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Dragon Ball Super Could Continue The Tournament Of Power: Here’s How

The Tournament of Power seemingly left little for Goku and his allies to accomplish in the world of Dragon Ball, but there still different roads the anime could take to continue the story. Dragon Ball Super: Broly already proved that are still other powerful foes out there for Goku and Vegeta to face. In the recent movie, Goku and Vegeta fused and became Super Saiyan Blue Gogeta in an effort to defeat the Legendary Super Saiyan, Broly.

After 131 episodes, Dragon Ball Super came to an end, despite being a big success for Toei Animation. The final storyline in Dragon Ball Super was the Universal Survival Saga, a large-scale event that pitted teams of the ten strongest fighters across eight universes in the Tournament of Power, a contest that was expected to determine the fate of the multiverse. Each eliminated universe was subsequently erased from existence. After Android 17 of Universe 7 emerged as the victor, he used the Super Dragon Balls to wish back the erased universes.

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At the time of the show’s ending, fans wondered where Dragon Ball could go next. Dragon Ball Super is over, but a new anime series (or movie) could be on the horizon. The question is, who would Goku fight? If Goku has already battled nearly every threat in Universe 7, and gone up against the strongest fighters in the other universes, what could the next Dragon Ball anime or movie possibly throw at Goku next? Here are three different directions the franchise could take as it moves forward.

The TV version of Dragon Ball Super may have ended, but it’s still continuing as a manga. The next chapter in the manga is a story called the Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga. The Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga brings Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, and Piccolo into conflict with a new enemy called Moro, a wizard who battled the Kais of Universe 7 ten millions years ago and was sealed away. After escaping from the Galactic Prison, Moro renewed his reign of terror, forcing Goku and Vegeta to oppose him alongside the Galactic Patrol. Moro’s dark magic makes him a formidable opponent for the heroes, and his efforts to free all the prisoners from the Galactic Prison made him even more dangerous. The Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga is still ongoing, so it’s not clear how Moro’s crusade against Universe 7 will ultimately end.

Moro has been shown to be one of Dragon Ball‘s most ruthless and evil villains, making him a popular choice to be brought to life in the anime. His backstory has also allowed for an interesting look at the rich history of Universe 7 and some of its oldest characters. The story – which notably brought Yamcha back into the fold and introduced a new hero in the form of Merus – has been regarded as a solid installment in the Dragon Ball universe, and may be the most obvious path for Dragon Ball to take as it looks to the future.

Dragon Ball Super: Broly became the fourth movie to feature fan-favorite villain Broly as the main antagonist — but only the first Broly movie to be in-canon, which means that the previous version of Broly, and all the other villains from the Dragon Ball Z movies aren’t part of Dragon Ball‘s continuity. Dragon Ball Super reimagined Broly with a new origin story and turned him into one of the anime’s most compelling — and sympathetic — characters. It’s possible that a future installment in the Dragon Ball franchise could follow a similar approach by adapting another of the non-canon movies. Other popular villains featured in non-canon Dragon Ball Z movies include Janemba, Cooler, Turles, and Bojack, and though none are powerful enough to challenge Goku at his current level, like Broly, they could be updated for their introduction into Dragon Ball canon.

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Perhaps the best candidate for this particular pathway is Frieza’s brother, Cooler, the only villain outside of Broly to appear in more than one movie. Cooler battled Goku in Cooler’s Revenge and The Return of Cooler. Originally, Cooler was depicted as a character whose strength was even more impressive than Frieza. In his prior appearances, he wanted to avenge Frieza’s death, but since Frieza is no longer dead, a reimagined Cooler would be in need of a new reason to go against Goku. Cooler would presumably benefit from Frieza’s ability to drastically increase his power through a short period of training, making it relatively easy for him to be a viable opponent for Goku.

In the lead-up to the Tournament of Power, it’s established that 12 universes exist in the multiverse, and that four were excluded from the fighting. The exclusions were made on the basis of each universe’s “mortal levels“, a number that averages the power levels of their inhabitants. Universe 7 was one of the lowest, so they were forced to compete, but the four universes with the highest mortal levels were left out completely.

