10 Funniest Quotes From Old School | ScreenRant

Old School is one of the funniest comedies of the 2000s and one of the films that helped kick off the so-called Frat Pack group of comedy. Starring Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, and Will Ferrell, the movie was about some middle-aged friends who start a college fraternity which turns them into legends.

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The high concept is bolstered by the fantastic cast, especially the three leads. Their individual style of comedy helps to make this an unforgettable and hilarious film. There are so many laugh-out-loud moments and one-liners that have become iconic even after all these years. Relive the frat boy fun with the funniest quotes from Old School.

10 “I’m here for the g**g-b**g.”

The film starts with a bang, so to speak, with Mitch (Luke Wilson) returning home from a business trip and finding an unexpected surprise. He walks into his bedroom to find his girlfriend watching adult movies. While he is initially excited by the idea, that excitement quickly turns to horror as a group of blindfolded people, sans clothes, emerge from the closet.

To find out that your partner is cheating on you is bad enough, but to find out just how much she was getting up to behind your back must really sting. To add to the terrible situation, a last-minute guest arrives at the door saying, “I’m here for the g**g-b**g.” There’s no denying it at that point.

9 “What, I thought we were in the trust tree in the nest, were we not?”

One of the funniest sub-plots of the movie is Frank (Will Ferrell) finding that his hard-partying ways are damaging his new marriage. Frank’s wife is having a hard time coping with the various shenanigans he is getting involved in and they eventually go to marriage counseling.

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As the counselor ensures them that they are in a safe space where they should share openly, Frank decides to share what is one his mind lately. He goes into great detail about how he daydreams about other women and their underpants. He quickly learns that the so-called “trust tree” has its limits.

8 “See, I’m the first one to go to college in my family and when I left she said, “Weensie, if you screw this up, I’ll kill you.””

The exploits of the new fraternity soon catch the attention of the college Dean, who has a bitter history with Mitch and his friends. As a way to punish them, he declares the fraternity is to be shut down and all members expelled from the school.

One of the frat boys, Weensie, takes this particularly badly, saying that his mother will kill him. The others reassure him that he’s overexaggerating, but Weensie explains that his mother made that point perfectly clear. That’s a pretty intense way to motivate your children’s education.

7 “Just ring the f**king bell, you pansy.”

It’s clear that the frat’s stand-out member is Blue. The extremely old veteran proves to be as passionate about the fraternity as any of the young members and participates in all the activities, no matter how dangerous. However, the mud-wrestling contest they hold for his birthday bash proves to be too much for the old man.

As he steps into the ring, Frank questions if he’s actually up for this kind of activity. Blue bluntly responds with his final words, “just ring the f**king bell, you pansy.” Blue was a man that knew what he wanted, even if it killed him.

6 “You just took one in the jugular, man.”

While the whole cast of Old School helps to make this movie so great, Will Ferrell really steals the show. Frank is such a mess that Ferrell is given plenty of outrageous and hilarious situations to deal with. One of the funniest moments comes when Frank is talking with an animal wrangler (Seann William Scott).

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Despite the tame petting zoo animals that he takes care of, the wrangler is very excited by the prospect of getting to use his tranquilizer gun on one of them. Of course, it’s Frank who accidentally shoots himself with the gun directly in the jugular.

5 “And finally, why is the other end of this string tied securely to your p***s?”

As with any frat movie, there needs to be a hazing sequence for their new recruits. After violently abducting the wannabe frat members, the men take them to the top of one of the college buildings for a terrifying test of their trust in each other.

Each member stands at the edge of the building holding a cement block tied to a rope. The other end of the rope is then tied to their p***s. They are then told to drop the cement blocks and trust that they have been given enough rope to prevent any unwanted pulling.

4 “You’re my boy, Blue!”

Frank proves to be the most intense member of the fraternity and takes a lot of pleasure in ordering the pledges around and yelling at them constantly. One member that he seems to take a strange liking to is Blue. So, naturally, Blue’s death in the tragic wrestling mishap hits Frank pretty hard.

In a touching and hilarious tribute, Frank soulfully sings “Dust in the Wind” at Blue’s funeral. Breaking down at the end, Frank cries out “you’re my boy, Blue.” The line has become one of the most quoted lines from the movie and made it impossible to listen to that song in the same way ever again.

3 “Once it hits your lips, it’s so good!”

When we meet Frank at the beginning of the movie, he is a mild-manner guy who seems to be comfortably settling into domestic life. However, we get a hint that he might have had wilder days in the past. His wife worries that his old hard-partying persona “Frank the Tank” might resurface.

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During the first party in Mitch’s new house, Frank is invited to do a beer bong with some of the younger guys. He eventually relents and Frank the Tank returns. Seeing Ferrell’s gleeful reaction to chugging the beer is hilarious.

2 “Earmuffs.”

Despite being the most successful member of the group and being a family man, Beanie (Vince Vaughn) is the most involved member of the fraternity. He is the one who comes up with the idea in the first place and plans out all the wild activities. He manages to balance his other responsibilities by bringing his children along to the frat events.

A frat house might not seem like the best place to bring a kid, but Beanie has it covered. When he says “earmuffs” to his kids, they cover their ears and everyone can swear all they want. It’s a great running gag and a fun parenting tip (not really).

1 “We’re going streaking!”

When you think of Old School, it’s impossible not to think about this scene. During an epic concert at Mitch’s house, Frank is reintroduced to beer and comes up with a great idea. As Snoop Dogg performs on stage for the crowd, a very drunk Frank comes out and declares “we’re going streaking!

After trying to get Snoop to join in, Frank runs off for a one-man streaking adventure. This may be the moment that cemented Ferrell as a comedy superstar and gave the movie its most iconic moment.

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2019-07-14 01:07:05

Colin McCormick

Students Remake Alien with Mind-Blowing High School Play

Students have remade Alien into a mind-blowing high school play. Ridley Scott’s legendary 1979 sci-fi horror film has inspired untold numbers of filmmakers and actors alike over the years, spawning a franchise that helped launch the career of Sigourney Weaver and utilizing the visions of such notable directors as James Cameron, David Fincher, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet in successive installments.

This year marks the 40th year anniversary of Alien’s initial release and fans worldwide have been gearing up for that first ill-fated space journey by revisiting the film in participating theaters or at home, creating commemorative artwork and more. For their part, Twentieth Century Fox has already announced the screening of six original Alien-inspired short films, created by amateur filmmakers, as well as a brand new 4K restoration of the film on Blu-ray. Beyond this, there’s bound to be numerous surprises along the way, with some fans ready to go that extra distance to commemorate their favorite space-based horror film.

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One group of Alien enthusiasts in particular have now taken the iconic film into some rather uncharted territory. According to The A.V. Club, a high school drama club in New Jersey has realized Alien as a stage production. The North Bergen High School Drama Club students built their own props, sets, and costumes out of recycled materials, painstakingly recreated to resemble those that appear in the original film. Check out the video below for a glimpse of the production’s Xenomorph costume as Ripley battles the deadly space creature, high school drama club style:

For anyone who’s ever seen Wes Anderson’s Rushmore, the similarities between that film’s precocious teen Max Fischer directing a stage production of Serpico and this ambitious Alien project are enough to put an instant smile on a lot of faces. The play ran for two nights, and judging by the amount of media attention it received, there were bound to be a lot proud parents and delighted audience members in attendance. Apparently, the creation of the play’s costumes, props, and sets took students eight months to complete, and as images of the finished products went viral, even celebrities like Patton Oswalt, Josh Gad, and Adam Savage were impressed enough to pass on their congratulations and praise via Twitter.

