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Drogon’s Weird Face Made Game Of Thrones’ Dragons Proper Characters

The Game of Thrones season 8 premiere renewed various relationships for expositional purposes, but the episode “Winterfell” also established Daenerys’ three dragons as proper characters through Drogon’s weird facial expression. As a result, the stakes have been raised. Up until the Game of Thrones season 7 finale, Rhaegal, Drogon, and Viserion were primarily known as destructive flying beasts that correlated with the Targaryen family history and Daenerys’ overall character arc.

When the dragons appeared on-screen in the past, viewers could expect a classic Daenerys moment. But that all changed with the Game of Thrones season 7 finale and the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere. The Game of Thrones season 8 premiere includes numerous comedic moments, including Drogon’s menacing and/or jealous facial expression. By providing Rhaegal, Drogon, and Viserion with distinct personalities, Game of Thrones has doubled down on the drama for the remaining episodes.

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Jon learns that Rhaegar Targaryen is his real father in the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere. He also rides Daenerys’ dragon Rhaegal for the first time. Of course, Rhaegal is named after Daenerys’ brother Rhaegar, Jon’s father. Unsurprisingly, Jon comedically struggles to process the physical act of riding an actual dragon. Subtextually, this Game of Thrones sequence aligns Jon with the theme of fire, along with his Targaryen bloodline. Though Jon clumsily rides Rhaegal, the act itself is telling, as only Targaryens ride dragons. There’s a sparkle in Daenerys’ eye as she watches the events unfold, and Rhaegal even shows off by swooping over Winterfell. When the dragons land, Jon’ unofficially initiated into the family, and Rhaegal seems more than pleased.

Drogon’s Facial Expression Reveals His Personality

When Jon and Daenerys smooch in the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere, Drogon’s unforgettable facial expression creates more narrative balance. On one level, it’s a meme-worthy moment, one that fans interpreted differently and immediately discussed on social media. Is Drogon jealous? Is Drogon purely happy? Is Drogon the reincarnated Khal Drogo? After Jon bonds with Rhaegal, Drogon’s behavior reinforces the central theme of fire, and further creates a sense of balance between the two human characters, and the two dragon characters. They’re now a family.

But Drogon’s smile also hints at the underlying and unresolved conflict. Jon will soon learn that he’s actually a Targaryen, and Daenerys will be presented as a villain. Samwell Tarly learns that not only did Daenerys execute his father and brother, but that she also didn’t reveal that information to Jon. Crucially, Jon learns about his true bloodline in the Winterfell crypt, a location that has been connected to ice; the place where winter fell. How will Drogon react when Jon and Daenerys inevitably clash? Drogon’s Mona Lisa smile is cryptic, and also crucial to Game of Thrones season 8.

Viserion, The Night King, And Ice

In Game of Thrones season 7, the Night King kills Viserion and resurrects him as an ice dragon. Viserion later destroys Westeros’ ancient wall, with the Night King riding on top. This Game of Thrones moment immediately separates Viserion from Rhaegal and Drogon, because the ice dragon suddenly becomes crucial to Game of Thrones’ final episodes. Most importantly, Viserion’s new personality and character arc aligns him with the theme of ice.

Now, the pieces are in place for the Battle of Winterfell. Drogon trusts Daenerys; however, the North doesn’t quite trust the Mother of Dragons, at least not yet. As for Jon, he’s now formed a bond with Rhaegal, but his dragon’s brother – Drogon – is obviously keeping a close eye on the rightful heir to the throne. One of these dragons, including Viserion, may represent the wild card within the inherent game. If Game of Thrones is a song of ice and fire, who’s the odd man out? Whatever happens, Game of Thrones has effectively transformed Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion into proper characters. Anything is possible moving forward, maybe even some dragon warging.


2019-04-19 12:04:33

Q.V. Hough

How EA is Marketing Jedi: Fallen Order is Weird

The latest installment in the Star Wars video game franchise was announced a few days ago during the ongoing Star Wars celebration – Jedi: Fallen Order is officially being developed by EA and Respawn, and the timing couldn’t have been better. As EA nears the end of its exclusivity period with the media franchise, the Jedi: Fallen Order marketing is a weirdly distinct 18o-degree change from the likes of Star Wars Battlefront.

The word on the street is that Jedi: Fallen Order is going to have a star-studded cast with the likes of Gotham‘s Cameron Monaghan. The studio looks like it’s going all out, and EA’s PR team has made quite the sweeping statement about the type of experience that the game is going to deliver to fans according to the Jedi: Fallen Order marketing. Whether fans can put any weight in this statement, however, remains to be seen.

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The tweet from EA from its official Star Wars account Twitter account notes that Jedi: Fallen Order is going to be devoid of a lot of the features that made players unhappy with Star Wars Battlefront. From the presence of microtransactions to loot boxes, it looks like those are all going to be nixed from this newest Respawn title if the Jedi: Fallen Order marketing campaign is to be believed.

The issue that the community is likely having with the Jedi: Fallen Order marketing is fundamentally to do with the way EA appears to be patting itself on the back for not having pricey in-game transactions and RNG loot that you have to pay real money for. Being proud of not adding arguably exploitative practices like loot boxes seems a bit hypocritical for a studio that canned everything meaningful about the single-player experience with Star Wars Battlefront whilst packing as many real money transactions into the game’s dead horse as efficiently as possible. The fact that fans have seen almost nothing with regards to actual gameplay footage from Jedi: Fallen Order is just another warning bell that makes it hard to take the marketing of the game at face value.

It’s a good thing that EA has decided to do away with microtransactions in Jedi: Fallen Order, and not just because the fan blow-back over that topic was particularly swift and vicious. However, the fact that the studio appears to be lauding itself for not putting in things like loot boxes when it was one of the prominent driving forces behind that microtransaction craze a few years ago with Battlefront is tone deaf at the very best.

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Source: EA Star Wars/Twitter



2019-04-15 10:04:46

Ginny Woo

Star Wars: 9 Weird Facts Fans Didn’t Know About Stormtrooper Helmets

Ah, the classic Stormtrooper. We love them, we hate them, and sometimes we love to hate them. They are one of the most commonly seen sights in the entire Star Wars franchise, an embodiment of soulless authoritarianism that the Galactic Empire and the First Order strive to achieve. They may not aim very well, their armor is about as durable as a Yugo, and they mainly serve as expendable cannon fodder for whatever battle they’re thrown into. But even the most critical Star Wars fan has to admit that, deep down, they know the stormtrooper is one of the coolest looking soldiers in all of science fiction. And part of that is due to their iconic helmet.

The stormtrooper helmet has become as much a part of the Star Wars brand as the lightsaber and Millennium Falcon. A combination of different design aesthetics, borrowed from the pulp-sci fi serials George Lucas watched as a kid, with a dash of Nazi iconography, the stormtrooper helmet is the defacto face of Imperial power and control. Yet, despite their relatively simplistic looks, the stormtrooper helmet is actually an extremely complex piece of technology, the likes of which would surprise even the most dedicated fans. Here are the 10 weirdest facts about stormtrooper helmets.

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9 Stormtroopers Had A Nice Heads Up Display

Stormtroopers don’t have the best reputation in terms of accuracy. Their inability to shoot a target in the original trilogy gave rise to a number of in-jokes that fans have been laughing about for the last four decades. There are many theories as to why this is the case, including the belief that many of the stormtroopers seen in the movies were new cadets who hadn’t been trained properly before entering battle. Even if this is the case, there really isn’t much of an excuse for the troopers to have such sloppy aim, given that their helmets possess some really advanced technology to aid them in battle.

Each helmet had a heads up display, or HUD for short, which gave each trooper detailed information on the battlefield. This includes identifiers showing both their allies and foes, motion sensors to detect movement, and even night vision and infrared displays to aid them in low-light situations. They even have built-in blast shields, that mitigated the glare of muzzle flash to allow for better accuracy. Not like any of this was put to good use, as the stormtroopers in the original trilogy had a hard time shooting a target that was literally right in front of them. Maybe they forgot to turn on steady aim.

8 Each Helmet Featured Advanced Oxygen Systems

At the end of Rogue One, many fans were taken aback when they saw Vader, along with a number of stormtroopers, standing on the edge of a vacuum. Wouldn’t they all suffocate? Well, not exactly. Those bulbous looking things on the side of the helmets aren’t just for show. They’re actually intended to aid the troopers in areas with limited oxygen, such as in a space vacuum, or in an environment filled with toxic gasses or airborne contaminants.

Of course, these features can only go so far, and troopers were never expected to stay in such inhospitable areas for extended periods of time. Fortunately, the Empire employed specialty forces with more advanced armor that would allow them to survive longer in such situations. These included spacetroopers, who had jetpacks that allowed for increased maneuverability in zero-gravity environments, a feature that probably made all other stormtroopers extremely jealous.

7 There Are Helmets Made For Non-Humans

When we think of the Galactic Empire, we usually imagine a governing body made up entirely of humans. After all, if the treatment of Wookies is any indication, then it’s safe to say that the Empire is racist against alien species. That’s not to say that non-human species didn’t serve in the Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is a prime example. But other than a few noteworthy examples, the Empire was comprised almost entirely of homo-sapiens.

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However, in the pre-Disney expanded universe, a redesigned Galactic Empire, one that was established over a century after the end of the movies, employed more aliens in their ranks, including within the stormtrooper corps. This meant that some helmets needed to be created in order to accommodate the varying facial structures of all the different creatures that donned the iconic armor. As you can imagine, this resulted in a wild array of helmets in different shapes and sizes, the likes of which the movies have not yet known. Perhaps Disney could implement this concept in a future movie or TV show.

6 Everything A Stormtrooper Says Is Recorded

As with all totalitarian regimes, the Empire went to extremes to control what people said, thought and did. This was especially true for military personnel, who were subject to intense scrutiny to ensure that they weren’t planning to defect to the rebellion. Everything soldiers did or say was carefully recorded, and stormtroopers were no exception.

Everything a stormtrooper says on the comlink inside their helmets is automatically recorded and saved by the Empire. This was allegedly put into place in order to prevent non-essential chatter during work hours, but it’s more than likely that the Empire also used this to weed out the bad apples. After all, life as a stormtrooper is hard, and the temptation to revolt or join the other side must be strong at times. There’s probably been more than a few instances of a trooper mouthing his displeasure at the Emperor to his buddies, and not showing up to work the next day.

5 The Mask That Snowtroopers Wear Is Called A Breather Hood

Snowtroopers first appeared in Empire Strikes Back, standing in for the traditional stormtrooper during the battle of Hoth. With white hoods and slits for eyes, the snowtroopers looked like the stereotypical ghost, lending them an extra layer of intimidation. But the question remains: why do snowtroopers need all that fancy gear if the regular stormtrooper armor is already so advanced?

The answer revolves around the fact that regular stormtrooper gear isn’t made for such frigid environments. This is especially true for helmets, which are practically useless in the freezing cold. That’s why snowtroopers wear what’s called a breather hood overtop of their regular helmets. The hood automatically warms the air that the trooper breathes in, circulating it throughout the uniform, thus keeping the wearer warm and comfortable. In addition, it also helps prevent ice buildup around the faceplate, improving both visibility and safety. See, the Empire does care about its stormtrooper’s health and wellbeing… sort of.

