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Hell Is Other Demons Review: The Neon Demon

Hell is Other Demons mixes fast-paced action against a demonic horde with a gorgeous neon aesthetic but its graphics and bugs cause gameplay issues.

Hell is Other Demons is a retro fast-paced action game for Mac, PC, and Nintendo Switch that involves playing as a lone demon facing off against the hordes of the underworld in small areas while also surviving against the harsh environment and trying to avoid swarms of bullets.

The best part about Hell is Other Demons is its visual design, with the underworld being realized using a pixel art style that combines bright neon colors with dark and gloomy backgrounds. The demonic hordes are also made using this same style, with tiny demons that wouldn’t look out of place in an NES game, to huge boss monsters that dominate most of the screen. Hell is Other Demons is one of the best-looking retro aesthetic games of all-time.

Related: Yoshi’s Crafted World Review: Hard As Cardboard

The music in Hell is Other Demons is also a treat, with brooding synthwave tracks (created by Rémi Gallego of The Algorithm) accompanying each level, which adds to the atmosphere of being trapped in an 8-bit underworld.

The 2D side-scroller gameplay of Hell is Other Demons involves selecting a loadout of equipment (which act as passive buffs) and weapons before being thrown into a small area and having to survive against waves of enemies. Hell is Other Demons is a bullet hell shooter where attacks can come from all sides.

There are two main gameplay modes in Hell is Other Demons – Arcade and Campaign. Arcade mode is an endless procedurally generated mode where the player can choose from multiple characters (after unlocking them) and must survive for as long as possible while using random equipment and weapons earned from battle.

The Campaign mode in Hell is Other Demons is light on the story, as you go through a world map made up of short levels that involve fighting hordes of enemies in small arenas. The Campaign mode isn’t very long, but there is a lot of content packed into what is there. The player can earn extra points by finishing a stage without taking a hit, without using an Ultimate weapon (which are activated by power-ups dropped by the enemy), or by not using weapons at all and defeating enemies by stomping on their head, Mario style.

The graphics of Hell is Other Demons are actually one of the biggest issues with the game in relation to the gameplay, as many of the visual effects in the game (your bullets, the enemies bullets, explosions) use the same color scheme, regardless of the level, which can make it very difficult to differentiate between things that can harm you and things that can’t. The fact that there is often a lot of effects going off at once and that each level is so small means that it’s very easy to die and not see what caused it, as an enemy bullet can blend in with the explosion of another enemy as it croaks. These issues are magnified when playing in handheld/tabletop mode on the Nintendo Switch, as the smaller screen makes it even harder to tell things apart.

The small size of the arenas is also a problem, as there isn’t much room for the enemy to spawn and it’s easy for the player to dash right into an enemy as it’s appearing, giving no time to dodge out of the way. The game could also have benefited from longer invincibility frames after being hit, as it’s easy for the player to die from a flurry of blasts without being given a chance to move out of the way. It’s possible to extend the invincibility frames using items, but you can only have so many of them equipped in each battle.

Hell is Other Demons also suffers from technical issues at launch, with slowdown and dropped frames cropping up in levels when things get too busy. There are also a few bugs that force a stage reset, as the item a boss monster is meant to drop didn’t spawn, as well as minor bugs where the player or the enemy would fall through the bottom of the stage.

There are great ideas presented in Hell is Other Demons that are hamstrung by some design flaws and technical issues, the latter of which will ideally be fixed in updates. There is a lot to enjoy in Hell is Other Demons for fans of fast-paced action games and for those with a love of 8-bit retro aesthetics, but the difficulty of the game might be off-putting to those looking for a fair challenge, rather than having to play Where’s Waldo? with the enemy’s bullets.

Next: Katana ZERO Review – Mesmerizing Swordplay Dripping with Style

Hell is Other Demons is available for Mac, PC, and Nintendo Switch on April 18, 2019. A digital code for the Nintendo Switch version of the game was provided to Screen Rant for the purposes of this review.


2019-04-19 12:04:02

Scott Baird

Vic Mignogna Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Funimation, Other Voice Actors

Voice actor Vic Mignogna has filed a defamation suit against Funimation and some of his colleagues over recent sexual harassment allegations. Mignogna is best known for voicing Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist and Broly in Dragon Ball Z.

Mignogna has been a staple in the anime community, getting several prominent roles over the last decade. According to Mignoga, he also travels to 30-45 conventions a year, which contributes greatly to his income. However, sexual harassment allegations against Mignogna began picking up steam in January as Dragon Ball Super: Broly released in North America. Shortly afterwards, the hashtag #KickVic began to circulate, with enough claims coming forward that Rooster Teeth and Funimation fired him, while a secondary hashtag formed in support of him (#IStandWithVic).

Related: New Survey Says 94% of Women in Hollywood Have Experienced Sexual Misconduct

The defamation suit alleges that Monica Rial’s (Dragon Ball Super) and Jaime Marchi’s (My Hero Academia) tweets caused the controversy to “go viral,” according to Variety, leading to Mignogna’s subsequent job loss. Both actresses posted about incidents involving Mignogna on Twitter after other claims had already surfaced. Marchi detailed a personal encounter with him, alleging that Mignogna forcefully grabbed her in order to whisper something sexual in her ear. Rial’s fiancé Ronald Toye is also implicated, citing tweets of his that referred to Mignogna as a “predator.”

Most of the facts section in the lawsuit is devoted to actions taken by Toye, stating that his position as a Funimation employee made the claims more impactful on the outcome of the company’s investigation. The suit goes on to accuse the three of conspiracy to sabotage Vic and his contracts, stating that their actions cost Mignogna his career, and the lawsuit asks for “monetary relief over $1,000,000.00” due to lost work and damage to reputation. Rooster Teeth is noticeably absent from the legal document despite them being the first to publicly distance themselves from the voice actor.

This isn’t the first time Mignogna has flirted with controversy. The voice actor has also been accused of other unprofessional behavior at conventions, such as touching fans inappropriately and yelling at convention staff. Mignogna has issued an apology for some of these actions, though he continues to have his invitations to conventions revoked. He also still receives support from his fan group, the Risembool Rangers, who go so far as to sell signed merchandise on his behalf.

Mignogana’s decision to go forward with the lawsuit is risky. While there’s a chance it’ll clear his name, it’s possible that other stories may come to light during these proceedings. If Mignogna loses, it could force the few businesses that kept him on – like Kamehacon – to drop the actor entirely.  The amount of allegations toward him is going to be detrimental to the voice actor, especially with the amount of compensation he wants. Director Brett Ratner tried a similar tactic last year, but ended up dropping the suit due to “cloudy and unclear memories.” It’s doubtful that this case will reach the same conclusion, so expect this story to develop over the coming months.

