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Harry Potter: 7 Things Only Book Fans Know About The Defense Against the Dark Arts Professors



Fans of the Harry Potter franchise are gearing up for the expected holiday 2022 release of the upcoming open-world video game Hogwarts Legacy. The title will give audiences the opportunity to go to Hogwarts and attend classes as a witch or wizarding student, which is something many fans have always dreamed of. The game is supposed to be set in the late 1800s, so around 100 years before Harry would ever save the world from the Dark Lord Voldemort.

Of course, this means that, since Voldemort has not yet attended the school, the Defense Against the Dark Arts teaching position will not have been cursed. Back when many still knew him as Tom Riddle, Voldemort had made it so Dumbledore would never be able to keep a teacher in the position for more than a year after having been refused the job himself. This means that every year, Harry had a different DADA teacher, for better or worse. While these teachers often played an essential part in Harry’s story, there are several details about the likes of professors Quirrell, Lupin, Snape, and more than ever made it into the movies, ensuring that only the most devoted of book fans knew their full story.


Quirinus Quirrell Was A Genius

Quirinus Quirrell was Harry’s first DADA teacher, and in the movies, he is seen as little more than a coward. There are never even any scenes depicted in the Sorcerer’s Stone film showing what the professor was like in classes or whether Harry ever learned anything from him to begin with. Instead, all audiences learn is that he secretly had Voldemort’s face sticking out the back of his head.

In the book, however, Hagrid tells Harry that Quirrell was a genius. He commented that the Harry Potter professor could be summed up by his nervous and strange manner but that there were few at Hogwarts that were more clever. This is later supported by the fact that Quirrell was the only person able to figure out where Voldemort was hiding, even if that intellect didn’t save his life in the end.

Gilderoy Lockhart Appeared In Order Of The Phoenix

In the end of Chamber of Secrets, Gilderoy Lockhart finally gets what he deserves. He had spent years stealing the stories of successful wizards and wiping their memories. This made him rich and famous, but, ironically, he wound up with his own memory wiped, and movie audiences never saw him again.

This was not the case with the books, however. In Order of the Phoenix, after Nagini attacked Mr. Weasley, Harry and co. went to St Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies to visit him while he recovered. While there, the group happened to run into Lockhart and discovered that he had been living at the hospital since his accident. He still had no idea who he was but had by no means lost his attention-seeking personality.

Remus Lupin Battled With Cowardice

Out of Harry’s DADA teachers, Remus Lupin was by far the best. It was difficult for even the Slytherin students to keep themselves from having fun and learning in his classes. Lupin was knowledgeable, patient, and fair and taught Harry what it meant to face his fears, in addition to giving one of the best quotes from a professor in Harry Potter: “Eat, you’ll feel better.”

However, the books revealed much more about Lupin’s story, including the fact that he was far from perfect. His romance with Tonks was tumultuous, and despite having taught Harry to be brave, Lupin didn’t always practice what he preached. In Deathly Hallows, he even tried to abandon his wife and child, all because he was too afraid of messing up as a father and husband.

Barty Crouch Jr Was Held Captive By His Father

While Mad-Eye Moody was technically appointed to the DADA job in Goblet of Fire, he never really did any teaching himself. Instead, Barty Crouch Jr did the job, using Polyjuice potion to disguise himself as the battle-scarred Auror. In the movie, audiences learn that he was the Death Eater son of Barty Crouch Sr., but that was about the extent of it.

In the book, Crouch Jr. explains that his father and mother had broken him out of prison years before the events of Goblet of Fire and that he had been held captive in his father’s home under the Imperius Curse, which was the worst thing to happen to the pretend Hogwarts professor. Over time, the curse grew weaker and, eventually, he was strong enough to find his master and pull off their evil scheme.

Dolores Umbridge Lied About Slytherin’s Locket

Harry had several bad DADA teachers over the years, but none could compare to Dolores Umbridge. She may have always been able to hide behind the law, but there could be no denying that the professor was perfectly summed up by her evilest quotes in Harry Potter. She cared only about her status and power, and her behavior in the movies made this clear.

While the movie portrayal of Umbridge was fairly close to that of the books, there was a moment in Deathly Hallows that was missed. This was when Umbridge told a disguised Hermione that the locket she wore was a family heirloom from the pure-blood Selwyns. Of course, Harry knew that it was actually Slytherin’s. The fact that the witch would lie about her own blood status while condemning Muggle-borns to prison was just too much for Harry, who snapped and stunned her, despite the consequences.

Severus Snape Still Loved The Dark Arts

After 15 years of trying to secure the DADA job, Severus Snape finally had it in Half-Blood Prince. This was a choice by Dumbledore, who knew that Snape would have to rejoin Voldemort’s side after that year anyway. Before then, it had been speculated that Dumbledore worried that Snape would be tempted by close proximity to the Dark Arts.