Aside from providing countless hours of entertainment, one of the greatest things about a film as revered as Alien is that it continues to inspire people decades after its release. Forty years on, the film still feels fresh and groundbreaking, influencing new generations to realize their creative impulses and to challenge the established norms. And while it may be true that in space, no one can hear you scream, as far as the North Bergen High School Drama Club’s brilliant stage production of Alien is concerned, on stage everyone can see you shine.

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Source: The A.V. Club

2019-03-24 03:03:22

Mike Jones

Syfy Developing Wayward Children TV Show About Magical Boarding School

Syfy is developing Wayward Children, a TV series about a magical boarding school. The popular sci-fi, horror, fantasy and reality channel has been busy as of late, building a new roster of programming that includes TV adaptations of the well-known Child’s Play horror film series, as well as comic book series, Resident Alien.

The channel is also in the process of saying goodbye to some of its previous line up, with programs such as Z Nation and Channel Zero having been recently cancelled, alongside Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers. For its part, however, Syfy continues to move forward and not dwell on the past. Having already cancelled a series by such a popular author after a short run, it would be understandable if the network were somewhat hesitant about taking a risk on another. That doesn’t appear to be the case at all, though, as Syfy are now gearing up to work with highly prolific fantasy author, Seanan McGuire.

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THR reports that McGuire’s popular Wayward Children series, which began in 2016 with the publication of Every Heart A Doorway, is currently in development at Syfy. The series is comprised of four novellas, which deal with Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, a boarding school that helps teens adjust to life in the regular world after having spent time in fantasy realms. But when it becomes clear that a killer is on the loose at the school, the students must band together in order to put an end to the terror.

As of this writing, Wayward Children is in the very early stages of development at Syfy, without any confirmed director or cast. What we do know, however, is that the writer of Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Joe Tracz, will be handling the adaptation of the books. Though McGuire’s series isn’t as popular as other similar children’s books such as Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series or the aforementioned A Series of Unfortunate Events, it definitely does have a strong following of its own. The decision to bring Tracz onboard is also sure to provide an important degree of experience in adapting well-received children’s books into well-received television programming.

With the sheer number of new television series currently in development, it’s clear that TV networks and streaming services alike are doing everything they can to try and secure the best concepts around. This does seem to pay off quite often for a variety of content creators like Netflix, FX or HBO, but for every successful series out there, it’s worth keeping in mind that there are countless others that don’t hit the right mark with audiences. Adapting a series of books is often a good move, so here’s hoping that Wayward Children finds the same success onscreen that it’s found on paper.

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Source: THR

2019-03-18 03:03:08

Mike Jones

The 20 Oldest Actors To Play High School Characters

Part of the conceit of acting in general is playing characters other than who an actor is themselves. Actors play whatever parts they are given to play depending on what the story is and what the characters entail, but one of the more practical aspects of playing a character may be the difference in age between the actor and a character; especially for characters that tend to be late teenagers or high school students. Acting is difficult and all throughout Hollywood history, filmmakers have tended towards casting an older actor with more experience to portray teenage characters. More recently, younger actors have managed to land parts close to their own age, but the phenomenon of casting older actors is still alive and well. Certain actors and their characters have such dramatic differences between their ages at times that it makes the portrayal somewhat surprising, as there may have been a decade or more of age differences between them.

For this list, we’re looking at some of the biggest age differences between characters and their actors in movies and television. This happens in all sorts of genres from comedy, musicals, dramas, sci-fi, and fantasy. In some instances, the actors have done such a good job inhabiting the age of their characters that their real life ages are surprising to learn. In other cases, the actor may be so well known or their adult physicality in a teenage part hampers the suspension of disbelief. Believable or not, here are the 20 Oldest Actors to Ever Play High School Characters!


1978’s Grease followed leather-clad bad boy Danny Zuko and sweet-natured transfer student Sandy Olsson in their senior year at Rydell High School. It just so happens that Dany and Sandy had met over the summer and grew musically attracted to each other. Grease was another star-making vehicle for John Travolta as Danny, while Olivia Newton-John had an eye-popping turn as Sandy.

At school, Danny and Sandy each have a clique they become a part of. Danny tells his friends, the T-Birds, all about Sandy, and Sandy confides to all the Pink Ladies. Among the Pink ladies is Betty Rizzo, played by Stockard Channing. Even though Channing was 34 when Grease premiered, she portrayed the gossiping giddiness of teenagers very well.


Happy Days is one of the most famous and popular sitcoms in television history. It ran from 1974 to 1984, following an average middle-class family, the Cunninghams, in 1950s Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and it boasted one of the most famous break out characters of any series.

Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli was the coolest kid in school, with a knack for mechanics and success with the ladies. He originally appeared on the show only as a recurring character, but it didn’t take long for viewers to make their favoritism known. Henry Winkler played the Fonz throughout the show’s run, and while the Fonz was meant to be in high school, along with the other teenage characters, Winkler was 29 when Happy Days premiered. The older Winkler was an understandable choice, though, given how much charisma the character called for.


Beverly Hills 90210 pioneered the modern incarnation of the teen TV soap opera. The series followed a group of teenage friends and their families in the glamorous neighborhood of Beverly Hills in the 80s and 90s. Over the course of the show’s 10 year run between 1990 and 2000, the characters dealt with all kinds of personal and topical issues through high school, college, and adulthood.

However, the series was also well known for its actors being considerably older than its characters. Actor Gabrielle Carteris had the greatest discrepancy in age with her character as she was 29 when she started playing high school junior Andrea Zuckerman. She really played up the nerdy good girl character, even though Zuckerman dealt with unexpected pregnancy during her freshman year of college on the show.


The first Spider-Man live action feature film needed a recognizable, relatable incarnation of Peter Parker and Sam Raimi decided on Tobey Maguire for the web slinging wallcrawler in 2002. At 26, Maguire was certainly older than Peter Parker was supposed to be in the film, but many fans still think he did a good job with the character, even with different actors having played the part in recent years.

When we first meet Peter, he’s awkward, unpopular, nerdy, and hopelessly in love with Mary Jane Watson. After he gets his powers from a genetically engineered spider bite, none of those qualities change much. He’s still the same Peter Parker, just with greater power and greater responsibility. Despite the age difference, Maguire was able to convey Peter’s struggles believably and consistently throughout the film.


Back to the Future is a 1985 sci-fi action movie directed by Robert Zemeckis. Michael J. Fox stars as high school teenager Marty McFly, who’s self-conscious about his musical ambitions being rejected. He’s also friends with the eccentric inventor Dr. Emmett Brown, played by Christopher Lloyd. In the first act, Dr. Brown’s experiment goes wrong and Marty is transferred back in time to 1955 in a time machine known as the DeLorean.

Even though Fox was 24 when he first started playing Marty McFly, his performance has become one of the most memorable parts of the Back to the Future trilogy. His performance was so believable that Fox continued to play the teenager when he was 29 in the third installment. It’s hard to imagine anyone else squinting with nerves behind the wheel of the DeLorean, shredding a guitar while rolling on the stage, or riding a hoverboard from the future.


In Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana, Miley Stewart leads the life of an average high school girl… at least to most of her class mates. Only her family and two best friends know that Miley is actually the teen pop sensation Hannah Montana. She does her best to keep her two lives separate, even with some embarrassing or hilarious consequences.

Miley Cyrus’ character had an annoying two-year older brother on the show named Jackson, played by Jason Earles. Even though Earles was 29 years old when Hannah Montana premiered, he played a lazy, greedy, awkward teenager very well. Even though he embarrasses or upsets Miley at the start of most episodes, he’s there for his sister when it counts.


In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry and his friends must uncover an ancient plot of vengeance set in motion by the founder of the Slytherin House. Someone or something is attacking the residents of the castle and petrifying them, supposedly a monster hidden in the mythical Chamber of Secrets. It turns out that the monster’s earlier casualty was a student named Moaning Myrtle, who now haunts the girl’s bathroom as a ghost.

Shirley Henderson played Moaning Myrtle in Chamber of Secrets and her cameo in Goblet of Fire. Henderson certainly looked the part of a distraught school girl, but she was in fact 36 years old at the time of filming! Appearing as a ghost may have helped Henderson appear younger even more.


In Gilmore Girls, Rory Gilmore’s best friend in Stars Hollow is Lane Kim, played by Keiko Agena. Agena was 27 years old when the show debuted, and her character of Lane was 16. Lane loves music and performs as a cheerleader and member of the marching band, but her mother is very strict with her, which results in Lane using floorboards and the back of her closet to hide music, cosmetics, and clothes that her mother wouldn’t approve of.

Agena plays Lane’s awkwardness, love of music, and tension with her mother very believably throughout the series. Over the course of the show, she joins a band and falls in love with her bandmate Zack, whom she marries and very quickly has twin boys with.


Audrey Hepburn gave her most notable performance in 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. She played Holly Golightly, a naïve, late-teens, eccentric socialite trying to make her way in New York City by endearing herself to wealthy, older gentlemen. Everything about Holly’s look, from her dresses to her hair, to her smile and long cigarette holder, are instantly recognizable icons.

Hepburn was 32 when playing the part of Holly Golightly. Over the course of the film, Holly reexamines her materialistic priorities and falls for her far humbler friend Paul. The part called for an actress who could convey the charm and poise of someone navigating the social elite of New York City while also portraying some selfishness and immaturity at appropriate moments.


In Pretty Little Liars, four elite high school girls are saddened by the disappearance of their clique leader, Alison. A year later, they start receiving messages referring to hidden information about each of them; information they all thought only Alison knew about.

Emily Fields is the most athletically inclined of the four initial main characters and she’s also hiding her orientation. In the first season, she becomes attracted to Maya St. Germain, played by Bianca Lawson. Lawson was 31 years old while playing the part of the high school teenager, and given the level of exciting drama and subterfuge Pretty Little Liars was known for, this level of age difference between the actors and characters was not unreasonable.


When Buffy Summers moved to Sunnydale High School, most of the students and residents completely ignored her demon hunting activities. Cordelia Chase, the school’s head cheerleader, butts heads with Buffy at first, but she eventually learns the truth. In the earlier seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cordelia helps keep the Hellmouth Spawn at bay, and in the spinoff series Angel, she joins with the titular heroic vampire to launch a supernatural detective agency.

Charisma Carpenter started playing the teenager in both Buffy and Angel when she was 27, and over both series, Cordelia grew a lot as a character. At first, she was a vapid, talkative high school cheerleader, but by the time of her later appearances on Angel, she had become a capable fighter.


When high school slacker Ferris Bueller skips school one day, he convinces his carefree girlfriend Sloane and his neurotic best friend Cameron to go along with him. Ferris also convinces Cameron to let him borrow his dad’s prized sports car for their little joy ride.

Ferris’ high school senior best friend Cameron was played by Alan Ruck, who was 30 years old when Ferris’s Bueller’s Day Off premiered in 1986. But, you might not think of it judging by his performance. Ruck encapsulates the character’s neuroticism and demonstrates how Cameron is emotionally neglected by his father. Ruck gave a memorable, convincing performance for the character that actually grows the most in the movie.


Riverdale takes plenty of creative liberties with the setting and famous characters of Archie Comics. The story takes place in modern times and the story is much darker than the original comics would suggest. However, one of the most noticeably different characters from the comics is Josie.

In the original Archie Comics, Josie is the lead singer of “Josie and the Pussycats,” and generally, she gets along fine with Archie, but in Riverdale, she’s initially suspicious and aloof with him. Also, Josie is critical of herself and her music and doesn’t hold back her opinion. She even kicks off members of the Pussycats when she feels they aren’t pulling their weight. Although Josie is in high school, along with the other main characters on the show, she is played by 29-year-old Ashleigh Murray. Despite the age gap, she definitely brings the bite and ambition that the character needs.


13 Reasons Why is a Netflix adaptation of a YA novel of the same name by Jay Asher. In the series, several students at Liberty High School receive a mysterious package of audio cassettes that appear to be recordings made by Hannah Baker, a student at the high school who took her own life two weeks earlier. In the tapes, she names Zach Dempsey as one of the people she feels contributed to her decision to commit suicide.

Dempsey, played by 27-year-old Ross Butler, is part of the school’s mean jock clique, but he’s actually a decent guy when his friends don’t peer pressure him. In his performance, Butler was able to capture the deep internal conflict that many teenagers grapple with very well.


Barbra Streisand directed, co-wrote, co-produced, and starred in 1983’s Yentl. The film was a big screen musical adaptation of a Broadway play of the same name by Leah Napolin and Isaac Bashevis Singer. Streisand plays Yentl Mendel, a teenage Jewish girl living in 1900s Poland. After her father passes away, she continues studying the holy Talmud even though Jewish women are forbidden from doing so. She also assumes the identity of her deceased older brother and attends a Yeshiva school disguised as a boy.

Streisand was 41 years old at the time of production and was already famous for other roles closer to her own age. She gives a riveting, dramatic, and musical performance, but it was hard to believe she was a teenager.


Steven Spielberg’s 2002 film Catch Me If You Can tells a tale inspired by the true story of Frank Abagnale Jr. Before he was 19 years old, Abagnale committed identity and bank fraud to enrich himself by the millions. In the film, Leonardo DiCaprio plays Frank Abagnale Jr. and Tom Hanks plays Carl Hanratty, an FBI fraud agent who spends the whole film trying to track Frank down.

DiCaprio (28 at the time) has always had a boyish face, which led to him being cast in younger roles. Catch Me if You Can plays with that trend a bit as part of Abagnale Jr.’s cons is pretending to be people that are older or more experienced than he really is. So, DiCaprio is playing a character much younger than him, who in turn, is passing off as professionals older than himself.


SONY Pictures continued the approach of casting an older-than-high-school-age actor when they decided to reboot the Spider-Man franchise. For 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man, then 28-year-old Andrew Garfield stepped into the red and blue superhero suit and into the nerdy high school role of Peter Parker.

Regardless of Garfield’s age, the film’s take on the character of Spider-Man is still divisive among fans of the superhero. Peter seems meaner and more sure of himself than most depictions have presented. Perhaps that could be taken as a grittier, more earnest depiction of what a teenager with super powers would act like, but it still feels like too great a departure for some viewers.


