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Thoughts for the Serious Reader of Harry Potter

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Guest Post: Tax Calculation by Computer Science in Diagon Alley (David Martin)

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:49:53 +0000

From Professor and profound Potter Pundit David Martin: As a Harry Potter fan who teaches Computer Science, I envy my fellow academics in other disciplines – such as philosophy and psychology – who can easily find so many ways to incorporate the Harry Potter novels into their courses.  However, I have found one small area […]

Why Leia Matters, Part I: Origins and Influences

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:02:18 +0000

She was charming, witty, funny and bright. She was unfailingly candid and brave. Though I didn’t know her personally, I’ve missed Carrie Fisher every day since the heart attack that resulted in her death on December 27, 2016. Fisher’s passing has Star Wars fans reflecting on the princess from a galaxy far, far away, whom […]

Return to Sylver with Tone Almhjell and Thornghost

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 02:21:40 +0000

A little over two years ago, we published our original recommendation of The Twistrose Key  by Tone Almhjell, along with an interview with the delightful author herself. Last summer, Penguin published the companion novel, Thornghost. It is a haunting, evocative story that will enchant younger readers, and those of us old enough to read fairy stories […]

Requiescat in Pace: Toni Gras

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:25:07 +0000

I am just home from Nativity celebrations on the East Coast and opened my email after four days away from the Internet. There was some good news; a dear friend and his wife in western Illinois have recovered from serious illness with her cancer officially in remission. And there was some hard news. A woman in […]

Rogue One and the Paschal Mystery

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:53:28 +0000

[WARNING: Rogue One spoilers abound!] Many classic stories have a component of self-sacrifice for the greater good: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, the original Star Wars. Heck, even Frozen has its “Paschal Mystery moment,” when Anna throws herself between her sister and the enemy’s blade. This notion of loving self-sacrifice that brings profound, new […]

“It’s Levi-O-sa!” Why Pronunciation Matters in Magic and Literature

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:30:23 +0000

It’s no secret that everyone here at Hogwarts Professor takes reading pretty seriously.  As serious readers of texts that often feature fabricated vocabulary, we have all, at some point, wondered how to say some of the remarkable words we run across at Hogwarts and elsewhere. Sometimes, after reading and re-reading a book for years, we […]

A look at the Carve the Mark sneak peaks: prose, photos and artwork

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 14:00:26 +0000

Veronica Roth engages with her readers through a variety of social media outlets, notably Twitter, Instagram and Tumblir. With a scant two weeks remaining until the release of her new book, Carve the Mark, she is clearly doing what she can to generate and maintain interest, including offering an bonus epilogue to the Divergent series for […]

Fantastic Beasts’ Seventh Deleted Scene Grindelgraves’ Vision in MACUSA Office

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 20:12:38 +0000

IR Interview: The Cast & Producer Of "Fantastic… by theinsidereel Kelly Loomis has discovered a seventh deleted scene in Fantastic Beasts, one we learn about in an interview Colin Farrel, the actor who plays Percival Graves in the movie, did with ‘Inside Reel.’ He says: [Graves] is probably a lot more tired from the burden […]

Finding the Fantastic Beasts Text, 5.3 — Jacob Kowalski: Is He Bigger than Newt?

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 02:04:50 +0000

5.3: Jacob Kowalski and the Missing Mildred Moment Two of the six scenes that were cut out of the shooting script written by Rowling discussed in part three of this series (links to all the posts in the series are listed at the bottom of each post), turn on Jacob Kowalski, three if you include […]

Finding the Fantastic Beasts Text, 5.4 — The Grindelwald-Credence Relationship

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 02:04:36 +0000

5.4: The Grindelgraves-Credence Relationship was Much Different in the Shooting Text As detailed in Part Four of this series (links to every part of ‘Finding the Text’ are listed at the end of each post), the “original screenplay” published version of Rowling’s story and the movie as released by Warner Brothers was a shadow of the […]