4 They’re Ready For Anything

Think of an environment, any environment. Doesn’t matter what type, but there’s probably a stormtrooper for that. Much like real life army units, the Empire employed a variety of different specializations for their stormtrooper units. There are the basics, like scout troopers, sand troopers, and the snowtroopers mentioned above, but there are also coastal defender troopers, swamp troopers, and even wet weather troopers. This makes sense when you think about it, given the variety of planets under Imperial control. But boy, do some of these trooper units really get specific.

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Take, for example, the Crimson Troopers, which largely replaced the Magma Troopers from the Legends continuity. These troopers are deployed to planets with considerable volcanic activity, like Mustafar from Revenge of the Sith. They are also clad entirely in red armor, which looks really cool, despite being completely impractical. Even on a burning planet, nothing stands out like a sore thumb quite like a cherry-red stormtrooper.

3 First Order Stormtrooper Helmets Ain’t What They Used To Be

While they may look sleeker than those used by the original Empire, in terms of functionality, the helmets of First Order stormtroopers were a lot less adequate. Granted, they still had stuff like night vision and filtration systems for smoke, but they lacked the sophisticated HUDs and the artificial air enhancements of those used by the Galactic Empire.

Granted, this was mainly done to help loosen the weight, which probably made the helmets more comfortable to wear. And with all the different specialized units available, there probably isn’t much need for every trooper to have the same equipment. This could also be a side effect of Disney’s tinkering to the EU’s original specifications. Either way, it is a little disheartening to think that the next generation of stormtroopers lacked the bells and whistles that their parents had.

2 Mark Hamill Had Vision Problems With It

In Episode IV, Luke and Han don stormtrooper attire in order to sneak past security and rescue Princess Leia from the clutches of Darth Vader. While on the elevator going up to Leia’s cell block, Luke complains that he can’t see a thing out of his helmet. Was the HUD not working for him? It is possible, as the helmet’s advanced technologies were designed to lock out unauthorized users. However, the real reason behind Luke’s remark is a lot less complex.

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In reality, Mark Hamill had a difficult time seeing out of the eye holes of his helmet, and his complaint was made off script when he thought mics weren’t on. In his defense, the stormtrooper armor worn by the actors on the set of the original Star Wars was said to be very uncomfortable, so he probably wasn’t the only one who had gripes with the helmet.

1 There’s A Reason For The Different Mouth Sizes

Eagle-eyed viewers of A New Hope would know that the size of the mouth grill of the imperial stormtroopers are of different sizes, and vary from trooper to trooper. While it is subtle, if you pay attention to the raid on Leia’s Corellian Corvette, you’ll notice that some of the stormtrooper’s grills are shorter than others. This is particularly apparent when the troopers themselves are standing side-by-side.

Apparently, this is largely due to design inconsistencies between the types of helmets used during filming. The helmets with the bigger vents were intended to be used by stunt actors, while the ones with smaller vents were given to everyone else. It’s likely that the stunt helmets had extra protection in order to prevent the actors from getting hurt while on set. And now you’ll never be able to unsee it!

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2019-04-06 05:04:46

David Chiodaroli

25 Weird Things Cut From The Walking Dead (That Were In The Comics)

Although AMC’s The Walking Dead started off as a mostly faithful adaptation of the acclaimed, and on-going, series of graphic novels that it was based on, sooner than later it started to veer off from the source material. Of course, there have been positive changes, such as the additions of characters like Daryl and Merle. But not every change has had the same impact with the fanbase. For instance, fairly recently, we saw the departure of Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes, who’s still very much present in the comics, as most fans are well aware of. But these massive story and character changes aren’t the only things that have caused a stir. In some cases, there have been some weird smaller details that were left out of the show entirely.

From a filmmaking perspective, some of these changes make sense as they work better on the page than they do on-screen. However, some of the things left out of the show probably should have been kept in to appease the fans who tend to like shows that are more devoted to sticking to the choices made in the source material. Regardless of the reason, they were left out, the entries on this list are almost certainly some of the weirdest aspects of the comics. Additionally, this list contains some of the stronger choices the comics have made that the show took in very odd directions. Without further ado, here are 25 Weird Things Cut From The Walking Dead (That Were In The Comics).

25 Carl’s Days As A Blacksmith

Due to the events of the midseason finale of Season Eight, we will never get to see Carl living out his days as a blacksmith. That may sound a bit odd, but this was something that Carl actually did. In the comics, Carl Grimes is still very much alive and doing quite well. In fact, he even spent some time living at the Hilltop as an apprentice to a blacksmith and entering into a relationship of his own with Lydia.

24 Lydia’s Banishment By The Whisperers

With Carl gone, Henry has stepped into his role from the comics. This is especially true when it comes to the Whisperers storyline and how Lydia fits into it all. Recently, we saw Lydia and Henry get rescued from The Whisperers by Daryl and Connie. But in the comics, Lydia isn’t saved, she is actually banished. This is because she and Carl have a series of discussion with Alpha that causes the Whisperers to believe that Lydia doesn’t fall in line with their ideology. She is then banished for it and sent home with Carl and Rick.

23 Maggie’s Pregnancy Reveal

During the first half of Season Six, Maggie let it slip that she was pregnant with Glenn’s baby. She first tells this to Aaron. It’s only later that she actually informs the love of her life. In the comics, she and Glenn learn of this news together when they’re visiting Alexandria’s Dr. Cloyd. Although Dr. Cloyd wasn’t in the show either, a version was – Denise. The show opted to go for a more built-up reveal as opposed to something that the pair got to enjoy together for the first time.

22 A One-Handed Rick

In the comics, Rick had a rather tumultuous first encounter with The Governor. This is because he got his right hand taken off with a knife. This was something that we thought the show would do but never saw. Although it might have made things a little more interesting, it posed a large technical and logistical issue for the filmmakers. If they had taken Rick’s hand off in the show, Andrew Lincoln would have had to wear a green glove for all of his shots. Then, with the help of CGI, it would have had to have been removed.

21 Tyreese’s Relationship With Carol

The Carol we see in the AMC show is very different than the one from the comics. In many ways, her television counterpart is more engaging and has provided audiences with some of the best moments in the show’s history. But, as a result, we’ve lost out on some pretty interesting and downright odd things about her character. For instance, Carol had a thing with Tyreese in the comics. In the show, it appeared as if the writers would take the characters down a similar road but they never did.

20 Carol Going Looney

As we mentioned earlier, the version of Carol in the show is vastly dissimilar than the one from the comics. In the comics, Carol basically goes nuts during the events of the first few issues. Eventually, she becomes so unhinged that she becomes convinced that a walker wants to be her new pal. She ends up feeding herself to the walker and passes away during the group’s time in the prison. That’s right, in the comics, Carol is not only loony but she’s also gone. Thankfully, the show decided to cut this plotline.

19 Eugene’s Loyalty To Rick And Alexandria

The show took the character of Eugene down a slightly different road in Season Seven. This is because, in the show, Eugene becomes a willing collaborator with Negan and the Saviors. Although Eugene wants to save his own life, as well as try and sway Negan away from war with Rick, the decision ultimately makes him out to be a turncoat. However, when Eugene was captured in the comics he refused to help Negan and the Saviors and remained in captivity.

18 Maggie’s Continued Reign

Fans were unprepared for Maggie’s departure during the Ninth Season. Everybody knew that actor Lauren Cohan would be leaving at some point, but they had no idea that she would disappear in the same episode as Andrew Lincoln’s Rick. In the comics, Maggie is still very much alive and is a born leader as well as a committed mother to her baby. Additionally, Maggie went on to be a mother figure for other characters in the show. Even though her character on the show is still alive somewhere, it’s unlikely that we will ever see Maggie on the show again.

17 Negan’s Excommunication

Negan’s storyline in the comics is pretty similar to the one on the AMC show. While there are a couple of minor differences, most of the broad strokes are the same. This is with one notable exception. In the comics, Negan has been released by Rick, Carl, and the citizens of Alexandria and completely exiled and excommunicated. On the show, he gets out for a time but swiftly rushes back to prison after he realizes that there’s nothing out in the zombie-filled world for him.

16 Rick’s Romance With Andrea

Andrea in the graphic novels is far more engaging than the one we were given on the show. In fact, Andrea became one of the most disliked characters in the history of The Walking Dead which led her to be cut. But, on the page, Andrea lasted far longer due to the fact that she was a more interesting character and that she was actually dating Rick. That’s right, Rick and Andrea had something quite similar to the relationship that Rick had with Michonne on the show. However, recently, comic-book Andrea passed away.

15 Glenn The Farmhand

For the most part, the Glenn we saw on the show was completely dedicated to Rick and the group. If there was a mission, he was first in line for it. This is a character that started off as a pizza-boy with little skill and ended up becoming a very formidable ally. However, in the comics, Glenn wasn’t always super dedicated to battling walkers with Rick. For a time, he actually stayed behind on Hershel’s farm to help with mundane chores. Essentially, he became Hershel’s farmhand. Since we spent SO much time on that farm, we should be thrilled that this was cut.

14 The Chaos Caused By Hershel’s Secret

Hershel immediately came across as a good man who started out being pretty delusional. After all, Rick and the group found out that he was hiding walkers in his barn. These walkers were Hershel’s family members, neighbors, and friends. He couldn’t just let them go. Instead, he wanted to turn them back into their former selves. In the show, Shane managed to convince the group to take out the walkers, including a zombified Sophia. This choice cut out any opportunity of things going wrong. But in the comics, Hershel’s secret ends up causing far more damage as the walkers escape the barn and devastate his farm and family in a twist of tragic irony.

13 Carl Taking Out A Kid

Carol taking out Lizzie in the show was one of the best episodes of The Walking Dead. But this event didn’t exactly happen in the comics. At least, not in the way we saw on-screen. In the comics, Lizzie, and her sister Mika, were boys who were adopted by Dale and Andrea. Eventually, Ben turned on his brother and took him out, eventually turning him into a walker. The adults end up debating what to do with Ben while Carl took it upon himself to “solve” the problem. Although this plotline still could have worked in the show, the decision to cut Carl and replace him with Carol gave her more to do.

12 The Surviving Inmate At The Prison

While we did see some survivors in the prison, most didn’t cause too much of a problem. At least, the prisoners in the show didn’t end up being like Thomas Richards from the comics. Thomas was an inmate of the prison who survived the initial zombie outbreak. Once Rick and the group moved in, Thomas started to follow Hershel’s twin daughters, Susie and Rachel. Eventually, things took a turn for the worse and he did some really awful things. This weird and unnerving part of the comics was completely ditched in the AMC show.