The Tournament of Power provided representation for seven other universes, and allowed fans to meet the most powerful warriors from multiple universes, including Universe 11’s Jiren, Universe 2’s Ribrianne, Universe 9’s Bergamo, and more. Due to the rules established by the Grand Priest, the Universal Survival Saga doesn’t give any representation to Universes 1, 5, 8, and 12, leaving nearly everything about them a mystery. Fans got to meet their respective Gods of Destruction, such as Universe 1’s Iwan, Universe 5’s Arak, Universe 8’s Liquiir, and Universe 12’s Giin, the only God among the four who curiously never demonstrated his power, but that’s as far the Universal Survival went when it came to these four universes.

Having them not participate may have served a very important purpose. Their exclusion leaves room for multiple stories in the Dragon Ball universe, since any and all of them could be explored in the future. So though Goku and company may have already defeated the best that the seven other competing universes had to offer, an adventure involving one of the exempt universes could introduce new and even more powerful characters for Goku to fight.

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2020-02-11 01:02:57

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Harry Potter: The History (& Future) Of The Triwizard Tournament

The Triwizard Tournament was one of the most prestigious events in Harry Potter‘s Wizarding World – here’s how it began and why it ended. The magical contest took place in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The conclusion of the Triwizard Tournament during Harry’s fourth year at Hogwarts marked a turning point for the series.

The first Triwizard Tournament supposedly took place in the late 13th century. The contest involved three wizarding schools throughout Europe: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Beauxbatons Academy of Magic, and Durmstrang Institute. The location of the competition rotated between those three schools every five years. One champion from each school faced off in a series of challenges in the hopes of becoming the sole victor. The winner of the competition was then awarded the Triwizard Tournament Cup, 1000 Galleons, and eternal glory.

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The Triwizard Tournament was meant to be a friendly competition, but it was in truth extremely dangerous. Due to the high number of competitor deaths, the contest was stopped in the late 1700s. It took nearly 200 years to be reinstated, and it just so happened to occur during Harry’s time at Hogwarts. Harry was too young to enter the competition but Lord Voldemort coordinated a plan to sidestep that issue. He used his servant, Barty Crouch Jr., to disguise himself as Mad-Eye Moody. Crouch Jr. then put a curse on the Goblet of Fire to pick Harry’s name as one of the competitors in the Triwizard Tournament. Voldemort’s plan was to use the Tournament to bring Harry to him and enable his resurrection.

Before Harry came face to face with Voldemort, he was tasked with competing in the Triwizard Tournament’s three challenges. The contest usually featured just three competitors but the judges allowed Harry to compete alongside Cedric Diggory, Fleur Delacour, and Viktor Krum following his mysterious entry. The first task was meant to “test your daring” and in that case, it involved retrieving a golden egg that was being guarded by a dragon. All four competitors used various tricks and spells to capture the egg, which held a clue to the second challenge. That task required that the champions swim in the Black Lake to retrieve something they lost. In reality, it was friends close to them tethered to the floor of the lake. Harry sacrificed his time to save everyone that he could, so was awarded second place despite finishing last.

The third and last challenge was arguably the most dangerous. The competitors were forced to travel through a maze full of dangerous obstacles in order to find the Triwizard Cup. Crouch Jr. tried to sabotage the third challenge but Harry and Cedric teamed up so they made it to the Cup together. When they touched the trophy, however, it was revealed to be a Portkey and the pair were transported to a graveyard. Voldemort ordered Pettigrew to kill Cedric before they performed an ancient ritual to restore Voldemort into his natural form. The Dark Lord then tried to kill Harry but the young wizard fought back and managed to use the Portkey to travel back to Hogwarts with Cedric’s body.

