Tag: Harry Potter
Harry Potter and the seeds of political action
Twenty years ago today saw the release of the first Harry Potter book. The series is believed to have influenced a whole generation’s worldview....
Harry Potter gets political in new prequel
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a tale of quirky magical creatures causing chaos in New York City. It is also a warning about Donald Trump. Should children’s...
Rowling under fire over Native American magic
Harry Potter author JK Rowling has been denounced for ‘cultural appropriation’ in a new series of stories. So what exactly is this misdeed? Is it new? And is JK Rowling...
New Harry Potter play to hit the West End
Next summer, a new Harry Potter story will be revealed to the world in a theatre in London. What is the appeal of this phenomenally successful series? Does it really need a new chapter?
‘Feminism is for men,’ says Harry Potter star
The actress Emma Watson has launched the UN campaign for gender equality with a powerful speech. But has ‘feminist’ now become a toxic term for many women — let alone men?
More film wizardry planned by J.K. Rowling
The boss of Warner Bros has let it slip that the Harry Potter author is writing three more films set in her magical world. But are too many sequels draining the creativity out of cinema?
Prototype invisibility cloak can ‘bend’ light
Scientists in Singapore have developed a basic invisibility cloak, capable of completely hiding small objects. A human sized version may not be too far off, but what would we do with it?
Harry Potter author launches book for adults
J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’ was released this week. It is the first adult’s book from the celebrated children’s author. Has she succeeded in crossing the divide?
Avengers smashes records on opening weekend
Spiderman, X-Men, Batman: superheroes are this decade’s Hollywood money-spinners. But in the box office showdown, the combined might of The Avengers has put every lone hero to shame.
Review Of The Year: 2011’s pop culture bestsellers
As the year draws to a close, everyone’s talking about the culture that defined 2011. The biggest sellers are familiar to us all – but do they tell us anything about society?