keywords: Harry Potter

  • RELIGION

    Atheist Pratchett's Discworld has lessons for Christians

    • Michael McVeigh
    • 16 March 2015
    4 Comments

    'You can't go around building a better world for people. Only people can build a better world. Otherwise it's just a cage.' When I heard English author Terry Pratchett had died, I immediately jumped online to start looking through some of my favourite quotes from his books. The above, from Witches Abroad, is one of many that have accompanied me over the years.   His 44 Discworld novels could be broadly described as comic fantasy, or fantasy satire, and yet that's really just the starting point for the immense variety of complicated ideas they explored in such a fun, joyous way. Perhaps strangely for someone whose work is so grounded in atheism, Pratchett has had a profound impact on my religious faith. Read more

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Timely liberation

    • Anthony Morris
    • 04 September 2014

    While not everything always turns out for the best in Boyhood, the stakes aren't high in any traditional sense. Instead, time gains power from its sheer passage on the screen. For Mason, the central character, it is a liberation. 

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Exceptional Thatcher and the feminist fallacy

    • Ruby Hamad
    • 15 April 2013
    26 Comments

    Whereas feminism realises the inherent potential and worth in all women, Exceptional Women succeed because of their perceived likeness, not to other women, but to men. Consequently, they make things harder, not easier, for other women. Margaret Thatcher was many things, but she absolutely was not a feminist.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Not just war as teens fight back

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 09 September 2010
    3 Comments

    The characters voice implicit moral concerns about the right to kill in self-defense, and rationalise why it might be right to take up arms against the invaders. When Ellie is confronted by a mural depicting an encounterbetween Captain Cook and a group of Aboriginal Australians, she ismomentarily arrested.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    New Moon and other dumb films for women

    • Ruby Hamad
    • 27 November 2009
    13 Comments

    It may be a box office boon, but critics have slammed the Twilight series, and feminists complain that lead character Bella is a subservient drip and the vampire she loves, Edward, is a stalking patriarch. Why are smart films for women in such short supply?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Finding God in the Dark: Spirituality and the Cinema

    • Richard Leonard
    • 27 February 2007
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    This is the full text of a speech given by Richard Leonard SJ in Queensland on spirituality and cinema, on the occasion of the opening of a new spirituality centre.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Close encounters

    • Kerrie O’Brien
    • 10 July 2006

    Kerrie O’Brien contacts some entertaining ghosts in Blithe Spirit.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film reviews

    • Morag Fraser, Brett Evans, Juliette Hughes, Gordon Lewis
    • 08 July 2006

    Reviews of the films The Quiet American; Tadpole; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; Lovely & Amazing and The Fellowship of the Ring (extended version DVD).

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Myth-take no mistake

    • Juliette Hughes
    • 24 June 2006

    Juliette Hughes reviews Terry Pratchett’s The Wee Free Men and Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Quick review

    • John James, Kathryn Page, Avril Hannah-Jones, Marcelle Mogg
    • 24 April 2006

    Reviews of the books Troubled Waters: Borders, Boundaries and Possession in the Timor Sea; Blush: Faces of Shame; Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince; and Moments of Truth.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film reviews

    • Film reviewers
    • 21 April 2006

    Reviews of the films Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; The Brothers Grimm; Good Night, and Good Luck; and The Constant Gardener.

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