While the Deathly Hallows movie never featured Snape’s DADA class, the book spent a good deal of time exploring what Snape was like teaching Harry’s favorite class. As can be expected, he wasn’t much nicer, but it was revealed just how much the professor still revered the Dark Arts. This enraged Harry, who questioned again why Dumbledore would have appointed him. Of course, Hermione was there to tell him that the way Snape talked about Dark magic was similar to the way Harry had in the Dumbledore’s Army lessons, revealing the parallels between fear and reverence.

Amycus Carrow Changed The Class To “The Dark Arts”

The movies said very little about the Carrow siblings, Amycus and Alecto, other than that they were Death Eaters appointed to Hogwarts by Voldemort and Snape. However, in the books, the pair was first introduced in Deathly Hallows, as they were both present at the top of the astronomy tower the night Dumbledore died.

This meant that Harry knew exactly who they were when they were given positions at the school, which inspired a tremendous amount of fear for his friends (since he wasn’t at Hogwarts himself). This fear was well founded, as Neville later told the Golden Trio that Amycus, the sibling that had been appointed to DADA teacher, had changed the class to just “the Dark Arts,” and part of the curriculum was practicing Unforgivable Curses on first-year students.

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Avatar 2 Trails Behind Top Gun 2 in Slow U.S. Box Office Opening Week



Avatar: The Way of Water sluggishly crosses the $200 million mark on day 8 of its U.S. box office run, trailing behind Top Gun: Maverick.

Avatar: The Way of Water is still tracking behind Top Gun: Maverick at the end of its first week in the domestic box office. The film, which came to theaters on December 16, is the long-awaited sequel to the smash hit Avatar from 2009, which is still one of the highest grossing films of all time. James Cameron returned to direct The Way of Water along with many returning cast members like Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver, and Stephen Lang, though not every actor is playing the same character they played in the original film. The film follows Jake and Neytiri as they navigate parenthood on Pandora, only to have the humans return, bent on exterminating the Na’vi once and for all.


Per Deadline, Avatar: The Way of Water‘s domestic box office has accrued an additional $14.5 million yesterday, bringing its cumuative total to $197.5 million and meaning it will cross the $200 million mark today, on day 8. The film is now standing alongside other high-grossing but not record-breaking films that took 8 days to cross that line, including Jurassic World Dominion, Thor: Love and Thunder, and 2019’s Captain Marvel. Its first week is also tracking slightly behind this year’s legacy sequel hit Top Gun: Maverick, which performed 4 percent better in the domestic box office during its first week in theaters.

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Why is Avatar: The Way of Water’s Opening Week Slightly Less Than Impressive?

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Avatar: The Way of Water‘s opening week has only been unimpressive on the scale set by the legacy of the original film. However, due to its enormous price tag (which has been estimated to be somewhere between $350 and $450 million before factoring in publicity and advertising costs), the film will need to accrue quite a few more weeks like this in order to break even. Cameron himself has admitted that it will have to become one of the highest-grossing films of all time in order to turn a profit, which may require a gross to the tune of $2 billion.

However, this slightly damp opening week doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t reach that goal. The run time of Avatar: The Way of Water, which exceeds three hours, means that theaters can’t run as many screenings per day as they can with shorter films. There have also been extreme weather conditions and power outages in huge swaths of the American Midwest, meaning that some fans have been unable to see the movie as planned this week. As theaters reopen in those areas, the film may get a boost that helps it keep its week 2 from slumping hard after its opening.

Avatar: The Way of Water is also a film that is designed to be an event. This means that viewers are more likely to prioritize large-format premium screenings and 3D showings, both of which feature higher ticket prices. Repeat viewings will also likely help boost the belated Avatar sequel’s total gross, though it remains to be seen exactly how high it can possibly go.

Source: Deadline

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Elm Street Remake Actor Clarifies Alleged Diss On Freddy Kreuger Movie



Kyle Gallner, who played Quentin in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010, clarified comments that fans online misconstrued as dissing the horror remake.

A Nightmare on Elm Street star Kyle Gallner has clarified comments that were misconstrued as him dissing the 2010 movie. The actor, who would go on to star in other horror projects including this year’s Scream and Smile, had an early role in the film, which was a reimagining of the 1984 supernatural slasher classic of the same name. Gallner played Quentin Smith, a member of the swim team who becomes instrumental in helping the final girl Nancy Holbrook (Rooney Mara) figure out why they are being haunted in their dreams by the knife-gloved killer Freddy Krueger (Jackie Earle Haley).


