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MuggleNet Academia discusses literature aspects of the Harry Potter book series. Brought to you by the World's #1 Harry Potter Fan Site

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MuggleNet Academia discusses literature aspects of the Harry Potter book series. Brought to you by the World's #1 Harry Potter Fan Site

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What a Podcast! A Podcast for the Intellectual Harry Potter Fans!

By chupacabrasX - Oct 10 2018
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A great Podcast no matter if you are a young fanboy or a diehard one. A great, great podcast.

Great fun!

By DJ_Rampage - Nov 15 2017
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...and frequently thought-provoking!

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122 Ratings
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81
18
12
8
3

What a Podcast! A Podcast for the Intellectual Harry Potter Fans!

By chupacabrasX - Oct 10 2018
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A great Podcast no matter if you are a young fanboy or a diehard one. A great, great podcast.

Great fun!

By DJ_Rampage - Nov 15 2017
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...and frequently thought-provoking!

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MuggleNet Academia discusses literature aspects of the Harry Potter book series. Brought to you by the World's #1 Harry Potter Fan Site

MuggleNet Academia Lesson 23: 'There and Back Again: Chiasmus, Alchemy, and Ring Composition in Harry Potter'

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Join us in our latest Academic Lesson from the world of magic and intrigue created by author J.K. Rowling as we dive into the literature of the 'Harry Potter' series. Host Keith Hawk from MuggleNet is joined with co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor and author of the Deathly Hallows Lectures, as we share insights into the literature series of author J.K. Rowling. 

This is Lesson 23: 'There and Back Again: Chiasmus, Alchemy, and Ring Composition in Harry Potter.' Hosts Keith Hawk and John Granger are joined with four esteemed special guests, Rochelle Deans, William Sprague, Kelly Kerr, and Steven Lee. Together we discuss the incredible structure formations found with in the Harry Potter book series. Did Rowling base this structure on Tolkien, Lewis, or perhaps even Dante? Or is JKR just a huge Obsessive Compulsive in structure herself? Listen in and find out what we think.

MuggleNet Academia is a podcast from the staff of the World's No. 1 Harry Potter website, MuggleNet.com. Enjoy the show!

Jul 09 2013

1hr 39mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 47: "How to Write Like Rowling"

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

In this lesson, we have asked C. S. Plocher, professional editor who blogs at WriteLikeRowling.com, and Christine Frazier of the BetterNovelProject.com webBlog to join us in opening a new subject, namely, knowing what we do about Harry Potter as a literary artifact. Can we reproduce its success at least in part by imitating how J.K. Rowling tells her seven part epic? Have other authors already done this? Where did Rowling find her tools or are they unique to her?

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

Jun 19 2016

1hr 28mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 22: 'Harry Potter and the Narrative Transformations'

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Join us in our latest Academic Lesson from the world of magic and intrigue created by author J.K. Rowling as we dive into the literature of the 'Harry Potter' series. Host Keith Hawk from MuggleNet is joined with co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor and author of the Deathly Hallows Lectures, as we share insights into the literature series of author J.K. Rowling. 

This is Lesson 22: 'Harry Potter and the Narrative Transformations' with our special guest speaker, Professor Kate Behr from Concordia College and St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary in New York, hails originally from England and shares her thoughts with John and I and our student guest Danielle Karthauser from West Chester University in Pennsylvania, as she challenges us to re-think how we understand the story being told in light of how the same story is re-told and how we are transformed by the telling and re-telling

MuggleNet Academia is a podcast from the staff of the World's No. 1 Harry Potter website, MuggleNet.com. Enjoy the show!

Jun 26 2013

1hr 21mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 41: "Light Sabres and Wands"

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

In this lesson, we discuss a Galaxy Far Far Away! An exciting discussion on the film and popular culture phenomenon, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and it's influences both from and to the Harry Potter series. We have two Harry Potter pundits who are also expert in the origins, artistry, and meaning of George Lucas’ Star Wars films. We welcome back Dr. Amy H. Sturgis, professor at Belmont and Lenoir-Rhyne Universities and Emily Strand, with whom we just spoke about Quidditch last month from Mount Carmel College of Nursing. Both have written on The Force Awakens and we’ve asked them to tell us what they can about the overlaps and mutual influences and influencing going on between these epic stories and worlds.

