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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Nine Most Interesting Questions about Harry Potter

Nowadays, if someone like Harry saw moving images on trading cards, he’d probably assume there must be a computer chip somewhere in there.

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Q #1: What is Lord Voldemort’s boggart in Harry Potter?

A: Good question!  Boggarts are shapeshifters that take the form of whatever a person most fears.  Thus, Lord Voldemort’s boggart would be whatever he most fears.  There can be debate on this, however, I think what Lord Voldemort most fears is Harry Potter, so his boggart would take the form of Harry.

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Q #2: If I have a piece of Harry Potter merchandise that would be a huge collector’s item (though not technically on the market in the first place), how would I go about selling it?

A: Wow!  First of all, I’m jealous.  Second, it depends how much work you want to put into it, and how much value you want to get out of it.  The simple solution would be to place it up on eBay, and just see what kind of offers you get.  However, if you’re more ambitious, I would suggest looking for people who have had similar items in the past and sold them for large amounts of money.  Then copy their strategies.  You could also reach out to people on Instagram, Twitter, or other social media with large followings that are in some way related to Harry Potter and ask them to advertise the item for you.  The more people who see your item, the more potential buyers, and the higher the demand is, the more money you will be able to get for it.  So it all comes down to making sure everyone knows you have that piece of merchandise and are selling it.  That’s my thinking on it anyway.  Obviously you would want to keep your personal details hidden, if you’re worried about it being stolen you could use an alias to sell/advertise until you find your buyer.

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Q #3: Do you like Harry Potter or Batman?

A: Can I like both?  Ha ha.  I think that I like Harry Potter more than Batman.  I mean, Hogwarts is just so cool!  If you’re asking who would win in a fight between Harry Potter and Batman…well, it’s also Harry.  Harry has magic so he could just paralyze Batman.  The only way Batman would stand a chance is if he snuck up on Harry, and even then he’d need to keep Harry from launching any spells, just one spell could turn the tides of the entire battle.

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Q #4: Do you believe the government has “Invisibility Cloaking” capability like in the Harry Potter movie?

A: No.  If they did, we would know about it.  Because the US is ruled by capitalism, and corporations.  The corporations would find out about the technology, and market it to the public for a profit.

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Q #5: Would you want a Harry Potter TV show?

A: Yes!  I think a Harry Potter TV show would be awesome.  In particular, I think it’d be an awesome opportunity to expand on the existing universe.  In the movies, things from the book needed to be cut to fit into 2 or 2.5 hours, whatever their runtimes were.  A TV show would have the opposite problem: the books wouldn’t contain enough material!  But we could add in other things, like seeing Hermione’s parents, or seeing Ron’s brother Charlie working with the dragons, or seeing more of Dumbledore (he’s much more of a minor character early on in the series).  The possibilities are endless!

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Q #6: My friends said they think I would be in Slytherin house in Harry Potter and I can’t help but feel like the worst person?

A: You’re not the worst person!  In fact, if you feel that way, I dare say you probably aren’t in Slytherin house.  A Slytherin wouldn’t feel like a bad person for being a Slytherin.  A Slytherin would relish in it, and use their reputation for their own gain.

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Q #7: Who are the top ten most powerful wizards of the Harry Potter series?

A: In no particular order, I would say they are Dumbledore, Voldemort, Harry Potter, Grindelwald, Credence, Snape, McGonagall, Hermione, Mad-Eye Moody, and Bellatrix Lestrange.

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Q #8: If Harry Potter series is written in 2019, how different would it be from the originals considering the changes in the world in the last 25 years?

A: In my opinion, the biggest differences would be in technology.  We have smartphones now, and nobody goes anywhere without them.  In addition, the first Harry Potter was published in 1997 originally, before people even used laptops regularly.  I remember one of the scenes from Harry Potter, when Harry’s on the train with Ron and at first sees the moving images on the cards with different wizards.  Back then, the only thing to assume would have been those moving images were magic.  Nowadays, if someone like Harry saw moving images on trading cards, he’d probably assume there must be a computer chip somewhere in there.

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Q #9: Why do Harry Potter, LOFTR Trilogy, and Star Wars all use such stark good versus evil symbolism?

A: It’s because a shift in the way we think about things.  Back when many of those franchises were made, there was a stark good vs. evil mentality in storytelling, and even maybe in the world.  People wanted the good guys to beat the bad guys.  Those type of stories still work, I think, but they are becoming less popular than stories where the lines between good and evil get blurred.  Nowadays, things are much more complex.  People like stories that are about bad guys who have a good reason for being bad, or good guys who use wicked means to accomplish what they need to get done.  One great example of this is to look at the Star Wars franchise.  The originals and the prequels were all about the Jedi, the light, defeating the Sith, the dark side.  Now, in film #8, suddenly Rey discovers and tells Luke that the dark side is not actually to be avoided, but that balance means light and dark, and not just light.

