The Silver Doe: Life Imitates Art


Did someone say, “Expecto Patronum?” Is this a remake of the Silver Doe in the Forest of Dean scene from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?  

No, it’s a rare albino deer, photographed during today’s snowstorm in Central Virginia. The magical creature was captured on film by Julia Richie and submitted to Charlottesville TV station NBC29’s Weatherpic feature.

Maybe it turned up expecting to attend one of Virginia’s many wizarding festivals?  Has anyone seen any ruby-hilted silver swords lying at the bottom of any nearby ponds? Has Phineas Nigellus Black been blabbing again?

In any case, I challenge any Harry Potter reader to look at this and not think, “Always….”

 

 

Shared Text: Church Fund Raising Pitch

If Brandon Vogt’s CatholicHogwarts.com and call for a ‘Catholic Dumbledore’s Army were not sufficient evidence that we have entered a new era in the Potter Wars (or have been in one for several years), an Episcopal Church in Cumberland, Rhode Island, will be using Harry Potter to raise church pledges this year.

The [Emmanuel Church] campaign will begin with a celebratory dinner to announce the theme and prizes. Parishioners will be divided into four groups, to represent the four houses at the Hogwarts School of the books and movies. [The Rev Joan] Testin and a church member who normally tracks pledges are creating the teams to have a balance of current pledgers and nonpledgers.

“We’re planning to serve some of the foods talked about in the books — such as treacle tarts and knickerbocker glories (traditional British desserts),” she noted. “One of our members also is researching a way for us to play Quidditch (magical competitive sport involving flying contestants).”…

The campaign will use competition to build involvement. The team with the most pledging members will win “the house cup” (given at Hogwarts at the end of the school year to the house with the most points), which will be awarded at a mid-November celebration….

As the campaign goes on, progress will be tracked using big charts on the back of the wall in Emmanuel’s worship space. Big sequins will be used to add jewels to a cup each time someone pledges.

When a “banned book” that is supposedly the “Gateway to the Occult,” is used to secure pledges from a church congregation, I think we’re in the “clean-up” operations stage of the conflict.

Or is the ECUSA so liberal and in-step with the world that this pledge drive theme represents, at least to those convinced the Hogwarts Saga is anything but edifying reading, only a token of how far adrift from orthodox faith the Anglican Communion is in the United States? Does anyone know of evidence that more rigorous Christian communities and inspired individuals are still keeping the flame of resistance to the Wizarding World alive and alit today? Please share what you know by clicking on ‘Leave a Comment’ up by this post’s headline.

Time for a Catholic Dumbledore’s Army!

Brandon Vogt is a full-time evangelist and apologist for the Roman Catholic Church in AmericaYesterday at 10:30 AM

Watch Video #1 in my new 5-part series, “Why it’s Time for a Catholic Dumbledore’s Army (and Why You Need to Join)” (And get the rest of the videos at https://CatholicHogwarts.com)

Sadly, I’ve come to realize most Catholics are in the same situation as Harry Potter and friends in the bestselling books:

They face massive challenges and pressures but their institutions just aren’t preparing them. They’re not getting the practical skills they need.

So……

…..they must do something about it themselves.

Harry and his friends created Dumbledore’s Army.

But today, we need a **Catholic** Dumbledore’s Army.

To see why, just click watch this first video.

Here’s what you’ll learn in this new series:

– Harry Potter’s brilliant strategy for saving Hogwarts (and why Catholics must copy it today!)

– The critical skills our parishes are NOT teaching us, and where to learn them instead

– The simple 3-step process used by Harry Potter and St. Thomas Aquinas to become masters

– How to learn the practical conversation skills all Catholics need in just 15 minutes per week

PS. Be sure to visit https://CatholicHogwarts.com to get the other videos!

Three quick notes before I head out the door to Orthodox Nativity services this weekend and Monday:

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Claws out Review of Untamed: The Psychology of Marvel’s Wolverine, by Suzana E. Flores

Untamed: The Psychology of Marvel’s Wolverine by [Flores, Suzana E.]It’s no secret that most superheroes, whether in comics, on the screen, or both, are fairly complicated folks, psychologically speaking. Part of what draws us to these complex, bizarre people is that behind the masks, under the capes, and sans the superpowers, they are at least as confused as the rest of us. Some of them are even more troubled than others, and Marvel’s X-Men probably include more people with mental health issues than the average behavioral health ward (in high school, I learned the definition of the word “angst” not from language arts classes but from the students of Professor X).

We read about these characters, or watch their adventures in films and television shows, partly to help us understand ourselves better. In an effort to help us better understand one of Marvel’s most popular, as well as most troubled, heroes, Suzan E. Flores presents Untamed: The Psychology of Marvel’s Wolverine (McFarland, 2018). Clearly, Wolverine (or Logan, or any of his other pseudonyms) is a character worthy of psychoanalysis. Though it seems unlikely one would ever get the surly, isolated Wolverine on the couch (even with a bribe of whiskey. In fact, it is not difficult to imagine the comment and gesture such a suggestion would invite from him), Flores has made a valiant effort to help us better understand this fascinating figure and our corresponding fascination with him. Follow me after the break for my thoughts on this new book.

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Harry Potter and the Commemorative Ornaments

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at my house, given that we typically put our tree and other decorations up right after Thanksgiving. And yes, the Boy Who Lived has a place in my holiday decor.

Several years ago, after it was clear that Harry and friends would be a long term part of my personal and professional life, my mom began giving me Hallmark Harry Potter ornaments. Hallmark has been releasing these annually since 2000, and Mom has thus far managed to track down most on Ebay.  Harry-themed ornaments were not something I would ever have thought of getting for myself, but now that I have them, I love putting them up every Christmas.  When it became clear that they would all get lost in the eclectic jumble that is my family’s normal Christmas tree, I got them their own wrought-iron table-top version.  I thought I would devote this post to sharing a few favorites.

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