Also joining the show is MuggleNet Staff member and Florida State University Senior Shannen Michaelsen.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

Jan 05 2016

1hr 53mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 42: "Pottermore’s Sorting Hat: The Dark Triad Dirty Dozen"

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

In this lesson, we discuss the Pottermore Sorting Quiz by J.K. Rowling and what the resultant house assignment really tells about you and your personality. What does this sorting say to you about your relationship with the Harry Potter saga. Are you an extraverted Gryffindor; an agreeable Hufflepuff; a clever Ravenclaw; or a manipulative Slytherin? How does the 'Dark Triad Dirty Dozen' (narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psycopathy) tell us about your sorting? Does the study work for other fandoms such as Divergent Factions, Hunger Games Districts. And so much more.

Also joining the show is a Junior Psychology student from Mary Baldwin College, Sharanya Rao, who is an International student from India.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

Feb 04 2016

1hr 6mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 37: “Harry Potter for Nerds Part II - Essays for Lit Geeks”

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

We continue to examine topics that are present within the NEW academic books that are focused on the literature of the Harry Potter series. Fresh off a fantastic discussion and release of the Ravenclaw Reader and Into the Pensieve, this lesson on MuggleNet Academia focuses on another collection of essays, Harry Potter for Nerds II as presented by Travis Prinzi and Professor Kathryn McDaniel.

In this lesson, the editors of Harry Potter for Nerds II, Prinzi and McDaniel, talk with Keith Hawk and John Granger about Lupin, Twins in Harry Potter, Quidditch, Gothic tropes, Reverse alchemy, Dumbledore’s mom, the White Rose Society, even another look at Squibs.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

Oct 20 2015

1hr 7mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 33: "JK Rowling's birthday secret - Cormoran Strike and the Invisibility Cloak"

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WARNING: SPOILER ALERT!!! We discuss plot and narrative points within both the "Cuckoo's Calling" and "Silkworm" novels by Robert Galbraith. Please read these amazing novels before listening to this show!

MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today.

In this very special edition of MuggleNet Academia,we celebrate Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling's birthday with a look into the Cormoran Strike mystery novels by Rowling's pseudonym, Robert Galbraith. This program shows the unique comparison between the Potter series and the Doom Bar detective to show why this series is set to take off within the fandom.

Our special guests for this show is a returning favorite speaker, Dolores Gordon-Smith, author of the Jack Haldean mystery novels set in the 1920's of UK, and Professor Karen Kebarle from Algonquin College and La Cité Collègiale in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

We hope you this special birthday edition of MuggleNet Academia. Thank you for listening.

Jul 31 2015

1hr 34mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 36: "Violence Against Women Harry Potter"

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today.

We continue to examine topics that are present within the NEW academic books that are focused on the literature of the Harry Potter series. Fresh off a fantastic discussion and release of the Ravenclaw Reader, this lesson on MuggleNet Academia focuses on Chapter 11 from Professor Patrick McCauley's new book Into the Pensieve.

In this lesson, we discuss a key topic and theme that is prevalent throughout the Harry Potter series but has been overlooked in the past...Violence Against the female characters and their repercussions in the magical world. Joining Professor Patrick McCauley on this show is MuggleNet Creative Team Staff Members, Amy Hogan and Lizzie Sudlow.

In this lesson we discuss:

  • Why did J.K. Rowling name her first daughter, Jessica, after Jessica Mitford, a known communist and fascist supporter and author of Hons and Rebels?
  • Rowling's skill of writing to the level of her reader's ages throughout the series.
  • What really happened to the female characters like Katie Bell, Ariana Dumbledore, Lily Potter, Dolores Umbridge, and even Helena Ravenclaw.
  • AND SO MUCH MORE!

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

Sep 26 2015

1hr 27mins

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MuggleNet Academia - Lesson 15 - 'Harry Potter and Philosophy: Metaphysical Musings at Hogwarts'

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Join us in this latest Academic Lesson from the world created by author J.K. Rowling as we dive into the literature of the 'Harry Potter' series.

