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Aug 18 2016 12:00pm

Come Slyther In: Why Snape Might be the Best Character in the Harry Potter Universe


Severus Snape as played by Alan Rickman

If you haven’t read The Harry Potter Series—where have you been for the last 20 years? Needless to say, Spoiler Alert!

In Harry Potter and The Sorceress’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling, Professor Snape was perceived as a mysterious and dark man. His velvety voice and his long sweeping black robes added to his allure, (I’ve always wondered what he wore under those robes *grin*) but it was his ability to command a room that really got my attention.

 “You are here to learn the subtle science and exact art of potion-making,” he began. He spoke in barely more than a whisper, but they caught every word —Snape had the gift of keeping a class silent without effort. “As there is little foolish wand-waving here, many of you will hardly believe this is magic. I don’t expect you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses...I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death—if you aren’t as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach.”

[Mysterious and divisive...]

Aug 11 2016 11:30am

Ranking the Women of the Harry Potter Universe, A Potterverse Hotness Scale

Who Are the Hottest Women in the Potterverse?

Who Are the Hottest Women in the Potterverse?

NOTE: The below contains some slight, mostly indirect, spoilers for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Continue at your own risk.

Yes, the Men of the Potterverse most certainly have their appeal, but so too do some of their female counterparts in this, another look at the more age-appropriate objects of adult affection across the sprawling series. It is perhaps worth noting that an equal number of worthy women was considerably harder to come by, just due to sheer numbers, and it got so that Aunt Petunia was even briefly considered for inclusion. When you are vacillating between a vindictive, vain, abusive and envious woman and Dolores Umbridge, something is very amiss in your bower of available ladies.

Still, here is a ranking of the Potterverse women you can feel free to sigh over without counting down to when Hermione becomes legal. (You know it’s happened.)

[On to the ranking!]

Aug 4 2016 3:30pm

Ranking the Men of the Harry Potter Universe, A Potterverse Hotness Scale


Who's your hottest Harry Potter character?

Who are the best Harry Potter male characters?

One of the great joys of reading is falling in love with well-drawn characters. It’s like a magic trick we play on ourselves. These people don’t exist, but if we suspend our disbelief hard enough they somehow become real to us; we can see them in our minds and we come to care about their lives long after their on-page adventures have ended.

But sometimes when we fall in love, we fall in love, and it is the rare reader who doesn’t have a book boyfriend–or girlfriend–or two. This is especially true in the Romance genre, where of course our protagonists are eminently loveable, else how could they get together? (Grey and Anastasia notwithstanding.)

But how does this tendency to romanticise our literary heroes work when our heroes are twelve years old? Sure, it is all very well to ship Harry/Hermione or Draco/Ginny as an adult, but a romantic attachment to any of our school-aged Harry Potter characters is just unthinkable. Sighing exquisitely over their total obliviousness? Absolutely fine. Empathizing with their angst? Certainly. A glow of contentment when the ever-awkward Ron gets the girl? Yep. But, as grown-ups, we must naturally turn elsewhere for an object upon which to bestow our more grown-up imaginary affections.

Here, a ranking of the Potterverse men worthy of that singular honor…

[A magical hotness equation...]

Aug 1 2016 2:30pm

A History of How Ron and Hermione Got Together—Hogwarts, A Love Story

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

WARNING: Spoilers for The Cursed Child

Ron and Hermione’s relationship can be described in many ways, but I believe the best word for it is tumultuous.

Throughout JK Rowling’s series, Ron and Hermione have played the love/hate relationship out with alacrity. Their fights were always significant, their periods of silence long and fraught with jealousy and miscommunication, but it seems like they finally have it together in the latest installment of the Harry Potter series...or do they?

Let's take a look back through their relationship.

When did Ron and Hermione become friends?

[7 years and a turbulent ride...]

May 5 2013 10:00am

First Look: Jocelynn Drake’s Dead Man’s Deal (May 7, 2013)

Dead Man's Deal by Jocelynn DrakeJocelynn Drake
Dead Man’s Deal
Harper Voyager / $11.98 print / $9.78 digital / May 7, 2013

In a gritty urban fantasy world where elves, faeries, trolls, werewolves, and vampires swim free in a sea of humanity, sometimes you need an edge. Looking for a little love? Need some luck? Desperate for revenge? Gage can give you what you need. The most talented tattoo artist in town, he knows the right symbol and the right mix of ingredients and ink to achieve your heart's desire. One tattoo is all it takes. But remember, everything has its price.

The wizards know Gage is using forbidden magic, and they intend to punish him for his transgressions. Too bad if innocent humans and monsters—entire cities—get in the way. They will quell a nascent magical uprising and Gage will be the sacrifice they need. First, though, they have to find him.

Dead Man’s Deal is the second installment in a new urban fantasy series by bestselling author Jocelyn Drake and continues to engage. Similar to Jim Butcher’s Dresden series, the Asylum Tales centers around Gage Powell, a warlock whose personal life choices has left him persona non grata in the wizarding world.

[Hopefully that will change soon?...]