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Edinburgh, Scotland is famous for its towering castle, annual international arts festival, delightful scones...and being the city where JK Rowling wrote HARRY POTTER!  John Maher, the Advertising/Promotions Assistant and Graphic Novel Coordinator at The Book Report Network, was lucky enough to study there for a semester. Here, he shares some photos of the places that inspired Rowling, and wiggled their way into the beloved series!    
Hogwarts offers an impressive course list. Here’s a quick guide to what we think are the most impressive of the selection!
Time for Harry Potter recipe number three --- cauldron cakes! Harry often buys these from the sweets trolley on the Hogwarts Express on his way to school --- and he even smashed one to a pulp when he was angry at Draco Malfoy, his arch nemesis. This is perfect for you chocolate lovers out there, and we found it on the blog Pastry Affair.  
We’ve already introduced  you to a some key places in the Harry Potter world (see parts 1 and 2, here) but here are four more we think you'll want to know about!
July 17, 2014

Key Character Bios

Posted by Shara
Sure, the whole Harry Potter series is named after The Boy Who Lived, but believe us --- there are many characters who are worth getting to know. Here are the descriptions of five major players.  
Most readers can agree that one of the most fun parts of Harry Potter are the four houses --- Gryffindor, where Harry, Hermione and Ron live; along with Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin. In this post, Teen Board member Sydney L. explains what house she belongs in, and what JK Rowling teaches readers by creating houses with such different values.
July 15, 2014

Fun Facts About JK Rowling

Posted by Shara
Sure there are all sorts of fun facts about Harry Potter and the wizarding world, but did you know that there's plenty of cool trivia about JK Rowling, the author of Harry Potter, too? See below for some of the most interesting tidbits we could find.
Jonathan Auxier, the author of THE NIGHT GARDENER, knows a thing or two about what makes a good book: "dazzling humor, inventive wordplay, airtight plotting, wonderful characters" --- but he also knows there's something even more important: giving voice to universally held feelings. Read below to see what universal feeling he thinks Harry Potter captures --- and why it makes the series a true classic.    
July 13, 2014

Harry Potter Quiz Roundup

Posted by Shara
Ever wonder what house you belong in? Want to know which character is most like you? Find out by taking some Harry Potter quizzes!    
Last week we shared a delightful recipe for treacle tart, one of Harry’s favorite desserts. This week we invite you to try butterbeer, a staple at the Hogsmeade cafe The Three Broomsticks. It’s perfect for both a hot summer day, or even when curled up this winter with one of the seven Harry Potter books. You could find the recipe here.