Host Keith Hawk from MuggleNet is joined with co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor and author of the Deathly Hallows Lectures, as we share insights into the literature series of author J.K. Rowling. On this show we are joined by Carrie-Ann Biondi, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Maymount Manhattan College in New York City. Also joining the show are two of Professor Biondi's students, Ariel Kline and Ashley Feith. In this lesson we discuss particular subjects -- love, death, friendship, punishment, lying, torture, justice, fate versus free will, the meaning of life -- through a philosophical lens, which demonstrates how philosophical tools can help us to appreciate our experience of the Hogwarts Saga more profoundly and intimately. Get your geek on for this wild ride into 'Harry Potter and Philosophy!'

MuggleNet Academia is a podcast from the staff of the World's No. 1 Harry Potter website, MuggleNet.com.

Dec 04 2012

1hr 28mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 39: "The Boy Who Lived, All Grown Up"

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

In this lesson, we discuss a new course that is being held on the University of Maryland titled, "The Boy Who Lived, All Grown Up: Assessing the Harry Potter books and their Adaptations." The Terrapins in Prof. Markey Butler’s course explore the multi-leveled experiences in story adaptation and even propose a new adaptation of the Harry Potter series themselves, not just writing fan-fiction but imagining new categories of fan engagement and adaptation of the original story. Also joining the show is Terrapin student Meg Galuardi from Prof. Markey Butler's class.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

Dec 15 2015

1hr 28mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 3: 'Parseltongue, Gobbledegook, and Troll: Translating Harry Potter'

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today.

In this lesson we examine the issues encountered when translating the Harry Potter books into different languages around the world.

May 29 2012

1hr 18mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 20 - 'Our 1-Year Anniversary Spectacular Show'

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Join us in our latest Academic Lesson from the world of magic and intrigue created by author J.K. Rowling as we dive into the literature of the 'Harry Potter' series. Host Keith Hawk from MuggleNet is joined with co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor and author of the Deathly Hallows Lectures, as we share insights into the literature series of author J.K. Rowling. 

This is our 1-YEAR ANNIVERSARY SPECTACULAR SHOW as we celebrate not only one year of incredibly rich and educational lessons, but also our 20th amazing show. Join us as we welcome back many of the special guests from the last year as we continue the topics we recorded with some additional materials you may have missed. What would we have liked to discuss that we may have missed? What show would one guest like to have been on with another guest? What fandom experience stood out the most? What future show would they like to hear? AND SO MUCH MORE!

MuggleNet Academia is a podcast from the staff of the World's No. 1 Harry Potter website, MuggleNet.com. Enjoy the show!

Apr 30 2013

1hr 23mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 45: "District 9 3/4 - Harry Potter and the Hunger Games: Critical Insights"

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

In this lesson, a critical insight to the widely popular Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. On the surface the stories could not be more different: one is contemporary School Boy Gothic with a rich undercurrent of humor and satire, the other is dystopian fiction and almost unfailingly grim. But they deliver an experience that made Katniss’ trials in her Games arenas seem like a continuation or an expansion of Harry’s battles with the Dark Lord. Tonight, we have invited three noted Potter Pundits -- the editor of the just published Critical Insights volume on The Hunger Games, Lana Whited, and two contributors to this volume, Dr Amy H Sturgis and Elizabeth Baird-Hardy -- to talk about Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen, and what we learn about each series in appreciating the other.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

May 30 2016

1hr 38mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 31: "Books Within the Books of Harry Potter"

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today.

In this lesson, we examine the role of the books mentioned within the books of Harry Potter. Who reads them and who doesn't and what they tell us about the characters; Books that are used as gifts, weapons, and jokes within the Hogwarts Saga; How authors of the  magical books should be understood; and so much more.

We are joined by Hufflepuff extraordinaire, David Martin, who shares with us his MISTI-Con presentation on this very subject. We are also joined by Kelly Orazi and Ariel Taranski as our specially selected student guests.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

Jul 07 2015

1hr 26mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 26: 'Augustana, Harry Potter, and the Alchemical Retreat'

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the ‘Harry Potter’ series.

We look through the entire ‘Harry Potter’ series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today.

In this Lesson, we showcase the ‘Harry Potter’ course at Augustana College titled, ‘The Soul of Harry Potter’ with Professor and Pastor Richard Priggie. This course includes an amazing alchemical retreat to a Hogwarts-esque castle in Illinois called Stronghold Castle. Joining the show as our student guest is Fallon Meyer, a Junior at Augustana who enrolled in the class and was a prefect during the retreat.

