The Lighthouse First Look Photo: The Director of The Witch is Back

Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson boast some impressive facial hair in the first-look photo from Robert Eggers’ new horror film, The Lighthouse. It’s been a few years now since Eggers broke out onto the scene with his feature debut, The Witch. Fully titled The Witch: A New England Folktale, the drama earned a whole ton of buzz at Sundance in 2015 and is still ranked among the best horror movies of the decade by many genre buffs. It also made a star out of Anya-Taylor Joy, before she went on to appear in M. Night Shymalan’s Split and Glass.

However, like a lot of arthouse horror offerings, The Witch struggled to cross over into the mainstream. It didn’t need to, fortunately, and ultimately grossed ten times its $4 million budget at the global box office. While Eggers reportedly still wants to reunite with Taylor-Joy on a remake of the silent vampire classic Nosferatu, his sophomore effort will take on the form of an original movie titled The Lighthouse. Now, A24 has begun to pull back the curtain on the film.

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While The Lighthouse doesn’t have a release date just yet, it’s been confirmed to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival as part of the Directors’ Fortnight program in May. Dafoe and Pattinson are starring in the film as (respectively) a 19th century lighthouse keeper known as Old and his younger associate. In response to the Cannes announcement, A24 released an image of the pair in the movie online. Take a look in the space below.

Among other things, The Witch was celebrated for its unsettling, tense sense of atmosphere and meticulous attention to historical detail (from its natural lighting to its archaic New England dialogue). The Lighthouse is expected to have most of the same qualities, and was shot in black and white 35 mm no less. Dafoe and Pattinson certainly have the look of working-class men who keep a lighthouse running in the 1800s down pat, based on this image alone. The film is described as a fantasy, so there’s presumably some supernatural element to the story that contributes to the harrowing, isolated nature of their existence (a la the family in The Witch).

For Pattinson, The Lighthouse marks yet another intriguing development in his evolution as a character actor. The Twilight star has left his heartthrob days firmly behind in order to play a variety of roughshod and sometimes downright repulsive characters in recent indie and/or arthouse films like Good Time, The Lost City of Z, and this month’s High Life. Similarly, The Lighthouse sits next to Midsommar on this year’s list of anticipated scary offerings from filmmakers who made their grand entrance with acclaimed, if decidedly cult horror movies in the past few years. It’s definitely one to keep an eye out for.

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Source: A24

2019-04-23 01:04:33

Sandy Schaefer

Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina: 5 Witch Traditions/Figures Based On Myth (5 That Are Completely Fictional)

Viewers have been spellbound by Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, right from the theme song’s first eerie note. Based on characters from Archie Comics, this Netflix original series is the second TV depiction of the enchanting Sabrina Spellman. The first was the hit ’90s sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch. It was light and wholesome, giving the audience a cauldron of laughs complete with magical hijinks and talking cat. On the flip side, Sabrina offers a deliciously darker take on its beloved source material.

The show features an array of spooky spells and hair-raising hexes. An innocent girl is cursed with blindness. A sleep demon terrorizes the Spellman family in their dreams. Though many of Sabrina‘s magical elements are invented by the writers, several have roots in real mythology. This adds an air of credibility to the show, though sometimes Sabrina misses the mark entirely. Here is Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: 5 Witch Traditions/Figures Based On Myth (And 5 That Are Completely Fictional).

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10 Based On Myth: Lupercalia

In Sabrina, Lupercalia is a traditional holiday observed by the Academy of Unseen Arts. It takes place around the same time as the mortal Valentine’s Day, but it’s not lovey-dovey. Sabrina‘s Lupercalia is kicked off by a random coupling of men and women. Once paired, they go off into the woods together to feast and enjoy a night of “unholy abstinence”. Zelda describes it as a “lusty pastoral festival”.

Lupercalia really was an ancient Roman ritual, with the purpose of cleansing the city of evil spirits and promoting fertility and good health among its citizens. Sabrina stays true to many of Lupercalia’s rituals, such as the coupling, and also rubbing blood on each other’s foreheads and wiping it off with milk-soaked wool. However, other aspects of the festival were left out, such as men chasing women with strips of goat hide. If caught, the woman would be whipped with the hide to increase her chance of fertility.

