Articles tagged erin morgenstern, magic, j.k. rowling, harry potter, stephen king, ray bradbury, circus, rivalry, duel

9 Jun 2015 // 8:50 AM

BBC America Offers ‘Strange’ Tales of Magic

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell looks at what happens in 19th century England if magic really existed.

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J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’ Charts the Perils of Adaption

In bringing J.K. Rowling's first post-Potter novel to TV, Sarah Phelps sands away the sharp corners and personal complications that made the book so memorable.

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Diss-Illusioned! Magic and the Supernatural

A new breed of magicians are self-consciously aware that their toolbox of trickery enables them to wield the potential power to affect beliefs—and thus behavior.

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Loneliness Kills in Jayne Anne Phillips’ ‘Quiet Dell’

If one accepts the idea that the devil walks among us, it's true here in the personage of Herman Drenth.

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What’s in a Pseudonym? J. K. Rowling Unmasked

Why would as popular an author as J.K. Rowling feel the need or desire to publish under a different name?

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Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, Revisited: ‘Little Women: An Annotated Edition’

I was a child who lived largely in books. I fell into this latest edition of Little Women with the same old joy, balancing Shealy’s ungainly volume in my lap, oblivious to the hockey playoffs blaring in the background.

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When Everything Changed: Memory, Nostalgia and the Tragic Turning Point

Popular culture creates its own nostalgic image of a time period that is both fact and fiction. When combined with the shaky foundations of our own memories, who can really tell what happened? How will pop culture translate the tragic events of today?

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In Film (and All Art) Bold is Beautiful; Boring Isn’t

I can't be a movie theatre zombie. I can't just sit there and accept average. I want a film to swell up some sort of feelings, make me question what I’ve seen, think about things on a larger scale or go for a far flung freaking mind trip.

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‘The Magician King’: Harry Potter, Quentin Ain’t

Lev Grossman crafts an exciting homage, but a profoundly unlikable protagonist stands in its way.

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‘Ghost Story’: Harry Dresden Is a Detective, a Magician, a Ghost

In life and death, in any examination of the past, there is regret; for loss, for suffering, for pain and failure. Here, Harry Dresden comes to terms with why he is who and what he is.

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Sherlockians, Whovians, Woodies: Summer is the Season for Cinematic Tourists

Each summer they descend upon London en masse. Who are these cinematic tourists, and why do they travel thousands of miles to see where real or fictitious people enacted the stories that captured fans’ imagination?

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In ‘Bastion’, Narrative’s Stranglehold on Life and Death Is “Jus’ Foolin’” with You

Bastion's narration establishes a suitably oppressive mood that is as richly textured as the game's visuals.

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25 Jul 2011 // 10:30 AM

Harry Potter’s wand won’t conjure an Oscar win

I hate to ask a question that I already know the answer to, but if you’ve been wondering whether “Harry Potter and the Deathly

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Wizards, Glass, and Computer Chips: What ‘The Dark Tower’ Can Teach Us About Gaming’s Fourth Wall

A few idiosyncratic passages from the cult classic series by Stephen King may have a lot to say about ludic point-of-view.

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‘Harry Potter’ casts spell, gets highest-grossing opening of all time

LOS ANGELES — The eighth “Harry Potter” film flew into theaters this weekend and cast a spell over fans worldwide, as the final movie about the

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15 Jul 2011 // 6:30 AM

For ‘Harry Potter’ fans, an era is ending

Friday marks the end of an era. Some, like Warner Bros. executive Dan Fellman, compare its finality to the breakup of the Beatles. When “Harry

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Five Songs About Wizards, Witches, and Other Spellcasters

The final Harry Potter film is upon us, so why not spin these magic-tinged tunes to commemorate the occasion?

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Britney Spears Attacks the Paparazzi (Again) in “I Wanna Go”

Britney may not hate the Man, but she definitely hates the paparazzi.

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Oprah May Say Goodbye, But I Say Hello

Not since the Beatles broke up has there been such a communal feeling of abandonment as there is with Oprah's final airing of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

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Botticelli, Sandwiches Outside and Dreams of Bradbury’s ‘Dandelion Wine’

Boxed in by bandage-colored cubicle walls in downtown Manhattan, my thoughts drift to sweet days in Florence and Rome, and to lines in Ray Bradbury’s ‘Dandelion Wine’.

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