Save the Last Dance is a 2001 teen dance drama starring Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick Thomas. Stiles plays teenager Sara, a ballerina who moves to Chicago with her father after her mother perishes. Thomas plays Derek, a local high school senior who dances hip hop and who also dreams of becoming a doctor. The two of them eventually start dancing together and form a romantic relationship, despite the disapproval of many of the other students.

While Thomas was 30 years old at the time of the movie’s premiere, his performance was well received. Derek is wiser and steadier than most of his peers and he inspires Sara to not give up on her dreams of pursuing ballet.


Forrest Gump is about a simple-minded, but good-hearted man played by Tom Hanks. While waiting for a bus he recounts the events of his life to a procession of strangers who are also waiting on the bench next to him. It turns out that Forrest Gump has led an eventful life from his birth in the 50s, to the film’s present in the 90s.

After some initial scenes with Forrest as a child in the Deep South, Hanks plays Forrest starting from his senior year of high school. It was a bit of a stretch for the adult Hanks, who was 37 years old when the film premiered in 1994. But, Hanks’s portrayal of Forrest’s earnestness and determination shine through in every part of the film, regardless of the character’s age.


Wet Hot American Summer is a 2001 dark parody of the lighthearted teen summer camp comedies of the 1980s. Among the many recognizable present day stars who appeared in the film is Paul Rudd. Rudd was 32 years old at the time, playing a lazy, careless camp lifeguard named Andy Fleckner.

Rudd perfectly captures the cynical, selfish indignation of some teenagers in the film. When we first meet him, he throws a tantrum after Janeane Garofalo calls him out for throwing a plate of food on the cafeteria floor. Later on, he betrays his girlfriend Kate by getting involved with Elizabeth Banks’ Lindsay. To make matters works, he does this while on lifeguard duty and consequently lets one of the campers drown in the lake.

Who are some other older actors that have played younger roles? Let us know in the comments below!

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2019-01-04 01:01:26

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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

20 Things Wrong With American Horror Story We All Choose To Ignore

The horror anthology hit TV show American Horror Story just might be the magnum opus of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck. Scarier and more riveting than any of the duo’s other projects, the spine-tingling series features a new theme and characters every season that are all still linked to each other’s universe. From the casting announcements to the series hints, theme reveals, and each season’s unique introductory visuals, it’s riveting entertainment all around. Even so, some seasons fall further off the mark than others, with many episodes barely even registering on the “horror” radar while others left us scratching our heads wondering what the heck just happened.

The thing is, we tend to give glaring errors, plot flops, and other things wrong with the show a pass because we love it so much. From intriguing horror to irresistible characters, from unexpected plot twists to some of the best storytelling on TV, American Horror Story keeps us coming back, not because it’s flawless but because it’s still addictive despite, and sometimes because of, its many flaws.

We might love a character and conveniently forget that he or she is a monster. We’ll keep tuning in even after an entire sequence left us feeling disgusted, embarrassed for the actress who had to play out the scene, or even angry at the creators themselves. It’s just that addictive.

We love it and we’ll keep coming back for me, even with these 20 Things Wrong With American Horror Story We All Choose To Ignore.

20 Some Seasons Aren’t Scary

With a name like American Horror Story, you might expect every episode to be a scream-fest. That’s just not the case, especially in seasons four and five. While there’s no shortage of horror-inducing characters in these seasons, they didn’t really give us nightmares like previous and subsequent seasons were able to do.

Were we jaded from all the mutants, ghosts, zombies, and other creatures in previous seasons?

Both Freak Show and Hotel fell short on promises of terror, often vying for more intense drama (a calling card of Falchuck and Murphy) instead. While we still received interesting stories, Gaga’s vampire and Twisty the Clown just weren’t all that scary.

19 There’s No Reason Given For All The Hotel Vampire Kids

In season five, Hotel, Lady Gaga’s character, The Countess Elizabeth, is a little less fabulous than we expected her to be. Perhaps she couldn’t live up to the Gaga we all know and love already. One of the things that just made zero sense about the character was her propensity to collect children and turn them into little vampires. Does Elizabeth have an old woman in the shoe complex? Is she just that bored? What is the point?

Here’s the thing about kids in horror movies: they add instant scare-factor. Take a look at most scary film kids, from Village of the Damned to The Others and you’ll see the scariest moments. The fact that the vampire kid collection wasn’t even scary was a pretty big letdown.

18 Teeth Fall From The Sky For No Reason

Season six of AHS, Roanoke, was able to recover some of the lost ground from the previous two less-scary seasons but still suffered from the lack of the one and only Jessica Lang. The season saw a return to the haunted house theme, always popular in AHS history, and wove in some new elements, like the whole “based on a true story” theme.  Between Deliverance-like hillbillies and more incredible Kathy Bates, Roanake was much better-received than Hotel, but it had some weird unexplained moments, like teeth randomly falling from the sky.

Not only do the teeth inexplicably fall while Matt is at work, but they also disappear.

The reason why is never given, prompting us to chalk this one up to “random scare tactic.”

17 Queenie Tried To Hook Up With A Minotaur

While we definitely applaud Murphy and Falchuck’s use of mythology throughout American Horror Story, it often makes no sense. Gabourey Sidibe was fantastic as Queenie, the young and lonely witch who gave as well as she got, used LaLaurie as her own personal racist slave, and really deserved main credits billing. But there was that one time she tried to hook up with a grotesque Minotaur…

While the inclusion of adult content is pretty standard in AHS, getting involved with a man who has bull’s head sewed over his own is pretty far out there. It didn’t make any sense, nor did Queenie’s own survival following the incident (or anything else including the Minotaur, really), so we just move along and say that there’s nothing to see here.

16 Zoe’s Hell Is Just Life Without Kyle

Zoe Benson, portrayed by Taissa Farmiga, starts out as a compelling character in the third season of American Horror Story, Coven. She has unique powers that pay homage to classic horror and a long journey ahead.

Tossing in a love interest is a great way to derail a personal growth story.

That’s what happened to Zoe with Kyle, her resurrected boyfriend played by Evan Peters. While we’re glad that Murphy and Falchuck used Kyle to illustrate that mothers can be abusive to their sons just as much as fathers can, “life without Kyle” as Zoe’s own personal hell is really stupid and overly angst-ridden.

15 Aliens In Asylum Makes No Sense

When it comes to American Horror Story, many fans reacted to the inclusion of aliens in season two, Asylum, in the same way that fans of Indiana Jones reacted to the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. For many horror fans, aliens don’t enter the territory without very specific rules, and you certainly don’t add aliens into an already-existing story for a scare factor.

The aliens of AHS also just weren’t scary. Sure, they made Pepper more interesting and gave convenient explanations for a few weird happenings, but at the end of the day mixing aliens in with mutants, a mean nun, demons, and war criminals just doesn’t work. It’s a hodgepodge of plot devices tossed together like a salad with too many kinds of dressing. Sometimes simpler is just better.

14 The Musical Sequences

We get that Sister Jude is losing her mind in this tenth episode of season two, Asylum, but must we lose ours as well? The episode itself was gripping, but watching Jessica Lange sashay through “The Name Game” wasn’t nearly as eerie as it should have been. It played off as more of an homage to the creators’ Glee in a way that didn’t work.

While some critics enjoyed the mind-boggling number, many of us like to pretend it never happened.

