• Character Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein was a witch who worked as an Auror for the MACUSA in 1920s New York. Tina was temporarily removed from her position as an Auror after attacking a No-Maj who was beating her young adult son. After this incident she was assigned as a Federal Wand… Read More
• Source On February 3, 2000, classrooms across America went online to ask J.K. Rowling their burning questions about Harry Potter. Here are some of the most important canon questions and answers from the interview [transcript]: Did you make up the plot in every aspect first by charting the characters and… Read More
• Quote “Really gives a feeling for the scope and tragedy of the thing, doesn’t it?” Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:18 — 5.8MB)Subscribe:… Read More
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Narcissa Malfoy is a rude and racist witch, but there are several moments in the series that I think show Narcissa’s better side. In Spinner’s End, chapter 2 of Half Blood Prince, Narcissa is desperate to keep her son safe. Despite her sister’s warnings and Voldemort’s instructions to… Read More
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Love is obviously a powerful theme of the Harry Potter novels, but today I’d just like to talk about the powerful love potion amortentia, and how it induces the smell of what most attracts us. We first encounter amortentia in Slughorn’s classroom during his first potions lesson,… Read More
• Quote Q: Will Snape ever fall in love? JKR: Who on earth would want Snape in love with them? That’s a very horrible idea. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:18… Read More
• Quote Well, that is Snape’s tragedy. Given his time over again he would not have become a Death Eater, but like many insecure, vulnerable people (like Wormtail) he craved membership of something big and powerful, something impressive. He wanted Lily and he wanted Mulciber too. He never really understood Lily’s aversion; he… Read More
• Glossary To kiss passionately. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:18 — 5.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Quote “Well, none of us really fancy it, Harry,” said Fred earnestly.  “Imagine if something went wrong and we were stuck as specky, scrawny gits forever.” Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration:… Read More
• Character Stebbins was a Hufflepuff student who once lost his house ten points when he and a girl were chased out of a rosebush by Snape, who was upset after a meeting with Igor Karkaroff (GF23). Podcast: Play… Read More
• Quote Harry, there is never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world.  Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic.  In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again.  Be honest to those you love, show your… Read More
• Quote “Harry, suffering like this proves you are still a man!  This pain is part of being human–” “THEN–I–DON’T–WANT–TO–BE–HUMAN!” Harry roared, and he seized one of the delicate silver instruments from the spindle-legged table beside him and flung it across the room. Podcast:… Read More