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Coming out as a Slytherin

Cecilia Tan is the award-winning fiction author of over 20 books and a co-writer of GEEK ACTUALLY, a fiction serial celebrating fandom, female friendship and sexuality, and the power of online spaces to connect communities. Her new series, The Vanished Chronicles, will launch in 2018 from Tor Books.

It's Pride month, but I have a slightly different story of coming out to tell you. This is the story of how I became a Slytherin. More precisely, it's about how I discovered I already was a Slytherin and how internalized Slytherphobia had me in denial until I found my people.

Going to my first Harry Potter convention was very much like going to my first Pride parade. I loved Harry Potter from the moment I read the very first book, but I didn't fall headlong into the community of fandom until around 2005 when I started reading copious amounts of Harry Potter fanfic online.

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Doctor Who: World Enough and Time review

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This is a post-UK broadcast review of Doctor Who: World Enough and Time. River Song always warned the Doctor against spoilers, so be sure to watch the episode first. Doctor Who, season 10, airs on Saturdays at 6:45pm UK time on BBC One, and 9pm EDT on BBC America.

Season 10 of Doctor Who has been incredibly lopsided—floating in and out of decent stories, while teasing us with a subtle Missy narrative that is finally, tantalisingly coming to full fruition in World Enough and Time. It's just a shame that the engines have been on reverse thrust a little too often over the past few weeks.

There have been some good standalone episodes and an excellent opening to a deeply disappointing trilogy. The popular sci-fi-on-a-shoestring-budget drama has also failed to bring an instant hit with any of the new monsters introduced over the last 10 weeks: too much cheap CGI in the absence of made-you-look, made-you-jump detail, perhaps with the exception of Knock Knock and its quirky use of 3D surround sound. And while lead performances have been one of the highlights—particularly with the introduction of Bill, played by Pearl Mackie—some of the flimsier scripts have made the series feel like a washout.

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“The enemy is real,” and the new Game of Thrones trailer is too

It's the new trailer for Game of Thrones season 7!

The second big trailer for Game of Thrones season 7 is here, and I'm starting to get pretty excited for the July 16 premiere. The cast and crew have promised that this penultimate season, only a measly 7 episodes, will move at a faster pace than previous ones. Plus, all the characters will eventually find themselves in the same place at some point near the end of the season.

This trailer promises a lot of action, including long-awaited dragon breath weapon situations where Dany is riding into battle on the back of Drogon. Plus we get glimpses of the Hound (so he's not dead!), Jon Snow among the Wildlings, and the Night King playing some kind of mind game with Bran's warg powers. Arya is looking ultra-badass, as is Brienne (with cute li'l sidekick Pod, who has apparently learned to fight pretty well under her tutelage).

Obviously a battle is brewing, with some of the Grayjoys allying with Cersei Lannister, while it appears that Jon Snow is attempting to ally with Dany (and a bunch of Wildlings?). Also Gray Worm and the Unsullied are breaking into what appears to be Casterly Rock, the Lannister's castle. No sightings of Sam, but we saw him at Maester school in the first trailer. So he's in the mix.

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American Gods may be the best show about religion on TV


The first season of American Gods ends with an image that compacts the many themes of the series into one, odd moment. It's an aerial shot, slowly revealing a line of cars, buggies, and other vehicles crowding the tiny road to a neglected Wisconsin tourist trap called The House on the Rock. Without giving you any spoilers, I can say that this scene captures American Gods' perspective on religious faith in America.

(And now, with a generous dose of spoilers, I will tell you what I mean by that.)

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Star Wars Han Solo film directors leave, citing “creative differences”

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The directors of the upcoming Star Wars Han Solo spin-off have abandoned the project halfway through production. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller—whose directorial credits include The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street—have cited "creative differences" for leaving the production, which stars Alden Ehrenreich as a young version of Han Solo.

"Unfortunately, our vision and process weren't aligned with our partners on this project," Lord and Miller said in a statement. "We normally aren’t fans of the phrase 'creative differences' but for once this cliché is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew."

"Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented film-makers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew," said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. "But it's become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways."

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