“Potterversity” Episode 34: “Hogwarts Forever”

We gotta get back to Hogwarts in this episode, where we chat about MuggletNet’s Unofficial Harry Potter Hogwarts Handbook.



Katy and Emily are joined by Potterversity producer Laurie Beckoff and Marissa Osman, two of the authors of the latest release in MuggleNet’s Unofficial Harry Potter Reference Library. Following a Spellbook, a Character Compendium, and a Bestiary, this book branches out beyond lists to chronicle every known detail about the wizarding world’s most famous school, from history to hallways to inhabitants.

Hear about the research, writing, and editorial process that went into such a massive undertaking. Laurie and Marissa talk about their approach and how their academic backgrounds came in handy. We discuss the difficulty of determining what counts as canon and how to reconcile information from the books, the films, the video games, interviews, tweets, and Pottermore. Even within the seven novels, Hogwarts is full of contradictions and mysteries – mistakes or magic?

Hogwarts feels like home to so many readers. We share our favorite spots in the castle, fun tidbits about the school, and what else we want to know. What secrets of Hogwarts are yet to be discovered?

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Laurie Beckoff

My Harry Potter journey began in 2000 when I was six and continued through a bachelor's thesis and master's dissertation on medievalism in the series. I'm a Gryffindor from New York City with a passion for theatre, fantasy, Arthurian legend, and science fiction.