The Six Most Interesting Questions I Missed

For each of my previous posts, I primarily answered questions from Quora.com. I’m getting daily requests for new questions to answer, and I haven’t been able to keep up with them all. So, for this blog post, I’m going to make it my goal to address some of those questions…the most interesting ones, that is.

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Q #1: In Harry Potter, what do you think would happen if a young wizard couldn’t afford a wand?

A: They would probably be provided for. Remember how Harry got his wand? Olivander went about, trying each and every wand to see exactly which one was the best fit. There was no discussion of cost. For a wizard, a wand is so important that I don’t think cost would be taken into account, and Hogwarts wouldn’t have anyone attending who didn’t get the best wand for their needs, or at least have the opportunity to get the best wand for their needs.

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Q #2: A lot of dystopian books have the world splitting up into factions (Divergent), districts (The Hunger Games), or something similar in the future. How likely is this to actually happen far in the future?

A: I would say there’s two parts to this question. First, we have to consider whether it’s likely that the world will be ruled by one government in the future. If there’s not a single ruling entity, the whole world could not be split up into factions/districts. Second, we have to consider whether it’s likely that this one government would create a system of factions/districts. I think that it’s not particularly likely that the world would be ruled by one government in the future, so I don’t think we can even get to the second part of this question. The reason being is that in all of history the world has never been ruled by one government. Powerful countries have risen, like Rome, but they always fall, and never conquer the whole world. Plus, there is much more communication throughout the world nowadays, and more of an effort to keep super-countries from forming. Imperialism has even largely died out. If anything, there will be more countries in the far future, as people venture into and colonize space. However, it could still be that perhaps these factions/districts will form in a single country, and not the rest of the world. If this happens, that single country would have to either be aware of other countries where the districts/factions did not exist, or else they would have to be living a life with technology way behind their time, since I do not think the other countries could be hidden from that world with the technology we have nowadays, there is simply too much communication. I would say that one country developing the faction/district system is a much more likely scenario than the world adopting it, since there is such a wide array of ways a country could be run, though I think it unlikely the country running themselves this way could keep the rest of the world a secret.

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Q #3: What is the Avatar the Last Airbender Live action show going to be about?

A: As far as I’m aware, it’s just going to be a retelling of the animated show.

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Q #4: Who would win in a fight Percy Jackson or Optimus Prime?

A: I think it depends on where they’re fighting. On land or in the sky, Optimus Prime wins. In or near the water so that Percy can force the fight to the sea, he’d win.

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Q #5: What 3 unrelated books would make a weird but workable trilogy?

A: Fun question! I think my theme for answering this question will be riches-to-rags. So for the first book we have The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, because obviously Arthur Dent has to find a cool planet for the trilogy to take place on. Once he’s there, he’ll inevitably screw things up, and that’s how we get to Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. The second book takes place about 1000 years after the first, and Arthur Dent is probably The Chosen One talked about so much in that book. Finally, after Mistborn, book three would be Holes by Louis Sachar, since by this time I imagine that’s what the day-to-day life on this planet would be like.

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Q #6: Why can only portraits in Harry Potter speak? Why not photographs?

A: Because of the way that wizarding magic works. I suspect there’s some sort of magic used to give portraits life, whereas with photographs that type of magic is not generally used. There are probably portraits that can’t speak, especially in muggle homes, it’s just that the ones we do see can speak. Photographs, likewise, I suspect could speak, if the witch or wizard who created them wanted them to, but the creator elects not to give them that power most of the time, so they don’t have the ability to speak. It all comes down to what magic is used.

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Twelve Most Interesting Questions about Captain Marvel

It’s the #1 movie because it’s a great film, with an engaging plot, lots of funny bits, and it was marketed very well.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD.

There are spoilers from Captain Marvel the movie in the following post. Please do not read any further if you don’t want to be spoiled by awesome analysis of what happens in the film.

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Q #1: How is Captain Marvel #1 movie in the world?

