>Alan Rickman >Esteemed actor, great villain in Die Hard >Also plays a wizard named Snape on the side in a film about witchcraft/wizardry. >WIZARDs of the Coast owns this game called Magic: The Gathering >Magic: The Gathering has numerous sets of cards, one of which is Innistrad a plane with gothic horror featuring witches and wizards. >Innistrad has a card named SNAPcaster Mage which is a Human WIZARD >SNAPcaster >Professor SNAPe >Modern ban in a few days >Actor who plays Professor SNAPe dies out of nowhere before modern ban >Snapcaster Mage ban confirmed
People need to stop fucking dying already man. First Angus Scrimm, then Bowie, now this. It's been a hell of a week. I've only just recently come to terms with losing Wes Craven after all these months, and now this shit?
From a random article: >"With several decades in the film industry, the performer rose to international fame in 2001 in his now iconic role as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter series." Motherfuckers never heard of Die Hard? Die Hard was worth about 20 Harry Potter movies. Live Free or Die Hard? Not so much.
>>44771713 >Hire a charismatic actor that can play a sarcastic, scathing bastard and do it with style and charm. >Problem is, character isn't charismatic, stylish or charming. He's a pathetic, bitter, man-child. >yfw a part is ruined by hiring an actor that's to good for it.
>>44769210 Guess the Reaper is clearing up his yearly backlog. Pretty much any important persona dying in January close in to each other were planned to die in the previous years but were just to darn stubborn to let go.
This. When Alan Rickman started acting, he wasn't ALAN RICKMAN. It took him decades to cultivate the screen personality he was famous for by the time he died. Even Leo DiCaprio's recent heavy chops are a fairly recent thing in terms of his career.
Besides, Jenifer Lawrence is actually a good actor
>>44775759 >implying you won't be upset when Chris Pratt jobs it when he's 85
>The Harry Potter setting has a device that allows one to live indefinitely with no known side effects >One wizard is hogging it to himself >After Voldemort fails to steal it, they end up destroying it >It was his time to go This is what wizards actually believe.
>Gather all the Deathly Hallows together >Accidentally complete the quest that has occupied countless legendary wizards for centuries >Ditch one in a forest, don't bother to use the second, and keep the third for petty pranks It's like they don't even care.
>Unicorn blood will keep you alive, no matter what, though killing one carries a fell and terrible curse >Absolutely no one considers the tradeoff worth it >Everyone would rather let themselves and their loved ones die than just deal with the curse Wizards are horrible people.
>>44776636 >Everyone would rather let themselves and their loved ones die than just deal with the curse No anon that's not outrageous. What's outrageous is that no one actually thought unicorn blood is possible to get without killing the unicorn. It's like they're fucking retarded.
It's not anything too drastic, and I can't think of a specific example off the top of my head. But the character just slowly gets a little more and more sarcastic and dry as the books go on. He was completely devoid of any charm at first, he just acted like a bully. But by around Order of the Phoenix he's a little smoother. By the time we reach that first scene in Half-Blood Prince where Draco's mom visits him he's become almost entirely Alan Rickman.
>>44776765 Reminder that the average muggleborn wizard is working off of a 4th-grade education, and wizards born in wizard families have less. They don't even know what stitches are. They don't even know how muggle money works, even though it's the simplest math around.
Wizards actually do seem legitimately stupid in the HP world. They're so disconnected from the rest of the world you'd think they were all aliens who just showed up a couple years ago instead of people who have lived alongside Muggles for all of human history.
Aside from what >>44776858 said, I also distinctly remember a moment where that Wizard newspaper had to explain what a gun was, describing it as "a type of metal wand Muggles use to kill each other".
Yet at the same time Hogwarts has modern plumbing and the Ministry uses elevators that at least look conventional. Maybe it's just the British wizards who are really stupid.
Honestly, those pureblood families like the Malfoys and what would benefit from having muggleborn wizards as wives and husbands to keep the blood strong.
Rowling even said so!
Also: If Voldemort was such a threat and the Minister of Magic had to report to the Prime Minister, why didn't the british government do anything about it?
Hell, why didn't the American Witches and Wizards be all: Hey, this guy? He's bad news and what he does in britain will be bad news, so let's kill him.
I mean, the magical charms in Hogwarts, for example, only effect electric power. It doesn't affected chemical or mechanical and for that matter, It hink we see someone has glowing hands on his watch, so radioactive...
