#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

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

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

The Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

The Career of Evil is the third book written by Robert Galbraith, who, if you don’t know, is really J.K. Rowling; she has a pseudonym. In The Career of Evil, Cormoran Strike, a private detective, and his assistant/partner-in-training, Robin, are … Continue reading

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell was released on October 6, 2015. Those of you who have read Fangirl, also by Rainbow Rowell, will have been introduced to the characters and story of Carry On. Simon Snow is a teenaged boy … 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

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

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