Movie of the Week – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

After being sick all week, I was finally able to go to the movies and watch The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. And it blew me away!

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I cried the whole time! The story is amazing, deep, well written, emotional. The characters are awesome, with many layers and not the same type as in the first movie. And not all is what it seems.

Jennifer Lawrence is, as always, great as Katniss. Katniss is not exactly the same anymore, because, as Haymitch Abernathy puts it, the winners don’t get to live, they survive!

Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta is much more developed than on the first instalment, and it’s kind of impossible not to fall in love with him. He’s clearly in love with this girl, who’s in love with someone else, and there he is, taking care of the other guy and telling her that she has to survive for him?! Come on… Again Haymitch says that she’ll never deserve him, he’s right!

But I was blown away by Elizabeth Banks’s Effie. She’s the one that made cry the most. Elizabeth Banks played perfectly the struggle between doing what she needs to do and knowing that it’s wrong.

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Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Amanda Plummer and Lynn Cohen are impressive in their roles as Finnick, Johanna, Wiress and Mags, the last one is brilliant without saying a single word! And the scene in the elevator with Johanna was priceless!

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I loved it, we can almost map out the exact moment when Katniss realized that she can’t live without Peeta. And she makes Haymitch promise that he’ll make him survive, Peeta has to live, without realizing that the whole point of everything is taking her out alive… that she’s the symbol of the revolution…

London: Day 4 – Harry Potter Day!

My fourth day in London, Thursday 21st November, was my Harry Potter day, that is, it was the day I made the journey to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter and saw Hogwarts!

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To my surprise, the whole entrance in the studio and everything is extremely well organized. I hardly waited in any lines. I got there, went to retrieve my entrance ticket, and proceeded to the hall with access to the shop and bar, to wait my time of entrance. I got into the shop and immediatly realized that I was in big trouble, because I wanted to buy everything… =/ Also had time to try another amazing latte from Starbucks: Gingerbread Latte (this and eggnog are the flavours we don’t get around here). The entrance was decorated with an amazing Christmas tree, covered in snow and photos of all the characters around the walls. There was also a Ford Anglia hanging from the ceiling and a giant Time-Turner.

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Getting in, we are first led to a room where we hear the story of how the first book was brought to screen and then we go to a theatre where the three main characters explain to us that this studio was their home for 10 years, how they were a family and the most important people in this “world” are the ones we never get to see. Finally, the screen comes up to reveal the doors to the Great Hall!

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Smaller than it appears on the movies, but still huge for a movie set, the Great Hall is amazing, with all it’s details, stone floor, fireplaces and Christmas decorations. At the end of the Great Hall, we can see the clothes worn by the main Professors. Snape is the only professor who never changes his wardrobe throughout the 8 movies (except for the side of his cape, for the dramatic effect of HP & the Deathly Hallows pt 2), given that Alan Rickman felt that his character would maintain his clothes unchanged.

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After leaving the Great Hall, we go to the sound studios, where the rest of the sets and props are. Amazing to see how they accomplished to film such a variety of scenes on back to back sets of completely different places. All sets were decorated for Christmas.

Just a small guide to the picture below (from left to right, top to bottom): Ron’s bed in the boy’s dormitory, Leaky Cauldron’s inn corridor, The Burrow, several articles os WW and other printed stuff from the art department, several props such as the golden snitch or the deluminator, notices from Umbridge’s reign over Hogwarts, Magic is Might statue from the Ministry of Magic, access to Dumbledore’s office.

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When I say the Magic is Might monument, I almost teared up… so sad! But the display of the wands has to be my favourite piece in there (if you see the full size picture, you can read all the names)! Also, when I “grow up” I want to own all the wands and display them like this…

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After we see a lot of sets, clothes, wigs, props, brooms and how they work, the Ministry fireplaces and all that, we are then taken outside to see the exterior sets. There we see nº4 Privet Drive, the Potter’s destroyed house, Hogwarts bridge, the 3 decker Knight bus, the chest pieces from HP1, Tom Riddle’s grave and statue featured in HP4 and we have Butterbeer. I had read a lot of things about butterbeer, mainly that it wasn’t good, but I loved it. True that it’s a bit sweet, but it’s unlike anything I ever tasted before… although, several hours later and three meals after, I still had that sweet taste in my mouth.

