Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tax Tips for Writers from CPA Lisa London + Bonus Offers!

Today I have a wonderful guest post from my good friend Lisa London. Lisa is a writer and CPA who is here to share some very useful tips for those of us stressing about how to do our taxes as writers. She's also celebrating the release of her new book geared to entrepreneurs and sole proprietors, like we writers usually are, to guide us step-by-step through everything we need to know about the bookkeeping side of our creative endeavors. As a special promotion, today only, Lisa is offering some great giveaways for those who purchase BANISH Your Bookkeeping Nightmares Check them out at the end of this post!

Tax Tips for Writers from CPA Lisa London


Writing is a business. Once we actually get paid more than $400 for our work, we are considered self-employed (or as the IRS likes to say, a Sole Proprietor). Wonder what that means to you?

First, it means you can no longer use the 1040 EZ or 1040 A (short form). To get the full benefit of being self-employed, you will file the regular 1040 with a Schedule C Profit or Loss From Business. The Schedule C is where you will show the income you received and the expenses that can be deducted.

Secondly, being considered a sole proprietor gives you the opportunity to deduct some expenses that you are already incurring so you can write. If you are in the 25% tax bracket (i.e. every additional dollar of net income is taxed at 25%), a deduction of $100 worth of paper and ink for your printer only actually costs you $75.

What are business expenses? Obviously, the IRS regulations can’t detail every possible expense for every business, but they still have guidelines and rules. You should stay out of trouble if you keep this in mind:
For an expense to be deductible, it must be both
necessary and reasonable!

If you are debating about whether something is deductible, ask yourself, “Is it necessary for my business?” If the answer is yes, then ask yourself if you could explain to an auditor why your purchase was reasonable. That is not to say a particular auditor will agree with you, but at least you would have a case to make.

For example, it may be necessary to keep track of the time, but it is not considered reasonable to expense a Rolex to do so. You may like to write in a secluded place, but charging your trip to the Virgin Islands is a bit of a stretch. If however, you are writing a travel piece, then going to the location for research may be deductible. Again, think “necessary and reasonable.”

Home Office:
I’ll highlight a few expenses that are deductible. If you write out of your home, you may be able to utilize the home office deduction. This used to be a real pain to compute, but the IRS now offers a simplified method. Basically, you take the square footage of your dedicated space (please note the word “dedicated”) and multiply it by $5. There are limits and exceptions, so check out IRS.gov.

Mileage:
Your mileage to seminars, book signings, the post office (for business purposes only), meeting with your editor, etc. is deductible at a rate of 54 cents per mile for your 2016 return and 53.5 cents per mile for 2017. In order to take this deduction, you need to document the miles driven. Keep a log in your glove compartment or download a free app like MileIQ that uses your phone’s GPS to track your trips.

Travel:
When you travel overnight for your business, you can deduct 50% of the cost of meals and entertainment. You can use the Federal Per Diem rates that is listed by geographical area at https://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/104877 for the meals and incidentals if you don’t want to have to keep track of all the receipts. And if you are especially frugal, you may find these especially advantageous if you spend less than the federal guidelines. Remember, though, you can still only deduct 50% of the per diem amount.

Research Costs:
Research costs are also deductible. This includes books you purchase to make certain your setting is correct, give you the background you need for your historical fiction, or writer’s guides to better word choices. I know my daughter became a bit concerned about my purchases when I was writing my WWII novel.—“Mom, why are you reading the Wit and Wisdom of Adolf Hitler???”, but an IRS auditor could understand that it was necessary and reasonable.

Phone:
Your home telephone is not deductible, but long distance calls for business and/or a second line are. Your cell phone may be expensed if it is used for the business and not the primary line for the home especially if it is crucial to your business, i.e. you ship books from a mobile app to customers.

Website:
We all should have websites. The costs of hosting, design, any e-commerce fees, etc. are all deductible.