After the revelation of Crouch Jr.’s disguised as Mad-Eye, Dumbledore warned the Ministry of Voldemort’s return which would become the focus of the rest of the Harry Potter series. The Ministry didn’t fully believe that the Dark Lord had returned, initially declaring Cedric’s death as an accident. Although Cedric technically tied for the win, only Harry was considered the victor, and when he tried to give Cedric’s parents the Galleons they refused (his winnings instead were given to Fred and George to start Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes). Following the fiasco, the Triwizard Tournament was permanently discontinued, making Harry Potter the last ever winner.

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2019-08-17 06:08:35

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WWE Raw: King of the Ring Tournament Returning Next Week

For the first time since 2015, WWE is set to crown a new King of the Ring, and will begin the 16-competitor tournament next week on Raw. While the King of the Ring tournament dates back to 1985, it wasn’t until the event became a pay-per-view in 1993 that fans first really took notice. Bret “Hitman” Hart was the inaugural pay-per-view winner, defeating Bam Bam Bigelow in the finals. Hart was a great choice, having already been WWE champion at that point. His late brother Owen would win the following year, setting up a terrific feud between the two.

In 1995, the gargantuan Mabel won perhaps the worst King of the Ring tournament ever. Thankfully, 1996 saw the win of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, who cut the Austin 3:16 promo on that night that sent his career rocketing toward the top. Triple H won in 1997, just a few months before the launch of D-Generation X started him on the path to legendary status. Ken Shamrock beat The Rock in the finals in 1998, while Billy Gunn won in 1999. 2000 gave rise to king Kurt Angle, with future Hall of Famer Edge preventing Angle from repeating in 2001. After Brock Lesnar won the tournament in 2002, the King of the Ring pay-per-view ceased.

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King of the Ring tournaments have since been held on WWE TV in 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2015, and won by Booker T, William Regal, Sheamus, and Wade Barrett, respectively. Now, WWE has announced that the King of the Ring will return, beginning next week on Raw.

Although the full brackets have yet to be revealed, 16 WWE superstars will compete in the tournament, eight from Raw and eight from SmackDown. The tournament will not be held in one night, but instead over a period of several weeks. No conclusion date has been confirmed, but one assumes the next pay-per-view, Clash of the Champions is a pretty safe bet. After all, the King of the Ring is essentially a championship, just not one contested very often.

Without further ado, here are the announced competitors. Representing Raw are Ricochet, The Miz, Cedric Alexander, Drew McIntyre, Cesaro, Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin, and Samoa Joe. Representing SmackDown are Elias, Kevin Owens, Chad Gable, Andrade, Shelton Benjamin, Buddy Murphy, Ali, and Apollo Crews. Obvious candidates for the crown on Raw are the fast-rising Ricochet and McIntyre, as well as the veteran destroyer Joe. Obvious SmackDown picks are former Universal Champion Owens, and the also fast-rising Andrade and Ali. Perhaps if either of those last two win, they can get their other names back. And of course Corbin is in there, just to annoy the WWE fans, as is his way.

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James Holzhauer Returning to Jeopardy! for Tournament of Champions

James Holzhauer is set to return to Jeopardy! for the Tournament of Champions. Legendary and perdurable Jeopardy!, consisting of host Alex Trebek and blue box panels, has sported a fair share of champions over the years. Former contestant Holzhauer took Jeopardy! by a storm with his dominating gameplay and snagged 32 consecutive wins – putting him on track to surpass Jeopardy!’s all-time champion, Ken Jennings.

Earlier this year, Trebek revealed in a somber message that he’d been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Trebek’s announcement coincided with the game-changing antics of Holzhauer, and viewers of Jeopardy! became enthralled by Holzhauer’s winning streak and Trebek’s hosting performances. In April, Holzhauer became the second person ever to surpass $1 million in non-tournament play. He attributed his vast array of knowledge to children’s literature – claiming those books were easier to mentally digest than adult reference books. However, Holzhauer’s time on Jeopardy! came to an end when he lost a game to librarian Emma Boettcher, albeit with the correct answer. Ultimately, Holzhauer walked away with $2,462,216 in earnings, and a steadfast reputation on America’s favorite game show. Now, the Jeopardy! podiums will feature Holzhauer behind them once again.