>>44776977 >Maybe it's just the British wizards who are really stupid. >Japanese wizard school (it's called Mahou something) >all the wizards in Muggle Studies learn to "read the atmosphere" and apply proper suffixes
>Hell, why didn't the American Witches and Wizards be all: Hey, this guy? He's bad news and what he does in britain will be bad news, so let's kill him.
Seeing the Wizard version of Seal Team 6 repel onto Hogwarts in Book 7 would have been pretty great.
I always liked to think the American wizards were super pragmatic and had no problem adapting Muggle lifestyles to their own when they deemed it fit. Given Rowling confirmed this guy was American, that may very well be the case.
>>44776406 Basically, if you read the first three books, Snape is consistently described as a greasy haired, young looking bully of a man in his twenties. But Book 4 was published after Movie 1 was released, and the description of him completely changes; Rowling found it basically impossible to imagine anyone but Alan Rickman as Snape.
>>44768769 >1 good movie Dogma, Hitchhiker's Guide, Die Hard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (okay, that one was kind of meh), Galaxy Quest... plus he played Tybalt in the BBC version of Romeo and Juliet from the 70s, which was probably one of the better modern renditions.
He's reading A Brief History Of Time while stirring his teacup with WANDLESS FUCKING MAGIC. You know how hard it is to you use wandless magic? And here he does it offhandedly on something this mundane while reading a goddamn book.
>>44777332 Considering the biggest amount of info we have on other countries in HP comes from the Quidditch book and video game...
>>44777373 >Look at that fucker. >He's reading A Brief History Of Time while stirring his teacup with WANDLESS FUCKING MAGIC. You know how hard it is to you use wandless magic? And here he does it offhandedly on something this mundane while reading a goddamn book. Player Character confirmed. Watch him show up and do some crazy shit in the next book or whatever comes out.
>>44777257 >Seeing the Wizard version of Seal Team 6 repel onto Hogwarts in Book 7 would have been pretty great. Did you see Catching Fire? That rescue scene that wasn't in the book was operator as fuck
>>44777373 >wandless magic The movies were pretty inconsistent about it; Movie 4 has Dumbledore doing a bunch of wandless magic before they announce the Triwizard champions, mostly for the sake of showmanship. In Book 1, Ollivander states that a wizard can channel their magical abilities through more than just wands, but wands are the easiest to use by far.
>>44777447 Remember that Hufflepuff is the house associated with hard work, loyalty and determination. And their symbol is a fucking Badger.
>>44777436 There are specific nonverbal spells that are easy to cast silently(See Book 6, Levicorpus) and it's also possible to cast spells that are normally said out loud silently, but this makes them less powerful. In book 5, Madame Pomfrey said that the Death Eater who hit Hermione with a spell during the raid on the Hall of Prophecy would have killed her if he'd said it out loud.
>>44777571 >>44777620 Rowling did a shit job with Slytherin. The only non-Slytherin villain, Pettigrew, was a Gryffindor who displayed anti-Gryffindor character traits (cowardice), and the only villain of unknown House, Umbridge, turned out to be a Slytherin after all. >>44777577 Yeah because they've got nothing else going for them.
I don't recall anyone mentioning Merlin in a negative light. I get the impression he's pretty lionized in the wizard community.
Rowling's apparent contempt for Slytherin is kind of amusing when you realize their main shtick is they're supposed to be ambitious. There's an implication she values valor, thankless gruntwork, and bookishness over ambition and the desire to stand out from the crowd.
>>44777577 >and it's also possible to cast spells that are normally said out loud silently, but this makes them less powerful. In book 5, Madame Pomfrey said that the Death Eater who hit Hermione with a spell during the raid on the Hall of Prophecy would have killed her if he'd said it out loud. We Bleach now. That spell was even a Getsuga Tenshou.
>>44777701 >Wasn't Merlin the one that suggested killing babies in L'morte d'Arthur? Or however its spelled. >Le Morte d'Arthur Yes. >On Merlin's advice, and reminiscent of Herod's killing of the innocents in scripture, Arthur takes every newborn boy in his kingdom and sends them to sea in a boat. The boat crashes and all but Mordred, who later kills his father, perish. This is mentioned matter-of-factly, with no apparent moral overtone.
He was in two popular movies ever and now we are sucking his dick?
/tg/, any other day of the year if someone mentions Harry Potter you make fun of it. For good reason, too, because HP is total shit, asspulled by the author and full of plot holes. It's a children's book for a reason; because it takes a mind lacking analytical ability of any sort to be able to enjoy it.
