The Hidden Key to “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Merry Christmas, HogPro All-Pros!

Here’s a challenging essay by Patrick Deneen that explains how George Bailey built a world without porches (on a graveyard, no less!) that destroyed any chance of the happy ending he enjoyed in Capra’s “Its a Wonderful Life.” Enjoy.

John, hoping your holidays were joyous

Goblet of Fire: ‘The House-Elf Liberation Front’ and ‘The Unexpected Task’ (Chapters 21 and 22)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Chapters 21-22

Mark True statements with a “T” and False statements with an “F.” Write your thoughts about the discussion points in the comment boxes below! Jump right in…

1. _____ At the Gryffindor party celebrating Harry’s fun with the Hungarian Horntail, Harry opens the Golden Egg to learn the clue he needs to understand for the second task. There are galleons galore and music inside but no clue.

2. _____ Fred and George tell Hermione how to get into the Hogwarts kitchens so she can help the house-elves prepare more food for the party. She finds Dobby and Winky there – and runs to get Harry and Ron. [Read more…]

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…]