Louise Freeman and I meet with Karen Wendling, Patrick McCauley, Keith Hawk and Natasha Lei to discuss everything from Hons and Rebels to Aeschylus, Cormoran Strike to Nature Deficit Disorder, and a review of what is fast becoming the best annual gathering of Potter Pundits anywhere, the Chestnut Hill College Harry Potter Conference.

It was simultaneously delightful and intellectually challenging like the most wonderful of books. Every talk was a twist and a treat, the old school Hogwartsian campus (with Griffin flags everywhere), and the congenial company — quite a few friends from this site, I’m happy to say, as well as Potterdelphians — was equal to the head-spinning content of the conversations.

Anyway, click here to listen to the MuggleNet Academia live podcast recorded Friday night. I’m already excited about next year’s gathering — with hopes of seeing even more of you there!

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I’ve been wanting for some time to start a series of posts on Matt de la Pena’s The Living, and in light of the increasing concern about ebola– specifically, the sluggish response of a wealthier nations to diseases afflicting poor people of color, not to mention the conspiracy theories already cropping up– the book should attract even more interest.  With the sequel coming out on May 15th, we should have time to discuss the book fully before then.  But, rather than start with the germ class warfare angle, I am going to start with a look at the possible significance of some of the names of the key characters. The title of Chapter 11 is a line the mysterious Shoeshine tells Shy on the Paradise ship, “Names have no meaning out here.”  I am going to argue that they do.

Spoilers ahead!

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Life Imitates Art: Roots and Apple Day at MBC

by Louise Freeman 7 October 2014

Share Here at Hogpro, you’ve read about a variety of colleges that bear a striking resembles to Hogwarts. However, my home institution, Mary Baldwin College, chooses a Theme for each year. This year’s is “Roots.” I don’t know if whoever designed the celebratory banner, or its red-and-yellow color scheme, knew how close they were to [...]

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It’s Time! Harry Potter Halloween Party Planning Ideas

by John 29 September 2014

Share My parents told me, in front of a group of college friends as I recall, that as a child I began counting down the days to my birthday and Halloween which followed hours later, as soon as October was approaching. As a sugar addict in need of a 12 Step Program back in the [...]

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Mail Bag: Weeks and Weeks of Lov-e-ly Links!

by John 20 September 2014

Share Please accept my apologies for the long absence from blogging. Look for my fall speaking schedule here in the days to come! I do get the greatest mail from friends and readers, which I feel obliged to share. Make the jump to find your way to JRRT’s talk in Rotterdam to Hobbit fans (1958), [...]

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The Living sequel to be released in May

by Louise Freeman 15 September 2014

Share From the Facebook of Matt de la Pena: Yesterday I finished the final revision of THE HUNTED (sequel to THE LIVING). This story takes some crazy turns. And Shy’s story ends in an unexpected place. I’m so excited to get THE HUNTED into the hands of readers! MAY 12. Mark your calendars! Well, if [...]

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CFP: 18th Annual CSL and Inklings Conference

by John 7 September 2014

Share Call for Papers for the 18th Annual C. S. Lewis and Inklings Conference [KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Diana Glyer and Jerry Root] Theme of the Conference The Fellowship of the Book: The Inklings in Community March 26th– 28th, 2015 At Grove City College In Grove City, Pennsylvania Papers related to the works of C.S. Lewis, the [...]

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Guest Post: On the PotterMore Epilogue and Good Endings

by John 28 August 2014

Share From ChrisC — Enjoy! Getting it Right: Some thought’s on the Pottermore Epilogue, Canon Narrative, and the Importance of Endings. I’m curious.  How did everyone else feel about the Quidditch epilogue that J.K. Rowling wrote on her Pottermore website, the one that was told from the point of view of Rita Skeeter?  Did you [...]

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The Hunger Games: Another Critical Perspective

by John 27 August 2014

Share Hat tip to James!

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Guest Post: The Literary Alchemy of Doctor Who

by John 15 August 2014

Share Carol Eshleman is an avid Potter scholar and Doctor Who enthusiast. She has spoken at conferences at UNC, the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and at Potter conferences in Orlando. She teaches Law Studies, Speech, and is the theatre director at Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie, Louisiana. She spoke at Leaky Con this [...]

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