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The Fantastic in the Fine Arts: "Heads Will Roll"

In addition to our "Midweek Fiction" post, we're introducing another regular feature this week--a weekly post about ways in which elements of fantasy and science fiction are represented in the fine arts.  We'll be featuring visual artists and musicians whose work somehow incorporates speculative elements, and hopefully kick off some interesting conversations about how these media forms enhance the fantasy and science fiction genres.

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Midweek Fiction: Kelly Link, "Valley of the Girls"

Welcome to a new feature here at Fantasy Matters. There's a lot of wonderful short form speculative fiction being published on the internet, and we wanted to bring some of it to your attention. And who doesn't want to break up the week with an excellent short story?

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Fantastically Fun Fridays: July 15, 2011

I haven't had a chance to watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2) yet--I'm going this weekend--and I haven't read any reviews yet either, so that my viewing of the movie will be as unspoiled as possible, but from the snippets of things that I've seen, the reception looks quite positive so far.  Have you seen it yet?  What do you think?  Let us know in the comments!

We hope that you've enjoyed our coverage of various aspects of the Harry Potter universe this week, and to finish things off, here is a "Harry Potter"-themed edition of Fantastically Fun Fridays...

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Favorite Harry Potter Moments

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2)With seven books in the series, and eight movies that bring those books to life on the big screen, there's a lot to like about the Harry Potter franchise.  But even though there's a lot to choose from, my guess is that most people have a favorite part--a favorite book, a favorite movie, a favorite character, a favorite Quidditch match, or maybe even just a favorite sentence.  For some, their favorite moments have more to do with the experience of reading or watching the series, rather than specific parts of the stories themselves.  Here is a collection of some of our favorite moments from the series, but we'd love to hear about yours in the comments as well!

Kat Howard: I would just like to state for the record that I had made this choice before I saw this picture. I love Neville Longbottom. His character arc is wonderful, and I love that being a hero does not come easily for him, but it does come naturally. My favorite moment is in The Sorcerer's Stone, when Neville tries to stop Harry, Ron, and Hermione from leaving the Gryffindor common room, and is so fierce and determined about it, he winds up in a full body-bind, courtesy of Hermione. As Dumbledore says, "It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends."

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A book that is my heart of flesh

Tam LinI think perhaps if you are a reader, you will have books that are more than favorites. Not many, but a select set of books that you could give to someone as an introduction to who you truly are. Books that have gone beyond story, and become sacred text.

One of those books for me is Pamela Dean's Tam Lin.

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