>>44777701 >>44777791 That was killing Arthur's bastards, because Arthur was prophecized to be killed by his own son. It's not like anyone knew who Mordred was, though. It wasn't just random infanticide.
>>44777819 This is debated hotly; it seems to be more on traits they value. If it was on traits they exhibit, Hermione would've been in Ravenclaw and Ron would've been in Hufflepuff(Ron never shows much in the way of bravery but he does spend seven books being loyal to his friends)
>>44776769 >>44777259 She also said in at least one interview that she couldn't picture Snape anymore without picturing Alan Rickman, and that was back when she was still writing the book.
Also >in his twenties Wasn't he always supposed to have been in school at the same time as Harry's parents? He wouldn't have been in his twenties unless Harry's parents had him when they were like fifteen, and even then he'd have been out of his twenties by halfway through Harry's schooling.
Not to mention >established professor at Hogwarts >in his fucking twenties >when eizards routinely live past 100.
>>44778222 In memorial of someone's death. Not every culture celebrates wakes with solemness and sadness. The Nine Nights of carribean culture is more like a party held by the friends as they share their best memories of the departed.
>>44779229 I'm not british. I never implied that Hary Potter can't be in america. I even said that it's something i'd ike to see. I just found it funny how the immediate first thought of anyone was that america would've saved the day.
>>44779310 >>44779350 Hermione is basically the only wizard I could see having a good time as things progress. There are other muggleborns, but Dean Thomas, for example, doesn't read everything he can get his hands on. She and Dumbledore were also apparently the only people who knew a Bible quote when they saw one.
>>44779415 No one listens to Binns in History of Magic, which is apparently just about magic history. When muggle children are learning about the first major military European victory using firearms, Wizard children are ignoring the guy talking about giants.
>>44768736 This is the fucking stupidest meme. You are a piece of human garbage that is trying to find acceptance by spouting off dribble that you've seen give other people responses, and you are hoping for the same. You are trash. You contribute nothing. You might as well be dead.
>>44779504 Because he is a ghost and his voice literally boring enough to lull you to sleep. It's not an exaggeration, the only non-ravenclaw who can keep their eyes open in that class is Hermione Granger.
>>44769789 Yeah, but it wasn't that good. Most people remember it because of that stupid Bryan Adams song >tfw it was in the UK charts for 16 weeks >>44769963 Stat him, not his dick, you idiot. >>44772011 Damn it. >>44772089 Sheeeeeeiiiiiiit, Weaver's still got it. >>44777426 Well, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them was the name of a tie-in book Rowling wrote for Comic Relief. It was a pretty fun read, with Harry and Ron writing things in the margins, with Hermione chastising them both for spoiling books... by writing down said chastisements in the margins. >>44778411 Not just wakes. The Remembrance Sunday cenotaph in London was always a very solemn affair, but with younger soldiers and their families attending, it's actually quite lively afterwards, with a nice chummy solidarity afterwards
>>44779769 >ancient runes Tell that to codecracking, goblin-dealing, veela-fucking Bill. >diviniation Divination isn't real magic. It isn't even "soft" magic. All the other magical studies laugh at it.
>>44779814 >it wasn't that good No, but Rickman stole every fucking scene he was in, just by being a hammy bastard who was obviously having a good old time getting payed to play an over the top snidely whiplash style villain.
>>44779815 >Divination isn't real magic. It isn't even "soft" magic. All the other magical studies laugh at it.
>The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches... born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies... and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not... and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives... the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies....
>>44780053 I just said that i didn't get that those posts were apparently self ironic and semi sarcastic. I thought no one could tell what was sarcasm and what wasn't from text alone. But maybe i just have ass-burgers.
>>44780072 I was talking about Prince of Thieves, anon. Alan Rickman plays the Sheriff of Nottingham, and just DEVOURS every bit of scenery he can get his hands on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Si1xSjZ5WmI
>>44777332 >All these americans fantasizing about how america saves the day. Well do realize that these are not only Wizards, but AMERICAN Wizards, so take your normal "NO SENSE OF RIGHT OR WRONG" and cross it with "WHATEVER, I DO WHAT I WANT!"
>>44777776 >We Bleach now. >That spell was even a Getsuga Tenshou. BUT WHERE WAS THE CHEESY 80'S MUSIC?!?! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lsn2tT5yTc
>>44777816 Fuck you, I'm morning Marvin the Paranoid Metatron!
