The Harry Potter Effect

The Harry Potter Effect

The Harry Potter Effect

Jason Vanover

In yet another attempt to demonize “The Donald,” a paper published in the special issue of PS: Political Science and Politics postulates that people who read Harry Potter have a less then favorable attitude toward Donald Trump. The reason is that the Harry Potter series is about the resistance of oppression and the need for acceptance. Oppression and intolerance are two things Mr. Trump has been accused of pushing in his agenda.

We can take this article two ways; we could talk about the possibility of a political agenda on the author’s part or we can dive into something much more interesting, the fact that Harry Potter can change the thinking of an entire generation. After reading the seven Harry Potter books your worldview could be altered. With around 450 million copies sold that effect has a long and far reach.

In my opinion I think it’s great that a story like Harry Potter can carry such a strong and needed message. It is a tribute to J.K. Rowling that this story can have such an effect. I think Science fiction in general has sparked many technical revolutions with all the hope and intrigue these stories about what could be can be for all of the readers. Authors like Jules Verne or H.G. Wells opened up our minds to many new ideas and opportunities that have shaped our society and the way we see humanity. I can’t wait to see what science fiction gives us next.

From werewolf to Superman!

From werewolf to Superman!

From werewolf to Superman!

Jason Vanover

After rumors, speculation, and fans trying to wish Tom Welling’s casting into existence we finally found out who will be playing the role of Superman in CW’s Supergirl and its not Tom Welling.

Instead we are getting former werewolf Tyler Hoechlin who starred in 7th Heaven and more recently played Derek Hale in MTV’s Teen Wolf. Although not getting Tom Welling was disappointing many people in the Superman fan base find Hoechlin to be a great alternative.

Unfortunate we won’t see Hoechlin dawn the cape until October. In the meantime I’m sure we’ll see plenty of fan art showing Hoechlin looking awesome as The Man of Steel.

Supergirl’s season 2 will start in this fall at 8pm Mondays on The CW. Also be on the lookout for other CW shows like Arrow and The Flash.

Superman is Coming!

Superman is Coming!

Superman is Coming!

Jason Vanover

Since the pilot was leaked “accidently” by CBS almost a year before the show took off (pun intended) we haven’t seen Superman as a real casted character. In the past he was always too far away to really be seen or only seen through his text messages with Supergirl. He is even backlit during the opening sequences. Through the entire first season we never get a good look at who he is until now.

According to Supergirl’s Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg “Greg, Ali and I are beyond thrilled to welcome Clark Kent and his slightly-more-famous alter ego to the world of ‘Supergirl.’ Superman will be appearing in the first two episodes of the new season and we cannot wait to see who next dons the red cape!”

I think this is great news! The big question is who are they going to cast as superman? I think Tom Welling would be perfect for the role and he already has a relationship with the CW with the Smallville series. Unfortunately, according to an interview Tom had with Jarret Wieselman of Buzzfeed Tom stated “There’s people who would like it. There’s people who don’t like it, but I will tell you that no one has ever asked me to do it. So, I don’t know. It would be kind of odd. I don’t know who he is at that point. He would obviously be Superman…” so it sounds like a no go.

Brandon Routh from 2006’s Superman Returns would also make a great superman. I’m not sure if Henry Cavill can fill the shoes as he is a darker version then I think CW is going for. Either way we’ll find out when season two of Supergirl starts this fall on the CW.

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