Rereading Harry Potter: 10 Questions I Have About The Magical World

Because I’m a cheater, I’m rereading the Harry Potter series in order to meet my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal for this year. (Too lazy to hit the library for new books!) I reread the novels every year, but this is the first time I’ve really been reading with a critical eye. I sped through both Philosopher’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets but as a Muggle fan of this amazing work of fiction, I still have questions about the mechanics of this universe. Here is a greatly condensed version of my running tally of enquiries: Read More Rereading Harry Potter: 10 Questions I Have About The Magical World

My Secret Fandom

You may know by now that I have a ton of fandoms, some more hardcore than others. All of us do. You may be a Trekkie, a Whovian, a Whedonist, or a Beatlemaniac. Those fandoms usually are not shamed by people. I have a feeling we all have a guilty pleasure fandom that we hide from our friends, feeling like they wouldn’t understand. I definitely have one of those fandoms.  Read More My Secret Fandom

We Try It: Being Catfished

Once upon a time there was a beautiful girl named Mary. She had a handsome husband and a sweet baby girl and a lovely home by the sea. And Mary was sick and although she fought valiantly and with great determination, Mary died and everyone was sad.

And it was all a lie. Read More We Try It: Being Catfished

5 Tumblrs for the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Enthusiast of Color

In my search for sci-fi and fantasy resources, I stumbled upon some great Tumblrs for (mostly) sci-fi and fantasy fans. What’s great about Tumblr is the ability for these fans, even those who may have at one time felt marginalized by the larger fandoms, to be able to reach out to each other and find ways to connect. Even the act of reblogging gif sets is a celebration of a beloved character, and knowing that someone else sees a character or a story element that you’ve found important or intriguing is just as valuable. Read More 5 Tumblrs for the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Enthusiast of Color

Why “His Voice Actor is White!” Isn’t a Good Argument

Have you been listening to Welcome to Night Vale? If not, you should be. It’s a podcast done in the style of a community radio program that centers around a desert town where some truly strange stuff happens. And it’s fantastic. Read More Why “His Voice Actor is White!” Isn’t a Good Argument

A Serious Case of Harry Potter Nostalgia

So, how many of you have a Harry Potter origin story? I know a ton of people read the series, of course, but there is a special segment of that fanbase who really went all out. Did you attend midnight releases of the books? Did you buy tons of Potter-related merchandise? Did you read thousands of words of fanfiction (and maybe write some of your own) to bridge the gaps between books? Did you make lists of all the things the movies got wrong? If you answered “yes” to two or more of these, then you might enjoy the following post. Because I am in the throes of some major Potter nostalgia and I’ve got to share it with some sympathetic souls. Read More A Serious Case of Harry Potter Nostalgia

The Contemporary Religion of Fandom

The other day I came across this quote from Joss Whedon:

“I guess the thing that I want to say about fandom is that it’s the closest thing to religion there is that isn’t actually religion.” Read More The Contemporary Religion of Fandom

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2: A Quick, Painless, Spoiler-Free Review

One of the big upsides of living in The Netherlands: we’re among one of the first countries to screen the Harry Potter films. It was no different with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, which I saw at the midnight premiere in The Hague Tuesday night. Curious about what it was like? Just click through. (Spoiler free – for the movie, that is, not the books and plot – I promise)

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