Letters to the Editor

Here you’ll find fan-submitted essays on everything to do with the Potter books, films, and fandom. Have any of your own thoughts to share with MuggleNet? You can submit your essays after reading our guidelines, and they could be featured right here!


  • Here Be Dragons (And Phoenixes) – Part 2 (February 9, 2019)- When Albus Dumbledore recovers the vial containing the blood pact with Gellert Grindelwald, he moves closer to their eventual confrontation. The symbolism of phoenixes and dragons, drawn from a long history of beast mythology, foreshadows the movement of their story from 1927 to 1945.
  • Here Be Dragons (And Phoenixes) – Part 1 (February 8, 2019)- In the second "Fantastic Beasts" installment, J.K. Rowling brings Grindelwald to the foreground, emphasizing, in his characterization, his inner beast: the dragon. From his distinctive eye to his ability to envision the future, he has much in common with the dragons of universal myth.
  • His Last Great Adventure: Thoughts on Flamel (December 20, 2018)- Nicolas Flamel's fragile state in "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" might imply that while the Elixir of Life can prevent the drinker from dying a natural death, it does not stop the aging process or protect one from mortal wounds.
  • Snake Women: A History of Women as Snakes and the Future of Nagini in “Fantastic Beasts” (December 7, 2018)- Explore the historical relationship between the characterization of Nagini in "Fantastic Beasts" and the way that serpents have been depicted in mythology.
  • Why “Crimes of Grindelwald” Is a Victim of Second Movie Syndrome (December 1, 2018)- As the second "Fantastic Beasts" movie, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" fails to exist as a stand-alone entry in the series.
  • Ron Weasley and the Most Epic Chess Battle of All Time (September 29, 2018)- We all know that Ron Weasley has epic chess skills. Here's how his larger-than-life chess game came into reality for the "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" film!
  • “Lethal White”: The New J.K. Rowling Book Is Up There with “Harry Potter” (September 20, 2018)- Have you gotten your hands on a copy of "Lethal White" yet? Read this spoiler-free review of Robert Galbraith's (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling) new book.
  • Why “Harry Potter” Matters (July 25, 2018)- "Harry Potter" is so much more than just a children's story. Here's one of many reasons why these books are so important.
  • Harry’s Extra Weapon (August 14, 2016)- How did Harry defeat Voldemort? His parents’ love only protects him; it doesn’t allow him actually to defeat Voldemort, one of the most skillful wizards of all time. So how does he do it?
  • What Can Timeturners Teach Us? (June 27, 2015)- By Paige Crawley Timeturners present a number of conundrums. Many fans have spent huge amounts of time trying to decode the exact inner workings of the timeturner, or deciding whether or not they support...
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