Seriously? People Still Think Harry Potter is Evil?

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Teenage Exorcists Slam ‘Harry Potter’ On London Visit Because Magic Comes ‘From Satan’ File this one under: ‘Don’t you have any original thoughts?’ From The Huffington Post: These teenage exorcists have a target in their sights as they arrive in London to battle demons — Harry Potter. Brynne Larson, 18, Tess Sherkenback, 18, and her [….]

Stephen King on Rowling’s Pseudonym

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The USA Today asked literary legend, Stephen King (who has always been a big fan of the Harry Potter writer) his opinion on the news that JK Rowling penned a crime novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. When J.K. Rowling tried it, publishing The Cuckoo’s Calling as Robert Galbraith, she didn’t ask [….]

Everything I Know About Life, I Learned at Hogwarts

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The old saying goes, “everything I know about life, I learned in Kindergarten.” For me, that’s not necessarily true. I went in knowing how to read, how to tie my shoe and how to say “yes ma’am” and “no ma’am.” But those essential lessons: be nice, say thank you, watch over your line partner, can [….]

Radcliffe Would Return to Potter, But Not as Harry

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Daniel Radcliffe has done a great job of putting “Harry Potter” in his rear-view mirror, but the erstwhile boy wizard has at least one idea for how he could come back to the franchise, should it continue in the future. “No more schoolboy stuff,” Radcliffe said in a new interview. “A cameo as Harry’s dad? [….]

J.K. Rowling Shares Handwritten Annotations in ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’

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From Mugglenet: What a week for Harry Potter fans! After MuggleNet posted about J.K. Rowling’s handwritten spreadsheet, we now have yet more handwritten material from J.K. Rowling, this time in the form of annotations in a copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, as featured in The Guardian. Occurring on the title page, one [….]

LitStaff Pick: Our Favorite Fictional Mothers

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Generally, I think, many of us will say that our mothers are the best ever. We’re all biased, of course, and what we learned from the mothers in our lives impacts us in ways that we won’t fully comprehend until we’re older. For most of my life, I honestly believed I was nothing like my [….]

Real-Life Hogwarts Reading List

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From i09: The Hogwarts Sorting Hat has been said to place kids based on qualities they value rather than those they exhibit — still, each of the school’s Houses does tend to collect a certain kind of student. Gryffindors are often brave and daring; Ravenclaws brainy and witty; Slytherins ambitious and cunning; and Hufflepuffs patient [….]

LitStaff Pick: Our Favorite Unlikely Heroes

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Joseph Campbell had a theory about heroes. In his classic seminal work, The Hero With a Thousand Faces, Campbell discusses the journey of the archetypal hero found in world mythologies. The hero, according to Campbell follows the same path or, ‘heroic journey’ : A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a [….]

LitStaff Pick: Open Thread

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We’ve got a lot of things on our minds this week. From the election of a new Pope to memories of our favorite children’s novels and the power of fan-funded artistic projects, our picks this week run the gamut of thoughts we’d like to share with you, LitStackers. Check out what’s on our minds and [….]