Category Archives: The Movies

J.K. Rowling will write screenplay for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

From J.K. Rowling’s official website today:

Warner Bros. announced on 12th September 2013 that J.K. Rowling would be making her screenwriting debut with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first in a new film series which is part of their expanded creative partnership with J.K. Rowling.  The films will be inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook of the same name, and will feature the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander.

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Around the Common Room: July 13, 2012

Here’s a list that’s slightly less monstrous, having aggregated for only a week instead of a month. Never fear, though–it’s still packed with interest.

First, if you haven’t checked out Mythgard Institute, i

t’s worth a look and then some, as it offers college-level classes on medieval and fantasy literature (accreditation coming soon). Dr. Amy Sturgis has been teaching classes on Harry Potter, and on Saturday, September 1, she’ll be giving a “live, one-time only video lecture” titled “The Hunger Games and the SF Tradition.”

While we’re on The Hunger Games, the movie for Mockingjay is going to be split into two parts. Surprised, anyone?

Here’s a fascinating post: Lit Reactor’s Rob W. Hart on the question of whether–and what–series writers owe their fans. Does George R.R. Martin owe it to the world to spend every waking moment writing, in order to provide highest likelihood that he won’t die before finishing his series like Robert Jordan did? Or are fans too demanding in worrying, publicly and sometimes rather desperately, whether Martin has another six or seven years to write the last two books?

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Around the Common Room 3/31/12

Our last Common Room post having been nearly a month ago, we’ve aggregated quite a number of links, so prepare yourselves for a full and (hopefully) satisfying websurfing experience.

We all know the Internet world has exploded with Hunger Games movie reviews. Along with those have come various spinoff posts, including’s fascinating “How Will They Make a Movie out of Mockingjay?” and’s “How YA Like ‘The Hunger Games’ Came to Rule Fantasy and Scifi Films“. For those who read The Hunger Games and want more books along the same lines, offers “Hunger No More: YA Fiction to Fill the Hunger Games Void“, and Flavorwire gives us a similar post starring mostly different books, titled “Required Reading: Dystopic Books where Kids Meet Tragic Fates“.

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Hijacked Hunger Games?

A Conversation with John Granger

The Hunger Games film is abuzz throughout the interweb, not least here at the Pub. Amid the swirl of reviewers, John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor and friend of this blog, has recently attracted some controversy during that site’s “Hunger Games Month” for his claim that the movie is hijacking the book.

The Hog’s Head caught up with Professor Granger just as the month was drawing to its close. Despite his busy schedule of writing, speaking, and teaching, he was able to sit down with us over butterbeers, and talk about why he thinks The Hunger Games movies hijacked the books, why the books have been catching fire among serious readers, and why the Hunger Games trilogy just might be better than Harry Potter.

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Tolkien Fans, Potter Fans

Want to be the very image of a Modern Major Tolkien Fan? Here’s how.

The recording and music are obviously spur-of-the-moment, of course, but the lyric is all geek delight. (Via Mark Shea)

Also, sent for posting this morning by Mr. Pond: here’s a tribute to the HP movies and the fan experience around DH2, from the Guardian. With quotes from Thewlis, Gambon, Isaacs and more. Those who have less than unalloyed praise for the portrayal of Dumbledore may find the portrayal of Gambon in this article rather curious. But it’s all an interesting read. Especially since getting a picture taken at Platform 9 3/4 is probably on every Potter fan’s bucket list.


Favorite Harry Potter Movie Moments

With all eight Potter movies now available for home rental, it’s a good time for naming and discussing our favorite movie moments. Longtime Pub regular Janet suggested this in a recent comment, and I thought it such a brilliant idea that I’m posting it as its own thread.

Which moments were your favorite from the films, and why? Get your drink from Aberforth and come discuss.