It manages to have fun (and sometimes fannish) articles about movies, books, etc., without lowering itself to the tabloid level - and most of the writers are actually fairly astute and clever. Plus there are the photos... *sigh*. Remember the one of Dom on a rock, for LOST? Or all the lovely photos throughout the LOTR trilogy?
And, scarily enough, it's really been mirroring my fandoms, lately. Heck, in the latest one, there's even a report from Comic-Con - *L*!
So here are some bits and bobs. The first contains many HBP spoilers, to warn any who haven't read the book and still intend to. It has some interesting thoughts on what's to come, who might play some of the newer characters, and... what about Snape?
Prognostications regarding the seventh book (edited to make shorter):
- Harry will return to the Dursley's, as he promised Dumbledore. Of Aunt Petunia, Rowling has said "There's more to her than meets the eye." (Hmmm!)
- One horcrux, the locket Albus Dumbledore and Harry seek in book 6, was swiped by "R.A.B." - probably Regulus Black, late brother of Sirius Black. And, in book 5, Harry and Co. found "a heavy locket that none of them could open" in the old mansion.
-With the headmaster murdered by a teacher (talk about bad PR!) there's some doubt the school will re-open for Harry's final year, and Harry claims he won't be back, regardless. But Rowling this month acknowledged that "there must obviously be a new Defence Against the Dark Arts" teacher, implying classes will resume. Plus, Voldemort may seek the Gryffindor sword that Dumbledore says is safely hidden there.
-Rowling has said that book 7 won't introduce any "major" characters, though previously minor ones may play bigger roles - including a member of the Order of the Phoenix whom readers "have not yet met properly". Could this be Aberforth Dumbledore, brother of Albus, the Hog's Head barkeep who overheard the fateful prophecy about Harry? (His brother was the barkeep? I don't remember that!)
Casting Spells: Our choices to play six new characters in HBP -
Rufus Scrimgeour: Brian Cox (hmmm... what about Christopher Lee? Then can can have been in LOTR, Star Wars, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and HP! Next... he needs to be in Narnia. *G*)
Horace Slughorn: Bob Hoskins (YES! Perfect!)
Marvolo Gaunt: Peter O'Toole (Hmmm... I think he's too good for that part, but...!)
Morfin Gaunt: Rhys Ifans (*ggl*)
Merope Gaunt: Helena Bonham Carter (of course! *G*)
Fenrir Greyback: Daniel Day-Lewis (my... yes!)
Snape vs. Snape:
- Severus Snape kills Dumbledore using the "Avaka Kedavra", a you-gotta-mean-it-for-it-to-work Unforgivable Curse
- Once a Voldemort-lovin', half-blood-hatin' Death Eater, always a Voldemort-lovin', half-blood-hatin' Death Eater
- He's a master of Occlumency; few can see through HIS lies.
- Despite "trusting" Snape, Dumbledore refrains from appointing him the "Professor of Defense Against the Dark Arts" for years. The second he appoints him? Death all around.
- Dumbledore admits that, being rather cleverer than most men, his mistakes are correspondingly huger. Trusting a man who betrayed him before? Huge mistake.
- Harry's been saying it all along. (*G*)
- Snape must fulfill his do-or-die Unbreakable Vow to protect Draco - and preserve his cover. So he reluctantly kills Dumbledore in order to continue spying on Voldemort for the Order of the Phoenix.
- Dumbledore was ordering Snape to kill him, not begging for his life. Dumbledore would never beg!
- Even while battling Harry, Snape reminds him to "keep your mouth shut and your mind closed" - sound advice for his former Occlumency pupil. Plus, Snape has rescued Harry several times - however begrudgingly - and even tells the Death Eaters in book 6 to hold off on killing him supposedly under Voldemort's "orders".
- Dumbledore trusts him "completely". That's good enough for us. (*G*)