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This Harry Potter Video Will Either Haunt Your Dreams or Make You Laugh

Move over Voldemort

There is no end to Harry Potter. The Boy Who Lived has been made immortal by the Internet — except this time fans might be seeing him in an entirely different light. YouTube comedian BloodBlitz cut scenes from the Potter movies together with eerie music and leading voiceovers to paint Harry as the villain of the series. It even makes it seem like Expecto Patronum is as dangerous as Avada Kedavra.

It’s really quite hard to look at Daniel Radcliffe’s innocent face and think of him as “The Boy Who Kills,” as the video claims. What’ll make you laugh even harder is how innocent Malfoy seems.

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Cecil the Lion Halloween Costume Creator Defends Controversy

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Andy Loveridge—AP Cecil the lion rests in Hwange National Park, in Hwange, Zimbabwe

"Maybe our money has Cecil's blood on it"

Costume companies are already out in full force defending their inevitable controversial Halloween offerings, and it’s not even September.

The inevitable Caitlyn Jenner Halloween costume debacle began Monday, with Spirit Halloween commenting on its sale, a representative calling Jenner “the most important real-life superhero of the year.”

Now there’s a costume based on Cecil the Lion, the famed lion who was killed by American dentist Walter James Palmer in July. The costume, sold on Costumeish.com, is called “Lion Killer Dentist Halloween Costume” and is described as follows:

All Doctor Palmer wanted was to hang dead animals in his house, but what started as an obscure (if legally-dubious) hunting trip has since erupted into a brouhaha of trans-Atlantic proportions.

2015’s most controversial killing has laid bare the rift in American and Zimbabwean attitudes toward exotic game hunting and animal conservation pitting an outraged mob against a Minnesotan dentist in a scandal sure to be remembered for a generation.

Our Lion Killer Dentist Costume features a severed lion’s head mask, bloody smock, and bloody gloves for a gruesome, complete look.

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Severed lion’s head
Smock with fake blood splatters
Gloves with fake blood splatters
Dentist tools in front pocket
15% of all proceeds will go to a Wildlife Foundation.

Johnathon Weeks, the 33-year-old Founder and Vice President of the company selling the costume, told TIME that Costumeish has a search engine to gauge what people are searching for when it comes to costumes. “Cecil was coming up, and just like with many of the other ones, like the Ebola or the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge costumes, we see the trend from users,” he says. “Halloween is a really tricky day and you see some of the costumes come about and it’s almost like desensitizing things.”

The company is advertising that 15% of all proceeds from the costume will go to a wildlife foundation, and Weeks said he was approached by the African Wildlife Foundation at the time of TIME’s interview. “Maybe our money has Cecil’s lion’s blood on it,” he said. “I’m not here to offend anybody, I’m just here to keep things questionable. We’re just in the very beginning of this Halloween season. There’s more to come.”

What else is to come will be dictated by the news cycle in the 10 weeks leading up to the holiday, Weeks says. “We have a Jared costume that comes with a Subway sandwich, Donald Trump, Bill Cosby, Ashley Madison, [Josh] Duggar,” he says. And a Megyn Kelly menstruation themed costume isn’t out of the question either.

“Where do you draw the line? I don’t know. I won’t make a toddler ISIS costume.”

 

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This Harry Potter-Themed Classroom Will Turn Any Muggle Into a Wizard

All the points for Hufflepuff

If you never received your owl inviting you to Hogwarts, there’s still hope. And it’s in Oklahoma.

Enter Stephanie Stephens of James L. Capps Middle School in Oklahoma City, a self-sorted Hufflepuff who transformed her classroom into a Harry Potter extravaganza. The door to her classroom is set to look like Platform 9 3/4, the infamous entrance to the Hogwarts Express.

Inside, there’s a giant board with Harry’s signature lightning bolt scar and glasses, plus the Dursley fireplace with letters addressed to Harry flying out of it. Even the font on her organizational labels is similar to one associated with the storied series.

