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Harry Potter and the Shameless Galleon Grab

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany – Does Rowling have some debts to pay or something? Several years after the Potter series was brought to a close, we’re now seeing this play … Continue reading

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A Samodiva Is the Female Version of a Varkolak

In Anne Nesbet’s A Box of Gargoyles, one of the effects of the strange magic affecting Paris is that some ordinary women turn into Samodivi, described as a sort of Bulgarian vampire. What I’ve found online suggests that, while they … Continue reading

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Canon Fodder

I didn’t have the chance to write much last week, which means I didn’t write anything about Mario on Thursday, which is semi-officially Mario Day because “Mar 10” looks like “Mario.” Of course, that only works if you write the … Continue reading

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Left, Right, and Centaur

In an old post, I discussed some beings from mythology that are part human and part animal. The most famous of this bunch are probably the centaurs, and I mentioned how they’re sometimes portrayed as wild, orgiastic creatures, and other … Continue reading

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Yumbo World

Picture by xsunnybirdx I recently came across a mention of Yumboes, a sort of fairy folk from Senegal, specifically from the folklore of the Wolof people. They’re said to live underground in the Paps, a range of hills about three … Continue reading

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Ship of Fools

I can’t say I’ve ever really had the urge to “ship” characters (meaning to favor two fictional characters hooking up for romance and/or sex) that a lot of fans have. People can get quite adamant about such things, to the … Continue reading

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Here She Come A-Slytherin

I recently saw a post on Tumblr pointing out something about the Harry Potter books that I hadn’t really thought about before but is pretty weird. Slytherin is full of rich kids, yet their dormitories are in a dank, slimy … Continue reading

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Magic Genes

I mentioned in my last post how the manifestation of the Force through midichlorians in Jedi blood, thereby giving a biological component to magical and spiritual power, was sort of elitist. That got me thinking about the connection between magic … Continue reading

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Harry Potter and the Oblivious Wizards

I recently read this Cracked article on Harry Potter, and thought it had some valid points, especially as far as the wizards being unaware of Muggle culture goes. Admittedly, I didn’t think about this all that much when actually reading … Continue reading

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Harry Goes to Pot

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 – Beth and I saw this at 3 AM, which in hindsight was probably a mistake. Oh, well. This was the last in the Harry Potter series (well, unless J.K. Rowling can … Continue reading

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