Great Instances of Sci-Fi/Fantasy Characters in Halloween Costumes


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Halloween is inarguably one of the best times of year—a holiday where you can become anyone for a whole day? Sign us up! But we’re not the only ones who enjoy passing ourselves off as other people. It’s not at all uncommon for fictional characters to take the time to dress up and party on All Hallow’s Eve, too! With that in mind, here are some favorite moments where science fiction/fantasy characters wore costumes on Halloween….

 

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

E.T., Halloween, ghost

If your little sister is Drew Barrymore, then you definitely need to showcase her in an adorable cowgirl costume for Halloween festivities. The suburban backdrop of E.T. gave Steven Spielberg the perfect excuse to round up kids in homemade getups. But what’s truly special about the choice to set this tale during a hallowed time of year is how it provided Elliott with some eminently appropriate attire to ...

the Nightmare Before Christmas, Lock, Shock and Barrel
Bob's Burgers, Louise, Edward Scissorhands
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Halloween, Little Red Riding Hood, Fear Itself
Hocus Pocus
Community, Troy and Abed, Halloween
Homestar Runner, Halloween, 2001
Donnie Darko
Freaks and Geeks, Tricks and Treats, Bill Haverchuck, Bionic Woman
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Farscape, Kansas, Halloween
Parks and Rec, halloween, Princess Bride, Westley and Buttercup

The Harry Potter Reread: The Half-Blood Prince, Chapters 13 and 14


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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince cover

The Harry Potter Reread is thinking about buying a humidifier, but it’s worried that the dog might try to eat it. Also, it’s not sure if a hot or cold one is better.

We’re going to spend some time in an orphanage and maybe cheat at sports! It’s chapters 13 and 14 of The Half-Blood Prince: The Secret Riddle and Felix Felicis.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

 

Chapter 13—The Secret Riddle

Summary

News spreads in the school about Katie’s incident as she’s moved to St. Mungo’s for treatment. Harry goes to Dumbledore’s office for his next lesson and asks after her; Dumbledore informs ...

Dumbledore in velvet suit, by TomScribble

Is Marvel Shying Away From A Black Widow Movie Because They Know They’ll Never Get It Right?


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Black Widow, Captain America Winter Soldier

Fans have been crying for a Black Widow movie since her first appearance back in 2010. So why won’t Marvel make one? It’s easy to rage on principle of the thing, but there must be an actual reason why the media giant isn’t keen to make another movie that would flood the company with millions of dollars. When the shift in Phase III was recently announced, and Ant-Man and the Wasp was added to the schedule, it was another sting for Widow fans–Marvel has two upcoming films on the docket with headlining female characters, but the MCU’s First Lady is relegated to every other hero’s story. Where is our Black Widow movie?

I have a guess, but it’s not exactly an uplifting one.

Let’s start by taking a look at the two Marvel women who ended up lucky enough to get their names in movie titles over the next few ...

Hope van Dyne, Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly
Black Widow, Avengers
Natasha Romanov, Bruce Banner, Avengers Age of Ultron, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlet Johannson
Agent Peggy Carter, Hayley Atwell
Jessica Jones, Krysten Ritter

Just Save Someone. Doctor Who: “The Girl Who Died”


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Doctor Who, The Girl Who Died, season 9

Peter Capaldi was a part of the Whoniverse long before he became the Doctor. So why has his face shown up again? Why did the Doctor pick that face? We finally get an answer to that question on “The Girl Who Died.”

 

Summary

Clara is floating out in space with a little creature crawling up inside her suit; the TARDIS is currently under attack, so it’s taking the Doctor longer than usual to get to her. Once he finally picks her up, the TARDIS lands on Earth and duo are captured by Vikings. The Doctor claims that his sonic sunglasses are a source of great power, but the Vikings break them. He and Clara are handcuffed and taken back to the village, where the Doctor then pretends to be Odin, dangling a “magic” yo-yo at them. His ruse doesn’t play because Odin appears in the sky and tells ...

