Harry Potter

Complexity Where It Counts

Atoms Knocking on Atoms I think worldbuilders are a strange bunch. We mostly grew up worshiping detail and intricacy because we’re the type of people that like to dive deep into detail. I knew this when my wife asked me what Tusken Raiders looked like under their desert regalia and I started talking about the…

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Complexity Where It Counts

25 – Magic: An Overview

Fantasy science or deus ex machina? What is magic? Is it a set of physical laws that govern elements of your setting? Is it the unknowable will of the gods? Can it be learned, mastered even? Is it opaque and mysterious? Magic is ever present in fantasy (some would argue it’s the essence of the…

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Rich vs. Poor in Harry Potter

So, here we are again, I’m writing about Harry Potter. In a prior blog I’d alluded to the Statute of Secrecy being a problem and now listening to our Rich vs. Poor episode featuring Seth and Marcos I’m even more peeved about it. You see, class disparity doesn’t have to be the result of cash…

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Rich vs. Poor in Harry Potter

Dave Rebuts

James here with a quick word about this blog and the next: The most recent podcast episode where we interviewed Dave Schmidt lead to some awesome off mic conversations about worldbuilding and audience. We thought it’d be fun to highlight a specific disagreement Dave and I had and post our best arguments on the blog….

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Dave Rebuts

Your Audience Builds Your World

James here with a quick word about this blog and the next: The most recent podcast episode where we interviewed Dave Schmidt lead to some awesome off mic conversations about worldbuilding and audience. We thought it’d be fun to highlight a specific disagreement Dave and I had and post our best arguments on the blog….

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Your Audience Builds Your World

What are the Interest Rates Like at Gringotts?

As you may have heard from our recent interview with IE Horton I have a problem with Gringotts. They’re the only Wizarding bank, the only one! What’s more, they’re run by goblins and goblins occupy a strange place in the Wizarding World. A subjugated people, to be sure (there seem to be a lot of…

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What are the Interest Rates Like at Gringotts?