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Then, we enter the exposition of the mechanics and prosthetics and so on, where we see a lot of creatures used in the movies as well as the prosthetics of all the goblins, etc. I had no idea that they used a mechanical head for some shots of Hagrid (given his size), or that Lupin’s werewolf was not totally CGI, or that all the creatures such as the dragons, basilisk, etc, were at least partially built and they moved! Mandrakes, Mer people, giant’s heads, Buckbeak, Dobby, Goblins and dying Voldemort, amongst other things.

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Then we take a few steps and we’re on Diagon Alley (full of Muggles)!

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Ollivander’s, Flourish and Blotts, Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour, Eeylops Owl Emporium and Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes shops are some amongst many others that we can see.

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From then, we enter the world of architecture, art and models. It’s amazing the amount of planning and time that went to the planning and building of the amazing and fantastic world of Harry Potter.

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And then we finally get to Hogwarts! And I was loving the studio tour so far, bur this, well… this is something else! It’s Hogwarts!

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Words cannot really express how amazing this is, it’s totally magical!

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Just before we reach the shop, we go through the “inside of Ollivander’s shop”, with some Easter Eggs. You’re supposed to find the names of the actors and so on, on the boxes of wands! I found: Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Maggie Smith, Richard Harris, JK Rowling, Alan Rickman, Gary Oldman, Evanna Lynch, Matt Lewis, Natalia Tena, Tom Felton, Bonnie Wright, Mark Williams and Ralph Fiennes.

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Off we go to the gift shop! So, remember my problem of not knowing which wand to choose? I ended up buying four wands… yes, four!!! But just one for me =(. My eldest niece asked me for the Harry Potter wand and my youngest niece just wanted a wand… so, if I was bringing wands for both of them, I had to get one for my nephew…

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Hermione’s is mine, is just so gorgeous! Harry Potter’s for my niece, Bellatrix’s for my other niece (she sometimes reminds me of Bella… and the wand is just beautiful). For my nephew I picked up Voldemort’s because I honestly fell in love with the wand and I’m secretly hoping that he won’t want it…

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I also bought a box of bertie botts every flavor beans and a chocolate frog, for Christmas =)

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I got back to London relatively early, so I went for the complete HP package and went to Kings Cross, but platform 9 3/4 was packed with people and I could get a decent shot without anyone in it.

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That was it! My Harry Potter day =D!!!! AMAZING!!!!! So happy I went to the studios, I honestly think I will be back there each time I go to London… also, I now have a goal of owning every wand that is on sale… they’re precious!

London: Day 3

My conference ended, so Wednesday, 20th November, was a day to visit the city!

I managed to sleep in a little and then proceeded to watch The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Got off at Green Park, stopped in the park for coffee – big mistake, given that there are no trash cans around the Palace, did you know that?! I had to walk all the way to Buckingham Palace Road to dispose of the coffee cup.

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The band played a theme from James Bond, but I didn’t see much, I mainly saw the top of people’s heads. When I was finally ready to leave, given that I wasn’t seeing much and it had started to rain a bit, it started to hail, heavily!!! And I couldn’t go anywhere, because the guard was still leaving the Palace so no one could go through!!! Nice… I had to go to a gift shop to buy an umbrella, although I was already soaking wet!

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I went then to Hyde Park Corner do proceed to Harrods and the Museums. I got in Harrods and I got lost! Man, that place is a labyrinth, I don’t know how anyone gets around in there knowingly… I found what I wanted though, the Harry Potter and Doctor Who merchandise.

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Yeah! That’s a Marauder’s map and a Gryffindor sword. And a real life size of a Nimbus 2001…

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The prices though are sky high in there, the wands (from the Noble collection) are somewhat 8 to 10 pounds higher than on other places.

From then I went to the Science Museum. The museum has a great space and a great collection, but focus to much in engineering and medicine =/… Still totally worth it! Here is the DNA molecule model, built in 1953 by Watson and Crick!!

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And a model of the pig Insulin, from 1967!

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I then went to the next door, to the Natural History Museum, where they have outside an espetacular ice ring.

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I have serious mixed feelings about this museum. No doubt they have a spectacular collection of several species of birds and other animals, but they are stuffed animals and when you think of it, it’s kind of creepy!

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If you don’t get what those are, they are hummingbirds.

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Then I went (again) to Oxford street, where I’m totally in love with John Lewis department store, mainly the fourth floor, where they have an array of beautiful yarns and sewing machines, and the ground floor, where there is an amazing array of mixers and baking accessories… Heaven!