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According to EW, Holzhauer has a guaranteed spot on the upcoming Tournament of Champions. The special-edition of Jeopardy! has also added Boettcher to the slate, setting up the two former champions to potentially face-off for a second time. Vying for a grand prize of $250,000, the 15 players are compiled from contestants who won the most games since the previous tournament. The game will also feature winners from the College Championship and Teacher’s Tournament. Holzhauer is the most recognized contestant, and tops the list with 32 games under his belt – the second highest is Josh Hill with 7 games. The ten-day event is set to air in syndication from November 4 to 15.

Trebek has since revealed that his cancer is nearing remission. Despite speculation of Jeopardy! seeking out a replacement host, Trebek is still under contract with the show for the next three years. Trebek and Holzhauer appear to have formed a unique bond from their time together on the show. Recently, Holzhauer donated a portion of his game show earnings to battle cancer in Trebek’s name. A seemingly odd amount, the $1109.14 donated is attributed to Holzhauer’s daughter’s birthday – November 9, 2014. Since the Tournament is set to air during that time, perhaps an honorable mention will be given to the date if Holzhauer is still competing.

Trebek’s battle with cancer and Holzhauer’s winning streak made season 35 of the seemingly docile game show a hot commodity. Fans are eager to see Holzhauer compete against Boettcher, however, the tournament would generate more buzz if Jennings were attached – especially after his comments regarding Holzhauer’s streak. Nevertheless, Holzhauer returning to the platform will provide a new level of excitement and entertainment for Jeopardy! – and further boost talk of Holzhauer replacing Trebek as host.

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Source: EW

2019-07-10 06:07:19

Bethany Guerrero

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.

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2018-10-10 06:10:32 – Dylan Parker

Mass Shooting At Madden 19 Tournament In Florida Leaves Multiple Dead

A gunman opened fire at a Madden Championship Series tournament today. The tournament was taking place in downtown Jacksonville, Florida, and reports suggest that four have been left dead in the shooting while further accounts come in.

This event was the first of four Madden NFL 19 Classic qualifier events being run, kicking off the start of the official Madden tournament season, and was taking place at the GLHF Game Bar at the Jacksonville Landing complex. The purpose of the tournament was to then decide who would go on to reach the Round of 16 held in Las Vegas later in the year.

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However, during the tournament a gunman opened fire, as reported by CNN. According to incoming reports, at least eleven people have been shot overall, with four left dead in the attack. At least three people are being treated at the Jacksonville Memorial Hospital, and are in a stable condition. Update: Some contestants are now speaking out on social media:

Update 2: Two of the four people to die as a result of the shooting are reportedly tournament competitors Eli Clayton (aka Trueboy) and Taylor Robertson (aka Spotme).

Update 3: New details are now being reported by Jacksonville authorities, via The Associated Press. These include that the suspected shooter is believed to be a 24-year-old man from Baltimore, and a revision of the death toll down from 4 to 3, including the suspect.

Update 4: Game developer Bungie has announced a “day of silence” out of respect for the victims.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has so far confirmed that there are “multiple fatalities,” and also stated that one suspect is dead at the scene. However, the office has advised those hiding in the building to stay calm and remain hidden, and to call 911 for officers at the scene to come and find them. According to recent reports from the LA Times, the gunman was another competitor at the tournament itself, although this is not yet verified.

At the moment, the full details of the event have not been confirmed, but eye witness reports state that at least twenty shots were fired by the gunman. One of those injured in the attack was CompLexity Gaming player Drini. Team CEO Jason Lake advised that Drini “was hit in the thumb but is going to be fine. He managed to escape and run down the street to a nearby gym.” Lake confirmed that Drini is “currently cooperating with the authorities and we will be flying him out of Jacksonville as soon as we are given the green light from the officials on the ground.”

Electronic Arts also offered a statement on the shooting. The company confirmed that it is working with the authorities to “gather facts” on the events at the Madden tournament. “This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved.” In time, further information on exactly what happened will be confirmed, but for now those local to the site are being advised to stay away altogether.

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Source: CNN

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