timelightbox
timelightbox:

Jonathan Short—AP Photo
March 1, 2012. A model of Hogwarts castle from the Harry Potter film series is unveiled at the Warner Bros Studio Tour, Watford, London.
From protests in Russia and the crisis in Syria to tornadoes in the Midwest United States and the Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, TIME’s photo department presents the best images of the week. See more here.

timelightbox:

Jonathan Short—AP Photo

March 1, 2012. A model of Hogwarts castle from the Harry Potter film series is unveiled at the Warner Bros Studio Tour, Watford, London.

From protests in Russia and the crisis in Syria to tornadoes in the Midwest United States and the Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, TIME’s photo department presents the best images of the week. See more here.

alcaniglia

Was Regulus Black the father of Dean Thomas?

alcaniglia:

I have been rolling a theory around in my head for a while about Dean Thomas and Regulus Black.  I’ve read various stories and on JKR’s website that Dean Thomas had a more extensive back story than what made it into the book.  What she has stated is that Dean’s biological father was a wizard who was killed when he refused to join the death eaters.  Dean was raised by his muggle mother and step-father and according to JKR, she had originally planned to have Dean discover his story as the books went on.  Eventually, she cut all of this from the books, but what if there was more…

One of the many unexplained mysteries of the stories is what really made Regulus Black change his mind about the death eaters.  According to Harry Potter Wiki, Regulus died at age 18 in 1979.  From the books we gather that something changed Regulus’s mind about the death eaters and Voldemort, enough that he double crossed them.  What could cause such a change of heart in an 18 year old?  Love.

Imagine that Regulus is an avid death eater until he somehow meets and falls in love with Dean’s mother.  A death eater loving a muggle goes against everything Voldemort stood for and Regulus would be forced to choose between love and the death eaters.  This wakes him up to the evils of Voldemort.  Before he goes with Kreacher to get the locket, he has sex with Mrs. Thomas and she becomes pregnant with Dean.  Regulus dies in 1979 and Dean is born nine months later in 1980.

I also only recently realized how young James and Lilly Potter were when they died.  According to their tomb stones, they were both 21 when they died, which means that they had Harry at 20 and got pregnant at 19.  Considering they finished Hogwarts at 18, they got busy pretty quickly.

theweekmagazine
theweekmagazine:

When Reuters/Hollywood Reporter ran an article laying out  the “eerie  links” between the Harry Potter saga and the killing of Osama bin  Laden, the mockery came fast  and furious.  But sociologists say it isn’t a joke for many members of the Millennial  generation (born 1980-2000), for whom the Sept. 11 attacks and the  Harry Potter books and movies are  formative cultural touchstones. For them, “it’s a Harry Potter  world,” says  historian Neil Howe. And now “it’s like Voldemort is dead.”

theweekmagazine:

When Reuters/Hollywood Reporter ran an article laying out the “eerie links” between the Harry Potter saga and the killing of Osama bin Laden, the mockery came fast and furious. But sociologists say it isn’t a joke for many members of the Millennial generation (born 1980-2000), for whom the Sept. 11 attacks and the Harry Potter books and movies are formative cultural touchstones. For them, “it’s a Harry Potter world,” says historian Neil Howe. And now “it’s like Voldemort is dead.”

kissing-whiskey

Ohhhh geeeeez.

sweetupndown:

I’m watching the 6th Harry Potter Film.

Will someone please, please, please explain to me why the Burrow needed to be set on fire?!

Freakin’ pointless. 

While I don’t disagree with the pointlessness of this scene, I’ve heard it’s because they didn’t want two movies back-to-back with major battles at the end…though I wonder if this was before they split Deathly Hallows into two films.

I personally wonder what happened afterwards…there’s no reference to this event happening in the first Deathly Hallow film.

Alan Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham
Back when I first heard that Alan Rickman had been cast as Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone, I pictured Snape looking similar in appearance to Rickman portraying the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.
The Snape in the Harry Potter Movies was a good physical interpretation, but I have always been a little disappointed that he didn’t look more like the Sheriff.

Alan Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham

Back when I first heard that Alan Rickman had been cast as Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone, I pictured Snape looking similar in appearance to Rickman portraying the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.

The Snape in the Harry Potter Movies was a good physical interpretation, but I have always been a little disappointed that he didn’t look more like the Sheriff.