>>44781227 What's wrong with Yudkowsky aside from his needlessly aggressive way of debating and his tendency to think in patterns that make him miss obvious solutions, go nowhere or make him just flat out conclude impossibilities? As long as his ideas and theorems are taken with several grains of salt he has some good ideas.
>>44781710 He's an incredibly smug and obnoxious douchebag. The funniest part of MoR is that Yud REPEATEDLY fails to apply basic Bayesian reasoning by insisting on sticking to his obviously flawed priors.
>>44786078 Are those adjusted values? I assume they are, I just don't see a notation.
>>44780086 He wouldn't need to be descended from a German, he could also be descended from: An Indian An Irishmen A Scot A Frenchman A Chinese Person
Or literally any of the hundred countries Britain's pissed off in its long history of being an overbearing cunt.
Alternatively, his exposure to the two cultures may have simply left him with a more favorable impression, because not everything is a multi-generational grudge match, you stuck up Anglo fuck.
Descended from Irish and Scot here, so I can't help joining a multi-generational grudge match, but maybe the other guy avoided it.
>>44779977 >Destroyed in the Department of Mysteries The giant fucking hallway of prophecies?
Or how basically everything Trelawney 'saw' was right, she just didn't know what it meant?
The problem isn't that Divination doesn't work, it's that symbols are an inherently tricky medium to process. If I see an image of a Centaur, is it a man on horseback, a horse animagus, some sort of brilliant archer because of the zodialogical sign Sagittarius, or is it just a fucking centaur? I can't be sure in the Harry Potter world.
But by comparison, they were using relatively imprecise methods, tea leaves and crystal balls, general gazing. It would be interesting to see how Tarot, which uses direct questions and a series of cards with defined meanings, would work in-universe.
I suspect there's a list somewhere of powerful Diviners, and they're banned from certain venues and activities, or listened to in certain circles.
There's a chance that fashion choices and music reviews are written by diviners, so it's entirely possible for some wizard in the Harry Potter universe to be the ultimate music hipster: He liked the band before their first single's varied potential stream was coalesced into its present form, they were potentially more experimental back then.
>>44787472 Oh god you fucking autist that entire chain of posts was in-universe roleplay, no humans with any drop of sense in HP except those who have seen real prophecies (which are very few) think divination actually works. Centaurs do, but they're also not human.
>>44777870 I'm guessing part of the reason house Slytherin is so evil is that only the evil kids ever want to be in it. Wizards who could make it in more than one house would never pick Slytherin unless they're also nazis. And the hat is patching up the deficit with thugs like Grabbe and Goyle, who have neither ambition nor cunning but are hardcore blood purists.
>>44789374 If I were writing it, Slytherin would be a glorious beacon of hope in the past. And because people bestow power upon whom they trust, and power brings out the worst in us, or attracts the worst of us, it decayed - slowly, over the Centuries. This takes generations, but no one ever notices. Things like the sorting hat adjust with the times, and eventually the cauldron boils over. By then it is established firmly and going up against Slytherin means going up against HWMNBN. And no one is that foolish, better just leave things as they have seemingly always been and worry about bigger problems than frathouse socialization.
>>44789374 Hufflepuff is for the kids who have nothing going for them. Their entire gimmick is hard work, which in fiction terms means they're no one special but gosh darn it they try. They're so boring Rowling didn't even bother to show their common room in-story.
>>44789442 >and worry about bigger problems than frathouse socialization. It's bigger than that, though. Every wizard in Britain went through Hogwarts. 25% of the adult wizard population spent their formative years as evil conniving racist dicks surrounded by evil conniving racist dicks, not to mention shit seems to run in families. The Patil twins and Sirius Black are the only time we hear about family members split among houses, and they're clearly not the norm. Malfoys are Slytherins, Weasleys are Gryffindor, even though Percy was clearly Slytherin material. And "frathouse" is misleading, because this isn't the Greek system in unis, there are no God Damn Independents. It's a British boarding school: if you're in the school, you're in a house.
>>44789595 >lawful good No, he's lawful netural. He never goes against his superiors until the final battle when it's obvious Voldemort's taken over the gubmint. Hermione was always the "sometimes it's okay to break rules" character, with Ron as the "sometimes it's okay to follow the rules" counterpoint.
>>44787472 Oh look, it's another american Celtaboo trying desperately to get "Irish/Scot cred" by talking about how much he hate the British. Scotland voted to STAY in the UK recently, buddy. With an 85% turnout. Ireland? The IRA spend more time killing OTHER IRISHMEN than they do fighting the British. So fuck the hell off.