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London: Day 1 & 2

I got off to a rocky start! My plane was delayed for over 2h30min, which meant that I arrived at Gatwick around 8:15 pm!!!

I finally managed to get to the hostel around 10pm, got into my room and was unpleasantly surprised by my bed – let me clarify that at the time of the booking, I requested a bottom bunk, so when I get to the room and see that the bunk beds have 3 levels and I’m on the middle, I wasn’t exactly thrilled. The room was complete and I was exhausted, so I went to sleep, thinking that maybe it wouldn’t be so bad. It was, I don’t know why exactly, but I slept terrible – I was cold at first, because the window was open (for the smell of over 12 pairs of shoes), then in the middle of the night it was extremely hot, someone had closed the window and now there was the body heat and breathing of 12 full grown adults… that was the first night!

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So on Monday I woke up quite early to get to the conference meeting: “Ancient DNA: the first three decades” at The Royal Society. It took me awhile to get myself oriented around the conference site, but I managed. And WOW! I could have spent the day hearing Dr Carles Lalueza-Fox (Institute of Evolutionary Biology, Barcelona, Spain) and Professor David Reich (Harvard Medical School, USA) talking about Neanderthals and Denisovans. At some moment, talking about the cut marks present on the Neanderthals from El Sidron, which are a sign of cannibalism, Dr Lalueza said: “Apparently, if you’re a cannibal, you can’t miss the tongue” – because of a specific cut mark that indicated the removal of the tongue. After presenting the data that indicated that there was some inbreeding between late Neanderthals and fairly modern Humans, someone asked Professor Reich: “So, you’re saying that they copulated?”, Reich avoided the word, maintaining the term of inbreeding, but he eventually said an undertoned “yeah” when the person in question didn’t gave up on the subject.

The afternoon was dedicated to microbes and diseases, with a fascinating talk about the “Ancient Pathogen Genomics” of the Y. pestis (black plague) and the M. leprae (leprosy) from Dr Johannes Krause (University of Tübingen, Germany). I find this subject fascinating and the papers are something else!

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When I ot back to the hostel, I was in desperate need to charge my phone! I’m a travelled girl, and I always carry around my universal charger, but it happens that due to the disposition of the electic sockets of my bunk bed, the charger didn’t fit, I looked around the room and nothing, the only electric sockets that exist are on the beds, and are all the same. So I came down to the common room, but the waiting list to charge stuff was quite big – I guess a lot of people has the same problem – so I complained in the reception desk, because it isn’t my fault that the sockets are not prepared to receive adaptars. So they lend me one small one!

Today morning I asked if I could change to the bottom bunk, and said yes… not all is lost!

The conferences today were somehow less on my area of interest – sure, the subject was mainly domestication (correlated to the Neolithic revolution), on subjects as crops and chicken. The second talk on chickens though, blew us all away! Dr Greger Larson (Durham University, UK) gave the funniest I ever heard. He started his talk explaining why Professor Dr Ian Barnes should be stopped and how he was glad that for once, Ian was not invited to speak at this conference and he then explained why: Dr Ian Barnes has better stories, better data, better everything, and he’s funnier that everyone in that room combined (and mind you, there were more than 200 people there). Following this, he explained that it’s not because something is fixed that it means that it’s old, explaining then how several kind of media would report such news! – Hilarious!!!! Super funny, made his point on his results, criticizing at the same time some of the huge problems on the way we get our information nowadays:

Daily Mail: “Shocking waste of taxes on study that proves all 100 million UK chickens are dirty foreign birds”.
Editors of high profile journals: “Chickens are first and best domesticated animal”. (Extra brownie points for getting two superlatives into one paper!)
BBC: “Yeti proven to be giant chicken”. 2bps of 16S perfectly matches a chicken.

To end an amazing presentation, Dr Larson “contacted” Dr Ian Barnes to comment on the “Yeti proven to be giant chicken” conclusion:

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Sadly, the conference came to an end today!

Now back at the Hostel (now on the bottom bunk, charging my PC and phone at the same time in the common room), I’m planning my day tomorrow! On the plans are the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, the Natural History and Science Museum, and the British Museum. Hyde Park and Harrods are also on my plans.

AH, and I tried the delicious eggnog latte from Starbucks! =D

OHHHH, AND IT’S FREAKING COLD!

