J.K. Rowling has long been writing strong female characters who embody the principles of gender equality, but until now she hasn’t officially referred to any of them as feminists. In Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies, which was released as e-book only as part of a Pottermore Presents series on September 6, everyone’s favorite Transfiguration teacher became the first Harry Potter character to be dubbed on paper by her creator as a feminist. Continue reading J.K. Rowling Isn’t Afraid of the F-Word–McGonagall Officially Dubbed a “Feminist”
Hello fellow Harry Potter fans! It’s Harry Potter week, and that means getting ready for HP movie marathons and re-reading the series! When I entered the world of Harry Potter, you could say I entered in reverse. I actually watched the movies before I read all of the books. This is very unusual for me, since I always try to read the book before the movie adaptation comes out. However, when I was younger I just couldn’t seem to pick up the books and read them. I like to think of it as something that was meant to be. With that being said, there are some pros and cons to experiencing Harry Potter in “reverse.”
What’s in a Hogwarts House? This year, we interviewed some of the witches here at the Daily Geekette to find out where it is the Sorting Hat assigned them.
Using the following questionnaire, some of our staff waxed poetic on their responses, while other offered some concise answers:
In Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter is introduced as an eleven-year-old orphan who lives with his mean aunt and uncle and lives in a cupboard under the stairs. He leads a miserable life and wants nothing more than to escape somehow. One day, while on a trip with his cousin, aunt, and uncle, there is a knock on the door. Well, it would be more accurate to say the door was knocked down. A man named Rubeus Hagrid tells Harry that he is a wizard and gives him an invitation to attend a school called Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This is an opportunity that changes change Harry’s life forever.
I’ve been thinking about Harry Potter a lot recently, what with the new material on Pottermore and all the rumors stemming from that. It’s been seven years since the final book came out, which is really weird, because it doesn’t feel like that long ago. I feel like I was waiting for my sister to finish so I could read only a few years ago. I was 12 then, almost 13, and I would be entering a new school. One part of my world was ending. Another, for better or worse, was beginning. In retrospect, it’ s all very symbolic.
Harry Potter was basically my childhood. I read many other books, but they were all eclipsed by J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world. But what was it? Why did I love it so much? Why did this series spark a love of reading in my that has never gone out–well, except when we had to read Latitude in 8th grade. That one was a struggle to get myself to finish. Too many non-fiction accounts of clocks, not enough magic.
Ahem. Excuse me. Where was I?
This week ends our first series here at Geekup. Harry Potter month comes to a close with my personal house, Gryffindor. Yes, it is the house of our three main heroes, but that does mean I saved the best for last. Each house is the best house. I just felt like saving my house for last. Plus, read until the very end (get what I did there?) and you will see me make a fool out of myself with some bloopers. Let’s get started!