Our 15 Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2015

Fall-Books

Some will argue that the best time to read is in the summer. You can lay in the grass, lounge on a hammock, perch on a beach chair with the waves lapping at your feet, or just sit in front of an air-conditioner, the breeze blowing through your hair as you read your favorite new book. I tend to be of a different opinion. The fall and early months of winter are the perfect time to settle in with a new book. The cracking of a fresh spine will echo the crunch of the fallen leaves beneath your feet. The soft glow that your Kindle or nook emits fits right in with the soft haze produced by a string of Christmas lights. I think we can all agree that reading a book while wearing your favorite sweatpants and a cozy sweater is far more enjoyable than a wet bathing suit. Continue reading

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JK Rowling (Image Credit: Pottermore)

5 Reasons Why We’re Pumped About the New ‘Harry Potter’ Short Story

JK Rowling (Image Credit: Pottermore)

JK Rowling (Image Credit: Pottermore)

If you haven’t heard by now, J.K. Rowling has posted a short story on pottermore.com and front and center are the beloved and deeply missed characters of the Harry Potter Series. The story comes following a series of stories written about the Quidditch World Cup Finals, a fun echo of the real life World Cup. We at the Daily Quirk are totally flipping out. Check out the 5 reasons why we’re so pumped! Continue reading

J.K. Rowling (Image Credit: Daniel Ogren) / FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (Image Credit: J.K. Rowling)

‘Harry Potter’ Prequel Could Open World of Magical Possibilites

J.K. Rowling (Image Credit: Daniel Ogren) / FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (Image Credit: J.K. Rowling)

J.K. Rowling (Image Credit: Daniel Ogren) / FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (Image Credit: J.K. Rowling)

If you’ve spent the past three years watching re-runs of Harry Potter scenes, crying and trying to relive the journey since the moment when Hagrid kicked down the door of the Dursley’s shack—I definitely feel you. But cry no more because J.K. Rowling is back with a Harry Potter spin-off Warner Bros. production on her aside publication, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. And the best part? It’s going to be a trilogy, screen-written by the ‘mother of wizards,’ Rowling herself. Continue reading

Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

Ron + Hermione: Why this Muggle is still glad they wound up together

Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

Earlier this month, the internet was abuzz with news that J.K. Rowling wishes she hadn’t had Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger end up together in the conclusion of the Harry Potter series. In an interview with Emma Watson for Wonderland Magazine, Rowling admitted that she thinks Hermione may have been better off ending up with Harry rather than his goofy, red-headed best friend. Continue reading

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Image Credit: JK Rowling) / Author JK Rowling (Debra Hurford Brown)

JK Rowling is bringing the ‘Harry Potter’ world back to the big screen!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Image Credit: JK Rowling) / Author JK Rowling (Debra Hurford Brown)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Image Credit: JK Rowling) / Author JK Rowling (Debra Hurford Brown)

Last week I did something foolish. I clicked a link posted by a “friend” on Facebook and after excitedly reading the title and skimming the article, bounced up and down with the best news I’d heard in several years. There was going to be a new book in the Harry Potter world. JK Rowling was excited to return to that world and was actually most of the way through the book. Ecstatic was not extreme enough a word for the high that I was riding. The mistake though was in trusting that friend of mine. Continue reading

An Open Letter to Hermione Granger

Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX (Image Credit: Warner Bros)

Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX (Image Credit: Warner Bros)

Dear Hermione,

First of all, I just want to say that I’m sorry for thinking your name was Herman for the first few years of our acquaintance. I was 6-years-old and couldn’t understand the beautiful complexity that is your name. But I really am sorry, because I know how obnoxious it is to have people say or spell your name wrong (people are always spelling mine with a “y” instead of an “ie”).

Secondly, I want to say thank you. You’ve taught me so many great lessons that I know I’ll keep with me always. You showed me that it’s possible to be smart and witty and a good friend and a good person all at once. It can be hard for me to remember that I can succeed in all the areas of my life. Sometimes I think we all feel like we have to give things up to excel in one particular thing. You taught me that I can do well at lots of things at the same time. I don’t have to give up social skills to be good at school. I don’t have to give up on studying so I can help others. I can be a good person and a successful person at the same time.

You also showed me that doing well in school doesn’t make you a nerd or a know-it-all. It just means you’re good at some things, and that’s awesome. I feel like young kids today repeatedly see the message that it isn’t cool to know the answers to the questions teachers ask. They’re taught by the media and their peers that it is better to be quiet in class or to tease the kids who speak up than it is to apply themselves. You taught me to be proud of my knowledge and that it’s okay that I enjoy school.

You were one of my biggest role models growing up, and I still look up to you to this day. You taught me the importance of being a good friend and being there for the people I love. You never left Harry or Ron’s side, even when things got tough or even when you weren’t getting along with them. You were always there for them, even when they may not have noticed or appreciated it, and I think that’s something that deserves a huge amount of respect.

I always thought you kicked ass (even before you slapped Malfoy), and you’re someone I aspire to be like. You are so clever and so full of love and kindness. You showed me that it is important to stand up for what I believe in and not to settle for less than I deserve. In fact, the many lessons you taught me shaped my adolescence, and I will never be able to repay you for that.

I’m really glad you and Ron ended up together (he was always my favorite of the boys you knew). I think his goofiness balances your tendency to be a bit serious perfectly. I could not imagine a cute or more well-suited pair, and I wish you both and all of your genius red-headed children all the best in life.

Thank you for helping me become the person I am today.

Sincerely,

Abbie Reetz


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Hi! I’m Abbie. I’m a Wisconsin girl who just completed a degree in journalism, which I hope will help me achieve my goal of reading books and writing about them for a living. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching Doctor Who and hanging out with my boyfriend and his two cats.
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Everything I Ever Needed to Know… I Learned from ‘Harry Potter’

Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley in HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley in HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

Any fan of the Harry Potter series could instantly come up with several things the series taught them or ways it changed their lives. As one of these fans, my mind is instantly flooded with ways that Harry Potter and his friends taught me everything I need to know for life. I started reading the magical book series when I was in first grade, and I’ve been hooked on everything Potter ever since. Whether you’ve been a fan of the books forever or you’ve never read them, the Harry Potter series can teach you a few lessons, too! Continue reading