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The day after the election, I called in sick to work, renewed my testosterone prescription, and read a book. I expect that, minus the middle bit, I was not alone in my impulse to sleep off and read through the previous night’s very real nightmare. The book I turned to was Ivan Coyote’s Tomboy Survival Guide, and honestly I read it because it was the shortest book in my to-read pile and because I...
I believed J.K. Rowling, back in 2007, when she said to Meredith Vieira on the Today Show, “I think I've kinda done the Wizarding World.” Vieira pushes Rowling on this point--the series had by then taken up seventeen years, nearly two decades, of her life. How could a project of that scope be over? “You can look out at these sweet innocent faces,” Viera asks, “and say ‘There will never be another Harry Potter book’?” Rowling laughs....
“We all look like losers, so we’re all winners!” said a girl in Gryffindor robes redrawing her lightning bolt scar in the bathroom mirror at PotterCon, a giant Harry Potter convention at the Bell House this Saturday. By "we," she meant the hundreds of people in round glasses and striped ties who waited on a three-hour line in the July heat to get into this magical cosplay party.  For some of the attendees, PotterCon, a 21+ event, was an excuse...
This Saturday, hundreds of berobed, wand-wielding Harry Potter freaks will emerge from their fan fiction writing caves and descend upon the Bell House for PotterCon, Brooklyn’s one and only Harry Potter convention. Spells will be cast, Butterbeer will be served, costumes will be judged, and Pottheads will be sorted into Hogwarts Houses in a live ceremony. Not everyone in Brooklyn is nerdy magical enough to attend this convention. So comedy writer Margaret Kaminski, a self-proclaimed Slytherin and...

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