Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone


2017 has been a notable year in the Harry Potter world. 26 June was the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, 21 July was the 10th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and the filming for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 started in the beginning of July. Potterheads across the world have been indulging in the numerous celebrations that have occurred thus far.

The wizarding world of Harry Potter has grown in the past 20 years. The production of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard have provided fans with a detailed window into the rest of J.K. Rowling’s magical world. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (a play concerning Harry’s son, Albus Severus, and his adventures time travelling) was staged in 2016, and the script published for reading. The magic has grown exponentially over the years through Pottermore, the official fan-site created with J.K. Rowling, which comprises of games and quizzes which sort users into their houses and allocates them their wands. In the last few years, more quizzes have been added, testing fans’ knowledge. Recently, information on Ilvermorny (the American wizarding school) was published, and a quiz to sort users into these houses (Wampus, Pukwudgie, Horned Serpent, and Thunderbird) was added. Because J.K. Rowling is the brains behind the website and its content, the Pottermore quizzes are deemed the “most correct and accurate” regarding all matters Potter. In addition to the quizzes, Pottermore is J.K. Rowling’s prime medium for divulging more information about her world. Her posts range from explaining the Charms and Transfiguration classes, to discussing the history of Hogwarts and the other magical schools, and (most recently) sharing information on the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA), the equivalent of the Ministry of Magic.

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A writer’s guide to UP


The power in words knows no bounds. It can cripple governments or build them, revolutions are created on the wise words of its leaders. The University of Pretoria offers its students the same opportunities to read and learn about the power that words have. Perdeby looked for Societies on campus that students could get involved in toe better their writing skills or find the exposure they need.

One of the oldest societies, founded in 1982, is The Inklings. It is a society that actively promotes literature, creative writing and amateur drama. Emma Paulet, one of the writers of Queer Africa 2 was a part of the Inklings. Some of the activities that this society does are poetry performances, play readings and creative writing workshops. They also have an annual poetry magazine called Inclinations and it features the works of students across the university. The current chairperson Kegan Gaspar recommended that students read both Queer Africa 1 and 2.

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TuksRes Festival: The future of student culture?


After the jubilant success of the previous evening’s Kaskar Bazaar, where Klaradyn and Sonop took home the respective trophies, all the residences met up early on Saturday, 29 July, at the LC de Villiers Sports Grounds to compete once more at the first TuksRes Festival.

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Women can be aliens too


After much speculation, BBC has recently announced that Jodie Whittaker will play the fictional time traveling, regenerating alien, the Doctor on the sci-fi hit Dr. Who.

This would be the first time that the Doctor would be portrayed by a woman in the show’s incredible 54 year history. Although the show has starred a range of talented actresses as the Doctors’ companions such as Catherine Tate and Karen Gillan, no woman has ever taken the role as the master of the TARDIS.

Whittaker was met with backlash from fans, some even going so far as to claim that they will never watch the show again. As an entire fan base has been predominantly exposed to a male figure playing the character, it comes as no surprise when a certain fan base strongly disagrees with this casting decision. This is not the first time fans and critics alike have reacted negatively to the female recasting of a traditionally male leading role. Ghostbusters, a film developed and showcased in 2016 received a similar response. The original Ghostbusters created in 1984 showcased an all male leading cast and when they cast female characters as the heroes they were met by hostility, with some people also threatening to stop supporting the franchise altogether.

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No party guide


Upon entering university, many of us are sold the idea that to study is also to party. This, however, is not necessarily the reality that all of us enjoy. It can be difficult in a culture that pushes the close relationship between studying and partying to find events that allow us to participate in fun, social events without engaging in the party scene.

The Vintage Square Thrift Fair: This is an experience that brings socialising and fashion together. What is more current than high waisted pants, oversized jackets and loud prints? It is impossible not to find a few wonderful items at one of the independent vintage stalls and at a complete steal. Take a couple of friends and wander around the grounds any time between 10:00 and 16:00 every last Saturday of the month. There are also a few coffee shops and spots to have a beer or bite to eat which are conveniently positioned just next to the market. Don’t miss out on the wacky pub, Lucky Rodrigo.

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