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Harry Potter: Why The “Nude” Harry & Hermione Scene Was Controversial

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The Harry Potter film series wasn’t safe from controversies, and one of the weirdest ones was all about a “nude scene” in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1, with parents complaining about it even before they knew what it was all about. J.K. Rowling brought the Wizarding World to the lives of many readers around the world in 1997 with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first entry in what would become a series of seven novels.

The complete book series was adapted to the big screen not long after, with the final novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, being split into two films. Although the Harry Potter universe already had a pretty solid fan base, the films brought the Wizarding World to a wider audience, and many viewers grew up along with the protagonists of the films. Of course, a world as rich as Harry Potter’s went through some changes when making the jump to the big screen, but many scenes stayed true to the source material.

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Among those is the kissing scene between Harry and Hermione as part of an apparition to torture Ron, courtesy of the piece of Voldemort’s soul kept in Salazar Slytherin’s locket, which turned out to be controversial to some.

In the Deathly Hallows book, when Harry opens the locket, Voldemort’s soul kept in it begins to mentally torture Ron and mock his biggest fears. Apparitions begin to come out of the locket, among those one of Harry and Hermione telling him they would be better off without him. The pair is seemingly naked and begin to kiss. Ron eventually breaks through all these haunting visions and smashes the locket with Gryffindor’s sword. When director David Yates announced that part 1 of Deathly Hallows was going to include Harry and Hermione’s “nude” scene, those who have read the books weren’t surprised, but those not familiar with it – specifically parents – weren’t really on board with the idea.

Many parents complained about a Harry Potter film featuring a nude scene, even though they obviously didn’t know the context. Worst of all, the complaints (and even some boycott threats) began before the film was even out, and just based on what Yates had said. The scene in question was very brief, and Harry and Hermione were surrounded by dark mist and a lot of special effects (and neither of the actors were actually naked). The offended parents either hadn’t been paying attention to the Harry Potter series or they simply decided to ignore the fact that Harry and company had grown up, and their story had turned much darker than it was in the first book. They also seemed to ignore that the films had more intense scenes than Ron’s horcrux-induced vision, and featured multiple deaths, torture, and more.

In the end, there were no boycotts and the controversy was nothing more than angry parents that wouldn’t wait for the film to come out to decide if they would take their children or not. The Harry Potter film series (and the books as well) had its fair dose of controversies, and the one around the “nude” scene will go down as one of the weirdest.

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Disneyland’s Avengers Campus Exists In A World Without Thanos’ Snap

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Disneyland’s Avengers Campus takes place in a world where Thanos’ snap never happened, diverging from canon. Set for Disney’s California Adventure, the Marvel-themed destination will include Avengers Headquarters. The building will serve as an entrance way, allowing guests to visit Wakanda and begin their journey of flying alongside their favorite heroes. Visitors will also have the chance to eat at the Pym Test Kitchen, a site which includes advanced technologies to change the size of food.

Recently, more details were revealed about Avengers Campus Park. Back in March, it was announced that Tom Holland would have a presence at the attraction. The actor will provide the voice of Peter Parker for Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure. Described as family-focused and comparable to a large-scale video game, theme park goers will be able to help the Webbed Wonder battle against creepy Spider-bots. It was reported later that same month, that Iron Man would be sporting a brand new suit for the attraction. This is one of the ways that the theme park experience differs from the Marvel Cinematic Universe since, of course, Iron Man sacrificed himself near the end of Avengers: Endgame.

Related: Avengers: Infinity War Theory - Each Infinity Stone's Role In Thanos' Snap

In new remarks to ComicBook.com, Dan Fields, the Executive Creative Director of Disney Parks Live Entertainment, shared another big difference between Avengers Campus Park and the movies that have inspired it. The attraction will also separates from canon by existing in a world where Thanos’ fatal snap never took place. Serving as the driving force of Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel, Thanos’ quest to wipe out half of all life in the universe positioned him as something of a protagonist in two of the MCU’s most important features. Fields went to explain why the villain’s frightening achievement was omitted from the Campus Park experience.