9 Fiction: The Harrowing

The Harrowing is another tradition at the Academy of Unseen Arts. Much less pleasant than Lupercalia, the Harrowing is a magical hazing ritual performed on new students. The purpose is to force students to endure the same torment as the Greendale Thirteen, a group of persecuted witches. The Weird Sisters subject Sabrina to the Harrowing on her first night. Though many do not survive, Sabrina perseveres and is able to turn the ritual against the Weird Sisters. This results in them agreeing to cease this brutal tradition.

Though this barbaric behavior may have been inspired by real-world scandals, the Harrowing has no known roots in mythology.

8 Based On Myth: Yule log

‘Tis the season to be haunted. The Spellman family celebrates Winter Solstice with the traditional burning of the Yule Log. As Zelda instructs, it must be left burning all night to ward off evil spirits. But how boring would that be? Who wants to sit around and watch a log burning? For the sake of evil—and the viewers’ entertainment—Mary Wardwell/Madam Satan extinguishes the log. A gaggle of ghosts is released into the Spellman home.

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In reality, the Yule log isn’t just a yummy dessert; it was really a major component in European Christmas festivities. Like the Spellmans, families would burn it throughout the night. However, it wasn’t to protect themselves from demons and ghosts; it was to ward off everyday maladies like the common cold.

7 Fiction: Feast Of Feasts

This Sabrina tradition seems to be more inspired by The Hunger Games than any existing practices, ancient or modern. That’s probably for the better, because the main dish at the Feast of Feasts is a witch. Every family member of the Church of Night must select a representative who is then placed into a lottery. The selected witch becomes Queen, and is treated to three days of pampering by a handmaiden of her choosing. At the end of the three days, the Queen sacrifices herself as dinner for the Feast.

While viewers surely wish they had Sabrina’s powers, this is one element of witch life best left unconsumed.

6 Based On Myth: Gryla And The Yule Lads

A terrible name for a rock band, but riveting additions to the show. In Sabrina-lore, Gryla is a witch who lost her child during a famine. She and another witch made a pact to kill their children for food. Gryla followed through but the other witch did not. Cut to a thousand years later and Gryla is on a mission to find a replacement for her lost son. The Spellmans summon her after the Yule Log incident, with the hopes that Gryla will relieve them of the Yule Lads, a group of prankster ghosts.

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Gryla and the Yule Lads originate in Icelandic myth. It was believed there were thirteen Lads who would visit children during the Christmas season. They would bring a gift or punishment, based on the child’s behavior throughout the year. Gryla was much more frightening, as her way of dealing with naughty children was to eat them. Suddenly a lump of coal is looking pretty appealing…

5 Fiction: Malum Malus

The Malum Malus is an enchanted apple which, when eaten, tells the consumer their future. Sabrina finds one and asks whether or not she should go through with her Dark Baptism. The Malum Malus instantly turns rotten and treats Sabrina to the disturbing image of witches hanging from a tree. The image disappears when she spits the apple out.

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“Malum Malus’ is Latin for “evil apple”. While forbidden fruit has its obvious biblical allusions, apples aren’t generally seen as a means of predicting the future. More traditional methods for doing so include tarot card readings or scrying, otherwise known as crystal gazing.

4 Based On Myth: Baphomet

This is perhaps Sabrina‘s most controversial borrowing from mythology, as it resulted in a lawsuit. The show features a statue of Baphomet, a goat-headed deity, at the Academy of Unseen Arts. The Academy is a breeding ground for the show’s most notorious villains. The statue is treated as a representative of Satan himself. At times, main antagonist Madam Satan has prayed to it.

The Satanic Temple didn’t take kindly to Baphomet’s depiction, referring to it as defamatory and accusing the show of damaging cultural appropriation. The Temple filed a $50 million lawsuit for copyright infringement, stating that the statue on the show bears an eerily close resemblance to one of their own creation. A settlement has since been reached, with the Satanic Temple given credit on the remaining episodes that feature the statue. Other details on the settlement remain undisclosed.

3 Fiction: Book Of The Beast

Have you ever been asked to sign anything and joked that you’re “signing your life away”? Well, those who sign the Book of the Beast are doing just that. During a witch’s Dark Baptism, the witch vows to serve the Dark Lord for life. To solidify the agreement, the witch signs the Book of the Beast in their own blood.

A blood ritual is all well and gross, but real-life witches are tired of seeing them in Hollywood. In an interview with real witches, many agreed the idea of a witch signing herself to the dark side was ridiculous. Anna McKerrow, an eclectic Pagan witch, said real witchcraft “tends more to the holistic and embraces the dark as a necessary complement to the light.

