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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.

 

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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.

 

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As one Reddit user said, “They threw them up into the air and forget them.” That’s exactly what happened. 

 

The fashion of Hogwarts slowly deteriorates as the films progress with McGonagall losing her hat and even the holy trinity of Harry, Hermione, and Ron abandoning their robes by the final film. What is the deal with the small, but consistent deterioration and forgotten fashion staples of Hogwarts? 

 

The author herself tried to explain away these inconsistencies in the hats of Hogwarts, but I’m just not convinced. “Standard wizard clothing comprises plain robes, worn with or without the traditional pointed hat, and will always be worn on such formal occasions as christenings, weddings and funerals.” Rowling also noted that the pointed hats are a “matter of cultural pride.” If they truly are, then explain to me why even the most anti-muggle witches and wizards are seen without them on a regular basis. 

 

 

A very apparent inconsistency of hats in the films is clearly seen at the wedding of William Weasley and Fleur Delacour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One.

 

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All but one of the wedding’s attendees are wearing hats. ONE.

 

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If we’re still going by the rules as explained by Rowling, all of the wedding’s attendees should have been wearing their hats. As absurd as they may have looked, they are supposed to be a crucial part of a witch or wizard’s attire at weddings. 

 

Another explanation to where the pointed hats have gone can be attributed to Reddit user TheMockingjay which explained, “Umbridge burned them.” 

 

The only way to truly find out what happened is in J.K. Rowling’s next book, Harry Potter and the Return of the Wizard Hats

 

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

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.

 

 

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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 published from 1918 deserve recognition and celebration.

 

The top 100 book titles were chosen by passionate readers who cast their votes over the course of three months by responsind to the hashtag #vote100books. 

 

Rowling’s name appeared next to literary icons including Agatha Christie, Anne Frank, Margaret Atwood, Harper Lee, and Margaret Mitchell. Modern literary phenomenon’s were also named including Gillian Flynn (author of Gone Girl), and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (author of Americanah).

 

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While the list was comprised of many popular fiction titles, it also included many influential non-fiction works including Betty Friedan’s iconic feminist work, The Feminine Mystique. Friedan’s work proved to be an eye-opening experience for many female readers when it was released in 1963 and is largely credited with inspiring the second-wave feminism movement. 

 

The impact that Friedan and the other incredible female writers have made will be celebrated worldwide, starting at a special event hosted by The Pool at Hay Festival on May 28. The festival officially kicked off on May 25 in Wales and will be also take place in Mexico, Spain, Peru, the UK, Colombia, and Denmark throughout the year. 

 

Festival director Peter Florence reflected on the significance of these influential titles and the writers who penned them.

 

“There are books here that have changed lives, and changed the world,” he said. “The list is an extraordinary testament to the power of ideas and stories. And a testament to the wisdom of crowds.”

 

 

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

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 all enough.

 

LOOK AT THIS!

 

 

AND THAT!

 

 

I hope you’re all as excited as I am. The illustrations are beautiful and not a detail is missed within the map. And word around Hogwarts is that the map will take up full pages so you can explore and peruse the school all day long. Nice. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was probably one of my favorites so I’d like to get my hands on this one.

 

And when you think that’s not enough, November 7th will be the release date for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter Illustrated Editions) with illustrations by Olivia Lomenech Gill. Niffler anyone?! Does the magic ever stop? Negative.

 

Break out your wand and order a book. Mischief managed.

 

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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 there, and they’re all helpfully labeled with a “Scream Score,” which is calculated by evaluating their creepy appearance, supernatural powers, and evil intent. Morph Costumes says that Pennywise, from Stephen King’s It, is the creepiest one of all. Do you agree?