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.


  • Do Wizards Pay Taxes? (May 25, 2020) - Do wizards pay taxes? hpboy13 takes a deep dive into how taxes work in the wizarding world.
  • What If There Weren’t a Parting of the Ways? (March 3, 2020) - How differently would the events of "Harry Potter" have played out if Fudge had believed Harry's claim in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" that Voldemort had returned?
  • MuggleNet and Me (February 5, 2020) - From discovering MuggleNet in the early 2000s to publishing over 70 editorials on the site and becoming a published author and podcaster along the way, hpboy13 reflects on his journey with the fansite.
  • Bonus Chapter from “The Life and Lies of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore”: “Headmaster of the Puffs” (August 1, 2019) - With "Puffs" closing on August 18, hpboy13 has kindly shared a bonus chapter from "The Life and Lies of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore", "Headmaster of the Puffs."
  • Wormwood & Wolfsbane: The Snape/Lupin Relationship (June 1, 2019) - hpboy13 conjectures that Snape saw himself in Tonks's unrequited love for Lupin and that he gained a grudging respect for Lupin as a result of the latter's infiltration of the werewolf community.
  • A Recipe for “Order of the Phoenix” (April 24, 2019) - When authors were prompted to come up with recipes for popular books at this year's NYC Teen Author Festival, one author, Sarvenaz Tash, crafted a recipe for "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix".
  • Two Voldemorts Are Better Than One (March 27, 2019) - hpboy13 reflects on "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" and theorizes what would have happened if Tom Riddle had escaped the Diarycrux.
  • Draco and Some Naughty Little Plans (March 26, 2019) - hpboy13 explores how Lucius Malfoy's and Tom Riddle's plans in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" crisscrossed and how Draco ruined Riddle's plan.
  • Heliopaths, Fiendfyre, and a Cassandra Complex (February 20, 2019) - Luna Lovegood's role in the "Harry Potter" series fits squarely into the Cassandra complex. hpboy13 suggests that Luna's Heliopaths are actually creatures of Fiendfyre.
  • Wreath Theory in the “Potter” Books (December 22, 2018) - The ring structure of the "Harry Potter" series is reflected by the connections between the Christmases in the books.
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