2 Based On Myth: Lilith

Mary Wardwell’s original name was Lilith. The story of Lilith originates in Jewish mythology. As Adam’s first wife, she was booted out of the Garden of Eden because she refused to submit to him. Lilith became the first witch after meeting Lucifer, a fallen angel, and healing him back to the health. As a tribute to him, Lilith/Mary Wardwell refers to herself as Madam Satan.

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Though different versions of her tale have varying details, the Sabrina iteration is quite faithful to the source. Perceptions of Lilith have shifted over time as well. Originally, she was viewed as a corruptor of good values. However, in contemporary society, many view her as a feminist symbol for refusing to bow to the patriarchy. This is what Sabrina is all about, making Lilith an apt mythological figure for the show.

1 Fiction: Dark Lord

Obviously, the figure of Satan is based in the real world. In Sabrina, the Dark Lord is the all-powerful figurehead of the Church of Night. Witches worship and adore him. This is in stark contrast to real witches, most of whom do not believe in Satan, let alone worship him. Many Wiccans recognize multiple deities, including the Goddess, who represents the divine feminine.

Many witches are offended at another Hollywood vehicle conflating Satanism and witchcraft. However, others see the Dark Lord as a symbol of patriarchy. Pam Grossman, a witch, told Huffington Post: “Even the witchly Church of Night is controlled by oppressive male figures. And one of the things I love best about the show is that Sabrina is trying to combat this and find her own, self-directed way of doing magic.”

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2019-04-20 03:04:52

Liz Hersey

Scarlet Witch & Vision TV Series Confirmed, Titled WandaVision

Marvel and Disney have officially confirmed a television series surrounding the characters of Scarlet Witch and Vision, to air on the upcoming Disney+ streaming service under the title of WandaVision. This news comes a day after it was reported that a Hawkeye series would also air on Disney+, and a few months after a series surrounding the two Avengers characters was rumored to be in development. This all seems to be part of Marvel’s strategy to utilize the upcoming streaming service to tell more intimate stories about characters who haven’t necessarily had the screen time to shine in the big Avengers team-up movies.

While Disney+ has yet to launch, the company behind the streaming platform is working on a plethora of shows centered in both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Star Wars canon, seemingly in an attempt to draw more subscriptions in what is already a crowded streaming market. A Falcon & Winter Soldier series was also announced alongside WandaVision, which will focus on yet more supporting characters in the MCU, hopefully in an effort to flesh out its underutilized characters in a long-form environment like television.

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At the Walt Disney Studios’ investor meeting, which focused on the Disney+ streaming service and its upcoming launch, WandaVision was confirmed by the company. The series will focus on both Scarlet Witch and Vision, and will bring back actors Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany in starring roles.

While it’s not surprising that WandaVision was confirmed by Disney, the title itself definitely is. It was previously rumored that the show would be called Vision and the Scarlet Witch, which certainly has more of a comic book feel to it (in fact, there was a comic story with the same name released in the 1980s). WandaVision is certainly easier for fans to remember, however, and definitely has a nice ring to it. There’s no word yet on when to expect the show or how many episodes it’ll have, but that will surely come in due time.

Captain Marvel and Black Widow scribe Jac Schaeffer will write and produce WandaVision for Disney+, though there’s no information available on when the story will take place in the MCU continuity or what that story will be. Presumably, it will focus somewhat on the romantic relationship between Scarlet Witch and Vision and how it develops. Whether that includes drawing from their complex relationship in the comics remains to be seen. Either way, fans can be assured that WandaVision is on the way.

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Source: Disney

2019-04-11 04:04:05

Corey Hoffmeyer

Will The Last Witch Hunter 2 Happen? Here’s What We Know

The original was a fun but forgettable fantasy adventure but will Vin Diesel return for more in The Last Witch Hunter 2? Given Vin Diesel’s current franchise dominance, it’s hard to imagine a time he was reluctant to make sequels. He passed on both 2 Fast 2 Furious and xXx 2 to work on other projects, but it was his return in 2009’s Fast & Furious that boosted his career to a new level.

