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Potter DIY: Spell books

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These spell books are sure to add that final bit of magic to your "Potter"-themed party or room decor or can even be made to complete cosplay costumes! Read More »

Book Review: “Skin Game” by Jim Butcher

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It's the fifteenth book of the Dresden Files. I know some avid readers who say the series has long since become same-old, same-old. Weirdly enough, I'm still engaged. Read More »

Book Review: “The Tree of Water” by Elizabeth Haydon

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In the fourth book of The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme, the young Nain explorer continues his journeys to find out all the magic in the world and report it to a good young king. He has already explored the thieves' quarter of the city of Kingston, stopped a war between the dwarflike Nain and the elflike Lirin, and survived an encounter with Scarnag the dragon who represents earth-magic. Read More »

Feelings behind the flick: On emotion and magic

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Magic really isn’t just a simple “swish and flick” as Professor Flitwick so elegantly put it, and here's why. Read More »

“Alohomora!” Episode 99: “Extra Awkward” – now available!

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MuggleNet's global book club, "Alohomora!", jumps out of bed and into Harry's dreams on this week's episode. Join hosts Kat, Michael, and Eric, along with special guest Lindsay Cummings - author of "The Murder Complex" and "The Balance Keepers" - as they "inspect" Chapter 21 of "Order of the Phoenix", "The Eye of the Snake." Read More »

Bloomsbury relaunches “Harry Potter” site for new release

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Have you heard about Bloomsbury's new "Harry Potter" website? Click here to read more about it! Read More »

Book Review: “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The narrator never tells us his name. He never says exactly whose funeral brings him back to the town where he grew up. Until he arrives at the shore of the pond beyond the farmhouse at the end of the lane he used to live on, he doesn't even know what has brought him back here. And then he remembers it all. Read More »

15 times “Harry Potter” influenced the world we live in today

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Muggle tested, "Potter" approved. Read More »

Becoming Harry Potter: Believing in your magic

More often than not, if you’ve discovered your magic, you’ve probably encountered a moment of doubt. You think, "I can write, but I’m no J.K. Rowling." Or "I can paint, but I’ll never be Picasso." Or "I’m fairly good at Legos, but I’ll never be able to build the Empire State Building." And you are right - you won’t. But what you will do is something no one else will do. Read More »

Becoming Harry Potter: Discovering Your Magic #MyMuggleMagic

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Many of us long for Hagrid to bust down our door and tell us that we are able to do magic, that we belong in this place called Hogwarts, that we have rare gifts and abilities that connect us with a very special world. We want to discover that we are witches or wizards. But the thing is, we all have magic on the inside. Read More »

Book Review: “The Enchantress Returns” by Chris Colfer

The Enchantress Returns

Collection spells are not just for debt collectors who want to put the hoodoo on a delinquent customer. In Chris Colfer's "Land of Stories" series, they are the framework for a quest-like adventure through a magic world teeming with fairy tale heroes and villains. The first book, "The Wishing Spell", was all about a shopping list of magical items that twins Alex and Conner Bailey needed to assemble in order to get home to the "Other World" (namely, ours). It could only ever be used one more time, and the Evil Queen from "Snow White" wanted to get there first. Now in their second visit to the Land of Stories, Alex and Conner are trying to complete one collection spell, while the Enchantress from "The Sleeping Beauty" races to finish another. Read More »

Book Review: “The Dragon’s Lair” by Elizabeth Haydon

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The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme, allegedly discovered in an archeological dig and reconstructed by an expert scholar, relate the experiences of a young explorer in a long-ago world full of magical races, objects, and stories. In this third book, following "The Floating Island" and "The Thief Queen's Daughter", Ven and his friends flee from the frying pan to the fire. By "frying pan" I mean the Inner Market, walled up inside the Gated City, walled up inside the seaport of Kingston, where the Thief Queen has just been cheated of her prey. By "fire" I mean, well, fire. A dragon's fire. Read More »

Book Review: “Sky Raiders” by Brandon Mull

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When Cole and his sixth-grader friends troop down the basement steps to view a spooky Halloween house of horrors, they're more worried about whether they're too old to go trick-or-treating than about being kidnapped. But the basement is already nearly full of caged kids waiting to be forced down a ladder in the floor. Cole manages to hide until everybody has gone down the hole, wondering how anyone could think of getting away with kidnapping so many kids at once. Then he follows them. His plan is just to find out where the kids are being taken, so he can report back to the police. But the hole in the basement floor proves to be a portal to another world—and it's a one-way trip. Read More »