More: Roman Polanski Is Suing to Get Back Into The Academy

Source: Variety, Jamie Marchi, Anime News Network



2019-04-19 09:04:02

Kevin Slackie

Silver Shamrock Easter Eggs In Other Halloween Movies (& Beyond)

Halloween III: Season Of The Witch may have been reviled upon release for not featuring Michael Myers, but the film has gained a steady cult following in the years since – let’s look at the Silver Shamrock easter eggs found in other Halloween movies and beyond. Halloween creator John Carpenter never wanted to make a sequel to the original, so he made sure to burn Michael Myers to a crisp in the finale of Halloween II. The studio still wanted to continue the series, so Carpenter decided to turn it into an annual anthology instead, with each entry telling a new story.

This led to Halloween III, where a doctor arrives in a creepy small town to investigate the death of a patient in the days leading up to Halloween. The story involves witchcraft, androids, and a genocidal warlock, but despite being a genuinely creepy and unique horror tale, it was hated upon release. Audiences walking into the sequel expected to see Michael again and railed against Halloween III’s oddness. The movie underperformed and the series brought back its slasher icon six years later with Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers.

Related: Halloween’s 5 Timelines Explained

The Halloween series is famous for its twisty timeline and semi-regular reboots, so most fans agreed to ignore Halloween III. The movie started to build a fanbase years after its release, however, with viewers starting to recognize it was a true gem that tried something original. The movie’s infectious Silver Shamrock jingle, ambiguous ending, and creepy Halloween masks stuck with viewers long after the credits rolled. Let’s look at some of the later Halloween sequels and other projects that have paid homage to Silver Shamrock.

Knight Rider – “Halloween Knight” (1984)

Halloween III must have made an impression on the producers behind Knight Rider since it was one of the first shows to reference the film in 1984. The pumpkin mask from the film is worn during a Halloween party in the episode “Halloween Knight.” The mask even comes with the famous Silver Shamrock logo, so hopefully, the infamous flashing logo didn’t play that night.

Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers (1995)

Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers tried to explain Michael’s powers away by revealing he was cursed by an ancient cult – the rest of the series ignores this. The film also introduced Minnie Blankenship, Michael’s former babysitter and member of the cult. The character’s name is also mentioned in passing during Halloween III, though given the separate timelines, it’s not intended as a canon link.

Livid (2011)

Livid is a French horror film from Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, who would later direct horror sequel Leatherface. The movie also contains a nice Halloween III reference, when the main characters are approached by trick or treaters wearing the Silver Shamrock pumpkin, witch and skull masks and singing the jingle.

The Guest (2014)

Adam Wingard (Godzilla Vs Kong) is a self-confessed huge fan of Halloween III, with The Guest itself being something of a riff on the original Halloween. In The Guest’s finale, Dan Steven’s villain is hunting down victims in a high school, with the famous Silver Shamrock masks seen hung in the background.

Related: Ranking Every Halloween Movie, From 1978 To 2018

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018)

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween’s main characters Sarah, Sonny and Sam dress up as a witch, pumpkin and skeleton, which is a clear nod to Halloween III’s Silver Shamrock line-up.

The Goldbergs – “The Goldberg Girls” (2018)

The Goldbergs is a sitcom famously littered with references to 1980s pop culture, most famously bringing back Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger in one episode. During the season 5 episode “The Goldberg Girls” Adam Goldberg references a bunch of movies for romantic inspiration, including holding up a figure from Halloween III of the pumpkin mask figure.

Halloween (2018)

Prior to the release of 2018’s Halloween, the filmmakers promised to include easter eggs to every sequel in the franchise, and they didn’t disappoint. The Halloween III: Season Of The Witch reference is one of the easiest to spot, with a gang of children dressed up in the iconic Silver Shamrock masks during Halloween night.

Next: Halloween 5 Ending Explained: Who Is The Man In Black


2019-04-19 06:04:28

Padraig Cotter

10 Times Rick And Morty Stole From Other Shows & Movies

Adult Swim’s hit animated series Rick and Morty is one of the most creative shows currently on television – but that doesn’t mean it never steals concepts from older shows and movies. Series creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland launched the time-traveling, multi-dimension adventure show back in 2013, introducing viewers to Rick Sanchez and his grandson Morty Smith. Together, they go on wild missions across space and time, which has given Rick and Morty an incredible universe to explore.

With its sci-fi premise, Rick and Morty would automatically be compared to some of the biggest TV shows and movies of all-time, but Harmon and Roiland have actually leaned into this. The show has drawn plenty of comparisons to Back to the Future due to similarities between Rick and Morty’s character designs and Dr. Emmett Brown and Marty McFly. While Rick and Morty has embraced this comparison, it’s repeatedly pulled from other pieces of pop culture for its own benefit.

Related: 25 Twisted Rick and Morty Facts That Will Surprise Longtime Fans

Screen Rant’s latest video dedicated to Rick and Morty points out 10 times that the show blatantly lifted concepts and stories from other TV shows and movies. Some of these are rather obvious in execution, but Rick and Morty has also done this on a smaller scale and with much more obscure properties. Check out the full list in the video at the top of this post.

Since it could be argued that some of these instances are mere coincidences (or unintentional given the wide variety of content that has explored the sci-fi genre), there’s no denying some of these are clear ripoffs. Possibly the most obvious of the entire list is how season 3 took the story and world of Mad Max: Fury Road and put the Rick and Morty spin on it. It’s impossible to see the second episode of the season and not think about the Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron-led film from 2015, but that’s okay. The great thing about Rick and Morty is that it’s acknowledging that these stories are nearly identical, and is using viewers’ pre-existing knowledge of this prior content to make more jokes.

With several other references to Stephen King and homages to Midnight Run (just to name a few), there’s plenty of other pop culture references in Rick and Morty. The good news is that fans of these jokes will definitely be getting more of them too. After a long and uncertain hiatus, it was finally confirmed that Rick and Morty was renewed by Adult Swim for 70 more episodes, which guarantees a future beyond the upcoming fourth season. As long as Harmon and Roiland don’t change the show up too much, fans should get a lot more of these references in the years to come.

More: Rick and Morty Season 4: Every Update You Need to Know


2019-04-14 08:04:07

Cooper Hood

How Shazam’s Box Office Compares To Other DCEU Movies

Shazam is on its way to becoming a box office hit, but how does its performance compare to the rest of the DCEU? It’s no secret the franchise has had its fair share of ups and downs in the six years since Man of Steel opened, but the films typically are reliable commercially. Only 2017’s Justice League can be considered a true financial failure, though Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice didn’t necessarily live up to expectations, as it failed to hit $1 billion worldwide. In contrast, Suicide Squad became a bona fide success – despite being critically panned.