He’s starred in every entry since and will return once more for Fast & Furious 9. He also came back for Riddick and 2017’s xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage. The Last Witch Hunter was intended to be another potential series for the action star, where he plays an immortal hunter tracking down witches in modern-day New York. Diesel’s Kaulder is actually based off of the actor’s own Dungeons & Dragons character. Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood, and Michael Caine co-starred in the fantasy blockbuster.

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The Last Witch Hunter attracted mixed reviews and lukewarm box-office upon release, putting a sequel in doubt. Vin Diesel has shown to be persistent about projects he loves, however, so could The Last Witch Hunter 2 still happen?

Vin Diesel Teased The Last Witch Hunter 2 In 2015

Prior to the release of the original, Vin Diesel informed fans the studio was so excited by the movie they wanted to start prepping The Last Witch Hunter 2 right away. The actor labeled the would-be series the Axe and Cross franchise and the studio wanted him to block out time in his schedule for a follow-up.

Talk of a franchise immediately went cold following The Last Witch Hunter’s release, with the movie grossing less than $150 million worldwide on a reported $90 million budget. Factoring in marketing costs, its unlikely the movie turned a profit during its theatrical run. The fantasy project did particularly poorly in the U.S. too, taking in less than $30 million.

Vin Diesel Has Resurrected Dead Franchises Before

The weak financial return of the movie would seem to rule out The Last Witch Hunter 2, but Diesel isn’t one to let go of a series he’s fond of. The character of Riddick in Pitch Black helped make him a star, but after the disappointing box-office of 2004’s The Chronicles Of Riddick that franchise appeared dead. He refused to give up on it and helped finance a lower-budget follow-up simply labeled Riddick, which proved to be a hit back in 2013.

He did the same thing with xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage, following the box-office flop of 2005’s xXx: State of The Union starring Ice Cube – xXx 4 and Riddick 4 are currently being planned. The Last Witch Hunter may not have set the box-office on fire, but Diesel could find a way to keep the Axe and Cross series going, be it a lower-budget sequel, video game or another medium. The Last Witch Hunter 2 doesn’t appear to be in the works but given Diesel’s track record, a follow-up isn’t necessarily out of the question either.

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2019-04-04 08:04:32

Padraig Cotter

Scarlet Witch Isn’t As Powerful as Captain Marvel in the MCU – Here’s Why

In the MCU, Captain Marvel is a whole lot more powerful than Scarlet Witch – but just why is that the case? The MCU doesn’t have a whole lot of female heroes – Captain Marvel is the first to headline her own movie – but the few that have been introduced are some of the most powerful in the shared universe.

In the comics, Scarlet Witch and Captain Marvel have completely different origin stories to the MCU. Wanda Maximoff has been the subject of countless different retcons; she was originally conceived as a mutant, but Jason Aaron’s Uncanny Avengers run established that she was in fact granted her powers as a result of the High Evolutionary’s genetic experimentation. More recently, James Robinson’s Scarlet Witch series changed Wanda’s origin yet again, revealing that Wanda had actually inherited her mystical abilities from her mother, and was the latest in a long line of sorceresses to claim the mantle of the Scarlet Witch.

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Captain Marvel, meanwhile, gained her powers after her body was exposed to the alien energies of an exploding Kree device; she was later given a power-up when another alien race, the Brood, experimented upon her. Carol’s origin, too, has recently been retconned with the revelation that her mother was a Kree, making the superhero a hybrid with greater potential to wield cosmic power from the moment of her conception.

In the MCU, though, both have very different origin stories, both tied to Infinity Stones. And yet, they’re clearly operating on very different power levels. What’s going on?

  • This Page: How Captain Marvel & Scarlet Witch Compare In The MCU To The Comics
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In the comics, Scarlet Witch has the potential to be the single most powerful superhero on Earth. She’s a skilled sorceress and is training to be the female equivalent of Doctor Strange. Most notably, Wanda has an affinity to an elemental force known as Chaos Magic, sorcery so potent that even Stephen Strange believed it was a myth. This is because Wanda was born at Mount Wandagore, where one of the Elder Gods named Chthon had been imprisoned millennia ago; he touched her spirit with his own, granting her access to his own power. Without Chthon’s intervention, Scarlet Witch would have been a simple sorceress with a propensity for energy manipulation; but because of Chthon, she can manipulate the very fabric of reality itself. At its most basic, Wanda can generate so-called Hex Bolts, affecting probability on a localized level and blasting enemies aside. But she’s quite capable of operating on a totally different scale, rewriting reality at a whim.