Thank you for listening.

Dec 03 2013

1hr 8mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 44: “Is there such a thing as Harry Potter Canon anymore?”

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

In this lesson, we discuss Wizarding World tsunami of new material and other work from Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling and whether or not we should consider these storylines as part of the Potter canon. Cursed Child, a play that Rowling has had a hand in bringing to the stage will debut this summer and be published as a play simultaneously. Fantastic Beasts, the first of a series of films written by Rowling, rolls out this fall, and the continuous outpouring of information and backstory from Pottermore.

Joining hosts Keith Hawk and John Granger is Professor John Mark Reynolds from The St. Constantine School in Houston, Texas and MuggleNet Staff member and co-host of Alohomora, Alison Siggard.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

May 13 2016

1hr 54mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 11: 'The Psychology of Harry Potter'

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Join us in this latest Academic Lesson from the world created by author J.K. Rowling as we dive into the psychology of various Harry Potter characters.

Host Keith Hawk from MuggleNet is joined with co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor and author of the Deathly Hallows Lectures, as we share insights into the literature series of author J.K. Rowling. On this show Professor of Psychology Louis Freeman of Mary Baldwin College and student guest and Psychology major Cassandra Dinius of Southern Illinois University Carbondale share their thoughts on the psychological profile of many of our favorite characters. Does Winky suffer from depression? Is Voldemort a Sociopath or a psychopath? What about the issues surrounding Mad-eye Moody and Hermione or the Black Family including a favorite character, Bellatrix? Hop on the couch as a psychological analysis gets under way.

MuggleNet Academia is a podcast from the staff of the World's No. 1 Harry Potter website, MuggleNet.com

Oct 19 2012

1hr 11mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 14: 'Harry Potter for Nerds'

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Join us in this latest Academic Lesson from the world created by author J.K. Rowling as we dive into the literature of the 'Harry Potter' series.

Host Keith Hawk from MuggleNet is joined with co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor and author of the Deathly Hallows Lectures, as we share insights into the literature series of author J.K. Rowling. On this show we are joined by the esteemed Travis Prinzi, author of 'Harry Potter & Imagination: The Way Between Two Worlds' and editor of two essays - 'Hog's Head Conversations: Essays on Harry Potter, Volume 1' and 'Harry Potter for Nerds'. Also joining the show is our student guest who graduated from the University of Toronto, Natalie Cooper. We discuss a variety of topics on this lesson including: Where will the Harry Potter world of Academia be in the future, Ring Compositions, comparative discussions between Rowling's Hogwarts Saga and the Tolkien and Dickens works, and how our lives have been affected by the story of the Boy Who Lived. So sit down in the Hogs Head and grab a Butterbeer or Fire Whiskey, as you do not want to miss this conversation.

MuggleNet Academia is a podcast from the staff of the World's No. 1 Harry Potter website, MuggleNet.com.

Nov 23 2012

1hr 35mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 32: "Medieval Motifs in Harry Potter"

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today.

In this lesson, we unpack the classical and medieval ideas and symbols that are embedded in and across the Hogwarts Saga as shared by Professor Rhonda Dubec of Lakehead University in Ontario Canada. We hope to introduce the real Middle Ages, to explore the symbols, culture, and metaphysics of this time as it finds expression in Hogwarts.

Our student guests for this show are Nadia Mulvihill, an English Literature graduate and English Teacher from upstate New York, and Aaron Schwartz, a classically trained musician and vocal instructor from Southern California.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

Jul 15 2015

1hr 21mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 5: 'Whodunit? Harry Potter - in the Great Hall - with the wand'

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Join us in this latest Academic Lesson from the world created by author J.K. Rowling as we discuss how the writings of J.K. Rowling compare to to the writing styles of the greatest mystery writers of all time, Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers.

Host Keith Hawk from MuggleNet and Co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor, discuss a variety of topics relating to the Harry Potter series with a Special Guest Speaker and a Student Guest Speaker during each lesson. This lesson, we welcome respected British mystery author of the 'Jack Haldean' novels, Dolores Gordon-Smith, and student guest from the University of Chicago, Sarah Granger. 

MuggleNet Academia is a podcast from the staff of the World's No. 1 Harry Potter website, MuggleNet.com (http://www.mugglenet.com/).

