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Harry Potter

  1. Mudbloods Director Farzard Sangari and Chaser Ali Cottong Talk About Real-Life Quidditch

    Brooms up!

    If you haven't heard of Mudbloods, don't let the title fool you—it's a surprisingly heartfelt and fascinating look into the world of collegiate-level Quidditch, which is a real sport that has nothing to do with magic. Our review of the documentary went up on Wednesday, but we also got the chance to speak with both the director Farzad Sangari and one of the former UCLA players, Ali Cottong, about the world they tried to capture together on film.

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  2. Accio Time-Turner: Colleges Now Offer “Study Harry Potter Abroad” Courses

    Sallie Mae Owl, this is literally the worst time.

    Did your Hogwarts Acceptance Letter get lost in the post? Did you drop out of school to pursue your Quidditch dreams, only to have your career cut short by a difficult bout of dragon pox? There's still hope!

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  3. Review: Mudbloods Documentary Shows You An Amazing New Side to Quidditch

    Brooms up!

    A whole generation of Harry Potter fans can probably still remember the heartbreak they felt in childhood upon realizing that Hogwarts isn't real and they weren't going to get sent a letter in the mail informing them of their supernatural wizarding powers. There are ways to pretend otherwise, of course, but only one such method involves running, jumping, and brutally body checking your opponents as a crowd of onlookers cheer for you. Ladies and gentlemuggles: welcome to Quidditch.

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  4. Things We Saw Today: Shut Wesley Crusher Up By Stealing His Sweater And Wearing It As Your Own

    We're from Starfleet! We wear hoodies!

    Sure, Wesley Crusher's style isn't exactly enviable, but that sweatshirt sure is. If that's not fantastic enough for you, there's also a picture of Wil Wheaton himself wearing the hoodie on the Thinkgeek website, too. (via Toybox)

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  5. Review: I Ship It Is The YouTube Tale Of A Pissed Off Hufflepuff And The Power Of Wizard Rock

    Puff pride!

    Wizard rock bands are one of those special aspects of the Harry Potter fandom that make me smile. Like fan fic and fanart creators, wizard rock bands take the Harry Potter canon and write songs about it. Sometimes it’s about actual settings or characters, but sometimes it just uses themes from the books (like love and heartbreak) as allegories. I Ship It is a short film about one girl’s chance at wizard rock stardom, emotional closure and maybe a little payback. Or a lot of payback.

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  6. John Green Tells You 25 Things You Might Not Know About Harry Potter

    Yes, even you, intense Potterhead. Even you.

    Over at Mental Floss, everyone's awesome uncle John Green tells you a bunch of things you might not know about your favorite franchise. As someone who considers themselves a pretty hardcore Potter fan, I was surprised at how much I learned from this video—which only stoked my intense fangirl fires even more. HARRY POTTER FOREVERRREITGIFHDKFDGHHH

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  7. Things We Saw Today: Bedding For A Pizzaful Night’s Sleep

    A person in the streets, but a pizza in the sheets.

    This bedding will run you $65-80 over on Incredible Things, but that seems a fair price to lie every night with one's true love.

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  8. Things We Saw Today: Harry Potter + Bellatrix Lestrange = Best Friends 4Eva

    I ship it.

    That's not an unusual Harry Potter fanfiction crack pairing coming to life—it's a never-before-seen behind the scenes image of Daniel Radcliffe and Helena Bonham Carter on the set of The Deathly Hallows. Go check out Entertainment Weekly for more exclusive pictures spanning the franchise's entire history.

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  9. Bullying vs. Compassion: Psychology Lessons from Harry Potter

    “Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.” - Professor Dumbledore

    Harry Potter, “the boy who lived,” is one of the most famous and influential fictional series, alongside classics like Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. What’s especially striking about the Potter series is how accurately author J. K. Rowling illustrates the terrible struggles many of us face; among them, bullying and prejudice, which are arguably the main themes of the series.

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  10. Harry Potter’s Emma Watson And Daniel Radcliffe Talk Hamster Burials, David Bowie Horcruxes

    Take that, Herpo the Foul.

    Last Friday Emma Watson was awarded a Britannia Award for Best Artist of the Year, and accepted the honor with an emotional speech honoring the surrogate family she has found within the British film industry.

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