Warner Bros. hit a grand slam last December with Aquaman, which ended up becoming the highest-grossing DC film of all-time. After hitting a nadir with Justice League, that was just what the studio needed as they looked to turn the page. Shazam arrived just a few months later, hoping to keep the forward momentum alive. Many would agree it did just that, though it’s still interesting to compare Shazam’s box office numbers to its contemporaries.

Related: Shazam Makes Up For George Miller’s Failed Justice League

In the space below, we’ve assembled a complete list of the seven DCEU films’ worldwide openings and production budgets. Check it out:

  • Batman v Superman: $422.5 million debut; $250 million budget
  • Justice League: $278.8 million debut; $300 million budget
  • Suicide Squad: $267 million debut; $175 million budget
  • Wonder Woman: $228.3 million debut; $149 million budget
  • Man of Steel: $202 million debut; $225 million budget
  • Aquaman: $166.8 million debut; $160 million budget
  • Shazam: $159.1 million debut; $100 million budget

Due to a variety of factors (critical response, staggered release dates around the world), the numbers fluctuate and there’s a pretty wide range between the top and bottom. Of course, one of the most obvious reasons for Shazam coming in last place on this list is the general public’s unfamiliarity with the source material. Much like how the MCU has its less-popular titles (Ant-Man, for instance), not every DC film is going to be an Aquaman or Wonder Woman-sized hit. Movies like Batman v Superman and Justice League featured heroes with much larger followings and were titles viewers had spent years waiting to see on the big screen. That would explain the irony of the two DCEU films most considered to be disappointments having the two biggest openings. More often than not, premieres are tethered to hype and anticipation; Shazam definitely had some fan fare, but not nearly as much as others.

While the aesthetics of Shazam being in last place aren’t great, it’s hardly a box office bomb. As people can see, it also had the lowest production budget of the seven movies, meaning it was never in a position where it needed to break the bank in order to become profitable. There’s a reason why Shazam currently has a sequel in the works and Justice League 2 seemingly isn’t even on the table at the moment. The latter needed to post (for lack of a better comparison) Avengers type numbers in order to go down as the shared universe defining hit WB wanted. The former just had to score a healthy total relative to its costs to get on the right track. Since Shazam was sandwiched between Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame, it definitely won’t hit $1 billion, but it’s still a winner for WB.

More: Shazam Ignores Captain Marvel, But Makes A Captain America Joke


2019-04-11 08:04:13

Chris Agar

8 Things Bumblebee Did Better Than Other Transformers Movies (& 2 The Others Did Better)

The Transformers film series has been divisive at best, maligned and reviled at worst. While the first one was mostly liked if not praised, the sequels have devolved into over-complicated, under-developed, explosion-vehicles. Some still love going to the cinema and just seeing explosions and metal twisting robots duke it out, but there was always a subset of fans who wanted more. Luckily for them, Director Travis Knight appears to be one of them and he got to helm the first spin-off prequel to the series, Bumblebee. And he knocked it out of the park!

No-one is going to confuse this movie with high art, but it is a fun, family-friendly action movie that pays much more faithful homage to the titular toys than ever seen before. We’re going to go through the ways that this movie stepped up the series expectations and quality. We’re also going to give the main series its due in a couple of ways because it wasn’t 100% all bad. Roll out!

RELATED: Why Bumblebee Was A Box Office Success (And The Last Knight Wasn’t)

10 Better – Charlie & Bumblebee

When it comes to main characters in these movies we’d prefer it to be the actual Transformers and this is the closest we’ve gotten to that yet, but Hailee Seinfeld’s Charlie is leagues ahead of her predecessors. Charlie is earnest, likable, funny, and relatable. She’s almost got a Disney princess ‘I want more’ song ready to burst out of her. Her relationship with Bumblebee carries the entire movie with their adorable interactions. Bumblebee’s struggles without his voice mean he communicates exclusively with physicality and it is ultra-endearing throughout. Back to Charlie, she not only brings plenty to the table but leaves off so much of what didn’t work about Sam and Cade. She’s not stammering, frantic, whisper-yelling, or oddly shiny. All in all, the glue that carries this whole prequel with their personality, story, and chemistry.

9 Better – Classic Transformer Designs

It’s a major visual element that’s finally been addressed. The Transformers looked like jumbled messes in the main entries. They were hard to distinguish between unless they were standing in a line taking turns to spout bad dialogue. The twin-terrors in Revenge of the Fallen were a particular low-point. But now we finally get to see the glory of the G1 designs on the big screen. Anyone who grew up with those versions was bombarded with joy upon joy just seeing those awesome, distinctive, dare I say iconic, versions of the Transformers. They may not all have gotten lines. They may have been wiped out in numbers that put The Transformers Movie to shame. But they looked awesome, unique, and unforgettably badass.

8 Better – John Cena – Agent Burns

Exactly what this series needed, the fake marine to bring some humor to the overbearing military characters of the main series. John Cena’s character is hilarious. Every cliche out of his mouth is delivered with just the right amount of cheese to keep it fun. He moves and acts like an 80’s cartoon which is what this series badly needed. John Turturro may be an acting legend but whatever he was getting told to do in the other movies was beyond insane and rarely funny. Somehow, John Cena is the superior John in this case.

7 Better – You’ve Got The Touch – 80’s Setting & Music

Whether for nostalgia purposes or because the main series was so far off the tracks they had no other option, returning to the ’80s helped in a bunch of ways. The music in this latest installment is easily the biggest beneficiary, giving the best music in the series so far.

RELATED: Exclusive: Watch This New Deleted Scene From Bumblebee

Bumblebee’s now trademark radio-voice lets the movie drop great 80’s tracks one after the other, but they don’t rely on that avenue. ‘The Touch’, ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’, ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’, ‘Higher Love’, ‘Take On Me’, the parade of hits goes on and on. Even Hailee Steinfeld’s contribution ‘Back To Life’ fits in really well.

6 Worse Bad Guys – Dropkick & Shatter

The main series does have a big metal leg-up when it comes to their antagonists. The best Bumblebee does is tease us with mere glimpses of Starscream, Soundwave, Shockwave, Thundercracker, and Skywarp (Decepticons have the coolest names). What we actually get are two new, not-named-onscreen Decepticons the credits tell us were Dropkick and Shatter. Meanwhile, the main series got Megatron, Devastator, Sentinal Prime (Leonard Nimoy-bot), and the ridiculously awesomely named Nitro Zeus. It’s pretty much a no-contest in this category. Point to the main series.

