J.K. Rowling has officially received a run for her money.
Zoe Snugg, a twenty-four year old youtube star ( known as Zoella), released her debut novel Girl Online. Its main character is a young girl navigating life by blogging. The book was released on November 25th. The first week of sales produced numbers that outsold the first week of sales for (the glorious) J.K. Rowling's debut novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
Let's just take a moment.
I'm not sure what this bodes about the millennials. Read More
In the Harry Potter series, Halloween was a special day. The Great Hall was transformed into a Halloween heaven with floating pumpkins and surpluses of themed food for the students. Every Halloween, I wish I were at Hogwarts to celebrate because it looks so festive. Minus the fact that a troll was lurking in the bathroom, I would have had a great time.
It is only fitting that the great J.K. Read More
BY Samantha Albala
on Sep 23, 2014
Since 1982, the dedicated people in the literary community have brought awareness to the glorious books that parents and administrators tried to hide from curious youth. Banned Books week is not just about embracing those elementary school posters of authors and celebrities telling you to “READ” but also about fighting censorship, for the sake of diverse and vital literary content. Read More
BY Andrea Stopa
on Apr 15, 2014
When we talk about Harry Potter and JK Rowling, it is largely with high praise. Rowling is a powerful female author and creator of an entire fantasy world that has inspired countless people of all ages across the globe.
That's all fine and dandy, but Rachel Rostad wants to cut the shit and be the one to say what others won't, and highlight the series' lack of dynamic characters of color. Just listen to what she has to say:
Omg she is such a badass. When considering the reach of Harry Potter, it seems like a colossal waste to default to tokenized and flat characters of color. Read More
BY Andrea Stopa
on Feb 25, 2014
If you're anything like me, you enjoy a good quote about feminism. If you even more like me, you enjoy displaying your abrasive-t0-the-norm beliefs as loudly and as often as possible. Wicked Clothing is an online store full of nerdy, feminist goodies. I found the site when looking at this amazing self-defense cat keychain every girl/person should have:
Super awesome, right?? Well their other non-pointy stuff is great too. Read More
BY Andrea Stopa
on Feb 03, 2014
I wouldn't call it "regret" exactly but in a recent interview J.K. Rowling admits to selfish motives regarding the beloved romance between 2/3rds of our favorite trio.
From the hybable article on the matter:
“I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That’s how it was conceived, really. For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron.”
Betrayal hurts. Read More
As a child, I fell in love with the Harry Potter series in large part because of its animals, its giant spiders and hissing snakes. Remember the magical Thestral, the winged horse visible only to those who have seen death? They are my personal favorite, and the image my young self conjured while reading the books still haunts me.
Here’s some good news for all you Harry-animal lovers: J.K. Rowling is writing a screenplay for Warner Bros. entitled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Read More
BY Hallie Marks
on Jul 29, 2013
As the YA genre has risen in popularity in recent years, the number of female protagonists has also grown in both books and film. Besides the obvious awesomeness of this, it’s especially great for there to be strong female characters in books for younger teens. I remember having a hard time finding many books with girls as the main characters beyond anything written by Tamora Pierce when I was in middle school. (Not complaining, though. All her characters were kick-ass). As is with politics, CEOs, and other high-ranking positions, the more female role models the better. Read More
BY Intern Tessa
on Jul 03, 2012
Spoiler alert: if you have been living under a rock and have not yet read or watched Harry Potter, first of all, I don’t know what you’re waiting for, and second of all, you probably shouldn’t read this blog. It contains spoilers, and I wouldn’t want to ruin the amazing experience that you can have as soon as you’re done chillin’ with worms. Not that I’m judging. Read More
BY Intern Ginny
on Mar 23, 2012
I love that feeling when two of your favorite things are suddenly merged into one beautiful internet meme (Arrested Westeros anyone?), so I was thrilled to find out about Feminist Harry Potter, a Tumblr that’s in the business of “feminist theory consciousness raising, one Harry Potter reference at a time.”
One of the things that makes Harry Potter so much fun is the variety of female characters that are integral to the storylines. While the blog obviously comes from a place of love, the creator offers as much criticism as praise. Read More