This is an absolutely hilarious video for any Harry Potter fan, which we found on the Huffington Post. This will be especially funny for New Yorkers, who are familiar with Penn Station and probably wish it looked a little more like King’s Cross Station!
That kid has great poise — and he’s very quick on his feet when the guy asks him about his parents. If you saw that happening in front of you, what would you do?
In what is a spectacular column by Tor.com’s Emily Asher-Perrin, the case is made that Neville Longbottom and NOT Harry Potter is the most important and influential character in the series. She opens by saying thus:
So here’s the thing: out of all your wizarding students and house elves and headmasters and Death Eaters and muggles and centaurs, there is really only one person who determines the course of the Harry Potter series.
It’s Neville Longbottom.
Neville Longbottom has quite a following in the Harry Potter fandom, and for good reason—he is humble and noble, brave and kind, he’s a wonderful friend and a fierce supporter. Neville is what most Gryffindors would be like in the real world, a person capable of heroic feats under dire circumstances, but not inclined to them every waking moment. Neville understands that it’s not about being loud and brash every day, it’s about picking your battles and knowing what’s dear and worth fighting for.
Furthermore, she goes on to make some fascinating parallels between Harry’s generation and his father’s. She connects James with Harry, Sirius with Ron, Lupin with Hermione, Lily with Ginny, Snape with Draco, and Neville with…Peter Pettigrew. Yes, Peter Pettigrew:
Think about it—the tag along friend who looks up to the trio, but is looked down on by everyone else for not being remarkably talented or suave. Someone who is trusted with a lot of Harry’s most important secrets, in a perfect position to give everyone away. “Foolish boy,” as McGonagall said of little Pettigrew. Another pureblood who has no respect from the higher-up notable wizarding families. Gullible, the easy mark, someone who other children make fun of when Harry, Hermione, and Ron aren’t on hand to defend him. Neville is Peter’s brand new analog in the story.
Or, at least, he could have been. Neville is a perfect example of how one single ingredient in the recipe can either ruin your casserole (or stew, or treacle tart, whatever you like), or utterly perfect your whole dish. Neville is the tide-turner, the shiny hinge. And all because he happens to be in the same position as Wormtail… but makes all the hard choices that Pettigrew refused the first time around. Other characters are in similar positions, but none of them go so far as Neville. None of them prove that the shaping of destiny is all on the individual the way he does.
We strongly encourage you to read the rest of her post. It’s a fascinating read, and we’re inclined to agree: Neville never gets the credit he deserves, and it’s up to us as fans to make sure he is properly appreciated. Simply put, he’s a heroic wizard, but more importantly, a phenomenal person.
We already know that JK Rowling is already working on a screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which has gotten Potterheads jumping for joy, but fans have always thought of possible storylines to when Sirius Black, James Potter, and the rest of the Marauders were causing trouble at Hogwarts, or the other direction, where Harry and Ginny’s kids are running about the hallways, causing their own mischief.
So, what would you rather JK Rowling were to write a screenplay on?
There’s so many great Harry Potter related musicians and vloggers out there, including Weasley Sweaters!
Check out her parody of Katy Perry’s “Roar” all about the bravest Gryffindor there ever was!
Scholastic has officially released all seven of the new Harry Potter book covers! The new look was illustrated by Kazu Kibuishi and will be released on the paperback editions of the books starting August 27th!
Will you be picking up the newest paperbacks or sticking to the original book covers?
Thanks, Page to Premiere!
We launched an exciting new fandom quiz on our Delirium site today, which should have plenty of cross-fandom appeal. In fact, we’re going to show you how it can relate specifically to Harry Potter!
The quiz centers on two questions. 1) How bad is your deliria? and 2) Does your love interest REALLY love you back? Since we encourage you to have as much fun as possible with this (and it asks you to enter your name and the name of your love interest), we recommend you try your luck with some Harry Potter characters. In fact, Lavender Brown just took it, and here are her results:
Well, Lavender seems to really have it out for Ron.
It’s your turn. Take the quiz HERE!
P.S. Apparently, it looks like Bella Swan just took it, too:
We saw this circulating around on Facebook and simply had to share:
Isn’t it amazing how similar WALL-E and Dobby are? When combined together, you get one adorable elf-robot!
Some early reviews are in on J.K. Rowling’s MUCH anticipated foray into the adult novel. Can she capture the same magic from the Harry Potter books and apply it to The Casual Vacancy?
Here’s what Lev Grossman of Time Entertainment had to say:
But after about ten pages of The Casual Vacancy I began to forget about all that stuff, and online rumors about how the book was amazing or awful or had lots of sex in it. I forgot about how I had three days to write a review of a 500-page book. I forgot about everything except the pages in front of me. Because I had come under the spell of a great novel.
What surprised me about The Casual Vacancy was not just how good it was, but the way in which it was good. I suppose I’d expected a kind of aged-up, magicked-down Harry Potter, something that showcased the same strengths the Potter books do: Rowling’s meticulous plotting, her inventiveness, her love of mischief, her likeable characters, her knack for visual spectacle. I also expected it to showcase her weaknesses, because all writers have them. Yes, I’m a fanboy, but I still think the Potter books have too many adverbs in them, and not enough sex.
But The Casual Vacancy is a different beast entirely. It was not what I was expecting. It’s a big, ambitious, brilliant, profane, funny, deeply upsetting and magnificently eloquent novel of contemporary England, rich with literary intelligence…(keep reading)
This is so encouraging to hear! Who plans on reading The Casual Vacancy with as much excitement as Deathly Hallows??