It’s not the last time the showrunners implemented a bit of music and dance, either. Season four, Freak Show, featured several ditties, including a rendition of “Come As You Are” by Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson’s “Dream a Little Dream of Me”, and Lange singing David Bowie’s “Life on Mars”.

13 What Happens To Dr. Arden’s Experiments?

The mutants created in Dr. Arden’s horrific experiments are the stuff of nightmares, and they definitely present an interesting side story among the rest of the godawful happenings at Briarwood Manor in season two of American Horror Story, Asylum. Their issue, of course, is that they disappear off the radar without much of a peep.

Once turned into a mutant and taken to a hospital, Shelley, played by Chloë Sevigny as a homage to the many women unjustly committed to asylums throughout history, seems as if she may be able to lead the authorities toward Arden, but alas, Joseph Fiennes’ conflicted yet greedy Monsignor Timothy Howard takes her out instead. We don’t hear much about them afterward. What happened to the mutants?

12 The Messed-Up Historical Figures

Anne Frank was lobotomized by the evil Dr. Arden from Briarcliff Manor in season two, Asylum. Not only does this make zero sense, but it also really does a disservice to Anne Frank’s memory. There is a lot of artistic license taken with historical figures throughout American Horror Story, from Delphine Lalaurie to James March. Even characters used as backgrounds for new characters, like Nellie Bly’s inspiration for Lana Winters, often seems a bit much, especially when the representation is so loose.

The misrepresentation or grand re-representation of historical figures is nothing new.

Our own history books present complete falsehoods about everyone from Christopher Columbus to Paul Revere. Perhaps it’s just so glaring because we acknowledge that now, particularly during an age of “fake news” awareness.

11 The Opening Sequence And Spoilers Promise More Than We Get

One of the most exciting elements of a new season of American Horror Story is always the opening sequence and the slowly-revealed spoilers. Cast announcements and cool visuals trickle in until we finally get to see that first episode with its incredible casting graphics. The creepy opening sequence does much more than announce the cast: it revs us up like the announcer for a really scary joust about to take place.

The only problem is that it often goes downhill from there. While season 1 typically delivered, the casting graphics in seasons like Freak Show were actually scarier than the episodes themselves. That’s a real problem if we are supposed to be watching a horror program.

10 We Have No Idea What Happened To The Pig Boys

They were a successful execution of “the scary children” in a way that the little vampire entourage of the previous season just couldn’t seem to manage, so maybe that’s why Murphy and Falchuck decided to never let the “pig boys” of season six be seen again.

Aside from the fact that the boys could have made for some truly scary storytelling, the problem here isn’t just that they had no deeper involvement in the story than “check out these creepy kids” but that they don’t even have a resolution. Why the kids say, “Croatoan!” and why they drink pig milk remains unknown, and we may never know what happened to the charming little tykes.

9 No Consequences for the bad things the “good guys” do

As fans of American Horror Story, we sure do forgive a lot of murderers, don’t we? When someone bad finally goes good, all of their wicked deeds don’t seem to be as problematic. Even sweet Nan takes out Joan. Misty Day, otherwise a kind hippie, offs a couple of guys with alligators.

Were these warranted attacks? Maybe, but that doesn’t erase the fact that many characters end the lives of others and we pretty much turn a blind eye toward it like we wouldn’t if they occurred in real life. Of course, from people returning from the grave to mutant attacks near an asylum, there’s really not a lot in the show that applies to real life.

8 There’s Really No War Between The Coven And The Voodoo Witches

During season three, Coven, there’s a big build up about an oncoming war between the coven and the voodoo witches of the area. Both are led by powerful women, and who wasn’t excited to see Fiona, played by Jessica Lange, and Marie Laveau, played by Angela Bassett, go up against one another?

While there was plenty of tension and a zombie attack, it pretty much stopped there, especially after the witch hunters came to town.

AHS often builds up to something we’re expecting and completely abandon it for another plot instead. While we get that they want to keep us on our toes, broken promises do leave us unsatisfied and underwhelmed.

7 Zoe And Madison Gave Their Souls To Azaezel And It Never Came Up Again

When the bus full of frat boys who assaulted Madison wrecks, taking out all of the monsters on board on Madison’s whim, it’s satisfying. Even seeing Kyle taken out doesn’t bother some of us, given that we’ve already seen Evan Peters return from the grave before and wouldn’t be surprised if he returned. He may have stopped his “brothers” but he certainly tried to help them not get caught, making him complicit in the attack.

When Zoe and Madison decide to put “boy parts” together to resurrect Kyle as the perfect Frankenstein boyfriend, they sell their souls to Azaezel in order to do so, and yet it never comes up again. Given that both girls bite the dust during the show, shouldn’t that at least be an issue?

6 Roanoke’s Reality Show Inception

It was one of the most pointless plot points to ever be inserted into a season of American Horror Story. During season six, Roanoke, we’re treated to a reality show type of setting where re-enactors help us understand what happened to the Millers in “My Roanoke Nightmare”, an obvious play on so many other popular reality-based ghost hunting and experience shows. That’s an intriguing concept that works well for much of the season, but then we’re hit with reality-ception.

Getting all of the actors and people involved in actual events together for the blood moon event is one thing, but what about the disclaimer that nobody even survived the ordeal? If that’s true (which makes sense, since this is Roanoke), how did we get the footage in the first place?

5 There’s No Point To Scathach

Scathach, the mythical warrior from the Isle of Skye in Irish folklore, is an incredible character. It’s too bad we didn’t really get to know her in season six, Roanoke.

Lady Gaga’s Scathnach has a plethora of powers, is said to be the first Supreme and yet has no real point in the series.

The witch does a few nefarious things here and there, from purchasing souls to rendering people evil and insane, but in the grand scheme of things she has no real point except to serve as one of those random elements of horror woven in to just be spooky. Given the history of the traditional character, it would be amazing to see Murphy and Falchuck to use this as a tie-in for a more myth-heavy season.

4 People Are Constantly Offed Only To Be Brought Back

Character losses in the American Horror Story realm are pretty much like those in any comic book series: you don’t ever count them as permanent. Even when an entire series ends and you believe a character to be truly gone, they may return in another season! It’s definitely not a new tactic to have characters return from the grave; it’s a strategy used in everything from Dallas to Supernatural.

It makes us feel a little more jaded and a little less invested when tragedy does strike.

Oh, Fiona is sick? Oh, Ethel’s not going to make it? It’s too often meaningless. We want to feel affected, and we can’t help but worry a bit because we do love these characters, but deep down we’re always still wondering when they’ll return.

3 Twisty’s “Resolution” Is Basically A Deus Ex Machina

Season four’s big villain, Twisty the Clown, turned out to be much more Bozo than Pennywise. Sure, he was scary-looking, and he had the tragic backstory to boot, but Twisty’s crimes felt more garden variety scary movie than the monstrous panache we’d expect from AHS.

Twisty, played by John Carroll Lynch, even had a disappointing resolution as a character. Not only was he never really sorted out by a main character or a victim bent on revenge, but he was literally yanked out of the show to join Edward Mordrake’s nightmarish troupe, collecting the clown’s soul after hearing his tale of woe.

2 Misty Day Was Unjustly Lost

One of the characters fans most resonated with in season three, Coven, was Misty Day, played by the talented Lily Rabe. Misty’s character screamed Supreme, from her unique abilities to her lack of really caring about the position.

