When I started dating my current boyfriend, he decided it was time to finally pick up Harry Potter, if only for the sake of our relationship. Otherwise, how could he hope to communicate with a girlfriend who speaks in 50 percent Harry Potter quotes? Ever wondered what your impression of the books would be if you picked them up in your mid-twenties, two decades after they came out? Wondering if it’s worth your time to jump on the bandwagon now if you missed the boat so many years ago? Let’s ask him and find out! Continue reading Never Too Late – Picking up Harry Potter as an Adult
I’m a little late to the game but finally got around to reading The Cuckoo’s Calling, the first installment of J.K. Rowling’s detective mystery series published under her pseudonym, Robert Galbraith. The novel follows detective Cormoran Strike and his temp secretary Robin Ellacott as they investigate the suspicious suicide of supermodel Lula Landry. One of the major themes of the book is exploring different experiences of being black in England, engaging in race relations with a nuance often lacking in the Harry Potter universe. Rowling also steps up her disability representation by featuring a protagonist with a prosthetic leg but at the same time seems to make backward progress in her portrayal of women.
Yesterday, March 8th, was International Women’s Day as well as the “Day without a Woman” protest arranged by the organizers of the Women’s March. March as a whole is also Women’s History Month. In honor of these events, I thought I would share with you lovely readers some of my favorite female activist authors. Some were authors first, some activists first, but all deserve to be celebrated. Continue reading Daily Geekette’s Favorite Activist Authors
Happy December! ’Tis the month of gift-giving holidays, so if you are at a loss for what to ask for or what to get your YA-reading loved one, check out the recent releases on my list for inspiration. Continue reading Books on My Holiday Wishlist
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”
Nine years after the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, many fans who grew up reading the books were able to do something they had never thought they would do again: attend another Harry Potter midnight release party. This time it was for the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Special Rehearsal Edition, billed as “The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.” The nineteen years, of course, being the amount of time that has passed since the Battle of Hogwarts to when this new story begins. Our Geekettes took photos and wrote about the joy of being able to attend one more midnight party.
With a full-page color ad in the New York Times proclaiming “Harry’s Back!” the newest story about the Boy Who Lived was released Sunday July, 31st. Branded as the “Special Rehearsal Edition Script,” Harry Potter and the Cursed Child contains the text of the new play about Harry Potter and his relationship with his son Albus Severus. The play officially premiered in London’s West End on July 31st, and there have been rumors of a possible production coming to Broadway as well. Some fans have been wary of the play, worrying that it won’t live up to the beloved books. Others have been eager for any additional Potter-related writing J.K. Rowling produces. Without further ado, here are two Geekettes’ thoughts on the play.
Happy Harry Potter week, friends! Our annual celebration is upon us. Our queen, J.K. Rowling, and The Boy Who Lived, Harry Potter, are another year older. In honor of this joyous time, we will be recreating Harry’s birthday cake made by our favorite keeper of keys, Hagrid. This cake is being made in super easy mode: the cake has two ingredients and the frosting is store-bought. So, sit tight and follow me on this magical baking journey. Continue reading Let Them Eat Cake: A Harry Potter Baking Experiment
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:
J.K. Rowling has been hyping up this year’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
with periodic updates on Pottermore. Due November 18th, the film follows British wizard Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and the hijinks that ensue in 1926 New York when magical creatures escape from his briefcase. Rowling’s new series of Pottermore writing focuses on magic in North America, finally expanding the horizons of the Wizarding World beyond Great Britain. While exciting, the installment about Ilvermorny, the American magical school, leaves something to be desired. Hogwarts, A History it is not.