Category: Fiction

You Can Now Enroll in Virtual Hogwarts Classes

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If you did not know already, the website Hogwarts is Here has been around since 2014, but you can still join and take part in actual Hogwarts classes today!

Hogwarts is Here is an online network where fans of Harry Potter can take all of the seven courses at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This is the perfect escapism! If you are not familiar with the courses, they are as follows: Astronomy, Charms, Herbology, History of Magic, Transfiguration, Potions, and Defense Against the Dark Arts. Hopefully there won’t be any trouble with keeping a teacher for an online version of Defense Against the Dark Arts, but you never know with that class.

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You are free to choose whichever house you want and then take whatever classes you desire. You can even become a Head Boy or Head Girl and make your way through all seven years of learning at Hogwarts. I don’t know about you, but this website sounds like something I could easily become addicted to!

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This website has Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) and it is also a role-playing game (RPG). You can earn points for your house and take real tests and quizzes. However, there are no NEWTS and OWL exams. I know Hermione would be upset about that. You can join other people at Hogsmeade, in your common room, and play on the Quidditch Pitch (Just don`t get hit by that bludger!)

Now you can brush up on those wingardium leviosa skills!

 

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Celebrate National Theater Day With 7 Amazing Plays

As you may have seen all over your Instagram feed, today is National Theater Day! To celebrate all things theatrical, we’ve got seven great plays that definitely deserve a spot on your TBR (cast)list.

1. A street Car named desire 

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This play is the instant classic written by Tennessee Williams. It’s the story of how Blanche DuBois, the once beautiful, southern belle, is pushed over the edge by her brother-in law Stanley Kowalski. It’s not a story for the faint of heart, but it is very important in the canon of American theater.

2. Who’s Afraid of VIRGINIA Woolf? 

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Another play important in the American canon is Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The play takes you into the dysfunctional lives of George and Martha. They are hosting a party for a new history professor and his wife. George and Martha use their new “play things” to stir up drama and expose the horrors of not only their own lives, but of the couple who just wanted to have a nice evening.

 

3. A raisin in the sun 

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Lorraine Hansberry’s classic A Raisin in the Sun is another book that all who love both great writing and great theater should read. The story is a bit of a tragic one, following an African-American working class family hoping to get out of the South-Side of Chicago. It gives a look into the aspirations and hopes, but also what can hold back a black family in the mid-20th century.

4. Medea 

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Medea is a Greek myth by Euripides, who’s english translations are done by Gilbert Murray. The myth is about a proud Amazonian women who’s left by her husband Jason. Jason leaves her to marry the kings daughter, so he himself can one day hold the throne. The short play is about Medea’s revenge, and execution of said revenge on her ex-husband.

5. Angels in America 

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Tony Kushner’s Angels in America shows an insight into the horrors of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. It follows the stories of three groups; a proud gay man with AIDS and the impact it has on him and his lover, the closeted Roy Cohen who has “liver cancer” (or so he says), based on the real-life figure, and a man in an unhappy marriage who’s slowly coming to terms with his sexuality.

6. The curious incident of the Dog in the night-Time 

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This modern play by Mark Haddon is on its way to becoming a classic for theater lovers. It tells the story of 15-year old Christopher Boone has Asperger’s Syndrome. Although living a very sheltered life, the boy is a whiz with numbers and mysteries. He observes his neighbor’s dog being killed one night, and that starts his journey to not only finding who killed the dog, but finding himself along the way.

 

7. Our town 

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Thornton Wilder’s Our Town is a glimpse into what living in a small town in America was like during the early 20th-century. The play, set in Grover’s Conner, New Hampshire, is split into three acts with the first act focusing on the daily happenings of the town, the second on love and marriage, and the third is the most grim, discussing death.

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Delayed Because of COVID-19

Well Ms. Rona, you had to go and ruin one more thing I cared about. You closed all of the New Public Libraries, shut down Broadway, moved Coachella to October, and now you've messed with one of the movies I was most excited about this summer.

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Love it or Hate it Quiz: YA Tropes Edition

Let’s face it: Young Adult books are notorious for being trope-y. While some tropes are certainly overdone, everyone’s a sucker for at least one or two (or ten) of them.

The quiz is simple: we give you popular YA tropes, and you tell us if you love them or hate them. Based on your responses, we’ll give you a book rec! It’s that simple!

Disclaimer: Not all tropes you pick will necessarily be in the book we recommend, but you can be sure that at least one or two of them will be!

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