How to celebrate Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

July 31, 2016, this Sunday, is a very important day. First of all, it’s Harry Potter’s 36th birthday. Second of all, it heralds the official opening and script release of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts I and II.” For those of you who don’t know, “Harry Potter and the
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Knights in shining armor

“I don’t know why people idolize athletes. I find it stupid for people to look up to them,” said a close friend once when we were having a casual debate on the toughest sports. I unsurprisingly was outraged at this comment. For a person who loves sports, that comment was
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Benedict Cumberbatch and other stories from London

On July 4, I stepped out of St. Pancras train station and into my storybook land. I was one of those kids who grew up with a weird obsession with England. I was raised on a diet of British fantasy novels by Roald Dahl and Eva Ibbotson. I pretended to be
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I left my comfort zone in Edinburgh

The most nervous I can remember being in a long time was staring between the clock and the door from my seat on the bus, just minutes before it was due to leave for Scotland. There wasn’t a lot of help available for my friends and travel buddies this late
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Art exists everywhere

State of the art

My eyes ran along the walls of the almost-empty record store in Zagreb, Croatia’s capital city, on a brilliantly sunny Monday afternoon. The endless collection of covers all bled into one another until my eyes come to rest on a very special LP. The vinyl was swathed in vibrant colors
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Ending the chapter but not the story

Over the last two, three, four, five or six years, we’ve all gone from confused, excited, nervous students to confused, excited, nervous graduates. I have found people to love, and they love me back. I have worked hard be here today, and you did, too.
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Lit with Lindsay: A field guide to historical literature

I’ve always struggled with reading “historical” literature — basically, anything that takes place before the 20th century. And while I have friends who consume copious amounts of Victorian literature, Chaucer and Old English translations, I think plenty of people feel the same as I do. It’s just not as common
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