Luna Lovegood Review of the New YA Harry Potter and the Art of Spying

 

Luna and the Quibbler

 

Review of the Unauthorized Harry Potter and the

Art of Spying Young Agent’s Edition

by Luna Lovegood (Scamander)

Owner and Publisher of The Quibbler

(reprinted with permission from The Quibbler)

I have been most pleased to ask to write a review of the new Harry Potter activity book and introduction to spying by our good friends Lynn Boughey and Peter Earnest.

As we all know, their first book—aimed at the older kids, ages 9 to 99—was a big hit and received many awards, including the national award of First Place from the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) in 2015 in the category of Young Adult. (They also won a national award as a reference book.)

The original “adult” version was popular with all ages 10 and above, though probably most popular with high schoolers, precocious middle schoolers, and adults that still have a bit of whimsy left in their nogglesnifts.

Indeed, the Boughey-Earnest original Harry Potter spy book consistently ranked either first or second in sales at the International Spy Museum, a very popular museum in Washington DC that receives over 600,000 Muggles each year. (They refuse to disclose the numbers on the witches and wizards who visit and go through this most popular DC attraction-or even admit that they hold numerous conferences and events for witches and wizards throughout the year!)

The first version walked us through Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, detailing not only what happened, chapter by chapter, but providing a wonderful review of all the spycraft employed by Harry Potter and his friends (which of course includes me), which reference to real-world information and details about the Muggle spy world you cannot get anywhere else.

Boughey, a Muggle spy novelist, and Earnest, a renowned wizard in his own right, certainly have the knowledge and experience to write these two amazingly interesting books. Boughey is a true scholar, indeed, a Truman Scholar (Congressional scholarship) . . . and Peter spent 36 years in the CIA and the last twelve or so as the Founding Executive Director of the International Spy Museum.

I can tell you the original book is entirely accurate and a blast (not a like an Erumpent horn, hopefully) to read, and as I did in my previous review of the original book, I highly recommend it for wizards, witches, and Muggles of all ages above nine or so.

Luckily, I need not so limit Boughey and Earnest’s new Young Agent’s Edition by age. It is fine for all ages that are ready to do a word search, break a code, figure out a maze, or delve into the world of Harry Potter and the spycraft used throughout Harry’s famous struggle against Voldemort.

The book also goes into some very funny spy stuff directed at others, such as that terrible witch Dolores Umbridge (can you say Niffler?), or Hagrid’s inability to keep a secret (bless ‘im).

Anyway, the Young Agent’s Edition provides a lovely and shorter review of spycraft lessons contained in the “adult” version and describes quite well how spycraft was used by all of us (such as the members of Dumbledore’s Army) throughout our time at Hogwarts.

In addition to the text itself that provides an superb introduction to the art of spying (hence the title), the new book has dozens upon dozens of fun activities for children of all ages who love reminiscing about Potter lore: 5 mazes, 7 break the codes, 12 matching, 2 chronologies, 14 fill in the blanks, 2 crosswords, and 1 word placement.

Following the motif employed in their prior book, the authors provide a shorter but excellent glossary that lists all the essential spy terms, with examples from the chronicles of Harry Potter by the esteemed Potter expert J. K. Rowling (known as Jo by her friends).

Speaking of Jo, I also enjoyed the five fill-in-the-blank activity pages on historian J. K. Rowling: her background, where she got her many ideas, and how she became the chronicler of Harry Potter and his six years at Hogwarts and his final year taking the steps necessary to defeat the Man-Who-Can-Now-Be-Named.

One last point must be made: One of the most pleasant aspects of this new book is the illustrations by Kevin Connor of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Although he claims to be a Muggle, I have it on good authority that he is NOT a No-Mag (as they call Muggles in the States).

Be that as it may, his 30 plus illustrations really make the book. His first drawing is especially fun, showing us such luminaries as Snape (greasy hair and all), Mundungus (he should get out of prison any day now!), a young Ginny Weasley with Tom Riddle’s Diary in hand.

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Although perfectly designed for middle-schoolers (3rd through 6th Years), I as a supposed adult found doing the puzzles and activities a wonderful diversion from tending to my magazine The Quibbler and Rolf’s creatures.

I fully recommend Harry Potter and the Art of Spying Young Agent’s Edition, for kids and adults who can still remember being a kid (or at least the Potter books!).

 

Harry Potter and the Art of Spying Young Agent’s Edition

Lynn Boughey and Peter Earnest

Illustrations by Kevin Cannon

Wise Ink Creative Publishing: Minneapolis, MN (2017)

ISBN: 978-1-63489-045-8

248 pages

$12.95

President-Elect Trump Briefed by Wizarding World Hours Before Inauguration

 

President-Elect Trump Briefed by Wizarding World Hours Before Inauguration

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I

January 20, 2017

Exclusive by Rita Skeeter

Following a tradition dating back to James Madison in 1816, President Elect Donald Trump today — just hours before being sworn in as President of the United States —  visited the previous MACUSA Headquarters immediately below St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Situated near the White House in Lafayette Square, St. John’s has become known as the President’s Church. Every President since James Madison has, at one time or another, worshipped there. Indeed, the president, whomever that may be, has his (or her, well I guess not, since Hillary lost) own pew, Number 54.

But unknown to Muggles, St. John’s Church is also well-known to the Wizarding World as the location of the American Congress until MACUSA was moved to New York (to the Woolworth Building, as everyone knows) in 1892.