1099s:
But there are responsibilities, too. Be sure that you report all the income you receive via your 1099s. The 1099 Miscellaneous forms will have your royalties and any freelance type income. The 1099K will show any income received via credit cards through another company (i.e. Amazon, your e-commerce credit card processor, etc.)

Even if you do not receive a 1099, report the income. If the person who forgot to send you the 1099 sends it to the IRS later, they will tie it back to your return. One of the primary reasons people get audited is not reporting all their taxable income.

Quarterly Estimated Taxes:
If your income exceeds your expense, YEAH! But you may need to start filing quarterly estimated taxes. The reason for this is that as a self-employed person, you don’t have a boss withholding the federal, state, Social Security, or Medicare taxes and the government doesn’t want to wait for the end of the year to receive them.

To make things worse, being the boss means you have to pay both the employer and the employee portion of the Social Security and Medicare taxes. At the beginning of each year, you will estimate the amount of tax you expect to owe. Over the course of the year, you will need to pay 90% of that amount in four payments. I walk you step by step through estimating your taxes and filing the quarterly forms in my new guide. By the way, I highly recommend putting back 1/12th of the annual estimated amount each month into a savings account, so you will have the cash available when the money becomes due.

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She began writing her books after helping her church with an accounting system conversion. Lisa found very limited resources to help the office staff and volunteers understand their basic accounting requirements. She realized that if her church needed guidance, other churches probably did too.

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When she’s not working on accounting books or spending time with her husband and four children, Lisa enjoys sneaking away to write historical fiction. Her debut novel, Darker the Night, which tells the story of a young woman growing up in Hitler’s Germany from the perspective of a German civilian, has become a popular selection for book clubs.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Might Credence Barebone Run Away to Join the Circus in #FantasticBeasts 2?


I posted a new video over the weekend with a new theory. This one is a lot of fun to consider...at least for me. Is it possible J.K. Rowling inserted clues through the graphic arts of the film to hint at something to come with Credence Barebone? Might he run away to join the circus?

Watch the video for more. Plus, I've included the transcript below it as well.



Transcript


We know from clues which producer David Heyman has dropped that Credence Barebone continues into the next film. But with his family all dead or gone, how will he support himself? And how’s he gonna get to Europe? I think I’ve found a clue within the film itself. And it all starts with unlucky #13.

In a prior video, I analyzed Rowling’s Use of Unlucky #13 to mark key clues. Since then, I’ve found a very prominent placement of 13 in the setting of Fantastic Beasts.

This theory to follow is similar to those found in my most recent release, Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts. I hope you’ll check it out for even more clues.

As we approach the climax of the film, Graves walks past a particularly intriguing poster in an alley on his way to Credence, having been summoned by the Deathly Hallows necklace. It’s on a poster advertising the Circus Arcanus. Notice the prominent 13 begging our attention.

You can get a much better view of the poster on MinaLima’s website where they have a full-color advertisement that the newspaper is based upon. MinaLima are the graphics artists who designed for all eight Harry Potter films as well as Fantastic Beasts. They said in a recent interview, that some of the details they work into their material is direct from JK Rowling…but they won’t say what.

Notice some of the key details in this beautiful poster:
  • Circus Arcanus has been touring in New York during the course of the movie, which dates mostly around Dec 6-7
  • Their final show is on the 13th
  • Then they are leaving for Europe. And we know already that the next film is based in Paris.
The Circus’ cast includes:
  • A snake girl
  • Borys the Brute hypnotist
  • Homo Amphibia
Surely some of these have some magical elements.


This so-called Freak Show reminds me of when “freak” was used previously in the film, with very nasty connotations. Remember in the Shaw tower scene how the Senator called Credence a freak, twice? Once he directed it toward the family as a whole, and later to Credence specifically.

The senator’s abuse showed the true nature of this politician and made Modesty react protectively toward her older brother.

