SONORUS GIVEAWAY: Golden Time Turner and Ravenclaw tee!

To celebrate James S Potter’s first week at Hogwarts, the Sonorus Team are running a giveaway throughout the month of September until Monday 12th October!

Every zine order or article submission will get placed in a prize draw to win one of these 2 excellent prizes (1 entry for zine orders, 2 entries for article submissions):

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  1. Hermione’s golden time turner necklace
    Features the quote “I mark the hours, every one, Nor have I yet outrun the Sun. My use and value, unto you, Are gauged by what you have to do.”stamped onto the necklace. The Time Turner can be moved around and used like the actual one in the books and movies (unfortunately without the time traveling effect.)  The pendant is around 4cm tall and comes on a 55cm golden chain.ravenclaw tee ravenclaww tee 2
  2. Ravenclaw house sigil grey t shirt
    Generous UK size 12 (EU 40, US 8, AUS 12). New with tags, unworn.  Sigil on the front, plain on the back. Short roll sleeve.


  1. Every person who places a shop order between now and 11.59pm in 30th September will have their name put into a prize draw to win one of the two items above.
  2. Every person who submits an item for issue 3 of Sonorus between now and 11.59pm in 30th September will have their name put into a prize draw TWICE to win one of the two items above (NB: each person only gets for 1 prize).
  3. In the “special instructions” form on the paypal payment for a shop order, or in the email containing the submission, please write which of the prizes would be your preference. We’ll draw 2 names at random – the first name will get their preferred item, the second name will get the remaining item.  If you have no preference, please say “no preference” and the second name drawn will get their preferred item.
  4. Each person who places a shop order, no matter how many orders, is only eligible for 1 entry.
  5. Each person who submits an item for Sonorus #3, no matter how many submissions, is only eligible for 2 entries.
  6. A person who submits an item AND places a shop order will have their name put in THREE times.

Good luck!

Team Sonorus x

Sonorus #3: Call for Submissions!

Submissions are now open for the third issue of Sonorus: Feminist Perspectives on Harry Potter!

Sonorus is a compzine, edited by three UK-based Harry Potter fans and feminists. We’ve had a great reaction to our first two issues (which are available to buy here), and are now looking for submissions for our third issue. We can accept:
  • Articles
  • Opinion pieces
  • Fan fiction (on a related theme)
  • Fan art (on a related theme)
Some prompts to consider:

Female role models in the series

Feminism/ social justice in the Wizarding World

Your favourite character – can they be seen as a ‘feminist’ character?

Gender roles in the series

The differences between the books and the films and their impact on gender

Race in the series

Fan fiction – the interpretation of characters by fans and how gender is affected by this

Gender and careers in the series

LGBT issues in the series/the fandom

Women in sport in the series

Femininity/masculinity in the series

Gender in relation to good vs. evil

Motherhood in the series

Relationships in the series and in fan fiction

J.K. Rowling as a female writer

Disability in the series

This list is by no means exhaustive, and we are interested in any submissions related to gender in the Harry Potter books, film and fandom, and connected to the series as a cultural phenomenon!  Due to not wanting to replicate ideas we will only be able to print articles which are different from those featured in the previous issues. (A list of pieces from issues one and two is now available on the shop page.) All other submissions (as long as they are not discriminatory in any way) will be printed in this or a future issue of the zine.

We welcome submissions from people of any gender, and from new writers as well as people who submitted to the previous issues.

Please send submissions and questions to  The deadline for submissions is 30th September 2015.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Important note regarding shipping in January

Due to the editors being away for the entire month of January, orders will be shipped once a week instead of every other day.

Please continue to order our zines, but bear in mind that they may take up to a week to be posted as we’re only able to check our PayPal every few days.  Normal service will be resumed on Monday 02 February.

Thanks for your patience!

Team Sonorus x

p.s. did you know that you can order issues #1 and #2 together as a bundle?  Details here.

Sonorus issue 2 OUT NOW!

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After a long weekend of frantic printing, glueing, folding, stapling, and serious marathonning of Downton Abbey, Sonorus: Feminist Perspectives on Harry Potter #2 is OUT NOW!

