Not a ‘Monster’ Unloved

Sam, This is the physical revision of The Crimes of Grindelwald script. I’ve given some guidelines in the previous post about how I would have set up the film (and the previous Beasts‘ ending). I’m only going to focus on the inciting incident of the film, when Dumbledore recruits Newt to travel to Paris to find Credence. I…

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…

The Importance of Communion

Sam, To commemorate Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) in a few days, I’d like to talk about acts of communion in human culture and literature. Communion is so often solely associated with religious rituals such as the Eucharist or Passover in addition to Eid al-Adha. In actuality, we participate in communion on a daily basis: dinner dates, eating…

“Not Slytherin, not Slytherin”

            Sam, Just last week, readers in the UK (and outside it) celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. In the spirit of Chamber leaving its teenage years behind, I’d like to examine a question that started in Philosopher’s Stone and was answered in Chamber. It deals…

A Brave Face

Sam, There’s a question that doesn’t seem to have a good answer among Potter 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….

A Sense of Place

Sam, This post will be a summary of my experience at the third annual Looking Glass Rock Writers’ Conference. A more detailed account of what I gained and left Brevard College with will be found on the page with the conference namesake. Come here to read more. When I applied to this conference, I knew…

Acts of Love in ‘Deathly Hallows’

Sam, Don’t be fooled by the title of this article. You won’t find sappy romance or a fairy tale ending here. This is the hard love, the kind that isn’t afraid to bleed for others. The Battle of Hogwarts has no white knights, no damsels in distress. J. K. Rowling isn’t shy about “love wins” as…

A Prelude to Evil in ‘Half-Blood Prince’

Sam, The Tom Riddle narrative is presented in kernels in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, leaving significant portions of Voldemort’s life to the imagination. This is a perfect storm for J. K. Rowling to write a spin-off book (fingers crossed for plural) and elaborate on the events that twisted young Tom into a Dark…

The Rule of Rumor in ‘Goblet of Fire’ Part I

Sam, J. K. Rowling understands the importance of public opinion. From everyone mistaking Hagrid as opening the Chamber of Secrets to Umbridge “keeping the peace” when Voldemort returned, the Potter series is a battleground between what is known and what is truth. With the introduction of regular articles from the Daily Prophet, Harry Potter and the Goblet…

The Cursed Child . . . Still?

*SPOILER ALERT* Sam, In the spirit of today being the start of term for Hogwarts students, I thought I should post not just about that but about a story that took us back to Harry’s world. A story that starts one year from now. I’m sure I’m only adding to the cluster of reviews accumulating…