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Category Archive: Harry Potter

Aug 08 2013

Alien vs. Wizards, directed by my subconscious

I feel lucky that I frequently have very vivid, detailed dreams, sometimes to the point that I can lucid dream. The other night I had a particularly amazing one: I was trying to survive an alien invasion, darting from place to place to find a safe spot to hunker down. During that process, I was …

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Feb 07 2013

I’ve figured out why the Vatican hoards its wealth!

St. Peter’s Basilica is not actually named that because of its architecture, but for the Basilisk living beneath it! Lore tells of Basilisks converting various substances into gold, which explains the Vatican’s enormous wealth!! It also explains why they’re so reluctant to give the wealth away, because the evil Basilisk will turn the Pope into stone …

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Dec 20 2011

Oh Harry Potter :\

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While looking at random Harry Potter merchandise at Universal Studios, I found a cart full of pins. They had a lot of neat ones, including house pins and prefect badges. Though the latter was only for Gryffindor and Slytherin, which is a constant source of annoyance for me. I want Ravenclaw stuff, dammit! Then I …

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Dec 20 2011

This is what I’m doing today

WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER WOOOOOOOOO (again) That is all.

Dec 12 2011

While we’re on the topic of homophobic Republicans

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I had to share my favorite spoof of Rick Perry’s ad:

Nov 29 2011

In other Harry Potter news…

My alma matre, Purdue University, won the Quidditch World Cup in their division! Woooooooooooooooo, go Purdue! Boiler up! What’s that? How’s our football team doing? What’s the upcoming basketball season looking like? Hell if I know.

Nov 29 2011

I knew there was a reason I liked Harry Potter

I had no idea the Vatican had a chief exorcist. I’m not sure why I’m surprised – believing demons can possess people isn’t any wackier than believing in the resurrection. But I must say I’m disappointed. Apparently Father Gabriele Amorth is not a fan of Harry Potter: Reading JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books is no less …

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Jul 23 2011

Harry Potter and Skeptical Thinking

I already talked a bit about why it’s okay to like fantasy stories like Harry Potter even when you’re a skeptic. But I’ll go one step further – Harry Potter has a lot of great skepticism in it. Think about it. Even though their world is based on magic, they have their own version of …

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Jul 23 2011

Skepticism & fiction

A reader asks, How can you be ok with all the shiny-afterlife-awaits-you and stuff in Harry Potter? …Because it’s fiction? Seriously, it’s a fantasy novel that’s full of magic, dragons, unicorns, giants, goblins, ghosts, elves, pixies, potions, charms, hexes, teleportation, and soul splitting… and you’re worried about the concept of the afterlife? You could suspend …

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Jul 23 2011

Harry Potter and the end of my childhood

I haven’t squeed about the final Harry Potter movie yet, so…why not. (Obviously, spoilers below) Typing “final” is odd for me. The end of Harry Potter oddly marks the end of my childhood. Well, maybe not so oddly. I read my first Harry Potter book when I was in 6th grade. I was Harry’s age …

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