Then there is the fact that the Circus is traveling to Europe. In an interview shortly after the release of Fantastic Beasts, Producer David Heyman said a scene had been cut that showed Credence getting on a ship

Could he have been bound for Europe? And might he have ended up on the same ship as the circus?

Credence is in desperate need of true friends. He may be drawn to the magic seemingly represented in Circus Arcanus. And to others suffering from society’s scorn and fascination. He might feel that he’s found a true home with people like himself. And there may very well be a witch or wizard living within the Circus.
  • The Snake Girl could be a Slytherin Animagus
  • The Hypnotist using the Imperius curse.
  • And the Homo Amphibia may be a magical beast?

The Circus Arcanus may be nothing more than a decorative poster created by Mina Lima, like the one in Deathly Hallows that hung in the Luchino Caffe where the trio dueled the death eaters after having fled from Bill and Fleur’s wedding, However, there is more to this one.
  • With the repetition of the word “freak,”
  • The circus poster leading to a pivotal scene,
  • The cut scene of Credence heading onto a ship,
  • The circus performers linked to magical elements (not just clowns as in the Deathly Hallows poster), plus they are heading to Europe,
  • And the theme of abuse of those outside society’s norms, especially children, there is just too much here to ignored.
And remember, that theme of abuse of children is one which is very important to Rowling.

The concern that JK Rowling weaves into Fantastic Beasts for neglected and abused children is a reflection of her real-life crusade to help those that are institutionalized worldwide.

Lumos believes that no child should be denied a family because they are poor, disabled, or from an ethnic minority. If you would like to support Jo’s foundation to help the millions of children in institutions, I hope you’ll click on the donate button and give to Lumos Foundation USA.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Is Madam Picquery Credence Barebone's Birth Mom in #FantasticBeasts?


I recently uploaded a new video to my Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts Video Series on YouTube. While I was working on a series of theories based on Credence Barebone from my book Fantastic Secrets, a new one occurred to me. Scroll below the spoiler alert and Doxy for more!

SPOILER ALERT!
Doxy by Kayla Perkinson

Is Seraphina Picquery the Birth Mom of Credence Barebone?


Click on the video for the clues I've found. I've also listed the transcript below it.


While the evidence isn't conclusive, there are several clues that give credence to the theory that Seraphina is Credence’s mother. The first is the parallel imagery in the way they are both introduced.

Notice their
  • Position in screen, both left off-center
  • both Facing to the right
  • Surrounded by 4-5 others
  • and Looking at a paper – examining wizarding newspapers in Seraphina’s case.

Second, both Seraphina and Credence are noted for remarkable magical power.

Seraphina was a rare individual offered a place in all four of Ilvermorny's houses. Credence is the first known Obscurial to live past age 10.

While her power is applauded, his is feared.

Speaking of Madam Picquery’s alma mater home, the Horned Serpent—the only time a snake is mentioned in the script book is in relation to Credence’s belt:
Suddenly— the belt is whipped out of Mary Lou’s hands by supernatural means and falls like a dead snake in a far corner.

Perhaps the most intriguing hint of a relationship between Credence and the president is the meaning behind their names.

Besides religious connotations, with Seraphim being angels and Credence meaning belief, Seraphina hints toward the Obscurius in other ways.
  • Seraph means the burning one.
  • The Seraphim are angels of high order with a faith of burning passion.
  • Pico della Mirandolla (15th cent philosopher) says:
  • “They burn with the fire of charity.”
All of this leads to the combustible imagery of the Obscurus. It looks like smoke and leaves a residue like ashes. It seems to be consumed by its raging passion.

Can you imagine the trauma and conflict if it is discovered that Madam Picquery ordered the killing of her own child?

It’s hard to imagine a more personally darker act than the death of a child by its mother. However, we’re in the first film of a series set around WWII that includes the horror of the Holocaust and ends with the devastation of the Atomic Bomb. This is an adult series, and I don’t think Rowling is afraid to get dark.


