Archives for January 2016

Rickman Tribute: ‘Pride and Severus’ and as Tybalt in ‘Romeo & Juliet’

Does anyone else remember Alan Rickman’s role as Tybalt in the 1978 BBC production of Romeo and Juliet? We had to watch these for a Firehose Shakespeare course I took the spring of my senior year in high school. Professor Snape in tights… Neville could have cast out Boggarts by the dozen with these mental images, no?

What did Jo Rowling Study at University? French? Classics? Both?

This morning I was greeted with a curt correction in a comment box to something I wrote in 2010, ‘Why is the Latin in Harry Potter so Lousy?‘ In that rather lengthy and involved post, I asserted in my conclusion that “Ms. Rowling was a French, not a Classics Major at the University of Exeter.” A reader more familiar than I with life at University in the United Kingdom, a reader with the unfortunate given name of “I am a happy sock,” reports this is not the case.

Um, no, she wasn’t an anything ‘major’ as UK universities don’t work on the American major/minor system. Her degree was equally divided between French and Classics.

This correction is unfortunate in that it, as is too often the case in comment boxes, alas, reduces a rather thoughtful post to a single line, the rest found not worthy of comment. It is unfortunate, too, because it is wrong.

Not in its declaration that UK colleges do not have ‘majors’ and ‘minors’ as American schools do, but in the assertion that Rowling’s degree was “equally divided between French and Classics.” As I have recently discovered, this is not the case. Rowling in 1998 and the University of Exeter Classics Department tell us that the young JKR did not study Latin and Greek as languages at Exeter at all. [Read more…]

Alan Rickman, 1946-2016, Requiescat in Pace

f39080230I have been buried in owls from around the world today, each of which, of course, was about the death of Alan Rickman, the actor who played Severus Snape in the eight Harry Potter movie adaptations. Here is a collection of links from Huffington Post sent by Lynn:

Alan Rickman, ‘Harry Potter’ Star, Dead At 69

Let’s Remember Severus Snape For The True Hero He Was

A Look Back At Alan Rickman’s Hollywood Career In Photos

The One Thing You Still Don’t Know About Snape In ‘Harry Potter’

Alan Rickman Wasn’t Just A Great Dramatic Actor — He Was Also Hilarious

This Tiny Detail Will Make You Miss Snape Even More

Harry Potter’ Author J.K. Rowling Mourns Alan Rickman In Moving Tweet

Daniel Radcliffe And Emma Watson Share Beautiful Tributes To Alan Rickman

Harry Potter’ Fans Raise Their Wands For A Beautiful Goodbye To Alan Rickman


Matt de la Pena wins Newbery

Last Stop on Market St.Matt de la Pena, whose YA novel The Living was discussed on Hogpro previously, as been awarded the Newbery Medal for his picture book, Last Stop on Market Street. He is the first Hispanic author so honored.  I haven’t read the book yet, but I’ll have to put in on my list.

As well as getting around to reviewing The Living‘s sequel, The Hunted.

Congratulations, Matt!  Score another for the psych majors!

Could Fantastic Beasts be Doctor Dolittle with a Wand?

Newt s.As soon as the first pictures of the movie Newt Scamander were released, people started remarking that he looked like a wizard version of Doctor Who. However, I was instantly reminded of another Doctor: Doctor John Dolittle, of Hugh Lofting’s classic children’s series. Please note that I am talking about the *real* Doctor Dolittle of the books, not Eddie Murphy (his films Doctor Doolittlehave nothing in common with the books other than the name and the fact he can talk to animals and will *not* be further discussed here!) or even the Rex Harrison version–though his 1967 movie musical included elements from several of the 12-book series, the handsome, singing and romantic lead Harrison bore little resemblance to the mild-mannered, portly and completely asexual John Dolittle of the books.  Though Newt is younger, slimmer and has more hair and less hat than Dolittle, the coat and vest, as well as the mannerisms and demeanor in the trailer (“It was open?” “…Just a smidge.”) evoked my mental picture of Doctor Dolittle… just a smidge.

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