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Environmentalism and Globalisation in ‘The Lord of the Rings’

The Lord of the Rings is the story of an epic quest to destroy the one ring, an evil artifact created by the dark lord Sauron that threatens to destroy the free world. It is a deeply touching story, focusing on themes such as bravery, friendship, determination, etc. One thing that many fail to notice, however, is the story’s strong environmentalist message. (more…)

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21 Biggest Health and Safety Fails at Hogwarts

We all know Hogwarts as that magical place of learning that we wish we’d been accepted into (I’m still waiting for my letter). The grand castle is a big step up from most muggle secondary schools, full of secret passageways, moving paintings and strange lessons (the nearest our school got to herbology was when someone started growing weed on the roof.) (more…)

The Many Endings of ‘Lord of the Rings’ (A Refutation)

When the Lord of the Rings first came out in 2003, many casual moviegoers complained at what seemed like a never-ending stream of extra endings – the screen fades to black, but just as you’re about to get up form your cinema seat, you’re subjected to yet another scene to further wrap things up. (more…)

3 Magical Items Harry Potter Must Have Forgotten About

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is full of magical items and useful artifacts, many of which appear in the films (and books). However, Potter and the gang seem to have developed amnesia regarding a few enchanted objects, as a number of items that appear in the films would have been incredibly useful to have during the final battle against Voldemort. It’s worth pointing out that I haven’t read the books so feel free to bombard me with threatening comments if you disagree. (more…)