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End of an Era

September 14, 2011, 10:02 PM

End of an EraBy Kelsey Purcell I found Harry Potter when I was five years old, and fourteen years have passed with this core piece of fiction ingraining itself most impressively into my life. This is the story of my journey with Harry Potter. My relationship, not only with the Harry Potter books, but also with each individual character, is more complex than I really care to admit or than I ever thought it’d be, but that’s the way it is. I’ve been ingrained into Harry Potter as Harry Potter...

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“It Is Our Choices, Harry, That Show What We Truly Are, Far More Than Our Abilities”

January 31, 2011, 08:14 PM

“It Is Our Choices, Harry, That Show What We Truly Are, Far More Than Our Abilities”Harry Potter and ValuesBy Riley Leonhardt As a newborn, Harry Potter’s future was foretold by Sybil Trelawny, “The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches… he will have power the Dark Lord knows not.” 1 In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Dumbledore reveals Voldemort’s dark secret; he split his soul in seven pieces and hid them in inanimate objects. When Harry, daunted...


The Influence of Nazi Germany on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series

January 31, 2011, 08:14 PM

The Influence of Nazi Germany on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter seriesBy Vick_hpfanIntroductionIt is evident that fictional stories have always thrived off the imaginations of their writers. Nonetheless, it is also true that most authors are inspired by the world around them to write their stories. For example, Ayn Rand was inspired by her political experiences from her native country, Russia, to write her novels. However, can an author be inspired by something he has never lived through? Can...


The Forbidden Forest

January 31, 2011, 08:13 PM

The Forbidden ForestThe Symbolism of Forests through Folklore and Storytelling behind J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter SeriesBy Fiona Caldwell In an interview in 2008, J.K. Rowling said “Everything, everything I have written, was thought of for that precise moment when Harry goes into the forest... it is the last truth of the story.” 1 Forests have been an important symbol in folklore from ancient mythology to modern fantasy and in this essay, I am going to examine the meanings behind their...


Harmony and Me, We're Pretty Good Company

January 18, 2009, 10:05 PM

Just a (what I hope will be) brief update from me about what’s going on in Nina’s world of singing, as I am simply bursting with excitement! In some of my previous ramblings I have told you about the singing course I did, the lure of the limelight and my passion for singing harmonies, and I have been promising to tell you what I planned to do about getting all of those things together this year… well, here it comes, finally:I have created my own all female close harmony singing group! Yes!...

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Super Trouper

December 23, 2008, 03:04 AM

It’s been many, many years, I thought I’d probably grown out of it, but the spotlight seems to have finally found me again! Or I it, actually, as I was the one looking. As a child, I was always on a stage somewhere, showing off in some way or other. It started with piano recitals, then I added dance and finally I joined various bands and sang in school musicals. Show me a stage and I’d be first in the queue to get on it. I suppose it’s all to do with the young having no fear, because...

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Out in the Cold

December 02, 2008, 10:37 PM

It will come as no surprise to you that I love singing. I love it. I sing all day, every day. When I am on my way home listening to my iPod, I am singing along in my head, and as soon as I stick my key in the front door lock the singing travels from my head to my mouth. Thank goodness I have nice neighbours (“No, it’s great, I can’t even sing in the shower, but I have you singing in my shower!”). While singing by yourself is one thing, singing with other people is a whole different level...

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Vote for the Filkies!

November 07, 2008, 10:14 PM

In only a few weeks time Filkcast Potter Style will be hosting the second annual Filky Awards! Last year’s show was great fun and my partners in filk, Aislinn and futureweasley, and I (collectively known as The Leaky Sisters) even managed to scrape in a few awards ourselves! This year there were no less than 106 filks to choose from (can you believe it? One hundred and six filks!) and all of last month people could head over to the Filkcast Myspace page to cast their votes for the nominations....



