The Power of Belief: Prophecy in ‘Harry Potter’

Sam, Twenty years ago, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was published to the delight of an ever-growing fanbase. The world of Harry Potter expanded, more of Harry’s past was unveiled to us, and we saw him at the height of his magical prowess (read here for why I think so). There’s so much I could…

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 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…

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 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…

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…

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…

The Chessmaster

Sam, I watch a lot of theory, break-down, and character reviews of all my favorite shows, books, and movies. As any good member of a fandom would do, right? Upon watching a SuperCarlin Bro’s theory video on Dumbledore’s original plans for Harry and Co., I discovered a common trend in many of the stories that…

“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….