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Book Review: The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

2013-03-31

Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up. Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal. Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora’s quickly finding that a “normal” life comes with plenty of its own epic complications—and that there’s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can’t shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all. As hinted at above, The Chaos of Stars is a story about a very special girl with a very screwed up family. Isadora is an ordinary girl born into extraordinary circumstances. Her life gets ... Read More »

What do leading Potter fandom figures and cast think about Fantastic Beasts?

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It has been six days since J.K. Rowling broke the news that shocked the entire Harry Potter fandom - she was going to be writing a screenplay for a brand new Warner Brothers film series based in the wizarding world! Clearly, we are very excited about the news, so we decided to reach out to some of our friends, fandom icons, and Harry Potter cast members - Joe Moses, Rohan Gotobed, Hank Green, and Will Dunn - to get their reactions. Read More »

MuggleNet’s “Fantastic Beasts” podcast recap

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It seems like much longer than just 48 hours since J.K. Rowling dropped a bomb on the Harry Potter fandom and announced that she was writing the screenplay(s) for a new film series based in the wizarding world. MuggleNet responded immediately and within six hours had over three hours of very different discussion on the news. Read More »

MuggleNet’s “The Hogwarts Collection” by Black Milk Clothing giveaway

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MuggleNet has teamed up with Black Milk Clothing to bring you one of our biggest giveaways to date! The innovative brand from Australia recently launched "The Hogwarts Collection" to amazing reviews and fan demand. Read More »

RUMOR CONTROL: Rumors of 8th “Potter” novel are FALSE

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An April Fool is someone defined as "a person who is the victim of a trick or hoax on April 1" - but what about when the fooling happens over five months later? Read More »

Emma Watson confirmed to star in “Your Voice In My Head”!

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It has been confirmed by the Hollywood Reporter, once and for all, that Emma Watson will play the lead role in Your Voice in My Head. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘The Great Gatsby’ Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack

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The Great Gatsby Book by F. Scott Fitzgerald Film by Baz Luhrmann Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey McGuire, Carey Mulligan, & Joel Edgerton Rated: PG-13 English was (almost) always my favorite subject when I was in high school. I truly loved the fact that every other week I was specifically told to transport myself into, to get fully enveloped by, to really experience, a world outside of my own.See, my high school world was that of a kind of geeky, too skinny, band geek, know it all. Nobody paid attention to me, and I had very few, but loyal, friends. English class, and ultimately the reading assignments, was the time that I got to escape that world and experience someone cool, or suave, or in the case of The Great Gatsby – powerful. I read The Great Gatsby in my freshman year of high school. At the time, I didn’t quite understand what the fuss was about. I had heard that the book was amazing, that it withstood the test of time – much like a book that I had despised, The Catcher in the Rye. I was tentative about reading it, not wanting to be let down yet again, but ... Read More »

J.K. Rowling on Good Morning America: “He is the one I miss the most”

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This morning Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling appeared in a special video message which aired on American national program Good Morning America. Read More »

Alohomora! Episode 41: ‘Kinda Purpley’ – now available!

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Alohomora! - our Harry Potter global re-read podcast – has reached Chapter 4 of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Listen along with hosts Kat, Laura, Rosie, and fan guest, transcriber, and MuggleNet Social Media Manager Alexandra, as they laugh their way through ‘Back to the Burrow’. On Episode 41 we discuss… → Episode 40 Recap: Delusional Dursleys; Muggleborns and Magical Holidays; Attitudes to and from teachers; Sucky Seventh Grade → PQOTW Responses → Keeping up Appearances → How much magical contact has Petunia had? → Talented Twins → Question of the Week → Check out the Alohomora! Store To listen to the show, merely click the player above. You can also subscribe to us on iTunes. For more information about the podcast and to find out how to be on the show, check out our Be On The Show page. Don’t forget to leave us a voicemail at our phone number: 1-206-GO-ALBUS (462-5287)! Skype users can also send us a message to username AlohomoraMN. Read More »

New image of David Bradley in “Doctor Who” 50th Anniversary Special!

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As we previously reported, David Bradley, who portrayed Argus Filch in the Harry Potter films, is to appear in the 50th anniversary special of the beloved BBC show Doctor Who. Today we got our first glimpse of Bradley in his role of William Hartnell, who played the First Doctor. Read More »

Alohomora! Episode 38: ‘So Many Riddles’ – now available!

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It’s finally here – our first episode analyzing Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! Join hosts Noah, Eric, & Rosie with fan guest Alyssa, as the explore ‘The Riddle House’ – one of the only chapters in the series that doesn’t include Harry. On Episode 38 we discuss… → We start Goblet of Fire! → First Impressions → Comparing Synopses → Jo’s favorite tarot card → Can Muggles feel the magic in the Riddle house? → Voldy the Papoose baby → Question of the Week → Check out the Alohomora! Store To listen to the show, merely click the player above. You can also subscribe to us on iTunes. For more information about the podcast and to find out how to be on the show, check out our Podcast page. Don’t forget to leave us a voicemail at our phone number: 1-206-GO-ALBUS (462-5287)! Skype users can also send us a message to username AlohomoraMN. Read More »

Joe Moses on StarKid, LA, pandas, and JMOMS

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Joe Moses (who plays the Potions Master in the StarKid productions) took some time out of his very busy schedule to chat with MuggleNet's Kat Miller and Laura Reilly this afternoon about his upcoming tour - The Joe Moses Showses. Read More »

Alohomora! Episode 35: ‘The Adventures of Silverpaw’ – now available!