11 Douglas And The Eyeball Eating

Before it was overrun by walkers, Douglas Monroe ran Alexandria in the comics. While we didn’t see the character on-screen, Deanna was created in his place. However, she wasn’t a direct copy of the character. After all, she didn’t tell the chilling story that Douglas told Rick. This story was about a father who, in the midst of the outbreak, ate his son’s eyes right from out of his head. This unnerving and weird story was punctuated by the son simply saying, “Daddy ate my eyes”, instead of crying in pain. Perhaps the reason why the show cut this moment was because their version of the character was too different from Douglas.

10 Lori Surviving Childbirth

The writers of AMC’s The Walking Dead just couldn’t wait to get rid of everybody’s least favorite character. In the prison, Lori passed away while giving birth to her daughter, Judith. The scene was one of the most heart-wrenching as Carl was the one who not only had to help deliver the baby but also put his mother down. But in the comics, Lori survived childbirth. However, not long after, she was taken out during the Governor’s raid. Additionally, Judith met her end alongside her mom. Apparently, the show just couldn’t justify taking out the baby alongside her mother.

9 Dale’s “Tainted Meat”

Dale was one of the biggest scene-stealers of the first couple seasons of the show. He also provided a much-needed moral compass for the group. However, he ended up passing by the end of Season Two. In the comics, Dale survived for much longer and even took part in a memorable storyline when he was set upon by cannibals. He told them that a walker bit him and therefore they were eating “tainted meat.” If this sounds familiar, it’s because the show gave these scenes to Bob instead.

8 Sophia’s Survival

Sophia wasn’t very memorable in the show. The only thing she really gave the series was something for Carol to be driven by in the first two seasons. Of course, there was that one heart-twisting moment when the zombified version of her was released from Hershel’s barn and had to be put down right in front of her mother. However, none of this actually happened in the comics. The character is still alive and even got into a romantic relationship with Carl (who is also still alive). Clearly, the show’s creators couldn’t figure out an interesting way to keep Sophia on the show so they decided to cut her altogether.

7 Carol’s Interest In Rick And Lori

For this entry, we have to go back to the vast differences between the comic book Carol and the television show one. In the show, Carol went from a meek housewife to a strong and devoted warrior. But in the comics, she was just pretty unstable. She also had a weird appetite for many of her fellow survivors. This included Rick and Lori simultaneously. Yes, Carol really tried to push for the three of them to have a polygamous relationship. Unsurprisingly, Lori and Rick just weren’t interested. The writers clearly knew that we wouldn’t be interested in that either.

6 Ezekiel’s Connection To Michonne

Michonne and King Ezekiel don’t really have a lot of shared screentime on the show. But if the producers and writers were being accurate to the source material, the pair would actually be in a relationship by now. In the comics, their connection started off rocky and eventually grew into a notable romance. Putting this in the show would have challenged Michonne’s relationship with Rick; something that she didn’t have in the comics. But the show’s fanbase seemed to like this romantic pairing leading to the decision to put Ezekiel with Carol instead.

5 Most Of Hershel’s Kids

Hershel’s family really got the shaft in the show. With the exception of Maggie and Beth, we only briefly met the rest of Hershel’s family before they were taken out by walkers. Even when we spent time on the farm, they were only in a few scenes. However, in the comics, Hershel’s kids are given far more to do. Sure, Maggie is still the main one, but her siblings had moments to shine. Nevertheless, the show decided to focus on Maggie and mold some of her graphic novel-siblings into an entirely new character, Beth.

4 Nicholas’ Good Nature

The show’s version of Nicholas can only be described as a “piece of work”.  He constantly battled with Glenn and proved himself to be impulsive and stupid. Ultimately, he decided to sacrifice himself when he and Glenn were trapped on that garbage can. But in the comics, Nicholas survived longer and ended up being an altruistic guy; something that was totally dropped for the show. In fact, Nicholas actually passed away while battling Negan and the Saviors. Cutting Nicholas’ good nature was probably a smart choice as it gave the show more conflict.

3 Eugene Finally Getting The Woman Of His Dreams

The writers of AMC’s The Walking Dead may take joy in making Eugene’s life miserable. It was obvious that he had a thing for Rosita since the moment we were introduced to them, even though something always came between them. This is the same in the comics, at least to start with. Rosita and Eugene actually get together after the time jump when things have seemingly settled down. The show decided to pair Rosita with Abraham for the first part of her journey but ended up pairing her with Gabriel after the time jump. This cut is pretty insulting to poor ole Eugene who would like nothing more than to be with the woman of his dreams.

2 Rick’s All-Out War

Even before Rick left the show, some of his most famous comic book storylines were transferred to other characters. In the episode, “Do Not Send Us Astray,” Tara gets hit with an arrow that could be infected. Fans thought that she was done for but she ended up being okay. However, those who have read the comics know that the same thing happens to Rick in the “All Out War” plot. This event caused Negan to believe that the Hilltop Community is ripe for the taking. Unfortunately for him, the arrow wasn’t infected and Rick marched out like a gladiator to face his ultimate enemy. It was a powerful moment that was cut from the show and handed to a less-deserving character.

1 The Word “Zombie”

Apparently, nobody on AMC’s The Walking Dead has ever seen a zombie movie. This has got to be the case since the word “zombie” is cut entirely and replaced with various other names such as “biters,” “geeks,” “lame brains,” and, most famously, “walkers.” But in the comics, the characters refer to these creatures as “zombies” all of the time. It really doesn’t make sense why the writers and producers made this weird cut. Regardless, we have come to terms with the word “walkers” and maybe even like it better.

What do you think is the weirdest cut from The Walking Dead? Let us know in the comments below


2019-03-28 07:03:04

Dylan Parker

Titans: 20 Weird Details About Beast Boy’s Anatomy

Although most often associated with the Teen Titans, Beast Boy made his first appearance in Doom Patrol #99 in 1965. Born Garfield Logan, he was created by Arnold Drake and Bob Brown. Just as Gar’s teammate Kory wasn’t the first hero to go by Starfire, he was not the only character to don the mantle of Beast Boy. There was another shapeshifter who went by that name in Adventure Comics just one year earlier. However, that Beast Boy didn’t last very long, losing his life shortly after Garfield Logan made his debut.

While he did begin his comic journey with Doom Patrol, Gar was added to the Titans’ lineup when the team was famously revamped by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez in the ‘80s. It was their run that created the Teen Titans that most fans are familiar with. During this time, Beast Boy was known as Changeling. Interestingly, Gar actually dabbled in acting leading up to his tenure with the Titans.

Beast Boy may often be portrayed as the team’s comic relief, both on TV and in the comics, but he is also the heart of the Teen Titans. Gar has experienced plenty of hardships throughout his life, but found a new family when he joined up with his fellow young heroes. Now portrayed by Ryan Potter in Titans, he has become a fan favorite. Beast Boy is a kindhearted shapeshifter with incredible abilities and as such, there are plenty of impressive revelations to be had about his physiology.

Here are 20 Weird Details About Beast Boy’s Anatomy.

20 He wasn’t born this way

Although Titans chose to give Beast Boy a more human appearance, in the comics, he is immediately recognizable by his green hue, pointy ears and the layer of fur covering his entire body. These may be his most distinctive characteristics, but when Garfield entered this world, he was really no different from the rest of us.

Like most comic characters, the details of Beast Boy’s origin have been altered over the years, depending on who is writing the story. One aspect that has remained consistent, however, is the fact that Gar was born a mere mortal. He looked just like any other kid and did not have any special abilities that a human child wouldn’t possess.

19 He almost lost his life to a virus

When Garfield was a child, he lived in Africa with his parents, Mark and Marie. During this time, he contracted a rare virus called Sakutia. Gar’s mother and father may not have been the best when it came to actually raising him, but they were both scientists. It was an untested machine created by Garfield’s dad that wound up saving his life.

Gar’s illness proved fatal to every species, save one: the West African Green Monkey. In fact, Mark’s machine briefly transformed the child into that creature in the hopes that he would be able to fight off the virus in that form. The gambit paid off, although it had some unintended side effects that would leave Gar forever altered.

18 The machine that saved his life also granted him powers

Garfield survived his near fatal illness, but the experience left him with green skin and the incredible ability to transform into any animal he chose. At first, his new hue was the only noticeable change in Gar. However, when his mother was threatened by a Black Mamba, Gar was able to go all Rikki-Tikki-Tavi on the snake. He transformed into a mongoose and fought off the poisonous reptile, saving his mom’s life.

Garfield may have rescued his mother on that fateful day, but his parents were not around too much longer. Trapped in a boat after their camp had been washed away, Gar’s Mom and Dad convinced him to take the form of bird and fly away. The boy got to safety, but never really forgave himself for leaving them behind.

17 He used to look very different

This can be said of pretty much every comic character who has managed to endure for multiple decades. Times change and with them, appearances as well. Even putting aside Beast Boy’s various costumes over the years, there was one very distinct difference about the hero when he was introduced.

When Beast Boy took the form of an animal, only his head remained green, while the rest of him changed into whatever color the creature would actually be. This didn’t last too far beyond Garfield’s introduction. Perhaps the artist simply realized that Beast Boy maintaining his now natural color in any form looked a bit less jarring. A green lion is one thing, but a regular lion with a green head is something else entirely.

16 He has to see what an animal looks to become it

Beast Boy is capable of morphing into any type of animal, so long as he has seen what it looks like. It’s not like this detail really matters all that much, considering Gar need only look at an illustration of a creature to be able to transform into it. This is how he manages to become an extinct animal, such as a Tyrannosaurus Rex. It could also apply to aliens or mythical creatures.

While in the form of an animal, Beast Boy gains all of its attributes and abilities, whether it’s strength, speed, or even flight. Gar is also capable of transforming into animals without limbs, such as snakes, or even creatures that lack skeletons entirely, like jellyfish.

15 He has a powerful healing factor

Beast Boy’s ability to heal makes sense when one considers his general power set. It stands to reason that if he can completely alter his body and transform into an entirely different creature, healing from a bullet wound shouldn’t be all that difficult. The same goes for other major injuries, such a burns or broken bones. In fact, Gar has even proven himself capable of regrowing limbs if necessary.

Aside from the power to morph in seconds, Beast Boy doesn’t even necessarily have to become one animal at a time. If he chooses to take the form of an insect, he can transform into many simultaneously. Perhaps a single wasp wouldn’t instill fear in his enemies, but no one wants to tangle with an entire swarm.

14 He’s a vegetarian

Although Beast Boy’s dietary restrictions haven’t been dealt with all that much, what we do know is that he refuses to eat meat. There has been the occasional continuity error with this fact, both in the comics and cartoons, but it makes perfect sense that Gar wouldn’t want to consume the very creatures that he becomes.

Surely after spending time as so many of these animals, Beast Boy has a level of empathy that most humans simply are not capable of. He has quite literally seen the world through many different eyes, so how could he possibly eat those animals after living as both predator and prey? It’s also probably not lost on Garfield that, under different circumstances, he could be the one who winds up on someone else’s menu.

13 While in animal form, he retains his human intellect

One might think that because Beast Boy morphs into an animal so completely in both body and spirit, that his mind might transform as well. However, regardless of what form Gar takes, he does retain his human intellect. This is a vital aspect of his power set and without it, his abilities would not be nearly as useful.