5 Better – References Galore

Where the main series’ movies punish your eyes for trying to make out details, Bumblebee rewards you. There are a bunch of Easter eggs, references, and little nods that enrich the entire experience. At the beginning on Cybertron, you see familiar Autobots and Decepticons in all their G1 glory, but there’s more. Blink and you’ll miss Teletraan 1 from the original cartoon. Charlie wears a BFG labeled jumpsuit, referencing the Roald Dahl story with a similar premise. Bumblebee’s raised fist in response to Agent Burns’ salute, clearly from his watching of The Breakfast Club, is also an homage to Judd Nelson, who played Rodimus Prime on The Transformers Movie. There’s a bunch of little nods to series executive producer and directing legend Steven Spielberg. It goes on and on and makes the film very re-watchable.

4 Better – Waaaay Better Comic Relief

Considering how viscerally annoying the Witwicky and Yeager families were it’s downright amazing how pleasantly surprising Charlie’s family and friends are. Pamala Adlon is a comic savant and plays her mother Sally with alternately frazzled and then easy warmth. Steven Schneider as her step-dad isn’t an unlikable cliche but a well-meaning goof. Her little brother Otis, her budding boyfriend Memo, and her uncle Hank all get genuine, multiple laughs throughout. Not just that, but they’ve lost the mean-spirited edge seen in the Bay movies and it injects a whole other level of enjoyment to the entire film. An unsung, heroic element.

3 Better – Under 2 Hours

Is that your rear and legs thanking you for the return of blood flow? It is! This installment clocks in at a very watchable 114 minutes. That’s way down on the series average.

RELATED: Bumblebee Interview: Hailee Steinfeld

It also means that if you shave off the credits it is much closer to a regular length family-action movie and that limits the bloat and filler the other movies have become mired by. There’s something to be said for brevity and in this case, any longer would’ve been too long. This might be the first Transformers movie to leave us wanting more rather than exhausted with the whole deal.

2 Better – Action Not Disguised

Being able to see the action is surprisingly beneficial for an action movie series. It’s been said in many places but the main series can be hard to watch at the best of times. Between every robot becoming a churning mess of cogs and the color gray and the camera being too close to get a good scope of the action, they weren’t exactly cinematographic masterpieces. Director Travis Night clearly took lessons on what worked and didn’t and presents the action here in far better scale and framing. You can actually follow and describe an entire sequence if you want to. It’s not as frantic if that’s your thing, but it is better composed by any reasonable measure.

1 Worse – Lessplosions

Maybe the movie is better for it, but there still felt like a missing quota of explosions in this entry. The main series is nothing if not explosive, literally and figuratively, with barely any time passing between blasts after the first act. This is the lowest budgeted entry in the entire franchise and it shows with the restraint insofar as fiery balls of destruction go. That doesn’t mean there are no huge eruptions to enjoy, but if that’s the only thing you liked in the original series, coming here looking for more might leave you in the cold.

NEXT: Bumblebee Officially Reboots the Transformers Movie Series Confirms Hasbro


2019-03-28 07:03:10

Mik Rona

8 Things Batman And Harley Quinn Did Better Than Other Batman Movies

Batman and Harley Quinn came out on DVD in 2017 and it is not connected to the other DC animated film. Instead, it is a “spiritual successor” to Batman: The Animated Series. Written by Jim Krieg and Bruce Timm and directed by Sam Liu (Batman: The Killing Joke), Batman and Harley Quinn brought back Kevin Conroy to voice Batman once again and created something very different.

The movie has Batman and Nightwing trying to stop a villainous plan devised by Jason Woodrue and Poison Ivy. To find the bad guys, they seek out Harley Quinn for her help and reluctantly end up teaming with her to save the day. Here is a look at what Batman and Harley Quinn does better than other Batman movies.

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8 HARLEY QUINN

The version of Harley Quinn in this Batman movie is a refreshing change. She is not with Joker at all anymore, although she does mention him once when she uses Joker-gas on Nightwing. She is also independent, although she is struggling to make it in the straight world.

RELATED: Everything You Need To Know About Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn

However, what makes Harley Quinn so great here is that she is a perfect example of what a villain might go through when trying to go straight. She wants to be good and wants nothing to do with the world of heroes and villains anymore, but no one will give her a break. Even Batman and Nightwing have little respect for her despite her doing her time and trying to move on.

7 BATMAN/HARLEY QUINN DYNAMIC

The entire dynamic between Batman and Harley Quinn is great in this movie. Batman wants nothing more than to solve the latest crime and he doesn’t care who he has to use to get that done. Harley Quinn just wants to be left alone to try to make it through life without the costumed crowd dragging her along.

RELATED: Harley Quinn Just Became Batman’s NEW Sidekick

It is very interesting because Batman is a total jerk and seems to have no use for rehabilitation or letting a former criminal move on with their life. Yes, the most important thing is to solve the crime, but he is such a jerk to Harley that you can’t help but feel for her — and that is important because this is her story.

6 NIGHTWING

Nightwing here is used to great effect. He is sent by Batman to get information from Harley Quinn and he really shows a lot of his mentor’s penchant to refuse to listen to what anyone is saying. Harley Quinn wants to be left alone and Nightwing doesn’t care or believe that she really wants to go the straight and narrow.

RELATED: Nightwing & Harley Quinn Get Married in DC’s Future

However, Nightwing comes to recognize that Harley Quinn isn’t really a bad guy on the inside — just a little insane. It is a nice contrast to Batman’s stoic attitude and is a nice bridge between Harley and Batman for the viewer.

5 KITSCH VALUE

There is one area where Batman and Harley Quinn is a bit of a culture shock — especially for people watching the most recent DC animated movies. This movie is completely kitsch. There are random song and dance numbers, including one where Batman and Nightwing are involved in a bar fight while Harley sings.

RELATED: Why You Shouldn’t Expect Multiple Robins in the DCEU

The moment that Harley Quinn captures Nightwing and the two start to make out proves this is not a kids movie. When the movie ends, there is not so much a giant hero-winning battle but just a goofy final scene to show how they won. This movie is strange but has its charms.

4 THE HUMOR

With the kitsch comes the humor. While there are moments like the Harley Quinn and Nightwing scene, with the former Boy Wonder tied to her bed, it is offset by a hilarious scene of Batman walking in and Nightwing claiming that he can’t judge because of his past with female supervillains.

