How is Game of Thrones similar to the real life War of the Roses?

This video focuses on the how the War of the Roses, which is supposedly the inspiration for some of the conflict we see in the Game of Thrones. This isn’t the first time I have heard this claim. So, ok, … Continue reading

#WithoutHermione: Support Education for Girls

In Harry Potter, what would have happened if Hermione couldn’t have gone to Hogwarts because she was a girl? Think about it. She was the super-intelligent bookworm who Ron and Harry turned to when they needed to understand something, whether … Continue reading

I think you should go to the Granger Leadership Academy! 

Are you thinking about going to the Granger Leadership Academy? Or did you find this post by accident? I think you need to think about going either way. For those of you who don’t know… The Granger Leadership Academy is … Continue reading

Gilmore Girl: A Year In The Life – some thoughts **spoilers**

Do not read this if you haven’t watched Gilmore Girls yet and don’t want spoilers. I won’t exactly be holding back, and while I’m not exactly giving a detailed synopsis I’d feel really bad if I ruined this for someone, … Continue reading

5 lessons from Gilmore Girls ~*~*~*~*~(spoilers* seasons 1-7) 

The Gilmore Girls reboot is almost upon us. It will be on Netflix on November 25! Yay yay yay yay yay! So, Gilmore Girls is one of my favourite shows of all time. I have watched it and rewatched it … Continue reading

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; The background and some thoughts on the matter…

Sometime while writing the Harry Potter books, JK Rowling also took the time to write a few companion books that were “real” wizarding books within the Harry Potter universe. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander, The Tales … Continue reading

6 lessons from Harry Potter 

Fantastic Beasts (and Where to Find Them) is out in theatres! It was awesome and there were so many things that I liked about it. For those of you who do not know what Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them … Continue reading

Summer watching on Netflix

** This list is based on what I can access on the Canadian Netflix, sorry if you can’t access all the shows in your country (I for one am so disappointed that I can’t get Parks and Recreation here when … Continue reading

Friends of the Apparating Library 2016

The Harry Potter Alliance and the community I am a part of by volunteering with this most wonderful organization never ceases to amaze me. Friends of the Apparating Library 2016 is an Indiegogo-hosted fundraiser that will allow The Harry Potter Alliance to … Continue reading

Reasons to love GLA

Granger Leadership Academy Its a week post-GLA now and I think that it is due time that I reflect a little on it. The Granger Leadership Academy is a leadership conference hosted by the Harry Potter Alliance. This year it … Continue reading

On JK Rowling appropriating aboriginal culture

This isn’t the first time that J.K. Rowling has had to answer for messing up matters of identity, race and culture. Over the years, fans such as myself have been able to use numerous positive social messages she did get right … Continue reading

My Favourite Fictional Relationships

Lily Aldrin and Marshall Eriksen – How I Met Your Mother  Lily and Marshall are one of my favourite fictional couples for a few reasons. Firstly, they’re best friends, which kind of makes them a perfect couple in my opinion. … Continue reading

Odds In Our Favor

This year, Odds In Our Favor is reclaiming the narratives of socioeconomic, racial, sexual and gendered inequalities. Based on the themes of the Hunger Games, Odds In Our Favor provides fans with a forum to tell their stories and push … Continue reading

Awesome TV shows coming up this year

Modern Family, season 7 According to a few sources, the seventh season of Modern Family will be dealing more with the teenaged issues (particularly with Alex and Luke), and the adults will be facing their own challenges (finances, jobs, the likes), … Continue reading

‘Paper Towns’; Night on the Towns premiere event

Paper Towns trailer Paper Towns is here and John is a ball of anxiety Hello good people of the Internet, thanks for finding this post about this fabulous book (and now movie), Paper Towns. I am super excited that it’s … Continue reading

FANGIRL by RAINBOW ROWELL – with Friends of the Apparating Library book group discussion responses

Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell, is a book about an 18-year-old girl named Cather who’s struggling with all of the changes in her life, including how her mom abandoning her family when she was 8, she is now learning to how … Continue reading

Fandom and activism – Rethinking Harry Potter in real life

I was an executive for the Harry Potter Alliance, a non-profit with chapters across Canada, the USA and internationally. The organization combines Harry Potter fandom with social activism and includes mottos such as “the weapon we have is love” and … Continue reading

Pillars of Eternity

Platforms: Mac, Linux, Microsoft  Developer: Obsidian Entertainment Publisher: Obsidian Entertainment, Paradox Interactive Designer: Josh Sawyer Just a little disclaimer, I have yet to pay Pillars of Eternity, but I heard about how awesome it is and did some reading to decide if I … Continue reading

Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling; The way that JK Rowling gave us amazing advice

J.K. Rowling is such an inspiration for me. I jumped on the chance to read Very Good Lives, a commencement speech that Rowling gave at Harvard in 2008. It is beautifully illustrated and so inspiring. Her words of wisdom are touching … Continue reading

The Magic of Harry Potter – or “Books Turn Muggles Into Wizards”

For myself, Harry Potter did not end when I read the last book or watched the last movie. Years later, I still live out Harry Potter in my own life. For the most part, I take Harry Potter way more … Continue reading

Volunteering for the Harry Potter Alliance at university

The Harry Potter Alliance is an organization that is based around the Harry Potter books and messages in the theories, such as the power of love and friendship. Harry Potter tackles things such as slavery (house elves are slaves), loss … Continue reading

What is the Harry Potter Alliance?

I was the PR executive for the Harry Potter Alliance while I was in university. I absolutely loved the experience for a number of reasons. Harry Potter was involved. Social justice was involved. Public relations was involved. Becoming involved with … Continue reading

A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

Bear with me for a second… So I love Game of Thrones. The series is all blood, gore, violence, sex, intrigue, drama and tons of complicated relationships. It’s one of those series where you can’t predict what will happen. I … Continue reading

The Three Dragons Theory; Parents in the Game of Thrones

SPOILERS – don’t read this if you are behind on the Game of Thrones. * Bare in mind that neither of the theories about Tyrion’s or Jon’s parentage are my own original ideas, they are theories that have been floating around … Continue reading

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowel

Shades of Milk and Honey is a fascinating book fully of magic and set in the Regency era of England. The novel was written by Mary Robinette Kowel and came recommended by either John or Hank on the VlogBrothers. When … Continue reading

Outlander from bestselling book to TV show

With its breathtaking love story and unique take on time travel, the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon has been an fabulously popular series ranking high on bestselling lists such as the NY Times for years. The first book, Outlander, was … Continue reading