Harry Potter

A Parting of the Ways: Hogwarts Didn’t Always Teach Muggle Studies

August 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

Hands cupping magic smoke.
If you’re steeped in the lore of the Harry Potter universe, the dichotomies are familiar: quill and keyboard, owl and postal service, scroll and tablet, witch and Muggle. As a reader and writer of historical fiction, these paradoxes immediately invited me to look backward through time to where the differences between the Muggle and magical worlds were less stark. Before the Statute of Secrecy, wizards and Muggles mingled more. Their split would have been pushed along by three historical //

All Was Well: How Popular Media Renders Mental Illness Invisible

July 27, 2017 // 9 Comments

Imagine with me for a moment. Let’s say you’re a 13 year old girl, a little awkward, a little lonely, trying to find yourself in the world, so you run to TV shows and books, taking every line, word, and letter to heart. You find yourself (and who you want to be) in these strange worlds, but not quite everything. Missing from these realities you find yourself lost in, is something that’s becoming a frightening and familiar part of teenagers’ lives. Mental illness. Anyone //

Fiction With a Telescope: The Harry Potter Universe Before the Statute of Secrecy

June 9, 2017 // 4 Comments

A beautiful witch holds a cup of wine in the dark woods
In the film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, there’s some subtle yet telling character placement. Seraphina Picquery, the President of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA), and Tina Goldstein, the disgraced but competent Auror, are women. So what? Big deal. As contemporary European or North American audiences, it’s easy to have a casual reaction to women in positions of power. It’s not so simple though when you put it into historical context. //

Trump is Voldemort: Pop Culture Iconography in Social Movements

March 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

“Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.” ~ Albus Dumbledore It’s no secret that fandom has always been a site of political resistance. Fan activism is a natural byproduct of fandom, whether it is writing “genderfuck” fanfiction, organizing letter-writing campaigns to save a show from cancellation, or creating fan activist organizations. However, at a point in history when fan communities are moving from more //

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

January 11, 2017 // 2 Comments

There’s a moment when you realize how deeply embedded the Harry Potter series lies within your soul. That moment when your words cannot express how much the fictional wizarding world – its characters, settings, moods – means to you. It is a moment of reverence, of joy, of love. It is, no doubt, sacred. What if we read the books we love as if they were sacred texts? This is the question Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile attempt to answer in their podcast Harry Potter and the //

He Who Must Be Named: On First Reading Philosopher’s Stone at Age 29

October 18, 2016 // 2 Comments

A thing perfectly named brings to life a universe around it. It feels as if it has always existed, and this existence bleeds into the imaginary world that surrounds it, which lends it its credibility in turn. Since we are speaking of exchange, consider Gringotts. Gring has the “ching” of a register, gotts the gruffness of goblins, the hard consonants of each syllable are Gringotts pillars, durable and stable, sounds you can trust. Like all the names in Philosopher’s Stone, Gringotts seems //

Fan Artist UpTheHill on Dramione, Erotic Art, and the Magic of Portraits

September 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

Part of our mission at FAN/FIC Magazine is to highlight amazing fan creators and pull back the curtain on their creative processes. For our second interview, I talked to UpTheHill, an incredibly talented fan artist whose work is lighting up the Harry Potter fandom at upthehillart.tumblr.com. In the following interview, we discussed Dramione, graphic tablets, the magic of portraits, and how we’re all shameless trash. Get To Know Yous Malory Beazley: Something on your Tumblr bio //

Fan Activism: The Harry Potter Alliance

September 19, 2016 // 2 Comments

It’s no secret that fan culture is a gathering place for individuals from diverse walks of life. Fan texts, particularly fanfiction, often house complex and rich concepts about representation: gender, sexuality, race, ability, and identity. Fan writers not only explore these issues through character and narrative, but often write academic theories, current gender debates, and feminist ideology into their fictional stories. These types of fics make contemporary debates about representation //

Flash Fic Festival: The Winning Cursed Child Fanfiction

September 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

On September 1st, we held our very first Flash Fic Festival. Participants had 24 hours to create, write, and edit a ficlet based on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Although the spirit of the challenge was to build community and encourage writers, we promised to award our favourite fic with a beta-edit, a PDF compilation, and a lovely fan art postcard. After much deliberation, we’ve selected By the Emerald Fire’s Light by quilldust as our winning fic! Congratulations to everyone //

Fanfiction Writer firethesound on Slytherin Ambition, Fan Communities, and Drarry

August 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

Part of our mission at FAN/FIC Magazine is to highlight amazing fan creators and pull back the curtain on their creative processes. For our very first interview, I talked to one of my absolutely favourite Harry Potter fanfiction writers, firethesound, whose fic All Our Secrets Laid Bare is one of the must-reads in the Drarry fandom. In the following interview, we discussed Slytherin ambition, writing by the seat of your pants, and what’s so compelling about the Draco/Harry pairing. //