felicity making oliver smile

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The basic plot, which cannot be ignored even in the films, is that Harry, Hermione and Ron give up everything for their political struggle. They drop out of high school, they go illegal, defy the government, belong to an underground organization [The Order of the Phoenix], operate out of safe houses and forests and even raid offices of the government and banking offices. This is all done in principled opposition to the Dark Wizard Voldemort and a corrupt bureaucratized government that has been heavily infiltrated with his evil minions. This is revolutionary activity. But the movie version does not present it as such or emphasize these radical aspects of the plot, thereby entirely missing the dramatic sweep and action present in the first half of the last novel.

The novels recognize the importance of alternative media for political struggle. The mainstream press [The Daily Prophet] is shown as unreliable and unprincipled, eventually deteriorating into a fear-mongering propaganda machine for the Voldemort-controlled bureaucracy. For a while the alternative but above ground media [The Quibbler] publishes the real news, but it ceases to print after the daughter of the publisher is kidnapped. In the book, friends of Harry [Lee Jordan, with Fred and George Weasley as frequent guests] start broadcasting the real news from an underground radio station, encrypted with a password. This radio station becomes a critical link for the resistance, which is scattered and weak. Although we are treated to some radio broadcast updates in the movie, they are delivered by a disembodied and professional sounding voice, not our friends the Weasleys. This undermines the important message - a guiding principle behind the media coop - that in a serious situation it becomes necessary to produce your own media and not to rely on ‘professionals’.

The novel makes it clear that in this phase of the struggle the characters romantic lives take a backseat to their political activity, as Harry breaks up with the love of his life [Ginny Weasley] so as to avoid making her a target for Voldemort’s forces, who are known to use torture and kidnapping as tactics. The ‘love triangle’ that becomes the focus of the movie isn’t even really present in the books. In the books, the relationship between Harry and Hermione is totally platonic - Ron is shown as jealous, but the feeling is entirely without foundation. In the book Harry says to Ron: “I love her like a sister and I reckon she feels the same way about me. It’s always been like that. I thought you knew” (pg 378, DH US Hardback). This conveys that men and women can be close comrades and friends without being involved romantically. But in the film, Harry and Hermione are shown dancing romantically, and Harry’s line to Ron about his brotherly feeling towards Hermione does not even make it into the film. This completely undermines the important message that jealousy is counter-productive and has toxic effects, which is an important feminist message for young people.

How Hollywood Defanged Potter’s Radical Politics  (via girl-germs)

Very similar to how I feel about The Hunger Games.

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thecusblog:

Stunning landscapes by photographer Nicola Odemann, our latest interview on the CUS blog. Read her interview here:

http://comingupstrong.blogspot.ca/2014/07/nicola-odemann.html

And visit her official site and tumblr here: 

http://www.nicolaodemann.com

http://icollectplaces.tumblr.com

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makeitworthwatching:

as both a Harmonizer and a Mixer, I now have yet another girlgroup to fangirl over. Welcome Beatz

Girlgroups taking over the world. 

galaxyspeaking:

galaxyspeaking:

Hey guys ! Long story short, I’m moving to Germany so…It’s commission time again ! I had to raise the prices a little because of the USD/EURO currency, sorry guys…

So. here are the rules :

  •  I am opening 10 slots for character sketches
  • 15 slots for character headshots
  • 5 slots for character portraits
  • 10 slots for character illustrations
  • I accept paypal only (paypal fees are up to you)

So here you go ! If you are interested, please send an email to galaxyspeaking@gmail.com with the title ‘summer commission’ !

Hey guys ! I still have some shots left, and I’m having a real hard time with money right now so.. if you’re considering to help, I would give you my eternal love and admiration ;.; (by the way, I say ‘OC’ but it can be an existing character or person, okay ?)

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Finally got around to reading “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern, which my friend Chelsea gave me years ago! I wrote about it in a blog post on peach-perfect.blogspot.com ;) #bookreview #books #peachperfect #nightcircus #erinmorgenstern

Finally got around to reading “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern, which my friend Chelsea gave me years ago! I wrote about it in a blog post on peach-perfect.blogspot.com ;) #bookreview #books #peachperfect #nightcircus #erinmorgenstern

sarah paulson switching the name cards so tatiana could sit next to her

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We get along phenomenally well. It’s a real blessing working on these movies - Chris Evans

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fishingboatproceeds:

fuckinmiki:

The official poster of the 2015 Women’s World Cup is beautiful

CAN’T WAIT.

fishingboatproceeds:

fuckinmiki:

The official poster of the 2015 Women’s World Cup is beautiful

CAN’T WAIT.

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the avengers cast takes comic con 2k14 [part 1/?]

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fosterslabrats:

rcmclachlan:

littlemoongoddess:

mamalaz:

Steampunk Avengers

In which Tony is a former weapons manufacturer with his faithful automaton Jarvis, the hellicarrier is a mechanical balloon and the Avengers are a group drawn together by a new villain.

SCREECH

DO WANT

Someone’s had a go (and it’s pretty good!).

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