Fandoms and Knitting: Doctor Who Scarf Completed!

After around 3 weeks of starting it – Fandoms and Knitting: here I go! – and a lot of soared fingers later, the Fourth Doctor Scarf is done and in time for the big Celebration.

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Even though I made it smaller than the pattern, it still turned out pretty big – my father is right: I will have to be careful for it to not get stuck on the subway doors…

Now all that’s left is to finish my beanie (to go with the scarf because it’s freaking cold in London) and to pack my bag! =D

Fandoms and Knitting: 3 goals!

Fandoms and Knitting: here I go!

Fandoms and Knitting: Progress!

Fandoms and Knitting: 4th Doctor Scarf at 50%!

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Book vs. Movie

This is probably one of my favorite book of the series, loosing, obviously, to the Half Blood Prince.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Book vs. Movie

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Book vs. Movie

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Book vs. Movie

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Let’s start from the beginning: Harry Potter, aware of the Restrictions of Underage Wizards for the Use of Magic, does not preform the Lumos or Lumos Maxima spell while reading and doing his homework. Instead, he uses a simple torch to do his homework without his uncle knowing and hides all his stuff under a floorboard.

On his birthday, Harry receives a Pocket Sneakoscope from Ron, a Broomstick Servicing Kit from Hermione and The Monster Book of Monsters from Hagrid. Ron’s letter also informs him that Mr Weasley got a money prize, allowing him to have a new wand, and that they all went to Egypt to visit Bill: “Harry scanned the moving photograph, and a grin spread across his face as he saw all nine of the Weasleys waving furiously at him…Right in the middle of the picture was Ron, tall and gangling, with his pet rat, Scabbers, on his shoulder…“.

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Aunt Marge comes to Privet Drive to stay for a few days. During this time, Harry promises he’ll be on his best behavior, in order to get his uncle to sign the permissions form that allows him to visit Hogsmeade during the school year. He blows her up after she’s already been there for a few days and after enduring her treatment and horrible manners for a while. After being blown up, she doesn’t wander off, instead she floats up to the ceiling.

After boarding the Knight Bus, Harry claims to be Neville Longbottom, thinking that if the Ministry finds him, they might arrest him for performing magic outside of school.

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Harry spends a good amount of time in The Leaky Cauldron! He visits Diagon Alley daily, where he sits eating ice cream and doing his homework. When he finally meets up with Ron and Hermione, the three of them go to the Magical Menagerie, in order for Ron to get a “Rat Tonic”, given that Scabbers isn’t looking that well, and Hermione has her mind set on getting an owl, ending up buying Crookshanks instead.

During the Dementor’s attack in the Hogwarts Express, Ginny and Neville are in the same compartment as Harry, Ron, Hermione and Lupin.

When they get to the Castle, Professor McGonagall calls Harry and Hermione, so that Harry can be examined by Madam Pomfrey and so that Hermione can receive her Time-Turner in private. This causes both of them to miss the sorting ceremony.

During their first class of Care of Magical Creatures, there are a lot of Hippogriffs around, the movie however, only shows Buckbeak. Also, when Harry rides on Buckbeak, they only fly once around the paddock.

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Given Malfoy’s injury, Snape makes Ron and Harry assist Malfoy in the preparation of his potion during class.

In the book, Peeves describe Sirius Black’s attack on the Fat Lady’s portrait after learning about this from her when he saw her in a portrait on the fourth floor, in the film it was the Fat Lady herself that described the attack from a nearby portrait.

After the attack, the Fat Lady portrait in the Gryffindor house entrance is replaced by one of Sir Cadogan.

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During the Gryffindor-Hufflepuff Quidditch match, Hermione casts the Impervious spell on Harry’s glasses in order for him to able to see. Harry falls from his broom and Cedric catches the Snitch, after which he wants a rematch, saying that he did not see Harry fall and for this their victory isn’t fair, but everyone agrees that they won fairly.

Such a pity that they didn’t explain the Marauder’s Map origin properly on the film! They didn’t explain that they all became Animagus or why they did it or the writing of the map… pity!

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Harry actually goes to Hogsmeade twice through the secret passage. The first time he goes there, without his Invisibility Cloak, he listens to the conversation between Fudge, Madame Rosmerta, Hagrid and McGonagall about Sirius Black, by hiding under Ron and Hermione’s table (so all three of them listen to the story). After learning that Sirius is his Godfather, Harry becomes angry and depressed, also due to many people knowing it and not telling him.

