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Harry Potter: The Questions You Keep Asking, Answered



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It’s been over 24 years since the first instalment of the Harry Potter series was published. But regardless of the length of time passed, many questions are still left unanswered. Fansites still tear apart page upon page looking for the key to unlock J. K. Rowling’s extraordinary mind. Interviewers have fired question after question at the infamous author. Yet, when one question is answered, it seems to open the flood gates for many more.

J. K. Rowling has now moved onto crime fiction. But she still finds the odd spare moment to grace Potter fans with her virtual presence. Using Twitter to answer some of the endless questions’ fans have conjured.

Let’s take a look at some of the most valid Harry Potter questions asked on Twitter and how J.K. Rowling answered them.

What happened to Fluffy the three-headed dog?

Poor Fluffy wasn’t mentioned again after being set free in the Forbidden Forest. Never fear! Rowling is here to tell us of Fluffy’s fate.

Back in February 2015, Rowling replied to the question on Twitter. stating that ‘He was repatriated to Greece. Dumbledore liked to put Hagrid’s more foolish acquisitions back where they belong.’

Beyond the happily ever after

A snapshot of Harry, Ron and Hermione’s Happily Ever After is presented at the end of the final book. The three (and Ginny) complete the circle by walking their own children to the Hogwarts train.

But, their lives developed much more than having children. As Rowling revealed back in 2007. Hermione began her career within the Ministry of Magic. She worked in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. Here, she became instrumental in the improvements for the treatment of house-elves. After this, she moved to the Dept. of Magical Law Enforcement, where she ensured the eradication of pro-pureblood laws.

Harry and Ron took different paths. Harry became an aura, a highly trained law enforcement officer. Ron went into the family business, helping his brother run Weasley’s Wizarding Wheels.

Did Harry, Ron and Hermione return to their schooling?

There’s a huge gap at the end of The Deathly Hallows. The pages seem to jump from the defeat of Voldemort to 19 years later. So did the famous trio return to school?

Rowling stated that Hermione returned to Hogwarts to complete her NEWT’s. But Harry and Ron did not, instead, they followed their career paths straight away. Although, I’m pretty sure defeating the source of all evil scores big points on a C.V.

Harry’s scar shape is important, right?

Well, no. Unfortunately, Rowling just thought ‘it looked cool’.

Potter super-fans have other ideas, though. One Tweet back in 2019 revealed that the scar could symbolise much more. @TodayYearsOld Tweeted:

‘Did you know Harry Potter’s scar isn’t a lightning bolt, but the hand motion to cast Avada Kedavra.’

Avada Kedavra is a killing curse used within the Dark Arts. The hand movement looks like a lightning bolt, but much softer. Not surprisingly, the Tweet went viral and caused shock waves through the Potter community.

What does Hufflepuff’s common room look like?

We are taken on a trip to Slytherin and Ravenclaw’s common room, and we spend a lot of time in Gryffindor’s. So, when fans asked Rowling for a description, she was only too happy to oblige.

‘The Hufflepuff common room is accessed through a portrait near the kitchens, as I am sure you have deduced. Sorry – I should say ‘painting’ rather than portrait because it is a still-life. It is a very cosy and welcoming place, as dissimilar as possible from Snape’s dungeon. Lots of yellow hangings, fat armchairs, and underground tunnels leading to the dormitories. All of which have perfectly round doors, like barrel tops.’

Is there more than one Wizarding school?

If you are one of those people who watch the films before the books. You’ll have probably asked ‘Is Hogwarts the only school for wizards?’. In this instance, it’s the books that hold the key, and if you take notes in ‘The Goblet of Fire.’ Students from other schools arrive at Hogwarts to attend the Tri-Wizard Tournament.

The books reveal more about a couple of schools, such as the Palace of Beauxbatons. Beauxbatons is a beautiful chateau situated in the Pyrenees mountains of Southern France. Durmstrang is another, and one of the three largest in Europe. Durmstrang is situated in the northmost regions of Norway or Sweden and is known for its Dark Arts.

Rowling has since revealed more schools, including Castelobruxo, Mahoutokoro, Uagadou and Ilverymorny.

Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood end up together?

