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Thoughts for the Serious Reader of Harry Potter

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We’re live from the 5th Annual Chestnut Hill College Harry Potter Conference!

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 03:55:56 +0000

Dear readers: Friday, October 21 will find more than a few Hogwarts Professors rubbing elbows, sharing insights and in-universe jokes which would be embarrassing in any other context at the Chestnut Hill College’s Harry Potter Conference. The conference is in its 5th year, and this year’s lineup looks amazing. The conference will feature lectures by […]

The new spin of Jar-Jar: Star Wars through the lens of Harry Potter

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:17:37 +0000

Jar-Jar Binks, the long-despised, floppy-eared, duck-billed, orange alien who character-bombs Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace, is experiencing a resurgence of popularity of late. More than once in recent weeks, I have listened as a Star Wars fan quite passionately came to Jar-Jar’s defense. Yes, I said Jar-Jar. Jar-Jar Binks. Yeah, I know. I […]

Discussion: Which Potter film will lure YOU to an IMAX cinema this week?

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:32:38 +0000

by Emily Strand (@ekcstrand) In anticipation of Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, movie theaters across the country are showing all eight of the original Harry Potter films. The movie marathon starts today in selected IMAX cinemas and includes Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets, which have yet to be displayed in […]

Be in one of your Hogpro faculty member’s studies!

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 04:28:23 +0000

Harry Potter fans are needed for a study on fiction reading and interpersonal relationships. This is an online survey on reading habits, your Harry Potter knowledge and reactions to other people in social situations that takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. You must be a fluent English speaker and at least 13 years old to […]

The Hogwarts Professor has found himself a pint of Doom Bar

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 00:54:04 +0000

You may all breathe a sigh of relief. With love, from Wales, John The Doom Bar Professor

A Potter Postcard from the Quidditch Tournament of the Stars 2016

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:58:39 +0000

Dear Readers: please enjoy this digital postcard from this past Saturday, which I spent enjoying Muggle Collegiate Quidditch at the Tournament of the Stars, hosted by The Ohio State University Quidditch league. The play was physical, tiring-looking, and lasted all day. We were exhausted just from watching it! If you think Muggle Quidditch isn’t serious […]

‘Black Bottle Man: A Fable’

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:51:12 +0000

Author Craig Russell offered to send me a copy of his book, Black Bottle Man, in March. I agreed to read and review it if he did. Why? I’m not sure. I get more than my share of such pitches, I have too much on my plate as it is with respect to reading and writing, […]

Literature of the Hidden and Fantastic: Michael Ward and John Granger Keynotes at University of Arkansas (FS)

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 18:35:13 +0000

Next weekend I travel across the eastern border of Oklahoma for an academic conference, ‘Literature of the Hidden and Fantastic,’ at the University of Arkansas, Ft. Smith (UAFS). The woman in charge, Carly Darling, Conference Chair, has put together a remarkable gathering of scholars to discuss “all aspects of fantasy, magic realism, fairy tales and folk […]

Initial Impressions of “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text”

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:48:29 +0000

by Emily Strand I once had a professor who hated those little bracelets everyone was wearing at the time: the ones that said “WWJD.” In case that moment in history passed you by (no great loss), “WWJD” stood for “what would Jesus do?” The bracelets were meant to remind Christians every day, in every moment, […]