Designed to Move

Sam, “Humans are designed to move. Since emerging as a distinct species, humans moved (exercised) to secure food, escape from dangerous situations, attract mates, and do a variety of other activities that have allowed the species to thrive. [. . .] the organ systems involved in energy metabolism function best when subject to regular physical…

The Power of Belief: A History of Magic!

Sam, My visit to A History of Magic at the New York City Historical Society was more than I could have hoped for. I never expected to see everything that was listed in the book which accompanied the exhibit’s premier at the British Library, London. The whole exhibition is like an out-of-body experience. Because it exceeds…

Hallowe’en is Coming

It’s October! So I evoke the words of a fellow Pen-Dragon, William Shakespeare, from “the Scottish play.” Cheers! *featured image: via Pinterest [https://www.pinterest.com/OohStLou/witchery/?lp=true]

In Disguise

Sam, I’ve written before about what it means to live as a writer. I wish to return to this subject and speak about how easy it is to blend in to your surroundings as a scribe. I can sit at most any place at most any time and nobody would be the wiser of what…

The Same Story You’ve Never Heard

Dear Sam (Somebody who Ain’t Me), The other day I heard a radio interview with Alan Gannett, author of The Creative Curve a novel dispelling the myths about creative geniuses being a unique breed or anointed by the gods. The interview, novel, and Gannett’s view of how to be successful in any field (for me that’s…

Apotheosis at the Lake

Sam, I’d like to speak about the moment Harry is at his best, when he conjures a corporeal Patronus at the lake in Prisoner of Azkaban (Read here for the moment when he earns his place in Gryffindor house.) Apotheosis is the point a character reaches a state of divinity (mostly in mythology) or their highest point in…

When You’re Fan and Creator

Sam, Years ago, I wrote a reaction to attending A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, Orlando. Click here in case you missed it. In that article I spoke about living in the shadow of giants–the great names of our field–and how we can navigate to get our share of the light. Now I wish…

Degrees of Exclusion in ‘Chamber of Secrets’

Sam, J. K. Rowling uses the Harry Potter series as a lens to address many societal issues. Among them, there’s the role of sports at school between Harry and Snape, the liberty an institution has with educating youth between Hogwarts and Fudge’s Ministry, and how disease is treated in the magical community (think werewolves). One that becomes…

The First Spell: ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ Part II

Sam, In ‘The First Spell: Philosopher’s Stone Part I’, I discussed the expertise of the Scholastic’s layout job, and how Jo begins her story on a plane we (as uninitiated Muggles) can understand. She then gradually transfers our interest – our support – for characters from the Dursleys very quickly to their severely oppressed nephew, Harry….

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

*** This is the conclusion to ‘The Rule of Rumor in Goblet of Fire‘ Part I *** Sam, Hermione claims Skeeter can’t hurt her because her parents don’t read the Daily Prophet as they are Muggles. However, after an article in Witch Weekly, not even Muggle-borns can evade the rule of rumor in the Wizarding World. The article spins a…