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Ten Most Interesting Questions about Percy Jackson

Percy is like the weird kid who nobody pays attention to in school, then he goes off to camp half-blood and suddenly everyone pays attention to him because now he knows who he is.

 

 

Q #1: Could Percy Jackson win a fight against any of the Avengers?

A: He might be able to hold his own against some of the weaker Avengers.  Against the likes of Iron Man and Captain America he’d definitely be toast.  One weakness to consider is the fact that his sword, Anaklusmos, can only affect gods, demigods, Titans, giants, and monsters.  Since most of the Avengers are humans with superhuman capabilities, the sword wouldn’t work on them.  Would the Hulk be considered a monster though?  If Thor is a god or even a demigod then it would work on him.  Percy does also have the benefit of being able to control water, but the Avengers have all faced worse than that.  Percy is much younger than any of the Avengers, which means that he would not be as physically strong as them.  If he let any of them get up close, he’d most certainly be toast.

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Q #2) What would Percy Jackson be like if the series was written by George R.R. Martin?

A: Percy Jackson would probably die at the end of the first book.  Luke would have succeeded in killing him, and book number two would be about Annabeth rising to fill Percy’s shoes.  By the end of the first trilogy Grover would be in charge of camp half-blood, Clarisse would be recruiting an army to help Ares take over control of Mount Olympus from Zeus, and Kronos would have taken over the underworld and killed Hades.

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Q #3) Is there going to be another Percy Jackson?

A: It depends what is meant by another Percy Jackson. I think there could be another book. At some point in the future I think it likely will be another attempt at a movie, or maybe a TV show, given the popularity of the series.

On the other hand, there likely will be and already are other characters and series like Percy Jackson.  They’re not exactly the same, but Percy Jackson is a very inspirational series.

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Q #4) Could Percy Jackson get his sword pen through airport security?

A: I’d say definitely yes!  The sword is magic, and airport security isn’t equipped to deal with magic.  It can transform into a pen, so it’d look relatively harmless when passing through.  And, I suspect, the government shutdown would make this even easier for Percy.

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Q #5) Who would win in a fight between Green Arrow and Percy Jackson?

A: Green Arrow.  And it’s not even close.  He’s an ordinary human, which means Percy couldn’t harm him with Anaklusmos.  Percy’s only option would be to fight him at a distance, but unless there was a huge body of water nearby, Green Arrow has the agility and training to easily avoid any water Percy might attack with.  Plus, Green Arrow has a whole assortment of arrows.  He’d easily win against Percy Jackson, even at a distance.

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Q #6) Why does Percy Jackson suck?

A: This is a great question to answer now, since we’ve now established that Percy would lose in a fight against Green Arrow, and likely lose in a fight against most of the Avengers.  Percy Jackson would suck going head-to-head against superheroes, because that’s what they do all day is fight.  Their bodies and their skills are superior.  Percy, however, is incredibly bright.  What sucks about him is his raw power, but what rocks is his intellect.

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Q #7) How attractive is Percy Jackson?

A: I’d say he grows more attractive as the series goes on.  Percy is like the weird kid who nobody pays attention to in school, then he goes off to camp half-blood and suddenly everyone pays attention to him because now he knows who he is.

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Q #8) What if Percy Jackson died?

A: It depends when he died.  At the very best, Annabeth would be horrified, but the world would go on.  At the very worst, the gods would start a war and America would crumble.

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Q #9) If the gods go to Hogwarts, which house would they be in (the gods in Percy Jackson)?

A: Zeus and Poseidon would be in Gryffindor.  Hades and Ares would be in Slytherin.  Athena would be in Ravenclaw.  Hermes would be in Hufflepuff.  I think Dionysus would be in Gryffindor, but he’s a harder one to pin down.  Artemis would probably be a Ravenclaw like Athena, and I think Apollo would be a Hufflepuff like Hermes.

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Q #10) Who would win in a fight, Percy Jackson or Katara?

A: Two water-benders facing off against each-other!  This is most certainly the closest matched two people we’ve examined in a fight so far.  Like against the others, Percy would not be able to use Anaklusmos against Katara, but she doesn’t usually have a weapon either, so this would just put them on even more equal footing.  Percy’s advantage, however, comes from the fact that water heals him, without him having to do anything.  Just being in water heals Percy, whereas Katara has to actively water-bend in order to heal herself.  Even if Katara did use water-bending against Percy, it couldn’t harm him, because water heals Percy.  Katara would not be similarly advantaged, so I give this win to Percy.

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