J.K. Rowling Reveals Sad Truth About Hagrid

J.K. Rowling Reveals Sad Truth About Hagrid

J.K. Rowling has revealed another new fact about the Harry Potter universe – but this time, it’s a real bummer. Rowling often uses her Twitter account to interact with fans, and she was in the middle of one of her frequent Q&A sessions when someone asked her about the Hogwarts groundskeeper, Hagrid, and the magical spell Expecto Patronum (the Patronus Charm.)  In the Harry Potter books, the spell is used to ward off creepy, hooded creatures called Dementors, which are the guards of the wizard prison Azkaban. The spell conjures a Patronus, a sort of guardian spirit that takes its form based on the wizard casting …

The Internet Can’t Get Enough of this Taylor Swift-Harry Potter Mash-Up

The Internet Can’t Get Enough of this Taylor Swift-Harry Potter Mash-Up

The Harry Potter franchise has spawned spin-offs, movies, an illustrated edition, and even a play. But until now, it never had a Hogwarts/Taylor Swift mash-up video. That hole in our hearts has finally been filled by “Taylor Swift & Harry Potter Parody Mashup,” a video posted on Youtube this month by user weasleysweaters. With melodies lifted from Taylor Swift’s mega-hits and lyrics that are filled with references to the Harry Potter series, the video has become a viral sensation. It has also become our new favorite thing on the Internet. Check it out: The video is the creation of a …

7 Essential Literary Interviews

7 Essential Literary Interviews

When we learn about an author, we understand more about his or her work. That’s why readers can’t get enough of literary interviews! Through these seven iconic interviews, some of history’s greatest authors and poorest liars stay with us forever. These captured moments are each required reading (or listening/viewing) for any true fan of literature. Raymond Chandler, 1958 (Interviewed by Ian Fleming) Part 2; Part 3; Part 4 This is a two-for-one deal, because legendary crime writer Raymond Chandler is being interviewed by spy novelist extraordinaire Ian Fleming. The conversation between the two men is fascinating. This is also the only known recording of Raymond …

J.K. Rowling Defends Dumbledore on Twitter

J.K. Rowling Defends Dumbledore on Twitter

J.K Rowling has again chosen to respond to one of her fans on Twitter. The account from user @anakocovic21 has since been deleted from twitter, but originally said to the author, “Thank you so much for writing Harry Potter. I wonder why you said that Dumbledore is gay because I can’t see him in that way.” Rowling’s response:  [email protected] Maybe because gay people just look like… people? — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 24, 2015 Here’s the full exchange:  Nicely done, @jk_rowling… pic.twitter.com/7tc2KQCOvl — Robert Perry (Pez) (@pez_sez) March 24, 2015 Before @anakocovic21 deleted her account she responded to Rowling, “@jk_rowling amazing answer…Yes you …

Six Authors to Follow on Twitter

Six Authors to Follow on Twitter

It seems like everyone is on Twitter these days, and our favorite authors are no exception. Take a break from arguing about that dress for a moment and follow some of these writers! Here are the authors that we find (for better or for worse) the most entertaining on Twitter. Sherman Alexie Sherman Alexie is very good at Twitter. The famous Native American writer tweets a mix of pointed political criticism and funny posts like this: Wouldn’t it be fun to go back in time with an iPad & play Angry Birds with Emily Dickinson? — Sherman Alexie (@Sherman_Alexie) February 18, …