Not a ‘Monster’ Unloved

Sam, This is the physical revision of The Crimes of Grindelwald script. I’ve given some guidelines in the previous post about how I would have set up the film (and the previous Beasts‘ ending). I’m only going to focus on the inciting incident of the film, when Dumbledore recruits Newt to travel to Paris to find Credence. I…

‘What makes Albus Dumbledore so Fond of You?’

Sam, Following the relative success of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (in my opinion), Crimes of Grindelwald was something of an enigma for me. Coming in to the theatre, the film’s ability to meet the level of its predecessor balanced on a knife’s edge. I thought I knew which way the weight would shift given my…

“. . . a chasing after the wind.”

Sam, Icebergs have always symbolized a goal, habit, or lifestyle someone wishes to have. I get a lot of “oh, I’d love to write a book!” when people find out I’m a writer. That mentality is the top of the iceberg, not even a quarter of its mass. It’s the stuff below that truly separates…

The First Spell: ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ Part I

Sam, While researching for the first post of this Perusing Potter series, I read up on the rankings of each of the Potter books. What I found was Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was received as the weakest (at the bottom three) in a majority of the lists. There were reasons of “most childish,” “simplest plot,” and “fairly predictable.” Despite…

A Prelude to Evil in ‘Half-Blood Prince’

Sam, The Tom Riddle narrative is presented in kernels in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, leaving significant portions of Voldemort’s life to the imagination. This is a perfect storm for J. K. Rowling to write a spin-off book (fingers crossed for plural) and elaborate on the events that twisted young Tom into a Dark…

The Unspoken Horror in ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’

Sam, Happy Halloween! ‘Tis the season of ghost stories, Trick-or-Treating, and reflecting on our mortality in the face of the Dead. There’s one thing each of these traits of the Gaelic festival have in common. That common theme is the central topic of this post; wherein Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban will be the…

I College-d for Enrichment NOT Money

Sam, The benefit of having two jobs provides opportunity for me to interact with many different kinds of people. Actually, most of my life, I’ve put myself in places where I can. Being an artist to athlete in school, a member of a multi-faith group in college, study abroad, and my time in the Disney…