Book Review: “The Thief Queen’s Daughter” by Elizabeth Haydon

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In "The Floating Island", we first met Ven Polypheme, an unusual specimen of the ancient Nain race. Unlike the typical Nain, whose idea of a good time is to dig ore out of a mountain's roots, Ven's family lives in a human city and specializes in building ships. Unlike other members of his large, practical family, Ven has the itchy feet of an explorer. And unlike practically anyone else in known history, Ven has survived an attack by the Fire Pirates. By the opening of this sequel, Ven has found his way to a wayside inn staffed by orphaned children. His friends include the cook's mate of a sailing ship, a pastor-in-training for a congregation of little people, a pickpocket named Ida No, and a quiet little Gwadd girl who shares her people's power to make things grow. These friends are ready to join Ven on his next adventure, when young King Vandemere sends him to the thieves' market to seek the origin of a mysterious, glowing stone. Read More »

Ten things you’ve been missing since the release of “Deathly Hallows”

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Talk about post-"Potter" depression... Read More »

Book Review: “Once upon Stilettos” by Shanna Swendson

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It's been quite a few years since I read "Enchanted, Inc." because, frankly, I'm a guy, and chick lit isn't my thing. But it was such a funny and magical book that continuing with the series has often been on my mind. And now I find that the "Katie Chandler" series has grown to seven books. Based on the adventures of a Texas belle who finds adventure, romance, and professional fulfillment in New York, it combines the appeal of a "Sex and the City" spoof with the charm of a modern, urban fairy tale. Read More »

Book Review: “The Wizard in the Tree” by Lloyd Alexander

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If Famous Witches and Wizards Cards featured beloved wizards from the pages of literature, you know there would be a card each for J.K. Rowling's Dumbledore, Tolkien's Gandalf, Peter Beagle's Schmendrick, and John Bellairs's Prospero... I've already got quite a long list in mind. Now that I've read this brief book by the Newbery Medal- and National Book Award-winning author of the "Prydain Chronicles", I have another name to add to that list: Arbican. He doesn't do much magic in this book, and most of what he does goes wrong, and on first acquaintance he may seem a bit brusque and grumpy, not very lovable at all. But in the last few pages of this book, he earns his Chocolate Frog Card, wands down. In fact, for the sake of one paragraph, a single speech in which he finally sets straight what is and isn't true about fairy tales, he's a shoe-in. Read More »

Book Review: “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” by Ian Fleming

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We've run into this problem before: First it was a novel. Then it was adapted, more successfully than faithfully, into a movie. Then came a film novelization, a novel designed to be more faithful to the movie than the movie was to the original novel. They did it to Pierre Boulle's "Planet of the Apes". More recently, it happened to Cressida Cowell's "How to Train Your Dragon". It even happened to another book by Ian Fleming. And so your dilemma is this: Which book do you buy or borrow, to read or give to your kids? Which counts as the classic? Read More »

Book Review: “The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning” (TLoS3) by Chris Colfer

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Published today, Chris Colfer's third installment of his magical "The Land of Stories" series comes with a Grimm Warning! Now age 14 and stuck living in the Otherworld, Conner Bailey must navigate across the globe to decipher a clue left from the world’s most famous storytellers. With a little help from some friends along the way, he must race through time and across dimensions to warn his twin sister Alex that the Fairy Kingdom is in grave danger. Full of surprises, secrets, and sorcery, the series is perfect for fans of fairy tales with a twist. Read More »

Book Review: “Wildwood” by Colin Meloy

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When I saw this book at the public library, I thought it had a striking design. This, including loads of quirky but beautiful illustrations, is the work of Carson Ellis, who has also decorated books by Lemony Snicket and Trenton Lee Stewart. As for the author, I thought his name sounded familiar. Only later, after I had brought the book home, did I connect it with the alternative rock band the Decemberists, of which Colin Meloy is the lead singer and songwriter. If you're familiar with his music, you may not be surprised to learn that hints of a political message and of a New Agey, earth-magic type of spirituality perfume the pages of his book. But it's also a thrilling fantasy adventure featuring a couple of kids from St. Johns, Portland, Oregon, who find a strange, magical, perilous world hidden within a short bicycle ride of their city. Read More »