Shared Text: Donald Trump called Voldemort?

AngryTrumpThe Muggle World Daily Prophets are today abuzz over the supposed latest step in the Megyn Kelly/Donald Trump duel, where Ms. Kelly allegedly compared the Presidential candidate to the Dark Lord Himself, Voldemort.  However, the headlines seem to me to be a bit misleading, and the writer of this article seems to have missed the point when she concluded, “so the revelation that she referred to him as such an evil character will probably only worsen their feud.”

Voldemort_angryThe actual quote was from Iowa Caucus winner Ted Cruz, who said to Ms. Kelly, “Well, you know, you were joking just before we went on air that it was sort of like Voldemort, He Who Must Not Be Named.”  In that context, it seems that what Ms. Kelly was noting was not Trump’s villainy, but the reluctance of the other candidates to mention him in the last debate. In which case, her remark would have been not so much a dig at Trump, but a jab at the rest of the candidates for their timidity in the face of Trump’s bluster.

Donald-Trump-1I guess it depends on how much of a Potterphile Ms. Kelly is.  And I’ll leave it to John to remark on what it means for a staunch Evangelical candidate to acknowledge familiarity with Harry Potter; I suspect there was a time when that would not have happened.

gilde smileBut anyway, I think the Donald’s trademark coiffure is too much a part of his image for him  to be a truly convincing Voldemort.  Perhaps more of a Gilderoy Lockhart, with his own line of hair care products.

Hat tip to John!

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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Blog on Psychology and Young Adult Literature

NecklaceI just did my second guest post on the YAWednesday blog, (albeit in a special Friday edition for the Mockingjay premiere) on how psychology and YAL inform each other.  References to Harry, Katniss and Tris abound, as well as shout-outs to reader favorites like Mugglenet Academia, the Chestnut Hill conference and itself.

This is a great blog for students, teachers or anyone interested in the most critically acclaimed YAL out there.  New posts every Wednesday by scholars and writers, plus information on conferences and new publications.

A Hogwarts Psychology Professor Counts Down to Mockingjay: Part Three of Hunger Games and PTSD

My video series wraps up with a look into the neuroscience of hijacking, and how feasible the process could be in the future. Learn about how memories are being created and re-written in laboratory mice, and how this technology can be used for good, or for evil.