Harry receives his new Firebolt for Christmas, right after his Nimbus 2000 was destroyed. Not knowing who sent it, Hermione tells Professor McGonagall, who confiscates the broom for a long time in order to make sure that it’s not jinxed. Eventually, Sirius reveals that he’s the one who sent the broom, to make up for 13 years of gifts that he wasn’t able to send.

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The Christmas feast was held with only 13 people.

When Buckbeak’s trial is settled, Hermione and Ron help Hagrid with his defense.

Ron and Harry stop talking to Hermione for a long time, Ron believes that her cat killed Scabbers and Harry is mad because she told on him about the Firebolt. Hagrid is the one who sets them straight and then they all make up.

In the book, during his first anti-dementor lesson, Harry has two failed attempts to ward off the Boggart/Dementor. Also, the memory that he uses to make the Patronus work is the memory of how happy he was that he would be leaving the Dursleys, not one of his parents like in the movie.

Sirius gets in the Gryffindor dorms at night and tries to kill Wormtail, who’s sleeping in Ron’s bed. He manages to get in because Neville loses the paper he has of the passwords to the common room.

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During the Gryffindor-Ravenclaw Quidditch game, Marcus Flint, Crabbe, Goyle and Malfoy dress up as Dementors do throw off Harry, but he produces a Patronus and makes them fall of. Also, this game introduces Cho Chang and Harry is immediately attracted to her.

In his second trip to Hogsmeade, Harry takes his Invisibility Cloak and throws mud-balls to Draco and his friends. During this, however, Harry’s cloak slips and Draco sees his head floating midair, learning about Harry’s unauthorized visit to the village. When this happens, Harry and Ron are alone, given that they weren’t on speaking terms with Hermione.

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Snape catches Harry with the map in the hall right after he climbed up the One-Eyed Witch’s hump after being seen by Malfoy in Hogsmeade. When Snape is insulted by the Marauder’s Map, each Marauder says something different: “Mr. Moony presents his compliments to Professor Snape and begs him to keep his abnormally large nose out of other people’s business. Mr. Prongs agrees with Mr. Moony and would like to add that Professor Snape is an ugly git. Mr. Padfoot would like to register his astonishment that an idiot like that ever became a Professor. Mr. Wormtail bids Professor Snape good day, and advises him to wash his hair, the slime-ball.

Also, Harry never sees Peter Pettigrew’s name on the map!

In the book Hermione slaps Malfoy (the punch in the nose in the movie works fine as well =)).

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The Gryffindor-Slytherin Quidditch match where Gryffindor defeats Slytherin and wins the Quidditch Cup was omitted.

Professor Trelawney’s Prediction happens during Harry’s examination and long after Hermione has left the class.

Crookshanks’ role is almost entirely removed. His friendship with Padfoot, him stealing the passwords and giving them to Sirius and his role in the Shrieking Shack were completely cut.

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Let’s make something very clear: in the books, Ron is generally depicted as being cool headed, brave and heroic under stress, while Hermione was depicted as being nervous, terrified and frightened. Somehow, in the movies, their roles got reversed.

Sirius, a.k.a. Padfoot, grabs Ron by the arm and Ron’s leg is broken by the Whomping Willow.

The story regarding the origin of the Shrieking Shack and the planting of the Whomping Willow at Hogwarts is omitted, as is most of the Marauder’s story.

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In the book, Snape holds a grudge against all the Marauders, given that Sirius almost killed him on a prank and James saved his life. Given this, when Snape confronts Sirius and Lupin he’s agitated, angry, even bounding and gagging Lupin and threatening Hermione with expulsion. After this, Ron, Hermione and Harry try to disarm Snape, causing him to hit against the wall and go unconscious (in the movie only Harry disarms Snape, and Ron and Hermione are rather shocked by this).

Snape had to be suspended in mid-air by magic to be brought out of the Shrieking Shack and he was not there to protect the trio when Lupin transformed into a werewolf. Snape gains consciousness only after Sirius and Harry become unconscious because of the Dementors.

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Hermione is with Harry and Sirius when they are attacked by the Dementors.