Doctor Who, The Girl Who Died, season 9
Doctor Who, The Girl Who Died, season 9
Doctor Who, The Girl Who Died, season 9
Doctor Who, The Girl Who Died, season 9
Doctor Who, The Girl Who Died, season 9, Fires of Pompeii, season 4

The Harry Potter Reread: The Half-Blood Prince, Chapters 11 and 12


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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince cover

The Harry Potter was just given a gift of tea from a co-worker who was lucky enough to be in London last week… but there is no strainer in her office, and now she must wait to sample it. Tears, my friends.

This week we’re going to go to Quidditch tryouts and have a rough trip to Hogsmeade. It’s chapters 11 and 12 of The Half-Blood Prince—Hermione’s Helping Hand and Silver and Opals.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

 

Chapter 11—Hermione’s Helping Hand

Summary

The sixth year workload is already insane, and nonverbal magic is turning into a requirement for most classes. The trio ...

5 Mistakes That Hollywood Blockbusters Should Stop Making, as Proved By Pan


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Pan Movie, 2015, Hugh Jackman

There is a moment in Pan where Peter arrives in Neverland, and the audience discovers that it’s filled with miners—most of them children. They greet the new recruits from Peter’s orphanage with a cry of music, a boisterous rendition of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Then Hugh Jackman’s Blackbeard arrives on the scene and joins in on the chorus, jumping up onto the rails of his pirate ship and throwing his arms open wide, like he wants to hug the world.

I really wish I had made all of that up.

Pan was not good. In fact, I can’t really call this a “review” because all I came away with was a headache, and a list of things that should never happen in the movie. If you’re not inclined to take my word for it, I can assure you that I was not the only one; practically everyone in ...

Pan Movie, 2015
Pan Movie, 2015
Pan Movie, 2015
Pan Movie, 2015

It’s the Bootstrap Paradox. Doctor Who: “Before the Flood”


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Doctor Who Before the Flood television review

What happens when the Doctor goes back in time to solve mysteries in the future? “Before the Flood” delivers on the mysteries of “Under the Lake” with a fascinating episode that takes place in our past, and a good century-and-a-half later.


Summary

The Doctor begins by explaining the bootstrap paradox to us: Let’s say a time traveler goes back to meet Beethoven, and finds that the man never really existed. The time traveler decides to take out their sheet music, copy it out by hand, and publish the works so that the universe isn’t robbed of the music. But the question becomes—where did Beethoven’s music truly come from?

Doctor Who, season 9, Before the Flood
The Doctor arrives with Bennett and O’Donnell in 1980, in the town before it was flooded. It turns out to be an army base where they were doing simulations during the Cold War. They encounter the spaceship and the Tivolian who will later ...

Doctor Who, season 9, Before the Flood
Doctor Who, season 9, Before the Flood
Doctor Who, season 9, Before the Flood
Doctor Who, season 9, Before the Flood
Doctor Who, season 9, Before the Flood
Doctor Who, season 9, Before the Flood
Doctor Who, season 9, Before the Flood

The Harry Potter Reread: The Half-Blood Prince, Chapters 9 and 10


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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince cover

The Harry Potter Reread currently cannot stop eating gummy bears, and it’s probably not a good thing since they’re basically corn syrup and gelatin. But at least it’s not compulsively eating candy corn, which is basically corn syrup and wax?

We’re going to get a fancy new textbook and find out a bit about Voldemort’s relatives! It’s chapters 9 and 10–The Half-Blood Prince and The House of Gaunt.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

Chapter 9–The Half-Blood Prince

Summary

Neither Ron nor Hermione are entirely convinced that what Harry heard Draco say on the train has any meaning. Ron is looking forward to having free periods ...

