Harry Potter Goes to Sunday School (Really)

Well, it made my Sunday to see this! Check it out.

Goblet of Fire: Week 2 Review (Chapters 1-20)

Goblet of Fire: ‘The Riddle House’ & ‘The Scar’ (Chapters 1 & 2)

Goblet of Fire: ‘The Invitation’ & ‘Back to the Burrow’ (Chapters 3 & 4)

Goblet of Fire: ‘Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes’ & ‘The Portkey’ (Chapters 5 & 6)

Goblet of Fire: ‘Bagman and Crouch’ & ‘The Quidditch World Cup’ (Chapters 7 & 8 )

Goblet of Fire: ‘The Dark Mark’ & ‘Mayhem at the Ministry’ (Chapters 9 & 10)

Goblet of Fire: ‘Aboard the Hogwarts Express’ & ‘The TriWizard Tournament’ (Chapters 11 & 12) [Read more…]

‘Golden Compass’ Tanks: Big Front, Big Back, Small Victory

It’s been two weeks since The Golden Compass opened in theatres around the world and I have been buried in owls about this movie. I can honestly say in the last month that I have read more about the adaptation of Philip Pullman’s first Dark Materials novel than I have about any Harry Potter movie, perhaps all the Harry Potter movies put together.

For your convenience, I have collected a host of the more interesting links for any of you that follow this sort of Culture War event, KidLit division, and some of my own thoughts about the front and back about the poor performance of the movie against expectations. [Read more…]

Goblet of Fire: ‘The Hungarian Horntail’ and ‘The First Task’ (Chapters 19 & 20)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Chapters 19-20

Mark True statements with a “T” and False statements with an “F.” Put those responses to the Discussion Points in the ComBoxes below!

1. _____ Fear of the first Tri-Wizard Tournament task and annoyance about the teasing he gets from the Rita Skeeter article in the Daily Prophet makes Harry a bit touchy. He yells at Cho Chang who was only pointing out he had dropped a quill.

2. _____ Harry is so keen not to be bothered by others (especially Ron) that he wears his invisibility cloak into The Three Broomsticks. Hagrid is able to see him beneath the cloak and invites him to his hut at midnight. [Read more…]

Ms. Rowling Time Person of the Year 2007 (Runner-Up)

Time magazine has chosen its Person of the Year 2007 and, alas, it was not Ms. Rowling, who had to settle for ‘Second Runner-up.’ The good news is that despite not taking top honors, Dobby the house-elf, one of her magical creations was chosen Person of the Year. Wasn’t he?

The article about Ms. Rowling was pretty good, too, especially as it featured excellent quotations from two friends of this weBlog, Daniel Nexon of Georgetown and James Thomas of Pepperdine. What the article got right was the “reach” Ms. Rowling’s stories have in terms of the number of readers they have and the extent to which she shapes public conversation, even political discussion. I was especially delighted that they included this paragraph on the “reach” into readers’ hearts: [Read more…]