Giant krakens, blood-thirsty vampires, brain-eating zombies, Frankenstein's monster — they're all a little more real than you might think. They arise from our deepest fears and desires.
Joining a panel of authors on Q&A, award-winning author John Marsden says he would not write his popular series about teenagers fighting a foreign invasion today due to his "horror" at Australia's treatment of asylum seekers.
How did a seemingly simple story of a young wizard struggling to conquer a powerful magical foe become a global franchise worth upwards of $US24 billion (in muggle money)?
The first Harry Potter book may have been released 20 years ago, but the fandom is still going strong — with conventions, theme parks, an international sporting competition and even a music genre — wizard rock or "wrock".
"I would like to remind everyone that we are mere Muggles," say British police as they warn people of the "probably fatal" consequences of walking along an active railway line to see a landmark featured in the fantasy films.