Author Archives: Jessica

Emma Watson Appointed Visiting Fellow at Oxford

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The latest in a long line of impressive achievements for Emma Watson is prestigious indeed - being named as a visiting fellow Lady Margaret Hall College at Oxford University. Read More »

Book Review – and GIVEAWAY!: “The Love That Split the World” by Emily Henry

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Natalie is not like most other girls in her small Kentucky town, and it’s not the fact that she’s adopted and half Native American that sets her apart - it’s that ever since she was a little girl, she’s been visited by an old woman who tells her stories in the night. An old woman whom no one else can see, and no one else believes exists. And that woman, known to Natalie only as “Grandmother” has just told her that she has three months to save “him.” Natalie doesn’t know who Grandmother means, and the old woman disappears before Natalie gets the chance to ask, but the events that are going to change her life have already been set into motion. Read More »

Book Review: “Burning Midnight” by Will McIntosh

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Sully sells spheres - the mysterious colored marbles that appeared on earth nine years ago and offer enhanced special abilities to humans who use them - but knows he’ll never be able to afford any to use himself. That dream was taken from him long ago, when billionaire Alex Holliday cheated him out of the money he should have earned from discovering a new type of sphere. Sully’s world is turned upside down when he meets Hunter, a girl who’s had an even rougher start in life than he has. Together, they hope to hunt enough spheres to keep both of them fed and housed for the foreseeable future. Instead, they discover a sphere no one has ever seen before - a Gold. It could be the key to great riches...but Alex Holliday will stop at nothing to get it for himself. Read More »

Here Are the “Harry Potter” Wave 2 Exclusive Figures!

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It seems like just yesterday that we were puzzling over the conspicuous absence of a Neville Longbottom Pop! Vinyl in Wave 2 after we'd seen concept art of a Neville figure in late 2015. Today, the mystery has been solved - Neville, along with three other figures, will be offered exclusively at either Hot Topic or Barnes & Noble! Read More »

New Extended Clip Takes Us Behind the Scenes of “Fantastic Beasts”!

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Pottermore just keeps the surprises coming this weekend! Just weeks after we saw our first trailer for "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,\", they've released an exclusive clip with some never-before-seen footage! Read More »

Sneak Preview of “Cursed Child” Revealed at Orlando’s Celebration of Harry Potter!

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There's already been one big piece of news from this weekend's Celebration of Harry Potter in Orlando, but surprises for fans aren't over yet! Today, a special sneak preview of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" was released at the Celebration and online! Read More »

The Name of the North American Wizarding School Has Been Revealed!


Those of you who have been following updates from A Celebration of Harry Potter in Orlando may have seen a tease of the global map of wizarding schools that Pottermore has on display - and now we've learned the name of the North American wizarding school! Read More »

The Second “Harry Potter” Coloring Book Is NOW Available!

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If you've been holding off on finishing the first "Harry Potter" coloring book because you don't want the relaxing coloring fun to end, never fear - the "Harry Potter: Magical Creatures" coloring book is NOW available in the US and UK! Read More »

HeForShe Arts Week to Be Held in New York City in March

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A little under two weeks since HeForShe launched its new website intended to help supporters organize gender equality initiatives in their own communities, it has been announced that the campaign will hold a New York Arts Week this spring in conjunction with the City of New York and the Public Theater. During the week, partner organizations such as museums, galleries, and performance venues will spotlight the work of HeForShe and UN Women, and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the organization. Read More »

Is “Cursed Child” Being Printed as a Book Sooner Than We Thought?

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Today, the Rowling Library has reported that two publishers have bid for the rights to print "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" as a physical book, which would no doubt thrill fans around the world who are unable to make it to London to see the play. Read More »

Book Review: “American Ace” by Marilyn Nelson

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A slim novel written in verse, "American Ace" tells the story of Connor Bianchini learning that his grandmother once had a secret love, meaning that the man he always believed was his grandfather isn’t actually related to him at all. Connor and his father set out on a compelling journey to discover the truth about their past - and themselves. It’s not long before they realize that Connor’s true grandfather may have been a black man, bringing questions of identity and belonging even more to the forefront than they were before. Read More »