Misty was all about fairness, being kind to animals, and protecting the vulnerable, making her a fantastic character to root for.

Unfortunately she was also a red herring. Falchuck and Murphy offed her in such a terrible way in a Hell made up of her own personal vivisection nightmare, which made zero sense given her ability to bring things back to life so easily. Misty didn’t deserve her ending, but neither did Nan and many other characters.

1 Tate Is A School Shooter

Tate Langdon is one of the most romanticized characters in the history of AHS. The season 1 character is a doting friend, devoted boyfriend who would do anything for Violet, and speaks volumes of teen angst to many a smitten heart. It doesn’t hurt that Evan Peters, who plays Tate, is easy on the eyes as well. Is that why it’s so hard to remember that Langdon is such a deplorable character?

Tate is a school shooter. He took the lives of several classmates and should represent what we most despise and do not condone in this nation right now. He also assaulted Violet’s mother, Vivian, causing her to become pregnant with his Antichrist baby. How can anyone still crush on this guy knowing what harm he’s done?

What other problems with American Horror Story do fans overlook? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-10 08:10:37 – Sara Schmidt

Harry Potter: 20 Crazy Details Only True Potterheads Knew About Wormtail

For a lot of reasons, Peter Pettigrew, AKA “Wormtail”, may be one of the creepiest characters in all of the Harry Potter series. First and foremost, is the rather strange decision on the part of author J.K. Rowlings, to make Pettigrew’s animagus form hang around so closely with a preteen Ronald Weasley. With that particularly large elephant out of the room, we can get into some of the more unnerving, crazy, and interesting facts about this Voldemort supporter.

Everyone knows Wormtail to be the man who betrayed Lily and James Potter’s location to Voldemort, who sought to destroy them and their newborn son after finding out that Harry may one day defeat him. Although Voldemort’s attempt on Harry’s life backfired (quite literally), this moment it did cement Wormtail as one of Tom Riddle’s most famous supporters. In addition to this, Wormtail also got away with it all by blaming Sirius Black for that horrible night.

In many ways, Wormtail was the most unlikely member of Voldemort’s inner circle. He didn’t have the dedication to Voldemort’s evil agenda that Lucius Malfoy did. Nor did he have the obsessive nature of the deranged Bellatrix Lestrange. At the end of the day, Wormtail was a coward, and that why he let betrayed his friends to become part of one of the darkest cults of all time. Despite all he has done, Wormtail was still a far more engaging character than most fans may recall.

Without further ado, here are 20 Crazy Facts About Wormtail.

20 He Was Almost Not Sorted Into Gryffindor

When Peter Pettigrew arrived at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he lined up with the rest of the First Years to await The Sorting Hat’s decision on which House he would join. While in line, he met both Sirius Black, who uttered his contempt for Slytherin House, and James Potter. Immediately, Pettigrew took a liking to these boys and longed to be Sorted with them.

When he finally was placed under The Sorting Hat, Pettigrew waited a whole five minutes to be placed in Gryffindor.

This is what was called a “Hatstall.” The Sorting Hat clearly saw that this character was suitable for more than one house. Although Slytherin would be the obvious alternative choice, Hufflepuff was one as well.

19 He Was A Member Of The Order Of The Phoenix

Due to Peter Pettigrew’s friendship with James, Remus, and Sirius, he joined The Order of the Phoenix after his time at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The Order of the Phoenix was a secret society founded by Albus Dumbledore to combat Voldemort and his sycophantic followers during the First Wizarding War. This was the time when Voldemort returned from traveling abroad and sought to overthrow the Ministry of Magic and persecute Muggles and Muggle-born magical folk. Although Pettigrew wasn’t a fan of Voldemort’s ideology, he was part of the Order purely because his friends were. It was a community for him. He did not have the same passion for the cause as the other members did.

18 He Wasn’t A True Believer In Voldemort

Much like Peter Pettigrew wasn’t a true believer in the Order of the Phoenix, he wasn’t one of Voldemort’s dedicated followers either. He did not share the same lust for dominance over the Wizarding World, nor the same level of intolerance.

When Pettigrew became a spy for Voldemort, it was purely out of fear.

Wormtail, at the end of the day, is an opportunist. He is someone who will do just about anything to survive, and that included betraying his best friends in order to remain on the powerful dark wizard’s good side. In many instances, especially in the books, Wormtail even couldn’t bear Voldemort’s violence and occasionally attempted to suggest alternative measures to achieve his dark desire.

17 McGonagall Didn’t Like Him, even as a kid

If there’s one thing that Minerva McGonagall has never done, it’s mince words. First and foremost, this Transfiguration professor and Gryffindor Head of House is brutally honest. In the books, she was honest about how she felt about Peter Pettigrew during his time at Hogwarts.

Of course, McGonagall taught him Transfiguration as well as watched over him as the H.O.H. She claimed that Pettigrew “hero-worshipped” both James Potter and Sirius Black. In fact, she even described him as a “lump of a boy” who constantly followed Sirius around like his lap-dog. She even claimed that Peter was “stupid” as well as “foolish.” However, Minerva clearly grew to have some respect for him once he joined the Order. She even spoke sadly about him before she learned that he was the one responsible for the betrayal and not Sirius.

16 He Lived As A Rat For 12 Years

As most fans know, Peter Pettigrew was one of the Mauraders, the small group of friends that consisted of James Potter, Sirius Black, and Remus Lupin. Peter even decided to become an animagus in order to make Remus feel more comfortable with the fact that he was tragically turned into a werewolf. The fact that Pettigrew could turn into a rat at will was something that came in handy after he was forced to fake his own demise in order to properly frame Sirius Black.

Due to his fear of being caught, Pettigrew lived as a rat for a solid 12 years.

He was eventually discovered by Sirius and Remus in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

15 He Chose The Weasleys As Owners To Avoid The Death Eaters

After Pettigrew faked his demise, he chose to live as a rat in order to both keep up his lie as well as to avoid the Death Eaters. At this stage, many of Voldemort’s followers were unknown to the authorities and lived amongst the common-folk. Due to the fact that Voldemort’s apparent demise happened due to Pettigrew’s information, the Death Eaters believed that Pettigrew was a traitor and therefore sought to destroy him.

Wormtail knew that he stood a better chance at staying alive if he picked a “good” family to stay with. Eventually, he came to be Percy Weasley’s possession and was handed down to Ron. Presumably, Wormtail (as “Scabbers”) stayed with the Weasleys because he knew that the family would treat him right as well as shield him from Voldemort’s secret followers.

14 He Almost Ruined Ron And Hermione’s Relationship

Although Wormtail didn’t mean to, he almost completely ruined Hermione and Ron’s friendship in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Throughout the book and the film (to a lesser extent), Ron was constantly trying to save Scabbers (AKA Wormtail) from Hermione’s carnivorous new cat, Crookshanks. When Wormtail heard that Sirius Black had escaped from Azkaban and was poking around the Hogwarts grounds, he decided to flee, faking his demise a second time.

In the book, he bit himself in order to leave blood that suggested that Crookshanks had finally taken him out.

It completely convinced Ron, and the pair’s relationship nearly ended until the truth was revealed. This is just another instance of Peter Pettigrew doing anything necessary to remain alive.