This powerset was best demonstrated by the “House of M” event. Suffering from mental instability, Wanda literally created an entirely new timeline, one that replaced the normal reality. In this timeline, the people Wanda loved had all been granted their heart’s desire; given that included Magneto, who she believed to be her father, this reality was very different to the normal Marvel Universe. But the nature of Chaos Magic appears to be that it creates its own flaws, and as a result the reality was unstable, with a flaw introduced that led the Avengers and the X-Men into learning the truth. When confronted, Wanda restored the normal timeline, but in a moment’s insanity she uttered a single curse; “No more mutants.” This triggered a spell that depowered 98 percent of the world’s mutant population, and came close to rendering the entire mutant race extinct.

The comic book version of Captain Marvel is powerful, but she doesn’t operate on anything like this scale. Carol Danvers is probably one of the most efficient energy manipulators in the entire Marvel Universe, a physical powerhouse who’s able to absorb and redirect energy with ease. At her peak, she can tap into a so-called “white hole” that allows her to transform into her Binary Form, where she can go toe-to-toe with alien armadas. It’s a similar power level to the one seen in Captain Marvel – but it’s nothing like the comics’ Scarlet Witch.

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The MCU’s versions of Scarlet Witch and Captain Marvel are both very different to the comics, and oddly enough there are distinct similarities between their MCU origins. In the case of Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers was exposed to a blast of Tesseract energy when she destroyed a Space Stone-powered engine created by the Kree Mar-Vell. Her body somehow absorbed this energy, and the Kree believed she’d have died then and there if they hadn’t infused her with their blood and turned her into a Kree-human hybrid. It’s worth noting that Captain Marvel probably doesn’t have the unlimited power of an Infinity Stone; she was only exposed to a fraction of the Tesseract’s power. But according to Marvel, it was enough to make Carol the most powerful hero in the entire MCU.

In contrast, Scarlet Witch’s MCU origin is a little more complex. Like Captain Marvel, she gained her powers after being exposed to an Infinity Stone – in this case, the Mind Stone. The process Hydra followed is unclear, and oddly it granted Wanda and her brother Pietro completely different powers. The Marvel Studios Visual Dictionary hinted that the Mind Stone may not actually be the source of Scarlet Witch’s abilities, which may explain this. “Whether it altered her or merely unlocked something latent inside Wanda,” the book notes, “the Infinity Stone on Loki’s scepter bestowed incredible powers of the mind.” This careful wording suggests Marvel has a lot of liberty to reveal that Scarlet Witch could be a latent mutant, her powers activated by the Mind Stone. Oddly enough, though, Kevin Feige (via ComicBook) has suggested an alternative. In one interview back in 2017, he suggested that Scarlet Witch’s abilities in the MCU may actually be mystical, analogous to Doctor Strange’s but raw and untrained.

Whatever the truth may be, these two women both have a strong connection to an Infinity Stone. In Captain Marvel, the Skrulls noted that Carol Danvers’ energy signature operates on exactly the same frequency as the Tesseract, and in fact that allowed them to work with her to trace the Tesseract. Meanwhile, in Avengers: Infinity War Vision observed that Scarlet Witch’s powers have a similar “signature” to the Mind Stone; that’s why Wanda was able to destroy it. Taken together, these comments strongly suggest that the relationship between Scarlet Witch and the Mind Stone and Captain Marvel and the Tesseract is intended to be similar, if not quite analogous.

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Captain Marvel is Way More Powerful in the MCU

For all the aforementioned similarities, the MCU has handled Scarlet Witch and Captain Marvel very differently. In the case of Scarlet Witch, Wanda’s powerset has been adjusted from the comics so that she’s a potent telepath and telekinetic (although it’s notable that recent movies have increasingly treated her telekinesis as some sort of energy effect, equivalent to Wanda’s destructive Hex Bolts in the comics). Every film seen Scarlet Witch operating at a greater power level; in Avengers: Age of Ultron her telepathy overcame Thor’s mind, in Captain America: Civil War she easily defeated Vision in battle, and in Avengers: Infinity War she was able to hold off Thanos – with the power of five Infinity Stones – while simultaneously destroying the Mind Stone. Given these accomplishments, you could conclude Scarlet Witch may well be the single most powerful Avenger.