Jun 26 2012

1hr 48mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 56: "Fantastic Beasts and North America - A Study of Eugenics"

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

Once again, the MuggleNet Academia team of host Keith Hawk, managing editor for MuggleNet, and co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor, brings our fans the latest in academic discussions within the Harry Potter and Fantastics Beasts sagas.

In this lesson, we are joined by returning Potter Pundit, Chris Gavaler from Washington & Lee University, as we tackle a very difficult subject to discuss in American History - Eugenics

Eugenics is difficult to wrap your head around when you consider that it actually began in America and culminated in Nazi Germany with the killing of 20 million Jews, gypsies, and undesirables. We give the listener a strong understanding of its history and lead into how the setting of 1926 America in J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts is centered around this subject. Even actor, Ezra Miller (Credence Barebones) and Director David Yates stated during interviews how Eugenics is a crucial subject in this setting of Fantastic Beasts.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

Dec 12 2016

1hr 29mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 55: "Fantastic Beasts - From Screen to Book"

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

Once again, the MuggleNet Academia team of host Keith Hawk, managing editor for MuggleNet, and co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor, brings our fans the latest in academic discussions within the Hogwarts saga.

In this lesson, we are joined by the trio of Hogwarts Professors Team members with returning Potter pundits, Professor Louise Freeman from Mary Baldwin University, Professor Elizabeth Baird-Hardy from Maryland Community College, and Professor Emily Strand from Mount Carmel College of Nursing.

It's a BIG ONE listeners and fans as we are tackling the first of five films and screenplays in the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them saga. We examine everything on this film from the composition of the story structure, the creatures, scenes, North American Indian folklore missteps, and so much more. This is a "Fantastic" discussion that you will not want to miss.

WARNING: Spoilers are contained throughout the lesson, so be sure you have watched the Fantastic Beasts film before listening to this show.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

Dec 06 2016

2hr 1min

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 52: “Snape: A Definitive Reading - LIVE from Chestnut Hill College's Harry Potter Conference”

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

Once again, the MuggleNet Academia team of host Keith Hawk, managing editor for MuggleNet, and co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor, brings our fans the latest in academic discussions within the Hogwarts saga.

In this lesson, we are joined by author of Snape: A Definitive Reading, Lorrie Kim to discuss the live and times of our favorite Hogwarts Professor to love and hate, Professor Severus Snape. We examine his upbringing, school years, and a variety of takeaways from the readings in all seven books. Certainly a lively conversation at Chestnut Hill College during the Harry Potter Weekend in Philadelphia, PA.

Joining us on our panel today is returning Potter pundits, Professor Louise Freeman from Mary Baldwin University, and Professor Emily Strand from Mount Carmel College of Nursing.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

Oct 21 2016

1hr 17mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 51: “Harry Potter and the Indian in the Cupboard”

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

Once again, the MuggleNet Academia team of host Keith Hawk, managing editor for MuggleNet, and co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor, brings our fans the latest in academic discussions within the Hogwarts saga.

In response to objections of Native American critics to Rowling’s failings there have been dismissals from some parts of Harry Potter fandom of these criticisms as “politically correct” and that “it’s just a story.” But Rowling has set herself up to being held to a higher standard, hasn’t she? Both in the research she did for the Hogwarts Saga and the tone and themes of those books?

  • Rowling said in trailer to Fantastic Beasts that her stories are about those “set apart, stigmatized, or othered,”
  • In a July 7, 2000 Entertainment Weekly interview, J.K. Rowling admits, “bigotry is probably the thing I detest most. All forms of intolerance, the whole idea of ‘that which is different from me is necessarily evil.’

Besides the size of her following, are these the kinds of comments and the hypocrisy of the Pottermore back stories the reasons fans are so surprised and disappointed? John Greene has said “Reading is always an act of empathy. It’s always an imagining of what it’s like to be someone else.” I suppose writing is, too. Has Rowling failed here in empathy, as well as research and understanding?

We’ve invited two authorities on literature and First Nations traditions to talk with us and share their reading of these chapters: Dr. Amy H. Sturgis and Allison Mills.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

Sep 07 2016

1hr 43mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 50: “Harry Potter and the Genetics of Wizardry”

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

Once again, the MuggleNet Academia team of host Keith Hawk, managing editor for MuggleNet, and co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor, brings our fans the latest in academic discussions within the Hogwarts saga.