RELATED: Booster Gold Gives Bruce Wayne ‘A World Without Batman’

For a movie with adult moments, like the aforementioned Nightwing scene, there are also some moments that are meant for the most juvenile humor, such as Harley Quinn asking to go to the bathroom, being refused, and delivering her own gas in the Batmobile. The movie is never afraid to stop for some humor — including a solid burn at the expense of Booster Gold.

3 THE MUSIC

The music in Batman and Harley Quinn is really good. Thanks to the kitsch value, there are some song and dance numbers and they fit the theme perfectly. The two biggest songs in the movie are “Don’t Pull Your Love” by Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds and “Hanging on the Telephone” by Blondie.

The first song was performed by Rob Paulsen, who is best known for voicing Raphael and Donatello from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Pinky from the Pinky and the Brain cartoons. The second was a standout performance with Melissa Rauch singing as Harley Quinn.

2 JASON WOODRUE

It isn’t hard to come up with a better version of Jason Woodrue than fans have previously seen in Batman movies. Known in the comic books as the Floronic Man, Woodrue was first seen in the 1997 film Batman & Robin. With the huge appearances of Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy, it might make him forgettable, though. Woodrue was played by John Glover and was who was responsible for turning Pamela Isley into Poison Ivy before she killed him in revenge.

It is interesting to see Floronic Man and Poison Ivy teaming up here, considering their relationship in Batman & Robin, but considering how much critics and fans hated that movie, pretending it never happened in Batman and Harley Quinn is probably a very good thing.

1 SWAMP THING

Swamp Thing is a DC icon. He had two movies (the first directed by Wes Craven) and will get a show on the DC Universe streaming service as well. He also isn’t new to the world of DC animated movies, as he appeared in Justice League Dark the same year that he appeared in Batman and Harley Quinn.

In Justice League Dark, he was treated harshly and destroyed by Destiny, something that seems surprising for fans who know how powerful Swamp Thing is. However, in Batman and Harley Quinn, it was more like fans expected when he showed up, dressed down Floronic Man but then said he didn’t care about their battle because it didn’t affect the Green, and then left.

NEXT: First Look At The Joker In DC Universe’s Harley Quinn TV Show Revealed


2019-03-24 05:03:56

Shawn S. Lealos

Black Ops 4 Beginners Guide: How to Play (& Win) in Zombies Mode

The release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 brings with it a variety of different gameplay options for players. Although plenty of eyes seem to be on the title’s battle royale mode, Blackout, the traditional multiplayer modes like Team Deathmatch are still available. Also returning is the franchise’s Zombies game mode, this time with more options than ever before.

Indeed, Zombies is something of a different beast this time around. The mode comes complete with three maps, with two of them on the expansive side to boot. As such, new players might find it a little bit daunting, particularly given the intricacies of the game mode in comparison to some of the more simplistic elements of Call of Duty.

Related: Black Ops 4 Blackout Guide: Pro Tips For Battle Royale Beginners

Thankfully, new players can get a head start thanks to this guide. Read on to learn how to play Zombies mode, as well as some good strategies to help get that first win in what can be a tense and difficult part of Call of Duty.

What’s New In Zombies Mode?

This time around, Zombies is huge, with three different scenarios to choose from. Two of these revolve around Scarlett Rhodes and her band of misfits, with Voyage of Despair taking place aboard an RMS Titanic that had to handle a zombie threat alongside hitting an iceberg, while IX takes the team back in time to face gladiatorial combat in a Roman coliseum. Alongside this, there’s also the option to play Blood of the Dead, with the return of Richtofen, Dempsey, Takeo, and Nikolai.

Within that, the core gameplay loop remains the same. Survive waves of the zombie horde, unlocking areas of the map as and when the points are available, as the fight gets progressively tougher and tougher. This time around, though, it’s fair to say that the levels feel a little more maze-like and expansive, so make sure to be aware of the surroundings at all times to stop from getting stuck in a bottleneck.

Prioritize Your Points

As always, using points effectively is extremely important in Zombies. First and foremost, opening up areas of the map is a given, but more pressing is how the player uses their points towards perks and weapons. Although in early waves things like shotguns and pistols are all well and good, it’s important to aim to get weapons that have a faster fire rate and (most importantly) a faster reload rate as the game progresses. As such, look to weapons like the Spitfire or GKS to be most effective.

It’s also very important to improve the power of weapons as the game goes on. The most obvious way to do this is to keep returning to the Pack-a-Punch Machines once available, which give a 25% boost with each use. This does come at a considerable cost of 2,500 points per use, but it’s an undeniable way to get that firepower up.

Keep Moving

Staying static for too long in Zombies this time around is a recipe for disaster, as there is always the very real threat of being overrun by the horde. Whereas previous games could work with players cementing a position with a strong defensive line, at least for early portions of the game it’s recommended to keep moving. Not only does it avoid the issue of getting stuck in one place, but it also will keep players refreshed when it comes to where the different unlock options are in the map.

Keeping space from zombies is important for reasons other than this, too. Should one member of the team fall, they’ll have to be revived, and with a slightly longer revive time in Black Ops 4 it’s more vital than ever to have enough room to revive a teammate without having chunks taken out by an unseen zombie. This is particularly true when it comes to those special zombies that attack, so always keep an eye out.

Use Your Perks

In Black Ops 4‘s Zombies mode, players are able to use class customization for the first time. This isn’t just there for show, either, as a good grasp of what perks are available and how to use them can make the difference between success and failure. What’s more, the perks that can be chosen can actually work well for a variety of different play styles.

Those who want both power and speed could choose the likes of Deadshot Dealer, which automatically targets the zombie’s head when aiming down the sights, as well as Stamin-Up for a permanent boost to movement speed. Meanwhile, the frost explosion created by Winter’s Wail and the increased ammunition of Bandolier Bandit work well for those whose last stand may come from a more secure position. In essence, it comes down to how an individual best plays the game, and it’s good to have a variety of perks in the team to make the most of these options.

Work Together

As always, teamwork is the key to having an easier run of things in Zombies. Although it’s possible to play the game solo, this is always a challenge, and to help with this there are now bots to play with. Even so, it’s best to play with other human players, and as such taking on the game as a team of four is recommended.

It’s not just a matter of getting other human beings involved in the zombie slaughter, however. Working together cooperatively is key; don’t stray too far from one another, watch out for any fallen that need reviving, and potentially coordinate the perks used to make sure that everyone has bases covered for any eventuality. That way, the team should be set for what the game throws at them.

With these tips in mind, players should now have a solid framework to build on to get through the game’s Zombies mode. Whether taking a trip back in time to arena combat or trying to fight off zombified versions of Jack and Rose, Zombies is always a challenge for players, but with this guidance in mind players should be able to have a fighting chance of beating the supernatural threat.

