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The Harry Potter Reread: The Order of the Phoenix, Chapters 37 and 38

The Harry Potter Reread has plans to start a jug band, and could use a spoon player. Or a spoon bender. That wouldn’t be useful for music, but it would look really cool.

We’ve reached the end of Book 5. It’s time for chapters 37 and 38 of The Order of the Phoenix—The Lost Prophecy and The Second War Begins.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under theirappropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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The Harry Potter Reread: The Order of the Phoenix, Chapters 35 and 36

The Harry Potter Reread wonders what would happen if it were translated into as many languages as the Harry Potter books. It would probably sprout wings and fly at that point.

This week we’re going to read the worst chapter ever and then have an epic smack down in the Ministry. It’s chapters 35 and 36 of The Order of the Phoenix—Beyond the Veil and The Only One He Ever Feared.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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The Harry Potter Reread: The Order of the Phoenix, Chapters 33 and 34

The Harry Potter Reread wishes that masked balls were still a thing that people did with some frequency. It would be so fun to go to a masked ball once a year or so.

This week we’re going to have another interesting altercation with centaurs and make an ill-advised trip outside the school. It’s chapters 33 and 34—Fight and Flight and The Department of Mysteries.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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James Potter Didn’t Change So That Lily Evans Would Marry Him

All Potter fans know the story: Harry glimpses Snape’s “Worst Memory” in fifth year and discovers that his father was not the great guy that any orphaned child would prefer to envision. His dad was a horrible bully who tormented fellow classmates and had a towering ego to match. When Harry asks his father’s two best friends from childhood—Sirius Black and Remus Lupin—about said memory, they mollify him by saying that James was just a dumb kid at that point in time, and that he got better because he wanted Harry’s mother to fall for him. As romances go, it’s not exactly an uplifting story.

But if we track the little we know about James Potter’s development, it seems likely that someone else was at the center of his turnaround. After all, it wasn’t Lily Evans who ran away from home and straight to the Potters’ one night….

[“You ran away from home?” “When I was about sixteen. I’d had enough.”]

The Harry Potter Reread: The Order of the Phoenix, Chapters 31 and 32

The Harry Potter Reread was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar, just like that remix of the famous song goes.

This week we’ll find out what happens when you try to restrain the Hogwarts groundskeeper and then make some snap judgements about visions! It’s chapters 31 and 32 of The Order of the Phoenix–O.W.L.s and Out of the Fire.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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J. K. Rowling’s Real Life is More Incredible Than Any Fiction

You know what’s really hard for me? Talking about J. K. Rowling objectively (and on her birthday, too—she’s 50 today). And it’s not just because she wrote one of the most successful book series of all time, teaching millions of children to adore reading in the process. Not just because she has used her well-earned gains to promote so many charitable causes. Not just because the world loves a good rags-to-riches story, and hers is one of the best.

It’s because she described herself as “the biggest failure [she] knew” before she sat down to write one of the most beloved fantasy worlds on paper. It’s because she turned the sorrow over her mother’s death into a tale where a mother’s love for her child ultimately saves the world. It’s because all of the first publishers to read her three chapter sample rejected her book. It’s because failing made Jo Rowling push back hard against depression and poverty to find her very best calling.

It’s because she gave us Harry, Ron and Hermione, and so many of us wouldn’t recognize our childhoods without them.

[Meet in the Astronomy Tower…]

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The Harry Potter Reread: The Order of the Phoenix, Chapters 29 and 30

The Harry Potter Reread is going to have a slumber party, and you’re all invited! But only once we figure out how to download people into internet-space. So it’s gonna be a while.

This week we’re going to see off the Weasley twins and have a good time after a Quidditch game (for the first time in the long time). It’s chapters 29 and 30 of The Order of the Phoenix—Career Advice and Grawp.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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The Harry Potter Reread: The Order of the Phoenix, Chapters 27 and 28

The Harry Potter Reread could very easily fit itself into a parody of the Wells Fargo Wagon song from The Music Man. Why this is relevant, it has no idea.

We’re about to get some new Divination lessons and get an uncomfortable look into the past. It’s Chapters 27 and 28 of The Order of the Phoenix–The Centaur and the Sneak, and Snape’s Worst Memory.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye Works Because it’s Written Like Great Fan Fiction

People are probably going to read the title above and get really mad at me or take offense, when I honestly mean it as a gigantic compliment. Because despite what many areas of the internet (and culture at large) would have you believe, there is a lot of wonderful fan fiction in the world. And like all forms of art, there are certain tropes that a large portion of fanfic adheres to.