Science in Harry Potter? You’re kidding, right? Harry’s adventures are set in a magical world that is the antithesis of the Muggle realm’s dependence on science and engineering; magic by definition is the suspension of the laws of nature, and, as science is the exploration of those laws, the worlds should not meet, even in the potions laboratory of Professor Snape. Except in one field, namely, genetics. Witches and wizards, pure-blood, half-bloods, mudbloods, and even squibs are all subject to and products of the vagaries of chromosomes and genetic coding like all the rest of us and as this is no small part of the larger meaning of the Hogwarts Saga – the prejudice of purebloods to muggleborns – getting the genetics right is an important thing.

Joining us today to talk about this is Dr. Eric Spana, an Assistant Professor in the Practice of Biology at Duke, who is an expert on the subject and Priyanka Nadar, founder of the Harry Potter Alliance chapter at Mary Baldwin University who has her Masters in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth.

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Sep 04 2016

1hr 22mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 49: “Rights, Copyrights, and Playwrights - The Legal Side of Rowling’s Magic”

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

Once again, the MuggleNet Academia team of host Keith Hawk, managing editor for MuggleNet, and co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor, brings our fans the latest in academic discussions within the Hogwarts saga.

In this lesson we discuss the relationships between J.K. Rowling and her literary agents and Warner Bros. to discuss Rowling's copyrights, trademarks, merchandising, and extended content such as "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" and "Cursed Child" productions and subsequent book productions. What are some of the legal ins and outs associated with all of these projects and who leads it all? Is it Rowling herself, Blair Partnerships, or is it the Harry Potter Global Franchise Division? We discuss all of this and more with our returning guest, Heidi Tandy, lawyer extraordinaire and co-founder of HPEF and Fiction Alley. Also joining us today are student guest, Mary Wojcicki, and Haley Lewis.

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Aug 24 2016

1hr 25mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 48: “Cursed Child: Praise, Criticism, and Pigeons”

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

Once again, the MuggleNet Academia team of host Keith Hawk, managing editor for MuggleNet, and co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor, brings our fans the latest in academic discussions within the Hogwarts saga. In this lesson, we discuss Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in depth.

SPOILER WARNING: During this academic lesson, we will be discussing many plot points and offering literary analysis from the 'draft rehearsal script' including many spoilers. DO NOT Listen to this lesson if you have not read the script.

Not since the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has the Harry Potter fandom gathered at midnight in bookstores and libraries around the world for a new story from Rowling’s beloved Wizarding World. The ‘draft rehearsal script’ of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was published at the witching hour on Harry and Jo’s birthday, 31 July, and Potter Pundits around the world have been reading and re-reading in a hurry to let us know what they think of it. MuggleNet Academia has invited the faculty of HogwartsProfessor.com, our friends Professors Elizabeth Baird-Hardy, Louise Freeman, and Emily Strand with my co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor himself, to join us and get the conversation going.

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Aug 09 2016

1hr 49mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 47: "How to Write Like Rowling"

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

In this lesson, we have asked C. S. Plocher, professional editor who blogs at WriteLikeRowling.com, and Christine Frazier of the BetterNovelProject.com webBlog to join us in opening a new subject, namely, knowing what we do about Harry Potter as a literary artifact. Can we reproduce its success at least in part by imitating how J.K. Rowling tells her seven part epic? Have other authors already done this? Where did Rowling find her tools or are they unique to her?

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

Jun 19 2016

1hr 28mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 46: "Saving All of our Galleons, Sickles, and Knuts for the Upcoming Releases"

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

In this lesson, we take a strong look at the upcoming releases within the Wizarding World itself: The Cursed Child play and its associated script in book form; Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them film and its associated screenplay in book form; the theme park openings; along with the constant backstory from JKR's Pottermore website. Is this all for the betterment of the fans? Or is there a hidden shadow in the form of fan exploitation in the works? Returning to the show to talk with us about the new movies and related controversies are screenplay writer extraordinaire and first tier Potter Pundit, Janet Batchler, and MuggleNet staffer and recent graduate of Broadcasting, Amy Hogan.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

Jun 09 2016

1hr 7mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 45: "District 9 3/4 - Harry Potter and the Hunger Games: Critical Insights"