>>44768560 --JPEG image --135KB --720x698 --Photograph of Alan Rickman, with a glurge quote, attributed to him. --Clumsy attempt at irony: the quote is a prediction of what Rickman will be doing when he's 80. Rickman, however, just recently died at the age of 69.
>>44790704 Draco Malfoy had the potential for hard work, as evidenced by him fixing that vanishing cabinet in book 6, but that doesn't mean he belonged in Hufflepuff. Dumbledore probably told the Hat to sort all the protagonists in the same house, because he was crazy.
>>44787472 To be honest, I'm surprised that anyone on the planet has a positive opinion of Britain, considering we've spent the past few centuries being douches to as many people as possible.
It's a wonder Britain isn't in a constant state of siege by the rest of the world. In fact, that'd probably make us happier. We'd have something to complain about, we'd have lot's of rationing queues, and we could be as nasty to foreigners as we wanted.
>>44791550 While I can kind of sort of understand Dumbledore's reasoning behind a lot of his actions with regard to Harry (even if it does paint him as a manipulative dick) his actions on every other front do seem to convey the idea he's absolutely nuts.
>>44792115 You know Dumbledore's not 100% mentally sound, right?
Considering all the trauma he's gone through, he should be a wreck. You know when he tells Harry about seeing himself with a pair of socks in the Mirror of Erised? He was really seeing his dead family.
The dude's father went to jail after a bunch of muggle boys broke his sister's magic, and then his mother was accidentally killed by his sister. He found a boy he had a crush on and made world domination plans with him, then may have or may not have accidentally killed his sister in a fight with that same boy and his brother.
Young Albus Dumbledore was a fool who didn't want to have any responsibility.
Adult Albus Dumbledore was a broken wreck of a man who held off for years before fighting Gellert Grindelwald, and so is responsible for all the deaths Grindelwald caused.
Old Albus Dumbledore has to deal with all this shit, AND Voldemort and Harry.
>>44791638 I feel the hat has some sort of idea of a persons path in life. A sort of precognition that helps it know what path is best for the person. It puts people in houses they will be best at, not just at the sorting but throughout their school career.
>>44791638 Neville was probably one of the people that had their values judged more than their merits and desires.
Think about it, you're Neville Longbottom. Your parents are blathering messes because they were brave and stood up to one of the most terrifying names in modern wizardry just because they thought that was the right thing to do. You don't consider them stupid for doing this, you consider them godamn heroes. You now live with your strict-but-fair grandmother, who has quite the forceful personality herself and doesn't take shit from anybody. Every single adult role model in your life is brave and strong and you hate yourself because you're a fuckup and it's a mystery how you even got into Hogwarts.
But you do get in. And what's the thing you want most? To be like all the other people in your life: Brave and Strong and able to stand up for the shit you believe in with unflinching determination. Even if you won't admit this to yourself, the sorting hat still sees and knows. It puts you in Gryffindor, where you will thrive and learn and get what you really want.
You're Neville Longbottom, and literally everything is setting you up to be a hero.
Kid gets the snot knocked out of him all the way through school but scoring little victories that mean a lot to him even if nobody else even notices. Everyone else has the epic adventurers whilst you get good at what you enjoy and find quite pleasure in the small things.
Then shit gets real. In the end they come after your family, they come into your home, they torment your friends, they hunt you down and they find you alone in the Dark Forest. But they don't come out of that forest, only you do. Shaking with rage and hands bright red.
They send real Death Eaters after you next. They die. Eventually. And now you have a list of names and places.
By the time they find the top Death Eaters the bodies look like chunky salsa and Voldamort has left the country.
Fuck prophesies, fuck fate and destiny, fuck the law and its borders and fuck upholding the masquerade.
Voldermort can't die without finding the horecruxes? That's fine. A steel box on the sea bed will make a fitting prison.
>>44792944 >Fuck prophesies, fuck fate and destiny, fuck the law and its borders and fuck upholding the masquerade. Reminder that the prophecy was about both Neville and Harry and it was up to who manned up first.
>>44792944 Neville was the only other child that the prophecy could have referred to and because of the way prophecies work both he and Harry had the capability to fulfill it. If Voldemort had chosen differently it would have been Neville Longbottom who survived as the Boy Who Lived, and it would be Neville Longbottom who grew into the hero that beat Voldemort for good.
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