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Gryffindor As Favourites
  • Animal: Now, I know you'd expect a lion. But the thing is lions just run around hunting stuff. (No lionphobia)But you know which animals are brave? Zebras. Yes, I'm going there. Hear me out. Zebras go through life as prey, cross rivers full of crocodiles, and regularly run from predators. That's either gotta require bravery, or stupidity. And to be honest, considering our patron saints are Albus "Calmly" Dumbledore and Harry the Boy who was Oblivious, stupidity is in our ancestry.
  • Colour: to be honest, I think red and gold are good choices. They're bold. Alternatively, I think neon and hot pink would fit our reckless and bold house.
  • Song: I think something like "the Best Day of My Life" by American Authors or "Viva la Viva" by Coldplay would fit. Both songs are epic and seem to have a bigger, beyond theme that fits the adventurous side of Gryffindor.
  • Movie: HARRY POTTER! No, just kidding. :) I actually think that there are three classic movies that might apply to Gryffindor: "Peter Pan", "Alice in Wonderland", and "The Wizard of Oz". All three involve a daring adventure in which our hero/heroine/protagonist is whisked off to a magical and strange land. These could also work for Ravenclaw, because they exercise the imagination.
  • boy: falls out
  • disco: gets panicked at
  • direction: is singular
  • dragons: are imagined
  • summer: lasts five seconds
  • sirens: being slept with
  • vampires: on the weekend
  • pilot: multiplied by twenty one
  • moon: walked on
  • cities: are capital
  • authors: are american
  • monsters: of themselves and men
  • day: is green
  • my chemical romance: breaks up

Robert W. Chambers (May 26, 1865 – December 16, 1933) 

American artist and fiction writer, best known for his book of short stories entitled The King in Yellow, published in 1895. (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: Cover detail, frontispiece, spine detail, and excerpt from The King in Yellow By Robert W. Chambers. New York: F. Tennyson Neely, 1895.


Young Hemingway dressed as a girl. He has a dark past of his mother forcefully dressing him up as a girl. Hemingway developed his efforts to ostentatiously portray his masculinity ever since. However, he still looks quite good in a dress.

Popular writer who employs the hard boiled literary style. He enjoys hobbies such as boxing and hunting wild animals, moreover he invest a lot of effort into outwardly expressing his masculinity. He is friends with Fitzgerald and worries about her debauchery.

Ernest Hemingway

Asian American Author Feature: Amy Tan

I featured Amy Tan during Women’s History Month, but–as with all real people–she is multi-dimensional and has been influenced by all her life experiences. So, she deserves a place in this month’s features as well. 

She’s best known for her novel The Joy Luck Club which explores the Chinese-American experience and the complicated relationship between mothers and daughters.

She also wrote Sagwa: The Chinese Siamese Cat. You might know it from the PBS show based on the book.


Willa Sibert Cather (December 7, 1873 – April 24, 1947) 

American writer who achieved recognition for her novels of frontier life on the Great Plains, including O Pioneers! (1913), The Song of the Lark (1915), and My Ántonia (1918). In 1923 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for One of Ours (1922), a novel set during World War I. (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: Cover  and illustrations from My Ántonia By Willa Sibert Cather. With Illustrations by W. T. Brenda. Boston and new York: Houghton Mifflin Company. The Riverside Press Cambridge, 1918.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882)

American essayist, lecturer, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: Title page detail, frontispiece “S.A. Schoff”, and excerpt from Nature. Addresses, and Lectures By Ralph Waldo Emerson. New and Revised Edition. Cambridge” Riverside Press, 1883. Five Hundred Copies Printed, No. 262.


William Dean Howells (March 1, 1837 – May 11, 1920) 

American realist novelist, literary critic, and playwright, nicknamed “The Dean of American Letters”. He was particularly known for his tenure as editor of The Atlantic Monthly, as well as for his own prolific writings, including the Christmas story “Christmas Every Day” and the novels The Rise of Silas Lapham and A Traveler from Altruria. (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: 1. Cover from A Chance Acquaintance. By William D. Howells. Illustrated by William L. Sheppard. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1877.  2. Title page, 3. “W. D. Howells, Age Eighteen”, 4. Frontispiece “W. D. Howells The week he was seventy years old from a photograph by Brown Brothers, New York” from My Literary Passions. Criticism & Fiction. W. D. Howells.  Illustrated. New York & London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1910.