Sure, Garfield could take the form of an intelligent creature such as a pig, dolphin, octopus or dog, and manage just fine. On the other hand, if Beast Boy transformed into a jellyfish or a turkey, he might not even be able to accomplish whatever his original goal was, let alone find his way back to his true form.

12 His level of communication can be dependent on the form he takes

In most comic lore, Beast Boy not only retains his human intellect, but can also communicate much in the same way that he always has. Regardless of what form he takes, Garfield is still capable of speech. However, there have been times when this wasn’t actually the case.

Most notably, in the Teen Titans animated series, Gar literally only possessed the same skills as the animal that he had morphed into. If he became a parrot, he could get out a few words, but in the form of most other creatures, Gar complete lost his ability to communicate – at least with words. Luckily for him, his intelligence remained intact, so he could still find a way to get his point across if necessary.

11 He can transform into a hybrid creature

If you think that Beast Boy’s power to transform into any animal is impressive, consider the fact that he is also capable of assuming a hybrid form. This means that he can morph into a combination of several different animals, thereby granting himself a host of incredible abilities that wouldn’t all reside within the same creature. Although he has proven capable of this amazing feat on more than one occasion, Gar doesn’t like to take this route too often.

While transforming from one form to another in seconds, even in rapid succession, doesn’t seem to have any ill effect on Garfield, becoming many creatures at once takes a toll. Beast Boy struggles to remain in control when he takes this hybrid form and only does so if absolutely necessary.

10 He is one of the team’s shortest members

Although Beast Boy’s comic version is significantly taller than his animated counterpart, Gar has always been one of the shortest, if not the shortest member of the Teen Titans. In the comics, he is said to stand about 5’8”, but the animated series puts him at just 5’. While undoubtedly the smallest member of the cartoon team, his height still varies from one episode to the next.

While it is true that this could very well be a simple error in continuity – it’s not so easy to keep all the characters the same height at all times – the change up could also be a side effect of Gar’s power set. He is constantly altering his height, so perhaps Beast Boy doesn’t always return to the exact same size.

9 He can transform into mythical creatures

There are several stories in which Beast Boy has specified that he can only transform into real creatures, as in animals who have actually existed in the world at some point. However, this rule hasn’t always applied, particularly where alternate futures or universes are concerned. In the “Titans Tomorrow” storyline, Gar was known as Animal Man and was much more feral than the Beast Boy fans had become familiar with. He was capable not only of hybrid transformation, but also of morphing into any creature, real or imagined.

In Kingdom Come, Gar was known as Menagerie and was actually only capable of turning himself into mythical creatures, although the reason why was never really specified. He also was able to morph into a dragon in Teen Titans Go!

8 Raven implanted him with an evil seed of Trigon

Raven may be a beloved member of the Teen Titans who has proven her loyalty time and again, but she has what you could call a complex relationship with her actual family. The Titan has more than once found herself enslaved to her villainous father, Trigon. On one of these occasions, she implanted several of her friends with Trigon’s “seed” which quickly took root within them.

The seed had a rather intense effect on Gar, who found himself transforming into demonic creatures. He eventually even grew so comfortable in these forms that he chose to remain in one of them for quite some time. Although Beast Boy did eventually return to normal, it was later revealed that a small part of the seed remained within him, a fact that Trigon’s sons were only too happy to exploit.

7 He could transform into other people if he chose to

Over the years, fans have wondered whether or not Beast Boy was capable of morphing into other humans. He can shapeshift into any animal he chooses, and people definitely an animal he’s seen before. It stands to reason that Gar’s power would apply to any creature, including human beings. However, because he never took advantage of this, many readers wondered if it was because he couldn’t.

Thankfully, Wolfman and Pérez eventually cleared this up. The duo explained that while Beast Boy can transform into other people if he chose to, his green hue would instantly give him away. This leaves little purpose for Gar to bother taking the form of another person, since anyone would instantly know that it was really him.

6 He’s better than you think at hand-to-hand combat

You might think that without Beast Boy’s impressive power set, the Titan would be lost in battle. Lucky for Gar, that’s not true at all. Let’s not forget that his team was led by the hero who was trained by the Dark Knight himself – and that guy is prepared for pretty much anything.

Robin has, of course, accounted for the possibility that Garfield could someday find himself without his powers. He made sure to train Beast Boy in various forms of hand-to-hand combat, leaving little doubt that Gar would be able to handle himself if the unthinkable did indeed happen. In fact, Batman’s former sidekick has spent time sparring with every member of the Titans in an effort to prepare them for any situation that may occur.

5 He once got stuck mid-transformation

Beast Boy may be able to shift from one form to another in seconds, but it hasn’t always gone smoothly for him. In Nightwing: The New Order, Dick activated a device that completely eliminated the majority of superpowers in the world. At the time that he made this choice, Gar happened to be mid-transformation.

This incident left Beast Boy trapped that way, permanently caught somewhere between a man and a big cat. Sure, Dick thought that he was making the right decision to keep the planet safe, but he left his buddy Gar in a pretty rough spot. As is his way, though, Beast Boy found a way to roll with his new situation.

4 In Titans he can only transform into a tiger so far

There were many questions that arose when fans learned that the Teen Titans would see a live-action adaptation. One of the biggest ones was how the show would handle Beast Boy’s transformations on a TV budget. Titans actually found a way around this, at least for season 1. Thus far, Garfield has only morphed into a tiger. He explained to Raven that he thought it was psychological, because tigers were his favorite and that it would probably take him some time to figure out the rest.

It’s a smart way to get around the undeniable budgetary issue, while still being believable. Most heroes need some time to gain mastery over their abilities. However, Ryan Potter has assured fans that Beast Boy’s powers will grow in season 2.

3 He’s not the first hero portrayed by Ryan Potter

Ryan Potter may be the first person to bring Beast Boy to life in a live-action setting, but Garfield Logan isn’t the only hero that the actor has portrayed on the small screen. Prior to his casting in Titans, Potter played Mike Fukanaga in Supah Ninjas, which aired on Nickelodeon. The show ran for 2 seasons from 2011-2013.

That’s not Potter’s only other heroic role, though. He also leant his voice to Hiro Hamada in Big Hero 6, meaning he has portrayed a Marvel character as well as one for DC. Potter obviously has an affinity for characters who happen to be heroes. We’ll have to wait and see where his Titans journey will take him.

2 At one point he could only transform into inanimate objects

Beast Boy’s moniker tells you everything you really need to know about his power set. However, at one point in Teen Titans, Gar found himself unable to transform into the creatures that he was named for. Instead, Mumbo altered his abilities, leaving him only with the power to morph into inanimate objects. This was particularly limiting due to the fact that Gar could only communicate at the level of whatever he transformed into. Unless he was an object capable of sound, Gar couldn’t really communicate with his teammates.

Beast Boy was also briefly gifted this ability by Trigon in Teen Titans Go!, but he could morph into plants as well. Even still, who would want to be a basketball, a cup, or a lamp when you could instead become an eagle, a wolf, or a cheetah?

1 He can’t control his abilities when he’s sick

Much in the same way that his teammate Starfire could accidentally take out her friends with a cough, Gar also doesn’t have a great deal of control over his abilities when he’s sick. In Teen Titans, a single sneeze could lead to a transformation that Beast Boy never intended. It will just keep happening over and over again. As if being sick wasn’t bad enough on its own.

While this unintended side effect is certainly inconvenient, Beast Boy catching a cold could obviously be much worse for everyone around him. When Kory gets the sniffles from being exposed to metallic chromium, the results can be far more catastrophic for the rest of the team when she unleashes some of her starbolt sneezes.

Do you know any other facts about Beast Boy’s anatomy in Titans? Let us know in the comments!



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2019-01-14 02:01:00

10 Godzilla Movie Villains Too Weird For King Of The Monsters

The second trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters has classic Godzilla fans on cloud nine. Toho legends like Mothra, Rodan, and Ghidorah feature prominently in the trailer, proving that KotM has every intention of bringing all of Godzilla’s best colleagues to the big screen. But the thing is, not every monster Godzilla’s ever met has been so iconic. In fact, some have been just plain strange. So strange that we can be all but sure they’re not in KotM. But don’t despair, loyal readers. Though Legendary’s MonsterVerse might not include these whale-sized weirdos, we certainly haven’t forgotten about them. For your viewing pleasure, here are 10 Godzilla movie villains that most likely won’t be in King of the Monsters.

10. SpaceGodzilla

You know that common criticism of Marvel movie villains? That they’re just evil versions of their film’s Marvel heroes? Well, SpaceGodzilla is essentially that. SpaceGodzilla is created when Godzilla’s DNA gets mixed with radiation from a black hole (you know, the birds and the bees). He makes his way to earth and matches Godzilla in almost every way. Really, the only difference is his…shoulderpads? They’re crystals of some kind, space crystals, that can form a kind of force field around himself. While those graphics would admittedly be cool, an exact replica of Godzilla doesn’t have the visual allure as a different creature. Plus, it’s a little too many Godzilla mythos to stuff into the still-young MonsterVerse.

9. Varan

Obviously, a lot of the monster designs in the Godzilla franchise come from mutated versions of recognizable animals. That makes sense. What doesn’t makes sense is that one of those animals would be the flying squirrel. That’s Varan. Looking like a weaker Godzilla cosplaying as Cher, Varan is known to fly and, well, not fight. Yes, in the 1968 kaiju film Destroy All Monsters, Varan is seen gliding in just before a final battle with King Ghidorah… and then never seen again. Leaving your fellow monsters in their hour of need? That’s a jerk move, Varan. Go show your First Class Banshee costume to someone else.

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8. Gorosaurus

How about a dinosaur that knows karate? That sounds like a good idea, right? The only thing that could ruin that, maybe, is if the dinosaur looks like a melted gift shop toy. Well, the good and bad news is that that’s exactly what you get from Gorosaurus. Weird looks aside, Gorosaurus is actually pretty cool. He’s like the Batman of Godzilla’s Monster League, relying on his athletic skills where his teammates rely on powers. He’s actually done well in battles with King Ghidorah, and is a favorite character in some Godzilla video games. You know, despite looking like a droopy, pirated Jurassic Park action figure.

7. Jet Jaguar

If you recognize Jet Jaguar, it’s because you recognize Ultraman, from whom Jet Jaguar is shamelessly ripped off of. Jet is a robot that can grow to kaiju size, he’s a friend to Godzilla and the Earth, and he’s a being somehow intelligent enough to understand human emotion. However, he’s not intelligent enough to understand how creepy his face is. Jet is special because, unlike any other monsters on this list, he’s actually shaken hands with Godzilla. That’s right, after battling a world-ending threat in Godzilla vs. Megalon, the newly-sentient AI and ancient reptilian overlord actually clasped hands and shook. Does it make sense? No. Is it as beautiful a symbol of friendship as when Buzz and Woody held hands before nearly being incinerated in Toy Story 3? Absolutely.

