#470 – The Order of the Phoenix – Chapters 32-38

The Christian Nerd

Once I got to the last few chapters of The Order of the Phoenix I couldn’t put the book down. J.K. Rowling has the amazing ability to slowly build her story and then ramp up the excitement and tension. The fight between Harry and his friends and the Death Eaters captivated me, so much so that I could hardly wait to turn to the next page.

Below are some thoughts from the final seven chapters of The Order of the Phoenix.

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Harry Potter and the Closet of Horrors

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Today I need to do important real life things so here is a very old fan fiction. Now I’m probably going back to twitter when I should be reparo-ing my life.

It was Harry Potter’s 7th year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and he was once again lurking in the girl’s toilets. This was not just because he and his good friend Ron Weasely were perverts; as well as checking out Hermione and Moaning Myrtle they were concocting a Polyjuice potion (does this plotline seem oddly familiar?).

Considering Voldemort’s breathtaking return to power you might have thought they would have found a more useful way of spending their time. The answer to this is that in their own twisted reality they could not make a plan without somehow involving Polyjuice potion, or keep their noses out of things that were clearly none of their business. The purpose of…

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The Hunger Games: A Sociopolitical Analysis, and Rhetoric on the Necessity of Hollywood

Sound + Noise

Director Gary Ross’ first attempt in the segmented adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games has been produced with more than enough resource to draw from. Not only is Collins’ book trilogy politically relevant at the time the film’s release, but the Hunger Games brand has garnered a worldwide fanbase of young enthusiasts, eager for more.

Now, backed by a $78,000,000 budget, a team of the best CGI professionals money can buy has been assembled to turn the tween reading sensation of the year into a major box office hit. Pulling in $152,535,747 (USA) from over 4137 screens around the world in just the opening weekend alone, this phenomenon of mainstream industry has even drawn competitive comparisons to its written-series-to-screen predecessors: Harry Potter (Rowling) and Twilight (Meyer).

However, one element setting The Hunger Games apart is the political and social rhetoric of its source material. Collins’ novels, in their three volume…

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Not a Flaw: Nagini

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There’s a quote you may have heard:

“Yes, it’s rather funny, really, that next to no-one realised the snake that Harry set free in Philosopher’s Stone turned out to be Voldemort’s final Horcrux, Nagini.”

— J.K. Rowling

Yeah, you may also have heard that it isn’t remotely true. The snake from the first book is a Brazilian boa constricter which is non-venomous whereas Nagini is poisonous (She bites Arthur) and Voldemort probably found her in the forests in Albania where he was hiding. In the films the boa constricter is given a male voice but Nagini is female. The boa constricter is also described as having  ‘glistening brown coils’ whereas Nagini is green.

So yes, NOT TRUE, IT ‘S A FAKE QUOTE.

Sorry, I just saw someone repeating the supposed ‘fact’ again hence all the caps and bold type.

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Great Film Villains Part Four: Voldemort

The Beehive Speaks

Harry Potter Series, 2001-2011 A snake in human form, Voldemort is one of the most recognisable and terrifying villains the literary and cinematic world has ever seen. His story, or rather that of Tom Marvolo Riddle, is fleshed out across the seven books/eight films exceptionally well, so by the end we feel that we know him almost a well as Harry himself. Brilliantly portrayed by Ralph Fiennes, Voldemort has become a childhood staple for my generation and, most likely, generations to come. Despite a hilarious puppet depiction, Voldemort remains a sinister, unpredictable figure, not aided by the fact that he has no nose.

 

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Potted Potter makes magic

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The Unauthorised Harry Experience: A Parody

When watching or reviewing a performance that attempts to condense and summarise seven of the highest grossing books of all time, it goes without saying that there will be spoilers. So, if you have not read the Harry Potter (HP) series, please do not read on.

But, saying this, if you still want a good night out and a unique performance, Potted Potter will still make sense. In fact it seemed that the story and franchise served mostly as a platform for this performance to explore the increasingly diverse nature of satirical stage theatre. The opening ‘scene’ serves not as a prologue but a more a letter of warning from the performers on just what it is that is about to take place. This rehearsed warning makes it seem as if the actors wait every night to witness the audience react to something completely…

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