There’s also an area where students — who will earn “house points” for good behavior — can get sorted into Hufflepuff, Gryffindor, Slytherin or Ravenclaw. There’s even a section with winged keys hanging from the ceiling, a nod to the flying keys in Sorcerer’s Stone, and a collection of “potions” like Amortentia, Flesh-Eating Slug Repellant and Veritaserum.

Quotes from the books line the walls, and the reading area has a sign that reads: “Books turn Muggles into Wizards.” Stephens’ husband posted the images on Reddit, where he told commenters that she teaches 6th through 8th grade special education.

“My students mean the world to me,” she told Good Morning America. “And I hope my enthusiasm for reading will transfer to each and every one of my kids.”

Sounds like she’s taken a note or two from Dumbledore on the importance of her students. See the magical classroom photos below.

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Watch the Mesmerizing Under Armour Ad That Proves Practice Makes Perfect

"You are the sum of all your training"

If you ever needed inspiration to get yourself working toward your biggest dreams, Under Armour has just the thing.

The activewear brand’s latest ad stars NBA MVP Stephen Curry, who helped the Golden State Warriors bring home an NBA championship; Misty Copeland, the first black principal ballerina at the American Ballet Theatre; and golfer Jordan Spieth, who won both the 2015 Masters and the U.S. Open.

The #RuleYourself campaign launched with a hypnotizing video that shows each athlete, and thousands of replicas of themselves, focusing on their own training, with the final tagline: You are the sum of all your training.

Tom Brady, who is currently challenging a four-game suspension from the NFL over “Deflategate,” is also set to be part of this new campaign. Though he’s absent from the latest spot, an Under Armour spokesperson confirms that Brady’s commercial will debut sometime September.

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J.K. Rowling Just Revealed a Very Specific New Detail About the Harry Potter Play

We might already know the 'cursed child' of the title

There’s still a year before J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter play hits London’s West End. And that just means there’s still a year for fans to speculate about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Rowling’s been very adamant that the play is not a prequel.(Though the Potter spinoff film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a prequel.)

But now there’s new evidence that the ‘cursed child’ could be someone fans are familiar with.

That hardly narrows it down, of course. But if anything is certain, Rowling will be giving us more hints and riddles leading up to opening night.

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J.K. Rowling Just Revealed Her Favorite Harry Potter Fan Theory

"To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure"

There’s been a lot of discussion about Harry Potter theories recently. But the ultimate authority — Potter scribe J.K. Rowling — threw her weight behind a specific hypothesis on Friday when a fan asked about her favorite one.

The theory stems from the wizarding fairy tale The Tale of the Three Brothers, which follows the Peverell Brothers as they receive rewards for cheating Death: the unbeatable Elder Wand; the Resurrection Stone that brings people back from the dead; and the Invisibility Cloak, which conceals its user. These three items are often referred to as The Deathly Hallows, hence the name of the final book.

Voldemort is the oldest brother, murdered in his bed by someone who sought the Elder Wand. Snape is seen as the middle brother, who was driven to suicide after resurrecting the girl “he had once hoped to marry, before her untimely Death.” Harry would be the youngest brother, who escapes Death with the cloak before greeting “Death as an old friend” and going with him gladly. The Tumblr user, though, posits that Dumbledore is Death. “He greeted Harry at King’s Cross and was the one behind Snape and Voldemort’s death….He’s the one who gave Harry the invisibility cloak too…And he had the stone and the wand too.”

It’s not surprising that Rowling calls this a ‘beautiful’ theory, though. The entire series focuses on death as ‘the next great adventure.’

When Harry finally makes it to his parents’ tombstone, it reads: “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.” In 2007, Rowling told TIME that the Bible verse, a passage from I Corinthians in which Paul discusses Jesus’ Resurrection, was the theme for the entire series.

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Watch This Reporter Break a Kid’s Heart On His First Day of School

Andrew Macias was excited about pre-k, until he realized his mom wouldn't be there

First days of school can be hard: What to wear. Where to sit. Who to be friends with.

