Hello Everyone who likes Butterbeer

There’s a lot of strange folk at the Hogshead…

If you are a long-time local here or if you just poke your head in on the way to Zonko’s please leave a comment and tell us what you’d like to be discussing and in what format.

We haven’t had much discussion for quite a while and we need to be more deliberate- if that’s what we want to do.

Maybe you’d like a general posting area that is like a free-for-all discussion, more topical posts by members and discussion in respose (like we have always done).  We could also migrate completely to the Hogshead Forum (http://thehogshead.org/forum).

You may feel that there just isn’t enough of what brought you to the pub still going on to warrant a portion of your time.  That’s fine.  Please drop a comment and let us know.


11 thoughts on “Hello Everyone who likes Butterbeer

  1. I wish there was still a lively discussion going on, but I wonder if others feel that most topics have been covered.

  2. I think Harry Potter has run its course. But the people who come to the site probably have other interests in common. The trick is to find out what these are and start posting about them. There’ll probably be a bit of trial and error. A few that oome to mind: fantasy tv shows such as Game of Thrones or Da Vinci’s Demons; onlime fantasy gamem, sci-fi / fantasy books and;or movie franchises (Hunger Games, Divergent, Avengers, X-Men).

    It might be useful to ask what topics people would be intereted in posting or commenting about. And then run a poll – you used to be good at that Korg – to see what would be poopular.

  3. I have always enjoyed the comments and essays. I have referred students to the site (I teach college literature) for ideas on what to write about and for the style of essays–conversational, yet serious and thoughtful comments on the stories. I agree with red rocker about discussions of other novels/series/films-of-novels in the genre. I am teaching a lit and film class on the Harry Potter books but have started planning a Hunger Games class…and a Divergent class down the road.

  4. Thanks for your feedback Nana, Red and Wayne.
    It may be difficult to generate discussion if people are not passionate about a particular subject.
    Let’s see what we can do.

  5. I like Butterbeer, and I still welcome anything about Harry Potter, or fantasy, or literature. Or really any topic that any of you pub scholars want to write about. I always enjoy the posts, no matter how diverse. They usually have some tie-in for adults who are fanatical about Harry Potter.
    Did you all see how JKR was in the news for giving 1million pounds against Scotland’s independence from the U.K.? Does anyone here know more about the pros and cons on that topic? Her points sounded reasonable; she is smart and informed and I find it interesting to see what causes she chooses to give her money and her name to.

  6. I don’t think Harry Potter has run its course. It’s just not on the front burner anymore and therefore the discussion on it is more subdued. It’s also been raked over so much that topics of discussion are a bit bare. But it’s still there in the background. It’s out there now influencing other works. It’s still being used in common cultural lingo. And it’s being taught in schools and universities, which throughout history has been the sign that a book has “made it” so to speak. Of course, all that could change, but probably not for at least a decade or two.

    Now, what may have run its course are blogs. Or at least commenting on blogs and lengthy discussions.

  7. Here’s something that might be worth a post:

    “I found empirical support for the idea that the Harry Potter series influenced the political values and perspectives of the generation that came of age with these books. Reading the books correlated with greater levels of acceptance for out-groups, higher political tolerance, less predisposition to authoritarianism, greater support for equality, and greater opposition to the use of violence and torture. As Harry Potter fans will have noted, these are major themes repeated throughout the series.”


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