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…

The Burning Scar in ‘Order of the Phoenix’

Sam, By the time J. K. Rowling finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, our hero and his friends’ accomplishments in Hogwarts (and out) were well known. Their adventures, for all their dangers and thrills, should impress and bewilder readers especially for children’s stories. I don’t see many books for young readers where the…

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…

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…

‘What makes Albus Dumbledore so Fond of You?’

Sam, Following the relative success of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (in my opinion), Crimes of Grindelwald was something of an enigma for me. Coming in to the theatre, the film’s ability to meet the level of its predecessor balanced on a knife’s edge. I thought I knew which way the weight would shift given my…

The Power of Belief

Sam, In much of life and literature there are themes and lessons to be taken away from them, only a few overlap and are universal. Love, I think, being the most prevalent and powerful across genres. In fact, I wrote about love’s power in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows here. Though love, and its many forms–friendship,…

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…

Choose, Sacrifice, Adapt

Sam, One of the key elements to a story is having the protagonist make a sacrifice–pay a heavy price–at the climax or breaking point; what makes that good is when the author has had enough build-up to get the audience to care about the protagonist’s sacrifice and how they adapt. There is the creation of…

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…