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Captain Marvel operates on a completely different scale. Her powers were initially kept in check by a Kree inhibitor, but Carol was able to overcome this by sheer force of will, and was subsequently able to manipulate energy in unprecedented ways. She was able to take to the skies and repel a Kree attack force single-handedly, destroying an entire Kree capital ship. Even more impressively, she showed no sign of needing to even catch her breath after doing so, whereas Scarlet Witch’s greatest feats left her exhausted. All this strongly suggests that, while there are similarities between Scarlet Witch and Captain Marvel, they are most certainly not the same.

So why are there such notable differences between Scarlet Witch and Captain Marvel in the MCU, when both women are tied so closely to similar power sources? There are a number of key possibilities, the most obvious being that each Infinity Stone is different, and thus each wouldn’t necessarily have the same effect. The Space Stone appears to be a limitless reservoir of cosmic energy, power that almost demands release. The Mind Stone, in contrast, is much more mysterious. What’s more, at the risk of anthropomorphizing complex cosmic phenomena, there have been hints that both these Infinity Stones possess some sort of consciousness or will, which naturally means the Stones could actually have chosen how to affect the two women.

A second possibility is simply that they could have undergone different processes. In the case of Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers’ body was exposed to an untamed explosion of Tesseract energy; Scarlet Witch was exposed to the Mind Stone under controlled conditions as part of Hydra’s experiments. One absorbed the energy of an Infinity Stone directly, the other is said to have been “altered” by one. That distinction may be similar to Scarlet Witch in the comics; Wanda would have developed to simply be a standard energy manipulator had she not been touched by Chthon.

There is one final possibility, though: that there’s a limit to how much power a member of a different race can wield before being overwhelmed by it. That would fit with Guardians of the Galaxy, where the half-Celestial Peter Quill could hold the Power Stone where others would have been disintegrated if they even touched it. If that’s the case, Scarlet Witch’s human body can only handle so much energy before burning out, explaining why she’s so exhausted after her most notable feats. But the Kree transformed Captain Marvel into a Kree-human hybrid, meaning the limits of her physiology are very different to Wanda’s. If that’s true, it can only be speculated what a full-blooded Kree would be capable of if they too absorbed Tesseract energy.

However the MCU chooses to explain it, there’s no doubting that Captain Marvel really is the most powerful hero going into Avengers: Endgame and MCU Phase 4.

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2019-04-04 06:04:16

Thomas Bacon

Robert Zemeckis’ The Witches Casts Anne Hathaway as Grand High Witch

Anne Hathaway is playing the Grand High Witch in Robert Zemeckis’ The Witches adaptation. Angelica Huston famously brought the villainous Grand High Witch to life in the late Nicolas Roeg’s 1990 adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel, with the assistance of some impressively grotesque prosthetics and makeup. While Roeg’s movie bombed at the 1990 box office and was largely disowned by Dahl (who disliked how the film ends on a happier note than his book does), it was generally respected by critics in its day and has since taken on cult status over the last three decades.

Dahl’s Witches novel was published in 1983 and tells the story of a young British boy raised by his Norwegian grandmother, a former witch hunter who frequently tells him stories about her encounters with witches over the years. When the pair take a vacation to a fancy English hotel, they end up stumbling upon a witch convention – masquerading as a gathering of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children – that is presided over by the witches’ leader: the Grand High Witch, a terrifying figure who has devised a plan to get rid of all the world’s children in one fell swoop.

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So far, Zemeckis has confirmed that his Witches adaptation (which he’s both writing and directing) will change the story’s setting to the Gothic South and have distinct sociological overtones. While it remains to be seen how else his interpretation differs from Dahl’s book and Roeg’s movie alike, it appears the filmmaker has found his Grand High Witch. Variety reports that Hathaway has closed a deal to play the villain, having now worked out a potential scheduling conflict with her role in Warner Bros.’ upcoming Sesame Street movie.

As delightfully freakish as Huston is as the Grand High Witch, it’ll be fun to watch Hathaway put her own spin on the character – a villain who, like the other witches in Dahl’s book, has a bald head, clawed fingers, square-end feet, and despises children like there’s no tomorrow. Hathaway has rarely (if ever) gotten to play a character who’s quite as whimsically evil and nasty as the Grand High Witch before, which should make it all the more entertaining to see what the Oscar-winner does in the role. If all goes well, she will – gently – traumatize a whole new generation of children, much like Huston did before her.

