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Saturday Night, Sunday Morning
Wowzers. Two posts in under 24 hours.  And a pretty good batch of hours at that.

Last night, we saw Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first of five-promised one-offs from the Harry Potterverse- this one written for the screen by JKR herself, directed by David Yates (who did the last several), and introducing a mostly-new cast of mostly-unheralded actors; other than Eddie Redmayne in the lead role and Two Guys You've Heard Of in villain turns (spoilers, sweetie), most of the rest of the cast were new-to-me's. Including the female lead played by Katherine Waterston, as in one of Sam's kids.  I wonder if that will lead up to a guest wizarding appearance by Dad sometime later in the series.

I did have some trouble with Wizard Math, though.  Not really spoilers in this, at least not in terms of anything important to the story, but I'll cut it anyway in case it's boring:



To my ear, at least, only two characters were mentioned in the film who are canon from the novels and previous films: Grindelwald and Dumbledore. The former gets quite a bit of screen presence, mostly in the form of New York Ghost talking headlines (I kept waiting for "Headless Wizard in Topless Alley"); the Ol' Perfesser is only mentioned, but is definitely alive, and already teaching at Hogwarts, in 1926. Even assuming a precocious Albus being maybe 20 at the time, that would put him at 74 when Harry was born and well into his 90s by the time of the first story.

Fair enough; I'll buy that. But 1926 was also chosen as the starting point for this series because it's been canonically established that Tom Marvolo Riddle (the second) was born that year. That would have made him 54 in the year of Harry's birth, and, you'd think, would have also made his classmates James and Lily Potter right round that same age in 1980. Are witches naturally more fertile so as to have children that late? Was a spell or a time-turner involved?  And how did they manage to look so young at the time of their demise?

I'll go with my mother's standard answer: "camera tricks."



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Some snow finally arrived here in the night; we were spared all of what hit as near as Rochester a few weeks ago, and this dusting was nothing compared to what points south got.  Still, it got Ebony excited enough to go rolling in it when I let her out first thing, and she then got even more happies when not only I but Eleanor accompanied her to the dog park at 8 this morning.

A nice time, if chilly; Ann and her Ursula caught up with us quickly and we took one lap around before heading home. I may take some more swings at clearing a massive leaf pile out of our back yard; the pin oak finally dropped its load last week, and Stupidhead here didn't get to it when it was 70F on Friday or even upper 50s yesterday morning.  Plus, we only have one can to haul it out to the curb, since we've loaned all our other extra cans to our neighbor's niece and nephew to help in the decluttering of Betty's house.  (One of their kids may move in for the winter, just to keep the place up and running.)

Meanwhile, if anyone's got an extra wand laying around that works on leaves,...
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fiddlingfrog From: fiddlingfrog Date: November 21st, 2016 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
According to the harry Potter wiki Tom Riddle started at Hogwarts in 1938 and Harry's parents started school in 1971.
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: November 23rd, 2016 05:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know where I got in my head that he was classmates with Tom and Lily.

I have to go back to the original novels and get caught up.
yesididit2 From: yesididit2 Date: November 23rd, 2016 03:40 am (UTC) (Link)
first of five?
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: November 23rd, 2016 05:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, supposedly they're going to make five films out of this, beginning in the year of Voldy's birth and ending in the mid 40s with the big DumbleWald throwdown.

I wonder who they've got in mind to play a younger Albus.
yesididit2 From: yesididit2 Date: November 23rd, 2016 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
cool! i'm totally down with more movies in this world.

that is a good question, i cant think of a good person to play young albus.
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