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How to Do Christmas Away From Home With Kids

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 02.28.2015 | Travel
Helen I. Hwang

Going away for Christmas with little kids, who wonder how Santa will find them, can be tricky. As a parent, I fret about the logistics of trivial things like: Where will the stockings hang?

A New Year's Letter to My Best Friends

Katerina Lopez | Posted 02.28.2015 | College
Katerina Lopez

I cannot begin to explain how much you mean to me. But clearly I'm going to try. I have known some of you for nearly a decade and others for less than a year.

J.K. Rowling Explains Why Zombies Don't Appear In 'Harry Potter'

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 12.22.2014 | Books

As part of 12 days of new content on Pottermore leading up to Christmas, the site posted a new riddle on Dec. 21. The correct answer unlocks writing f...

J.K. Rowling Admits She Doesn't Get Draco Malfoy's Appeal

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 12.22.2014 | Books

Pottermore posted yet another clue on Monday morning, which when solved allows users to unlock new writing from J.K. Rowling about the popular antagon...

Little Girl Makes Excellent Case For Strong Female Characters

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 12.19.2014 | Parents

Frustrated by the lack of strong female characters in literature? So is this little girl. On Wednesday, military officer and author Myke Cole tweet...

Q&A With Kate Ormand About Her YA Novel Dark Days

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 02.17.2015 | Books
Mary Pauline Lowry

Kate Ormand's debut young adult novel Dark Days tells the story of sixteen-year-old Sia who lives in a dystopian future in which the world has been divided in sectors.

J.K. Rowling Finally Reveals Whether Snape Was A Vampire

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 12.17.2014 | Books

Pottermore's 12 days of Christmas roll on: Today, a new piece of writing from J.K. Rowling on vampires was published on the site. To unlock the new st...

Yes, There Was A Jew At Hogwarts

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.16.2014 | Religion

Christmas at Hogwarts was quite a magical season, at least in novelist J.K. Rowling’s imagination. Warm fires blazed in the hearths inside the schoo...

J.K. Rowling Only Feels Guilty About One 'Harry Potter' Death

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 12.22.2014 | Entertainment

If you're still mourning the loss of Dumbledore or the heartbreaking demise of Sirius Black, Dobby and Fred Weasley, well, you're not about to get any...

The Eye of Sauron Over Moscow, or, Revenge of the Orcs

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 02.10.2015 | Weird News
Eliot Borenstein

In honor of the final installment of the eighty-seven-part Hobbit film series, a Russian art group recently decided to crown the Moscow International Business Center with the All-Seeing Eye of Sauron.

7 Reasons Why 'Harry Potter' and 'LOTR' Should Be Required Reading

Mackenzie Patel | Posted 02.10.2015 | Teen
Mackenzie Patel

Students would be more actively engaged and wouldn't dread coming home to do boring "homework." Instead, they would embark on innumerable journeys at night and come to appreciate the art of storytelling.

Christmas Just Came Early For 'Harry Potter' Fans

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 12.08.2014 | Entertainment

You don't have to celebrate Christmas to know that this winter is the most magical time of the year, thanks to J.K. Rowling. In a newsletter to th...

If You Want To Attend Hogwarts, Go To Poland

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 12.08.2014 | Entertainment

The day everyone has been waiting for has finally arrived: We can all attend Hogwarts. Thanks to a few Polish and Danish Harry Potter fans who were...

What Harry Potter Can Teach Us About Neuroscience

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.02.2014 | Science

When reading about Harry Potter's adventures fighting Lord Voldemort or flying around the Quidditch field on his broomstick, we can become so absorbed...

How Harry Potter And T.S. Eliot Showed Me My Kids Growing Up Isn't Quite So Sad

Amanda Magee | Posted 01.31.2015 | Parents
Amanda Magee

We caught the girls playing with one another's hair, singing to each other in the long lines, helping with stuck zippers or big words. They slept in a tangle each night and ran shoulder-to-shoulder all day. They were aware of each other in a way that they are of their friends, "Oh, you, yes, I like you. Let's laugh together."

Mockingjay and the Price of Violence in Popular Fiction

Michael Darer | Posted 01.22.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Darer

Villainy is more complicated and victory less assured. It seems almost dishonest to refuse to acknowledge that things that Mockingjay seems dedicated to exploring. It seems unfair and unrealistic to believe that violence is a mess that can be cleaned up.

10 Best Badass Pop Culture Heroines

Culturalist | Posted 01.19.2015 | Entertainment
Culturalist

Make your list now! Culturalist.com is the place to shape, share and debate your opinions on anything and everything through Top 10 lists. The opin...

Japanese School Girls Lose Their Minds Over Harry Potter

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 11.07.2014 | Comedy

You're a heartthrob, Harry. One day while Daniel Radcliffe was promoting his movie "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," someone thought it ...

Fairy Tale Attractions to See with Kids in Europe

MiniTime | Posted 01.02.2015 | Travel
MiniTime

Hercules monument on the Fairy Tale Route (Photo Credit: MalteRuhnke via WikiMedia) Travel through time and explore a fairy tale world stretching fr...

Time to Celebrate the Bravest of the Brave: Orphans

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 12.31.2014 | World
Rebecca Tinsley

The UN AIDS agency estimates there are 132 million orphans -- children younger than 18 who have one parent dead. Thirteen million have neither parent alive.

Daniel Radcliffe Rapping Is Proof That Magic Really Does Exist

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 10.29.2014 | Entertainment

Harry Potter's flow is officially riddikulus! On Tuesday, Daniel Radcliffe stopped by "The Tonight Show" to talk about his new movie "Horns" and re...

Witch Is the Black: How to Dress Like Your Favorite Sorceress

Bianca Heyward | Posted 12.28.2014 | Style
Bianca Heyward

This week you will likely be seeing far more black and pointy witch hats than you're used to, but it doesn't need to be Halloween for you to dress like the sartorially conscious sorceresses that haunt your television screens.

Turns Out You Can Stay at Hogwarts... Kind Of

Oyster | Posted 12.15.2014 | Travel
Oyster

If you're hoping to channel Harry Potter on your next trip, the Wizard Chamber at London's Georgian House is full of wizardly goodness: from a "cauldron" by the fireplace, to an owl figurine by the bed, from old-fashioned luggage under the bed, to "potions" in the bathroom. Just BYO-W(and).

Big News For The Harry Potter Spinoff Series

The Huffington Post | Jessica Goodman | Posted 10.15.2014 | Entertainment

Warner Bros. made a huge -- but not so surprising -- announcement on Wednesday, revealing that the Harry Potter spinoff series, "Fantastic Beasts And ...

DIY Invisibility Is Now an Actual Real Thing

Xavier Toby | Posted 12.09.2014 | Technology
Xavier Toby

Scientists at the University of Rochester in the USA recently revealed how to make stuff invisible. Kinda.