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josh04
Oct 19, 2008

oscar winning cinema enthusiast





Ghost Leviathan posted:

Snape is literally just a grown man in a position of authority being openly pissed at a pre-teen because he didn't get to gently caress his mom.

There's a whole bit where Snape is the only one who can teach Harry about psychic defenses and doesn't really work because he hates Harry so much, and when Snape switches jobs and a better Potions teacher comes out of retirement Harry suddenly does a whole lot better at it. Snape is a lovely teacher.

An emotionally stunted man inappropriately furious at children in his care is very representative of the British private school system. The only thing missing is a scene where Snape rearranges the classroom so the students he wants to leer at are all sat at the front.

MonsieurChoc posted:

It really clicked for me when I finally got around to reading Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

Great book and movie btw. I should get around to watching the series one of these days.

I watched the series a year or so back, it's really good. The film is dripping with style but the series really gets the mucky, crappy seventies feel to everything.

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amigolupus
Aug 25, 2017

This is the dance
of our people



Thinking about it some more, magical anime body pillows would probably be enchanted just like those wizard mirrors that sass and nag you about your hygiene.

TheAardvark
Mar 3, 2019



I never looked it up before, apparently at some point Rowling defined the process to become an animagus:

https://harrypotter.fandom.com/wiki/Animagus

You have to hold a leaf in your mouth for an entire month and then brew a potion.

Also your animagus form is pre-determined. Lolling at the idea of some wizard taking the potion only to find out their animal form is a goldfish and flopping around on the floor.

reignofevil
Nov 7, 2008


I bet I can come up with 3 reasons being a goldfish is better than being regular Peter Pettigrew.

TheAardvark
Mar 3, 2019



I just remembered how arduous the books make it out to be and I'm mad about it

What part of this is difficult or would have taken McGonnagall until she was 17 to do?

quote:

Animagus is holding the leaf of a mandrake in their mouth for an entire month, using the leaf for the creation of a potion, reciting an incantation (Amato Animo Animato Animagus) on a daily basis[2], and drinking the Animagus potion during a lightning storm.

Why are there no animaguses in all of Harry's time at Hogwarts?

Why does that wiki page say that it's debated whether or not someone's Animagus form can be a dementor?

Daikloktos
Jan 1, 2020



You can be a magical-creature Animagus at all?

W.T. Fits
Apr 21, 2010


They'll never see it coming...


The whole "your animal form is predetermined" is dumb. The books implied that the Marauders chose their forms specifically to make it easier to hang out with Lupin while he was in werewolf form. Peter taking on the form of a rat so that he could deactivate the willow, and James and Sirius becoming a stag and a dog because they'd be large enough to keep Lupin in check if he went out of control and tried to attack a human.

Daikloktos posted:

You can be a magical-creature Animagus at all?

According to the article, it's debated, but believed to be possible.

VanSandman
Feb 16, 2011
SWAP.AVI EXCHANGER

I subscribe to the belief that if it isn't in the books it doesn't exist.

Ghost Leviathan
Mar 2, 2017
how about we just not have the toilet cthulhu

I'd say Rowling should just farm her poo poo out to ghost writers to create a massive terrible beta canon to expand her fortune with, but I guess the fanfic already has that covered.

TheAardvark
Mar 3, 2019



it would be pretty rad actually if she licensed out the setting to some filmmakers. I would watch the hell out of a quentin tarantino movie in harry potter world

Ghost Leviathan
Mar 2, 2017
how about we just not have the toilet cthulhu

I suppose that's kind of what they tried to do with Fantastic Beasts but lol

Sharkie
Feb 4, 2013

Something looks fishy.






Could Moaning Myrtle physically interact with objects? I don't remember, but if she could, it seems like she could do the animagus spell, transform into an animal, and finally escape the toilets. Right?

