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.    …

J.K. Rowling Included on List of 100 Essential Books by Female Writers

J.K. Rowling Included on List of 100 Essential Books by Female Writers

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If you haven’t heard yet, J.K. Rowling is one of the most influential and essential female authors around.   While we all knew she was an incredible force, her significance in the literary world was further recognized after her third novel in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, was named among the 100 essential books by female writers from the past 100 years.     Image Via Jim Kay/Bloomsbury   The list was presented by the Hay Festival in recognition of its annual literary and arts celebration which honors the female writers whose written works …

I Solemnly Swear We Are Ready for This Illustrated Harry Potter Book

I Solemnly Swear We Are Ready for This Illustrated Harry Potter Book

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It’s almost here! A buffet of literary illustrations that hungry Harry Potter fans can feast their eyes upon!   And we just got a taste.   On October 3rd Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition will be released and we are having some difficulties waiting patiently.   Thank goodness that Bloomsbury blew up everyone’s feed with images and a video of the brand new Marauder’s Map by Jim Kay. For the past two years Bloomsbury and Scholastic have released illustrated books because sometimes the movie scenes or images we make in our mind are not at …

Infographic: The Scariest Monsters in Literature

Infographic: The Scariest Monsters in Literature

Halloween is a time for spooky monsters like the well-known Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Headless Horseman. It’s also a time for scary books. After all, every monster we just mentioned shares one thing in common: a literary heritage. Books are full of creepy ghouls, ghosts, and monsters, so it’s no surprise that a lot of our Halloween horror inspiration comes from the scary stories on our bookshelves. But how well do you know the scariest monsters in all of literature? Get into the spirit of Halloween with this awesome infographic from the folks at the UK’s Morph Costumes. All of the classic creeps are …