What are your thoughts? Could Madam Picquery be Credence's birth mother? What could have caused their separation? Or, do you think his mother is someone else?

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Snowpocalypse #Giveaway and Fantastic Beasts Theories Videos

To keep you entertained if you become snowbound over the next few days (and even if you don't), my publisher, Deep River Press, is offering a FREE giveaway for two days on A Writer's Guide to Harry Potter for Kindle.

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Spoiler Warning! Videos Below Contain Spoilers!!

Clues and Fan Theories to Fantastic Beasts Videos

And if you'd like to just kick back and watch some videos, I have a new series on YouTube exploring the clues and secrets of Rowling's newest film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. These theories are based on my newest release: Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts.

Did Newt or Tina Win the Allegiance of The Elder Wand?



Is Tina Goldstein an Animagus?



I hope you enjoy the reading and the videos! I shall continue the video series with more coming on Credence. Please suggest any topics you'd like to see in the comments here or on Youtube!

Are you getting snow? How are you keeping warm?


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Did Tina or Newt Win the Allegiance of the Elder Wand? Day 12 of the 12 Days of #FantasticBeasts


On the twelfth day of Fantastic Beasts, my true love gave to me... A twist in Elder Wand lore!

Welcome to day 12 of the 12 Days of Fantastic Beasts! Forgive me for being a day late in this post, but below I present my highly speculative theory on the Elder Wand in Fantastic Beasts.

SPOILERS ABOUND! DO NOT PROCEED IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SEEN THE MOVIE OR READ THE SCRIPT BOOK!


Crossed Wands by Kayla Perkinson

On The Elder Wand from Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts


We know the Elder Wand will figure into Fantastic Beasts somehow, some way. We’re just not sure of the timing.

Per canon, somewhere between 1899 – 1945, Grindelwald stole it from the wandmaker Gregorovitch, stunning him in the process to claim the allegiance of this most powerful wand. In 1945, Dumbledore won the wand off Grindelwald when they dueled. However, for the exact timing of Grindelwald’s claim, we only know that it was as he rose to power.

Two key questions present themselves:
  • Does Grindelwald already possess the Elder Wand during this first movie?
  • If the wand owes its allegiance to Grindelwald at the movie’s beginning, does it still by the movie’s end?
I believe that Grindelwald is in possession of the wand at the beginning set in Europe. The previously unknown powerful spell that he casts, which kills five Aurors at once with a white flash of light, is meant to hint at this.

We do not see Graves using the Elder Wand throughout the course of the movie, because to do so would make Graves’ friends and co-workers question why he suddenly has a new wand. However, from established canon, the wand does not need to physically change hands for its loyalty to switch to the witch or wizard who disarms its owner.

The truly murky question comes about the ending, the scene in the subway. Newt shoots out a spell which lashes around Grindelwald like a whip, making him lose balance and drop his wand. Graves’ wand. Tina immediately Accios it.

Did Newt disarm Grindelwald? Or did Tina?

Fandom is already debating the nuances of this bit of wand lore. But I believe: Why not both?

Teamwork, and not going it alone, has always been a crucial theme for Rowling. She will be eager to explore a new depth to the elements of power and corruption that the Elder Wand represents. She will not wish to merely repeat what we have seen before through Draco’s disarming of Dumbledore in Harry Potter.

So why not add the dimension of a team disarmament? It would be quite fitting with the WWII theme as well.

Except there is the complication that we know Grindelwald has possession of the wand when Dumbledore disarms him in 1945. However, we also know Dumbledore to be the master of manipulation.

Here’s my best guess of what Rowling is doing with the Elder Wand. She’s adding nuance to its lore. If the wand owner is defeated in a team effort, then the wand splits its loyalty. Both Newt and Tina have a claim to the Elder Wand, but neither can claim it as their own without the other.

