The Hero’s Hero

Sam, In celebration of Hermione Jean Granger’s birthday, this year I’d like to recount some moments she progressed the plot or contributed to the reason of Harry and Ron survived their first year at Hogwarts. The time they went to meet Draco for their midnight duel in Philosopher’s Stone: “‘This is it!’ Ron moaned, as…

A Brave Face

Sam, There’s a question that doesn’t seem to have a good answer among PotterĀ fans. Despite our best efforts and much back and forth, we continue to ask how the hell was Peter Pettigrew a Gryffindor? For anyone who thinks the Hogwarts house traits are cut and dry, you may need to get a Pottermore account….

Eleven Years Ago . . .

Sam, Eleven years ago, I started writing seriously. Eleven years ago, I was halfway through middle school, bolting to class early to savor those extra five minutes in my own world. Eleven years ago, I didn’t have an agent. Eleven years ago, I wasn’t published. . . . . . . I’m still not. But…