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KWCW Spotlight: The Witching Hour

KWCW Spotlight: The Witching Hour

Varinia Balkins, Staff Reporter

November 16, 2017

Walla Walla’s one-and-only Harry Potter themed radio show airs right from Whitman’s very own KWCW radio. Sundays, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., seniors Megan Gleason and Jane Kern co-host Whitman’s longest student-run radio show, “The Witching Hour.” What started years ago–as Gleason and K...

“Fantastic Beasts” an enchanting “Potter” prequel

Eric Anderson, A&E Editor

December 1, 2016

Mixing the charms of its characters, an engaging narrative and grandiose visuals to strong effect, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a prequel to the “Harry Potter” franchise, is an uncommonly affable and whimsical film that has much to offer audiences. It is noticeably superior to ...

Living in a Post-Cynical Age

Nikolaus Kennelly, Columnist

December 1, 2016

To the outcasts of the earth, blue-collar intellectuals, protégés of Salinger and Kerouac (if any of you are still around), know this: cynicism is dead. No longer is it fashionable to lament the decline of the sacred, the rise of consumer culture and the innumerable social ills engendered by urban...

Back to School, Back to Movies: Fall Movie Preview

Back to School, Back to Movies: Fall Movie Preview

Nathan Fisher

September 11, 2014

Illustration by Lya Hernandez. For the past three years at Whitman (I feel old), I have used my weekly trip to the movie theater to keep me sane. This semester, with my film thesis, oral exams and math written exams looming, the movie industry better offer some high-octane escapisms to keep me fr...

Violence in Harry Potter Community Calls for Barrier between Fans, Stars

Violence in Harry Potter Community Calls for Barrier between Fans, Stars

Anuradha Lingappa

April 17, 2014

Wizard rock is a genre of music generated by the fan culture surrounding the Harry Potter books. Since J.K. Rowling and the books themselves are so universally popular, many fans look closer to home to find new ways to channel their love for the series. Wizard rock songs are all about things that happen in ...

Gisten Tavin and the Order of the Duck

Gisten Tavin and the Order of the Duck

Melina Hughes

April 3, 2014

A few months ago, a gorgeous up-and-coming young writer broke the story of the much rumored Chamber of TKErets and its alleged opening. Well, it was opened, that's for sure. Nobody really knows if it got closed, actually. That should probably be checked on… Anyway, we return to the four houses ...

Chamber of TKErets Has Been Opened

Melina Hughes

October 20, 2013

An unnamed, former Pio sports and Backpage writer, poetry-writing Tau Kappa Epsilon senior agreed to speak to reporters in attempts to dissipate the cloud of mystery surrounding the much-rumored and mysticized Chamber of TKErets. Our unnamed, English and philosophy double major source confirmed the rum...

Alternate Universe Spells Trouble

Alternate Universe Spells Trouble

Nathan Fisher

September 26, 2013

"Harry Potter" is baaack!!!!! Okay, not quite, but my assignment this week was to check out Warner Brothers' recently announced upcoming series heading to the big screen about the world of magic and wizards –– a sort of Hogwarts prequel set 70 years before Harry was born. My first reaction was roughl...

Trains: Pukerangi and Platform 9 3/4

Lindsey Holdren

April 22, 2013

And so the family departed from Queenstown and began the journey to Dunedin. As fate would have it, upon leaving the hotel lobby I heard the same song - a girl band remake of ELO's Mr. Blue Sky - that had been playing when I first arrived (a circularity that is both awesome and terrible; "awesome" because...

‘Pirates! Band of Misfits’ brings nonstop laughs for all

‘Pirates! Band of Misfits’ brings nonstop laughs for all

Nathan Fisher

May 3, 2012

After years of "maturing" and stretching way outside my comfort zone, this week I retreated back to my roots with the innocence of kids' movies. "The Pirates! Band of Misfits," a claymation wonder filled with clever wit and humor, was spot on. "The Pirates! Band of Misfits" chronicles the exp...

End of an era: The life, death of Harry Potter fan culture

End of an era: The life, death of Harry Potter fan culture

Sara Rasmussen

March 13, 2012

"We're here because we love Harry Potter, but we're not here for Harry Potter. We're here to celebrate the stuff being created around Harry Potter." So spoke Hank Green, an entrepreneur perhaps best known for the VlogBrothers project, in reference to the vibrant fan community that surrounds the...

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