And Matt Fraction—knowingly or not—used a whole bunch of those tropes in his run of Hawkeye.

[“Hawk…guy?”]

The Harry Potter Reread: The Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 25 and 26

The Harry Potter Reread was all ready to go to the park and then it rained and ruined everything. No picnic tea parties for anyone.

Today we’re going on a really awkward date and getting a new Divination professor. It’s chapters 24 and 25 of The Order of the Phoenix—The Beetle at Bay and Seen and Unforeseen.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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Star Wars at SDCC: the New Crew, Han, Luke and Leia Unite, and A Live Concert From John Williams!

The San Diego Comic Con roster claimed that director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy would be the people on hand to talk about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but as per SDCC tradition, you had to know that was poppycock. And sure enough, the whole cast made it out (including Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford). Oh, and then everyone got invited to a live Star Wars concert, conducted by John Williams.

Can you says #lifegoals?

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Sherlock at SDCC: : Holiday Special Intel and Love for Fan Works

Showrunner Steven Moffat, producer Sue Vertue, and Rupert Graves (our dear Lestrade) were on hand for the San Diego Comic Con Sherlock panel, which is exciting given the picture that was released today of our dynamic duo in Victorian garb for the impending Christmas special this yea. Want to know what’s up at Baker Street? Check below!

[What’s in store for our favorite detecting duo?]

Doctor Who at SDCC: Missy Returns and Clara is Ready to Recklessly Explore the Universe!

Doctor Who was at San Diego Comic Con today, which means that Hall H was full of sonic screwdrivers and eleven-foot scarves! Peter Capaldi already visited fans who were camping in the line last night, and a panel with the Doctor, Jenna Coleman, Michele Gomez and Steven Moffat has left fans buzzing. Here’s what went down!

[The Doctor misses Susan, you guys…]

The Harry Potter Reread: The Order of the Phoenix, Chapters 23 and 24

The Harry Potter Reread would like a fan, please. Not an electric one, but a hand fan, so it can hide behind something pretty and wink at people in a conspiratorial way. This is how great heists come into being.

This week we’re going to have a weird holiday and then learn about a very useful form of magic. It’s chapters 23 and 24 of The Order of the Phoenix–Christmas on the Closed Ward and Occlumency.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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Six Reasons You Might Dig The Unnoticeables

The Unnoticeables by Robert Brockway has something for everyone, and would probably make a great television series. It takes place in two different time periods with two different protagonists (who eventually meet up), and has a great sci-fi/urban fantasy mesh that’s really hard to define, but really fun to piece together. Do you like poking fun at Hollywood? How about the desolation of punk culture in the 1970s? Do you like creepy, soul-sucking beings? (Who doesn’t, really.) Humor and horror? And why did the book make me think of Xena: Warrior Princess? Here are just a few things you might enjoy from The Unnoticeables.

(Minor spoilers for the book below.)

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Raised By Apes and Wolves: Fiction’s Top 11 Feral Children

Everyone knows that you’ve got a great fictional destiny if you were raised by animals or in the wild. It’s a one-two mythic punch, like the right foundation for a cathedral or the New York water in good pizza dough (it’s scientifically proven, folks). But who are our favorite feral children? Let’s look at ten of the best, from the classics right up through some unforgettable pop culture offerings.

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The Harry Potter Reread: The Order of the Phoenix, Chapters 21 and 22

The Harry Potter Reread would quit caffeine, but it’s no quitter. So it won’t quit caffeine. Which means that everyone should probably look out.

This week we’re going to have a super un-fun vision, and then we’re going to visit some people in the hospital. Yeah, tons of laughs. It’s chapters 21 and 22 of The Order of the Phoenix—The Eye of the Snake and St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under theirappropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: “The Black Tower”

The penultimate chapter of the BBC’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is perhaps their most thrilling offer yet. That can hardly be surprising when it features a tincture of madness, a tower of darkness, and mentions of Lord Byron. That’s right, Jonathan Strange is in Venice—and this is the city where everything seems to come clear at last.

(Spoilers through to the end of the book, beyond what occurs in this episode.)

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