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CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT: The 4th Annual MuggleNet Advent Calendar Giveaway Event starts on Monday

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CONTEST NEWS: Starting next week, the new 2014 MuggleNet Advent Calendar Giveaway Event will be launched for fans all over the world to win AMAZING prizes. The Advent Calendar special image and contest page will be fully revealed on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. EST. This year, we have gone above and beyond and will be providing some incredible prizes. Read More »

Wizard language barrier

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Muggle Arithmancy

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Symbols for Social Change in Harry Potter

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Many fans of the Harry Potter series, and other works in the fantasy genre, have critiqued J.K. Rowling’s use of magical creatures and the tension between magical races to act as a metaphor for real world racism and other inequalities. While critics justify their position by arguing that metaphor makes the messages easy to miss or intentionally ignore, I have to disagree. I think the initial ambiguity of the deeper meaning behind the tension between purebloods, werewolves, goblins and trolls is actually a very powerful tool for educating readers about larger systems of discrimination, particularly for young readers. Even strong advocates for social justice do not always seek out fiction that explicitly comments on situations of social justice. Books dealing with social issues tend to be difficult to read and repel casual readers, as well as young readers. Readers who don’t care about or are unaware of the realities of discrimination and inequality in our world are even less likely to pick up a book that speaks directly about the topic. This is where Jo’s work comes in. When a person, particularly a child, enters a fantasy land, everything is accepted without question. Hagrid can use a pink umbrella to ... Read More »

UPDATED: Video: David Heyman talks “Fantastic Beasts” and film splits

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Only earlier this week, producer David Heyman spoke about the upcoming "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" film, revealing that J.K. Rowling had finished the script. In a new video, David spoke some more about the upcoming film and when they will start casting. Read More »

Hermione FTW

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