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The Harry Potter Reread: The Deathly Hallows, Epilogue

The Harry Potter Reread is gonna cry because how did we actually reach the end of this? Sure, we’ve got a couple movies left, but this is sad! It’s a time for handkerchiefs and toasts!

This week we’re going to deal with one of the most contentious pieces of the Potter mythos. It’s time for the Epilogue….

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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What’s it Like for Peter Parker Growing Up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Our brand new Spider-Man, as introduced in Captain America: Civil War, is only fifteen years old. Take that in for a moment. He is fifteen. A decade-and-a-half old. He wasn’t even born in the 20th century, which is pretty much a first for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

It’s exciting because none of the previous screen Spider-Mans have been truly teenage-like (mostly because they were being portrayed by adults). And it’ll be great for the current audience of kids, who can view Peter as more of an avatar. But the really cool part? This Spider-Man grew up in an age full of superheroes—and it’s bound to shape his worldview in a way that these films have never been able to address before.

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New Star Trek Beyond Trailer Does a Better Job of Exploration Than the Last One

Lots of Trek fans weren’t too happy with the last Star Trek Beyond trailer, leaving both director Justin Lin and Simon Pegg (who helped write the script this time around) to assure the masses that it wasn’t exactly a good representation of the film. But here’s a new trailer! And there’s more talking! And plot!

Chris Pine also has a more Shatner-esque hairdo, so, you know–all things are possible now.

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The Harry Potter Reread: The Deathly Hallows, Chapters 35 and 36

The Harry Potter Reread is getting that distinct vibe where it’s time for rum drinks. Getting just warm enough to go all Captain Jack Sparrow on things.

This week we’re going to have a chat in our head that’s entirely real, and then we’re gonna defeat a Dark Lord. All in a day’s work. It’s chapters 35 and 36 of The Deathly Hallows—King’s Cross and The Flaw in the Plan.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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The Harry Potter Reread: The Deathly Hallows, Chapters 33 and 34

The Harry Potter Reread has to get on because there’s so much time and so little to do. (Wait. Strike that. Reverse it. Thank you.)

This week, we’re gonna get into someone’s most personal memories, and then we’re GONNA DIE. It’s chapters 33 and 34 of The Deathly Hallows—The Prince’s Tale and The Forest Again.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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This Gorgeous Star Wars Opening Sequence Was Done in the Style of James Bond

For his senior thesis at SVA, Kurt Rauffer decided to combine two things he enjoyed–Star Wars and James Bond. Or, specifically, the style of James Bond opening sequences (minus the nude women), and The Empire Strikes Back. The result—which took him a semester to complete—is a flawless animated opener using the discarded Radiohead Bond theme “Spectre.”

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Reordering Grant Morrison’s Superman Tales Gives Fans the Ultimate Take on Kal-El

Comics scribe Grant Morrison is often cited for penning what some call the ultimate ode to DC’s central hero: the standalone All-Star Superman. But the truth is, Morrison has been writing stories featuring Clark Kent for near 20 years now, and it has given him ample time to comment on the character and his function in the realm of superheroics. Over at Den of Geek, Jim Dandeneau postulates that Morrison has given fans a very thorough depiction of the character—told out of order. With a little shuffling, he’s given readers a brand new way to experience Morrison’s take on Superman.

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Captain America: Civil War is the Emotional Pinnacle of Superhero Movies

One of the biggest problems with superhero team-up movies is making sure that they don’t feel like a paint-by-numbers action kaboom where the only benefit is familiar characters. And the main way to make sure that doesn’t happen is to make said familiar characters emotionally invested in the current conflict’s outcome, beyond the whole we-must-win-the-day schtick.

What I’m saying is, this movie should really be titled Captain America: HELP WE ARE ALL FULL OF FEELINGS. And that’s a very good thing.

Spoilers for the whole film below.

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The Harry Potter Reread: The Deathly Hallows, Chapters 31 and 32

The Harry Potter Reread found some old holographic temporary tattoos from, like, 1999 and brought them into work. Someone is bound to have a desperate need for them, after all. It’s the way of the world.

This week we’re going to talk to the Grey Lady and then have a really awkward conversation with Voldemort. It’s chapters 31 and 32 of The Deathly Hallows—The Battle of Hogwarts and The Elder Wand.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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The Harry Potter Reread: The Deathly Hallows, Chapters 29 and 30

The Harry Potter Reread wishes that all work areas were equipped with blankets and sofas and things. The Harry Potter Reread would like to do all of its work from a pillow fort blanket hut.

This week we’re going to hug Neville and break into school. It’s chapters 29 and 30 of The Deathly Hallows—The Lost Diadem and The Sacking of Severus Snape.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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Huge Adult Ideas Taught to Us By Weird Movies

When you’re a kid, the adult world is filled with mysteries. Adults talk about things that are literally and figuratively over your head. If the news comes on, you’ll catch fragments of conflicts that don’t make any sense. If you happen across films or books for adults, there might be scenes that baffle you, since you lack the context.

Sometimes the best way, or even the only way, to understand these huge ideas is through movies. Why don’t people want to live in a shiny new building? What is “light speed”? And how can responsibility ever be fun? Emily and I rounded up a few movies that helped us figure out these huge concepts when we were kids.

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The Huntsman: Winter’s War is a Hilarious, Retconned Mess of Fun

So, four years ago a film named Snow White and the Huntsman was released in theaters and… I didn’t like it. I thought it was sloppy and that the eponymous leads had zero chemistry and that some of the dialogue needed to be cleansed by fire. (That “iron will writhe inside itself” rally-the-army speech still gives me hives whenever I hear it.)

It has a sequel now. And for some reason someone decided to plant the sequel firmly in “fun bad movie” territory. As a result, The Huntsman: Winter’s War works, albeit goofily.

Spoilers for the whole film below.

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