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The Harry Potter Reread: The Deathly Hallows, Chapters 9 and 10

The Harry Potter Reread would like to be everyone’s Valentine! In a cool let’s-hang-out-and-watch-movies-instead-of-going-to-an-overcrowded-restaurant sort of way.

This week we’re going to escape from a bleak situation and hang out in a house we thought we’d left for good. It’s chapters 9 and 10—A Place to Hide and Kreacher’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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Deadpool is Hysterically Funny and Also Deeply Disappointing

Fans have been waiting for this Deadpool film for a long time. What began as just a twinkle in Ryan Reynolds’ eye (that got shelved eternally after the embarrassment that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine) has finally come to pass, and it gets a big thumbs up for making room in the current movie landscape for superheroes to be truly funny.

It also gets a big thumbs down for making the same mistakes that so many of these properties always make when it comes to estimating its audience.

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The Harry Potter Reread: The Deathly Hallows, Chapters 7 and 8

The Harry Potter Reread was on Facebook the other day and a picture of Hanson (the band) popped up, and the Reread was like “whaaaaaaa?” The Reread has no idea why it needed to inform you of that. Other than the fact that it was a very jarring situation.

This week we’re going to celebrate a very important birthday and attend a fancy to-do at the Burrow. It’s chapters 7 and 8—The Will of Albus Dumbledore and The Wedding.

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 Internet is Not Good For You — The X-Files: “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster”

There’s a point in this week’s episode of The X-Files where Scully smiles up from her hotel bed after her partner has gone on a solid two-minute rant covering both of their points of view, and ending on the word monster, and she says “…Yeah, this is how I like my Mulder.”

Well, this is how I like my X-Files, so I guess everyone’s happy.

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Lloyd Alexander’s Parents Never Read Books

On January 30th in 1924 Lloyd Chudley Alexander was born in Pennsylvania to two parents who read newspapers… but never books. Though his family was hit hard by the Great Depression (his father was a stockbroker), his parents did have books on their shelves to fill space, and young Lloyd was all too happy to pick them up even if they would not.

And a good thing too, or he probably never would have decided to become a writer at the tender age of fifteen.

[The adventuring life of a writer…]

Series: On This Day

The Harry Potter Reread: The Deathly Hallows, Chapters 5 and 6

The Harry Potter Reread enjoyed its weekend snowstorm, but feels sad whenever it watches the snow melt into giant, sad, grimy puddles. It probably should not be so invested in snow banks. But it’s likely all too late.

This week we’re going to make lots of bad ear jokes and be the victim of a concerned parent attack. It’s chapters 5 and 6 of The Deathly Hallows—Fallen Warrior and The Ghoul in Pajamas.

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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Oh, For Force’s Sake—Of Course Jedi Can Have Sex

When we talk about the fall of the Jedi during the Republic Era, it’s common for people to cite the Jedi Order’s many flaws as at least part of the reason why they were wiped out. After all, they did wind up participating heavily in a galactic war that was specifically designed to lead to their destruction while a Sith Lord operated right in front of their Force-sensitive faces. Perhaps stagnation led to this unfortunate short-sightedness—we’re led to believe that tenets of Jedi “culture” (for lack of a better term) have been in place since their relative inception, thousands of years ago.

But what baffles me is how everyone usually translates this knightly code into an adamant certainty that Jedi never knocked anything more than their lightsabers together.

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The Harry Potter Reread: The Deathly Hallows, Chapters 3 and 4

The Harry Potter Reread has not yet said how pleased it is that we have made it to the final book together. We are all deserving of a party of some sort. Please have a party wherever you are.

This week we’re going to say goodbye to a place of safety and suffer some shocking casualties. It’s chapters 3 and 4 of The Deathly Hallows—The Dursleys Departing and The Seven Potters.

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 Deathly Hallows, Chapters 1 and 2

Alan Rickman is gone. To say that this will not affect my reading of this book (and the two movies following) would be a gross lie that I won’t attempt. Here’s to you, Professor. It’s impossible not to miss your sonorous voice already.

We are going to begin with a foreword of sorts before diving in to this, the final book. It’s chapters 1 and 2 of The Deathly Hallows—The Dark Lord Ascending and In Memoriam.

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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Hey, Star Wars: Episode VIII—Don’t Make Rey a Skywalker

The refusal to confirm Rey’s parentage in Star Wars: The Force Awakens has everyone buzzing, and the theories out there run the gamut. But the most popular by far is simple and well-known to fans of the series—that she’s a Skywalker. Whether she’s Han and Leia’s secret kid, or Luke’s, the going wisdom seems to be that we’ll get one of those “I am your father/mother” reveals before long.

But I’m really holding out hope for a different answer.

Spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens below.

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Series: Star Wars on Tor.com

Self-Discovery Through Rock Mythology — David Bowie, The Patron Saint of Personal Truth

“I have something to tell you,” my wife says this morning, “and it’s going to make you sad. But I want to make sure I tell you before you hear it from somewhere else.”

“Okay.”

“David Bowie is dead.”

For a second, I sort of quit breathing. Whatever I’d imagined she was going to tell me, this was nowhere on the list. It feels impossible.

[Time takes a cigarette, puts it in your mouth…]

J. R. R. Tolkien Went into the West, but Gave Us Middle-earth

It’s January 3, which means that on this day, in 1892, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born. Undoubtedly one of the most influential authors of modern mythic literature, Tolkien spent his childhood as an avid reader and a lover of language. As a boy, he often preferred to invent new tongues himself or with friends. His youthful fancies informed his academic career, and Tolkien eventually became a professor of English Literature. In the 1930s, he wrote an article about the criticism of Beowulf that forever changed how the literary world academically viewed the poem.

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Series: On This Day

If You Don’t Keep Your Feet: How the Journey Changes You

You can’t go home again.

It’s a phrase with many meanings, often referring to change as life’s only constant. Sure, you can return to the place you once called home, but it won’t be the same as when you left it. But perhaps the more profound meaning of that saying is wrapped up in the person it pertains to; you are the one who is different. You have transformed into someone who no longer quite fits your home. You’re a warped puzzle piece left out in the rain too long, and now you can’t snap into place. It’s scary to think about… but often fundamentally true. And it’s something that stories can help us come to terms with as we grow, while that vague notion of home seems to slide from our grip.

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