A: It’s obviously #1 because it rocks! Captain Marvel is riding high on the trend of superhero films. And the movie has a female lead, which is becoming less rare in superhero movies, but historically has been uncommon. Overall, however, it’s the #1 movie because it’s a great film, with an engaging plot, lots of funny bits, and it was marketed very well.

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Q #2: What’s a Flerken?

A: The Flerken are an alien species that resemble a human cat. As we saw in the movie, according to the Kree, the Flerken have a high threat-level. They can shoot tentacles out of their mouth, and are capable of using those tentacles to pull anything they want back into their mouths, even the Tesseract or a person. Also, in the comics, they are apparently able to lay up to 117 eggs, though we have yet to see them lay eggs in the movies. Here is some additional information about what a Flerken is: https://marvel.fandom.com/wiki/Flerken

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Q #3: Who would win, Mewtwo or Captain Marvel?

A: This is a really interesting idea for a fight! Mewtwo and Captain Marvel both have superhuman powers. In Mewtwo’s case, it comes from being a Pokemon, and a cloned and enhanced copy of Mew at that. In Captain Marvel’s case, she absorbed the power of an engine powered by the Tesseract. They can also both fly. Mewtwo does have an advantage in that he can heal himself; we didn’t see that ability from Captain Marvel in the movie, though it wouldn’t surprise me if she had that ability. Captain Marvel, on the other hand, has the advantage of being much faster than Mewtwo. Mewtwo’s attacks seem to take a few seconds to power up, while Captain Marvel, once her full powers are released, can blast someone in an instant. Because of this, I don’t think Mewtwo would stand a chance. Captain Marvel would easily use her superior speed to dodge his attacks, and hit him until he fainted, not giving him time to heal. Not to mention, up close, she would be much more strong physically than he is – Mewtwo is strong fighting at a distance.

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Q #4: How would you rate Brie Larson’s performance in the Captain Marvel movie?

A: I’d give Brie Larson an A+. I thought she did great acting in the movie, any notes I have on the movie as a whole are minimal, and none of them had to do with the acting. It was a great film and she was great in it.

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Q #5: Who would win in an arm wrestle, Thor or Captain Marvel?

A: Even if Captain Marvel’s not using her powers to heat things up and burn Thor’s hand, I think she wins. Some people point out how Thor opened up the iris of a neutron star, but Captain Marvel had her own superpowered moment. She not only grabbed and stopped a missile speeding towards earth from space, but she had enough strength to throw that missile back at other incoming missiles and blow them all up before they hit earth. So obviously she’d be a match for Thor in an arm wrestle, and I think she’d win.

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Q #6) Do you think Captain Marvel has the power of one of the Infinity Stones (space travel stone)?

A: Not exactly. But sort of. Her power is explained in the movie – her power comes from the Tesseract, which is also supposedly the cube in which the space stone was formerly held. Thus, it stands to reason that the space stone transferred some of its power to the Tesseract, and then the Tesseract transferred some of that power to Captain Marvel.

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Q #7: Is Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers a “Mary Sue”?

A: I would say no. She’s a strong character, but she does have flaws. Something that the movie points out is a flaw is that she has trouble with obeying authority and sticking to a plan. It doesn’t seem like a flaw in this movie, because the authority and the plans that are made are from the bad guys, the Kree, so it’s good to disobey them. However, this could get her in trouble in another movie, in particular I’m thinking about Avengers: Endgame where she will have to work with a large team. Also, this trouble with obeying authority is what got her in the airplane crash that gave her powers in the first place.

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Q #8: If Captain Marvel is pretty much made from the Tesseract, how is she meant to be more powerful than Thor with the Stormbreaker?

A: Because the power of the Tesseract is within her, and not just in a weapon she’s wielding. Also the Tesseract is powerful, much more powerful in my opinion than a weapon powered by a star, if used in the right hands.

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Q #9: How does Captain Marvel breathe in space?

A: This is a tricky question, and it’s not completely clear. At first, Captain Marvel is shown to have the ability to press a button and activate a helmet on her suit so that she can breathe. However, later, and after her full powers are activated, she goes into space without the full helmet. The only explanation I can think of is that her powers give her some ability to breathe in space, or else perhaps her powers make it so that she doesn’t need to breathe to stay alive.

