Harry Potter

Order of the Phoenix, AZ: A Harry Potter Party in the Desert

November 7, 2013

A few weeks ago, an owl delivered a letter to our house. Not just any letter – because then why would an owl have delivered it? – this was a letter I had been waiting for since I was 12. The letter that proclaimed I had finally been accepted into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and […]

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A Magical Trip, Part Two: Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios

June 23, 2012

I’m so glad you enjoyed my recap of Harry Potter world! How cool that many of you have been there or plan to go there soon. It really is amazing when you think about the impact J.K. Rowling has had on so many people in such a variety of ways. Her imagination has created a […]

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Where Do Book Ideas Come From?

October 27, 2011

It’s no secret that I am a fan of Water for Elephants. Sara Gruen’s novel about a Depression-era circus, which you should definitely read if you haven’t already, captivated me long before Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon were ever involved in a movie deal. I think a lot of my love for the book stems […]

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July 18, 2011

The jam-packed summer adventures continue! This weekend, my fantastic friend Sam and her boyfriend, Alex, came into town for a Windy City reunion. Sam got in late Thursday night — just in time for the midnight premiere of Harry Potter! I wore my Gryffindor scarf for the occasion. Jill, Sam and I were thrilled to […]

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