13 Rats helped him find Voldemort

A lot of fans of Harry Potter who haven’t paid close enough detail to the books wonder how Wormtail and Voldemort were reunited before the events of The Goblet of Fire. Well, the truth is Wormtail learned from fellow rats that a dark force was living in a forest in Albania. This force ended up being Voldemort himself, who was living off the animals in the forest. However, Voldemort was just clinging to life in his shriveled-up form.

Wormtail lured a prominent ministry witch, who was on vacation in Albania, into the forest and then proceeded to force information out of her that helped persuade Voldemort to take him back into his good graces.

12 He Fed Voldemort Nagini’s Milk to Save Him

Aside from finding Lord Voldemort in a forest in Albania and giving him some vital information about the upcoming Triwizard Tournament from the ministry official he lured into the forest, Wormtail also stayed in Voldemort’s good graces due to the fact that he kept him alive. At this point, Voldemort was simply a shriveled up humanoid creature who barely had any power at all.

With Wormtail’s help, he managed to stay strong enough to last until the end of The Goblet of Fire when he was “reborn.”

Wormtail was able to do this because he milked the venom out of Nagini, Voldemort’s giant snake who will appear in human form in Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald. This venom provided Voldemort with the rudimentary body we see in Goblet of Fire.

11 He Helped Capture Mad-Eye

When Wormtail traveled to Albania to seek Voldemort, he ran into a ministry official who he forced into telling him legitimate information about the goings on at Hogwarts. This included the upcoming Triwizard Tournament that they would get Harry Potter to take part in, as well as the fact that Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody would be the next Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher.

Another piece of information this ministry official gave was that there was a Voldemort supporter hiding out in England. This ended up being Barty Crouch Jr., who, with the help of Wormtail, tracked down Mad-Eye Moody and captured him. Crouch then famously continued to take locks of Mad-Eye’s hair in order to brew a Polyjuice Potion that turned him into Mad-Eye.

10 Snape Got His Revenge On Pettigrew

As we found out through various flashbacks during Harry’s time learning legilimency from Severus Snape, Severus was teased and pushed around by Harry’s father, Lupin, Sirius, and Peter Pettigrew as a child. Pettigrew probably wouldn’t have been the one to instigate this, but he was happy to play along with what the “cool kids” were doing. That, after all, was sort of his M.O. However, in their later years, Snape got his revenge on Wormtail after Voldemort ordered Wormtail to live with Snape at Spinner’s End in order to help him with various things.

Wormtail ended up being Snape’s punching bag and personal servant.

In fact, Snape treated him quite poorly, which, without a doubt had more to do with Wormtail betraying Lily Potter than anything else.

9 Voldemort Loathed Him

Lord Voldemort may not have had the ability to love anything except for himself, and even that is arguable, but he certainly had some appreciation and respect for certain members of his cult. At one time, he had immense respect for Lucius Malfoy, but that went away after Lucius continued to fail him. Bellatrix and Snape seem to be in his good graces constantly as they appeared to be his most ardent supporters. Snape, specifically, was the one he thought was infiltrating Dumbledore and the Order.

Wormtail is a different story entirely. Voldemort never liked Wormtail at all. He put up with him because Wormtail helped to keep him alive. But even before Voldemort’s first downfall, the villain knew that Wormtail was only around out of fear, not out of duty or respect.

8 He Wasn’t Skilled At Magic

Throughout the course of the Harry Potter series, two very different powerful magical folk made comments on Wormtail’s lack of power. The first was Wormtail’s old Transfiguration teacher, Minerva McGonagall, who claimed that he was far less talented than his friends when it came to magic. Then there’s Voldemort, who always regarded his servant as particularly weak. The truth is, they were mostly right about him.

He was a hopeless dueler, only besting opponents when catching them off-guard.

However, there are a couple of instances where he’s shown more potential than even he believed. One of these moments was when he caused an explosion that ended the lives of twelve Muggles and allowed him to get away from Sirius Black.

7 He Was Surprisingly Intelligent And An Opportunist

You can say a lot about Peter Pettigrew, including his cowardly demeanor, but one thing you can’t say is that he was dumb. On the contrary, Wormtail was actually pretty intelligent. This cunning helped him frame Sirius for the crime that he committed, as well as search out Voldemort.

Wormtail’s intelligence also allowed him to be quite the opportunist. This trait perhaps sums him up the most, as from the start of things he knew how to get in with the “right” crowd. When the tides changed and there was a better group to be associated with, that’s exactly where Wormtail would end up. A fool wouldn’t be able to navigate situations like this, let alone stay on Voldemort’s good side.

6 The Other Death Eaters Didn’t Like Him

Being an opportunist didn’t quite go over well when it came to Voldemort’s closest servants. First of all, many of them, including Bellatrix Lestrange, were there because they either believed in Voldemort’s cause or Voldemort himself.

Many of these Death Eaters saw Wormtail as a clinger; someone who was merely there to survive and never truly fought for what they believed in.

Another major source of the dislike the Death Eaters had for Wormtail had to do with Voldemort’s first downfall. This event happened on Wormtail’s information. When Voldemort was seemingly annihilated after attacking Harry Potter, many Death Eaters saw Wormtail as a traitor who purposefully led Voldemort to his grave.

5 His Hand Was Cursed

Although the filmmakers behind the Harry Potter movies didn’t explore Wormtail’s silver hand, it was certainly talked about in detail in J.K. Rowling’s novels. Wormtail first got this magical silver hand after he severed it from his body while resurrecting Voldemort in The Goblet of Fire. However, it came with a catch.

The catch with Wormtail’s replacement hand was that it was cursed. Sure, the hand had magical properties, including being impervious to certain jinxes, but it also led to his downfall. Though Wormtail didn’t receive a proper final scene in the films, his demise in the books occurred when he was planning to do good on his “life debt” to Harry. Wormtail’s magical hand turned on him, wrapped around his neck, and took his life.

4 He was insecure about his body

Every single person on the planet has their own set of insecurities. This is true of all of the characters within J.K. Rowling’s masterful series. For Wormtail, it was his stature. Not only was his short height an issue for him, but his weight and shape particularly bothered him. He no doubt compared himself to the more traditionally handsome James Potter and Sirius Black while growing up.

Due to actor Timothy Spall’s height, Wormtail was portrayed a taller than he was in the books.

However, when he first appeared in Prisoner of Azkaban, he was around the same height as a 13 and 14-year-old Harry and Hermione. Both Harry and Hermione would grow to be taller, while Pettigrew remained the same height.

3 He Was Made More Rat-Like For The Films

J.K. Rowlings described Peter Pettigrew has had some of the qualities of a rat, especially after living as one for a solid twelve years. These traits included watery eyes, grubby skin, a pointed nose, and even a squeaky voice that followed him after he revealed himself in The Prisoner of Azkaban.

Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron wanted to make sure audiences absolutely knew that Pettigrew would have maintained some of his rat-like qualities after his twelve-year stint. These added details included extra nostril hair, knuckle hair, two big teeth, and a consistency between Scabbers’ fur and Wormtail’s locks. Hiding his neck with the right coat also made Wormtail’s rat-like look more believable. These details also came in handy for Wormtail’s visual transition back into his animagus form as he escaped.

2 He Took Voldemort’s Wand

Wormtail didn’t keep his distance the day after Voldemort’s downfall in Godric’s Hollow. He made sure he was nearby as he hoped his information would be useful. Voldemort, of course, wanted to take out a young Harry Potter due to the prophecy that stated that the boy could lead to his demise. Unfortunately for Voldemort, his attempt on Harry’s life backfired and he was practically disintegrated.

