Harry Potter: Messages to Lord Voldemort removed from Scottish graveyard
04.08.2014
05:55 am

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Greyfriar's Kirkyard

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A graveyard in Edinburgh has become the focus of Harry Potter fans, who believe the cemetery contains the final resting place of Potter’s nemesis, Lord Voldemort.

Every week hundreds of Potter fans (”often dressed as wizards”) leave messages at the grave of Thomas Riddell, esquire, a 19th century gentleman, who died in 1806, at the age of 72.

Riddell is buried in Greyfriar’s Kirkyard, which is best known for its association with “Greyfriar’s Bobby” the ever faithful dog that kept watch over his master’s grave for fourteen years, but now the graveyard is attracting Harry Potter enthusiasts from all over the world.

Fans believe Greyfriar’s was a source of inspiration to author J. K. Rowling, as it contains the graves of Thomas Riddell and world’s worst poet William McGonagall, whose names are associated with the characters Tom Riddell, aka Lord Voldemort, and Madam Professor Minerva McGonagall, the head of Gryffindor.
 
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Rowling wrote many of the Harry Potter books in the Elephant House Cafe, situated across from Greyfriar’s, and has said she regularly walked through its grounds. Of further interest to Potter fans is George Heriot’s School, which borders the graveyard, and is said to have been the basis for Hogwart’s.

Last year, the Edinburgh Evening News reported on the many Potter fans leaving messages, letters and cards to Lord Voldemort at Thomas Riddell’s grave:

The notes appear to have been left by people from all over the world. One says, “RIP Tom, thank you for making us all believe in magic. You are an inspiration.”

But not all visitors believe the magic, with one mean-spirited note saying: “Dear idiots, you know there’s a difference between fiction and reality, right?”

Councillor Richard Lewis, city convener for culture and sport, is welcoming of yet another addition to the city’s tourist trail. He said: “If Thomas Riddell’s gravestone draws more visitors to this already popular destination then it is to be welcomed”

Now, Edinburgh City Council has decided to remove all notes and letters out of respect the real Mr. Riddell and his family. Officials also say they wish to “preserve the appearance” of the graveyard.
 

 
Via Edinburgh Evening News
 

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A truly unfortunate toy
03.18.2011
12:06 pm

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I suppose some people might view it as an awesome toy…

One of the comments on the reddit thread reminds us all of another unfortunate toy, Mattel’s battery-operated Nimbus 2000. A vibrating broom modeled after the Harry Potter films. It was discontinued.  

(via reddit)

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Oh my: Harry Potter re-cut as a porny film series
11.15.2010
08:43 am

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I’m not quite sure this is what J.K. Rowling had in mind when writing the Harry Potter series. It kinda gives a new meaning to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

(via TDW)

 

 

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Hogwart’s School of Evil and Devil Worship
04.09.2010
03:03 pm

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...is apparently where all the cool kids got to go.

(Everything is Terrible: Hogwart’s School of Evil and Devil Worship)

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Emotional Japanese Fangirl Shock Harry Potter and Ron Weasley
07.20.2009
01:18 pm

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Japanese fangirl interviews Harry Potter and Ron Weasley.  Tokyomango says:

A popular variety TV show called Sanma no Karakuri TV had a contest where 10,000 Japanese Harry Potter fans competed for a chance to fly to the UK, visit the set of the HP movies, and interview Ron and Harry. The winner was a high school girl named Kana Matsuda. Here’s a hilarious clip of her interviewing Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley. Watch it! It has subtitles. I’m personally a bigger fan of Ron than Harry, but if you want to watch the video of her interviewing Daniel Radcliffe, it’s here.

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SNAPE DOES BECKETT
07.17.2009
10:59 am

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While I was never a fan of Anthony Minghella, or his limp entry in the Ripley sweepstakes (for some truly great Ripley action see this, or definitely this, then, if you’re curious about Patricia Highsmith, maybe read this), I’m a huge fan of both Beckett, and the always entertaining Alan Rickman (not that Beckett, too, can’t entertain).  The 4-disc Beckett On Film ranges, in my mind, all over the place in quality, but I think the set’s standout is definitely the Minghella-helmed version of Play, starring the melancholy Snape himself.  Let’s see…Rickman’s in an urn between the also-urned Kristen Scott Thomas and Juliet Stevenson, and, well…just push “play!”  (You’ll need to push it twice, though: Play II follows below.)

Play II

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Richard Metzger’s Tell It Like It Is Review of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
07.14.2009
01:54 pm

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image Well, there is simply no beating around the bush about this one. No mitigating factors. Nope, none. The new Harry Potter film, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” is absolutely fucking terrible. Not a disaster, just a total bore, which is worse. Please don’t shoot the messenger, I sincerely expected to like it, but man oh man does it suck. It’s mind-numbingly bad. The pacing is all wrong. It felt like we were in that theater for about seventeen hours.  My wife hated it even more than I did.

After a fantastically conceived opening sequence (one of the finest I’ve ever seen, brilliantly executed) my first thought for this review was “Harry Potter franchise kicks it up a notch! Or two!” I was fantasizing about my blurby superlatives showing up on movie posters, but… sadly t’was not to be. After the first ten minutes the film quickly dropped off in energy and intelligence. After 30 minutes, the suckiness picked up speed. Much of the script made no sense. Some—like all the villains—characters’ actions seem to have no motivation whatsoever. Aside from one or two action-oriented scenes (the Quidditch matches were remarkable), it was an absolute snoozefest.

Looks great, same great cast, all the right ingredients, I grant you that, but I will say it again: The new Harry Potter movie is godawful.

I know what you’re thinking. Your kids will still love it. Guess again. Your kids will hate it and get restless after 30 minutes. So will you. No one would love it unless the studio was paying them to love it. I don’t think the people who worked on it or acted in it love it. No one would like this movie. It’s shite. The word of mouth will be horrible.

If you read this far and you still plan to see “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”... as you are sitting there watching one of the worst big budget films in recent memory, a total piece of shit, remember this review and don’t say I didn’t warn you. Because I did.

And if you want to know how I really feel…

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