We Need to Talk About Harry Potter’s Witch Hats

We Need to Talk About Harry Potter’s Witch Hats

So you may or may not remember in the first scene of the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone film where Dumbledore and Professor McGonagall wear cool, pointy wizard hats as they walk through Privet Drive.   Via Giphy   The same hats are spotted again amongst the crowds at Diagon Alley, among teachers at Hogwarts, and most iconically, on the students in the Great Hall at the end of the film where they throw them up in the air.   Via Popsugar   As one Reddit user said, “They threw them up into the air and forget them.” That’s exactly what happened.    …

10 George Orwell Quotes That’ll Make You Question Everything

10 George Orwell Quotes That’ll Make You Question Everything

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It was a bright day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.   When George Orwell published his iconic novel 1984, also known as Nineteen Eighty-Four, he used that opening line to invite readers to question everything. Question the existence of life. Question the gaze put upon them at any waking moment. Question the normalcy of a potentially fictional reality. Orwell’s dystopian novel blurred the lines between fiction and reality.   A cultural phenomenon since its release in 1949, the cultural impact and relevance of 1984 has only grown as time’s gone on. In the wake of recent political upheaval and social turmoil occurring around the …

According to the Internet, J. K. Rowling Doesn’t Exist

According to the Internet, J. K. Rowling Doesn’t Exist

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With all the hype surrounding the impending release of the JFK assassination files, the internet is going a little conspiracy crazy. In the roundup of theories including flat earthers, Avril Lavigne, and Beatles body replacements, there was one I hadn’t heard before and it’s about J. K. Rowling.    Norwegian film director Nina Grünfeld is convinced that J. K. Rowling doesn’t actually exist.   Yup.    Image via Nina Grünfeld   Back in 2005, Grünfeld argued Rowling’s inspirational story (that she dreamed up the magical world of Harry Potter while stuck on a delayed train) was too good to be true. The …