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Kelly Orazi

Kelly Orazi is currently a graduate student of medieval and fantasy literature at the newly founded Mythgard Institute. Her interests range from children’s fantasy literature (especially Harry Potter) and modern fantasy to medieval and classical literature. Her scholarly work on fantasy has been presented at Mythcon 43 and at 2013’s largest Harry Potter conference, LeakyCon Portland. She has also contributed to the popular Harry Potter site, and writes regularly on J.R.R. Tolkien and other fantasy works on her own blog,

Harry Potter Books: Bloomsbury Reveals New Cover Art

Last year Scholastic teamed up with graphic novelist and illustrator Kazu Kibuishi to create brand new paperback editions of the Harry Potter series for the first time since its original publication in the United States. The result was beautiful. This year, UK publisher Bloomsbury has been slowly revealing their new covers for the series by award winning artist Jonny Duddle and today the publishing ...

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Watch Comic Con’s Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies Panel

This year’s Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies panel at the San Diego Comic Con is now available to watch online.  The panel opened with host and  long time Tolkien superfan Stephen Colbert coming on stage dressed as his Hobbit alter ego “the lake town spy”. The panel included director Peter Jackson, producer Fran Walsh and actors from the film. ...

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SDCC: Game of Thrones Season 4 Blooper Reel

Because HBO knew that there is quite possibly nobody who doesn’t want to see Tyrion dance his way up his own trial, here is a short blooper reel that was shown during this year’s Game of Thrones panel at Comic Con:  

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SDCC: Daniel Radcliffe Dresses up as Spider-Man

Star of the enormously popular Harry Potter films, Daniel Radcliffe, was able to enjoy San Diego Comic Con this Friday by donning a full body Spider Man costume. Looks like the actor, who is at the con to promote his new film Horns, spent the day fully embracing the Comic con life: enjoying the booths, walking around, and even interacting ...

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SDCC: Mockingjay Part One Poster Released by Lionsgate

A new poster promoting Mockingjay Part One, the third film in the Hunger Games franchise, has been released and is available now at San Diego Comic Con. Instead of using simple character posters as they’ve done in past promotions, Lionsgate continues the (rather brilliant, I think) Propaganda theme that we saw in the past two teaser trailers for the first part of Mockingjay: ...

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Literary Alchemy in The Hunger Games Trilogy: Part One

If you’re a serious reader of Harry Potter or The Hunger Games, chances are you’ve heard of John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor (and if you haven’t heard of him, you should go ahead and click on that link). He introduced me both to literary alchemy and ring composition, which I’ve touched on before here and here. In light of the first teaser trailer of Mockingjay Part 1 released just last week, I’d like ...

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First Mockingjay Part 1 Teaser Released

The first promotional tailer for  Mockingjay Part 1 was released today, portraying President Snow addressing Panem. Though its image is simple, its message is profoundly and perfectly chilling: Last year’s Catching Fire left us with the separation of Katniss and Peeta and a game changing revelation. While this first teaser trailer shows us nothing of Katniss or Haymitch or anyone ...

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Free Course on Tolkien, LOTRO, and Online Gaming

Studying Tolkien at the university level continues with Vanderbuilt Universtiy’s new offering, “Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative“. Focusing particularly on Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Turbine’s Lord of the Rings Online, students are invited to explore the adaptation of fantasy stories and novels into video games: Intended for both newcomers who are curious about video games and experienced ...

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