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Can We Still Consider J. K. Rowling a Feminist?

Integrity, loyalty, empathy, compassion. These are some of the moral components of lessons learned throughout Harry Potter. The novels have taught their readers lessons in being good people, in standing up for what they believe in, for fighting for what is right and raising your voice to do so. That is why when J.K. Rowling did not raise her own voice in light of the casting within the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them films, something seemed off.

Britain Scotland CelebritiesJ.K. Rowling is a fantastic writer and has been a triumphant voice against hatred, in favor of feminism and equality. However, her support of Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald makes her commitment to those beliefs questionable.

Trigger Warning: Discussion of abuse

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Welcome to Harry Potter Week 2017!

Hello Daily Geekette Readers! Today we wish Harry Potter, and his creator J. K. Rowling, a very happy birthday! As we do every year, The Daily Geekette will celebrate by taking a look at the world that Rowling has created and trying to see it through new lenses.

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The Harry Potter canon expanded this year to include the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, as well as the play The Cursed Child. We’ve got some really great articles for you this year based on the new canon, as well as on the books we have continued to love for the past 20 years.

Stay tuned for some awesome new articles and have a happy Harry Potter Week!

 

Check out some of our previous Harry Potter articles here!

 

 

What Makes a (Hu)man: Allegiance Back in Theaters Feb. 19

allegiance-poster-8db536d51dd5614df272e6bcf48a9e8dOn Sunday, February 19th, Allegiance will be broadcast in theaters for a second time. The one night only event last December broke records for Fathom Event sales. “The premiere was its highest-grossing one-night Broadway musical event to date, the 14-year-old company said, bringing in more than $1 million in ticket sales in about 600 theaters.” The filmed Broadway musical focuses on the experiences of Japanese-American citizens in internment camps during WWII. The musical stars George Takei, Lea Salonga, and Telly Leung, and partially draws from Takei’s own experiences.

In the wake of executive orders trying to protect the country from interior and exterior threats, this story feels all too familiar. There are those Americans rallying against the “Muslim Ban” and those who either don’t see a problem with it or don’t feel it’s their place to speak up.  Allegiance is technically a look at the past, but it’s also a frightening possibility for our future.  Continue reading What Makes a (Hu)man: Allegiance Back in Theaters Feb. 19

Nasty Nerds at the Women’s March

On Saturday, January 21, 2017, over 2.9 million people participated in the Women’s March worldwide.  6 writers for Daily Geekette were present in four different cities on the east coast.  From pussycat hats and speeches to feminist icons and nerdy protest signs, read about our different Women’s March experiences.

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Inauguration Got You Down? MARCH to Your Nearest Book Store

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Last weekend, John Lewis announced that he would be missing the 2017 inauguration, the first he would miss in thirty years.  This comment incited controversy.  One of the articles that came up told me that Lewis’s books were selling out in stores across the country, and I was reminded that I still had not read the third volume of Lewis’s comic book trilogy, which was co-written by Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell.  I immediately went to the store and purchased a beautiful boxed set of all three books.  March is John Lewis’s story during the Civil Rights Movement.  Hopefully, you can read this article without needing to be warned about spoilers.

March Vol. 1 starts with Lewis getting ready to attend President Obama’s inauguration and flashes back to his childhood up through his initial involvement with the Civil Rights Movement.  Volume 2 continues in this style, and Volume 3 wraps it up.

Here’s the part where I review the trilogy:  It’s amazing.  Seriously.   Continue reading Inauguration Got You Down? MARCH to Your Nearest Book Store

How The Rocky Horror Picture Show Prepared Me For Adulthood

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In celebration of FOX’s Rocky Horror Remake, here’s a few thoughts from Kayla on this famous cult classic. 

I recently got engaged, and one of the questions I got asked was, “are you going to throw rice?” I replied, “Hell, no! I’ve had rice stuck in a corset before and cleaning it up is not fun!” My friend then gave me one of those looks, the one that simultaneously says “Why?” “How?” And “I don’t want to know.” I explained that part of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (RHPS) shadow cast experience is throwing rice, and when I’d get home and changed, I would have to bend to a 90 degree angle, to try and catch most of the rice in the corset, and then still vacuum dried rice up weeks later.

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New York Comic Con 2016 in a Nutshell

This was a year of major firsts for New York Comic Con. This year, the convention featured three offsite venues, including Madison Square Garden. While con attendance reached record numbers, the offsite spaces meant that the main show floor, hallways, and Artists Alley didn’t often feel overcrowded (the exception being a few peak times each day). image Continue reading New York Comic Con 2016 in a Nutshell

Bedtime for Batman: A Review

29058898Normally, Daily Geekette does not review children’s picture books.  Normally, children’s books are not this awesome and catered to our specific audience.  Bedtime for Batman is a picture book by Michael Dahl.  The book tells the story of a little boy going to bed on one page.  On the opposite page, it parallels the boy’s life to Batman’s life of crime fighting. Continue reading Bedtime for Batman: A Review

Pirate Speak Etiquette

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A Court of Thorns and Roses Review

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Sarah J. Maas’s novel, A Court of Thorns and Roses, is a fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast. The world is divided by an ancient treaty into two sections: human and fae.  There is a magic wall that divides the realms.  Feyre and her family live along that wall.  They lost all their wealth, and rely solely on Feyre for survival.  Feyre is out hunting when she kills what turns out to be a high fae, disguised as a wolf.  That night a fae in beast form, Tamlin, comes to her house and demands her life for his friend’s.  Feyre finds herself living in the luxurious fae Spring Court where she will have to live out her days, but all is not as it seems.  Everyone at the estate has a masquerade mask on, which Feyre learns is a symptom of a much more serious problem, that she might be the answer to. Continue reading A Court of Thorns and Roses Review