Because the wand no longer responds to him, though he is still in physical possession, Grindelwald goes on a mad rampage throughout the series to find and kill Newt, totally discounting Tina’s contribution…just as he has all along.

Dumbledore, however, understands. Knowing that the odds of Tina and Newt being able to claim the wand and defeat Grindelwald are low due to its split loyalty, Dumbledore offers up a plan. If Grindelwald overpowers Newt, perhaps a pretend death, and wins back the part that was loyal to Newt, would the wand then be ineffective in a battle that included Tina, still part owner, unbeknownst to Grindelwald?

If Newt can use elements from his Beasts to wipe out a city full of memories, I’m sure he can come up with something to brew a version of the Draught of Living Death.

Thus would explain Grindelwald’s:
Will we die, just a little? (p. 257)
He knows one of them must die to secure the loyalty of the Elder Wand.

What's your theory on the Elder Wand? Do you think Grindelwald had already claimed it before this story began? And if so, did Newt or Tina win its loyalty?

Be sure to check out all posts for the 12 Days of Fantastic Beasts! And Merry Christmas to all celebrating!!

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Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts

Explore JK Rowling's secrets, one clue at a time!

Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts is THE guide for all Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them fans eager to experience anew the excitement of of finding clues and sharing speculation, just like they enjoyed during the height of the Harry Potter series. New fans will be amazed at the secrets lurking underneath the surface of Rowling's newest film. Diving deeply into the story's mysteries, S.P. Sipal offers a detailed analysis of the analogies, myths, and clues JK Rowling hid on screen and on page to charm her fans once again.

Discover and explore such questions as:
  • Is there an Animagi hidden in the story?
  • Why will there be FIVE movies?
  • What secret is Modesty hiding?
  • Did Frank wipe out ALL the memories from that fateful night?
  • And was Grindelwald already in possession of the Elder Wand?

S.P. Sipal has analyzed the mysteries behind the Harry Potter series for over a dozen years. A sought-after presenter at fan, writing, and academic conferences both at home and abroad, her books have also delighted writers, teachers, and fans alike. Now she turns her expert attention to investigating the beginning of Rowling's exciting new series. Join her as she prepares you to dig into the layers of subtext yourself to claim what treasures await...before the Niffler beats you to it.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Is Credence Barebone the New Snape? Day 11 of the 12 Days of #FantasticBeasts


On the eleventh day of Fantastic Beasts, my true love gave to me... Another darkly disturbed ambiguous antihero!

Welcome to day 11 of the 12 Days of Fantastic Beasts! Below I present one section of one of the most intriguing characters from the film: Credence Barebone.

SPOILERS ABOUND! DO NOT PROCEED IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SEEN THE MOVIE OR READ THE SCRIPT BOOK!

Crossed Wands by Kayla Perkinson

On Credence Barebone from Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts


Although the “faith” part of Credence's name is mentioned in an earlier section, there is another meaning for Credence that I believe pertains. In the Church’s Eucharist (Mass), the credence is the table which holds the bread and wine before they are consecrated and served.

In this sense, Credence holds the elements that can be come Divine…if lovingly nurtured. With the power Credence possesses, he could be quite the force for good.

In the script book, he is described as an adult. In the film, he comes off as an older teen, at least to me.

All we know about his heritage before he was adopted by Mary Lou is that his mother was a “wicked, unnatural woman” (p. 204). A witch.

Based on his interactions with Graves, Credence longs for a connection to his magical heritage, which he has been taught to fear and loathe. Self-loathing is perhaps the most destructive form of hatred.

Graves/Grindelwald decreases Credence’s self-worth even more when he betrays his blossoming romantic feelings by telling him:
You’re a Squib, Credence. I could smell it off you the minute I met you. (p. 226).
He then tells Credence that the death of his mother is his reward. (We assume he is referring to Mary Lou and that Grindelwald has not searched out Credence’s birth mother).

It’s quite a bleak beginning for this young man. However, Rowling loves to take a dark character with a kernel of good and redeem them (Snape, anyone?). We must have faith in Credence!

