quinta-feira, 2 de junho de 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: First Cast Pictures and the problem of change


As many Harry Potter fans (such as myself) are pretty aware by now, our dreams have come true and the supreme goddess J.K. Rowling has presented us with another Harry Potter story! The 8th book entitled "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" will happen right after the epilogue scene we've seen, with tears in our eyes, at the end of "Deathly Hallows". Harry is now an auror at the Ministery of Magic and has 3 kids do deal with, and one of them, Albus, feels the pressure of having to carry on the family's name. The story will first be converted into a stage play that will debut on July 30th on London and into a book the day after (which is also Harry's birthday!)

When the play was first announced, it was revealed that the actress who was going to play Hermione (as well as her daughter with Ron) was going to be a black person, and now we finally got a first look at the characters:

The Potters

The Weasleys

The Malfoys

By taking a look at these pictures, you instantly have that feeling of "Wait, there's something wrong there", because for the first time, you're seeing your favourite characters from the little wizard's world played by different people. That's NORMAL. It is natural to the human body to resist to changes (especially if you're a fan. Fans HATE changes). 

A clear example of that is currently taking place in China, where after the announcement of a Chinese Mandarin version of the upcoming games "Pokémon Sun & Moon", it was also announced that all the Pokémons would have their names changed (including the iconic Pikachu) to fit the language. That made fans freak out, leading to parades in the streets, claiming the old Pokémon's names back, only because they already had a story with those names, and all of their memories contained those names and they didn't wanted that to change.

Angry fans protesting against Pokémon's names changing, in Hong Kong

Amongst all the hate and love for the new "faces" of the characters, Hermione and her daughter Rose are the most discussed, after all, they changed not only their actresses, but their race too. Even though J.K. Rowling never specified anything in the books regarding Hermione's actual race, we all got used to her Emma Watson look from the movies. Rowling says that her being black, is a reflection of her position as a minority in the wizard world: a mudblood (someone who has magical powers but whose parents don't). Since in today's world everything is considered "offensive", most people have associated the Hermione polemic with racism issues (but of course, I am fully aware that in some cases, that is INDEED the problem) but what they have to understand is that some fans just don't like major changes in their favourite characters, which means, it doesn't matter, they could have make Hermione blonde, redhead, asian or whatever, the problem would be only the change.

Similiar cases have been also happening in the comic book world, where Captain America has now been revealed to be a double agent working in cooperation with Hydra (the nazi organization he had fought his entire life with) and the Joker's identity to be finally revealed, actually, sorta of: DC comics announced that there have been actually three different Jokers.

The Three Jokers

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Why the PL is considered the europe toughest league?

  Throughout the recent years we have been watching the rise of the most competitive league in the whole european football. The Premier League has been having different champions every year since the 2009-2010 season, including Manchester City and United, Chelsea and even Leicester City. Meanwhile in other leagues from europe we don't see a lot of different teams winning. For example, Juventus hasn't lost Serie A since 2011, and before that Inter had won it 5 times in a row!

  Due to the Premier competitiveness it is nowadays the first choice of most players in the international scenario (with the exception of Real and Barça of course), it has been attracting a lot of money due to it's popularity and is the most well paid League in the world.

 The only problem PL has is it's teams performances in the UEFA Champions League that have not benn so good these last years, with the exception of this season performance of Manchester Ciity wich granted the classification for the Tournament Semi-Finals against Real Madrid.


Leicester City's magical season!

Jamie Vardy, Leicester City's eternal legend

   At the start of the season, Leicester's team wasn't even expected to be around 10th this season, in fact, many tought the squad wasn't going to play te BPL next year.

  Leicester had an extraordinary campaing in 2015-2016 season, beating many powerful clubs, such as Manchester City, Everton and Tottenham, and as it wasn't enough, winning this season's Barclays Premier League.

  The Foxes team performed so well that they had only 3 losses in the whole BPL, 2 against Arsenal and 1 against Liverpool.

  The Blues top scorer of the season was the englishman Jamie Vardy, followed by Riyad Mahrez. Both were the team stars of the season, winning many prizes throughout the competition.

    Besides being eliminated from both FA cup and Capital One cup, the team's campaing was so special that the players had their names given to the streets of Leicester City.


Who are the Red Hot Chili Peppers??


The also known as RHCP or Red Hot, Red Hot Chili Peppers is Californian band originally created by Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Hillel Slovak and Jack Irons.       

Anthony is the lead singer and Flea is the bassist, they still play in the band. Hillel Slovak was the guitarist and a close friend of Kiedis, but by the age of 26 he died from a heroin overdose in 1988. Jack Irons was the drummer and friend of Slovak, when Hillel died He quit the band because he did not want to be part of a group where his friends were dying from drugs and since 1988 he had been suffering from a huge depression.
Most famous albums and songs
-Californication (1999)
[Scar tissue, Otherside, Californication, Road Trippin’]
-By the way (2002)
[By the way, The Zephyr Song, Can’t stop, Venice Queen]
-Stadium Arcadium (2006)
[Dani California, Snow (Hey Oh), Tell me baby]