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Hogwarts

  1. Lev Grossman’s The Magicians and the Mainstreaming of Fan Culture

    This is just like magic!

    A few weeks ago, the Syfy network announced their plans to adapt Lev Grossman's fantasy trilogy, The Magicians, into an hourlong drama series. The small handful of blogs and online news outlets who covered the story labelled the project "Harry Potter for adults," or else slapped it with a somewhat derisive-sounding "Young Adult fantasy" label. On the surface, it's easy to see how people can mistake The Magicians for any number of other "young people discovering they're mystically special" narrative, but it's a description that is, nevertheless, inaccurate. Now I'm not crazy. I know a story about a group of young adults who attend a magic school and then go traipsing around an alternate universe which can be accessed via an interstitial forest sounds a lot like "Harry Potter/Narnia for adults." But what that description betrays is a failure to understand that Grossman's series isn't a rip-off of either story, but is instead something newer and stranger than that. 

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  2. Things We Saw Today: Schmexy Star Trek Body Pillows

    Things We Saw Today

    Hey, remember that Loki/Thor cuddle blanket? Here's another thing kinda like that. For sale by IdentityProductions on Etsy. (via Creepbay)

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  3. Hogwarts is Real and It’s Now Offering Online Courses

    Accio nerds! Oh-- wait, they're already here.

    Do you miss school so much that you'd start taking totally fake classes in made-up magical subjects? God, you're such an effin' Ravenclaw. Also, put down the grad school applications for a second. We've got something better for you: namely, a website called Hogwarts is Here.

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  4. Hogwarts Is Real! Well, At Least Diagon Alley Is, Because It’s On Google Maps Right Now

    You don't even need any floo powder or anything!

    England, I've got a bone to pick with you. As a college student I studied abroad in London for a whole four months and nothing exciting happened at all. Since I left, though, you guys got the Doctor Who Experience, a royal wedding, David Tennant and Catherine Tate doing Shakespeare together, and now a Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio Tour! Not fair, England! Well, at least now I'll be able to live through the eyes of other tourists vicariously using street view images of the Diagon Alley set that Google Maps just released recently. You guys don't know how good you have it.

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  5. Forget What A History of Magic Says: Here’s How Hogwarts Was Really Founded [Video]

    Man, Bathilda Bagshot didn't even know what she was talking about.

    The noble house of Slytherin gets a pretty bum rap in the Harry Potter series, which I guess isn't that weird considering most of the characters sorted into it are either total dicks or just plain evil. As the comedy group Viewers Like You points out, though, Slytherins aren't all that bad. They just need a little more attention than most people. You know, kind of like your one really clingy friend that you sometimes forget to invite out when you're making plans to found a school of witchcraft and wizardry. Everybody can relate to that, right?

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  6. Here’s the Madeline/Harry Potter Crossover I Didn’t Know I’d Always Wanted

    This is just like magic!

    If there's one thing I've learned from the internet, it's that most worlds, fictional or not, can be improved if you just stick them in Hogwarts. The same can even be said for other classic children's stories, such as the beloved Madeline books. Check out these illustrations, by artist Christina Wald, of Maryline, and a Wizard School in Scotland. It may be off-brand, but it is nonetheless adorable.

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  7. Ask Hogwarts Gives Advice On Coming Out & Hipsters [VIDEO]

    Questions! Questions That Need Answering

    You may remember the Not Literally Productions team from their Harry Potter Walk of Shame video, or their "Ask Hogwarts" advice series. Well, they've got a few new questions for one member of each house to answer. The responses are given, in character, by a lady from each Hogwarts house - Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff. This time they tackle the tough choice of coming out and whether or not there's a place for hipsters at Hogwarts. By the by, it's all about the last answer given for the coming out question. Give it a watch.

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  8. Let’s Hope Hogwarts Doesn’t Have Facebook: Social Advice From Every House

    There's An Apparate For That

    Some representatives from each house of Hogwarts -- Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff -- are here to answer your burning questions on how to best conduct yourself around others! Some are really looking out for you, and some are looking to amuse themselves. Some are overthinking it completely, and some have not yet discovered how to think. But they are really, really good at Quidditch! They're great at it! And here is the fun part: they are still available to take your questions! Send an email to the makers of this video, Not Literally Productions, and ask them your questions: not [dot] literally [dot] productions [at] gmail [dot] com. (via Not Literally Productions on YouTube) Previously in Harry Potter

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  9. One Time When Apparating Inside Hogwarts Would Really Come In Handy [VIDEO]

    There's An Apparate For That

    Look, we all know J.K. Rowling left out one very important aspect in her Harry Potter novels - horny teenagers. They exist and spending all year at a school with other horny teenagers, I find it hard to believe no funny business went down. They aren't immune just because they're wizards you know! We have to take issue with one aspect of this video by Wrock band Not Literally though. How the hell did that Gryffindor get into the Slytherin girls' dorm? That's totally not allowed as witnessed by Harry and Ron in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Unless that particular enchantment is specifically for only Gryffindor girls, in which case, our minds have created a slew of new fanfic. (via Topless Robot)

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  10. Post to Your Facebook From Hogwarts or a Dr. Pepper

    If you've ever had the desire to post to Facebook from a device that doesn't actually have Facebook support, fear not, a solution is upon us. Redditor leftoverusername has shared a way to mess with your Facebook URL that allows you to spoof the API. In short, you can tell Facebook that you are posting from a typerwriter, Hogwarts, cheese, or even a sperm whale, regardless of whether or not you actually are. Kudos if you actually hacked your sperm whale to post to Facebook.

    It probably won't be long until this fun little trick gets popular enough to be noticed and subsequently blocked, but until then, post witty, pop culture statuses that will amaze your friends and strike fear in the hearts of your enemies. Explain the trick at the risk of ending the fun that much faster. That being said, check out in-depth, step-by-step instructions below.

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