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.
- Death Eaters – Part 6: The Battle of Hogwarts (July 5, 2021) - Which Death Eaters are present in the Battle of Hogwarts and where? hpboy13 has it figured out.
- Death Eaters – Part 5: The Death Eaters of “Deathly Hallows” (July 4, 2021) - Check out hpboy13's breakdown of which Death Eaters were present at Malfoy Manor and during the Battle of the Seven Potters.
- Death Eaters – Part 4: The Azkaban Ten (July 3, 2021) - Ten people break out of Azkaban - who are they, and what are their crimes? hpboy13 helps us theorize about the ones behind the scenes.
- Death Eaters – Part 3: The Battle of the Tower (July 2, 2021) - Although many aren't named, hpboy13 pieces together which Death Eaters were where and when on the night that Dumbledore died.
- Death Eaters – Part 2: Voldemort’s Resurrection (July 1, 2021) - How many Death Eaters were at Voldemort's rebirth? Who were they? With some literary sleuthing, hpboy13 attempts to answer these questions and more.
- Death Eaters – Part 1: The Death Eater Roster (June 27, 2021) - hpboy13 gives a full roster of which Death Eaters show up in the Department of Mysteries and how long they've been in Voldemort's service.
- Minerva McGonagall and the Sorcerer’s Stone (February 21, 2021) - Why does Dumbledore give Gryffindor so many House points? Could it be connected to McGonagall's huge point deduction? hpboy13 analyzes and responds to this fan theory.
- The Secret Flaws of Severus Snape – A Rebuttal (January 13, 2021) - Is Snape a perfectionist or just a bully? Emotionally unstable or calm and calculating? Check out hpboy13's take here.
- The Themes of “Troubled Blood” (November 17, 2020) - Join hpboy13 as he analyzes the two main themes of "Troubled Blood": misogyny and astrology.
- “Troubled Blood” Foreshadows Troubled Times (November 9, 2020) - hpboy13 gives us a spoiler-free peek into the increasingly important role of British politics in the "Cormoran Strike" series, particularly in "Troubled Blood".