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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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Inside Out Gives Viewers A New Vocabulary for Handling Emotions

Inside Out is already being hailed as Pixar’s best film in years, and it’s easy to understand why; the idea of delving into someone’s head and parsing out their emotions is a beautiful concept for a film meant to enchant and engage both children and adults. But while viewers were likely ready for something sophisticated—as Pixar’s pedigree comes with a great deal of expectation these days—they might not have been expecting a film that essentially functions as therapy for everyone lucky enough to see it.

(Spoilers for the film below.)

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The Lion King Was the Most Unlikely Success Story You Will Ever Hear

You can often separate your generations out by Disney movies, though it seems a strange thing to do. And one of the movies that was absolutely key for mine happened to be The Lion King.

But here’s the kicker—The Lion King wasn’t intended as a golden egg-laying goose. In fact, it was the unloved cousin that Disney wanted swept under the rug from the outset. It was expected to fail. Here are a few tales, a few behind-the-scenes gems that make it clear why this oddball project that was based on no fairy tale whatsoever became something of a classic.

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The Harry Potter Reread: The Order of the Phoenix, Chapters 19 and 20

The Harry Potter Reread would just like to say that dinosaurs are great, but dragons are greatest, even if they do share certain similarities. The reread is glad we can all agree on this. (Even if we don’t.)

We’re going to witness the great hat for a Quidditch match ever and finally reunite with a dear friend. It’s chapters 19 and 20 of The Order of the Phoenix—The Lion and the Serpent, and Hagrid’s Tale.

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 17 and 18

The Harry Potter Reread has always wondered why cruise ships are so appealing to people when you can get the stuff on them pretty much anywhere else with the added benefit of being able to go other places beside the ship. Also why do cruise ships have pools on them. Many pools. It just seems so redundant.

Today we’re going to have trouble with the stairs to the girl’s dormitory and start taking so snazzy defense lessons. It’s chapters 17 and 18 of The Order of the Phoenix—Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four and Dumbledore’s Army.

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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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: “All the Mirrors of the World”

Being the middle point of the entire series, the fourth episode of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell concerns itself with bigger emotions the the previous entries. It contains affections and discoveries and a parting of ways that stings terribly.

(Spoilers for the book version of JS&MN, for events that occur outside this episode.)

[I’m writing a review of it.]