MuggleNet Academia: Rights, Copyright, and Playwrights!

Copyright authority and Potter Pundit Heidi Tandy joins Keith Hawk and John to talk about ‘The Cursed Child’ and how Rowling’s various agreements with movie moguls, merchandisers, and thespian companies may have shaped her decisions to write (outsource?) the ‘Eighth Harry Potter novel’ and Fantastic Beasts screenplays.

Join us for a fun and heavily speculative discussion and guesswork about the financial backstory of Rowling’s Potter franchise!

MuggleNet Academia: Four Hogwarts Professors Discuss ‘Cursed Child’

Hogwarts Professors Louise Freeman, Elizabeth Baird-Hardy, Emily Strand, and John Granger spoke with Managing Editor Keith Hawk last week to share our first thoughts about the “Special Rehearsal Edition Script” of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. It was a full faculty meeting of your favorite serious reader web site and it was as much fun as you’d have guessed.

Is Cursed Child canon or just Store Brand Meta Potter? What was Rowling thinking to accomplish by putting her name on this time-traveling travesty and then declaring it was the last Harry Potter story, full stop? Would the script pass a computer literary analysis for Rowling syntactic or thematic signatures?

Download and listen to the show — and let us know what you think in the comment boxes below!

MuggleNet Academia: Can You Learn How to Write Like Rowling? Oh, Yeah!

MuggleNet’s Keith Hawk and I talk with C. S. Plocher of and Christine Frazier of about the magic of J. K. Rowling’s artistry and the ways wannabe writers can imitate her by borrowing tools she uses (and others they’d best avoid). I love the way these ladies think and cannot urge you strongly enough to check out the brilliant things they’ve written about Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games, and other fiction at their sites.

But first check out this roller coaster ride of a contrarian convention conversation as we discuss influence, allusion, literary alchemy, ring composition, whether Rowling’s hero’s journey is formulaic, Christian symbolism, dialogue, planning vs flying by the seat of your pants, and much more. A Top Ten MNet academia episode for sure!

MuggleNet Academia: A Summer of Harry Potter Madness & Expenses!

A new Wizarding World, fandom conferences, Cursed Child’s debut and script publication(s), and the run-up to ‘Fantastic Beasts’! Is it too much or does it just cost too much? Are serious readers and fans being exploited? Listen in for some discussion of the fun and the controversy! Janet Batchler, long time friend of this blog and professor of screen writing at USC, joins MuggleNet’s Keith Hawk and me to explain the inside story of why we’re seeing movies based on books turned into adapted stories and multiple versions of the Cursed Child script. Not to mention her thoughts on the new Universal Wizarding World Theme park in Hollywood!

MuggleNet Academia Lesson 46: “Saving All of our Galleons, Sickles, and Knuts for the Upcoming Releases”

MuggleNet Academia: Harry Potter and the Hunger Games — District 9 3/4?

HogwartsProfessors Elizabeth Baird-Hardy and John Granger talk with Drs Amy H. Sturgis and Lana Whited at MuggleNet Academia about the new book Critical Insights: The Hunger Games. The book, edited by Prof Whited, includes essays by a host of Potter Pundits, to include Profs Baird-Hardy, Sturgis, and another HogwartsProfessor faculty member, Louise Freeman. Keith Hawk produced the show, as always, and it was a rollicking adventure, trust me.

First, find out how Hunger Games resolves the Gordian Knot of Dystopian fiction, what the series draws from Appalachian culture, and what serious readers of Harry Potter recognize in Katniss’ adventures from their experiences within the Wizarding World. Then? Let me know what you think of the show in the comment boxes below! Enjoy!