Journey through every Harry Potter movie in 13 minutes.
See Dumbledore change actors, Neville become hot, and so, so much more. You might cry.
Hufflepuff always got a bad rap -- it's the most inclusive of the four Hogwarts houses, "valuing hard work, patience, loyalty, and fair play rather than a particular aptitude in its members."
But "Sorted This Way," a new parody of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" by Harry Potter fan group Not Literally, may be just the thing to thrust Hufflepuff into the spotlight once and for all.
IMDb user (and possible troll?) brian__007 posted a comment yesterday in the message boards for Peter Jackson's upcoming prequel The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey that accused Lord of the Rings of ripping off Harry Potter. Brian's rant quickly racked up more than 100 comments and was deleted, but not before the Internets captured a screencap.
Here's the manifesto in full:
Overall, I like Lord of the Rings. However, I do feel that Tolkien kind of rips off Harry Potter in many ways. There are several parallels, such as elves, dwarfs, wizards, goblins, trolls, magic (especially invisibility), etc. Sauron is referred to as "Dark Lord" just like Voldemort is. There is also the elder white-haired bearded wizard who serves as a mentor, Gandalf, who is reminiscent of Dumbledore. Some of the character names are similar, such as Wormtongue as opposed to Wormtail, too. There is even a gigantic spider (Shelob) at the end of "The Two Towers" that reminds one of Aragog from Chamber of Secrets. I even noticed that the plots of both series begin with the protagonists' birthday. Now I see that Tolkien, this unoriginal bastard, is coming out with The Hobbit in December. This would be fine, but why didn't he just write this book first to begin with? I still like Lord of the Rings, though–don't get me wrong–but I wonder if Tolkien has ever said in interviews whether he borrowed elements from Harry Potter. I'll be watching the extended DVDs later this week and I think he's featured on the commentary track, so I look forward to that.
Breaking J.K. Rowling News of the Day: News from the industry vine this morning is that J.K. Rowling has officially signed a book deal with Little, Brown, and will soon be releasing her highly anticipated Harry Potter follow up.
No word yet on title, plot, or publication date, but word is that the book's target audience will be adults.
So This Happened of the Day: Andy Cohen's creepy need to have Harry Potter cast members read Harry Potter slash fanfic pays off yet again, as The Boy Who Lived himself comfortably recites a snippet from a story about a rather titillating Harry/Ron rendezvous.
In related news, Daniel Radcliffe recently told Time Out London that he found Harry Potter