Bulwer-Lytton Prize in Alchemical Literature

The Bulwer-Lytton Prizes for 2008 have been announced (HT to Perelandra!) and the Children’s Literature Prize Winner is a wow. Who would believe that Ms. Rowling’s literary alchemy has become such a commonplace? [Read more…]

“Why is Fred Called ‘Rodent’?”

“Hi, John, this is Don from Portland, first time caller, long time reader, big ditto head, especially on the alchemy. Loved Finding God in Harry Potter and gave it to my church lady neighbor.”

Welcome , Don. Thanks for joining us. What’s your Deathly Hallows question for the Hogwarts Professor?

“Well, I’m trying to figure out why on the PotterWatch broadcast in Chapter 22, ‘The Deathly Hallows,’ ‘River’ Jordan calls Fred ‘Rodent’ instead of ‘Rapier.’ What’s up with that? I’m guessing it has something to do with his death in the Battle of Hogwarts. Am I close?”

Great question, Don. Let’s talk about that broadcast and the chapter it is in: [Read more…]

Rickman Refuses To Talk About Snape

I never talk about Harry Potter because I think that would rob children of something that’s private to them.”

“I think too many things get explained, so I hate talking about it. Some child would read something I said and go, `You mean it’s not in my head, I’m not imagining that.'”

“So pardon me if I don’t talk about it. Until (the [7 1/2] Potter film franchise) is over, it should be left uncommented.”

Any actor that refuses to talk about himself or a role can’t be all bad. I’m trying, though, to picture the child he is discussing who also reads newspapers and I’m having a hard time imagining the boy or girl described. Your thoughts?

Israel Bans Arabic Harry Potter

It seems to be more about Israel refusing to buy books and products from Syria and Lebanon (even if sold through Jordan), but the story has a Death Eater/Dark Lord feel to it as presented.

Your thoughts, please.

(5) Potter Movies = (0) Oscars

So why is that? Three guesses: [Read more…]