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The independent news website of The Kent Stater & TV2


Banner and games in Hometown Bank Plaza at the 2023 Wizardly Weekend.

Wizardly Weekend brings magic to Kent

Destiny Torres, Reporter July 31, 2023

Magic returned to Kent on Friday and Saturday as Wizardly Weekend made its annual appearance in the downtown area. “We’ve been doing this event for about eight years now,” Main Street Kent's executive...

OPINION: Harry Potter television adaptation, is less more?

OPINION: Harry Potter television adaptation, is less more?

Audrey Trevarthan, Opinion Writer May 16, 2023

Warner Bros announced on April 12 that “Harry Potter” is moving to television through streaming platform HBO Max, in collaboration with author J.K. Rowling. The show would be a decade long with one...

OPINION: The Great Date Experiment

Jenna Bal, Campus Editor February 9, 2023

Left. Left. Left. Right. Left. Right. I’m not tracking my paces on the treadmill or doing a funky new dance. I’m not practicing my strut in a new pair of heels or evening out my lopsided torso with...

Runners take off as they start the “Run that Shall not be Named” 5k.

Wizardly Weekend returns to Kent for a magical festival

Colleen Burns, Reporter July 24, 2022

 the “Run that Shall not be Named”As if by magic, the city of Kent transformed into a Harry Potter fan’s paradise for their annual Wizardly Weekend July 22 and 23. The festival was created in 2016...

A group poses for a photo after tossing around a football in Kent, Ohio, on Summit Street, March 16, 2019. Editors Note: Everybody in this photo is over 21. 

Best of Kent: best event/festival

First place: Fake Paddy's Day Typically held the week before St. Patrick's Day, Fake Paddy's Day is a celebration that occurs in many college towns across the United States. According to, Fake...

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REVIEW: ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald’ rekindles a sense of wonder, even with a complicated plot

Alex Novak November 24, 2018

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is a spellbinding installment of the Harry Potter franchise. It is captivating despite the whole not being greater than the sum of the parts.Each scene...

Marianne Martens poses for a portrait in the the Reinberger Children’s Library Center with Harry Potter and The Sorcer’s Stone. Martens is scheduled to speak at the TEDxKent event on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 in Cartwright Hall.

Library professor casts away nerves before TEDx event

Paige Brown February 15, 2017

Marianne Martens, assistant professor of library and information sciences, has been eagerly preparing for the presentation she will give at the first Kent State TEDx event on Feb. 18. Martens will be speaking...

Harry Potter enthusiasts crowd Diagon Alley in downtown Kents Acorn Alley for Potterfest on Saturday, July 30, 2016. 

Main Street Kent announces plans for second Potterfest

Madeline Crandall February 13, 2017

After a large turnout to the “Harry Potter" themed takeover of Acorn Alley last summer, Main Street Kent recently announced plans for round two of the Wizarding World for Potterfest.Local fans of all...

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Real Late Reels spring lineup opts for true stories, blockbusters

Benjamin VanHoose January 7, 2017

Kent State's Center for Student Involvement announced the spring schedule of titles for its Real Late Reels series — a selection consisting mostly of real life-inspired dramas.Real Late Reels, held...

Junior zoology major Jeffery Ritter takes part in beater drills during Quidditch practice at the Centennial Fields on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

Quidditch team begins spring practices, shares love for ‘Harry Potter’ with campus

Benjamin VanHoose Entertainment Reporter March 9, 2016

To the average passerby walking near Centennial Fields on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons, the sight of students straddling PVC pipes and hurling dodge balls at each other may be enough to detour...

Alan Rickman holds the Golden Globe for best television mini-series on Jan. 19, 1997 in Beverly Hills, California. Rickman died on Jan. 14, 2016. He was 69.

Harry Potter fans remember Alan Rickman

Cameron Gorman January 20, 2016

The death of actor Alan Rickman on Jan.14 was a loss to both the acting world and fans of his work alike. Affected perhaps most strongly were those who make up the Harry Potter fandom.Rickman portrayed...

Opinion: An attempt to ban our language

Mike Richards September 25, 2014

There are a few things I’d wish to cover about Banned Books Week, but with the fear that someone may find an expletive out of context, or a questionably written line that could be perceived as overtly...

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