Issue 2 includes:

  • Ginny Weasley, The Diminished Character: Book Ginny vs Movie Ginny
  • Heroine to the Bones
  • The Trouble with Tonks
  • Heroine over Hero: Hermione’s Logical Power in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows
  • Hermione, SPEW, and the White Saviour Complex
  • The Power of Mothers in Harry Potter
  • The Sorting Hat: Sorted or Jumbled Together
  • Fly High: Quidditch as a Feminist Sport
  • They Just Work Together: Quidditch and Gender
  • Abortion
  • Saved by the Slash? Fanfiction and LGB Representation

Order your copy on our shop page.  Unfortunately we are unable to deliver by owl post at present.

Team Sonorus x

How to Make a Magical World More Magical


We are still beavering away at Sonorus #2 – we can’t wait to share it with you all!

Here’s another great piece from issue one, this time from Vivienne Egan. Let us know what you think.

Remember, if inspiration strikes, submissions are open until 1st November!

Team Sonorus


How to Make a Magical World More Magical 

One of the things that always bugs me about fantasy, futuristic or sci-fi worlds is the fact that their creators can hardly ever conceive of a world in which men and women are equal. When the slate is blank, there are so many possibilities. You’re designing your new world, and yet imaginative worlds doesn’t seem that interested in exploring more enlightened gender relations.

For me, the Harry Potter series shows gender roles and sexuality in a way that is at least embarrassingly dated, and at worst grossly irresponsible. From school to home to work, in both the muggle and wizarding worlds, we see gender norms repeated without question, particularly in domestic life.

Let’s compare the two families we see in close focus in the home: the Dursleys and the Weasleys. In each family, the men are the breadwinners; both women are the homemakers and carers. Both couples are (we are led to believe) married before reproducing; both the women take on their husbands’ names (see also: the Potters, the Lestranges, the Malfoys, the Lupins, Bill and Fleur Weasley, the Longbottoms, and so on).  Both women remain in the home after their youngest children go to school.

But the difference is that one of the families is magic. Why – if you can automate cleaning, if cooking is just a matter of knowing a good recipe spell, is a magical woman still confined to the home in this world?

How dull that, with the whole corpus of wizarding lore at her disposal, a witch’s main remit as a woman (after you marry and make more wizard babies) is perfecting domestic spells and making sure your children get off to school with all the right books and accoutrements: in essence, not that different from Petunia Dursley’s daily life, except with more kooky clocks.

When we look closer at these gender roles, we can see the beginnings: when you box magic folk up as a “wizard” or a “witch” from the time they get their Hogwarts letter would do. You’re setting them up for a lifetime of gendered interactions. How would “Witchcraft” differ from “Wizardry”?  What if a girl wants to identify as a wizard and vice versa? Just as in the muggle world, the masculine form is the default descriptor (see “the wizarding world” vs “mankind”, for instance).

Consistently throughout the series, it is the men who hold power and knowledge; women are helpers and aids who largely act out their gendered identities. Consider the Order of the Phoenix: at Grimmauld Place, Molly Weasley is the chief cleaner and cook, while others go out and engage in dangerous and important work. Sirius, who is also confined to the domestic sphere, is restless and depressed because of it. Hermione’s intelligence saves Harry on a number of occasions but she’s content with giving him a boost rather than taking the glory. On the dark side, Narcissa Malfoy’s only effect on the plot is through her maternal action – to protect her son from harm. Bellatrix Lestrange, meanwhile, is a kind of frenzied, sexualised acolyte who acts out of her love for Voldemort. These women are important to the plot largely via their traditionally feminine attributes: mother, carer, helper, sex-crazed devotee.

And there’s no evidence that anyone has a problem with that. Even Hermione – who vigorously speaks up about the rights of house elves and takes no shit from anyone – seems fine with it. I can imagine Hermione spearheading the feminist movement in the wizarding world (and probably getting the same crap as she did when she started S.P.E.W.).

I believe a far more exciting alternative would be to show young readers a world in which the women are not confined by the same gender roles as we muggles are. The magical community doesn’t have sexist Hollywood films or TV advertisements; they don’t have Page 3, they don’t have big corporations foisting pink for girls and blue for boys on them. Imagine if millions of kids could read this series, now and in perpetuity, and find a gender equality to strive for. Now that would be truly magical.

Vivienne Egan is a freelance writer and editor whose Harry Potter credentials extend back about 12 years to when she and her friends would gather each day in the school library to hang out and talk about whether Harry and Ginny would get together, read fanfic while awaiting Goblet of Fire’s publication, and write their own Harry Potter quizzes. Her feminist credentials are more recent, but no less enthusiastic. You can find her on Twitter @VivEgan41.