Charles Farrar Browne (April 26, 1834 – March 6, 1867) 

American humor writer, better known under his nom de plume, Artemus Ward. He is considered to be America’s first stand-up comedian. (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: Introduction, frontispiece and cover detail from The Complete Works of Artemus Ward (Charles F. Browne). A New Impression with portrait by Geflowski and a facsimile. London: Chatto & Windus, 1905.

The Ultimate Dystopian Playlist

Need some music to get your creative juices flowing? We’ve got you covered!

1. Radioactive by Imagine Dragons

2. Bones by Ms Mr

3. Uprising by Muse

4. We Are Responsible by Anna Johnson

5. Anything Could Happen by Elli Goulding

6. Renegades by X Ambassadors

7. Resistance by Muse

8. Stompa by Serena Ryder

9. It’s Time by Imagine Dragons

10. Lantern by Josh Ritter

11. Human by The Killers

12. Final Masquerade by Linkin Park

13. Escape by Kongos

14. Drive it Like You Stole it by the Glitch Mob

15. Edge of a Revolution by Nickelback

16. Crystals by Of Monsters and Men

17. Hero of War by Rise Against

18. Search and Destroy by 30
Seconds to Mars

19. Secrets by OneRepublic

20. Monsters by Matchbook Romance

21. Invincible by Skillet

22. Gold by Imagine Dragons

23. Human Race by Three Days Grace

24. Into the Fire by Thirteen Senses

25. Vox Populi by 30 Seconds to Mars

26. Human by Christina Perri

27. Some Kind of Monster by Neon Trees

28. What I’ve Done by Linkin Park

29. Away From the Sun by Three Doors Down

30. State of My Head by Shinedown

31. Cough Syrup by Young The Giant

32. Sick Of It by Skillet

33. Centuries by Fall Out Boy

34. Mountain At My Gate by Foals

35. Castle by Halsey

36. Pompeii by Bastille

37. Save the World by Swedish House Mafia

38. Who We Are by Imagine Dragons

39. I Own You by Shinedown

40. Collective Amnesia by Rise Against

41. Viva La Vida by Coldplay

42. Inferred by Placebo

43. Young Volcanoes by Fall Out Boy

44. Burn by Elli Goulding

45. Derezzed by The Glitch Mob

46. You Make Me Want to Die by The Pretty Reckless

47. Glittering Clouds by Imogen Heap

48. Outcast by Shinedown

49. Oh, What a Life by American Authors

50. It’s About Time by Young The Giant

51. Kingdom of Rust by Doves

52. Somewhere Only We Know by Keane

53. Kerosene Dreams by X Ambassadors

54. Recondite mixed by Wahbi Abderrahamane

55. Aftermath by Muse

56. Ready, Aim, Fire by Imagine Dragons

57. Empty Gold by Halsey

58. Believer by Imagine Dragons

59. Meet Me On the Battlefield by SVRCINA

60. Feed The Machine by Nickelback

61. The Bad in Each Other by Fiest

62. Warrior by Beth Crowley

63. Midnight City by M83

64. Not Afraid Anymore by Halsey

65. Yamaha by Delta Spirit

66. Beast by Nico Vega

67. Polarize by Twenty One Pilots

68. Gasoline by Halsey

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~Pierce the veil
~Bring me the horizon
~Motionless in white
~Real Friends
~We are the in crowd
~Being as an ocean
~Bless the fall
~La dispute
~As it is
~Neck deep
~All time low
~The Amity affliction
~The 1975
~The word alive
~Sleeping with sirens
~Crown the empire
~Chunk! No, captain chunk!
~Joel Faviere
~Imagine dragons
~American authors
~Of mice and men
~Escape the fate
~Falling in reverse
~Fall out boy
~I see stars
~A day to remember
~Get scared
~We came as romans