Wormtail deduced this once he came across the rubble of the house. He then found Voldemort’s iconic phoenix-feathered wand and took it for safe keeping.

He later gave it back to Voldemort once he was strong enough to use it once more.

There’s no telling where exactly Wormtail stored the wand while living as a rat for twelve years.

1 His Demise Was Connected To The Marauders

Wormtail’s connection to the Marauders, Lupin (Mooney), Sirius (Padfoot), and James (Prongs) was fully realized the day that he met his end. This is because Wormtail’s demise (at least in the book) was very similar to those of his three classmates.

All four of them, in one way or another, passed away while trying to protect or save Harry.

James met his end at the hands of Lord Voldemort that day in Godric’s Hollow. Sirius was protecting Harry when he was struck by Bellatrix’s curse. Lupin fought in the Battle of Hogwarts, giving Harry a moment to escape from Dolohov, who was later revealed to have taken Lupin out. Finally, Wormtail’s cursed hand turned on him the moment he was about to let Harry go, honoring his life-debt.

What do you think is the craziest fact about Wormtail in Harry Potter? Let us know in the comments below!

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2018-10-10 06:10:32 – Dylan Parker

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween Review – A Pretty Slappy Sequel

Goosebumps 2 lacks the charm and inventiveness of its predecessor, but still has a reasonable amount of spoopy entertainment value to offer.

R.L. Stine’s beloved 1990s children’s horror book series makes its way back to the big screen in Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, a sequel to the live-action film adaptation of Stine’s novels that came out in 2015. While Jack Black starred as a fictional version of Stine in that movie, Sony didn’t even confirm the actor’s return for the followup until a few weeks before its release. Similarly, neither the director, writer, nor supporting cast of the (generally well-received) first Goosebumps film worked on the second installment. While Haunted Halloween certainly suffers for it, the sequel isn’t an entirely hollow continuation of the franchise either. Goosebumps 2 lacks the charm and inventiveness of its predecessor, but still has a reasonable amount of spoopy entertainment value to offer.

Goosebumps 2 picks up in the small town of Wardenclyffe, New York, as its residents prepare for the fast-approaching Halloween Night festivities. Meanwhile, in the Quinn household, high school senior Sarah (Madison Iseman) is trying to finish her college application and her younger brother Sonny (Jeremy Ray Taylor) is struggling with his science class project – a miniature replica of an experimental wireless transmission station in Wardenclyffe that was built and designed by Nikola Tesla, but never finished (aka. the Tesla Tower). The Quinns are joined by Sonny’s best friend Sam Carter (Caleel Harris), who is staying over at their house while his parents are away for the Halloween holiday.

After some prodding from Sam, Sonny agrees to take a break from his project and clear out an abandoned local house, as part of the duo’s ongoing efforts to launch a (successful) junk cleanup business. While there, however, the pair stumble upon an incomplete manuscript for a Goosebumps novel, unaware that the building was once owned by R.L. Stine himself. Not knowing any better, Sam and Sonny unlock the book and inadvertently unleash the Goosebumps villain Slappy the Dummy back into the real world. While the living ventriloquist dummy seems (sorta) friendly at first, it’s not long before he reveals his true evil plan, with only Sam, Sonny and Sarah to stand in his way.

If the original Goosebumps movie was a throwback to the popular family-friendly spooky adventures of the 1990s (think Hocus Pocus), then Haunted Halloween is closer to being the 2018 equivalent of a direct-to cable scary movie for kids from the ’90s – that is, noticeably cheaper and more generic, yet otherwise harmless and playful in its own right. The Goosebumps 2 script by Rob Lieber (Peter Rabbit) likewise carries over the first movie’s imaginative premise and conceit (e.g. Stine’s Goosebumps novel manuscripts are really enchanted objects which contain and prevent his “demons” from entering the real world) and includes references to its story, yet never really tries to build on its concepts, much less its themes and lore. Instead, Haunted Halloween offers helpful, if unchallenging, life lessons for kids and a serviceable narrative that doesn’t exactly push the envelope for the larger Goosebumps brand.

At the same time, Goosebumps 2 is perhaps more successful than its predecessor when it comes to being genuinely menacing and scary for the juice box crowd, yet still light-hearted enough to avoid traumatizing them (hence, “spoopy”). Much of the credit for that goes to director Ari Sandel (The DUFF), who does a commendable job of combining suspenseful and creepy storytelling with comedic moments here, much like Stine did so well in his original Goosebumps novels. Haunted Halloween, as indicated earlier, feels like a lower-budgeted affair than the first Goosebumps, yet Sandel and his creative team – including, DP Barry Peterson (Game Night) and production designer Rusty Smith (Get Out) – still manage to deliver a movie that’s a proper cut above a comparable TV film, in terms of overall craftsmanship. That also goes for the CGI and creature effects in the sequel’s first half (more on the second half later).

The actual setting of Haunted Halloween is mostly populated by stock types, be they the film’s young heroes or the local bullies that Sonny and Sam have to deal with (not to mention, Sarah’s dishonest would-be boyfriend). While their characters are fairly two-dimensional in the Goosebumps sequel, Harris, Iseman and Ray nevertheless have the same affable screen presence that’s allowed them to stand out in films and TV shows past and, thus, make their protagonists all the easier to root for. That also goes for the adult supporting players here, as Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs) and Ken Jeong (Community) mostly channel their famous small screen personas as Sarah and Sonny’s adorkable mother Kathy and their eccentric neighbor Mr. Chu, respectively. As for Black as R.L. Stine: his own role in Goosebumps 2 is pretty superfluous, which is disappointing considering the energy that he brought to the proceedings as the first Goosebumps‘ co-protagonist (not to mention, his vocal performance as Slappy, which Black didn’t reprise in the sequel).

All in all, Haunted Halloween is a passable if derivative sequel – but not because the Goosebumps books themselves are incapable of sustaining multiple films. Rather, the problem is that the sequel recycles too much from the first movie and struggles to make creative use of the fresh elements (like the real-world Tesla Tower) that it brings into the mix here. It’s too bad, seeing as Goosebumps 2 had a wealth of different monsters and horror genres in Stine’s source novels to draw from, yet elected to continue simplifying the author’s mythology by making Slappy the big bad (again) and skimping on giving the other creatures much in the way of personality. As a result, the second half of the movie plays out as a watered down version of what happened in the original Goosebumps, albeit with lower production values and emotional impact.

Still, Goosebumps 2 should go over best with its young target demographic and provide them with enough silly scares and fun adventure to keep them engaged for its brisk runtime. Moreover, much like your average comic book movie these days, Haunted Halloween delivers its fair share of Goosebumps easter eggs and nods to the real Stine’s source material (right down to a Stan Lee-esque cameo from Stine himself), to further serve the property’s youngest fans. As for those who prefer their family-friendly fantasies with Jack Black starring front and center – The House with a Clock in Its Walls is still playing in theaters and ought to fulfill your own needs for some spoopy entertainment this Halloween season.


Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween begins playing in U.S. theaters on Thursday evening, October 11. It is 90 minutes long and is rated PG for scary creature action and images, some thematic elements, rude humor and language.

Let us know what you thought of the film in the comments section!

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2018-10-10 01:10:58 – Sandy Schaefer