It’s a no, which has disappointed fans. But the two remained close friends as Luna followed a career in Wizarding Naturalism. She became famous for tracking rare creatures before marrying Rolf Scamander.

Neville married fellow Hogwarts student Hannah Abbot. Surprisingly, Neville became an aura before returning to Hogwarts as a Herbology Professor.

Did Draco Malfoy get his just desserts?

This is a big one for Potter fans who wished to see Draco pay for everything he subjugated Harry to. But, as The Deathly Hallows hints, it appears he went through a huge transformation.

Draco was a complex character, not only a member of Slytherin, but he was also a bully. But much of his behaviour came from his upbringing.

Draco tried to prove himself to the Dark Lord, only to be rescued by the three he often tormented. This caused him and his mother to neglect Voldemort once it was believed Harry was dead. The two avoided Azkaban, and he went into a very dark place, emotionally. But he emerged a changed man. He had a wife and a son, and a simple nod to the trio 29 years on seemed to solidify that he had changed.

Thanks for reading our article on unanswered Harry Potter questions now answered. Did you already know these? Did we miss any big ones? Let us know in the comments below.

Check out 5 Hidden Messages In Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows That You Missed HERE.

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DC Villains We Want To See More Of



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Since 1951 when the first Superman film hit our screens (Superman and the Mole Men). We’ve had a plethora of Detective Comics-based films and TV shows. Covering all walks of the DC universe, including the many amazing villains!

With a lot of these stories, the narrative is based more around the superhero or supergroup. So much so that across these films and TV shows there are many anti-heroes that didn’t quite get the rollout they deserved. Maybe they were in a TV show and only got a small part? Or they were a part of a film that didn’t quite hit the mark? Or they’ve only been seen as an animated character.

Below are our top six picks of DC villains that have great backstories. But who deserve more airtime and the chance to cause our beloved DC superheroes some real havoc.

6. Circe

One of the supervillains that haven’t yet been given the accolade of coming to life in a live-action movie is Circe. A quick whited ancient sorceress based on the Greek mythological character from Homer’s Odyssey. When she was created in 1949 by Robert Kanigher and Harry G Peter she was the rivel of Wonder woman. Her Magic is one of the strongest of all the DC villains. It seems to have no limits and includes tricks such as mind control, magical blasts, and her most popular trick turning people and objects into animals.

Wonder Woman’s films are building within the franchise. They are bringing to life other amazingly underrated villains like Cheetah (Kristen Wiig). We can’t help but think that we may see Circe in the not so distant future. There are so many great actresses that could play her including the likes of Megan Fox or even Mila Kunis.

5. Thaal Sinestro

There are a few amazing villains that we’ve probably missed out on due to some box office flops. That never rings truer than with Green Lantern.

Unfortunately, as the 2011 film, starring Ryan Reynolds got a lot of poor reviews, any hope of a sequel was brushed under the carpet. This meant some of its great villains for pushed back into the comic book pages. This is a shame as the Green Lantern story is a great one and it has a very complex and forceful villain at the heart of the story.

In the comics Sinestro, who was created by John Bromme and Gil Kane, was at one time a Green Lantern Corps member. He actually instructed Hal Jordan (the human Green Lantern). But after abusing his powers he was dishonourably discharged from the Green Lantern Corps. He then started up Sinestro Corps and became the sworn enemy of Green Lantern.

In the 2011 film, Sinestro was played by Mark Strong, who did a really great job. He nailed the character. It was just unfortunate that we didn’t get to see more of him and his cunning and devious personality. Fans of Green Lantern have been pushing for a reboot for a while and have earmarked Luke Evans as Sinestro which could work! Yet this is all hearsay and wishful thinking at the moment and hasn’t been confirmed. But, there is apparently a Green Lantern TV show coming to HBO. And IF it goes ahead, we’re sure we will see a lot of Sinestro there too which we hope they nail as this villain really is one of the best.

4. Live Wire

A supervillain that has been brought to life more recently in the Supergirl TV Series (by Brit Morgan). And also in Smallville (by Anna Mae Routledge) is Live Wire. She’s a relatively new character to the DC villains world as well only being created in 1997 by Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer for Superman: The Animated Series.

