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All Seven Harry Potter Books, Ranked

Every Harry Potter book is magical—some more so than others.

While I love each and every precious book in this series as if it were my first-born child, when it comes down to it, not every Potter book is created equal. Like it or not, some installments of the series clearly rise to the top, while others float quietly towards the bottom. Although the hierarchy of Harry Potter books is in many ways subjective, I feel there are some undeniable flaws and successes that can be used to rank the series from worst to best.

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TMS: Book Club Picks for June

Books. Book. And more books! This month with a side of romance.

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In Case You Missed It: 8 Fantastic Titles to Fill Your Shelves

We don't always get to cover every book we receive here at The Mary Sue offices, but we got so many fantastic titles the past month that we just had to make sure we shared some of our favorites, plus one recent release that we've been dying to share with you. So before we unveil our Book Club picks for June, here are some titles we wanted to make sure we shared with y'all!

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The Baby-Sitters Club Is Returning to Television for a New Generation of Pre-Teen Entrepreneurs

Ann M. Martin's classic YA series, The Babysitter's Club, has been adapted in several languages, and into several mediums, including a 1990s TV show, a film, and a current best-selling series of graphic novels. Now, our favorite sitters are returning to the small screen to capture the hearts of a new generation.

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Book Lovers, Let’s Break Down the Biggest Changes Made for the Wrinkle in Time Movie

Breaking down some of the biggest changes to Madeleine L'Engle's book, and how they affected the emotional resonance audiences found (or didn't) in the movie.

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11 Black Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors You Need to Read

While we've always been avid science fiction and fantasy readers, it's impossible to overlook one of the genre's most glaring problems—namely, its predominant whiteness. Luckily, there has been a surge in dialogue regarding this lack of diversity, and more and more voices are being heard, published, and given the praise they deserve. After the jump, you'll find a list of black science fiction and fantasy authors whose work has left, or is currently leaving, a footprint on the genre we all love.

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Season 2 of Series of Unfortunate Events Has More Villainous Treachery and Treacherous Villains

Neil Patrick Harris leads this new Netflix trailer for A Series of Unfortunate Events as Count Olaf.

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10 of the Best Podcasts for Romance Readers

Get ready to fall in love with your new favorite podcast.

Are you a romance fan as well as podcast listener? If you love squeeing over new books, hearing interviews with your favorite authors, and listening to discussions of alphas vs. alphaholes, these are the best podcasts for you to listen to while you’re driving, cleaning, or chilling in bed. Since some of these shows are long-running, I’ve also listed an episode that would be a great starter for those of you new to the podcast. Happy listening!

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Celebrating the Paperback Release of Six of Crows with Leigh Bardugo

Today the paperback edition of Six of Crows officially comes out, and we were very excited to ask Leigh some questions about how the series has changed her for the better and what she's looking forward to next.

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The 8 Best Queer Book Releases of January 2018

The new year kicked off with a bang, promising new beginnings and a whole wealth of opportunity and possibility. Included in that were some truly amazing new queer reads, running the gamut of YA, NA, SFF, Romance, and beyond.

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Does Realism Matter When Creating a Fictional Magic System?

There are a lot of variables to consider when developing a magic system for a game or a literary or cinematic series. Who is able to wield magic? What is the source of its power? How much training is required to become a magic-user? Does it involve incantations, material components, and/or specific gestures? Is it dependent upon details of time and place?

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Ursula K. Le Guin: The Legacy of a Fantasy Legend

Ursula K. Le Guin's legacy will carry on as one of the greatest minds in the genre and a groundbreaking example of women's ability to craft stories.

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The Internet Is Delighting Over the Idea of Trump’s “Gorilla TV” Channel

Hilarious and, as it turns out, all too believable.

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The Brontë Sisters Would Have No Patience for This Sexist, Elitist, Pearl-Clutching Book Snob Claiming to Defend Their Legacy

So let's revel in the deliciousness.

How would Emily Brontë feel about a lover of books having a position of some authority in a literature society? And how would Brontë feel about a man bemoaning and belittling her position based on her appearance and career choices? This guy is right. We do all know the answer to that.

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12 Regal Books for Fans of The Crown

Thinking of what to do after you’re done watching The Crown? We’ve compiled a list of books that have the same feel, from an inside peek at royal romances to books that paint a picture of the second Elizabethan era.

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Libraries Matter, No Matter What This New York Observer Columnist Says

I would have to agree! Watching New York Observer Columnist Andre Walker be publicly lambasted after tweeting about how "no adult" uses libraries anymore was definitely a bright spot of 2017. Libraries matter.

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Joyce Carol Oates Asks if Othello Works Without Him Being a Moor—Um…Nope

Joyce Carol Oates posed the idea on Twitter that the play "Othello" would work the same if the racial elements were removed and Othello being a moor was made irrelevant.

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Previously Unpublished Zora Neale Hurston Book Will Be the Story of the Last Survivor of the US Slave Trade

Zora Neale Hurston, most well know for Their Eyes Were Watching God, is a fascinating figure of the Harlem Renaissance and black female authorship. While Their Eyes has made itself into the canon of prominent black works, it took a long time for that to happen and much of Hurston writing career was hindered by the fact that she did not kowtow to the mainstream ideas at the time of how to depict blackness. So when I heard that unpublished work of Hurston's was finally being released I was excited

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Women Are Running the TARDIS in This Upcoming Doctor Who Collection

Doctor Who is determined to fill everything you love with women and if you have a problem with that, then really that is just too bad for you.

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The 10 Books Everyone Will Want to Read in 2018

Some books, slated for 2018, have already generated interest from publishers and booksellers alike, and are set to reach wide audiences when they hit the shelves. Chances are, you’ll be seeing these books on the bestseller lists, award lists, and more.

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