Book Review: “The Memory of Light” by Francisco X. Stork

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"The Memory of Light" follows teenager Vicky Cruz’s journey to recover after she is hospitalized following a suicide attempt. Unlike many novels for teens, this book traces not the circumstances leading up to a suicide attempt, or the grief that follows a successful one, but instead the trying and unglamorous journey that awaits those who are lucky enough to fail. Inspired by Stork’s own experiences as a young man, you won’t forget this one any time soon. Read More »

Book Review: “Anna and the Swallow Man” by Gavriel Savit

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit

When seven-year-old Anna’s father doesn’t return from a meeting at the university at which he teaches, she has no one to turn to. The year is 1939, and Anna’s neighbors and acquaintances - and the reader - can guess the truth behind his sudden disappearance. No one Anna knows is willing to risk gaining the attention of the fierce German occupiers by helping her, and as her mother has been dead for several years, Anna is all alone. Read More »

Television Review: “The Magicians” Episode 1


As with any film or television adaptation of a book that I love, I watched the pilot of "The Magicians" with trepidation. After all, so many great stories are mutilated somewhere between the page and the screen, and I really, really didn’t want "The Magicians" to be one of them. Thankfully, it's looking like the show is going to be amazing. Read More »

Emma Watson Speaks on Gender Parity at 2016 World Economic Forum

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Hot on the heels of being named one of "Forbes"'s "30 Under 30" and announcing the launch of a new HeForShe website aimed at grassroots organizing on her Facebook page, Emma Watson and HeForShe have appeared at the 2016 World Economic Conference in Davos, Sweden, to deliver their first-ever Parity Report. Read More »

Book Review: “We Are the Ants” by Shaun David Hutchinson

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In "We Are the Ants", Henry Denton has been given a choice by the aliens who have been abducting him for years: he can either press a button and save the world, or not press the button, in which case the world will end on January 29. It seems as though the choice ought to be easy, except for the fact that his school life is miserable because everyone calls him “Space Boy,” and his boyfriend killed himself last year. He only has a few months to make up his mind, but based on the way things are going...he’s pretty sure he’s already made his decision. Can making up with his best friend Audrey, or making friends with the mysterious new boy Diego Vega, change his mind? Read More »

Harry Potter: The Exhibition Adds Stops, Extends World Tour to 2020

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If you've had a chance to visit Harry Potter: The Exhibition on one of its many stops, you know what an amazing experience it can be. Now, Warner Bros. and Global Experience Specialists (GES - the company that executes the tour) have announced that the Exhibition, which has seen stops in New York, Paris, Tokyo, Sydney, and more, will extend its world tour until spring 2020! Read More »

Book Review: “Blood and Salt” by Kim Liggett

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Ash and her twin brother Rhys have never thought too much about the fact that their mother escaped from a cult in Kansas just a few months before they were born. Sure, she makes her living creating extraordinary perfumes, burns sage around the house to cleanse it, and gives Ash invisible tattoos that are meant to protect her - but Ash is mostly focused on the dead girl she’s been seeing hanging from the ceiling all her life. It’s only once their mother disappears, letting them know she’s returned to Quivira, Kansas to be a vessel for the immortal Katia, that the two realize that their mother’s past isn’t so much in the past after all. Read More »

Bloomsbury Launches Quest to Find the World’s Favorite Spell in Honor of Harry Potter Book Night!

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After last year's success, 2016's Harry Potter Book Night, an event organized by the British publisher of the "Harry Potter" novels, Bloomsbury, will soon be upon us! In honor of the occasion, the publisher is launching a global search for the world's favorite "Harry Potter" spell! Read More »

Book Review: “The Dark Days Club” by Alison Goodman

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Who doesn't love a good Regency fantasy? Author Alison Goodman has brought us a cracking one with "The Dark Days Club", which follows young Lady Helen as she begins to learn that she has special abilities that allow her to fight forces of evil. Before making the acquaintance of the enigmatic (and, if society is to be believed, frankly dangerous) Lord Carlston, Helen's biggest worry is making a bad impression at her presentation before the Queen. Orphaned years ago after her parents were declared traitors, Helen has been raised by her aunt and uncle, but lately has been worried that her mother's wild blood might run in her own veins. As it turns out, she's not wrong, but it isn't a traitorous streak she inherited - it's something far more dangerous, an ability that just might save the world. Read More »