The Radio presenter/electrically charged villain only had her first comic book appearance in 2006 in edition 835 of the Action Comics.

A sworn enemy of Superman. This villain has been seen alongside Lex Luther and helping with his masterful plans. But like a few of the villains in the DC universe, she has also been known to flip flop between good and evil too. At one point in the comic books, she even helped Professor Hamilton defeat Brainiac. As she’s so new to the universe, she has a sympathetic disposition and has only had a few TV appearances. She could really be brought to life and moulded with an interesting story arc.

Also, as she is a friend to Lex Luther, this could slot her nicely into Zack Snyders Next Justice League film. Well, that’s if we are to read into the Justice leagues post-credit scene of course?

3. Brainiac

From comics dating back to 1958, animated TV series and video games. Brainiac has been a constant enemy of Superman, threatening and trying to destroy Superman’s home planet of Krypton where he was created.

Brainiac has had some small live-action storylines on Smallville and Krypton. But it was his superhero descendent Brainiac 5 from the 30th and 31st centuries of the DC Universe who’s had more success as a recurring character on Supergirl from season five.

But it’s the original evil and ruthless Brainiac created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino, from the planet Colu, who we really want to see on the big screen.

With today’s special effects and award-winning makeup departments, it would be easy to bring this all green extra-terrestrial android villain to life. Making sure he was recognisable with his three distinctive electric power portals in his head. The franchise might need a bit more budget. Especially for Brainiacs aesthetics, demeanour and electrical antics. But we’re sure that’s something Zack Snyder could sort out.

2. Nekron

Now, this badass supervillain hasn’t even had a live-action outing yet! Why? We have no idea, but he deserves one.

Like Brainiac it could be the level of special effects. Or maybe more likely, like Thaal Sinestro it could be because he hails from the Green Lantern Universe. Which as we have already discussed may have trouble getting a reboot due to Mr Lanterns first unsuccessful outing.

Nekron who’s look is the embodiment of death, Scythe and all, was created by Mike W. Barr, Len Wein and Joe Staton, in 1981 for the Green lanterns ‘Blackest Night’ storylines.

The Lord of the unliving is one of the most powerful forces in the DC Universe. Not only does he possess immortality, but he can bring others back from the dead too. On top of that, he can also fire bolts of dark lighting and he gains physical strength from the deaths he causes. He is defiantly one not to mess with and would make an unforgettable villain maybe even one that could rival Marvels Thanos.

1. Poison Ivy (Dr Pamela Lillian Isley)

Many of us can agree that Batman & Robin (1997), is possibly the worst of all the Batman films. IMDB even gave this film an eye-watering 3.8 out of 10, eek. But, within this line up of DC Characters is one of the most iconic female villains in Gotham – Poison Ivy, played by Uma Thurman.

As well rounded as her character arc may have been, nothing could have really saved this movie. Urgh, remember all its cheesy lines, the Batman GothCard and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s questionable Mr Freeze? Not even the scene where Poison Ivy appeared burlesque dancing out of a pink Gorilla costume could save it.

Since Poison Ivy’s appearance in Batman & Robin, she’s only been depicted in the animated series. Plus a few TV series including Canadas Nightwing (2014) and in Gotham (2014 – 2019). But they changed her name to Ivy Pepper in this series. They didn’t really give her the same back story as when she was created by Robert Kanigher and Sheldon Moldoff.

A Catwoman team-up?

From her first DC Comic appearances in 1966, the seductive and devious, plant-loving Poison Ivy often found herself teaming up with Catwoman and Harley Quin. This makes us wonder why none of the films has included her again. Granted she isn’t a member of the Suicide Squad or Birds of Prey, but she could have easily teamed up with Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman in The Dark Night Rises (2012).

Dr Pamela Lillian Isley is screaming out for a reprieve and if you think about it, she’s even got the personality to command a film or TV show of her own.

So come on film gods, give us another Poison Ivy role. There’s a host of amazing actors that could really bring her to life including Lili Reinhart, Zoey Deutch or even Emma Stone.

So, there you have it, these are the six DC supervillains we would love to see more of in the future, what do you think? Did we miss anyone out? If you have a favourite supervillain you think needs another shot at the big or small screen let us know in the comments below.

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