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

The Casual Vacancy: New Information on JK Rowling’s New Book

When JK Rowling announced in February that she was writing a new book for adults, I was pretty much the last person on the planet to find out. Seriously check our twitter account, I found out like maybe two weeks ago. Why didn’t anyone tell me? I guess they thought it was such big news that there was no way I hadn’t heard about it. Well when I saw that JK Rowling was a trending topic on WordPress yesterday I decided to employ the good old fool me once fool me twice rule and make sure I didn’t miss the news this time.

So, you probably didn’t hear it here first, but in case you were unaware lots of new information was released yesterday about the new book. The title is “The Casual Vacancy” a 480-page novel aimed towards adult readers.

Here’s what Little Brown Book Group posted about the book on their website: “When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?”

Although it is a far cry from the wizarding world of Harry Potter, it sounds pretty intriguing to me (a politically-minded Anglophile). I don’t know if I would have been more excited by something more similar to her previous books. Harry Potter was a very important character and series in my life and the part of me is longing for more of the same, even if it doesn’t stand up to the original. I think this is behind my adoption of The Hunger Games and Twilight series. Another part of me is glad that this book won’t have to compete with the crazy popularity and magic of HP. Either way I will be excited to pick up a copy on September 27th. Is anyone else up for a midnight book release?

What do you think – do you wish the book was like Harry Potter or are you happy with this description?

Also do you think she should be publishing under a different name? I’ve heard people say this, but I don’t get it.