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Q #10: Is Goose (Captain Marvel’s cat) relevant in the movie?

A: Yes. Goose is absolutely relevant, and has some great scenes. Though to be honest, one wouldn’t know it to be Captain Marvel’s cat in the movie. Fury takes more of a liking to Goose than Carol Danvers does. The only complaint I might have with Goose is the way in which they encountered the cat/Flerken. It was just standing in the middle of a hallway randomly. However, the creature more than made up for that when Captain Marvel told Fury to grab the Tesseract, then Fury said, while holding Goose, something like: “you can’t seriously expect me to touch that thing” and then Goose opened their mouth and tentacles shot out and grabbed the Tesseract. It was just so ironic because he was holding a Flerken and scared of touching the Tesseract. A Flerken’s much freakier.

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Q #11: Did the Captain Marvel movie live up to the hype? If not, what made you feel like it didn’t?

A: Yes, I think it absolutely did! My main critique is that I feel it dragged at the beginning, before Captain Marvel got to Earth. It wasn’t totally clear why she was fighting, and what exactly motivated her. Once she got to Earth, those problems disappeared, because suddenly she needed to get home, and we also got to see her hilariously interacting with 90s technology. I think the movie could have gotten her to Earth faster, or else spent more effort in identifying what her life was like as a Kree and what she cared about, though that may have been difficult to do without giving away that she had only been living with the Kree for the last six years.

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Q #12: Who would win, Yoda or Captain Marvel?

A: Saving the best for last. Yoda versus Captain Marvel would be a great fight. Yoda has the advantage of being small, so hard to hit, as well as being quick and agile, he might even be able to match her speed. With his lightsaber, he can probably block Captain Marvel’s photon blasts, and he can use the power of the force, which is kind of a wildcard in this given it takes some time, even for him, to connect with the force and use it to move objects. Any fight with Captain Marvel is bound to be fast-paced, so he might not have time to use the force very much, unless he distracts her. Captain Marvel ultimately does have the upper-hand, however. She can fly, and up close, Yoda would be no match for Captain Marvel. All she would need is a single punch to eliminate him, and due to her superspeed she’d able to dodge his lightsaber up close. So she would win.

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Three Quick Questions about Eragon

Christopher Paolini’s new book is called The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm, and it’s set in the same world as Eragon was, Alagaesia.

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Q #1: What if Eragon fought Gandalf?

A: If Eragon fought Gandalf, I believe he would lose. As awesome and powerful as Eragon is (he has powerful magic, Sapphira, his sword), he doesn’t have anywhere near the amount of experience that Gandalf does. Gandalf’s experience would give him the edge in my opinion.

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Q #2: What book would you recommend to someone who loves Eragon?

A: I’m going to recommend some non-dragon books. I believe the Pendragon series by D.J. MacHale would appeal to the same demographic as Eragon does. If the reader is a bit older, I would recommend Brandon Sanderson. Mistborn is a great place to start. The Ranger’s Apprentice series is also pretty good.

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Q #3: How can I download The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm: Tales from Alagaesia by Christopher Paolini?

Christopher Paolini’s new book is called The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm, and it’s set in the same world as Eragon was, Alagaesia. You can purchase it on Amazon, here’s a link. You can also probably purchase it from many bookstores and online. Here’s a link to the book on Paolini’s website: link. In my opinion it’s best to pay for these things if you can, to support all the work that goes into them!

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Eight Most Interesting Questions about Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra

The idea of the four elements is something that goes back to alchemy. Before chemistry existed, people used to believe there were four elements, but when chemistry came along we discovered the whole periodic table. I’d love to see a series that throws everything on its head by revealing that there are more than just four elements.

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Q #1: Who is the best villain of both Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra?