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

In this lesson, a critical insight to the widely popular Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. On the surface the stories could not be more different: one is contemporary School Boy Gothic with a rich undercurrent of humor and satire, the other is dystopian fiction and almost unfailingly grim. But they deliver an experience that made Katniss’ trials in her Games arenas seem like a continuation or an expansion of Harry’s battles with the Dark Lord. Tonight, we have invited three noted Potter Pundits -- the editor of the just published Critical Insights volume on The Hunger Games, Lana Whited, and two contributors to this volume, Dr Amy H Sturgis and Elizabeth Baird-Hardy -- to talk about Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen, and what we learn about each series in appreciating the other.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

May 30 2016

1hr 38mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 44: “Is there such a thing as Harry Potter Canon anymore?”

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

In this lesson, we discuss Wizarding World tsunami of new material and other work from Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling and whether or not we should consider these storylines as part of the Potter canon. Cursed Child, a play that Rowling has had a hand in bringing to the stage will debut this summer and be published as a play simultaneously. Fantastic Beasts, the first of a series of films written by Rowling, rolls out this fall, and the continuous outpouring of information and backstory from Pottermore.

Joining hosts Keith Hawk and John Granger is Professor John Mark Reynolds from The St. Constantine School in Houston, Texas and MuggleNet Staff member and co-host of Alohomora, Alison Siggard.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

May 13 2016

1hr 54mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 43: “Tris Transfigured: Allegiant meets Potter”

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

In this lesson, we discuss the recent cinematic release of the Divergent Series: Allegiant with special emphasis on the similarities and contrasts between Veronica Roth's written material and Lionsgate's cinematic journey. We also dive into the thematic similarities found within the Divergent and Potter series with psychological aspects from the different sorting structures. Our special guest on this lesson is our good friend Professor Louise Freeman of Mary Baldwin College in Virginia and our student guest is Hanako Ricks, who is a mega fan of both series as well as a podcast co-host for the Sci-Fi Party Line.

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Mar 29 2016

1hr 33mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 42: "Pottermore’s Sorting Hat: The Dark Triad Dirty Dozen"

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

In this lesson, we discuss the Pottermore Sorting Quiz by J.K. Rowling and what the resultant house assignment really tells about you and your personality. What does this sorting say to you about your relationship with the Harry Potter saga. Are you an extraverted Gryffindor; an agreeable Hufflepuff; a clever Ravenclaw; or a manipulative Slytherin? How does the 'Dark Triad Dirty Dozen' (narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psycopathy) tell us about your sorting? Does the study work for other fandoms such as Divergent Factions, Hunger Games Districts. And so much more.

Also joining the show is a Junior Psychology student from Mary Baldwin College, Sharanya Rao, who is an International student from India.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

Feb 04 2016

1hr 6mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 41: "Light Sabres and Wands"

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

In this lesson, we discuss a Galaxy Far Far Away! An exciting discussion on the film and popular culture phenomenon, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and it's influences both from and to the Harry Potter series. We have two Harry Potter pundits who are also expert in the origins, artistry, and meaning of George Lucas’ Star Wars films. We welcome back Dr. Amy H. Sturgis, professor at Belmont and Lenoir-Rhyne Universities and Emily Strand, with whom we just spoke about Quidditch last month from Mount Carmel College of Nursing. Both have written on The Force Awakens and we’ve asked them to tell us what they can about the overlaps and mutual influences and influencing going on between these epic stories and worlds.

Also joining the show is MuggleNet Staff member and Florida State University Senior Shannen Michaelsen.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

Jan 05 2016

1hr 53mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 40: "The Wizarding War was Won on the Quidditch Pitch of Hogwarts"

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

In this lesson, we discuss the published essay from Harry Potter for Nerds Part II by author Emily Strand titled: "The Second War was Won on the Quidditch Pitch of Hogwarts: Quidditch as a Symbol Set in the Harry Potter Narrative." This discussion reveals the symbolic parallels between the player positions and the characters who act out these roles in the larger story. Additionally, we focus on the literary alchemy found within the Quidditch game itself and how this relates to the overall Hogwarts Saga plot twists and themes.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

Dec 22 2015

1hr 22mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 39: "The Boy Who Lived, All Grown Up"

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

In this lesson, we discuss a new course that is being held on the University of Maryland titled, "The Boy Who Lived, All Grown Up: Assessing the Harry Potter books and their Adaptations." The Terrapins in Prof. Markey Butler’s course explore the multi-leveled experiences in story adaptation and even propose a new adaptation of the Harry Potter series themselves, not just writing fan-fiction but imagining new categories of fan engagement and adaptation of the original story. Also joining the show is Terrapin student Meg Galuardi from Prof. Markey Butler's class.

