Goblet of Fire: Padfoot Returns & The Madness of Mr. Crouch (Chapters 27 & 28)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Chapters 27-28

Mark True statements with a “T” and False statements with an “F.” Spelling Counts. Write what you think about the Discussion Points in the Comment Boxes. Spelling Waivers accepted there.

1. _____ Rita Skeeter exacts her written revenge on Hermione for sassing her in Hogsmeade; the Daily Prophet prints “Harry Potter’s Secret Heartache” painting her as what Ron calls “a scarlet woman” and the hate mail arrives in droves.

2. _____ Snape threatens Harry with Veritaserum because he is certain Harry is stealing things from his supply room. Harry overhears Professors Karkaroff and Snape confer urgently about something on Igor’s right inner forearm. [Read more…]

Hogamanay, Scottish New Years = A Clue to the Meaning of Hogwarts?

Before we get too far from New Year’s Day, here is an interesting possibility. Could the ‘Hog’ in ‘Hogwarts’ be more heavenly than porcine? According to Robert Trexler, friend of this weBlog and authority on George MacDonald, there is a possibility that ‘Hog,’ at least in one Scottish celebration, Hogamanay (“New Year’s” to us), the ‘Hog’ means ‘holy.’ He writes: [Read more…]

HogPro All-Pro Dr. Amy Sturgis in the News!

One of the great things about checking in at Hogwarts Professor, as you have noted again and again in the comment boxes, is the fascinating and brilliant people you meet here. Quite a few of them are University Professors and published authorities on Potterdom; Edmund Kern at Lawrence, Carrie Birmingham and James Thomas at Pepperdine, Daniel Nexon at Georgetown, David Baggett at Liberty, John Mark Reynolds at Biola, Louise Freeman at Mary Baldwin, Melissa Aaron at CSU Pomona, Scott Moore at Baylor, Vincent Kling at La Salle — really, this site should be called “Potter Professors,” with emphasis on the plurality.

One of the neatest people and smartest folk on hand, though, is Dr. Amy Sturgis at Belmont University. She is our local default Tolkien authority and the on-the-spot reporter who revealed how risibly the Carnegie Hall Open Book Tour event was misrepresented in the Skeeter reports the day after said event. And is she ever in the news this January! Check this out: [Read more…]

Goblet of Fire: The Egg and the Eye & The Second Task (Chapters 25 & 26)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Chapters 25-26

Mark True statements with a “T” and False statements with an “F.” Spelling counts. Write your responses to the Discussion Questions in the Comment Boxes below.

1. _____ Harry finally takes Cedric’s advice – and learns in the Prefect bathroom that the Second Task requires breathing underwater for up to an hour! Moaning Myrtle tells him about the Mer-people in the Lake.

2. _____ The Marauder’s Map reveals “Bartemius Crouch” in Snape’s storeroom. Harry goes to investigate, catches his leg in a stairway hole, and is confronted by a curious Filch, Mrs. Norris, and Severus Snape. Filch has Harry’s egg. [Read more…]

“J. K. Rowling: A Year in the Life” (James Runcie)

If you haven’t seen it, please do go immediately to tvCatchUp’s link and watch the James Runcie television program, ‘J. K. Rowling: A Year in the Life.’ I don’t know how long this link will be active (the phrase “catch-up” doesn’t sound like a long term deal) and I doubt very much that a transcript will capture the value of this show. [The program is still available and will be until late February; viewers need to sign in and choose the part of the UK in which they live in their transatlantic time to have access.] For those of you who have seen it, I want to begin discussion of this remarkable work, what is perhaps the best program, article, or publication I have read or seen on Ms. Rowling’s personal life and life as a writer, with four points for your discussion to start off the New Year. [Read more…]