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Another episode – another book complete! This week hosts Kat, Noah, Rosie, & Laura wrap up Prisoner of Azkaban in a way that only Alohomora! can – by laughing at gorgeous book covers. On Episode 35 we discuss… → Episode 34 Recap: Sad Lupin; Owl Post, yet again; Albus the Omniscient; Trelawney’s use; Guilty until proven innocent; Breaking it to Molly → PQOTW Responses → Book Stats & Awards → International Book Covers → LeakyCon Fun → Join us for the global movie watch! → Check out the Alohomora! Store To listen to the show, merely click the player above. You can also subscribe to us on iTunes. For more information about the podcast and to find out how to be on the show, check out our Podcast page. Don’t forget to leave us a voicemail at our phone number: 1-206-GO-ALBUS (462-5287)! Skype users can also send us a message to username AlohomoraMN. Read More »

Which “Potter” star should be the 12th Doctor?

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Doctor Who, for those of you that have been living under a rock, premiered in 1963 and was rebooted in 2005. The Doctor, most recently played by David Tennant (Barty Crouch, Jr.) & Matt Smith, travels through space and time in his TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space), aiding fellow aliens and humans alike. Recently, fans from all over the world learned that Matt Smith, the beloved 11th Doctor, has decided to regenerate (leave the show) this coming Christmas. So who should replace him? According to one UK Bookmaker, Rupert Grint. Read More »

Daniel Radcliffe “The Cripple of Inishmaan” rehearsal photos & full cast revealed

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Almost exactly a year ago we first announced that Daniel Radcliffe would return to stage in the summer of 2013 in The Cripple of Inishmaan. Today we present some of the first rehearsal photos of the production, by photographer Marc Brenner. Read More »

Alohomora! Episode 33: ‘The Holey One’ – Now Available!

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Alohomora! continues its global re-read of the Harry Potter series led by fans and MuggleNet staff. Join hosts Kat, Eric, & Laura – with special guest Jeanna Marie from Hogwarts Radio – as they delve into the longest chapter in Prisoner of Azkaban, #21, Hermione’s Secret. On Episode 33 we discuss… → Episode 32 Recap: Harry’s home, Dementor meals, Hermione’s fault → PQOTW Responses → Why is there no time? → It’s a family thing → Disappointing namesake → Question of the Week → Check out the Alohomora! Store To listen to the show, merely click the player above. You can also subscribe to us on iTunes. For more information about the podcast and to find out how to be on the show, check out our Podcast page. Don’t forget to leave us a voicemail at our phone number: 1-206-GO-ALBUS (462-5287)! Skype users can also send us a message to username AlohomoraMN. Read More »

Alohomora! Episode 27: ‘Witch Slap’ – Now Available!

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Episode 27 of Alohomora! is now available for download! Listen in as hosts Caleb, Rosie, & Laura are joined by fan guest Pierra! On this episode we analyze chapters 15 & 16 of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Before you rewind with us, we suggest you do the reading first! You can listen to the show on iTunes, on the Podcast Page, or using the convenient player below. HAVE YOU HEARD? Alohomora! is moving to weekly shows – and have added two amazing new full time hosts: Laura Reilly (the shows current exec. producer), and long time Potter podcaster, Eric Scull! Our first weekly episode will be released next Saturday, April 27th! \r\n Shownotes for Episode 27: Prisoner of Azkaban, 15-16: Witch Slap \r\n → HUGE exciting announcement! → Episode 26 Recap: Dolores\’ heart; life debts; horcruxes, vessels & souls; Hogwarts spunky decor → Special Feature Recap: What If? → PQOTW Responses → The slap heard round the world → Trelawney\’s plight → Scream, cry, & shout! → Exam torture → Was Trelawney\’s prediction triggered by Harry? → Why did Pettigrew stick around? → Special Feature: Pottermore, In Depth → Question of the Week → Check out our ... Read More »

Alohomora! celebrates their one year anniversary with an exciting announcement!

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MuggleNet's global re-read, Alohomora!, has been listened to by almost three quarters of a million people in the last year. They've covered two and a half books (plus the corresponding movies), had over two dozen amazing guest hosts, and have talked about themes and issues in the Potter series that have quite literally never been discussed before. Today, April 18, they celebrate their one year anniversary with a very exciting announcement! Well, TWO announcements, actually! Read More »

MuggleNet talks with StarKid at Quidditch World Cup 6!

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During Quidditch World Cup 6, StarKid not only performed for specators, but sat down and had a nice long chat with MuggleNet. In the interview they talk not only Quidditch, but AVPSY deleted scenes, the progress being made on Twisted, and Joe Moses announces (sort of?) his next project! Read More »

Alohomora! Episode 26: “The Amazing, Exploding Crookshanks” – Now Available!

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Episode 26 of Alohomora! is now available for download! Listen in as hosts Noah, Kat, and Caleb are joined by friend and fellow Harry Potter podcaster - Micah Tannenbaum! On this episode we analyze chapters 13 & 14 of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Read More »