6. M.O.G.U.E.R.A.

With a less sensible acronym than F.R.I.E.N.D.S., the Mobile Operation Godzilla Universal Expert Robot Aero-Type should be a lot cooler. It is, after all, just a flying robot loaded with more weapons than an Iron Man suit for the Punisher. But M.O.G.U.E.R.A.’s defeat at Godzilla’s hands usually comes pretty quick. Plus, with so many similarities to Mechagodzilla, M.O.G.U.E.R.A. kind of appears as a weak rip-off. A Hobbit trilogy to Mecha’s Lord of the Rings. And while we can see Legendary including Mechagodzilla in their cinematic universe, we can almost guarantee his little brother won’t make the cut.

5. Gabara

It’s hard to even start with Gabara. First, he looks like the result of a passionate night between Bowser and Goofy (don’t Google it). Second, his roar sounds like the cursed laughter of a prepubescent ghost. But the weirdest thing about Gabara? He’s not even real. In his first appearance (All Monsters Attack), he only exists inside the dreams of the main character, a child named Ichiro. There, he’s just a kaiju-themed allegory for Ichiro’s real-world bully. Literally, none of the monsters in All Monsters Attack are real, they’re just imaginary creatures that fight a couple times. And most of that is just reused footage of other Godzilla movies. Gotcha, franchise-loving moviegoers!

RELATED: Godzilla: King of the Monsters Trailer Breakdown: 30 Story Details and Secrets

4. King Caesar

I can make fun of King Caesar’s repetitive name, but honestly, this character’s pretty fun. I mean, he looks like if The Simpsons‘ Sideshow Bob fell into some acid along with a cat, and that’s cool. But it’s the way King Caesar shows up in his debut film, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, that really makes this character shine. King Caesar is an ancient entity; one that you can only summon with a mystical, forgotten hymn. A mystical, forgotten hymn that just happens to be groovy as heck. It’s got kind of a James Bond-theme feel, plus absolutely zero sense of antiquity or mysticism. Just 100% kaiju funk. And for that, King Caesar shouldn’t be forgotten.

3. Orga

Remember the American Godzilla reboot in 1999? Of course, you don’t! You drank that away years ago. And if the alcohol didn’t work for you, well, Toho had you covered with Godzilla 2000. Released right after the horrible American film, Godzilla 2000 was a fun, wacky battle between the King of the Monsters and some UFOs. When these UFOs get a sample of Godzilla’s DNA (does mating even exist in this universe?), they created something truly unique in the Godzilla rogues line-up. Orga is one of the most distinct monsters to face Godzilla with his lumbering stance and hulking hunchback. This is another one that probably wouldn’t make it onscreen because of a complex origin, which is too bad. The Godzilla of KotM could rock an Orga battle.

2. Hedorah

Speaking of distinct appearances, check out Hedorah. This pollution-consuming alien parasite came to earth as a microscopic organism. After encountering and consuming a massive amount of smog, Hedorah grew to the size of a skyscraper and set its sights on destroying Earth. Luckily for humanity, Godzilla was there to bring it down. However, the end of this movie isn’t entirely a happy one. Godzilla stalks off from the civilization he saved, furious at them for creating all the pollution in the first place. Again, it’s a shame Hedorah won’t show up in the MonsterVerse. He’s terrifying to look at, and fighting a smog monster could make for some awesome visuals. Besides, we could use as many anti-pollution movies as we can get right now.

RELATED: Godzilla 2‘s Monarch Website Hints At The Loch Ness Monster

1. Minilla

Ironically, the undeniably weirdest entry on this list actually has Godzilla blood in him. And not just in the UFO/black hole cloning way. Last but not at all least on this list of weirdos is Minilla, the actual son of Godzilla. As you can see by the tragic photo above, Minilla is one of the few examples of categorically losing the gene lottery. Apart from his hauntingly stupid appearance, his purpose in the Godzilla films is nothing less than infuriating. He serves as a kind of eternal rescue mission, constantly getting in the way or needing to be rescued. It’s as though someone at Toho watched Scrappy-Doo and sai:d “That, but less useful.” While making this list, there were plenty of Godzilla friends/foes that I was sad wouldn’t make it into the MonsterVerse. Minilla was not one of them.

RELATED: Godzilla 2: Monarch Website Teases Ghidorah’s Original Defeat

Which weird Godzilla kaiju is your favorite? Do you agree that we ton’t see any of these in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, or do you think we missed the mark? Let us know in the comments section below!



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2018-12-11 03:12:02

10 Weird Rules Hogwarts Houses Have That Make No Sense

Every fan of Harry Potter dreamed of getting their owl and heading to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to learn how to do actual magic… and to be sorted into one of the school houses on arrival. First years are ‘sorted’ by the magical Sorting Hat, and are sent to spend the rest of their education within that house; taking classes together, supporting the house Quidditch team, gaining and losing points toward the House Cup, and living together in the House dorms. But whether you are a Gryffindor, a Ravenclaw, a Hufflepuff or a Slytherin, you have to admit that not all the rules surrounding the houses make sense!

10. No-One Can Visit Another House’s Dorm

It might make sense to divide these magical kids by house for sleeping purposes, but what’s the reasoning behind the kids not even being allowed to set foot in each other’s common rooms? Throughout the Harry Potter series, most of the kids don’t even seem to know where the other common rooms and dorms are in the school, and it’s clearly forbidden for kids to fraternize… even if they are friends (although that’s not very likely). Surely it would make sense to let friends hang out together outside of the library or Great Hall?

9. Common Rooms Have No Curfews

Hogwarts implements a strict curfew, and should a student be out of bed after this time, Filch is going to come running… thrilled to be able to mete out a punishment. However, despite the strictly enforced curfews for the hallways, there seem to be no curfews on the common rooms themselves. The Gryffindors routinely seem to party until the wee small hours, with Fred and George stealing food from the kitchens, of course… and only once in the series does Professor McGonagall come to tell them to keep it down (and gives no punishments for the late night partying).

8. And Potentially No Bathrooms?

This one has to be a simple oversight in the story, but no bathrooms are ever mentioned in the dorms or common rooms – despite being a big part of the story in the rest of Hogwarts. From the Prefect’s bathroom where Harry opened his egg to Moaning Myrtle’s haunt, bathrooms are mentioned throughout the rest of the school, but never in the dorms or common rooms. Which, given the curfew for being outside the common rooms, has to be wrong – surely there’s no expectation that students can’t get up in the night to pee!

7. House Quidditch Tryouts Are Totally Confusing

Each of the Houses has their own Quidditch team, and they compete each year… but the team members and the process for tryouts seems to make no sense. For most of the Harry Potter series, it seems that there simply are no tryouts – Harry never has to try out (although McGonagall does vouch for him), but when he becomes Captain, it is stated that every player has to go through tryouts, every year. Another plot hole, probably, otherwise the rules for the House Teams changed halfway through Harry’s schooling and no one mentioned anything about it!

6. Teachers Can’t Get Past The Passwords

Each of the students is required to give a password (or answer a riddle) to get into their House dorms… which makes sense, if you buy into the idea that no one from another House should be able to enter. But even the teachers seem to have to know the passwords and answers, as was revealed when Professor McGonagall had to answer the Ravenclaw riddle to get in, and we learned that the Carrows were incapable of doing so without help. But surely this is dangerous, and any teacher should be able to get into the dorms to help children if needs be?

5. Families Sort Into The Same House

There may be a few exceptions (like Sirius Black, the Patil sisters, or Harry Potter’s own son!) but for the most part, it is a rule of Hogwarts that families get sorted together. Which makes little sense, if the Sorting is supposed to be based on personality traits. Anyone who has siblings can tell you that brothers and sisters can be polar opposites – and shouldn’t be lumped together just because they share some parents. Just look at the Weasleys – while many suit the Gryffindor house, Charlie is arguably more Hufflepuff, and Percy is a straight up Slytherin.

4. They Are Tiny

Perhaps it was just Gryffindor, or just Harry’s particular year, but the size of the Hogwarts houses doesn’t add up, when considering how many people in the UK must be witches and wizards. In Harry’s year and house, there were only around ten students. If that is a solid average, there are only a few hundred students at the entire school – which just doesn’t make sense, unless the vast majority of wizarding families are homeschooling, or if Harry just had a surprisingly small class size for some reason. The tiny size makes it easier for readers to keep up with characters, but that doesn’t mean it makes sense.

3. They Have To Sit Apart To Eat

The extent to which the houses at Hogwarts are kept separate is completely bonkers – not only do they live together, learn together, play sports together, and take exams together… they have to eat with members of their own house as well. During meals (and especially banquets) all the houses have their own dining table – something that seems to be taking the idea of House Pride a little too far. No wonder there is such a rivalry between the houses, given that the school makes it almost impossible to maintain friendships between them.

2. They Sort Too Young

Ok, so if you are going to have school houses, it makes a certain degree of sense to have them start when schooling does… but perhaps that’s a system that makes more sense if the houses are random, rather than based on traits. The idea of popping a magical hat on an eleven-year-old and defining them by their strongest characteristics is a problematic one: is the suggestion that people simply are one way or another, and their character is set by the tender age of eleven? Even Dumbledore agrees that Hogwarts sorts a little too soon…

1. There’s A Recognized ‘Evil’ House

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – the assumption that Slytherins are just straight-up ‘bad’ is a truly weird one, even for Hogwarts. Even the professors (especially Hagrid, who is admittedly not the least biased source) openly buy into the idea that Slytherin students are more likely to go dark than those in other houses. This would be an insane thing to actively sort for, for one thing, and for another… it’s just not true! Voldemort may have been in Slytherin, but Peter Pettigrew was in Gryffindor, and he’s as dark and cowardly as they come!

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2018-12-09 02:12:10

Harry Potter: 20 Weird Things The Malfoys Did After Deathly Hallows

The Malfoys are a wealthy and fantastically arrogant pure-blood family. They are the foils to the main heroes, Harry, Ron, and Hermione, who hail from more humble backgrounds. There’s also the little fact that the Malfoys were big supporters of the fiendish and powerful wizard Lord Voldemort. As Voldemort slowly regained his power throughout the series, so too did the Malfoys become more serious threats to our heroes and the Wizarding World.

However, the end of the final novel, Deathly Hallows, left the Malfoys in a strange place. Sure, they could not be considered heroes in the traditional sense, but the psychological mistreatment Voldemort inflicted upon them in the last two Potter novels meant that the Malfoys were captives more than anything else. And if not for Narcissa Malfoy’s unconditional love for her son, Draco, Harry Potter would probably not have succeeded in bringing down Voldemort for good. But, it’s undeniable that the Malfoys were driven purely by self-interest until the end. With the threat of Voldemort’s wrath no longer hanging over their well-groomed platinum blond heads following Deathly Hallows, they could’ve renounced their old ways or slithered back into the shadows to plot more sinister deeds. Did Draco and Harry’s fundamental mutual enmity change following the relatively happy ending of Deathly Hallows, especially considering that Harry saved Draco’s life? Did Draco manage to leave behind the tainted Malfoy and become his own man? And how did they manage to avoid Azkaban?

Here are 20 Weird Things The Malfoys Did After Deathly Hallows.

