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Book 2, Ep. 5 | Celebrity Studies

This week we've brought together the Who's Who of the Wizarding World for the event of the season you won't want to miss – an episode on Celebrity Studies! Notable guests include the winner of Witch Weekly's Most Charming Smile Award (five times in a row!) and Poor Famous Harry Potter, who can't even go into a bookshop without making the front page. With a little help from Colin Creevey's camera, we focus our critical lens on how celebrity is constructed in the Wizarding World and our own, what it means to be a 'reluctant celebrity', and how the fame of a certain Author Who Shall Not Be Named gives her license to publish utter nonsense and get away with it.

NB: You may notice that mid-way through this episode, Marcelle's voice starts to sound different. Unfortunately, her microphone failed while recording and we couldn't find the right spell to fix it!

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Trevor Parry-Giles (2011) Harry Potter and the paradoxical critique of celebrity culture, Celebrity Studies, 2:3, 305-319, DOI: 10.1080/19392397.2011.609338

Susan K. Martin & Kylie Mirmohamadi (2014) Harry Potter’s Secret: The Rise of Publishing Sensations from Mary Braddon to J. K. Rowling, English Studies, 95:2, 131-148, DOI: 10.1080/0013838X.2014.882126

Su Holmes & Sean Redmond (2010) A journal in Celebrity Studies, Celebrity Studies, 1:1, 1-10, DOI: 10.1080/19392390903519016