We don’t want anyone to feel that there’s an apocalyptic threat to the end of humanity,” Fields said. He added that while there is a desire for Avengers Campus Park to feature some conflict, the form of that conflict should remain accessible to visitors of the attraction. Avengers Campus story lead Jillian Pagan elaborated further, noting that Avengers Campus Park does share history with the films but with a little more fluidity. “We live in a version of the multiverse where there are some characters who did not sacrifice themselves for us,” she noted.

The decision makes sense from a business standpoint. An attraction should appeal to large swaths of people. Sticking too closely to established canon would limit certain possibilities that would otherwise be available. Avengers Campus Park, which includes separate stories for the likes of Thor and Loki, was planned to open on July 18. That has since been complicated by the global coronavirus pandemic.

More: DC's Justice League Explains Why Thanos is a Failure

Source: ComicBook.com

Disneyland’s Avengers Campus Exists In A World Without Thanos’ Snap

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Disneyland’s Avengers Campus takes place in a world where Thanos’ snap never happened, diverging from canon. Set for Disney’s California Adventure, the Marvel-themed destination will include Avengers Headquarters. The building will serve as an entrance way, allowing guests to visit Wakanda and begin their journey of flying alongside their favorite heroes. Visitors will also have the chance to eat at the Pym Test Kitchen, a site which includes advanced technologies to change the size of food.

Recently, more details were revealed about Avengers Campus Park. Back in March, it was announced that Tom Holland would have a presence at the attraction. The actor will provide the voice of Peter Parker for Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure. Described as family-focused and comparable to a large-scale video game, theme park goers will be able to help the Webbed Wonder battle against creepy Spider-bots. It was reported later that same month, that Iron Man would be sporting a brand new suit for the attraction. This is one of the ways that the theme park experience differs from the Marvel Cinematic Universe since, of course, Iron Man sacrificed himself near the end of Avengers: Endgame.

Related: Avengers: Infinity War Theory - Each Infinity Stone's Role In Thanos' Snap

In new remarks to ComicBook.com, Dan Fields, the Executive Creative Director of Disney Parks Live Entertainment, shared another big difference between Avengers Campus Park and the movies that have inspired it. The attraction will also separates from canon by existing in a world where Thanos’ fatal snap never took place. Serving as the driving force of Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel, Thanos’ quest to wipe out half of all life in the universe positioned him as something of a protagonist in two of the MCU’s most important features. Fields went to explain why the villain’s frightening achievement was omitted from the Campus Park experience.

We don’t want anyone to feel that there’s an apocalyptic threat to the end of humanity,” Fields said. He added that while there is a desire for Avengers Campus Park to feature some conflict, the form of that conflict should remain accessible to visitors of the attraction. Avengers Campus story lead Jillian Pagan elaborated further, noting that Avengers Campus Park does share history with the films but with a little more fluidity. “We live in a version of the multiverse where there are some characters who did not sacrifice themselves for us,” she noted.

The decision makes sense from a business standpoint. An attraction should appeal to large swaths of people. Sticking too closely to established canon would limit certain possibilities that would otherwise be available. Avengers Campus Park, which includes separate stories for the likes of Thor and Loki, was planned to open on July 18. That has since been complicated by the global coronavirus pandemic.

More: DC's Justice League Explains Why Thanos is a Failure

Source: ComicBook.com

Facebook’s 5G Coronavirus Conspiracy Groups Problem Explained

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Facebook appears to have a 5G conspiracy problem and right now it remains to be seen if anything is being done about it. 5G conspiracies are not new, but the rise in frequency in recent weeks is becoming alarming. One of the reasons for this recent rise is some linking the ongoing coronavirus pandemic to the rolling out of 5G.

5G is the latest wireless technology to come through and although it has yet to really become widespread available, that is slowly changing. While the technology does not fundamentally change compared to 4G LTE, the effects of it are expected to be massively amplified with more bandwidth and more immersive experiences possible. However, some have always questioned whether there are health-related issues with the rolling out of 5G, and those questions have become more apparent recently due to the spread of COVID-19.