Poor little Andrew Macias couldn’t even navigate all his feelings on camera when a reporter from KTLA 5 News asked the 4-year-old if he was excited for pre-kindergarten. Macias’ excitement took a devastating turn, though, when Courtney Friel asked him if he’d miss his mom. When he said no, her giggles spurred his giggles. But only until his face crumpled into devastation and heartbreak and tears.

Macias got a hug from his mom off camera, so we can all breathe easy. But we can’t help but wonder how great it would have been if someone in the background screamed, “He doesn’t even go here!”

Just your friendly reminder to call your mom today, people.

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8 Ridiculous Theories That Will Change How You Read Harry Potter

Or at least make you laugh

Just like Hermione Granger, Potterheads never give up on a mystery. The very nature of the series has always invited fan theories (like the one suggesting PMS is the real reason Moaning Myrtle is always moaning), thanks to dense plots filled with red herrings and a cohesive mythology.

And as more and more time lapsed between book releasesthere were 1,078 days between the publication of Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenixfans had ample time to reread and analyze their favorite plot lines. Many of these theories were born in the early days of social media, when websites like The Leaky Cauldron and Mugglenet were the only places Potter brainiacs could go to spill their suspicions. It wasn’t until 2009, about two years after Deathly Hallows was released, that fans got a break. Author J.K. Rowling joined Twitter and actively started answering — and dismissing — fan theories and questions. And with Pottermore’s launch in 2012, fans are now continually rewarded with a slow trickle of new information.

 

 

 

  • “All Was Not Well” (aka Harry hallucinated everything)

    Harry Potter
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    Some conspiracy theorists have posited that Harry, who is deprived food by his aunt and uncle in the first book, hallucinated the entire story as he was starving in the cupboard under the stairs. This might seem like the Dementor of all theories — because it sucks all light and happiness out of the series — but J.K. Rowling addressed these ideas herself in a 2012 video that accompanied a box set of the movies. Steve Kloves, a screenwriter for the film series, said he invented a spider who Harry would talk to in the cupboard. “The point was that he seemed slightly mad…so when Hagrid appeared, you thought he was out of his imagination for a minute,” Kloves says on the video. “I think that’s a fabulous point and that speaks so perfectly to the books,” Rowling responds. “Because I’ve heard it suggested to me more than once, that Harry actually did go mad in the cupboard and that everything that happened subsequently was some sort of fantasy life he developed to save himself.”

    She says suggested, at least, not acknowledging that it is, in fact, true.

  • Ron Is a Time Traveler (aka Ron is Dumbledore)

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    Warner Bros. Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley and Jessie Cave as Lavender Brown in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince released on July 16, 2005.

    In 2004, while many were still rereading Order of the Phoenix and eagerly awaiting the Prisoner of Azkaban movie, someone on a Harry Potter forum was blogging about the fact that Ron was really a time-traveling version of Dumbledore, or vice versa. This can get confusing, so get your quills ready.

    “If the chess game in [Sorcerer’s Stone] is a metaphor for the series as a whole, and the pieces the characters play a metaphor for their roles in the series, how do we reconcile the fact that Ron Weasley plays, not only the role of the Knight, but also that of the King — the same role played by Albus Dumbledore in the larger war? Pretty simple, really — Albus Dumbledore is Ron Weasley.” The theorist proceeds to explain that the characters also have an uncanny resemblance (Dumbledore’s long fingers, Ron’s large hands) and a love of sweets (“When we first meet Dumbledore he offers a lemon sherbet to Professor McGonagall. When we first meet Ron he introduces Harry to the wonderful world of wizarding candy”). The fan also thinks Latin meaning (a running theme in the book) of the word ‘bin’ is significant: “In OotP, Draco composes a lovely song — Weasley is Our King. If that isn’t foreshadowing, I don’t know what is. One line in particular is given significance by Draco. He is heard singing it loudly during the game by Harry, and Draco later quotes it in italics — born in a bin. While Draco likes to make fun of Ron’s poverty, the phrase has a double meaning. ‘Bin’ is also a prefix meaning ‘double’ or ‘two’ — think ‘binary.’ Was Ron ‘born’ twice? Leading a double life? Is Draco trying to tell us something important?”