Cause that's a really depressing and hosed up scenario that I was annoyed was always played for laughs.

reignofevil
Nov 7, 2008


Wizards have some kind of banishment spell for when they really need a ghost to leave. The staff decided having a bathroom none of the students would actually use would be neat.

amigolupus
Aug 25, 2017

This is the dance
of our people



Ghost Leviathan posted:

I suppose that's kind of what they tried to do with Fantastic Beasts but lol

I never watched the movie, how bad was it?

reignofevil posted:

Wizards have some kind of banishment spell for when they really need a ghost to leave. The staff decided having a bathroom none of the students would actually use that Filch is forced to mop and clean every hour would be neat.

Fixed for maximum wizard assholery.

TheAardvark
Mar 3, 2019



amigolupus posted:

Fixed for maximum wizard assholery.

it's his fault for being a dirty, dirty squib


actually being a squib would be pretty dope because you could still go buy spells and potions and poo poo to make yourself a god amongst the muggles, magic up a huge dong, etc.

Zore
Sep 21, 2010




amigolupus posted:

I never watched the movie, how bad was it?



Movies, plural.

And the second one ends with Wizard Hitler taking a strong stance against the actual Nazis while our heroes stand against him.

TheAardvark
Mar 3, 2019



Sharkie posted:

Could Moaning Myrtle physically interact with objects? I don't remember, but if she could, it seems like she could do the animagus spell, transform into an animal, and finally escape the toilets. Right?

Cause that's a really depressing and hosed up scenario that I was annoyed was always played for laughs.

oh just found this on the wiki. learning a lot today

quote:

The Ministry of Magic seems to have at least a degree of power and jurisdiction over ghosts, as Moaning Myrtle was forced to return to her place of death, which was Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, when she disrupted the wedding of the brother of Olive Hornby.[11]

which cites this line from book 4:

quote:

"-and then, of course, she went to the Ministry of Magic to stop me stalking her, so I had to come back here and live in my toilet."

so she had the ability to leave Hogwarts until the cops got mad at her. now she lives in a toilet.

josh04
Oct 19, 2008

oscar winning cinema enthusiast





"Get back in the loving toilet, no we don't have any idea how you died and frankly we don't care."

Smirking_Serpent
Aug 27, 2009






Buglord

josh04 posted:

"Get back in the loving toilet, no we don't have any idea how you died and frankly we don't care."

TheAardvark
Mar 3, 2019



Zore posted:

Movies, plural.

And the second one ends with Wizard Hitler taking a strong stance against the actual Nazis while our heroes stand against him.

beginning to think this is honestly just realistic the more I learn about the whimsical world of Harry Potter

VanSandman
Feb 16, 2011
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josh04 posted:

"Get back in the loving toilet, no we don't have any idea how you died and frankly we don't care."

Why didn't the toilet ghost go live with her presumably still alive parents.

Daikloktos
Jan 1, 2020



https://twitter.com/jk_rowling/stat...8782848?lang=en

BIG FLUFFY DOG
Feb 16, 2011

On the internet, nobody knows you're a dog.

VanSandman posted:

Why didn't the toilet ghost go live with her presumably still alive parents.

The parents actually came to live with her. No one likes to talk about that chapter of Hogwarts history.

BIG FLUFFY DOG fucked around with this message at 04:07 on May 24, 2020

Ghost Leviathan
Mar 2, 2017
how about we just not have the toilet cthulhu


This is the funniest thing she's ever written and it certainly wasn't on purpose

Feldegast42
Oct 29, 2011



VanSandman posted:

I subscribe to the belief that if it isn't in the books it doesn't exist.

The only Harry Potter that is canon is My Immortal

Also isn't Grindelwald from the second Beasts movie modeled after the UK's greatest monster, Jeremy Corbyn

Feldegast42 fucked around with this message at 13:12 on May 25, 2020

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VanSandman
Feb 16, 2011
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Ghost Leviathan posted:

This is the funniest thing she's ever written and it certainly wasn't on purpose

Hard agree.
Although some of the coincidences in the 2nd book get pretty ridiculous.

Also re: Grindlewald being based on Corbyn, I'd believe it. Rowling was notoriously Blairite, which is just... despicable.

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