Conservative MP Steals Dumbledore’s Words of Wisdom

When you’re a politician it must be difficult to keep coming up with pearls of wisdom to share with the nation. Politicians know that to sound profound and memorable is a great part of getting elected, or re-elected. When they are stuck for words, they may look elsewhere for inspiration, maybe in the books they’ve read which may explain why Conservative MP Sam Gyimah stole one of Dumbledore’s most famous quotes on BBC Question Time last weekend.

The incident has come back and bitten the Conservative MP for East Surrey’s proverbial bum as he has chosen to plagiarise one of Dumbledore’s most famous quotes. When talking of the recent behaviour of Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May’s response of it, Gyimah sais “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your friends, it takes even more bravery to stand up to your enemies”.

Those familiar with the Harry Potter story will know this quote appears both in the book and the film, and Twitter user @Dai_Slocs was keen to point that out.

Since Trump came to power, many references and similarities between the book and the administration have been made. Rowling herself has called them all Death Eaters, and she’s readily admitted that the books are about the rise and fall of an autocracy.

Even so, we think that Sam Gyimah could either veil his references a little better, or at least give credit to the wise old wizard we all love.

Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ is Barnes and Nobles’ Fastest-Selling Book of 2018

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Released a week ago today, Michelle Obama’s latest book Becoming has become Barnes and Nobles’ fastest-selling book in terms of first week sales. The book has enjoyed the most successful first-week launch of an adult book in over three years and has also surpassed other high profile releases such as Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury and Bob Woodward’s Fear.

As Good Reader reports, the book’s publisher, Penguin Random House, has announced that Becoming sold over 725,000 copies on its first day of release, meaning it’s the publisher’s highest single-day sales of any book this year.
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18th Century Teen’s Schoolbook Doodles Discovered

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Doodles, scribbles, and mini works of fine art got many of us through our teen years at school- I personally preferred drawing spiderwebs in the corners of every page- and it seems 18th century teens were not much different!

Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) discovered a young man’s doodles in his own mathematics workbook, and it gives us a fascinating insight into the mind of this erudite and creative teen. As well as laying out his mathematical formulae with precision and clarity, Richard Beale showed us his family dog, street scenes, elegant ships, and… A chicken in trousers.

Let MERL take you on a journey through time into the mind of Richard Beale- honest farm-boy, good mathematician, and excellent doodler.

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The Literary and Film World Pay Tribute to William Goldman

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This week the tragic news of William Goldman’s death reached us, author of the Princess Bride among many other screenplays, adaptations, and novels. We paid tribute to Goldman in this piece and now the literary world has spoken out about the writer’s death.

Across social media well known names spoke out about Goldman, their relationship with him and the ways in which he touched their lives.
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Books are My Bag Readers Awards 2018

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The Books are My Bag Readers Awards are back for a third year, offering their own unique award system. The Awards really are one of a kind, the only book awards curated by bookshops and voted for by booklovers.

This year the award has added a new category for poetry, alongside the seven existing categories. Books are My Bag asked you to vote and you did so in your thousands and the winners are now in for the Books are My Bag Readers Awards, sponsored by National Book Tokens.
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New Teaser Out for New Niantic Wizards Unite Game

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It’s almost a year to the day since we brought you the news that Niantic are working on a Pokemon Go style game for Harry Potter fans. The game, Wizards Unite is promised in 2019 and is a collaboration between Niantic, Inc, Warner Bros and Portkey games.

The game will offer all the AR fun of Pokemon, but instead of catching Pokemon, players will have the chance to unravel a global mystery, cast spells, and encounter Fantastic Beasts and iconic characters along the way. Read More



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