The French word for "muggles" is just as bad as the American one 

Way back in 2015, it fell upon us to carry out the sad duty of informing Harry Potter fans what the canonical word for “muggles”—or non-magical people—is in America. That word, as we all surely know now, is “no-maj,” and it was created for the then-upcoming spin-off movie Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. With …

Harry Potter fans can blow their New Year's Day watching the whole series on HBO

New Year’s Eve is all about getting dressed up, putting on a sparkly hat, and getting so drunk that you don’t mind watching several hours of Anderson Cooper or Ryan Seacrest on TV, but New Year’s Day is about groggily rolling out of bed, pushing aside all of the previous night’s detritus, and either going for a…

Always room for improvement: 17 resolutions for pop culture in 2017

As we enter a New Year, it’s time for each of us to take unflinching stock of ourselves, then reflect upon the aspects that could stand to be improved so that we might all lead lives that are happier, healthier, and more productive. But frankly, that sounds too hard. So let’s think about how pop culture can better…

Weekend Box Office: It’s a big, fat Thanksgiving turkey for Warren Beatty

Fame, fortune, an Oscar, Annette Bening: This Thanksgiving, like any other, Warren Beatty had a lot of reasons to feel thankful. But he also had one very big reason not to, namely a bit of bad news that could spoil any Hollywood star’s holiday. Rules Don’t Apply, Beatty’s first directorial effort in 18 years, tanked…

In case anyone’s curious, Eddie Redmayne doesn’t want to be James Bond

Even before Daniel Craig declared in 2015 that he’d rather slit his wrists with broken glass than play James Bond again, the internet has been trying to come up with other actors who could step into Bond’s fancy suits and gadgets once Craig moves on. Idris Elba has been the favorite for a long time, but Jason Statham, …

The Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them can’t find itself

Patchy but occasionally charming, the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them delivers most of what has come to be expected from J.K. Rowling’s book series and its successful film adaptations: a hidden world of wizards, prejudices, and bureaucracies, threatened by fascist dark forces from within;…

Don’t ask, because J.K. Rowling won’t tell whether Fantastic Beasts’ Dumbledore is gay

In the lead up to the release of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, we’ve learned that Albus Dumbledore will be a part of the series, and that his one-time friend—the baddie, Gellert Grindelwald—is played by Johnny Depp. So clearly the five-part franchise isn’t exactly isolated from the Potter books. At a press…

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Here are some Fantastic Beasts-inspired clothes and where to find them

With two of 2016’s most frightening days now nearly in the past—Halloween and Election Day—we can move on to ransacking pop culture for wardrobe ideas for New Year’s Eve parties. And there’s one November release that’s particularly suited to the task. That’s Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, whose trailers have…