  • Draco Malfoy Is a Werewolf (And not a Death Eater)

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    Warner Bros. Tom Felton, right, as Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2

    There is actually a website dedicated to this theory. Dracamalfoyisawerewolf.com. So there’s that.

    The evidence the theorists have stem from Malfoy’s character development in the later books. “Between the fifth and sixth books, directly after Lucius Malfoy has failed to retrieve the prophecy, Voldemort allows Fenrir Greyback to bite his son, Draco.” They also point out that he’s not a Death Eater, which we already knew. And “Voldemort says, “Maybe you can babysit the cubs,” to Draco when the Death Eaters find out that Remus and Tonks are having a baby. This is a throwaway if he is not a werewolf,” write Brittany and Nick, who signed the website with a disclaimer that they “feel pretty strongly about this theory.”

    Brittany and Nick do provide other evidence, like that Malfoy and Snape are close because Malfoy is getting Wolfsbane potion from Snape and that, maybe, Rowling will reveal this on Pottermore.

    Rowling has already touched on Malfoy on Pottermore, and it’d be surprising if this was true considering Lupin and Bill’s identities were never hidden, but with her imagination, anything’s possible.

  • J.K. Rowling Is Rita Skeeter (aka the author straightens her hair a lot)

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    Cindy Ord—Getty Images Author J.K. Rowling ceremoniously lights the Empire State Building in Lumos√ï colors of purple, blue and white to mark the US launch of her non-profit organization at The Empire State Building on April 9, 2015 in New York City.

    Here’s a series of leading questions about everyone’s favorite unregistered Animagus:

    What if Rita Skeeter fled the wizarding world after the Battle of Hogwarts? What if she was exiled for being such a horrible journalist? And what if she just decided to write under a pseudonym (like someone else we know)? What if her topic of choice was the very wizarding world that rejected her? And what if she wrote a seven-part series about a boy wizard that concludes with the very battle she left after? Some people very much believe this could be possible.

  • Crookshanks is Lily Potter (aka Hermione’s cat is Harry’s mom)

    A lovely Tumblr post wrapped up a handful of speculation on this theory, which posits that Crookshanks is actually Lily Potter reincarnated. Evidenced by: “The red hair, the green eye’s i mean coincidence?” and that “Crookshanks was always trying to get Scabbers” (née Peter Pettigrew).

    There’s even Crookshanks as Lily fan fiction called “The Mother Who Lived.”

  • Harry and Hermione Are Siblings (aka that one Horcrux scene just got weirder)

    Hermione Granger Time Turner Harry Potter
    Warner Bros. Pictures

    In 2005, an intrepid reader hit up a Harry Potter forum to display a radical theory: Hermione is the hidden, secret daughter of James and Lily. Here’s the evidence:

    1. “Hermione’s overall behavior with Harry…sometimes, they also finish each other’s sentences (not unlike Fred and George.)”
    2. “When she read Rita Skeeter’s article “Harry Potter’s Secret Heartache,” she was rather amused.”
    3. “Hermione really knew a bit too much about the wizarding world – and particularly about Harry Potter — when she first arrived at Hogwarts.”
  • Dumbledore Is Actually Death (aka “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”)

    Harry Potter Dumbledore Deathly Hallows
    Warner Bros. Pictures

    This theory caused an uproar recently, when a 2014 Tumblr post about The Tale of the Three Brothers made the rounds. The wizard fairy tale follows the Peverell Brothers as they receive rewards for cheating Death: the unbeatable Elder Wand; the Resurrection Stone that brings people back from the dead; and the Invisibility Cloak, which conceals its user. These three items are often referred to as The Deathly Hallows, hence the name of the final book.