On Twitter, the YouTube channel Beyond the Mask asked fans to challenge themselves to say something about the generally reviled Nightmare on Elm Street remake, which Gallner tweeted, “they had this local Italian place bring food in for the craft service truck and the meatballs were killer.” The tweet went viral among horror fans, with readers assuming that the comment was meant as shade toward the film. However, Gallner followed up that tweet to say it was misinterpreted and that he was merely “sharing behind the scenes greatness.” He also went on to reveal other tidbits, including the fact that he was accidentally cut for real while filming a Freddy scene and that he was allowed to keep the Speedo he wore for his swim practice scene. Check out both posts below:

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Why Fans Hate A Nightmare On Elm Street 2010

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2010’s A Nightmare on Elm Street featured a group of up-and-coming stars, including Gallner, Mara, and The Twilight Saga‘s Kellan Lutz, along with more established stars like Haley and Friday Night Lights‘ Connie Britton. It was also a commercial success, making $117.7 million at the box office off its $35 million budget. In spite of this, it became the worst-reviewed entry in the franchise among fans and critics alike. It holds a dismal Rotten Tomatoes score of 14% and fares a little better on Metacritic with a generally unfavorable score of 35.

There are several reasons for the film’s incredibly poor reception. The first is a rather obvious one – it’s a remake of a minted horror classic. Considering how much enduring love there is for the original Nightmare on Elm Street and the Freddy Krueger legacy it spawned, a modern retelling of the same story was unlikely to fare well. There was also the matter that Krueger was being recast for the first time. Unlike masked killers Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers, Freddy is tied inextricably with a single actor, Robert Englund, who played him in all eight Elm Street films before 2010 as well as two seasons of the anthology show, Freddy’s Nightmares.

There was little chance of a positive reception for a new Freddy Krueger unless he was absolutely perfect, but the film around the character also failed him. 2010’s A Nightmare on Elm Street screenplay took him to a much darker place, adding molestation elements on top of his murderous tendencies, which hurt his backstory severely. For all those reasons and more, no new Elm Street film has materialized in the decade nor changed since the remake’s release.

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Birdie Is Glass Onion’s Undisputed Champion In Knives Out Fans’ Minds



Following the Netflix premiere of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, fans single out Kate Hudson’s Birdie Jay as the undisputed champion of the film.

WARNING: Spoilers for Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery below.Following the premiere of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, fans hone in on Kate Hudson’s Birdie Jay as one of the best characters in the film. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery premiered on the streaming service on December 23, after enjoying a limited theatrical release on November 23. The film is the highly anticipated sequel to the hit 2019 film, Knives Out. Netflix purchased the rights to the Knives Out franchise in 2021 and ordered two standalone sequels starring Daniel Craig’s Benoit Blanc. The majority of the Knives Out cast did not return for the sequel, as it follows Blanc tackling a new mystery as he investigates the death of businesswoman Cassandra “Andi” Brand (Janelle Monáe), and her suspicious rich friends.


Since Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery‘s theatrical and streaming debut, Birdie’s name has arisen frequently in praise from fans. Users took to social media to praise Hudson’s performance. In the film, Birdie is one of the murder suspects and is a former model turned fashion designer. She has infectious energy and enthusiasm and is very extra in pretty much every way, from her vibrant fashion statements to her over-the-top strut. Birdie proved effective as fans began sharing their positive reactions to her. Check out some of the posts below:

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Glass Onion Is Full Of Standout Characters

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Just like the first film, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery seriously delivered when it came to star power. The ensemble cast included the likes of Edward Norton, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom, Jr., Hudson, and Dave Bautista. It also included some celebrity cameos from Natasha Lyonne and the late Stephen Sondheim. However, the cast didn’t just attract attention for their big names, but also for their outstanding performances. All the characters are vibrant, eccentric, flawed, and hilarious. Benoit, of course, is a standout character. He is quirky, brilliant, relentless, and filled with gentlemanly mannerisms and styles.

Craig’s brilliance as Detective Benoit is also evidenced by Netflix’s decision to make a film series centered on his character. Other standout characters include Norton’s Miles Bron and Monáe’s Brand. Norton brilliantly portrays the antagonistic billionaire tech CEO and provides the backbone for the film’s commentary on excessive wealth. Meanwhile, Monáe boldly takes on the role of Blanc’s assistant and plays off of Craig brilliantly as she adds extra heart and humanity to the film. Dave Bautista is another character who, like Birdie, ramped up the comedic elements of the film with his hilarious portrayal of the moronic men’s rights activist Duke Cody.

Ultimately, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is filled with standout characters who are elevated by a few factors. Even though every single one of them is flawed, and some represent everything that is wrong with social media influence and the wealthy, they still manage to be either deeply interesting or wholly lovable. Some of them resonate well with viewers because they accurately reflect real-life figures, while others just resonate because they are so hilarious, extra, and self-assured. They’re quite an unusual lot, but it works. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery isn’t a perfect film, but its colorful cast of characters and strong actors made it a very good film and a strong successor to the original.

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