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Posts Tagged ‘Lord Voldemort’

Harry Potter Characters Critique the Super Bowl

While the entire country tuned into the Super Bowl last night, a number of Harry Potter characters followed the action on Twitter.

We’ve embedded a complete collection of these Harry Potter-themed posts below. If you thought that the evil Lord Voldemort caused the power outage at the New Orleans football game or rooted for the Voldemort Raisins, you should read these tweets.

Harry Potter tweets still rule the Internet. Last February, the Professor Snape Twitter feed (a parody account dedicated to the famous Harry Potter character) published the most popular tweet of the Academy Awards.

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Ralph Fiennes Reads ‘Sonnet 129′ by William Shakespeare

In honor of National Poetry Month, we’ve dug up a video featuring actor Ralph Fiennes reading William Shakespeare‘s “Sonnet 129.”

While many have come to know Fiennes for playing Harry Potter villain Lord Voldemort, he is also a respected stage actor. He won a Tony Award for his portrayal of Hamlet in the 1995 Broadway production.

Fiennes recorded this reading for the 2002 compilation album, “When Love Speaks – The Sonnets.” What’s your favorite Shakespearean sonnet?

How to Write a Better Villain

How do you create a villain? We’ve rounded up some handy tips from around the literary world.

1. During her talk at CraftFest, suspense author Gayle Lynds said that “without a great villain, your hero has no one to play against.” She felt that all characters should be fully-developed human beings; heroes have to have flaws and “villains aren’t necessarily total monsters.”

2. Writer Kari Allen tweeted with this bit of advice on writing villains: “I heard Katherine Patterson speak recently and she said if you can’t find yourself in your villains, rewrite.”

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Harry Potter Lives Forever in Fan Fiction

Novelist and journalist Lev Grossman explored the world of Harry Potter fan fiction with his Time magazine piece, “The Boy Who Lived Forever.” Grossman debunked stereotypes about fan fiction writers and highlighted some famous examples.

Here’s more from the article: “If anything, anecdotal evidence suggests that most fan fiction is written by women. (They’re also not all writers. They draw and paint and make videos and stage musicals. Darren Criss, currently a regular on Glee, made his mark in the fan production A Very Potter Musical, which is findable, and quite watchable, on YouTube.) It’s also an intensely social, communal activity. Like punk rock, fan fiction is inherently inclusive, and people spend as much time hanging out talking to one another about it as they do reading and writing it.”

Why not read some fan fiction to celebrate the release of Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2? There are nearly 420,000 Harry Potter stories archived at FanFiction.net. Author J.K. Rowling encourages fan fiction–perhaps her new Pottermore website will support these writers?

New Harry Potter Promo Video Features the First Screen Test

Warner Brothers has released another promotional video for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

In the video embedded above, viewers can see the first screen test for the-then-adolescent stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint.

Movie fans will notice clips from all seven of the previous films have been included. Director David Yates promises “a big bang” for the epic conclusion. (via Wired)

New Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2 Trailer

Warner Bros. has released another trailer for Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2.

In the video embedded above, fans get a glimpse of the final face off between Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort. Flashes of Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, and Professor Severus Snape can be seen throughout the trailer.

In a previous video, director David Yates promised “a much more spectacular action picture.” What part in the movie are you most looking forward to? (via Shelf Awareness)

Time Magazine Celebrates 140 Twitter Feeds

Time magazine rounded up a list of 140 Twitter feeds “that are shaping the conversation.”

In the “news feed” category, Portuguese librarian Jose Afonso Furtado was picked for “his unadulterated love for all things books and publishing-related to the Twittersphere.” Eight writers were listed in the “authors” category including Margaret Atwood, R.L. Stine, and Neil Gaiman.

Two literary-themed feeds made the cut in the “fictional characters” group; Drunk Hulk and Lord Voldemort. In a “Who Do You Follow?” poll, the most readers followed Drunk Hulk and Gaiman. We unmasked Drunk Hulk last year in an interview feature.

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2 Sneak Peek

As Harry Potter fans wait until the July 15th release of Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2, Warner Brothers has delivered a behind-the-scenes look at the final film of the movie franchise.

The video embedded above features interviews with principal actors Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson. Director David Yates promises “a much more spectacular action picture.”

To date, the first installment of the final film has grossed more than $950 million at the box office. (Via Deadline)