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Can't escape Snape at LeakyCon

Pottering Around
Sure, Figawi Race Weekend is a blast, but how many times in my life would I have the opportunity to mingle with more than 750 J.K. Rowling devotees? So, this past Memorial Day weekend, I decided to skip Nantucket and join the all-ages, international assembly of Potter-heads at Boston's Park Plaza Hotel for LeakyCon 2009.
By NEELY STEINBERG  |  May 27, 2009

Review: Inkheart

A nice diversion
How novel: a fantasy adventure for children that's not afraid of the dark while espousing the joys of the printed word, with nary a fart joke to be heard.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 20, 2009

Review: Valkyrie

You know the bad guys win, so what's the point?
You know the bad guys win, so what's the point?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 24, 2008

Jingle spells

Harry and the Potters' 4th Annual Yule Ball
Nothing screams Christmas like children dabbling with sorcery. Which is why Harry and the Potters' annual Yule Ball is such a howling success every year.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 19, 2008

Sex and food and Abraham Lincoln

Gift books for every (perverse) taste
We put out a call to our contributors to suggest appropriate holiday gift books and what do we get back?
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 05, 2008

The Wee Trio | Capitol Diner Vol. 1

Bionic Records (2008)
The up-front news is that this vibes-bass-drums trio include the now-obligatory post–Bad Plus contemporary pop covers, in this case Nirvana and Sufjan Stevens.
By JON GARELICK  |  October 17, 2008

Fiend footage festival

“Feast Of Flesh VII” at the Coolidge
We’ve got a formidable line-up here: Banana Zombie and Housewife Zombie are joined Bike Courier Zombie, and a mangled-shirt-and-tails zombie Cannibal dubs “Dr. Teeth.”  
By SHAULA CLARK  |  October 01, 2008

Movies on the Midcoast

From simulated battlegrounds to Bristol Bay at the Camden International Film Festival
Yet again, this year’s festival tackles an admirable hodgepodge of subjects — online gaming junkies, Harry Potter fanatics, and even Cockney gangsters in London’s East End.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 24, 2008

To Hell and Harry

Hell Girl, The IT Crowd
American hetero pornography is, most often, a fantasy celebration of exhibitionist sluttiness, itchy whores on their knees, opening their legs, without a moment’s hesitation or a flicker of shame.
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 24, 2008

Reading roundup

Autumn’s authors about town
This fall’s regional literary scene will see abstinence and desire, ghosts and dykes, convicts and Christians, toxic water bottles and yummy food.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 10, 2008

Do you have any treasures in your attic?

Old books
Sure, every once in a while, someone shows up at Ken Gloss’s talks on antique books with a real treasure, like a personalized, signed copy of JD Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye .
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 02, 2008

What's Potter up to now?

Wizard rock
We chatted with Paul from Harry and the Potters about the seventh book, the election, and what to expect when Harry and the Potters hit SPACE Gallery on June 26.
By LAUREN DONOVAN  |  June 25, 2008

Numb Skull

Indiana Jones’s mild Kingdom
You can’t say they don’t warn you.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 22, 2008

Duplicate Prince

Caspian   walks the lion
“Things never happen the same way twice,” says the messianic lion Aslan (voiced by Liam Neeson) near the end of Prince Caspian .
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 14, 2008

War of independents

The Independent Film Festival of Boston fights for freedom of the screens
The IFFB is determined to wrest cinematic freedom from the imperial power of the Hollywood studios.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 22, 2008

Everybody has the right to be wrong

Politics and other mistakes
The late political columnist Davis Rawson once infuriated then-Speaker of the House John Martin to the point that Maine’s most powerful politician told reporters, “Davis Rawson is a drunk and a has-been.”
By AL DIAMON  |  April 16, 2008


Dressed up and still homey
I’m one of those Rhode Islanders who remembers DownCity when it was more like the “diner” that used to be part of its name.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 06, 2008

Crossword: ''Stuck on you''

And you can't seem to get rid of it
And you can't seem to get rid of it
By MATT JONES  |  January 30, 2008

Challenging Voldemedia

Potter activists
Is Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin working under the Imperius Curse?
By SHARON STEEL  |  December 20, 2007

Mutiny in Heaven

Philip Pullman ’ s fantasy novels are condemned as a crash course in militant atheism. But one BU professor thinks otherwise.
It is a truth now well established that the idea for a series of books about a schoolboy wizard did not , in fact, originate with its author, J.K. Rowling (as she has naively claimed), but was piped up red-hot and stinking from Below.
By JAMES PARKER  |  December 06, 2007

Boston music news, December 7, 2007

Notes on the Christmas Cavalcade and Harry and the Potters
Chandler Travis calls himself “an aggressive agnostic,” but that hasn’t kept him from assembling a Christmas Cavalcade for Cambridge’s Bread & Roses charity.
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  December 03, 2007

Intimacy issues

Pushing Daisies  hides its feelings; HBO can’t get it up
There’s a fine line between “whimsically surreal” and “Oh God please make it stop.”
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  October 30, 2007

Comics for Christ

Evangelicals are speaking in bubbles — and fighting God’s war on pop culture
Young Laurel Templeton spends her summer vacation “kidnapped by five cyborg flies and shrunk down to insect size so [she can] travel back in time with them to save the world from an evil spider.” You know, typical stuff.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 10, 2007

The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising

A smirky and sore temptation
It’s never a good idea to judge a movie by the book it was adapted from.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 05, 2007

December Boys

Daniel Radcliffe's non-wizard cinematic vehicle
The Year My Voice Broke meets Stand by Me ? If only.
By PEG ALOI  |  September 19, 2007

White hunters, black hearts

Scambaiting turns the tables on Internet con men. But when the clever pranks turn dangerous and degrading, where does the moral compass point?
There are hundreds of faces in the “Trophy Room” of , and most of them are black.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 12, 2007

Peter principle

Dr. Lovemonkey
In fact, it was really the generous bulge in his trousers. Should I be honest and tell him this?
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  September 12, 2007

Aesthetic genius

Why can’t more writers be smart enough to be beautiful, handsome, or at least cute
When I saw Marisha Pessl in the New York Times Style Section, meticulously posed on an antique chair wearing a pair of high heels and a coy smile, I cringed.
By SHARON STEEL  |  August 30, 2007

Heroes of our time

From Bond to Bourne, the good guys (and girls) buck the system
In interviews promoting The Bourne Ultimatum , Matt Damon has argued that his Jason Bourne has supplanted James Bond as the hero of our time.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 31, 2007

Square dancing

From ArtBeast to Hogwarts Square
Somerville’s annual ArtBeat festival operates under the idealistic philosophy that kids and adults can have fun together.
By IAN SANDS  |  July 30, 2007

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