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Thoughts for the Serious Reader of Harry Potter

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Harry Potter and the Sacramental Principle

Fri, 19 May 2017 12:00:18 +0000

As promised, here is the video of my talk for the Ohio State University’s Popular Culture and the Deep Past 2017: The World of Harry Potter (full conference report here). In the talk, I explain what I mean by “Christian sacramental principle” and argue that a particularly medieval expression of this same principle creates and supports the magical […]

Roanoke Harry Potter Festival a Smash!

Fri, 12 May 2017 02:30:47 +0000

This weekend, the City of Roanoke, Virginia, known for the star that shines from the mountaintop overlooking the city, will sparkle with extra magic!  The Roanoke Harry Potter Festival will feature wonderful programs, events, and opportunities, including the rare chance to see John Granger, Louise Freeman, Emily Strand, and Elizabeth Baird Hardy all in the […]

Popular Culture and the Deep Past 2017: The World of Harry Potter (A conference report)

Tue, 09 May 2017 15:29:57 +0000

On February 24-25, I was privileged to participate in The Ohio State University’s Popular Culture and the Deep Past 2017 conference, hosted by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. This year’s focus was “The World of Harry Potter,” and though it was a local conference for me, it brought together a far-flung set of […]

Rowling Apologizes for Killing Snape

Wed, 03 May 2017 18:57:30 +0000

Yesterday, on the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts (which is incidentally, also the same day that Civil War General Stonewall Jackson was accidentally shot by his own men at the Battle of Chancellorsville), J.K. Rowling, as has been her habit for the past few years, issued an apology for killing off a character. In […]

Five Reasons Harry Potter Fandom Isn’t Excited about Cormoran Strike — Yet

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 20:40:32 +0000

Last week, ChrisC! wrote a guest post about the Cormoran Strike mysteries, in which reflection he shared his thoughts about several reasons that Harry Potter fans have not warmed to Rowling’s latest hero and series. He was criticized for not mentioning every reason; he responded that the issue had been discussed before, both at the website and […]

Jude Law Tapped for Young Dumbledore, Adding to his List of Literary Incarnations

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:52:13 +0000

Last week, the news emerged that the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, scheduled to start filming this summer, would feature a young Albus Dumbledore, and that he would be portrayed by Jude Law. As with any casting decision these days, there has been controversy (honestly, uproar from readers prompted the Hunger […]

Guest Post: Why No ‘Cormoran Mania’?

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:49:29 +0000

Fans, Noir, and the Question of Violence: Speculations about the Popularity of J.K. Rowling’s Detective Fiction — A Guest Post by ChrisC! With the impending release of Lethal White, the next volume in J.K. Rowling’s Cormoran Strike Mysteries, an old question occurred to me.  Has there been any uptick in enthusiasm from her fanbase?  Maybe I […]

Guest Post: Bloodsport in Harry Potter & The Hunger Games (P. Wayne Stauffer)

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:13:24 +0000

A Guest Post from P. Wayne Stauffer! Enjoy! Spanning centuries, sport competitions likely arose initially as preparation to repel invasion or assault by lawless groups/individuals or as a survival strategy; the idea being to stay in a continual state of physical and mental readiness to repel those who would attack to destroy life and property. […]

The Hymn of the Resurrection: Orthodox Hymnography and Ring Composition?

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:27:21 +0000

Christos Anesti! I am just home from a weekend of Paschal services and celebrations at the St Matthew the Evangelist Orthodox Mission in Jonesboro, Arkansas, a trip my family has made the last three years, and I pray the recovery from the joy and glad tidings experienced there takes, well, forever. I hope that your holiday weekend […]

That Easter Moment: Eucatastrophe in the new Beauty and the Beast

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 15:39:44 +0000

Disney’s new live-action adaptation of the classic animated musical Beauty and the Beast has a lot of people talking. Actually, it has me singing. As a young teen in 1991, I had the musical memorized. As I sat in the cinema this past March at age 40, I had to keep one hand over my […]