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2018-10-14 02:10:08 – Rob Gordon

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween Interview – R.L. Stine

Halloween is just around the corner, and to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year there’s a new Goosebumps movie arriving in theaters – Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. The movie features a new cast of kids – played by Jeremy Ray Taylor (IT), Caleel Harris (Castle Rock), and Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) – who discover a lost Goosebumps book in a hidden room and unwittingly unleash a new season of terror, as Slappy the Dummy brings Halloween costumes to life and wreaks havoc on the city.

Jack Black reprises his role as Goosebumps author R.L. Stine in Haunted Halloween , so to celebrate the movie’s release, Screen Rant spoke to the real R.L. Stine to find out about the new monsters on parade, and ask whether Black’s curmudgeonly portrayal of the author is accurate.

Related: Watch the Trailer For Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

I have to ask, because the movie’s about a secret Goosebumps book hidden in a box – is there actually a secret Goosebumps book somewhere out there?

R.L. Stine: No. I wish [laughs]. I wish there were some extra ones somewhere that I could pull out. No, no secret book… But it’s kind of creepy, these two boys go into this house and knock over something and find this book and it’s locked, and they unlock it. And that starts all the action. All the horrible action.

Are there any Goosebumps monsters in this movie that we didn’t see in the last one?

Stine: Well, there are gummy bears [laughs]. They didn’t have gummy bears. After the first one I said, “How will we ever do a sequel? You used every single monster in the first movie!” There was nothing left. But yes, there are some. There’s an ogre, for one thing. We didn’t have an ogre in the first one. And my very favorite scene is the one with the gummy bears. Cute little gummy bears and then they turn into monsters.

But they’re so cute, what harm could they possibly do?

Stine: Well, they grow teeth for one thing. And then they all stick together and become a huge blob and attack people. It’s a wonderful scene [laughs]. Very proud of that!

It seems like there aren’t a lot of scary movies aimed at kids, since so many horror movies involve blood and gore. Is there a special trick to terrifying kids?

Stine: No, it’s the same as for grown-ups, I think. I think it’s surprise, it’s travelling into the unknown where you don’t really know what’s next and you can’t see what’s coming up, and it’s a lot of twists and turns. I think it’s the same as doing horror for adults.

There’s a whole new cast of kids in this movie. Can you tell us a bit about them?

Stine: Well, there’s a delightful boy who’s building a replicas of Tesla’s lab, because Tesla’s real lab is actually in their town. And he’s fiddling with the electricity and he keeps blowing out all the electricity in the house, but he’s determined to do it. And his doing this leads to an amazing scene near the end at Tesla’s real lab. It’s a real Frankenstein type lab. I went to Atlanta, where we filmed the film… and they showed me these sets. These guys are geniuses! They built this amazing Frankenstein’s lab… I couldn’t believe what these guys could build. It was incredible.

So Slappy the Dummy is the ringleader in this movie again. What is it about Slappy that people love so much?

Stine: I don’t really get it [laughs]. I don’t know why a dummy coming to life is so scary. But people are really frightened of him, and he’s so popular now that every other Goosebumps book has to be a Slappy book. I think I’ve written about fourteen of them [laughs]. It doesn’t get any easier to think of plots about a dummy coming to life.

Maybe it’s also because he likes to insult people. People like comedy roasts, so maybe that’s why they like Slappy.

Stine: Well that’s why I like to write him – he’s really an insult comedian. That’s why I love writing him, because he’s so rude!

Do you think kids are easier to scare than adults, or harder?

Stine: Probably easier. Probably don’t have to work as hard to scare them. But you know, my audience – seven to twelve year-olds – I get them the last time in their lives they’ll ever be enthusiastic. And then when they turn twelve, they have to be cool… and they’re gone. But before then they love writing to an author, they love reading, they love hearing from you, they love going to things… it’s just the best audience.

Was Jack Black’s portrayal of you in the first movie accurate?

Stine: I love Jack. Not accurate at all! Nothing accurate. But he’s a great guy, I thought he was wonderful. He flew to New York in a blizzard to meet me, to try to figure out how he was going to play the character. And we had lunch and he was like, looking at me, right? [Laughs] And then he said, “Bob… what about the script is true about you?” And I said, “Nothing, not one thing, none of it’s true!” And he said, “I’m going to be a sinister version of you.” And that’s what he decided to do.. And then when it started filming he started talking like Orson Welles, right? He does, in that first film, and I said, “Jack, I’m from Ohio, I don’t sound like that!” But I thought it was really fun. What a weird thing, to be a character in a movie.

Seeing as, unlike Jack’s version of you, you don’t hate kids – is there a favorite interaction with a young fan that you’ve had?

Stine: I’ve had way too many. I’m just so lucky. Because I go out, I really talk to kids, I go to schools, and I really do like kids. And you know, I have a son and I have a grandson, who’s four and hilarious. And he’s taking after my son, he won’t read my books. That’s my son’s claim to fame, he never read one. Isn’t that horrible?

Does he tell you that all the time?

Stine: He bragged about it, how he never read one!

You should write him into a book so that he has to read it.

Stine: I did! I made him the star of a Fear Street book, it was a vampire book, and he was the star and he didn’t read that one either. In the very last paragraph of the book he gets bit in the neck. [Laughs] I got my revenge!

More: Read Screen Rant’s Review of Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

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2018-10-11 04:10:45 – Hannah Shaw-Williams

Harry Potter: 20 Strange Details About Draco Malfoy’s Anatomy

Draco Malfoy is one of the most memorable secondary characters in the Harry Potter movies and books. It may be due to his irredeemable and despicable behaviour,as everyone loves a good villain. It could also be the appeal of actor Tom Felton in the movies, and all the subsequent fan fiction they have produced.

However, not a lot is revealed about him in the books, and less even less is shown on screen, leaving him a mystery. We do know that his family has an unhealthy obsession with their pure blood heritage and an unflinching loyalty to Voldemort. One thing that we also know is that during his sixth year, Draco became even more villainous. He was given the task of assassinating Dumbledore and allowing the Death Eaters access to his present school, Hogwarts.

Some aspects that remained more hidden, though, including the origins of his name, which has links to the Hogwarts motto. His talents in transfiguration, charms, potions, and Occlumency are also never fully explored or known by the average person.

More surprisingly than all of this is the fact that despite being mortal enemies, Draco and Harry only duel twice – and one of them was in the presence of teachers, so it barely counts. Including these examples and every other duel that Draco is involved in, we have discovered that he never wins a single fight. This might be J. K. Rowling highlighting his cowardice and lack of morals that weaken his character ultimately. However, it might also have to do with his particular skillset.