Related: Is Woody Harrelson Sharing 5G Conspiracies on Instagram?

Recently reported by various outlets, 5G conspiracy groups on Facebook are not only active, but in some cases, resulting in engineers being verbally and physically threatened for doing their jobs. As The Guardian reports, one group (that’s since been removed) encouraged members to destroy telecoms equipment and even had “leaderboards” for equipment that had already been destroyed. This is not just random acts of vandalism either, with social media posts showing how engineers and workers are being targeted due to the specific belief that 5G is somehow related to the ongoing pandemic.

While the Tweet above highlights that the 5G conspiracy issue is not just a Facebook issue, the way groups operate on Facebook makes the platform an ideal breeding ground for conspiracies to continue to develop. Furthermore, while Facebook removed the one mentioned above, similar groups that are available for public viewing are not hard to find after a basic Google search, highlighting that Facebook removing one or two is not going to have much of an effect when so many remain live and easily accessible. While there is room for genuine discussion and questions over the long-term effects of any new technology, including 5G, the overwhelming consensus is that 5G does not cause any medical conditions directly. Let alone the recent suggestions that it is somehow causing the coronavirus outbreak that is now affecting most countries.

Besides the misinformation spread through these groups and posts, the increasing reports of attacks on engineers are extremely worrying. For starters, when most countries are in the midst of dealing with a global pandemic, stopping or reducing engineers from being able to work on phone lines is a dangerous game. Unlike 5G, coronavirus does continue to be a real and present danger, and now more than ever, people need access to their phones connections and the internet.

More: YouTube '5G Caused Coronavirus' Video Claims Explained

Source: The Guardian

Facebook’s 5G Coronavirus Conspiracy Groups Problem Explained

0

Facebook appears to have a 5G conspiracy problem and right now it remains to be seen if anything is being done about it. 5G conspiracies are not new, but the rise in frequency in recent weeks is becoming alarming. One of the reasons for this recent rise is some linking the ongoing coronavirus pandemic to the rolling out of 5G.

5G is the latest wireless technology to come through and although it has yet to really become widespread available, that is slowly changing. While the technology does not fundamentally change compared to 4G LTE, the effects of it are expected to be massively amplified with more bandwidth and more immersive experiences possible. However, some have always questioned whether there are health-related issues with the rolling out of 5G, and those questions have become more apparent recently due to the spread of COVID-19.

Related: Is Woody Harrelson Sharing 5G Conspiracies on Instagram?

Recently reported by various outlets, 5G conspiracy groups on Facebook are not only active, but in some cases, resulting in engineers being verbally and physically threatened for doing their jobs. As The Guardian reports, one group (that’s since been removed) encouraged members to destroy telecoms equipment and even had “leaderboards” for equipment that had already been destroyed. This is not just random acts of vandalism either, with social media posts showing how engineers and workers are being targeted due to the specific belief that 5G is somehow related to the ongoing pandemic.

While the Tweet above highlights that the 5G conspiracy issue is not just a Facebook issue, the way groups operate on Facebook makes the platform an ideal breeding ground for conspiracies to continue to develop. Furthermore, while Facebook removed the one mentioned above, similar groups that are available for public viewing are not hard to find after a basic Google search, highlighting that Facebook removing one or two is not going to have much of an effect when so many remain live and easily accessible. While there is room for genuine discussion and questions over the long-term effects of any new technology, including 5G, the overwhelming consensus is that 5G does not cause any medical conditions directly. Let alone the recent suggestions that it is somehow causing the coronavirus outbreak that is now affecting most countries.

Besides the misinformation spread through these groups and posts, the increasing reports of attacks on engineers are extremely worrying. For starters, when most countries are in the midst of dealing with a global pandemic, stopping or reducing engineers from being able to work on phone lines is a dangerous game. Unlike 5G, coronavirus does continue to be a real and present danger, and now more than ever, people need access to their phones connections and the internet.

More: YouTube '5G Caused Coronavirus' Video Claims Explained

Source: The Guardian

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