On the other hand, Hathaway’s casting may only go so far to assure those who are wary of this new adaptation. Zemeckis, for his part, is coming off an ambitious (and costly) misfire with Welcome to Marwen and has made some worthwhile live-action films in recent years, but nothing really groundbreaking by the Back to the Future director’s standards. While the Gothic South setting and reports that Zemeckis’ The Witches will feature a pair of black leads are intriguing, people are also concerned that the storyteller with resort to cliches and stereotypes in his portrayal of the South (as some felt he did with Forrest Gump in particular). Still, it’ll be interesting to see how this one turns out, at the end of the day.

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Source: Variety

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2019-01-16 01:01:13

Vision & The Scarlet Witch Series Can Bring Magneto To The MCU

Marvel’s Vision and the Scarlet Witch TV series could potentially introduce Magneto, the Master of Magnetism, into the MCU. Marvel Studios is currently working on a number of limited series that will release exclusively on the upcoming Disney Plus streaming service. One of the most exciting of these shows stars Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany as her synthezoid lover, the Vision. The two have essentially been secondary characters in the MCU to date, and this gives them their chance to shine.

The Scarlet Witch is of particular interest to Marvel lovers because, in the comics, she’s usually portrayed as a mutant sorceress. With the Disney/Fox acquisition now looking inevitable, there’s a lot of speculation that Marvel could retcon Scarlet Witch as a mutant in the MCU as well. The recently-published Marvel Studios Visual Dictionary has supported this, suggesting that the Mind Stone may not be the origin of Wanda’s powers at all; instead, it says that the Infinity Stone “unlocked something latent inside Wanda,” hinting at the presence of latent mutants in the MCU.

Related: X-Men Theory: How Galactus And Phoenix Force Can Be Easily Retconned Into The MCU

New reports have suggested that the upcoming Disney Plus TV series will be called Vision and the Scarlet Witch. While this may seem like an innocuous enough title, it’s actually quite a significant one. Marvel Comics has published two “limited series” with the same title: a four-issue miniseries in 1982, and a twelve-issue series three years later. The first of these, written by Bill Mantlo, is one of the most important stories in the Scarlet Witch’s comic book history. Set shortly after her marriage to Vision, it’s notable for exploring Wanda’s family background. The final issue saw Wanda finally learn the identity of her father – Magneto, the Master of Magnetism.

It’s easy to forget that the blood ties between Magneto and Scarlet Witch were always a retcon – one neatly explained in a classic comic. As Vision and the Scarlet Witch #4 revealed, after the Holocaust Magneto had avoided using his powers for years, and was even happily married. Everything changed, though, when his daughter was killed. Magneto lashed out in rage and fury, and his beloved wife Magda fled from him in terror. Although he didn’t know it, his wife was pregnant at the time. She gave birth at an exotic comic book location called Mount Wundagore, but died following complications with the birth. Magneto only learned the truth decades later, when he tracked down and interrogated the midwife. Naturally, he then sought out his children – Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver – and revealed the truth to them.

Once the Disney/Fox deal is complete, Marvel Studios will face possibly their greatest challenge to date: how to integrate the X-Men into the MCU. While the Fantastic Four are quite easy to add into their shared universe, the X-Men’s mythology is remarkably sophisticated. But, while Marvel doesn’t have the film rights to the X-Men just yet, the TV rights are a little more complicated – explaining why Iron Fist season 2 could reference the Fantastic Four’s Baxter Building, and had a number of X-Men Easter eggs. That’s led to some speculation that Marvel Studios will lay the foundations for the X-Men in these Disney Plus TV shows.

Of course, it’s possible that the Vision and the Scarlet Witch title is simply an innocuous nod to the comics. At the same time, though, Marvel will surely be well aware of the significance of that particular title. It’s entirely possible the MCU is about to retcon mutants into its history, with this Disney Plus limited series serving as the ideal opportunity to introduce a brand new version of the Master of Magnetism.

More: Every Marvel TV Show Coming To The Disney Streaming Service

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2018-12-02 11:12:54

Scarlet Witch & Vision Series Title for Disney Plus Possibly Revealed

A new report suggests that Marvel Studios’ upcoming TV series, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, will be called Vision and the Scarlet Witch. The short, six-to-eight-episode series is being created exclusively for Disney’s upcoming streaming service, Disney Plus, which will launch in 2019.