With that said, here are the 20 Strange Details About Draco Malfoy’s Anatomy In Harry Potter.

20 He is a gifted Occlumens

While Harry Potter is undoubtedly a gifted wizard, one of the things he was never able to master was Occlumency. This is the act of closing your mind to anyone who attempts to read it.

Draco managed to surpass his rival by mastering the art of this notoriously tricky skill.

While it may seem peculiar that Draco can keep other wizards out his head while Harry cannot, this is in keeping with his character. J. K. Rowling confirmed that Draco managed to become a gifted Occlumens due to his ability to suppress his emotions. The fact that Draco can excel in this area is only due to his repressed emotional issues that may stem from his dysfunctional family.

19 His name says a lot about his personality

J. K. Rowling puts a lot of thought into her character’s names and the names of locations – and the seemingly bland name of “Draco Malfoy” is no exception upon closer examination if we take a look at its origin on Pottermore.

The name Draco can either be linked to the Latin for “dragon” or the constellation. The word “Draco” is even in Hogwart’s motto: “Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus, “which translates as “never tickle a sleeping dragon.” Draco’s last name, Malfoy, could have its roots in French, with “mal foi” translating as “unfaithful.” Rowling could have perhaps been a bit more subtle when thinking of names for her villains, however, as “unfaithful dragon” doesn’t leave a lot of space for redemption.

18 He temporarily had control of the Elder Wand

During his sixth year, Draco was given the task of destroying Dumbledore and giving the Death Eaters access into Hogwarts. While he succeeded with the latter, Draco was unable to take the life of the Hogwarts headmaster.However, when confronting Dumbledore, he disarmed the professor, which was a significant action even if Draco did not realize it at the time.

 By disarming Dumbledore, Draco unknowingly had control of the most powerful wand in existence – the Elder Wand.

This was only temporary, though, as Harry later confronts Draco in his house in the Deathly Hallows and disarms him. This meant that control of the Elder Wand was passed down to Harry, who still technically can wield it today. For one brief moment, however, Draco could have been the most powerful wizard in the world.

17 He learnt the Unforgivable Curses

Draco’s sixth year at Hogwarts was a pivotal and important year for the sole Malfoy child. As well as being given the task of overthrowing his school, he was taught the Unforgiveable Curses by Bellatrix Lestrange.

Lestrange, being Draco’s aunt, most likely taught him these forbidden spells to prepare him for his role. We know for certain that Draco can perform Crucio (the torturing spell) and Imperio (the controlling spell). However, it is unclear whether Draco ever learnt the ultimate Unforgiveable Curse: Avada Kedavra, which would destroy the receiver. Though Draco seemed like an antagonist during his first year at Hogwarts, few fans expected him to become such a villain later in the story. However, it could be argued that this was due to the pressures of his family.

16 He is supposedly one of the only Death Eaters who can love

Death Eaters are more ingrained to respond with acts of hate than love. This is hardly surprising, though, considering the amount of carnage and havoc that they have created. However, what is surprising is that even though Draco is a Death Eater, he is supposedly capable of feeling genuine love.

This love manifests itself towards both his parents and his future wife, Astoria Greengrass. This is at odds with the other Death Eaters, whose hate trumps their love. Be it Bellatrix Lestrange or Lucius Malfoy, these individuals are consumed by their service to the Dark Lord. While it could be argued that they love Voldemort, this is closer to worship than a romantic or platonic love.

15 He’s proud of his pure blood family

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter may be incredible, but when it comes to metaphors, it is not very subtle. The fact that some wizarding families, such as the Malfoys, favor those with pure blood is meant to echo the real world prejudices that some hold. Draco’s parents instilled the belief that he is superior to half blood and muggles on him at a young age. This explains his resentment towards Hermione, whom he calls “Mudblud” incessantly.

This hatred for anyone who is not pure blood is a trait that many of the old wizarding families share.

The notable exceptions are Nymphodora Tonks and Sirius Black, who were cast out of the family for their beliefs that muggles and wizards are equal. Draco may not be as hostile towards muggles and muggle-born wizards by the end of the Deathly Hallows, but it is still a prejudice that he cannot escape.

14 He has used a Time Turner

J. K. Rowling may live to regret introducing Time Turners into the Wizarding World. The amount of problems that this device, which was used by Hermione in Prisoner of Azkaban, could solve is countless. It could be used to stop Voldemort from ever existing or it could be used to bring back beloved characters. However, in Prisoner of Azkaban, it is used by Hermione to ensure that she can go to all her classes and to save Buckbeak.

Having not learnt the amount of plot holes attached to such a device, Rowling revealed the existence of a secret Time Turner belonging to the Malfoys. Without revealing too many details of The Cursed Child, Malfoy uses it successfully, which makes him – alongside Hermione, Harry, Albus, and Scorpius  – one of the few known people to have used a Time Turner.

13 He has a Dark Mark

Some fans believe that it was inevitable for Draco to follow in the footsteps of his father and become a Death Eater. He did this sometime between the events of Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince. We know this since we can clearly see a Dark Mark on his arm during the events before Dumbledore’s assassination. While Dumbledore looked unsurprised to see Draco pointing a wand at him, he did seem surprised by the fact that Draco now had a Dark Mark.

It is not possible to get rid of a Dark Mark, so despite the fact that Draco’s character has since been redeemed, he is not able to reverse the procedure. Draco will forever have the mark of He Who Must Not Be Named on his arm.

12 He was an extremely intelligent student

Although the movies show Draco to be just an arrogant bully, in the books, we see another aspect of Draco – we soon discover that he is an intelligent student, too. While Harry was always picked on in Potions due to Snape’s hatred for him, Draco was always the teacher’s pet.

Whether he was actually better than Harry is debatable, though, as Snape never gave the Gryffindor student a fair chance. However, one subject where Malfoy definitely excelled was in Charms, in which he was described as equally intelligent as Hermione.During his sixth year, he managed to cast the extremely difficult Protean charm. The only other person in the class who could cast it was Hermione.

11 He was supposed to get along with Harry

Draco and Harry were supposed to get along. According to Pottermore, Draco’s birthday is June 5, which makes him a Gemini. Meanwhile, Harry’s birthday is July 31, which makes him a Leo.

These two star signs are meant to get along with one another and are even able to become close friends.

During their first meeting, there was definitely potential for them to become friends, as Malfoy extends a hand of friendship to Harry. However, Harry sensed Draco’s arrogance and hostility and rejected him. Despite this, the fact that their star signs match up so well may have been a coincidence on behalf of J. K. Rowling. Or perhaps it could have been a hint that had Harry Potter shaken Draco’s hand, they could have formed an evil alliance.

