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What does Harry Potter mean to you?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

UPDATE: It’s been a good day for watching Piers Morgan get dunked on in public

A lot of things are dividing the American people right now: fear, politics, a giant, hypothetical, and very stupid wall. So it’s in the hope that we can all find a little common ground and shared joy that we spread the news that professional bloviator—and certified Celebrity Apprentice—Piers Morgan has been spending…

Ten points—and this huge spider—go to Gryffindor

Hufflepuff has long been the most mockable Harry Potter house, largely because the idea that founder Helga Hufflepuff “took the rest”—a.k.a. the students without discernible personality types—doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. But now it seems that Gryffindor is the house lowering its standards. In fact, it’s stooped…

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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…