Note: Credence and the Obscurus are big topics that I cover in more than one section of the book. I've only presented one section here.

Just like Snape, Credence is a darkly disturbed ambiguous character with a hint of the antihero. From the deleted scene of Credence on the ship, we know he will be in future movies. What do you think we can expect from him?!

Be sure to check out all posts for the 12 Days of Fantastic Beasts!

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Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts

Explore JK Rowling's secrets, one clue at a time!

Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts is THE guide for all Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them fans eager to experience anew the excitement of of finding clues and sharing speculation, just like they enjoyed during the height of the Harry Potter series. New fans will be amazed at the secrets lurking underneath the surface of Rowling's newest film. Diving deeply into the story's mysteries, S.P. Sipal offers a detailed analysis of the analogies, myths, and clues JK Rowling hid on screen and on page to charm her fans once again.

Discover and explore such questions as:
  • Is there an Animagi hidden in the story?
  • Why will there be FIVE movies?
  • What secret is Modesty hiding?
  • Did Frank wipe out ALL the memories from that fateful night?
  • And was Grindelwald already in possession of the Elder Wand?

S.P. Sipal has analyzed the mysteries behind the Harry Potter series for over a dozen years. A sought-after presenter at fan, writing, and academic conferences both at home and abroad, her books have also delighted writers, teachers, and fans alike. Now she turns her expert attention to investigating the beginning of Rowling's exciting new series. Join her as she prepares you to dig into the layers of subtext yourself to claim what treasures await...before the Niffler beats you to it!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Can Grindelwald Transfigure into Anyone He Wants at Any Time?! Day 10 of the 12 Days of #FantasticBeasts


On the tenth day of Fantastic Beasts, my true love gave to me... A return to the fabulous JKRowling.com!

Welcome to day 10 of the 12 Days of Fantastic Beasts!

SPOILERS ABOUND! DO NOT PROCEED IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SEEN THE MOVIE OR READ THE SCRIPT BOOK!

Newt's Trunk by Kayla Perkinson

Yesterday, JK Rowling revealed the new, and very much improved, JKRowling.com. It was a revamped return to the fabulous website she offered during the heights of the Harry Potter days. I'd said several months ago that I believed, I hoped, with the return to the wizarding world through Newt and Fantastic Beasts, that she'd also go back to the fun of her former website. And it looks like she has!

The site is designed, as in the old days, like a view into her office. There are not yet as many rooms or clues to explore...yet. But there are a couple, with hints of more to come. One of the biggest hints that she plans to play again is the day of the reveal: December 20. Solstice eve. She always tied big reveals with a significant date such as the solstice or Halloween.

She also gave us some new clues to obsess over. In her opening news article, she concludes with 7 questions answered about Fantastic Beasts (1 on Chamber of Secrets). The one that fascinates me the most is:
5. Why did ‘revelio’ undo the effects of Polyjuice Potion?
It didn’t. Grindelwald’s Transfiguration surpasses that of most wizards, so he used a spell, not a potion, to take on the appearance of Percival Graves.

I'd speculated in Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts that Percival Graves must be somewhere hidden about if Grindelwald had used the Polyjuice, as we suspected. However, if he used a spell, then that leaves the nature of Graves completely up in the air. Is he, as his name hints at, now a ghost? Did Grindelwald kill him in order to assume his identity? Talk about identity theft!

Whether Graves is alive or dead, however, that Grindelwald has this power to present himself as any person he chooses, without the need for constantly taking the Polyjuice, is frightening. He could be anyone at any time. We will have to be constantly vigilant! 

I suspect that there may be a clue or two in the text giving us a hint as to whether Graves is dead or alive, and with the coming days I hope to research it. If you have any theories, please share them below.

What other hints did you find in JKRowling.com? Do you think she'll return to the games of yore with special days of opening a door to reveal massive clues?!