20 They Managed To Avoid Azkaban After The Battle of Hogwarts

As fans know, the Battle of Hogwarts was the exciting climax to Deathly Hallows. It was a prolonged scene of magical warfare between Voldemort, his followers, the Death Eaters, Harry Potter, and the students and teachers of Hogwarts. Naturally, the good won out in the end thanks to Harry defeating Voldemort with the remaining Death Eaters fleeing the school.

With the Malfoys reluctantly being a part of the Death Eaters, with even Draco and his flunkies being active participants during the battle, just how did they manage to avoid imprisonment in Azkaban? It’s true that Narcissa and Draco were more innocent than Malfoy patriarch Lucius, however, Lucius managed to avoid sentencing by naming names and providing information to the Ministry of Magic on the whereabouts of the surviving Death Eaters.

19 Draco Married A Pure-Blood Witch

Most of the main characters were paired up and, perhaps a little too predictably, remained happily married even many years after Deathly Hallows: Hermione married Ron and Harry married Ginny. However, Draco Malfoy married pure-blood witch Astoria Greengrass. We never got a glimpse of Astoria throughout the main series, but she was in the background somewhere as a Hogwarts student only a couple of years below Draco.

Although Astoria Greengrass is not present all that much during the events of The Cursed Child, set decades after Deathly Hallows, it’s obvious that this marriage had a profoundly positive impact on his character and general temperament. It’s a marriage that should certainly be explored somewhere down the line as it marks a positive turning point for a character who heretofore had only been an unsavory antagonist.

18 Draco Had A Tense Relationship with His Family

With Narcissa Malfoy’s love for her son being her only redeeming trait, and with Draco’s constant mutterings of: “My father will hear about this,” it’s obvious that, for all their numerous flaws, the Malfoys were a very close family throughout the Harry Potter series.

Amusingly, their familial bonds weakened when Draco married Astoria Greengrass. While she was a pure-blood witch, and definitely a mate with the right genes for a Malfoy, her views on Muggles and Muggle-borns made the elder Malfoys extraordinarily uncomfortable, especially during family dinners. Even those who aren’t explicit magical partisans in the Wizarding World tend to harbor some opinion against Muggles and generally regard them with condescension. In this way, Astoria is a unique person. Consequently, Lucius and Narcissa didn’t factor in Draco’s life.

17 Draco and Astoria Had A Child

Draco and Astoria named their child the faintly sinister-sounding Scorpius. Much like Draco and Lucius, he had blonde hair, gray eyes, and a pointed noise. Unlike Draco, though, and most likely Lucius too, Scorpius led somewhat of a sad life prior to his first year at Hogwarts; he was isolated in Malfoy Manor and had no interactions with kids his own age, leaving him socially ill-equipped. He spent much of his childhood learning about the history of the Wizarding World and reading much about Harry Potter and his part in the Second Wizarding War.

Also unlike Draco and Lucius, Scorpius wasn’t raised to harbor the same views toward Muggles and Muggle-borns. He grew up to be uncomfortable in social situations, but otherwise, had a keen emotional intelligence that even the golden trio of Ron, Harry, and Hermione lacked.

16 Draco Became A Widower

Astoria’s life was doomed to be cut short before she was even born. Astoria’s ancestors were stricken with a blood curse for unknown reasons, which meant that Astoria would inherit a frail body. It’s a kind of wizard cancer (do wizards even get cancer in Harry Potter?).

Astoria knew she wasn’t going to live long in the world and didn’t want her husband Draco to be left alone. This was a huge motivation for them to conceive Scorpius. However, in a tragic twist, the birth of Scorpius likely sped up her demise. During her son’s third year at Hogwarts, Astoria passed away, leaving Draco and Scorpius heartbroken. For his part, Draco never remarried or showed any interest in another potential mate. He poured all of his energies into raising Scorpius right.

15 Draco Proved to Be A More Stable Father Than Harry

This one might sound a little unfair. After all, Harry didn’t love his son, Albus, any less than Draco loved Scorpius. But, Harry struggled mightily with Albus in ways that Draco never did with Scorpius.

Albus Potter, Harry’s middle child, and seemingly unable to get out of his father’s shadow, often clashed with his father. Harry, in one surprising instance of poor impulse control, told Albus during one of their many fights that he sometimes wished Albus wasn’t his boy. And while Draco is all for the Malfoy/Potter friendship that Albus and Scorpius have going on, Harry is hesitant and tells Albus he isn’t to hang around Scorpius anymore, who at this point, is Albus’ only friend. This is a move that causes Draco to clash with Harry again, only this time, righteousness is on Draco’s side.

14 Draco and Harry’s Reconciliation

Fans can agree that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child missed the mark in more ways than one. But, one storytelling choice that enriched the mythos was Harry and Draco moving past their feud. In many ways, The Cursed Child was the story of Draco Malfoy’s redemption; the redemption through the good kid he raised and through simply being a kinder person.

For example, when Draco and Harry are forced to work together to find their missing sons, Draco offers Harry some good advice, urging him to make up with Albus before it’s too late. Keep in mind that he really gains nothing from giving his former arch-nemesis some advice, it simply struck him as the decent thing to do. The man has come a long way since sneering at everyone he considered beneath him.

13 Scorpius Hero-Worshipped Harry Potter

Although he was an arch-rival of his father back in their school days, Scorpius unabashedly hero-worshipped Harry Potter before he even met his son, Albus Potter, on the Hogwarts Express.

This isn’t totally surprising, considering Harry Potter became a huge celebrity for merely surviving Voldemort as an infant. Harry would be in all of the books, many of which Scorpius read as a young boy, no doubt, for vanquishing Voldemort for good as a 17-year-old. This also implies that Draco never spoke ill of Harry, which in and of itself, is sort of remarkable, considering they weren’t close to being friends at that point in time. Later on, Scorpius even mentions to Albus that simply being friends with Harry Potter’s son is an amazing thing.

12 Scorpius and Albus’ Friendship

In almost every way, Albus Potter was designed to be the inverse of Harry Potter; he was a Slytherin, he never considered Hogwarts to be his home, and his best and only friend was a Malfoy.

Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s enduring, and sometimes complicated, friendship was part of what made Harry Potter so appealing. The Cursed Child wisely picked up and expanded on this thread, making Scorpius Malfoy and Albus Potter’s friendship the heart of The Cursed Child’s time-traveling shenanigans and father-issue storylines. Though Albus and Scorpius are dealing with the different complicated legacies of their respective father’s, their solace in each other is as uncomplicated and pure as it gets. Their fraternal bond runs so deep that, somewhat regrettably, it’s a rare thing in the realm of fantasy fiction.

11 Draco and Harry Duel Again

The old enmity between Draco and Harry is reignited in The Cursed Child, albeit briefly, when Harry implies to Draco that Scorpius might not be his son. They draw wands in Harry’s house and begin firing jinxes at one another.

It’s an interesting little rematch, even though it’s more about the two men expressing frustration with each other rather than fighting in a life or demise situation. They were about evenly matched in school, despite Harry now being the Head of Magical Law Enforcement and becoming Head Auror at 26, they remain evenly matched in a duel. It’s a funny little scene that ends up a little too real when Harry just ends up throwing a chair at Malfoy. Professor McGonagall would be super displeased at this example of “Muggle Dueling.”

10 Scorpius Had A Crush On Rose, Ron and Hermione’s Child

People often give Star Wars a hard time for having everything be so interconnected and small. However, the most fiendish man in the galaxy being the father of the hero, and Leia being revealed to be Luke’s long lost sister has nothing on the interconnectedness of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World post Deathly Hallows. It stretches credulity to say the least, even in a world of magic.

For instance, Draco’s son Scorpius harbors a crush on Ron and Hermione’s child, Rose Weasley, while also being best friends with Albus Potter, Harry and Ginny’s middle child. This situation is a little too cute for its own good, though The Cursed Child was wise enough not to pair them up, with Rose Weasley hilariously regarding the eager Scorpius with disinterest.

9 The Reason For Scorpius’ Outcast Status

When Scorpius Malfoy first attends Hogwarts, he’s mistreated and shunned for a very strange reason. Rumors can be wicked and untrue, but nothing seems more harsh than saying Draco Malfoy used the time-turner so that Voldemort could impregnate his wife Astoria. It’s a laughable assumption. For one, Scorpius is the spitting image of Draco, and secondly, why would Voldemort ever consent to such a thing? Is he even capable? Does he have the necessary, um… equipment? (That particular question is actually answered in the climax, much to the consternation of many Potter fans).

It’s an effective plot device to get the reader/audience to sympathize with Scorpius very quickly, but the logic of it is so pretzel-shaped and odd that it makes it difficult to take The Cursed Child seriously as a Harry Potter sequel.

8 Draco Still Lives In Malfoy Manor

The Malfoy Manor served as Lord Voldemort’s headquarters during the Second Wizarding War. Although it was undoubtedly a happy home to grow up in, who wouldn’t love to be raised in a mansion?, but it was the site for an endless parade of difficult experiences for Draco in his seventh year at Hogwarts as he was being forced to watch one of his Hogwarts teachers get Avada Kedavra’d and then removed by a large snake.

With Draco making more strides away from his family, it wouldn’t be surprising if he never made visits to the old manor again. And yet, oddly enough, he opted to live there well into his adulthood with Astoria and Scorpius.

7 Draco Collects Dark Artifacts

It’s true that as an adult, Draco doesn’t harbor the same views his family did and proved to be a much better man and father than Lucius ever was, but there was nonetheless a few nefarious aspects to Draco’s character.

Aside from living in Malfoy Manor, Draco has kept up the family tradition of collecting Dark Magic artifacts. The artifacts in Harry Potter are unquestionably dangerous and can only be used to inflict pain. Examples include Voldemort’s Horcruxes, the Crushing Cabinet from Borgin and Burkes, and Umbridge’s Quill. Why Draco continues to collect objects like these is never answered, but it does add some necessary mystique and is a tantalizing hint that the Malfoy trait isn’t out of the man completely.

6 Draco Felt Weird That Harry Saved His Life

In The Cursed Child, Draco had no problem with healthily confronting or sometimes chumming around in a rival-like way with Harry Potter. Similarly, Harry Potter had no beef with Draco and treated him with a degree of cordiality in their interactions.

But between Deathly Hallows and The Cursed Child, how they related to one another was weird indeed. Although they were nowhere near being friends, considering their history together, they could no longer be so bitter to one another after they saved each other’s lives in Deathly Hallows. A curt nod of acknowledgement was all that could be summoned in the Deathly Hallows. It was a crucial stepping stone for Harry and Draco to put aside their troubled history and become the mature fathers who would save their sons in The Cursed Child. 

5 Draco Never Got A Job

The Malfoys have generational wealth and not much of a need for traditional jobs. Well, Lucius Malfoy had a kind of “job” as a governor on the school board (i.e. an influencer with the money to back it up) and was said to have given “very generous donations” with regards to Minister Fudge’s regime. His job appeared to have been to sow seeds of corruption.

