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!
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- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Sevens (February 24, 2023) - Sevens, sevens, everywhere... hpboy13 uncovers seven sevens in "Goblet of Fire," connecting each one to the potions puzzle in "Sorcerer's Stone."
- The Tri-Book Tournament (January 26, 2023) - hpboy13 argues that the three tasks of the Triwizard Tournament mirror the first three books of the series.
- The Scoop on Rita Skeeter (December 15, 2022) - Are Rita Skeeter's articles really as inaccurate as we think they are?
- The Antagonists of Book 6 (November 25, 2022) - hpboy13 explores the connection between the three villains in "Half-Blood Prince" and the killer in "The Ink Black Heart."
- The Missing Halloweens – Part 4: “Deathly Hallows” (October 23, 2022) - In "Deathly Hallows," October is barely mentioned. Yet careful research still reveals what had been originally intended for Halloween.
- The Missing Halloweens – Part 3: “Half-Blood Prince” (October 22, 2022) - What is the central mystery of "Half-Blood Prince"? And how is it revealed by the missing Halloween?
- The Missing Halloweens – Part 2: “Order of the Phoenix” (October 21, 2022) - What was the original plan for a dramatic Halloween in "Order of the Phoenix"? Check out hpboy13's theory here.
- The Missing Halloweens – Part 1: A Pattern Established (October 20, 2022) - Halloween provided important misdirection in the first four books - but what might have been planned for the holiday in the last three?
- The Ink Black Heart of the Half-Blood Prince (September 29, 2022) - In his review of "The Ink Black Heart," hpboy13 analyzes the links between "Half-Blood Prince" and the sixth book of the "Strike" series.
- The Point of the Prophecy (August 18, 2022) - It may be clear why Trelawney's first prophecy exists, but why does her second one? Journey through the murky marshes of the future with hpboy13.