Ten Life Lessons from Harry Potter

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Hi friends! It’s been a long time (over a year) since I searched through a book for some life lessons. In the post-election days, I saw several friends turning to Harry Potter for comfort. I understand why. These books and their characters feel like good friends and great teachers at the same time. They also portray a world where great evil exists but good triumphs in the end. There are too many life lessons to gain from this book to write into a single post, or even glean in a single reading. Here are ten of my favorites: Continue reading

Some Thoughts on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Finally)

29056083How has it been over a month since Harry Potter and the Cursed Child came out? I literally don’t know where time goes. Rather predictably, I planned on going to at least one of the super fun-looking midnight release parties held July 31 and bookstores across the city but then fell asleep at 9pm instead. Also rather predictably, I woke up Sunday morning, downloaded the book (play?), and read through the story in one sitting.

I have a hard time know what to say when people ask me about this book.

There are things I liked about it, for sure. Scorpius Malfoy will forever be one of my favorite characters in the Hogwarts world. I love that Draco’s son is like a perfect mix of Ron and Hermione. Poetic justice, for everyone. I also really loved Albus Severus as a character and found the plot very clever. It was a really fun diving back into the world of Hogwarts for a day.  Continue reading

7 Books Every(one) Should Read

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Hi friends. It’s thesis crunch. Due this week! So this is kind of a joke, but also kind of serious. I’ve been shocked by all the people I’ve met (even someone in my writing for children master’s degree) who haven’t read these seven books. So wish me luck in my final push writing my thesis and, yeah, if you haven’t read these books yet maybe you should get on that…although (I’m guessing) that I’m going to get some comments disagreeing with me. Continue reading

Marry, Date or Dump: Defense Against the Dark Arts Professors

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Happy Monday friends! I’m still in California (although getting ready to reluctantly head back to New York in a couple of days) and here is one of my favorite old marry date or dump topics from December 2013. You have a lot of professors to chose from. Quirrell, Lockhart, Remus Lupin, Mad-eye Moody (Barty Crouch Jr.), Dolores Umbridge, Snape, and Carrow. Can’t wait to read in the comments who you pick!  Continue reading