But, Draco Malfoy isn’t entirely resistant to the Malfoy legacy; he likes the money and the fancy houses well enough and supports his own family through these means. However, just because he doesn’t have a job doesn’t mean Draco doesn’t have his ambitions (he is a Slytherin after all). In addition to collecting Dark Magic artifacts, he does pursue several hobbies that may hint at something important.

4 Lucius Invented A New Time-Turner

In The Prisoner of Azkaban, Hermione Granger used an object called a time-turner that allowed her to fulfill her overstuffed school timetable. The rules of time travel weren’t explored in too much detail, but the consequences of messing with time irresponsibly were dangerous, and the time-turners could only be used to go back in time by five hours.

With the remaining stock of time-turners smashed during the Battle at the Department of Mysteries, it seemed like J.K. Rowling had put a cap on the time-traveling shenanigans. For anyone who knows even a cursory fact about The Cursed Child, you know that time traveling plays a major role in the plot. And in fact, Lucius Malfoy, in true Malfoy fashion, was revealed to have created a gold-plated time-turner that could go back years in time.

3 Draco Studied Alchemy Intensely

Draco Malfoy was always a talented wizard. In school, he proved particularly adept in the art of potions, dueling, and even Occlumency: the art of shielding your mind from mind readers, which is a skill many adult wizards have difficulty mastering. He usually gave Harry a run for his money with regards to one-on-one battles, too.

Post Hogwarts, Draco’s study only intensified. Far from slacking off and enjoying the Malfoy money, Draco took to studying the art of alchemy. However, according to J.K. Rowling, his study of alchemy has less to do with attaining power for himself and is more about “a wish to become a better man.” What this means isn’t exactly clear, but aside from Nicolas Flamel, alchemy is one of the few unexplored areas of magic in the Harry Potter series. 

2 Draco Became Enormously Talented In Transfiguration

The type of magic that alters the form of objects or creatures, Transfiguration, is more scientific than other forms of magic; it takes hard work and a keen mind. Many passages in the earlier Harry Potter books were devoted to Harry and Ron being unable to perform a Transfiguration spell, while Hermione would usually figure it out by the third go.

But, it’s clear that in the years after Deathly Hallows, Draco became talented in this branch of magic. At the climax of The Cursed Child, with a complicated plot involving Harry Potter having to disguise himself as Lord Voldemort, Draco proves very useful by transfiguring Harry into a reasonable representation of the Dark Lord himself. Considering Voldemort’s inhuman features, this is an impressive feat of magic indeed.

1 Draco Admitted to Being Jealous of The Golden Trio’s Friendship

In one of the instances of Malfoy proving his uncharacteristic maturity, he professes his envy at Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s enduring friendship.

It isn’t surprising, considering Draco had a friend in two personality-free dolts, Crabbe and Goyle. He explicitly says to Harry: “You, the three of you, you shone, you know? You liked each other. You had fun. I envied those friendships more than anything else.” It’s a worthy bit of character development and it kept with the continuity in ways other aspects of The Cursed Child didn’t. If Draco’s arc in Deathly Hallows hammered any point home, it was that having “followers” like Crabbe and Goyle was a pitiable substitute for friendship; considering his followers nearly had him eliminated and it was the three friends who saved his life.

Are there any other facts about the Malfoys post Deathly Hallows that we missed? Comment and let us know!



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2018-12-08 07:12:09

25 Weird Facts Behind The Making Of A Christmas Story

There’s no denying that A Christmas Story has become a holiday tradition for many families around the world. First released in 1983, the film starred Peter Billingsley as Ralphie; a young boy who wants nothing more than a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas. Since the film’s release, the movie has become regarded as a Christmas classic, and the original house shown in the movie has even become a museum. Many people watch the movie every year around the holiday season, with TBS even playing the movie on their station for 24 hours once a year.

Between the captivating storytelling, quirky characters, and overall filming style, A Christmas Story has stood out compared to several other similarly-styled Christmas movies. A Christmas Story has gotten a few sequels over the years, even one in 1994 directed by Bob Clark himself, but none of them have been able to live up to the original ‘80s flick. Much like other movies that are regarded as classics, A Christmas Story has a lot of fascinating trivia behind the movie that many people might not be aware of. With that in mind, here are 25 Weird Facts Behind The Making Of A Christmas Story.

25 He Didn’t Say Fudge

There are many iconic moments in A Christmas Story, but among the most popular scenes is when Ralphie says fudge. Well, Ralphie didn’t actually say fudge. He said: “The queen mother of [bad] words.” As it turns out, actor Peter Billingsley didn’t say fudge either.

In an interview with Buzzfeed, Billingsley explained that he had to say this “bad word” over and over again until they got the right take. While people usually don’t hear 12-year-olds say that word, Billingsley explained that since he had been in Hollywood at an early age, that wasn’t the first time he heard or said it. 

24 They Gave Billingsley Stuff They Really Shouldn’t Have

While many child actors are forced to grow up too fast, Billingsley had to do something on the set of A Christmas Story that no actor should ever have to do. During the scene where Ralphie is firing at the bandits in his backyard, Billingsley was actually chewing on the real deal.

Most actors chew on black licorice to make it seem like they are chewing the same stuff Cowboys did, but the prop department on A Christmas Story gave the child actor something they legitimately shouldn’t have. Billingsley explained that he got really dizzy, started sweating, and his lips started burning on set. 

23 The Film Was Mainly Filmed In Cleveland and Toronto

Most movies film in several different cities to get the desired scenery for shots, and A Christmas Story was no exception. The film is supposed to take place in Northern Indiana in a town called Holman, but the film was mainly filmed in Cleveland, Ohio and Toronto, Ontario.

The Parker residence was filmed at 3159 W. 11th St., Cleveland, OH 44109 near downtown Cleveland, which has since been turned into a museum dedicated to the film. That being said, many of the interior shots of the house and the Christmas tree shopping scene were filmed in Canada.

22 Ralphie Teamed Up With Flash Gordon In A Deleted Scene

When a film goes through the editing process, many scenes are cut down or even taken out completely to fulfill a certain runtime. This means that sometimes, the filmmakers’ full vision doesn’t make it to the big screen, but will show up in deleted scenes instead.

One deleted scene for A Christmas Story was another fantasy sequence where Ralphie joins forces with Flash Gordon to defeat Ming the Merciless. While the scene can’t be found online, the Christmas Story Museum in Ohio has script pages from it, as well as an image of Ralphie on the planet Mongo in a spacesuit with his BB gun. 

21 A Christmas Story Is Based On A Book

Lots of times, movies aren’t technically original stories, since many of them are based on books. Much like superhero movies use comic book narratives to adapt popular characters, Bob Clark based A Christmas Story on a book written by Jean Shepherd.

The movie was based on a book called In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash, which was a collection of Shepherd’s stories that he had previously recited on the radio in the ‘60s and ‘70s. The book ended up becoming a best-seller, so it shouldn’t be a big surprise that director Bob Clark ended up adapting it for a movie. 

20 The Infamous Tongue Scene Was Fake (But Is Actually Possible)

Among the most iconic scenes in A Christmas Story is a moment when Flick, played by Scott Schwartz, is dared to stick his tongue to a frozen flag pole. Only it wasn’t just a dare, it was a triple dog dare, so of course, Flick had no choice but to do it.

As it turns out, the child actor didn’t actually use his tongue because a human tongue can actually get stuck to a frozen pole! The scene was filmed by pulling the actors tongue with a suction tube, but Mythbusters proved that in cold temperatures, cold metal will basically turn saliva into “a kind of superglue.”

19 Jack Nicholson Almost Played Ralphie’s Dad

Many talented actors were part of A Christmas Story, including Darren McGavin. The actor had been acting for nearly 40 years by the time A Christmas Story was released, but his role of the “Old Man” almost went to a much younger actor.

Jack Nicholson almost played Ralphie’s father in A Christmas Story, but ultimately, he wasn’t chosen since the filmmakers couldn’t afford to pay him the amount he requested. By 1983, Nicholson was something of a superstar, so it isn’t a surprise that a low-budget family film couldn’t afford him. 

18 The Leg Lamp Was Inspired By A Soda Ad

Of all the images that A Christmas Story provided to fans, the Leg Lamp is arguably the most iconic symbol from the movie. The lamp was won by the “Old Man” in the original movie, but the design for the lamp was inspired by an illuminated Nehi Soda advertisement.

The lamp was first described in detail for the short story “My Old Man and the Lascivious Special Award That Heralded the Birth of Pop Art,” written by Jean Shepherd. Describing the lamp is one task, but actually creating a physical prop was a whole other story. 

17 Nobody Knows When The Film Takes Place

Even though the film was made in the 1980s, the film actually takes place around the 1940s. Although it is widely thought that the film takes place in the ‘40s, the exact year is still unknown. Some people believe it takes place in 1941, since Mrs. Parker mentions the Bears vs Packers game that took place on December 14, 1941. Also, the Orphan Annie decoder pin is the Speed-O-Matic model that released in 1940.

However, the film could even be set in 1939, since the calendar in the kitchen puts December 1st on a Friday. 

16 Bob Clark And Jean Shepherd Have Cameos

Today, it’s not super uncommon for movies to throw in celebrity cameos. Just about every superhero movie has several celebrity cameos, but in the ‘80s it was a tad less common. That being said, A Christmas Story not only features a cameo from director Bob Clark, but from writer Jean Shepherd as well.

Shepherd is the narrator of the film, but he also shows up in the department store when Randy and Ralphie are waiting to see Santa. Clark also appears in the movie as the neighbor named Swede, who comes outside to look at Mr. Parker’s leg lamp. 

15 The Snow Was Made Out Of Soap And Foam

It shouldn’t be a huge surprise that movies often use fake snow to create winter wonderlands. Not only is fake snow easier to control than real snow, but it is usually easier on the actors, since they won’t freeze while delivering their lines.

However, on the set of A Christmas Story, during the scene where the kids encounter the meanies, soap shavings and firefighter’s foam were used for the snow. While this probably made the actors warmer, several actors have stated that it made the set incredibly slippery. 

14 The Movie Inspired The Wonder Years

While A Christmas Story got a few unpopular sequels, it did partly inspire a popular TV show: The Wonder Years. This becomes apparent when viewers focus on the coming-of-age theme, as well as the narration used in the show.

The show revolved around Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage), who told stories of growing up in the ‘60s and ‘70s, which is easily comparable to Ralphie telling the story about that Christmas in the ‘40s. Peter Billingsley even played Micky Spiegel in the final two episodes of the show. 

13 Peter Billingsley Was The First Child To Audition For Ralphie

When making a movie, casting is one of the most important steps during the development of a film. If a movie gets a casting decision wrong, it can often weaken the entire movie, but thankfully, Bob Clark chose Peter Billingsley for Ralphie.

Clark apparently went through thousands of child actors, only to return back to the first boy who auditioned for Ralphie. Clark didn’t think he should hire the very first actor that auditioned, but he ended up wasting a lot of time by auditioning so many other actors. 

12 The Character Scut Farkus Wasn’t In The Book

While many elements from Jean Shepherd’s novel In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash made it into A Christmas Story, Scut Farkus wasn’t present in the book at all. Farkus (Zack Ward) is one of the meanies that attacks the children in the movie, but he is also accompanied by Grover Dill (Yano Anaya).

