Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

  • Film

    October 31, 2013
  • Blogs

    October 9, 2013

    Top 10 Drinks For Your Halloween Party

    Last week was all about planning comestibles for your Halloween Party. This week, let's move to potables. To those who scoff, "Halloween -- yet another excuse for feckless Americans to get their drink on," I reply, "You are not invited to my party." Besides, while Halloween certainly presents ampl ... More >>

  • Film

    August 8, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Gothic Council: Was Christian Death's Rozz Williams an Overhyped Douchenozzle?

    One of the functions of the Gothic Council is to rule on matters of Goth-point attribution. Think of us as professor McGonagall awarding or deducting points at Hogwarts... with that act mattering exactly as much to the real world as it did in the Harry Potter books. Recently, our own Batty posted ... More >>

  • Film

    July 14, 2011

    Final Destination

    Harry Potter — franchise king, hero of a generation — fights his last battle.

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    App of the Week: Waze

    Thanks to Waze, I know foxybarrel, whoever that is, got stuck in traffic on 59.​App: Waze Platforms: iPhone, Android, BlackBerry (beta only, Windows Mobile Web site: Cost: Free Houstonians know their traffic like Seattleites know their heroin coffee or heaved aquatic animals. In othe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Idol Beat: Viva Nash Vegas

    ​I was randomly scrolling back through past Idol Beats last night, doing my best to ignore mentally unbalanced dental hygienist Christine McCaffrey's butchering of "I Hope You Dance," when I realized something. The American Idol beat for Rocks Off is basically the Defense Against the Dark Arts ... More >>

  • News

    December 2, 2010

    One Last Hit of K-2

    Fake weed's final freewheeling days

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Good Riddance, Dobby

    I come to bury Dobby, not to praise him.​Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 was number one at the box office for the third straight week. With over $600 million in worldwide grosses, the first half of the final installment of the film franchise looks like it will probably surpass the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    In Case You Missed It...

    Marco TorresIt's a bird... it's a plane... it's... Usher!​Rocks Off knows you have had a busy week. So have we. But, we figured, what with Thanksgiving and Black Friday and traveling to and from your various other holiday ports of call, you may not have had as much time in front a computer as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    "Straight Outta Hogwarts": The Birth Of Wizard Rap

    ​The beginning of the end is here, as Rocks Off and approximately 1.21 gazillion fans flock to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 to see the end of the saga. Many things have sprung up in the wake of the awesome cultural phenomenon. Great things like Potter Puppet Pals! Terrible thin ... More >>

  • Film

    November 18, 2010

    The End Is Near

    In Harry Potter finale the kids are not alright

  • Film

    October 7, 2010

    Village of the Doomed

    Children sentenced to a certain fate in Never Let Me Go.

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Seabrook Elementary School To Parents: Sorry About All Those Bats Flying Around The Place

    ​Here's a sentence you don't like to read in a letter from your kid's school: "We certainly understand your questions and concerns about the presence of Mexican free-tail bats in Bay Elementary."Well, as long as you understand it......Bay Elementary, a school in Seabrook that's part of the Clear C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Win A Free Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince DVD By Answering A Few Not-So-Simple Questions

    ​As the release of the sixth Harry Potter DVD -- Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince -- comes closer, it seems like the perfect time to review your Harry Potter knowledge.Sure, you know the name of Ron's pet rat and his true identity, but are you a true Potter aficionado? Try yourself on the qu ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 22, 2009

    The Elixir of Love

    Love potion number…oh, whatever

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    While You Weren't Tweeting: Now With More Harry Potter

    C'mon, 'fess up. You spent early last week camped out in front of the Angelika in your Hogwarts uniform, awaiting the arrival of the new Harry Potter movie in theatres. Then you spent the rest of the week basking in the afterglow of Daniel Radcliffe's smoldering gaze, and engaging in heated discuss ... More >>

  • Film

    July 16, 2009

    Prince of Darkness

    That old black Potter magic continues to beguile in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2008

    Aftermath: Harry and the Potters at Walter's on Washington

    Photos by Alex Begley What do you call punk rock for kids? Pid Rock? Kink Rock? Maybe just Wizard Rock, the genre that Harry and the Potters have summoned up around them in last five years. For those of you without literature-obsessed teenagers, Harry and the Potters are a brotherly duo out of Bost ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    December 13, 2007
  • News

    July 26, 2007

    Junior High Kid Goes Big-Time, Zero Tolerance

    She's glad her 15 minutes are up

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2007

    Harry Hallowed Potter

    It took Pradnya Bhawalkar an hour to put together the gloves, robe and rest of the witch costume the 18 year old wore to the midnight Harry Potter party at the Barnes and Noble at First Colony Mall in Sugar Land last night. The parking lot was so full, I’d had to park in another one and hike over ... More >>

  • Film

    July 12, 2007

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    New Potter mines the depths of adolescent angst

  • Music

    August 10, 2006

    Don't Be a Squibb

    Take the whole damn family out to see Harry and the Potters

  • Calendar

    July 27, 2006
  • Home Entertainment

    July 13, 2006

    Turning Japanese

    Like the anime, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja is goofy fun

  • Film

    January 26, 2006

    Heavenly Hag

    Emma Thompson's Nanny McPhee becomes a thing of beauty

  • Film

    November 17, 2005

    Fire Flies

    The fourth Harry Potter rushes through its paces

  • Calendar

    July 14, 2005

    Where's Harry?

    Nab the new Potter book at these parties around town

  • Film

    June 3, 2004

    Harry Goes Scary

    The Prisoner of Azkaban takes a Sirius-ly dark turn

  • Film

    April 1, 2004

    Blarney Rubble

    Intermission kicks through the debris of modern Ireland

  • Film

    December 19, 2002

    'Tis a Foine, Foine Loife

    In the holiday insta-classic Evelyn, Pierce Brosnan forms a family bond

  • Film

    November 14, 2002

    Wonder Boy

    Harry Potter's second adventure delights exactly like the first

  • Film

    November 15, 2001

    The Magic Touch

    The big-screen Harry Potter lives up to its considerable hype

  • News

    July 13, 2000

    Midnight Fire

    When kids and parents press for the hottest book ever, Potter's world turns Harried