The Three Broomsticks

“The Three Broomsticks” is the place for the most up-to-date opinions, analysis, and theories from our in-house editorialist, hpboy13! He tackles the toughest questions in the Potter fandom. Ever wondered if Harry Potter qualifies as a feminist text? Or whether Ron or Hermione was a better friend to Harry? Pull up a chair in the Three Broomsticks, grab a butterbeer, and see what Irvin has to say on these contentious topics!

If you’ve enjoyed hpboy13’s essays over the years, please consider checking out his book, The Life and Lies of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, which explores one of the most analyzed characters in the Potter series.


  • A Reckoning at the Three Broomsticks (November 22, 2018) - In the aftermath of "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald", there has been no shortage of fans offering theories to address many of the film's unanswered questions. However, without knowing the rules of this franchise, hpboy13 has little interest in engaging with "Fantastic Beasts".
  • In Jo We Do Not Trust (November 19, 2018) - hpboy13 takes a look at the state of "Potter" fans' relationship with Jo Rowling in a post-"Crimes of Grindelwald" world. Where do we go from here?
  • It Is No Longer Our Choices: The Mediocrity of “Crimes of Grindelwald” (November 17, 2018) - hpboy13 explains why "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" is lazily written and deviates from the themes that made us love the "Harry Potter" series.
  • The Real “Crimes of Grindelwald” Is the Movie (November 16, 2018) - hpboy13 expresses his disappointment in "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" in this spoiler-filled review. It suffices to say that this film was a big letdown.
  • Spoiler-Free Review of “Lethal White” (October 6, 2018) - Contributor hpboy13 weighs in on the latest Robert Galbraith novel.
  • Nagini and Dumbledore’s Connection (September 28, 2018) - Did Dumbledore know more about Nagini than he let on?
  • Nagini and Voldemort’s Twisted Relationship (September 26, 2018) - Columnist hpboy13 may have discovered the disturbing truth about Nagini's relationship to Voldemort.
  • Fantastic Beasts! Here We Go Again (August 22, 2018) - It's settled: "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" is actually going to be another "Mamma Mia!" sequel.
  • Albus Dumbledore and the Career Change (July 27, 2018) - Why is Albus Dumbledore teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts in "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald"? Here's what we know for sure about Dumbledore's position at Hogwarts as broken down by hpboy13.
  • In Jo We Trust… Or Not (February 5, 2018) - With J.K. Rowling's recent statements about homosexuality (or lack thereof) in "Fantastic Beasts," hpboy13 explores how fans have slowly lost faith in Jo over the last few years.
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