The church is especially known for the twenty-five historic Lorin Stained Glass Windows from Chartres, France which depict the story of Christ from St. John’s perspective.  An additional twenty-five are found below in the Wizarding atrium, which depict significant Wizarding events in the United States and, of course, move — not like the boring ones upstairs that the Muggles think are so great!

(Oh yeah, and there’s some bell cast by Paul Revere’s son, Joseph, one of only two in DC.  Like we care about some stupid bell!)

Press Attaché Mathilda Grimsditch — yes, the great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandchild of one of the original twelve Aurors trained by President Jackson, Josiah, you twit, not Andrew, beginning in 1692, but don’t ask her or you will be there all day! — refused to provide any details, other than the following totally insufficient press release:

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PRESS NOTICE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

As is tradition, the President-Elect was provided a briefing from President Charity Picquery of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) the morning of the Inauguration. The topics of the discussions will remain private.

Mathilda Grimsditch

MACUSA Press Attaché

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“The discussions will remain private”????

Well, not if I have anything to say about that!!!!!

President Picquery — yes, yes, as we all know, the granddaughter of Seraphina Picquery . . . can’t anyone get a job in this town without being related to a president????

As I was saying, I luckily, have very good sources and can tell you exactly what was said.

Following the Church service (which is used as a cover story for the meeting, as always) President-Elect Trump and his beautiful and talented wife Melania, were escorted by the Vestry Candidates (all of whom are wizards or witches) up to the nave and then exited the right door down to the old MACUSA atrium.

President-Elect Trump was personally (and rather ironically) ushered into the Pentagram parliament chamber by the Vestry Senior Warden Hilary West — only one “L” in Hilary, she notes.

President-Elect Trump then received a welcome from President Picquery.

In this reporter’s view, it seems more than a coincidence that this meeting occurred directly under the stained glass window showing, in moving detail, the Salem witchcraft burning of Wendelin the Weird, famous for being burned at least 47 times because she thought it tickled!

Perhaps just a wee little nudge about not going back in time and undoing all that has occurred recently?????

This intrepid reporter did note that President Picquery was very careful NOT to discuss the size of Mr. Trump’s hands, or the rather touchy issue of whether he is a squib — as alleged by candidate Hillary Clinton at the debate which I superbly moderated before MACUSA on September 22, 2016 (reprinted at artofspying.net blog, by the way).

The only sign of discomfort on the part of Mr. Trump was when President Picquery mentioned, quite pleasantly I might add, that she hoped that any issues relating to immigration or possible xenophobia would not affect the present wonderful standing of all wizards and witches that presently exists.

Melania Trump, escorted by Krista Becker in a glorious sky-blue dress and absolutely exquisite coral necklace, gave the beautiful Melania a run for her money.

Ms. Becker, who works at the US Postal Service, received the honor of escorting the soon-to-be First Lady due to her recent extensive coordination with the Ministry of Magic in regards to setting up the new owlery at the Vice President’s official home, the Naval Observatory.

One humorous incident did occur.  When Mr. Trump pulled out his phone to Tweet about the meeting, Melania  with a smooth wave of her hand levitated the phone away from the King of All Tweets and allowed it to gracefully waft into her purse, where it stayed for the remainder of the meeting.

The meeting lasted only about twenty minutes, and was interrupted only once when one the Vestry candidates — Jessica Sanchez, a noted advocate for the homeless in DC — noticed a beetle on a window ledge and kindly opened the window and let the small creature free, as opposed to squashing it.  What a wonderfully kind woman!

 

New Harry Potter YA Spy Book Banned from Hogwarts!

New Harry Potter Activity Book About Art of Spying

Banned from Hogwarts

Rita Skeeter Pic

by Rita Skeeter

Special Correspondent to the Leaky Prophet

In an unprecedented move, the Headmaster of Hogwarts, Zenophilia Tonks, has determined that the new Harry Potter and the Art of Spying Young Agent Edition shall be banned from Hogwarts for the duration of the 2017 school year.

“It is simply causing too much disruption,” Headmistress Tonks stated. “Students are reading the book and doing the activity pages, mazes, breaking codes, and such–to the determent of their studies. Some students are going so far as to put the book inside Transfigurations for Third Years during class. Poor Professor Windbagis simply can’t get the students to pay attention, even when she turns herself into a Siberian Tiger.”

Professor Windbagis confirmed this concern. “As much as we all love Harry Potter and learning all the spycraft lessons in the Young Agent Edition of the truly wonderful Harry Potter and the Art of Spying book, I simply have to get the students ready for their O.W.L.s, and that won’t happen with this new book lying about.”

Head Librarian Madam Pince was, as we would all surmise, furious about the decision.

“Banning books should never, never happen, especially one that does no real harm, such as the Potter Spying book.  There are other ways of dealing with students reading in class or not getting their homework completed, but one should never, ever, ban a book!”

When asked about all the banned books that use Dark Magic, Madam Pince could only simper, “That is why we have a restricted section.”

Professor Longbottom — who as we all know participated in the final battle of Hogwarts and the person who killed the snake owned by He-Who-Used-Never-To-Be Named — understandably has great influence in the Wizarding world, and told this reporter that he considers banning the Potter Spy book as an attack against academic and intellectual freedom.  “We fought against Voldemort to insure our freedoms,” said Professor Longbottom rather pedantically, “not to have them limited.”

The authors of the book, Lynn Boughey and Peter Earnest — frequent guest lectures at Hogwarts, particularly in Defense Against the Dark Arts classes — were not available for comment.

 

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