Tag Archive | Harry Potter

I’d Like To Ban Harry Potter: A Response

Many people have tried to (and succeeded in) banning Harry Potter. I’ve been wanting to tackle the books here for years, but never know where to begin (I’ve written two academic papers on the matter and have too much to say) or how to put it in any kind of coherent, non-thesis-y order and then get overwhelmed and put it off again. However, an excellent blog I follow recently wrote a rebuttal to an interview in Times of India, in which a writer gave some odd reasons for wanting to ban the Harry Potter books. Once again it seems the people trying to ban books have all too often never read them. Anyway, it’s an interesting read, so go check it out.

There and Their

Dear Shinie Antony,

Hi! How are you? I read your interview in Times of India today. Being an avid reader myself, I had no idea about your existence till I read your interview.  So, I had to search you on Goodreads. I found that you have written quite a few books yourself..and a total of THIRTEEN  people had rated your most rated book! And most of your books have been rated from the range of 2 to 3.5 stars…wow! Congratulations!!

I am writing to you, because I read your this article:

Now there are a million books out there, and a million more readers. So, I understand that not everybody will be aware of each and every ‘author’ there is. But, do you know, unless the person is living under a rock, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, on some island that has not yet been charted on the…

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When You Give the Name of Thrones…

The most popular baby names of 2013 are out and Arya made the list. Awesome. Not only is Arya a kickass character in Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire, a generically competent character in Eragon, and reminiscent of Arwen, it’s also an actual, historical name meaning “Noble”. That’s where the Aryan Nomads got their name.

Of course, a name need not have historical precedence. The names Jessica and Olivia were made up by Shakespeare and both have graced the top five lists. Belladonna was first used as a woman’s name by J. R. R. Tolkien in The Hobbit. Still, in an age of Jaymzes, Irelynds, and Apples, a little validity never hurt anyone. Read More…

No War on Christmas, Just a Lot of Canons

As a Mythology & Religion major, I think an awful lot about tradition and ritual; why they change, how they change, and how they are kept alive. And there is no time of year when this is more prevalent than the veritable smorgasbord of winter holidays around this time each year. Here the effects of cultural exchange, cultural diffusion, industrialization, and globalization on tradition and folk culture are clearest. For the anthropologically or historically inclined it’s, well, it’s like Christmas morning.

Yet this time of year is also when tensions over said traditions run highest, if the annual “War on Christmas” tirades, arguments in the media over the ethnic background of Santa Claus, concerns that the mainstream American vision of Santa Claus has eclipsed the German Sinter Klaus (Sinterklaas?), many an article on interfaith or Jewish parenting websites regarding the Christmas tree or Channukkah bush, and my Facebook feed are anything to go by. Having given holiday tours at a museum dedicated to the Shaker religious movement, I have experienced firsthand the difficulty of explaining holiday traditions in their historical context, as many are totally unaware of how their beloved holidays have changed (even, or perhaps especially, just in the last 100 years). Read More…

To Read or Not to Read: The Parenting Question

A friend of mine sent this article my way. It’s a parent’s reflection on another parent’s choice to censor Harry Potter as she reads it aloud to her five-year-old son.


I highly recommend checking it out because this article brings up some excellent points. First off, if you find yourself so concerned about the material in a book (or anything else) that you have to constantly edit it, don’t read it. Give it a few years. Harry Potter will still be there when the child in question is six or seven or even eight. Secondly, the article points out that this is not about the child’s discomfort, but the parent’s.

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Queen of the Banned

Happy All Hallow’s Eve, folks. To some this is a night to wander the neighborhood with a candy-filled swagbag and scare the crap out of your friends, to others it’s a chance to find the sexual potential in even the most mundane professions and objects, and to others still it is a night when the spirits walk among us as the veil between our world and the world beyond blurs. Whatever it is to you, monsters in the closet, creatures that go bump in the night, and primal fears that still make your hair stand up on the back of your neck likely play some kind of factor (be it in earnest, nostalgia, or mere party theme). Read More…

Ixnay on the Atinlay

I hope you all enjoyed my Bridge to Terabithia review. I’ll have the movie review up soon.

I’m in the process of moving and job-hunting this month, not to mention I have a friend’s wedding and two cons to attend in the coming weeks. Thus, my reviews may be sporadic, but I’ll try to post them as regularly as possible. In addition, Banned Books Week is coming up, so I’ll definitely be posting things then.

In the meantime, however, I bring you this:

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Wolves, Tigers, and Blumes, Oh My!

At long last Judy Blume has hit the big screen with a much-anticipated adaptation of her 1981 novel, Tiger Eyes. You can read my review of the book here.

REPEAT OFFENDER: Tiger Eyes (2012)

THE REVIEW: I had the good fortune of seeing Tiger Eyes at an advanced screening at Hampshire College. I watched it again after it’s recent official cinematic release and am happy to say it was just as good the second time around. Based on the book by Judy Blume and directed by her son, Lawrence Blume (himself a Hampshire alum), this small-budget film was truly a labor of love.

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