I’ll Do All I Can to Solve the Death of Your Friend/Family Member/Pet — Doctor Who: “Under the Lake”


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Doctor Who, season 9, Under the Lake

We’ve got a fun closed-set two parter up for Doctor Who’s next outing. What happens when you’re underwater and find yourself surrounded by ghosts? Let’s head “Under the Lake”…

Summary

Doctor Who, season 9, Under the Lake

The Drum, an underwater mining facility in Scotland (in the year 2119), discovers something that looks like a spaceship under the water and brings it on board. The crew argues about where the ship came from (there’s writing etched on the wall inside it), and a fire starts in the hanger, killing their captain, Moran. The crew escapes the hangar and finds their captain and another top-hatted man as ghosts with no eyes.

The Doctor and Clara arrive on the facility and begin investigating. They find the “ghosts” and follow them into the hangar—the Doctor notes that the writing inside the alien ship hasn’t been translated by the TARDIS. The ghosts attack them with solid weapons, though they can’t ...

Doctor Who, season 9, Under the Lake
Doctor Who, season 9, Under the Lake
Doctor Who, season 9, Under the Lake
Doctor Who, season 9, Under the Lake
Doctor Who, season 9, Under the Lake
Doctor Who, season 9, Under the Lake
Doctor Who, season 9, Under the Lake
Doctor Who, season 9, Under the Lake
Doctor Who, season 9, Under the Lake
Doctor Who, season 9, Under the Lake

The Harry Potter Reread: The Half-Blood Prince, Chapters 7 and 8


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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince cover

The Harry Potter Reread forgot its umbrella and is going to end up like that MacArthur Park song… “Someone left a cake out in the rain/Well I don’t think I can take it/’Cause it took so long to bake it/And I’ll never have that recipe again”

This week we’re back to school, and have a highly uncomfortable Defense Against the Dark Arts lesson. It’s chapters 7 and 8 of The Half-Blood Prince–The Slug Club and Snape Victorious.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

 

Chapter 7–The Slug Club

Summary

Harry keeps trying to parse out Malfoy’s actions in Diagon Alley over the final days of ...

All That Matters is Mercy. Doctor Who: “The Witch’s Familiar”


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Doctor Who The Witch's Familiar television review

The first two-parter of Doctor Who season nine is complete, and many questions were answered: What did the Doctor say to that small boy alone on a battlefield? Whatever happened to Missy and Clara? Why does Davros want to talk to his arch-enemy anyhow?

Let’s take a look at “The Witch’s Familiar.”

 

Summary

We start with Missy and Clara—who are clearly not dead at all. Missy starts by giving Clara a scenario, where the Doctor is on the run from android assassins, traveling by one of their teleport devices, just like she was in the previous episode. She asks Clara how the Doctor avoids being killed by the assassins, and Clara figures he does it by using the tech from the teleport device to absorb their weapons’ fire and teleport again… and that happens to be exactly how Missy avoided being killed before, and how they’re still alive. ...

Doctor Who season 9, The Witch's Familiar
Doctor Who season 9, The Witch's Familiar
Doctor Who season 9, The Witch's Familiar
Doctor Who season 9, The Witch's Familiar
Doctor Who season 9, The Witch's Familiar
Doctor Who season 9, The Witch's Familiar
Doctor Who season 9, The Witch's Familiar
Doctor Who season 9, The Witch's Familiar
Doctor Who season 9, The Witch's Familiar
Doctor Who season 9, The Witch's Familiar

The Harry Potter Reread: The Half-Blood Prince, Chapters 5 and 6


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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince cover

The Harry Potter Reread should probably go get some lunch, but it’s picky and difficult, and never seems to know what it wants. Perhaps it should make its own trail mix. Never mind, that sounds boring. (Unless it’s full of candy.)

This week we’re going to make fun of a houseguest and hang out at a joke shop. It’s chapters five and six of The Half-Blood Prince–An Excess of Phlegm and Draco’s Detour.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

Chapter 5–An Excess of Phlegm

Summary

Harry and Dumbledore arrive at the Weasley’s door to Molly’s surprise–she hadn’t expected them until morning. Tonks is sitting at ...

