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In 2007, Harry Potter fans all over the world anticipated the seventh and concluding book in the Harry Potter series. Ten years of blissful magic was coming to a close. However, while millions of fans around the world debated whether to have their minds erased just to re-experience the magic, JK Rowling was working diligently undercover.
Despite the production of films and additional Harry Potter books from the Hogwarts shelves themselves, the Wizarding World seemed to have shut its doors for good. That all changed in 2015. Rumours were confirmed that a play titled, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, was in the works, and it came out this year. A script version sold out all over the world as Harry Potter fans reunited with their childhood friend. But The Cursed Child is only the beginning. JK Rowling’s play is intended to add closure to the Harry Potter story, not promote it. Instead, it’s time to take the Wizarding world to a different level. In late 2015, a new and improved website was established entitled Pottermore, featuring JK Rowling’s signature as its logo.
The website features exclusive and never seen before writing by JK Rowling. Within the site, fact files can be reviewed to remind oneself about past Harry Potter characters. Additionally, Rowling explores and explains topics found within the series’ pages. Upon viewing articles, readers are able to better understand the Ministry of Magic, explore the unexplored Hufflepuff common room, and learn more about the wizarding families.
That’s not all. Pottermore features a new test that determines one’s Hogwarts house written by JK Rowling herself. Along with the test, participants can discover their wand type and find out what their patronus is. Rowling has definitely been expanding her ideas. Now members of the Pottermore website can learn about the Wizarding World all over the world. What’s the name of the wizarding school in Brazil? How was the North American school of witchcraft founded? Does the US have a magical government like the Ministry of Magic? All these questions and many more are answered on the Pottermore website.
But wait, there’s more!
Fantastic Beasts and where to Find Them, is a new film which will hit the theaters this November. The movie’s about a wizard named Newt Scamander and his case full of magical creatures. The movie is loosely based on a book written by JK Rowling of the same title which is a textbook found in the Hogwarts Library. The film was co-written by JK Rowling herself and is intended to have four more sequels.
There is so much more to tell you, like how the house of MinaLima has been built (a house that features all the graphic art found in the Harry Potter films), and the new Harry Potter world in Orlando. So, what does The Student Scoop suggest? Head on over to the Pottermore website and find out for yourself just how awesome the Wizarding World has become. (www.pottermore.com)
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Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty, follows the stories of three kindergarten moms: one a feisty forty-year-old, one so young she’s mistaken for the babysitter, and another a gorgeous blonde with a secret. A bullying scandal in the school leads to rising tensions between the moms and the “blonde bobs” (the PTA moms who run the school), which escalate until a parent dies during the school’s trivia night. The book goes back and forth between before and after the event, with witness statements between passages.
I absolutely loved this novel: it’s witty and full of humor, but it also explores serious topics such as domestic abuse, rape, and bullying. Unlike many novels that approach the same topics, it does not convey a simplistic portrayal of these situations, but rather authentically shows the complexities of such topics. It seemed like the author lived through these experiences herself, from how real the story felt. The characters are well crafted, interesting, relatable, and full of life and depth . They feel real, like at any moment they might leap from the page. The storyline is engaging and the twist at the end totally grabbed me by surprise. I don’t want to spoil anything, so suffice it to say, it’s worth the read, so check it out at the library.
★★★★☆ (4.5/5 stars)
Is your love life going nowhere? Worry not! These experienced ladies got you covered.
Lady Macbeth (Macbeth): To catch a good catch requires making emotionally mature decisions, but it’s still quite simple. All you have to do is help each other murder any and all individuals who may stand on your path to success- that’s always a healthy way to deal with ambition! Nothing impresses a guy more than the OCD you’ll acquire. This may be risky, but the constant threat of danger will keep you thin *wink*.
Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream): Just get someone to perform magic on your hubby. This may require a couple of tries on wrong guys, but it works like, well, like magic!
And if that doesn’t work, you can always try to pour some love-in-idleness in their drink, if you know what I mean **double wink**. For more on the subject, check out the Disney Princes’ Guide to Dating!
Juliet (Romeo & Juliet): Love is beautiful. You will know from the moment you lay your eyes on the person that you’re meant together no matter what. Even if you’re the second option. Even if they are from an enemy family. Even if they stalk you and propose after one day. Even if they kill your cousin… And remember, kids: adolescent infatuation does equal love <3.
Viola (Twelfth Night): Let’s talk about the f word: fetish. Fetish for older man. That’s right, girls! We all have it and we shouldn’t be ashamed to come out and say it. Orsino always tells me that a woman needs to get a good, older husband while she is in full bloom, because, honey, you won’t be at your prime forever. Now, to snag that ca$h, I mean, hottie, you must invest in quality drag. This may seem counter-intuitive, but you know what they say: it ain’t love if you don’t help your crush fall in love with another woman, who, in turn, falls in love with you. Worry not; if anything goes wrong, just get your twin brother to come back to life and replace you: tah dah!
Whether you are a believer in love at first sight or that it should take effort, these wise Shakespearean women given golden advice. Make sure to try them and comment below your love story- we guarantee a 100% success rate!
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Fantastical and macabre, Tim Burton’s latest movie has left the fans of the Ransom Riggs novel wanting more. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is an incredible movie in and of itself, but it diverged in essential aspects from the novel which inspired it. Both movie and novel follow Jake’s journey as he uncovers the mystery left behind by his grandfather and the truth about his own peculiarity, but Tim Burton squished a trilogy into a single film. The visuals are amazing, and anyone who has not read the book will absolutely love the film, but for me it became an unpleasant surprise.
Ransom Riggs’ trilogy was initially planned to be compilation of vintage photographs; however, inspired by their peculiar nature, he wrote a story to accompany and link all the images. From the cover, one could judge it as horror story, but the book is far from that. Although suspenseful and mysterious, the images become dear to the reader instead of frightening as each new character comes with a new image. The novel also grapples with the notion of grief, love and multiple intelligences, which the movie only hints at. Although Tim Burton is able to capture the general essence of the novel, it lacks depth, transforming a beautiful story into an adventure movie.
It is true the film and literature are two completely different art forms, and really shouldn’t be compared, but when a novel is written practically ready to become a movie it is hard to let it go. There were so many unnecessary changes, such as switching and distorting the Peculiar’s powers, adding unnecessary props, and redefining the workings of the time loops, that one can only say that the film was only slightly based on the novel. So, fans of the book don’t expect much resemblance, but enjoy the visuals. Others, much like every Tim Burton movie, it is creepy, but ingeniously well done and I definitely recommend it.
However, what probably frustrated me the most, they switched and reformed the powers of the peculiars. Emma, Jake’s love interest, has the power to control and produce fire with her hands, not being lighter than air. Olive, on the other hand, appears in the novel as a small girl lighter than air, but can’t control it. In the movie she is an almost full grown women who can make things combust. Enoch’s power is also distorted as he can only reanimate dead organism if there is a heart available to insert into it, differently from the movie where apparently he created life from his imagination in the final scene.
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