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Sirius, We Hardly Knew Thee

Dear Mr. Sirius Black, This is it, I guess. This is farewell, goodbye, adieu. I’m ready to let you go now. I wept like a baby when I saw the image of you in my head fall behind the veil at the Department of Mysteries in Order of the Phoenix. I swear. Little tears squeaked out from the corners of my eyes as I saw you fall. You were so close and yet so far away. I wanted to leap into the pages and rescue you myself. I couldn’t believe Jo would do that to me (okay, everyone who read that passage and were outraged at your death). It was exciting and earth-shattering to see you fight so valiantly against Bellatrix, but to fade away like that hurt me like a dagger in the back. However I resign myself to the fact that a true hero should die in battle.…

Why Do All the Good Girls Want the Bad Boys?

In 2004, I was contacted to assist in the promotion as well as providing content for HPWizardry.com (now defunct). This was one of the articles I submitted for it. Jo Rowling answered a very valid obsession sweeping this world she created with some very sound advice at the most recent Edinburgh Book Festival. “Go for the right man rather than the nasty ones. It took me 35 years to find that out.” So why do the female – and not so female – fans of Harry Potter constantly find themselves drawn to the boys you can’t take home to Mama (myself included)? It’s all a matter of angles. Three men that spring to my bona fide fangirl mind are tied for first place as the Ultimate Bad Boy of the Harry Potter fandom: Draco Malfoy, his father Lucius Malfoy, and even Professor Severus Snape. I won’t include He Who Must…

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