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Paste Presents: The Harry Potter Takeover

July 14, 2009  |  8:00am
<em>Paste</em> Presents: The Harry Potter Takeover
It's been a dozen years since the first of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books debuted, and the boy wizard's adventures have already drawn to a close in print. But that hasn't dampened our enthusiasm for the three remaining films, beginning with tonight's midnight release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. As we did earlier this year for Bob Dylan and Wilco, we're marking the occasion with a complete Harry Potter Takeover of PasteMagazine.com. In addition to interviews with stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, we have stories on Harry Potter courses in universities, real Quidditch teams trying to recreate the magical sport without flying brooms, the weirdest Harry Potter merchandise and Brad Neely's hilarious overdubs of Harry Potter films. Paste correspondent Jesse Jarnow spends a summer alternating between reading Potter and Proust for the first time, and Ani Vrabel looks at whether the initial uproar to ban the books has finally died down. Plus, take our brain-busting Harry Potter quiz, vote in our Best Potter Book poll, listen to our Hogwarts school-themed playlists, and imagine with us what the patronuses of some musicians might look like. All this and more. And if you're clever enough with your magic, you might just discover some hidden surprises along the way. Enjoy:

News: Win a Kindle reader, Flip UltraHD camcorder and More in Paste's Great Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt (#pottergame)

Poll: Which is the Best Harry Potter Book?

A/V: Wizard Rock: Swish and Flick - "S-L-Y in Slytherin"

List of the Day: Eight, Uh, Unique Bits of Harry Potter Merchandise

Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

A/V: Wizard Rock: The Moaning Myrtles - "And Then I Died"

Feature: Harry Potter in the Paste Headlines

Playlist: Songs of the Sorting Hat: A Playlist for Each House of Hogwarts

Feature: Of Potter and Proust

Feature: The Super-Impossible Brain-Busting Harry Potter Trivia Quiz

A/V: Wizard Rock: The Whomping Willows - "In Which Draco and Harry Secretly Want to Make Out"

Feature: Lil Wayne is a Bull Frog: Paste Puts the Patronus Charm on Nine Musical Artists

Catching Up With...  Harry and the Potters

A/V: Wizard Rock: Harry and the Potters - "Dumbledore"

Feature: Brad Neely's Wizard People, Dear Reader: Deconstructing Harry Potter and the Hero's Journey

Feature: Potter in Universities a Harry Subject

A/V: Paste's Wizard Rock Playlist

Feature: Harry Potter and the Supposed Allegiance with the Devil

Feature: Snitches Get Stitches: Full-Contact Quidditch Sweeps the Nation

Catching Up With... Emma Watson

Catching Up With... Daniel Radcliffe

News: Harry Potter and the Wittiest Sequel Tweets

A/V: Wizard Rock: The Parselmouths - "Please Harry"

A/V: Wizard Rock: Gred and Forge - "Her Dark Mark"

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