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Hogwarts Professor

Thoughts for the Serious Reader of Harry Potter

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Cormoran Strike #4 Title is ‘Lethal White’

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:21:56 +0000

Yesterday J. K. Rowling had a contest on Twitter, the winner of which would win an autographed copy of her next Cormoran Strike mystery. The challenge was to figure out the title of this book from the clue “- – – H – – – H – – -.” I found the clue all but […]

Nicolas Flamel in Fantastic Beasts 2?

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 21:56:26 +0000

Dear John, What do you think about the theory of Flamel and Newt meeting up in Paris and Grindelwald trying to get the philosopher’s stone? Kelly John’s response after the jump! Dear Kelly, Great find! Thank you for sending. As the very young man points out at the end of his YouTube monologue, the Flamels […]

Celebrity is as Celebrity Does: The Double-Edged Sword of Author Accessibility

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 04:44:28 +0000

It’s red carpet season, which would probably be more meaningful if the big glitzy ceremonies were actually about giving out awards for exemplary work. Instead they seem to be about which celebrity’s outfit was the most shocking, who made the biggest gaffe (And the Academy Award goes to…), or about the technical glitches that reveal […]

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them Deleted Scenes — Not All, But a Bunch

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 14:07:39 +0000

Want to see those deleted scenes before the DVD extras are released? They’re on YouTube now: Mildred’s dropping Jacob, the full Jacob and the Demiguise chase scene (but not the Newt and Tina shared future glimpse), GrindelGraves comforting Tina and grooming Credence, the Runespoor Jacob didn’t quite see eye-to-eye, Shaw, Sr., in grief at the […]

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 […]