Alison Daniels

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A Love Letter to Newt Scamander for Destroying Gender Roles

<i>Warning: contains minor spoilers for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.</i><p>While watching the latest entry in the Potterverse, I found myself …

Watch: The Nurturing, Empathetic Masculinity of Newt Scamander

We’ve posted before about some of the ways that <i>Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them</i> failed in its representation, but YouTuber Pop Culture …

The Fantastic Masculinity of Newt Scamander

Is Fantastic Beasts the antidote to our alpha-male superhero addiction?

In this Trumpian age, JK Rowling’s return to the wizarding world of Harry Potter magicks up a gentler, less ostentatious heroic template<p>Versus movies are all the rage right now, after the lost son of Krypton took on Gotham’s dark knight in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Iron Man went 10 …

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On Newt Scamander, Toxic Masculinity, & The Power Of Hufflepuff Heroes

<b>Warning: This post contains spoilers for</b> <i>Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.</i><p>Newt Scamander is a rare bird — rarer even, perhaps, than the …

Who Was Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was one of the most important and influential American writers of the 19th century. He was the first author to try to make a …

Edgar Allan Poe: Pioneer, Genius, Oddity

On October 3, 1849, Edgar Allan Poe was found on the streets of Baltimore in disarray.<p>“He’s muttering a variety of things that are indecipherable. …

Who Was the Poe Toaster? We Still Have No Idea

It was an annual tribute as mysterious as its honoree: every year, on Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday, a masked man would leave three red roses and a …

The (Still) Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe

It was raining in Baltimore on October 3, 1849, but that didn't stop Joseph W. Walker, a compositor for the <i>Baltimore Sun</i>, from heading out to …

Hero's Journey Examples | Monomyth | Heroic Journey

Related to both plot diagram and types of literary conflict, the ”Hero’s Journey” is a recurring pattern of stages many heroes undergo over the …