Hey, Harry Potter fans! The Summer 2014 season of learning at the Mythgard Institute includes the course Taking Harry Seriously, taught by Dr. Amy H. Sturgis. The course is designed to examine the artistry and meanings of the Harry Potter saga.
In case you didn’t remember, Universal Studios has been hard at work on a Harry Potter theme park at their Universal Studios Orlando property. Potter fans have been giddy with anticipation at the thought of shelling out more money just so they can get their fix of Potter. Until now, though, there’s been almost no information about what, exactly, this park will contain. Wonder now more! The Orlando Attractions magazine lets drop some information on the rides and attractions we can expect to find at Potter World.
Along with the usual assortment of restaurants, candy stores and curio shops (all themed with specific Potter references) there will also be at least two rides: a family friendly coasted called Flight of the Hippogriff based on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures class, and a Haunted Mansion-esque ride called Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Not a lot of specifics about this one, though it seems to carry guests through several of the iconic areas of the Potterverse.
The release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on DVD/Blu-ray contained this ‘sneak peek’ video about the Wizarding World:
Jo Walton reviews John Brunner’s The Crucible of Time: “The amazing thing about The Crucible of Time isn’t that it does an alien point of view, or a point of view of such very alien aliens, or that it covers such a huge span of time as the alien planet suffers so many disasters–it’s that it does them all together and makes it work as a coherent story. It’s fun.”
David Herter has posted the cover to his forthcoming novel October Dark, inspired by Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes. [Thanks, Christopher!]