    The theory says that Voldemort is the oldest brother, murdered in his bed by someone who sought the Elder Wand. Snape is seen as the middle brother, who was driven to suicide after resurrecting the girl “he had once hoped to marry, before her untimely Death.” Harry would be the youngest brother, who escapes Death with the cloak until giving it to his son, greeting “Death as an old friend” and going with him gladly. The Tumblr user, though, posits that Dumbledore is Death. “He greeted Harry at King’s Cross and was the one behind Snape and Voldemort’s death….He’s the one who gave Harry the invisibility cloak too…And he had the stone and the wand too.”

  • The Dursleys Are Angry Because Harry Is a Horcrux (aka Regardless, Still Okay He Blew Up Aunt Marge)

    harry potter dursleys
    Warner Bros.

    So, this one could potentially make a lot of sense. A Tumblr post that made its way to Reddit had a very specific theory about Harry’s relatives:

    “The Dursleys were just minding their own business when a horcrux was dumped on their doorstep. For the next decade it proceeded to warp their minds, turning them from your garden variety insufferable human beings into horrible, heartless monsters. The fact that they survived such prolonged horcrux exposure without delving into insanity or abandoning a helpless child only solidifies their place among the pantheon of noble and virtuous heroes in the Harry Potter universe.”

    But let’s not go calling the Dursleys heroes, please. After all, Rowling did say that Harry wasn’t actually a Horcrux:

    “Voldemort never went through the grotesque process that I imagine creates a Horcrux with Harry. I suppose it’s very close to being a Horcrux, but Harry did not become an evil object. He didn’t have curses upon him that the other Horcruxes had. He himself was not contaminated by carrying this bit of parasitic soul.”

     

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Melissa McCarthy Says Labeling Clothing as Plus-Size Tells Some Women They’re Not ‘Worthy’

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Gerardo Mora—Getty Images Melissa McCarthy debuts first fashion collectionat HSN Studios on August 13, 2015 in St Petersburg, Fla.

"Designers that put everyone in categories are over-complicating something that should be easy"

Melissa McCarthy wears a lot of hats: movie star, mother, comedian and fashion designer. And now that her clothing line Melissa McCarthy Seven7 is launching at multiple major retailers, she’s adding body positivity advocate to the mix.

The star’s main issue is with the label “plus size,” and how it feels when women’s clothing is segregated in stores.

“Women come in all sizes. Seventy percent of women in the United States are a size 14 or above, and that’s technically ‘plus-size,’ so you’re taking your biggest category of people and telling them, ‘You’re not really worthy.’ I find that very strange,” she told Refinery29. “I just think, if you’re going to make women’s clothing, make women’s clothing. Designers that put everyone in categories are over-complicating something that should be easy.”

McCarthy, who will appear in the upcoming all-female Ghostbusters, revealed that some “very big retailers” are going to help her “chip away” at how plus-size clothes are placed in stores. Her line comes in sizes four through 28 and includes basics, leggings, tees and loungewear.

In June 2014 with Redbook, the actress shared her motivation for why she decided to launch her own line.

“When I go shopping, most of the time I’m disappointed,” the star told Redbook. “Two Oscars ago, I couldn’t find anybody to do a dress for me. I asked five or six designers—very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people—and they all said no.”

Now wouldn’t it be nice if we could get her to rid the fashion industry of the phrase ‘skinny jeans’?

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Tracy Morgan Will Return to Host Saturday Night Live

Miley Cyrus and Amy Schumer have also been tapped

Saturday Night Live has confirmed the first three guests of its upcoming season: Miley Cyrus, Amy Schumer and Tracy Morgan.

Morgan, who will return to the show on Oct.17, was an SNL cast member from 1996 to 2003. This will be the 30 Rock star’s first major performance since he was critically injured in a June 2014 car accident that took the life of his longtime friend and colleague, James McNair.

The comedian got emotional during a visit to the Today show earlier this summer, telling Matt Lauer he wondered how he was going to “be funny again.”

The new season of SNL will be the show’s 41st, with Cyrus hosting for her third time on Oct. 3 and Schumer making her debut on Oct. 10.

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