A: There are so many good villains it’s hard to choose.  Haha.  You know, I’d say Azula is probably the best villain.  She’s certainly the most talked about villain, maybe even more talked about than Fire Lord Ozai.  Combustion Man was pretty hot too though.  And in Legend of Korra, you’ve got Amon, the season one villain, and Zaheer, the season three villain who’s a first of his kind.  Those are some of my favorite villains; there are lots of good villains though.

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Q #2: Is Iroh the best character in Avatar, the Last Airbender?

A: It’s debatable whether he’s the best. But he’s certainly one of the best. He’s very kindhearted, and funny, and I think that’s what makes him so lovable. Aang is also very kindhearted, and funny. I think Zuko might be my favorite character, though. He has a terrific character arc.

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Q #3: Is the new Netflix show The Dragon Prince a rip-off of Avatar?

A: No, absolutely not. It’s made by some of the same people behind Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra, and it has a similar feel to those shows, but it’s unique and very different. The show is set in a completely different world, with elves, dragons, and a medieval feel. It does feature strange creatures, such as the glow toad, but I don’t think there are enough similarities to even consider it a rip-off.

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Q #4: Who would win Princess Azula Firebending Master Lightning generation from Avatar The Last Airbender or Fire Lord Zuko Dancing Dragon Firebending Lightning redirection from Avatar The Last Airbender?

A: This is a hard one! First off, it might depend on whether Azula is still alive in Fire Lord Zuko’s time, and if so, how her skills have grown. I think that Azula can beat Zuko at the ages and the time of when they were both in The Last Airbender series. By Legend of Korra, Zuko’s skills have obviously grown. I’d say he is probably powerful enough in Legend of Korra to defeat Azula as she was in The Last Airbender, but if he’s fighting Azula as an older, more skilled warrior in his own time during The Legend of Korra, I think she might be able to beat him, depending on if she got more powerful.

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Q #5: What is your review of each season of Legend of Korra? I thought season one was amazing.

A: Season one was amazing. Season two wasn’t so great for me. Mainly, I didn’t like the changes to Bolin’s character, he seemed to get really stupid in season two. The villain of season two wasn’t very good either. There were a lot of plotholes, and it didn’t make sense why Korra could become a giant energy monster. I’m watching season three right now and it’s great so far. Can’t comment past that.

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Q #6: If they did another sequel to Avatar The Last Airbender what would your idea be?

A: There are a lot of ways they could go with it. Personally, I think a sequel that focuses on a secondary or tertiary character could be really good.  For example, Suki was a really great character, I think it’d be great to see a show with her as the main character. Or, it might be interesting to see a show with Tenzin as a little kid. Another thing they could do is make a prequel series. I actually really liked the story in The Legend of Korra about how the benders got their abilities. I’d love to see more from that point in time. Another thing is that the Avatar shows all focus on the Avatar’s journey as they learn to master all four elements. I’d love to see a show set in a time when the Avatar has already mastered all of the elements, and everything related to being the Avatar, yet that’s not enough and they have to overcome other obstacles, just to mix things up. This could have an older Avatar too, on their last legs, that’d be cool to see. Also, the idea of the four elements is something that goes back to alchemy. Before chemistry existed, people used to believe there were four elements, but when chemistry came along we discovered the whole periodic table. I’d love to see a series that throws everything on its head by revealing that there are more than just four elements.

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Q #7: If you could bend any element from Avatar: The Last Airbender what element would it be?

A: I’d probably bend water. Firebending sounds like a cool ability, but in practice I think it’s probably one of the least useful elements to bend, because it can only be used to attack. Earthbending is probably more useful than firebending, and airbending is a wildcard. Waterbending I like because it can be used to heal. Waterbenders can also freeze the water; it’s a very versatile skill. Some waterbenders can even bloodbend, which is probably the most powerful form of bending, period.

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Q #8: Am I the only one who wanted Zuko and Katara to end up together in Avatar The Last Airbender?

A: No. I think there’s plenty of others who wanted them to end up together. I think Zuko and Katara could have been a good match, too. Mainly because Aang seemed too young and naive in the series to me to have any interest in a relationship, and Katara and Zuko did strike me as older, at least in terms of their personalities.

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