While Grover was a character in Shepherd’s book, Scut Farkus was designed specifically for the movie.

11 The Actor’s Reactions To The Singers Were Real

While A Christmas Story has many heartwarming scenes and good family messages, the very end of the film is actually considered quite offensive. In one of the final scenes of the movie, the family goes to a restaurant where a Christmas duck is brought to their table.

The scene contains a group of men singing “Jingle Bells” in a very stereotypical fashion, which comes off as incredibly offensive. Despite that fact, the scene still happened, and the actors’ reactions to the singing were genuine as Bob Clark didn’t tell any of them that the men were going to sing during the film.

10 Billingsley Got To Take Home Several Props

There have been several occasions where actors are allowed to take home props from movie sets they worked on. While there are several props from A Christmas Story that fans would love to have, actor Peter Billingsley actually got to take home three items.

These items included the famous Red Ryder BB gun, the embarrassing pink bunny suit, and Ralphie’s broken glasses. What makes this even more interesting is that the broken glasses Billingsley took home weren’t really a prop, they were his own glasses that broke on set.

9 The Film Had A Very Small Budget

Even though Bob Clark was a successful director by the time A Christmas Story was released, the film still had an incredibly small budget. The film was given around a $3,300,000 budget, which wasn’t even made back in its opening weekend.

The film only made $2,072,473 when it opened, but ended up making a domestic total gross of $19,294,144. Since the film had a small budget, the film had very little special effects, meaning that the scene where the bandit has sparks appearing from his behind was actually real. 

8 Wil Wheaton And Sean Astin Auditioned For The Role Of Ralphie

While Peter Billingsley will forever be known as Ralphie from A Christmas Story, there were several other actors who auditioned for the role. Director Bob Clark is said to have auditioned over 1,000 kids for the character, including Wil Wheaton and Sean Astin.

Wheaton is known for his role in the movie Stand By Me, as well as the TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation. Astin on the other hand, is known for his role in Richard Donner’s The Goonies, as well as his role of Sam in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. While both would have likely been good in the role, nobody can replace Billingsley as Ralphie.

7 Ralphie Says He Wants A Red Ryder BB Gun 28 Times

Everybody who has seen A Christmas Story knows exactly what Ralphie wants for Christmas. Ralphie wanted an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle, but everybody tells him that he’ll injure himself.

It’s pretty hard to forget what Ralphie wants for Christmas, since the BB gun is such an important part of the story, and the fact that Ralphie says he wants it for a total of 28 times! Ralphie, of course, gets his wish granted on Christmas, but he also does injure himself in the process. Thankfully, those big glasses saved his eyesight.

6 Locals Filled In As Extras

Usually, when films are under development, they will begin an extensive casting process to find the right actors for the roles in the movie. Sometimes, a film will pass on famous actors, and instead, just cast regular people. In the case of A Christmas Story, several of the minor characters were filled in with local extras.

In the scene where Ralphie and Randy are waiting to meet Santa, Ralphie encounters a weird child wearing big goggles. The boy was just an extra, but Bob Clark decided to put him in the film because he looked odd. Santa, his elves, and the Wicked Witch of the West were also all local extras. 

5 The Movie’s Writer Would Often Try To Direct

Directors usually aren’t the only person on set to put their ideas into the film. Many times, directors will have pushback by other crew members who don’t think something is going right. For A Christmas Story, Bob Clark no doubt did an incredible job directing the film, but writer Jean Shepherd also tried to direct the actors many times.

In an interview with Variety, Billingsley explained that both Shepherd and Clark had a specific vision for the film and that Shepherd would often try to direct him after Clark had walked away. 

4 Bob Clark Thought Of The Film While Picking Up A Date

Filmmakers often have odd inspirations for why they make a film, but Bob Clark actually thought of A Christmas Story while he was picking up a date. While the movie was based on Jean Shepherd’s book In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash, he actually thought of the movie idea when he heard one of Shepherd’s stories on the radio.

In 1968, when Clark was going to pick up his date, he became so fascinated by Shepherd’s story that he continued to drive around the block until the story was over, leaving his date waiting for him.

3 The Success Of Porky’s Allowed A Christmas Story To Be Made

While A Christmas Story is a heartwarming tale that the entire family can enjoy, Bob Clark’s previous film was not. Two years prior to the release of A Christmas Story, Clark had released the raunchy comedy called Porky’s.

Even though Porky’s is now seen as an offensive movie that objectifies women, the film was a massive success in the ‘80s. The film made a lot of money at the box office and it is widely believed that A Christmas Story wouldn’t have been given the green-light if not for the success of Porky’s.

2 A Second Fantasy Scene With Black Bart Was Cut

Many scenes in A Christmas Story are fondly remembered, but among these scenes is the fantasy sequence. In the scene, Ralphie is saving his family from the outlaw, Black Bart, and his bandits. He uses his trusty gun “Old Blue” to defeat the bandits, but Bart gets away and says he’ll be back.

Apparently, Bart really did come back, only, it didn’t make it into the final cut of the movie. There was supposed to be a second fantasy sequence revolving around Black Bart, but much like that deleted scene with Flash Gordon, fans never got to see it. 

1 All Three Leg Lamp Props Were Broken On Set

Since the leg lamp has become such an iconic image not just for A Christmas Story, but Christmas in general, many people would love to have their own lamp for the holiday season. Many actors probably would have liked to take the original leg lamp home from the set as well, but that never got to happen since all three leg lamp props were broken on set.

After Jean Shepherd thought of the idea for one of his short stories, production designer, Reuben Freed, created three lamps that were used in the film, but none of them survived the production. 

Is there any other fun trivia you know about A Christmas Story? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-12-07 12:12:37

10 Weird Rules Enforced In The Hogwarts Castle

Who didn’t dream of spending their school years in Hogwarts castle? A big ol’ stone castle in the highlands, packed with magical artifacts and secret passageways, where you can learn how to become a real-life witch or wizard! The atmosphere of the common rooms and the library, the feasts at the Great Hall… everything about this castle is a total fairy tale (even taking into account the skulking Filtch and the possibility of a painful death if you happen to stumble across something you shouldn’t have).

Related: 20 Surprising Harry Potter Characters Even Fans Forget Are Related

However, even the most devoted fan of this magical series might be able to see that there are a few things going on at Hogwarts that just don’t make any sense.

10. Disapparating Is Banned

Admittedly, the inability to apparate or disapparate within the Hogwarts grounds comes in extremely handy throughout the Harry Potter series, as it prevents Voldemort and his Death Eaters from attacking the children. But before this, why is there such a strict ban on Apparition at a school – what were the kids being protected from? They don’t even start to learn how until they are of age, and it would seem to make sense for the teachers to be able to come and go at will… seems like maybe the school founders were a bit paranoid with this one.

9.No One May Enter The Restricted Section

The Hogwarts library is an incredible repository of knowledge – and while many of the books are available to all students, the Restricted Section is a bit of a puzzler. It makes sense that there might be books on magic that are only suitable for the older students, or with the permission of a particular teacher… but if these books of Dark magic are so terrible, why are they only separated from the rest of the library with a sign? Surely a magic school could come up with a little better security for this particular part of the school!

8. Only The Mauraders Knew All The Passageways

Again, this turned out to be quite handy for Harry and his friends, as the Mauraders Map showed them all the passages in and out of the school that no one else knew about. Except… why would a group of four students be the only ones to know about all the secret passages in and out of the school? The one to the Shrieking Shack makes sense, of course, but it seems a bit far-fetched that the only students who were aware of all the passages were these ones – including the caretaker and groundskeeper, who would presumably know them perfectly well.

7. Students Must Keep To A Strict Curfew…

On the surface, this seems to be a totally logical rule – students have to stay in their dorms after lights out, for their own safety (and because they are children and need a certain amount of discipline). However, it stops making so much sense when you realize that no bathrooms are ever mentioned inside the dorms – although they are repeatedly mentioned in the hallways. It’s also worth noting that detentions often take place at night, and there are no curfews in the dorms themselves – why bother having one in the halls, then

6. …Unless You Get Locked Out

The Hogwarts Castle curfew makes even less sense when considering the number of times that students reference being stuck outside of their dorms; having forgotten the password to get in, or been unable to solve the riddle. It’s suggested that students would even have to sleep out in the hallways if no one could let them in… which means that they would be breaking curfew, presumably. It seems that it’s ok to be in the hallways and out of bed as long as you are sleeping by the common room door, which makes absolutely no sense.

5. Pets Are Allowed, Even Hundreds Of Them

Finding somewhere pet-friendly to live isn’t an easy job, so just head to Hogwarts – where every student is allowed to bring a pet with them (a cat, a toad, a rat, or an owl… or a pygmy puff, once Fred and George started selling them). Except… with hundreds of students at the school, presumably, things start to get a little bit chaotic in the dorm rooms, with dozens of cats chasing rats and toads all over the place, while owls swoop in? Can’t be the most hygienic, either (not that we’d want Harry Potter without Hedwig and Crookshanks, of course!).

4. No Electronic Equipment (Even For The Muggle-Born)

The Muggle-born occupy an interesting space at Hogwarts – witches and wizards who had no clue this world even existed until their eleventh birthday, and who have to get used to an entirely new way of life. And that includes having no electronic equipment because it is against the rules at Hogwarts (and wouldn’t work, thanks to all the magic in the air). Which means that muggle-born kids aren’t allowed to call their parents, or their friends at home, and just have to rely on letters for their entire school year. Seems a bit harsh, really

3. The Castle Is Not Responsible For Tardiness

The castle involves all kinds of slightly frustrating pitfalls – nothing too dangerous, but annoying little things, like staircases that move of their own accord, or the include trick steps that will suck you in and keep you stuck. Which is all very interesting… but it seems that a Hogwarts rule states that even if it is the castle that prevents a student being on time to class, they are still dinged points. It seems that these students are expected to be on time, even if actual magic is attempting to prevent it – which is a lot stricter than most Muggle schools!

2. The Paintings Are Allowed To Visit Each Other

In most of the wizarding world, paintings follow some fairly strict guidelines. Paintings can talk, and the portraits can visit their portraits hanging elsewhere, or leave the frame. However, in the Hogwarts halls, paintings seem to have an ability that doesn’t exist elsewhere in the wizarding world rulebook – that they can wander freely through each other’s paintings, as long as they are within the school. Except not all of them… Phineas Nigellus claims that he cannot go wandering from portrait to portrait, only between his own two paintings. The rules of painting magic are clearly being bent in this castle.

1. No Magic In The Corridors

One of the weirdest Hogwarts rules is the one forbidding magic in between classes and in the corridors – and this is one that is routinely broken by pretty much everyone. After all, who could pack a few hundred young people into a castle, teach them how to use magic, and then forbid them from actually using it outside a classroom or dorm? It also makes no sense, as any anti-bullying rules would surely be about the intent of behavior – magical or non-magical, and students might even want to practice their magic while on the way to class… which is something most teachers would want to see!

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