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Make your own Mandrake

My fiancé and I finished making our very own Mandrake to use as a centerpiece. I'm pretty stoked on how he turned out, and I thought I'd share with you how we did it.

Celebrate Harry Potter's birthday with an easy lunchtime party

Hello, Muggle friends! Today is Harry Potter's birthday, and in honor of my long-time obsession my kid and I decided to throw a birthday party. Since we decided this relatively last minute, it needed to be quick and easy. We decided our party would be best suited for lunch, because a) we like lunch a lot and b) lunch is easier than dinner. Here's how our party went

3 reasons why LeakyCon might be the king of all geek cons and considerations for the future

I mentioned LeakyCon a few weeks ago in a round-up of summer cons that would be great to take your teen to — and boy, was it ever. This was my first year experiencing the pure, unadulterated geek fest that is LeakyCon, and it didn't disappoint. What began four years ago as a small meet-up of Harry Potter fans has blossomed into a series of days that are truly special. I started reading Harry Potter 14 years ago, and there was nothing like this back in the day. No way to easily connect with people over the internet (there was no Tumblr! Twitter! Not even Facebook!), no way of being able to share the serious feels I had about the series with others unless they were a) my friends and b) actually interested in the books. Basically, I spent a lot of time talking with my then nine-year-old brother about Harry Potter, because no one else I knew really cared.

The Path of Names: what would probably happen if Harry Potter was a girl at Jewish summer camp

I was flipping through the internet one day when I saw a tweet that likened Ari Goelman's recently published The Path of Names to a Jewish Harry Potter tale, and immediately clicked over to read the article. You guys probably know by now that I take my 14-year-long Harry Potter fandom and all references to the series very seriously, so of course (of course!) I had to check it out.