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  1. The Incomparable | Magic Pixie Dream Girl (Episode 350)

    This week we draw your attention to another excellent TV series that recently concluded a run of episodes: SyFy’s “The Magicians”. Based on a series of books by Lev Grossman, this is a show that starts out as a mash-up of Harry Potter and Narnia and goes in some very surprising directions while continually improving in quality. Love, war, sex, fairies, gods (some evil, some capricious, some just annoying)—there’s a lot to love about this show.

    In the first half of the episode we talk generally about the show and why we like it; the second half, after the Spoiler Horn, is devoted to breaking down the events of its just-completed second season.

    (Content advisory: “The Magicians” contains a couple examples of sexual assault/abuse. And we talk about them.)

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  2. Lev Grossman: “The Magicians Trilogy” | Talks at Google

    Author Lev Grossman visited Google's Cambridge, MA office to discuss the books in the bestselling "The Magicians Trilogy".

    “The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea… . Hogwarts was never like this.” — George R.R. Martin

    Quentin Coldwater is a high school senior, but he’s still secretly obsessed with a series of fantasy novels he read when he was little, about the adventures of five children in a magical land called Fillory. Compared to that, everything in his real life seems gray and colorless. That changes when Quentin finds himself admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the practice of modern sorcery.

    But magic doesn’t bring Quentin the happiness and adventure and meaning he thought it would—until he and his friends make a stunning discovery: Fillory is real. The Magicians reinterprets the grand tradition of C.S. Lewis and J.K. Rowling in novels for adults.

    An adaptation of the series will air on Syfy in 2016.

    Lev Grossman is book critic for Time Magazine and an NPR commentator. His work has appeared in the Believer, the Village Voice, the WSJ, the NYT, Salon, and Wired.

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  3. Lev Grossman Delivers the 2015 Pembroke Tolkien Lecture

    Lev Grossman speaks at the third annual Tolkien Lecture at Pembroke College Oxford. Lev Grossman is a novelist and journalist. As a novelist, he is best known for writing the critically acclaimed Magicians Trilogy, comprising The Magicians (2009), The Magician King (2011), and The Magician’s Land (2014). The series has topped New York Times best-selling lists and there are plans to make it into a television series. As a journalist, Lev has written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, and many others. He has been the Book Critic for Time since 2002.

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  4. If You’re Just Joining Us with Jon Armstrong - Lev Grossman Interview

    Lev Grossman is a bestselling novelist and journalist. His books include: Warp, Codex, The Magicians, and his forthcoming The Magician King (Amazon links). He is also a senior writer and book critic for Time Magazine. We talked about how the Codex, The Magicians came to be, the influence of his twin brother, Lev’s upcoming sequel The Magician King , the modern novel and the fantasy novel, his meeting with J.K. Rowling, and the difference between violence in books and movies, among many other things.

    Lev’s website is:

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  5. The Incomparable 13: Harry Potter and the Picasso P.I.

    In honor of the release of the seventh Harry Potter film, we convene a collection of panelists to discuss the books, the movies, the phenomenon that is J.K. Rowling’s young-wizard saga. (If you haven’t read the series, there are spoilers and also the entire podcast will make no sense. Except for the part about “Magnum P.I.” and Pablo Picasso. This episode sponsored by the word “exegesis” and the musical stylings of Tom Bombadil.)


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  6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Pitch Meeting

    Step inside the pitch meeting that led to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets!

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    With the first movie as well as the book series being massive international successes, Warner Bros was fast to get to work on adapting the second book in the Harry Potter series: The Chamber of Secrets. What adventures lay ahead for Harry Potter at his death trap of a magical high school?! People were anxious to see it play out on the big screen.

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets definitely raises some questions though. Like why would Hogwarts hire Lockhart and why would he accept, knowing full well that he’s a fraud? Was the Whomping Willow really the best thing they could think of to put on school grounds? Why does the car have a mind of its own? Why did Hagrid send children off to speak to man-eating spiders in the most dangerous forest there is? How did Nearly Headless Nick get unpetrified? Is Fawkes the secret star of this movie?!

    To answer all these questions and more, step inside the Pitch Meeting that led to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! It’ll be super easy, barely an inconvenience.

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