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.


  • 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.
  • Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Repeating the Potter Series (November 21, 2017) - Pure-blood supremacy, the Deathly Hallows, and potential werewolves: Might the new "Fantastic Beasts" films be disappointingly similar to "Potter?"
  • Redrawing the Map of Wizarding Europe (November 9, 2017) - Ever wonder why wizard and Muggle national borders differ? hpboy13 explores the in-depth history and geography of the wizarding world!
  • Hippolytus… Lestrange? (November 1, 2017) - If Newt's brother is named Theseus, how might the myth of Theseus and Hippolyta foreshadow what will happen in the upcoming "Fantastic Beasts" films?
  • The Dying of the Red Moon (October 4, 2017) - There are Dramione and Luneville, but what about the Red Moon? hpboy13 argues that a Luna/Ron ship is not one that sails.
  • The Yew Wand (August 17, 2017) - If a wand's allegiance changes when it is defeated, then who is the master of Voldemort's wand now? Hpboy13 explores the question of one of the most powerful wands in the wizarding world.
  • Where Newt Got His Memory-Wiping Idea (July 15, 2017) - We all know that Rowling tends to hide foreshadowing where we least expect it. Could a Pottermore entry about Quidditch history have a connection to Newt's memory-wiping in "Fantastic Beasts?"
  • State of the Fandom: MISTI-Con 2017 (May 31, 2017) - Fan conventions are the perfect place to gauge the state of fandom. hpboy13 reflects on the HP fandom based on observations from MISTI-Con 2017.
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