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Book Review: “A Cunning Masquerade” (Order of the MoonStone #1.5) by J.C. Morrows

A Cunning Masquerade

What if Cinderella had been sent to kill the prince? J. C. Morrows gives us further insight into the story that will answer that question with, "A Cunning Masquerade." Read More »

What Our Favorite “Potter” Characters Could Have Become


The "Potter" stories are filled with doppelgängers—characters who seem very similar but are opposites. They could have had the same future, but their choices led them down separate paths. Here are a sample of the many doppelgängers in Rowling's magical story.... Read More »

Book Review: “A Reluctant Assassin” by J.C. Morrows

J.C. Morrows

"A Reluctant Assassin" is a dystopian novel set in a future United States where monarchs rule, women wear big dresses, and princes must marry to become kings. The story opens at a ball where 25 of the most eligible ladies have been selected from the kingdom in order that the prince might choose his bride. Only, one of them isn't really a wealthy noble; she is an orphan plucked from the streets and trained to assassinate the prince…. Read More »

Seven Christ Figures in the “Potter” Series


While Harry Potter is the obvious Christ figure of the "Potter" series, he is not the only Christ figure. In fact, if not for some of the other characters on this list, Harry would have never made his Via Dolorosa into the Forbidden Forest. Read More »

Did Newt Scamander Know Edward Cullen?


Edward Anthony Masen, Jr. became Edward Cullen in September 1918. Newt Scamander became the future author of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" by commission of Augustus Worme in 1918. Both Newt and Edward’s adventures began in the same year... Read More »

Did Pottermore Mis-Sort Us?


If you’ve been Sorted on Pottermore, you know that there is no Hat to scream “Not _______!” into. There are no arguments or discussions or choices to be taken into account when being Sorted. So how do we know we’ve been placed into the right House? Read More »

Potter Visits “Fantastic Beasts” Set

Fantastic Beasts Cast

After seeing his eldest son, James Sirius Potter, off on the Hogwarts Express, the Head of the Auror office, Harry Potter, paid a visit to the "Fantastic Beasts" set…. Read More »

Book Review: “The Chessman” by Dolores Gordon-Smith

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"The Chessman" is the ninth book in the "Jack Haldean Mystery" series. Set in the 1920s, Jack, a detective novelist, is called in to help solve a murder case involving a body, a church, and a ton of lilies. When one murder spawns into many more, each marked with a chess piece, Jack must track down the serial killer before all his pieces are wiped off the board. Read More »

Muggles Debriefed Their First Day on the “Fantastic Beasts'” Set

Fantastic Beasts Cast

As Muggles and wizards converged on Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden in a unified effort to retell the life of Newt Scamander, more than a few eyes popped at the news that wizards do exist... Read More »

Becoming Harry Potter: Vanquisher of Voldemort #MNBHP


The difference between those who truly love and those who don’t comes down to remorse. We all make mistakes—even Dumbledore. It is the ability to feel remorse for those mistakes that gives us the ability to change and grow in love. Read More »

“Fantastic Beasts” Actors Spotted in London


Dan Fogler (Jacob) and Alison Sudol (Queenie) have both been “spotted” in and around London. Read More »

Becoming Severus Snape: Protector of Lily’s Son #MNBHP

snape patronus

“You have kept him alive so that he can die at the right moment?” “Don’t be shocked, Severus. How many men and women have you watched die?” “Lately, only those whom I could not save,” said Snape. He stood up. “You have used me.” “Meaning?” “I have spied for you and lied for you, put myself in mortal danger for you. Everything was supposed to be to keep Lily Potter’s son safe. Now you tell me you have been raising him like a pig for slaughter —” “But this is touching, Severus,” said Dumbledore seriously. “Have you grown to care for the boy, after all?” “For him?” shouted Snape. “Expecto Patronum!” From the tip of his wand burst the silver doe: She landed on the office floor, bounded once across the office, and soared out of the window. Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears. “After all this time?” “Always,” said Snape. DH Love drives us to do things we cannot imagine. For Snape, it was protecting Harry Potter—the son of his greatest enemy and his greatest love. Always-love is not easy. It makes ... Read More »

Becoming Harry Potter: Dumbledore’s Man #MNBHP


Harry is Dumbledore’s man through and through from the very beginning of the series, where he chooses friendship with Ron over Draco, to the end. Read More »

Fantastic Beasts: Mundungus Fletcher Caught at Modesty Audition

Mundungus Cover

On July 18, thousands of young girls showed up in London to audition for the part of Modesty in the upcoming "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" film—only one of them wasn’t a girl or between the ages of 8 and 12. Read More »

Becoming Kingsley Shacklebolt: Brave in Love #MNBHP


“We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.” Read More »

Becoming Ron Weasley: Comeback Kid #MNBHP


"How come you’re here?” Apparently Ron had hoped that this point would come up later, if at all. “Well, I’ve — you know — I’ve come back. If —” He cleared his throat. “You know. You still want me.” Read More »

Fantastic Beasts Visit American School of Witchcraft & Wizardry


As the United States gears up for the filming of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", the well-hidden American wizarding school invited the "Daily Prophet" out to see which fantastic beasts are visiting their school. Read More »

Becoming Harry Potter: Trusting in Hagrid #MNBHP

Hagrid and Harry Motorbike

“No, I think you’re like James,” said Lupin, “who would have regarded it as the height of dishonor to mistrust his friends.” Read More »

Becoming Dudley Dursley: Softie #MNBHP


I don’t think you’re a waste of space…. Read More »

Fantastic Beasts: Gang of Pixies Kidnaps Chocolate Lab


The American Ministry released a statement today claiming that the dog was kidnapped by a gang of pixies—just one more in a slew of incidents stemming from the breeding of beasts for the upcoming fantastic beasts film…. Read More »