium to discuss the two hottest fantasy films of the holiday season, and their various and sundry implications: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Also taking part were friends of this site Katherine Sas and Kelly Orazi (whom you’ll […]

Time and Death in Fantasy Worlds

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 21:33:07 +0000

Since much of fantasy literature is accessible to readers of all age and education levels, writers often use a variety of methods to work around and through difficult or unsavory topics. These techniques also help with creating an alternate view of these subjects suitable for the alternate worlds in which these stories unfold. One subject […]

Professor Grubbly-Plank visits Staunton, VA for annual Harry Potter Book Night

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 05:11:40 +0000

Last fall, the Staunton Public Library contacted me about doing a presentation for this year’s Harry Potter Book Night on Feb. 2nd. The theme was “The Professors of Hogwarts.”  I couldn’t really think of a fun activity for kids that stemmed directly from my work on Harry Potter and psychology; I had an feeling inducing Dementor-like […]

Juniper, The Girl Who Lived — and the Millions of Little Girls Who Don’t

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 18:39:47 +0000

Is Juniper’s miraculous survival one of the feel good stories of all time? I think so. Here is the story of the premature birth of our heroine and the follow-up on RadioLab. And the child’s parents are Pulitzer Prize winning journalists so Juniper’s survival became a beautifully and powerfully written book as well. And Harry Potter plays a big part in Juniper’s survival, […]

A Groundhog Throwback! Revisiting Posts of the Past

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 21:26:59 +0000

Apparently, since the groundhog did behold his shadow, six more weeks of winter are on their way. Quite honestly, the groundhogs where I live could see the shadow of Elvis and we’d still be lucky to get off with only six more weeks of ice melt, mud, bitter cold, and static electricity that could easily torch […]

Oscar Nominations for Fantastic Beasts: Nothing for ‘Best Original Screenplay’?

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:19:55 +0000

We have this year’s Oscar nominations for the films released in 2016. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them received two nods from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the categories of production design (Stuart Craig) and costume design (Colleen Atwood). Betting odds at the time of this posting have 17/3 for Costume Design, fourth […]