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

August 25, 2017 // 1 Comment

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 //

Fanfiction Through the Ages: From the Midrashim to The Magicians

August 3, 2016 // 0 Comments

If you think fanfiction started with Harry Potter and Twilight, think again. The first written fanfics were the Midrashim, ancient commentaries on the Hebrew scriptures, dating as far back as the 2nd century. These rabbinical texts were doing exactly what fanfiction does – interpreting stories, filling in the gaps, and sending off pre-existing characters on new adventures. Guess which story the Midrashim were fanficking?  Why, the Bible, of course! Apparently, Jewish scholars //