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Fantastic Beasts Question: Is an Obscurus the Opposite of a Patronus?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:55:52 +0000

The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie introduced wizarding fans to the Obscurus (and its host, the Obscurial). The Obscurus is described as a “dark, parasitic” force that develops in children forced to repress their magic. While Potter fans had not seen this entity before, they had seen something that seems to be the polar […]

MNet Academia: Hogwarts Profs Talk Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:30:03 +0000

Keith Hawk of MuggleNet Academia invited the faculty, all of us, to talk about Fantastic Beasts, the film and the screenplay. A lot of laughs, insights, and questions on top of speculation and good grief guesswork — join us for some great conversation!

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them: A Round Up of HogwartsProfessor Posts

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:42:19 +0000

Your HogwartsProfessor faculty has been writing up a storm in the weeks since the release of the first Fantastic Beasts film and the publication of J. K. Rowling’s ‘Original Screenplay.’ We’ve had such a flurry — blizzard? — of posts that you might have missed one or two as they were bumped down and off the front […]

Mary Lou Barebone the Harry-Hater: More on the Christian Content of Fantastic Beasts

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 02:50:03 +0000

In his recent post on the Christian content in Fantastic Beasts, John wrote about the “Culture War”: that is, the ideological conflicts of recent years between those of traditionalist or conservative worldviews, and those with more liberal or progressive ways of looking at the world. John said anyone who doesn’t know about the Culture War […]

Fantastic Beast Flashbacks: The Five Things We Want to Know about What Happened BEFORE Newt’s NY Adventure

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 02:59:43 +0000

Even though Fantastic Beasts slipped to number 2 on the Thanksgiving holiday box office (it’s hard to beat a Disney Princess with a boat and the Rock in her corner), it is still a bona fide hit.  Audiences are already clamoring for the next installment, eager to find out what happens next to Newt, his […]

Official ‘Carve the Mark’ Book Trailer Released: New Series by Veronica Roth

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 02:31:56 +0000

More about The Current and the gifts it gives…. hmmm. How long until Facebook is swarming with “What is your Currentgift?” quizzes? There’s not much in it that we haven’t heard about already, although I found the imagery of carving the flowers from the wood interesting. Update:  This just in:  those who pre-order Carve the […]

Christian Content in Newt’s Adventure? Third Thoughts about J. K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:31:49 +0000

We’re working our way through the Seven Keys to J. K. Rowling’s artistry and meaning to work the locks on the novelist of renown’s first screenplay, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. So far, we’ve covered the Ring Composition structure of the Newt Saga’s first installment and Narrative Slow Release, the over-arching questions that the […]

The Back Story We’re Not Told (Yet): Second Thoughts about J. K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 01:03:21 +0000

Is Newt Scamander working as Dumbledore’s secret agent in Fantastic Beasts? I think so. Last Sunday I posted my first thoughts about J. K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts screenplay-as-filmed and the response to that  post has been rewarding and exciting. If you haven’t read that long-playing post, please do. The short version is that Rowling, whose Harry Potter series […]

Thanksgiving Thoughts on Terrific Treats from Fantastic Beasts!

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 02:50:57 +0000

We hope that all our readers have had a lovely day of gratitude with loved ones and friends. We are, here at Hogwarts Professor, very grateful for you! Though many people really focus on the serious side of being thankful, we hope you already know that we do take gratitude seriously, but we also take […]

Louise’s Belated Fantastic Beasts Response

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 01:54:45 +0000

I couldn’t hit the opening night of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them because I was attending the Morality, Moral Philosophy and the Humanities in the Age of Neuroscience Conference, so I decided to wait until my daughter was home from college so we could go as a family. As a result, I have been […]