How to Talk to Geeks at Parties (About Your Favorite Shows/Books/Movies)


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dw-party

Ever have a conversation with someone who you don’t know well, and everything is just jiving and you’ve found your new best friend? And you’re talking about how much you love this one TV show (or comic/short story collection/movie in a series), and they’re like “you know that one installment?” and you’re like “yeah!’ and they’re like “I mean, it’s just the worst one!”

…and your budding friendship is over in a matter of seconds?

In truth, this is not a deal breaker, but I feel like it’s something that people are bad at having meaningful conversations about—we don’t all love what we love for the same reasons. And fandom can exacerbate this divide and make it seem utterly insurmountable, when in reality, we all like different things from our entertainment for completely reasonable reasons.

Reasonable reasons. Heh. Say that eleven times fast.

Perfect example of this ...

Doctor Who, season 4, The Unicorn and the Wasp
Star Trek, the Original Series, season 1, Shore Leave
Batman the Animated Series, Harlequinade

If You Don’t Keep Your Feet: How the Journey Changes You


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Lord of the Rings, Fellowship of the Ring, Frodo and Sam

You can’t go home again.

It’s a phrase with many meanings, often referring to change as life’s only constant. Sure, you can return to the place you once called home, but it won’t be the same as when you left it. But perhaps the more profound meaning of that saying is wrapped up in the person it pertains to; you are the one who is different. You have transformed into someone who no longer quite fits your home. You’re a warped puzzle piece left out in the rain too long, and now you can’t snap into place. It’s scary to think about… but often fundamentally true. And it’s something that stories can help us come to terms with as we grow, while that vague notion of home seems to slide from our grip.

Some of my favorite tales turn on this theme. I’m not a fan of darkness for darkness’ ...

Frodo, Grey Havens, Return of the King
Farscape, John and Aeryn, Peacekeeper Wars
2001, Star Child
Art by David Palumbo

One Chance in a Thousand. Doctor Who: “The Magician’s Apprentice”


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Doctor Who season 9 episode 1 review The Magician's Apprentice

It’s Doctor Who season nine! The Doctor and Clara are back! And so are a slew of familiar faces, so we best get this shindig underway….


Summary

The episode begins during a war on an alien planet. A soldier discovers a boy on the battlefield and attempts to rescue him. The ground moves, and the soldier scans for “hand mines.” When he looks down, there is a hand coming out of the ground, holding his leg. A moment later he is dragged under, leaving the boy alone with countless hands protruding up from the ground, searching for him. The sonic screwdriver flies through the air and lands at the boy’s feet. The Doctor is on the other side of the field, telling the boy that he has one chance in a thousand of surviving and encouraging him to do so. He asks the boy his named, and the boy ...

Doctor Who, season 9, The Magician's Apprentice
Doctor Who, season 9, The Magician's Apprentice
Doctor Who, season 9, The Magician's Apprentice
Doctor Who, season 9, The Magician's Apprentice
Doctor Who, season 9, The Magician's Apprentice
Doctor Who, season 9, The Magician's Apprentice
Doctor Who, season 9, The Magician's Apprentice
Doctor Who, season 9, The Magician's Apprentice
Doctor Who, season 9, The Magician's Apprentice

The Harry Potter Reread: The Half-Blood Prince, Chapters 3 and 4


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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince cover

The Harry Potter Reread isn’t going to bother you about sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes and leaves falling off trees… but it needs a caramel apple. Stat.

This week some terrible caretakers are going to get a proper telling off, and we’ll meet the new… Potions professor? It’s chapters 3 and 4 of The Half-Blood Prince—Will and Won’t and Horace Slughorn.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

Chapter 3—Will and Won’t

Summary

Harry is asleep in a chair by the window of his room on Privet Drive. On his desk are a slew of newspapers, with articles detailing speculation about Voldemort’s plans and Harry’s potential ...

