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Resisto Tyrannus

I use writing Harry Potter fanfiction as a way to give myself a break from the cacophony of political turmoil that seems to pervade everything right now. However, it has even managed to seep into my Potterverse ponderings, ruining my whimsical reverie. So I made up a new Harry Potter …

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Corporate Cosplay

Most of the costumes I make aren’t exactly workplace appropriate. I put mounds of work into them, but I only get to wear them four or five days a year, at conventions, where I effectively pay for the right to do so. This seems very silly. Recently, I’ve started making …

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A Hufflepuffian Protagonist

Newt Scamander is an unexpectedly interesting hero. He is even more interesting when compared with Harry Potter. It may seem like an unwarranted comparison. Harry Potter was a child in children’s movies. Newt Scamander is an adult in an adult movie. They may share a universe, but they’re fundamentally different …

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Harry Potter and the Consequences of Overthinking Children’s Literature

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve spent much more time lately thinking about Harry Potter than is typically considered healthy for a grown man. Over the past few months, I’ve rewatched the movies, played the Lego games, read most of the books, listened to podcasts, and spent a …

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In Defense of Fanfiction – A Convert’s Tale

Fanfiction has a pretty bad reputation. Part of it is earned, but a lot of it is just because it sits pretty far down the list on Maslow’s hierarchy of nerds. Nerds have a pervasive inferiority complex so we spend a lot of time distinguishing ourselves from our perceived lessers …

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Mad Quickies

Mad Quickies: The Halloween Twenty Sixteen Edition

Good day, Earthlings- it’s October 31st, when the rest of the world understands why cosplaying is so satisfying but hates to admit it. I have to say this Quickies bag o’ treats here is just about overflowing. There’s even a post on The War of the Worlds anniversary. Let me …

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Mad Quickies: Obama Wired, Giger Book, Voyager Golden Record, Potter Spells and More!

Happy Friday, all y’all! I’ve got some cool Quickies for you so… Pencils down and surf’s up. I will admit I haven’t had a chance to read this yet but it’s got to be interesting. Plus this is fantastic that a sitting president has been interviewed at Wired. Barack Obama, …

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Witch Please Podcraft and Review

Witch Please is excellent. It is fun, clever, thought provoking, funny, and broadly entertaining.  Their tagline, “A fortnightly podcast about the Harry Potter world by two lady scholars,” while literally true, does not do it justice. It is a fancast, at its heart, but you do not have to be …

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