In the film, when Harry and Hermione go back in time, Hermione throws an ammonites fossil at Harry to get his attention, so he can see Fudge and Macnair coming to Hagrid’s hut. Hermione later howls like a wolf to call Lupin away from fighting Padfoot, in turn causing him to come after them instead, at which point they are rescued by Buckbeak. In the novel, neither of these two events occurs.

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In the book, Harry is alone when saving himself, Hermione, and Sirius from the Dementors due to Hermione and Buckbeak being in Hagrid’s empty cabin when they went there to hide after Lupin transformed to avoid being attacked and Harry went out to scout ahead.

Sirius sends a letter to Harry through a little owl, in which he gives Harry permission for his Hogsmeade visits the following year. He also informs that the little owl is for Ron, to replace Scabbers.

When Harry gets out of the Hogwarts Express and meets his uncle, he tells him that he has a Godfather, who’s a convicted criminal and has escaped prison.

#SaveTheDay – The Day of The Doctor!

Two weeks to go, oh yes! And finally BBC released not one, but 2 trailers of The Day of The Doctor Anniversary Special, after a teaser had been released a few days ago.

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In the teaser trailer, Clara and the Eleventh Doctor clearly see something that’s not suppose to be there (right about now the net is swimming with speculations). But the thing that probably caught every Whovian eye was the scarf that the lady is wearing… right? If you see this and don’t know what I’m talking about, see this: Fandoms and Knitting: 3 goals!.

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Then today, BBC released the 2 trailers for the special that brings together 10, 11, Rose, Clara and the Forgotten Doctor.

Here wee see Gallifrey, the Daleks, the Dalek fleet, John Hurt is looking for the Doctor and Ten remarks that he came to the right place (eheh, his face is epic!).

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We get the Zygons and UNIT, and a lot of things blowing up. Eleven in a fez and Amy’s glasses and Ten in his glasses – EPIC!

Rose – thought I’m not quite sure which Rose this is, because she certainly doesn’t look like the Rose who traveled with either of the Doctor! But she looks freaking amazing, she does!

Ten getting out of the TARDIS on horseback, and Eleven falling from the TARDIS. Clara teleporting?!

A big red button, that looks like a diamond, that John Hurt has to push and Rose telling him that “The moment is coming” and he’s ready!!!

TARDIS coral theme, a.k.a., the TARDIS from the 9th and 10th Doctor, oh YEAH!

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On the second one, we get a lot of the same things, but more John Hurt, which is amazing. ALLONS-Y! Someone in a bike heading for the TARDIS. Eleven hanging from the TARDIS in central London.

Ten and Eleven comparing sonic screwdrivers… hilarious!

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The big question: “Why are we all together?”.

Eleven redecorated, Ten doesn’t like it!

Classic Doctor Who: the Second Doctor

It’s a pity really that most of the adventures of the Second Doctor, from season 4 to 6, were lost. Mainly because Patrick Troughton was a truly fantastic Second Doctor!

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He’s more energetic, talks less and does more, and is faster on his reactions than his previous incarnation. He also has a very different relationships with his companions, which I felt was more dynamic and levelled.

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Oh, I do hope they find all of his adventures, because, somehow, I just can’t watch the audio recordings with stills from the episodes… what a shame!

 

 

Fandoms and Knitting: 4th Doctor Scarf at 50%!

I’m finally halfway done on my Doctor Who scarf!

Fandoms and Knitting: 3 goals!

Fandoms and Knitting: here I go!

Fandoms and Knitting: Progress!

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Since I diminished it considerably, the scarf now has the already impressive number of 140 cm (20 more centimeters and it’s about my height!). Now, only another 1 and a half meters to go, in a little more than a week…

I’m just sorry that the pictures don’t do any justice to the colours!

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Fandoms and Knitting: Progress!

A week after I started my knitting of the Fourth Doctor Scarf, I actually made some progress! After a few initial setbacks, such as as having to restart because I didn’t like the product of the needle size I was using, or having to substitute 2 colours of yarn, I’m on my way!!!

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I’m now about 30% done on the scarf and I imagine that I’ll be able to finish it in time for my trip to London and the Celebration of the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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My Gryffindor House Scarf is coming along a bit slower – given that if I can only finish one within 2 weeks, I choose to finish the other one… But I’m now finishing my first set of 2 gold stripes, and then it’s only 13 more repetitions to go.

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I really love these two colours together and I’m considering doing the whole set, aka, the scarf, mittens and hat.