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“MuggleNet Academia” Lesson 47: “How to Write Like Rowling”

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In this academic lesson, we talk about "Harry Potter" as a literary artifact and how we can use the series to help aspiring writers become better at their craft. WebBloggers C.S. Plotter and Christine Frazier join us for this great lesson. Enjoy the show! Read More »

“MuggleNet Academia” Lesson 46: “Saving All of Our Galleons, Sickles, and Knuts for the Upcoming Releases”

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In this academic lesson, we take a look at the upcoming wizarding world releases and content and discuss the shadow that hangs over the material. Joining us are returning guests Professor Janet Batchler of USC and recent graduate Amy Hogan. Enjoy the show! Read More »

“MuggleNet Academia” Lesson 45: “District 9 3/4 – Harry Potter and the Hunger Games: Critical Insights”

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In this academic lesson, a critical insight to the widely popular "Hunger Games" series by Suzanne Collins. On the surface, the stories could not be more different: One is contemporary school boy Gothic with a rich undercurrent of humor and satire, while the other is dystopian fiction and almost unfailingly grim. Find out why they are more similar than at first glance. Read More »

“MuggleNet Academia” Lesson 44: “Is There Such a Thing as Harry Potter Canon Anymore?”

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Once again, the "MuggleNet Academia" team of host Keith Hawk, managing editor for MuggleNet, and co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor, brings our fans the latest in academic discussions within the Hogwarts saga. In this lesson, we discuss a wizarding world tsunami of new material and other work from "Harry Potter" author J. K. Rowling and whether or not we should consider these storylines as part of the "Potter" canon. Read More »

Was a Major Plot Point Released for “Fantastic Beasts” in a Recent Interview?

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Did Dan Fogler reveal a major plot point in the upcoming "Fantastic Beasts" film? Listen for yourself. Read More »

And the Winner of MuggleNet’s March Madness Is?

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Who won the finals in the MuggleNet March Madness Tournament? Read More »

Gruellingly Nauseating and Onerous MuggleNet Exercise – Dolores Umbridge

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Put away the kittens and china! This year's April Fool's gruelingly nauseating and onerous MuggleNet exercise is designed to test your knowledge of all things Dolores Umbridge, Read More »

“Fantastic Beasts” Release Date Pushed Back to June 2017 – Recasting to Blame

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What happened that caused Fantastic Beasts film release to be delayed until next year? Read More »

“MuggleNet Academia” Lesson 43: “Tris Transfigured: Allegiant meets Potter”

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Once again, the MuggleNet Academia team of Host Keith Hawk, Managing Editor for MuggleNet, and Co-Host John Granger, The Hogwarts Professor, brings our fans the latest in academic discussions within the Hogwarts Saga. In this lesson, we discuss the recent cinematic release of the Divergent Series: Allegiant with special emphasis on the similarities and contrasts between Veronica Roth's written material and Lionsgate's cinematic journey. Read More »

MuggleNet’s March Madness Begins Now – Your Vote Matters!

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Voting for MuggleNet's Harry Potter Book Chapter Tournament starts RIGHT NOW. For details and instructions on voting, read here. Read More »

MuggleNet’s Harry Potter Book Chapter March Madness Selection Sunday – Results!

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MuggleNet's Harry Potter March Madness returns in 2016 with a tournament of champions for the book chapters from the series. Will your favorite book chapter be crowned CHAMPION? Read More »

“MuggleNet Academia” Lesson 42: “Pottermore’s Sorting Hat: The Dark Triad Dirty Dozen”

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You can now download and enjoy "MuggleNet Academia" Lesson 42: "Pottermore’s Sorting Hat: The Dark Triad Dirty Dozen," which discusses the Pottermore Sorting Quiz by J.K. Rowling and what the resultant House assignment really tells about you and your personality. Enjoy the show! Read More »

“Star Wars” Fans: “MuggleNet Academia” Lesson 41: “Lightsabers and Wands” is NOW Available for Download

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You can now download and enjoy "MuggleNet Academia" Lesson 41: "Lightsabers and Wands," which discusses the global phenomenon "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and its comparisons and contrasts to the "Harry Potter" series. Enjoy the show! Read More »

Gruellingly Nauseating and Onerous MuggleNet Exercise – Time

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Tick tock! From Time Turners to historical dates, this edition of the gruelingly nauseating and onerous MuggleNet exercises is designed to test your knowledge of all things "time" related in the "Harry Potter" universe. Many will try, few will conquer. Read More »

“MuggleNet Academia” Lesson 40: “The Wizarding War Was Won on the Quidditch Pitch of Hogwarts” is NOW Available for Download

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You can now download and enjoy "MuggleNet Academia" Lesson 40, which discusses the symbols and literary alchemy found within the wizarding game of Quidditch. Enjoy the show! Read More »

“MuggleNet Academia” Lesson 39: “The Boy Who Lived, All Grown Up” Is Now Available for Download

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Download the latest in the most popular academic podcast on the "Harry Potter" series as "MuggleNet Academia" takes a look at Hutcheon's Adaptation Theory within the world of the "Potter" fandom. Lesson 39 is now available! Read More »

Contest Update: Special Advent Giveaway Event BONUS Prize to Be Given Away Tomorrow

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MuggleNet and the US Quidditch Association are adding a VERY special prize to tomorrow's Advent Calendar giveaway prize package. You must play to win! Read More »

CONTEST: MuggleNet’s 2015 Advent Calendar Giveaway Event is NOW Open to All – Play to Win!

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The 2015 MuggleNet Advent calendar giveaway is our favorite contest of the year, allowing 25 lucky MuggleNet fans from around the world the opportunity to win one of our incredible prize packages for the holiday season. Will you be one of our winners this year? Read More »

“MuggleNet Academia” Lesson 38: “The Harry Potter Lexicon – Here and Back Again” Is Now Available for Download

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In this lesson, we discuss "The Harry Potter Lexicon", the ultimate resource of facts and information on the "Harry Potter" series, with creator and owner Steve Vander Ark. Read More »

“MuggleNet Academia” Lesson 37: “Harry Potter for Nerds II: Essays for Lit Geeks” is NOW Available for Download

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In this lesson, the editors of "Harry Potter for Nerds II", Prinzi and McDaniel, talk with Keith Hawk and John Granger about Lupin, twins in Harry Potter, Quidditch, Gothic tropes, reverse alchemy, Dumbledore’s mom, the White Rose Society, and even another look at Squibs, subjects explored in depth in "For Nerds II". Read More »