Dark Times Ahead: “The Crimes of Grindelwald” is a Bleak Vision of Fascism

An allegory for the rise of the Nazis wherein only another version of Hitler can stop Hitler is tasteless.

On Our Radar—Feminist News Roundup: Betsy DeVos Is Protecting Perpetrators

Betsy DeVos is at it yet again. Read more »

In a New Harry Potter Production, Actor Noma Dumezweni Will Play Hermione

Casting a Black woman as Hermione is a big deal.  Read more »

A Look at How Media Writes Women of Color

Nearly every Saturday morning, feminists of color hold Twitter discussions taking a deeper look at issues, such as gender violence. It’s the best kind of Saturday morning breakfast club.  Read more »

The 99%: The (Class) Difference Between

Harry and Katniss are very different heroes because they live in very different worlds.  But if I had to guess whether most people felt their world more closely resembled the private boarding school with clear-cut lines between good and evil, or the dystopic district with frustrated and... Read more »

The 99%: The (Class) Difference Between

In Harry Potter, then, social class is a way of telling us something about the characters more than the actual lived reality or a source of conflict that it becomes in The Hunger Games.  This is because in the wizarding world, power doesn’t come just come from... Read more »

Sexual Inadequacy: Ambiguously Gay Wizards

I’ve noticed a trend in the content attributed to and depicting the three male Harry Potter leads—Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, and Daniel Radcliffe—and the running joke that they might secretly be gay for one another. This idea isn’t original to them, of course. The male leads of... Read more »

Dark of the Matin

Despite the obvious social critiques in the books, I never consciously drew parallels between the wizarding world and my world. I wanted Harry Potter to exist in a vacuum. But as the books went on, the back stories grew more complex, the danger became more insidious and intimidating, and the... Read more »

Iconography: Harry Potter and the Girls Who Weren

The series may be barely over, but we all knew from about the fourth book on that Harry Potter is the children's literary icon of its time. Let's take a look at its author, J.K. Rowling, and the young ladies of the series. Read more »

Feministory: The Great Witch Hunt(s)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out last week, and it’s pretty safe to say that most of the universe has witches (and wizards) on the brain. The... Read more »

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A Look at How Media Writes Women of Color

Nearly every Saturday morning, feminists of color hold Twitter discussions taking a deeper look at issues, such as gender violence. It’s the... Read more »