The Need for Temperance Within the Current Debate on Gender Fluidity

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In July 2021, J.K. Rowling came out on Twitter in support of MP Rosie Duffield. This was shortly after the MP suffered a backlash for liking a tweet. The tweet was by Kurtis Lemaster, an American with a criminal past involving stalking. According to Sierra Vista News Network:

‘A Sierra…

Old bookends and the mystery of the time-travelling library book

African art, by unknown artist. Photography by author.

Despite the convenience of digital e-books, most people feel glad to get back to a printed book. We like the feel of it, the art on the cover and even the smell. Some people like a glossy new smell while others like the sweet mustiness of old books. …

The Lion and the Hare — lessons from folklore

Riot police and protesters outside the Capitol, January 2020, by Tyler Merbler, C.C. 2.0

I discovered two folk tales recently which put me in mind of the recent troubles in Washington. Both stories involve a lion and a hare. One turns up in India and the other in Africa. Small children can enjoy them on a simple level. They can also be explored more…

Does Lula Landry in Cormoran Strike have her origins in the myth of Harry Potter?

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Luna Lovegood has a hidden twin. She exists, symbolically at least, in J.K. Rowling’s adult myth, Cormoran Strike. Is this a deliberate ploy contrived by the author? Or is it part of an ongoing subconscious process?

Here follows a quaternity which helps us to visualise the two characters in relation…

A Reply to the ‘Dean of Harry Potter Scholars’

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My occasional articles on J.K. Rowling’s mythology recently came to the attention of John Granger, the ‘Dean of Harry Potter Scholars’. Granger has written and lectured on the subject of Rowling’s mythology for many years. An interview with him turns up in a documentary, in one of the Harry Potter…

Flower child imagery in war-torn Germany

Sophie seeing her brother and friends off to the Eastern Front, 1942, public domain.

Sophie and Hans Scholl were two siblings who wrote for the pacifist White Rose collective in Nazi Germany. They were convicted of high treason by the Nazis after being caught distributing the collective’s anti-war leaflet. After a trial, they were both executed on the same day with their friend, Christoph…

The Omega Gang, from comic book to film

Cinema poster and book cover for critical review

I wrote an obscure article in the 1990s which became an influence on the X-Men. The comic book author Grant Morrison later discussed the topic in his book, Supergods. He said a fictional gang in the X-Men is based on my ideas in the past. …

The Letters of Aldous Huxley and Humphry Osmond

Bottle by Pretty Drugthings, Unsplash, Huxley from public domain and book cover for critical review

Aldous Huxley and Humphry Osmond were friends for 10 years, leading to Huxley’s death in 1963. Aldous Huxley is best known as the novelist who gave us classics like Brave New World. Humphry Osmond was an obscure psychiatrist who worked with psychedelics in the 1950s-60s. He lived in Canada. …

Darkness and light in J.K. Rowling’s Troubled Blood

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This is a brief analysis of the rabbit and its role of psychopomp in J.K. Rowling’s novel, Troubled Blood. The article contains spoilers to the book.

Hidden jokes

Troubled Blood has similarities to a fairy tale as well as being a crime novel. This shouldn’t come as a surprise considering how Rowling…

J. K. Rowling’s The Silkworm in relation to Troubled Blood

Brig o’ Doon, Alloway, Scotland. Photo by August Schwerdfeger, C.C.

Bridging the gap between Rowling’s portrayal of butch women and effeminate men creates a quaternity of revelation…

J.K. Rowling caused some controversy with her recent inclusion of a cross-dressing serial killer in her novel Troubled Blood. In her defense, she could claim that novelists have every right to reflect the…

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