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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 […]

Why Moaning Myrtle, Not Wailing Wanda

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 06:04:55 +0000

Let’s take a break from Lethal White speculations today to talk about something we can be reasonably sure of, namely (ouch), the meaning of ‘Moaning Myrtle’s name. I’m pretty sure that you missed that meaning and that you’ll laugh when you see it. First, let’s note that Myrtle’s full name is ‘Myrtle Elizabeth Warren.’ Rowling clued us in to that in […]

Guest Post: Mythological Leda Strike – Cormoran, Zeus, Castor and Pollux

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 04:35:55 +0000

A Team ‘Guest Post’ by Joanne Gray and John Granger: Mythological Leda I think that J. K. Rowling chose the name for Strike’s mother with a specific story line in mind. A quick Google search of the name ‘Leda’ means a host of links to the Greek myth about Leda and the Swan. Leda was a beautiful Queen […]

Guest Post: ‘Lethal White’ Deadly Heroin

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:33:09 +0000

A Hogwarts Professor Guest Post by Joanne Gray Lethal White and the Death of Leda Strike: Heroin Hydrochloride With the announcement that the long delayed and eagerly awaited fourth book of the Cormoran Strike book series would be called “Lethal White”, those who heard the news immediately began to Google the two word title and […]

The Luck of the Irish in the Wizarding World

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:43:00 +0000

As March winds down to a close, hopefully lamb-like, the month’s traditional decorations of shamrocks and leprechauns begin to come down, and, causing much sadness in mint fans across America, McDonald’s stops selling Shamrock Shakes.  Before we say goodbye to the month of green beer and PBS marathons of Riverdance specials, let’s take a peek […]