In September, it was reported that Marvel Studios was working on a range of movie-budget limited series that would premiere on Disney Plus. One of the most interesting ideas was of a series starring Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch; only a few days later, there were further reports that the series may co-star Paul Bettany’s Vision as well. The relationship between the two is a core part of Avengers lore in the comics, and was faithfully reproduced in Avengers: Infinity War, so this seemed to make sense.

Related: Infinity War Deleted Scene: Vision & Scarlet Witch Protect The Mind Stone

According to the latest report from Deadline, Vision does indeed now have co-star billing. In fact, they report that the series will be called Vision and the Scarlet Witch. It’s truly exciting to see secondary characters get top billing in some of these short TV shows. The romance between the two has been a tumultuous one in the comics, in large part because of Vision’s struggle with emotion and Scarlet Witch’s mental instability. It will be fascinating to see how Marvel Studios choose to adapt that relationship for their TV series.

Marvel fans will recognize that title as an allusion to two important arcs. In 1982, Bill Mantlo penned a four-issue miniseries called Vision and the Scarlet Witch, spinning a plot out of their recent marriage. He described them as “the strangest wedded couple in the world,” and indeed his plot treated them as such. Mantlo’s story saw the newly-weds confront everything from Samhain, the spirit of All Hallows Eve, to Nuklo, a radioactive man with the mind of a child. Significantly, this even ended with Wanda discovering that she was the daughter of Magneto, the Master of Magnetism. Three-years later, Marvel launched a second limited series entitled Vision and the Scarlet Witch. This saw the couple leave the Avengers after Vision’s mind had been corrupted by his creator, Ultron; when the United States Government refused to trust him, Scarlet Witch broke him out of Project PEGASUS and the two decided to blaze their own trail as independent vigilantes.

The future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently a closely guarded secret. Next year’s Avengers 4 is the end of the first three phases of the MCU, and it appears to be the beginning of something subtly different. It’s distinctly possible that the Vision and the Scarlet Witch series will tap into these classic stories – and explore the nature and powers of two remarkable heroes.

More: Scarlet Witch Could Be Retconned As A Mutant In The MCU After All

Source: Deadline

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

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

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

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

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

20 Some Seasons Aren’t Scary

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

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

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

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

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

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

18 Teeth Fall From The Sky For No Reason

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

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

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

17 Queenie Tried To Hook Up With A Minotaur

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

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

16 Zoe’s Hell Is Just Life Without Kyle

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

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

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

15 Aliens In Asylum Makes No Sense

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

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

14 The Musical Sequences

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

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

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

13 What Happens To Dr. Arden’s Experiments?

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

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

12 The Messed-Up Historical Figures

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

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

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

11 The Opening Sequence And Spoilers Promise More Than We Get

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

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

10 We Have No Idea What Happened To The Pig Boys

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6 Roanoke’s Reality Show Inception

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

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

5 There’s No Point To Scathach

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

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

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

4 People Are Constantly Offed Only To Be Brought Back

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

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

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

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

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

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

2 Misty Day Was Unjustly Lost

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

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

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

1 Tate Is A School Shooter

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

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

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

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2018-10-10 08:10:37 – Sara Schmidt

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

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

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

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

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

20 He Was Almost Not Sorted Into Gryffindor

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

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

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

19 He Was A Member Of The Order Of The Phoenix

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

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

18 He Wasn’t A True Believer In Voldemort

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

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

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

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

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

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

16 He Lived As A Rat For 12 Years

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

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

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

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

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

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

14 He Almost Ruined Ron And Hermione’s Relationship

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

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

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

13 Rats helped him find Voldemort

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

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

12 He Fed Voldemort Nagini’s Milk to Save Him

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

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

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

11 He Helped Capture Mad-Eye

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

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

10 Snape Got His Revenge On Pettigrew

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

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

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

9 Voldemort Loathed Him

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

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

8 He Wasn’t Skilled At Magic

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

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

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

7 He Was Surprisingly Intelligent And An Opportunist

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

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

6 The Other Death Eaters Didn’t Like Him

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

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

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

5 His Hand Was Cursed

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

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

4 He was insecure about his body

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

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

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

3 He Was Made More Rat-Like For The Films

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

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

2 He Took Voldemort’s Wand

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

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

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

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

1 His Demise Was Connected To The Marauders

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

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

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

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2018-10-10 06:10:32 – Dylan Parker