November 03, 2008, 12:42 AM

About two weeks ago, my computer died. Suddenly, the blue screen of death popped up, and attempts to reboot literally resulted in nothing, just… blackness. It wasn’t even all that old, just very… well used. The friendly guy at the shop told me I had fried my hard drive (with some beans and a nice Chianti) and that my computer was indeed stone cold dead. And it wasn’t just the hardware that was deceased; everything on it was gone too. And I mean everything. And I mean gone. Vanished. Disappeared....

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October 02, 2008, 11:39 AM

About a year ago, not all that long after the release of Deathly Hallows, I was on a four-hour bus ride, in the dark, just listening to my iPod, when one of the songs on my playlist suddenly grabbed me. It was “Till it Happens to You” by the beautiful Corinne Bailey Rae. I knew instantly I wanted to filk it, and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. Literally within minutes I had changed her chorus “It used to be like heaven / Used to feel like May / I used to hear those violins playing...

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Fandoms, Filks and Frilly Knickers

September 11, 2008, 11:07 AM

As I have mentioned before, I am a person of rather intense and often rapid-changing obsessions. Once something catches my fancy, I latch on to it like a pit-bull with lockjaw. It is as if I can’t enjoy something properly until I have turned it upside down, inside out, broken it down to all its individual components, put it back together again in reverse order and then swallowed it whole. I can’t decide whether or not I like a song until I can sing each line of the harmonies individually;...

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August 27, 2008, 08:04 AM

Whenever I read a book or a series, I never spend much time wondering or speculating how it will end. This is part laziness (why waste time trying to figure out something you’re going to be told anyway?) but mostly because I simply love to be surprised. I really like to read things at face value, and then be completely astonished that I have been fooled. For example, I am one of the very few people I know who had not seen the conclusion of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game coming, and I was...

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Backing Tracks

August 18, 2008, 10:14 PM

There is nothing worse than finishing a filk and then not being able to find a backing track for it. Imagine it, you had this really nifty idea, to a cool song, you had great inspiration and your lyrics came out perfect, and then... bum. We’ve all been there (eh, Aislinn?), it sucks. Of course, you could claim that the fun of a filk is in the writing of it, and I know that for some people it is. There are some great creative people out there, real wordsmiths, but with no interest in showing...

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Fred’s Dead, Baby, Fred’s Dead

August 11, 2008, 04:51 AM

DITZY GIRL: Whose toilet seat is this? COOL DUDE: It’s a lavatorial comedy device, baby. DITZY GIRL: Whose lavatorial comedy device is this? COOL DUDE: It’s Fred’s. DITZY GIRL: Who’s Fred? COOL DUDE: Fred’s dead, baby, Fred’s dead. ~ From “Twin Pulp”, the new movie by Quentin Tarantino I love Jo Rowling. Ok, so there’s nothing new there, I’ve loved her for a while now, don’t we all. But I really swore my eternal devotion to her after Deathly Hallows. The woman gets me. She...

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Theory of Filking

August 04, 2008, 08:26 AM

*Hem, hem* Welcome, children, to my classroom. My name is Professor Severine Snape – not to be confused with the late Professor Severus Snape. You will address me simply as “Professor”. When you have a question you will raise your hand and wait until I allow you to speak. “Hey!” “Oi, Sev,” or any other abominable mutilation of my name will not be tolerated. This year you will be studying “Theory of Filking” under carefully controlled conditions and under my guidance. This is...

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Blogger Bio

Name: Nina
LeakyName: SeverineSnape
House: Gryffindor

Nina is a Dutch-turned-Kiwi scientist-turned-freelance editor who goes through her obsessions faster than Remus Lupin goes through his secret stash of Cadbury. However, one of her most stubborn obsessions (second only to the one for that blue-eyed god, Hugh Laurie) is filking. With 12 years of piano training, 1 year of singing lessons (yeah, that didn't stick), about 25-and-counting filks and filk collaborations and even a couple of awards under her belt, she thought she might have something to say on the subject. Therefore, in this blog she will go into "the what, the why, the which, the where, the how (and) the You-Know-Who" of making Harry Potter filks.

Go hear my fliks at Swish and Filk