Snape, Snape. Severus Snape.

Potter Puppet Pals have been around almost as long as the books, though each bit is shorter and many are not quite as child-friendly. Not sure they're still in production, but they get more hits than this blog, so who am I to speak.

Interesting piece on Pottermore.com on how the animation illustrations were conceived for the movie.

J.K. Rowling included the "Tale of the Three Brothers" as an important plot point in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" presumably because there weren't enough plot threads to untangle in the big fat seventh-and-final book of the series. She later published "The Tales of the Beadle of Bard" separately for a charity benefit, and it holds up quite well as a separate, light read.

Interesting piece on Pottermore.com on how the animation illustrations were conceived for the movie.

A quidditch team is one part Harry Potter literary geeks and one part athletes who have been banned from every other college sport for unnecessary roughness.

The Chestnut Hill College team won the 2014 Philadelphia Brotherly Love Quidditch Cup.

If that sentence means nothing to you, you haven't read the Harry Potter books or seen the movies or spoken to a child in ten years. You should get out more. It's not all about Taylor Swift.

A quidditch team is one part Harry Potter literary geeks and one part athletes who have been banned from every other college sport for unnecessary roughness.

Here's a documentary (which means it's real) on the (real) college tournaments:

Transforming Harry Potter's fictional competition into a physically demanding, real-life sport, Quidditch has secured its place as one of the fastest growing collegiate club sports today. MUDBLOODS follows the resilient underdogs of the UCLA Quidditch team as they make their way to the Fifth Annual Quidditch World Cup in New York City. Through nail biting victories and losses, the dreamers, creators and athletes who make up this exceptional community come together to make this magical sport into something you could've never imagined, until now.
-- official website

This year's Love Cup Tournament is at Chestnut Hill College on October 17, 2015.

The documentary is available here.

Research: "Not Quite 'Planet of the Apes'":The New York Times has this piece on bonobo research by writer James Gordon and filmmaker David Frank.

"Not Quite 'Planet of the Apes'": The New York Times has this piece on bonobo research by writer James Gordon and filmmaker David Frank.