I was simultaneously excited and dismayed to receive an owl by email this morning. I'd been granted early access to Pottermore. I was excited because I was one of the first few thousand to get in. I was dismayed because I got the email thirty seconds before I was to head off to work. To say I've been distracted today would be an understatement.
I did something terribly old-fashioned. I read the book. The final book, I mean. It was complex, poignant, logically worked out, and frequently moving, all after suspension of disbelief. It contains messages important for the times. I enjoyed it quite a lot.
Feeling downhearted that ruthless Republicans are stomping all over our "reasonable," passion-deprived President and his fellow over-compromising Dems...
The new recession that the Republicans are engineering will instantly put into doubt all three pillars of McWorld, each already shakier than generally imagined: American consumption, European stability, and Chinese growth.
Harry makes friends with unpopular people and magical creatures. And guess what? They end up helping him time and time again. I see the same dynamic where I live in San Francisco. The Bay Area is diverse and it's awesome because of it.
Whether you're a semi-geek or all out Potter-head, chances are, due to the whole "opposites attract" law, your partner is not as excited as you are to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows II in theaters.
For me, reading a book series after all the installments have been written is as satisfying as watching a great Quidditch match. Well, almost.
If you are interested in the woman behind the "Harry Potter" novels, then "Magic Beyond Words: The J. K. Rowling Story" is a great place to learn some of the basic facts.
We have now come to the end of a decade-long magical adventure that may constitute the most ambitious feat of both literary and cinematic story-telling in memory, with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.
What's the most successful aspect of The Wizarding World? What can make you feel as though you've stepped inside one of the "Harry Potter" movie? That piece-of-the-magic that people most wish that they could take home is a beverage.
Why has Harry Potter been so important in the lives of both kids and adults? What does the series have to teach us about who we are and what we're supposed to be doing?
There are plenty of cases where an author's masterpiece deserves the top billing it gets in the author's canon. But then there are the cases where a writer's most famous book is not the writer's best book.
To celebrate Children's Book Week, Better Book Titles would like to save you time by summing up Children's classics. Now, you can avoid any awkward conversations with your child or failure to see the moral of the story by knowing the content of these books beforehand.
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It's really very fortunate that the principal cast have remained with Harry Potter from tip to tail, because otherwise the series has transformed so much, aesthetically and tonally, as to appear schizophrenic.
What started out as a series of benign magical fantasies for children has come to more closely resemble the works of J.K. Rowling on which they're based - epic (if fanciful) struggles between good and evil.
The Story of My Teeth, on every level, is obsessed with artifice and the slipperiness of identity. Now translated by Christina MacSweeney, in collaboration with Luiselli, the book mimics her own play with authorial identity. In the book, Gustavo Sánchez Sánchez, also known as Highway, claims to be writing a “dental autobiography,” though the question of whose words we’re actually reading later becomes complicated.
by no less than Chinua Achebe, to be a colonialist, ultimately racist piece of writing about Africa and indigenous peoples who are little understood