Hand them round, Aberforth ... it's on me!
Travis "The Half-Blood" Prinzi, headmaster of the discussions at The Hog's Head Pub, has asked me and three others to join the Blogengamot. What this means, for those who are unacquainted with the Pub, is that I'm now a contributing writer to one of the greatest sites for serious literary analysis of the Harry Potter series.
Yes, that's right: over two years since we all stayed up all night laughing and crying and getting goosebumps over Deathly Hallows, business at The Hog's Head is still going strong. Travis instituted the Blogengamot awhile back to keep up with the party, and the numbers continue to grow.
Pub patrons keep busy with intelligent discussion of Harry Potter and its connections and influence; we range from downright academic study to read-throughs to geekfests. We deconstruct and point out links to other texts, unearth the mechanics of plot and foreshadowing, and search for the best understandings of controversial matters like Dumbledore's motivations and feminine representation in the books. We talk over writers whose work influences or relates to Rowling's: C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, H.P. Lovecraft, and others.
Do come by, meet the other "funny folk", and join the debates and discussions! Bring your own glass as Aberforth's may be suspect; he'll pour the firewhisky (and mead or gillywater for those of us who don't like whisky), and we'll talk Potter.