The Tics and Quirks That Made Iron Man the Film Superstar to Beat


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Tony Star, Iron Man 2, donuts

While the character has always had his fans in the comics world, it’s pretty safe to say that the general mainstream population had no idea who Tony Stark was until he burst into theaters in 2008’s Iron Man—garnering both great reviews and Marvel-Cinematic-Universe-founding box office numbers. And much of that success is due to the man playing him; while Nicolas Cage and Tom Cruise were both considered/vying for the part, it’s hard to imagine that the character would be quite as captivating without Robert Downey Jr.’s brand of swagger and rambling snark.

Marvel was understandably concerned that Stark would come across as a Batman knockoff (the characters do have a large number of similarities) when they were building the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and as a result allowed quite a bit of freedom in his on-screen development. The endgame leaves us with a host of funny details that make the ...

Tony Stark eating pizza, Iron Man
Tony Stark, peace sign, Iron Man 2
Tony Stark, Obidiah Stane, Iron Man
Tony Stark dancing, Iron Man 3, Christmas
Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Steve Rogers, the Avengers, blueberries
Tony Stark, race car, Iron Man 2
Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, Phil Coulson, the Avengers

The Harry Potter Reread: The Half-Blood Prince, Chapters 1 and 2


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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince cover

The Harry Potter Reread has reached the penultimate offering! It took the reread far too long to understand what “penultimate” meant, though. What a sad truth.

This week we’re starting in on The Half-Blood Prince! Chapters 1 and 2—The Other Minister and Spinner’s End.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

Chapter 1—The Other Minister

Summary

The Prime Minister of Great Britain is having a terrible week. It seems as though the whole country is going through a rough patch, and disasters are everywhere; a bridge collapse, two murders, a freak hurricane, one of the Junior Ministers acting strangely. Then a portrait in his room coughs and ...

The Harry Potter Reread: Rewatching The Order of the Phoenix Film


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Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix

It’s the longest Potter book… and the second shortest of the Potter films.

So that bodes well.

After Mike Newell bid the Potter series goodbye, David Yates was hired, and proceeded to direct the rest of the Potter series. And while the cohesion is much appreciated, I’d argue that this film stumbles for the fact that Yates is clearly finding his footing in the world. Order of the Phoenix is also the only Potter film that wasn’t penned by Steve Kloves. This time around it was Michael Goldenberg, who had previously written screenplays for Contact and Peter Pan (yay!) and would go on to write the script for Green Lantern (oh dear). This film also came out about a week-and-a-half before the final Potter book, muddying its position in the legacy. I recall enjoying this film very much the first time around, but I don’t think I was in ...

Remus is like OH NO WE GOT CAUGHT
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, Dolores Umbridge
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, Neville, Dumbledore's Army
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, Umbridge, McGonagall
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, Umbridge, McGonagall
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, Umbridge, McGonagall
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, Percy, Cho
Fellowship of the Ring, Bilbo, Frodo, dragon firework
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, Lucius Malfoy
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix

Everyone Should Want to Be A Hufflepuff, Or, Stop the Hogwarts House-Hate


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Tonks Was A Hufflepuff

J.K. Rowling has just given the world news of the first Sorting in the Potter family since 1991; Harry’s son, James Sirius Potter, became a Gryffindor yesterday! Rowling also noted that Teddy Lupin–son of Remus and Tonks, who is currently Head Boy of Hufflepuff House–was disappointed by the hat’s decision.

Teddy’s disappointment was shared by some members of fandom who were hoping that the Potter family would break its House streak with Harry and Ginny’s kids. (Personally, I’m holding out for Albus Severus to get Sorted into Slytherin. And for Lily to be a Hufflepuff.) And while it’s hard to be surprised by the fact that a kid named for James Potter and Sirius Black would be a Gryffindor through and through, that frustration plays into a long fought battle among diehard Potter fans about how the Hogwarts Houses should be viewed, and who might be getting the short end ...

Harry Potter House Banner hugs
Slytherin House, Malfoy, Potions
Cedric and Amos Diggory, Quidditch World Cup
Harry Potter, Albus Severus, Deathly Hallows epilogue