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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?

Now, something to warm every Hog’s Head regular’s heart: Continue reading

Pottermore: The Sorting Experience

Since Pottermore began opening up its experience to beta testers, fans have talked long and hard about the Sorting. It’s a high-stakes moment; most of us have spent years self-Sorted into one or the other of the Houses.

With Rowling so deeply involved in the production of the site, the Sorting has taken on final authority for many fans. Though the internet is crawling with Sorting quizzes, they’re of widely varying quality, are generally easy to rig, and none of them were created by J.K. Rowling. The pressure is on when you approach the Hat in Pottermore: like Hogwarts, Pottermore only allows you to get Sorted once. This raises several questions: is it possible to ‘choose’ your House, as Harry did? Should you answer the Hat’s questions in a manner true to yourself, or to your own self-Sorting? If you don’t get the House you want, do you open a new account and try again?

In discussion about our Sortings, four of us from the Blogengamot discovered we’d shared the experience of being put in a second-choice or unexpected house. Here are some thoughts from each of us on the process and results. Continue reading

Ravenclaw’s Diadem & Hufflepuff’s Cup & Other Thoughts

As we rapidly approach the release of Deathly Hallows 2, I thought we’d look at two of the horcruxes we haven’t really seen before and of which we only had very spotty information, Rowena Ravenclaw’s diadem and Helga Hufflepuff’s cup. Both of these, if the film writers are doing their jobs, should be present in the upcoming movie.

In Half-Blood Prince we’re of course introduced to the idea and nature of horcruxes and to the fact that Voldemort likes to use as much as possible relics from the Hogwarts founders as receptacles for his soul fragments. We’re given pretty good explanations of the two Slytherin relics, the Peverell ring & the locket. We, through Dumbledore, are also pretty sure that Hufflepuff’s cup is also one of the horcruxes as seen by Voldemort’s interactions with and eventual murder of Hepzibah Smith.

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