10 He really wished he was the heir of Slytherin

While it may be obvious that the heir of Slytherin could only be Voldemort in hindsight, there was a lot of speculation over who it could be. During the events of Chamber of Secrets, many students thought that Harry was the heir due to his Parseltongue abilities.

Harry himself believed that Draco was the heir and took Polyjuice Potion in order to investigate. However, Draco admitted he was not the heir of Slytherin despite his family’s allegiance to Slytherin and their prejudiced view against Muggles. Although Draco didn’t know who the heir was, he served as nothing more than a pawn of the real heir: Tom Marvolo Riddle. This was still an honor for his family, though.

9 During Half-Blood Prince, he is described as unhealthily pale

Though one of Draco’s defining features is his pale skin, in Half-Blood Prince, he is described as being paler than ever. This is due to the fact that he was assigned by Voldemort to take down Dumbledore and help the Death Eaters infiltrate Hogwarts, which can put a lot of stress on a person.

Since he is the only one able to complete the tasks, he begins to physically show the signs of stress. It is notable to other students, particularly Harry, who notices his rapid deterioration over the course of sixth year. Before Half-Blood Prince was filmed, Tom Felton was told that he wasn’t allowed to come back tanned from holiday. His paleness may also draw some parallel’s to Voldemort’s own appearance, as some fans have spectated that Draco becomes more gaunt by committing evil deeds.

8 He wanted to use alchemy to become a better man

Alchemy is an ancient practice. Because of this, it is shielded in mystery. However, it principally involves turning lead into gold. For some reason, Draco became heavily invested in Alchemy after he left Hogwarts.

Post-Deathly Hallows, Draco settled down with his wife and child and began to study Alchemy. Being the heir of his family fortune and the Malfoy Manor, he did not have to worry about getting a job after school. However, Draco also spent time caring for his wife, Astoria, who was ill due to a curse that was put on her ancestors. While at home, Draco soon became fascinated by alchemical manuscripts. According to Pottermore, Draco’s obsession with Alchemy was pure – he wished to use it to become a better man.

7 He is never seen winning a duel

Despite Draco and Harry being sworn enemies during their time in Hogwarts, they only face off against each other twice. Their first duel happens during their second year in front of other second year students. However, Snape and Lockhart intervene after a snake is conjured by Malfoy. When Draco and Harry next duel, it nearly results in the demise of Malfoy during Half-Blood Prince.

During the events of Order of the Phoenix, Ginny and Draco also duel, which results in Draco losing his wand.

The final duel we see Draco participate in is during Deathly Hallows, when Hermione gets the better of him. At least during his youth, it was clear that Draco’s arrogance was just used as a shield.

6 He was a Prefect

A Hogwarts prefect is meant to inspire the younger students and act as a role model to them. By definition, Harry Potter would be the ideal Prefect for Gryffindor students, or any house for that matter. However, throughout his six years at Hogwarts, he is never given the coveted Prefect badge. While students like Percy Weasley may be obvious choices to become prefects, characters like Draco Malfoy aren’t typically expected to obtain the badge.

Draco is not a character that you typically associate with good morals, leadership, or as a role model. Regardless, Draco does become a prefect. Perhaps this was done by J. K. Rowling to show us that Draco did make for a decent leader, despite his lack of morals. In fact, some fans speculate that by giving Draco the badge, Rowling was not giving up on him.

5 He has ice grey eyes in the books, but Tom Felton has blue eyes in the movies

In the books, Draco is described as having platinum blonde hair and ice grey eyes. There are many parallels between Voldemort and his army and the Axis leaders and their army in WWII, so it makes sense that Draco would look like this.  However, in real life, the actor who brought Draco Malfoy to life on the big screen, Tom Felton, looks nothing like this. Felton has brown hair and blue eyes. Because of this, he had to dye his hair blonde for the movies.

Similarly, Daniel Radcliffe did not have Harry Potter’s green eyes. However, he found the contact lenses too painful to wear so the movies were filmed without them. Though not many fans may remember Draco’s eye color from the books, Harry’s eyes are constantly referred to in both the books and movies, which makes it even more noticeable.

4 He was unable to produce a Patronus

Though anyone can find out what their Patronus is on Pottermore, it is not as simple in the Wizarding World. Some wizards and witches are actually unable to produce a Patronus. While we know that Harry’s Patronus is a stag, many fans don’t know what Draco’s is. However, it has since been revealed that Draco is unable to conjure one.

This is apparently a common trait among Death Eaters, as many fans believe that they don’t have enough light and goodness to summon one.

While it has been established that Draco is capable of feeling love, this may not enough to produce the special charm. J. K. Rowling has also mentioned that Death Eaters are unable to produce a Patronus because Voldemort controls Dementors anyway.

3 He is a master of Transfiguration

Transfiguration is known to be a difficult class to pass at Hogwarts. After all, we see how hard it is for Ron to transform Scabbers into a grail in the movies. However, Draco is an accomplished hand at this craft. We see signs of this during his second year duel against Harry.

When they face each other in the Great Hall, Draco manages to summon a snake that slithers menacingly towards Harry. If it had not been for Harry’s ability to speak Parseltongue, he might have been attacked by the snake. In his later years, Draco even manages to transform Harry into a doppëlganger of Voldemort, which is an extremely complex charm. While the movies do not emphasize Draco’s intelligence, it remains clear in the books that he should not be underestimated.

2 His love life is fairly ambiguous

Draco’s love life is left relatively ambiguous in both the Harry Potter movies and the books. The only girl we see Draco talk to in the books and movies is Pansy Parkinson, who is described as the closest Draco comes to a girlfriend in the books. However, it is never actually confirmed that Pansy is his girlfriend in the series. At one point, the books describe a scene where Pansy is resting her head on Draco’s lap, but this is the closest we ever see them get.

While Draco eventually marries Astoria, little is known about how they met or even when they married. However, we do know that his parents disapproved of Astoria and that she was kind, and taught their son Scorpius to respect others (including muggles).

1 He is the only person Voldemort is known to have hugged

One of the most sinister Voldemort moments happens when he tries to honor one of his followers. This moment occurs during the Battle of Hogwarts, when Voldemort demands loyalty from the students of Hogwarts.

In a gesture of goodwill, Voldemort slowly and awkwardly brings Draco into an embrace in front of his followers. Understandably, Draco looks absolutely terrified, since the Dark Lord has never shown affection of any kind before. This is the only known instance of a Death Eater – or anyone for that matter – receiving a hug from Voldemort.

Are there any other interesting facts about Draco Malfoy’s body in Harry Potter? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-11 04:10:43 – Dan Struthers