Be sure to check out all posts for the 12 Days of Fantastic Beasts!

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Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts

Explore JK Rowling's secrets, one clue at a time!

Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts is THE guide for all Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them fans eager to experience anew the excitement of of finding clues and sharing speculation, just like they enjoyed during the height of the Harry Potter series. New fans will be amazed at the secrets lurking underneath the surface of Rowling's newest film. Diving deeply into the story's mysteries, S.P. Sipal offers a detailed analysis of the analogies, myths, and clues JK Rowling hid on screen and on page to charm her fans once again.

Discover and explore such questions as:
  • Is there an Animagi hidden in the story?
  • Why will there be FIVE movies?
  • What secret is Modesty hiding?
  • Did Frank wipe out ALL the memories from that fateful night?
  • And was Grindelwald already in possession of the Elder Wand?

S.P. Sipal has analyzed the mysteries behind the Harry Potter series for over a dozen years. A sought-after presenter at fan, writing, and academic conferences both at home and abroad, her books have also delighted writers, teachers, and fans alike. Now she turns her expert attention to investigating the beginning of Rowling's exciting new series. Join her as she prepares you to dig into the layers of subtext yourself to claim what treasures await...before the Niffler beats you to it!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Did Rowling Provide a Flashback to Ron and Hermione's First Meeting? Day 9 of the 12 Days of #FantasticBeasts


On the ninth day of Fantastic Beasts, my true love gave to me... Easter Eggs!

Welcome to day 9 of the 12 Days of Fantastic Beasts! Who doesn't love Easter Eggs for Christmas? Scroll below for three of the dozen+ we found from Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts.


SPOILERS ABOUND! DO NOT PROCEED IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SEEN THE MOVIE OR READ THE SCRIPT BOOK!

Ashwinder Egg by Kayla Perkinson

Flashback to Ron and Hermione’s First Meeting

Newt—(pointing at hot dog mustard still on Tina’s lips)
(p. 31).

Remember the smudge of dirt Hermione pointed out on Ron’s nose when first meeting him on board the Hogwarts Express? We know these new two are going to get on famously.

Mrs. Weasley’s Clock


I’m sure many Potter fans thought, just like I did, when seeing the MACUSA threat-level clock—Mrs. Weasley! This new (old) clock that points to the danger of the American wizarding community’s exposure to the No-Maj world looks remarkably similar in form and function to the one Mrs. Weasley used to track the safety of her family members. More on the MACUSA clock in the Plot chapter.

Credence’s hand wounds—Provide an unhappy flashback to Harry’s wounds from Umbridge’s lines.

What Easter Eggs did you find in Fantastic Beasts? Please share them in the comments below.

Be sure to check out all posts for the 12 Days of Fantastic Beasts!

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Explore JK Rowling's secrets, one clue at a time!

Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts is THE guide for all Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them fans eager to experience anew the excitement of of finding clues and sharing speculation, just like they enjoyed during the height of the Harry Potter series. New fans will be amazed at the secrets lurking underneath the surface of Rowling's newest film. Diving deeply into the story's mysteries, S.P. Sipal offers a detailed analysis of the analogies, myths, and clues JK Rowling hid on screen and on page to charm her fans once again.

Discover and explore such questions as:
  • Is there an Animagi hidden in the story?
  • Why will there be FIVE movies?
  • What secret is Modesty hiding?
  • Did Frank wipe out ALL the memories from that fateful night?
  • And was Grindelwald already in possession of the Elder Wand?

S.P. Sipal has analyzed the mysteries behind the Harry Potter series for over a dozen years. A sought-after presenter at fan, writing, and academic conferences both at home and abroad, her books have also delighted writers, teachers, and fans alike. Now she turns her expert attention to investigating the beginning of Rowling's exciting new series. Join her as she prepares you to dig into the layers of subtext yourself to claim what treasures await...before the Niffler beats you to it!

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