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Dec 15 2015

1hr 28mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 38: "The Harry Potter Lexicon - Here and Back Again"

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

In this lesson, we discuss The Harry Potter Lexicon, the ultimate resource of facts and information on the Harry Potter series, with the creator and owner Steve Vander Ark. The Lexicon will soon be re-launched with a whole new appearance designed to allow easier and friendlier navigation as well as be mobile friendly. Additionally, we discuss the lawsuit that took place in 2008 in New York City between RDR and JKR, which centered around the book form of the Lexicon.

Also joining the show is Kat Miller, the Creative and Marketing Director for MuggleNet and Host and Co-Creator of the Alohomora podcast.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

Nov 26 2015

1hr 24mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 37: “Harry Potter for Nerds Part II - Essays for Lit Geeks”

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

We continue to examine topics that are present within the NEW academic books that are focused on the literature of the Harry Potter series. Fresh off a fantastic discussion and release of the Ravenclaw Reader and Into the Pensieve, this lesson on MuggleNet Academia focuses on another collection of essays, Harry Potter for Nerds II as presented by Travis Prinzi and Professor Kathryn McDaniel.

In this lesson, the editors of Harry Potter for Nerds II, Prinzi and McDaniel, talk with Keith Hawk and John Granger about Lupin, Twins in Harry Potter, Quidditch, Gothic tropes, Reverse alchemy, Dumbledore’s mom, the White Rose Society, even another look at Squibs.

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Oct 20 2015

1hr 7mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 36: "Violence Against Women Harry Potter"

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today.

We continue to examine topics that are present within the NEW academic books that are focused on the literature of the Harry Potter series. Fresh off a fantastic discussion and release of the Ravenclaw Reader, this lesson on MuggleNet Academia focuses on Chapter 11 from Professor Patrick McCauley's new book Into the Pensieve.

In this lesson, we discuss a key topic and theme that is prevalent throughout the Harry Potter series but has been overlooked in the past...Violence Against the female characters and their repercussions in the magical world. Joining Professor Patrick McCauley on this show is MuggleNet Creative Team Staff Members, Amy Hogan and Lizzie Sudlow.

In this lesson we discuss:

  • Why did J.K. Rowling name her first daughter, Jessica, after Jessica Mitford, a known communist and fascist supporter and author of Hons and Rebels?
  • Rowling's skill of writing to the level of her reader's ages throughout the series.
  • What really happened to the female characters like Katie Bell, Ariana Dumbledore, Lily Potter, Dolores Umbridge, and even Helena Ravenclaw.
  • AND SO MUCH MORE!

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Sep 26 2015

1hr 27mins

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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 35: "Ravenclaw Reader – Academia from St. Andrews"

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter series.

Host Keith Hawk and co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor, look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today.

In this lesson, we discuss the St. Andrews Harry Potter Literature Conference that took place in May of 2012 and the resultant book that is now available for order, Ravenclaw Reader. Ravenclaw Reader features dynamic analysis of the text of Potter from Potter Pundits around the world. Each essay within the book is followed by a peer rebuttal from another pundit. 

This lesson features the two literary professors that not only put the conference together, but were also the key editors for Ravenclaw Reader. Professor John Patrick Pazdziora, who is the Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literature at the College of Liberal Arts, Shantou University, in the People's Republic of China. And Father Micah Snell teaches writing and Great Books in the Honors College at Houston Baptist University. Also joining us is Professor Joshua Richards who is an Assistant Professor of English at Williams Baptist College and who presented a masterful piece on why Severus Snape is Harry's Father Figure within the stories.

Get your copy of the Ravenclaw Reader today, available on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Ravenclaw-Reader-Artistry-University-Conference/dp/0990882101?tag=mugglenet00-20)

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

Sep 15 2015

1hr 11mins

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