Umbridge for Minister (But not really, though)

With all the 2016 campaign madness here in the States, I thought it might be fun to do some tinkering with the famous Obama “Hope” poster by Shepard Fairey. Here’s what I came up with, using an Obama poster generator:

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Originally I had planned for it to say “Obey” but that’s not really what Umbridge is all about, is it? If she had a campaign slogan, it would be “Umbridge for Minster: I will have order.” Obeying brings about order, but she’d rather the kids just do what they’re supposed to, and if not, then do what they’re told.

Here’s my other version (pinkified, naturally):

Umbridge order 5 Umbridge Order 3

Shh… Secret project in the works

Hey, all. I’ve got a really big project in the works. Long story short, I had an awesome dream last night and it (indirectly) inspired a new idea. It’s going to be long and take a lot of research, but fortunately, it’s my favorite kind:

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Stay tuned.

It might be useful, in the meantime, to brush up on my alternate Potter stuff:

The Many Deaths of Neville Longbottom:
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5
Episode 6

Totally Awesome Things I Didn’t Make – Harry Potter Edition

Here’s another edition of Awesome Things I Didn’t Make, showcasing awesome things other people (not me) made.  This time: Harry Potter! Trying my best to track down the original posters as best as I can.  Sorry if I didn’t credit your artwork properly.

 

Watching Half-Blood Prince after Mulan:


Credit:
Josie

 

Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe:

greenpeniwrite:

dracosredemption:

So here you see two photos of Emma and Rupert displaying elegance and serenity—and then there’s Dan.

“I HAVE A FUCKING BRANCH ON FIRE! I’m not Daniel! I AM HARRY POTTER!

i don’t know what makes me laugh more the comment or the photo.

Credit: Photographed by Martin Schoeller
(Comments from tumblr users)

 

The Triwizard Tournament:

Credit: tomperwomper.deviantart.com

 

Snape Doing Everyday Things:
Here’s just a few of my favorites.  Check out the rest at the credited link below!

Credit: http://imgur.com/gallery/Oygci

 

Other stuff that I can’t repost that you should totally still check out:

How to Keep Daniel Radcliffe Grounded Gifset:
(I have no idea what show/interview/thing this is originally from, but I want to know!)
http://zaynofthrones.tumblr.com/post/42194297826/how-to-keep-daniel-radcliffe-grounded-x

 

Obligatory copyright notice: I did not create any of these pictures or images.  I am reposting as a fan tribute.  No copyright infringement is intended.

Gryffindor Notice Board

Gryffindor Notice Board

(Click image for full-size)

This is an old one, pulled from the depths of a hard drive three computers ago.  I made this in the lull between Harry Potter movies or books waiting to be released (I think it was before Order of the Phoenix came out in the theaters, because I’m pretty sure that is a terrible publicity shot I used for the Quibbler cover).  I dusted it off and tweaked it a bit using what I know about Photoshop now compared to when I made it.   There’s still some things I don’t like about it that I’d have to start over in order to fix (the textures are a little over-the-top, for one).

In any case, I came up with this idea because I realized that Order of the Phoenix has a ton of written material like Daily Prophet articles, Educational Decrees, etc.  When I started to assemble literally everything that was posted on the Gryffindor notice board (in Order of the Phoenix only), I realized that it actually makes a very accurate summary of the fifth book.  The items are posted in layers in order of when they occurred.  For example, the Educational Decrees start piling up until the one about the Quibbler being banned, then the students hang up the Quibbler on the notice board, and then the last one about Umbridge becoming headmaster is on top of that.  All modesty aside, I’m pretty proud that at least my bulletin board is true to the book, if not to reality in art.

And can I just say that Harry’s hair is just horrendously short in Order of the Phoenix? Blech.  (Sorry, Dan.)

The Many Deaths of Neville Longbottom – Episode 6

Death Eaters

Another installment of Neville’s misadventures as the Chosen One!

All of my Neville comics are based on the idea that only one major event in the Potterverse has changed, (i.e. that Voldemort chose Neville as the Chosen One).  You can understand that there are difficulties in such an all-expansive premise.  One single event can have countless repercussions in the wizarding world.  This comic in particular poses several particular problems.  If Neville, like Harry, had somehow avoided death as a baby (perhaps the Order of the Phoenix was more successful at defeating Voldemort than in the original plotline, or Voldemort’s plans changed, or the Longbottoms’ Fidelius Charm wasn’t betrayed like the Potters, or whatever excuse you want to come up with), and he managed to survive to his fifth year, there is no way to tell whether or not Neville would have still ended up in Dumbledore’s Army.  There might not even be a Dumbledore’s Army.  Events that led Umbridge to take over as DADA teacher might not have happened, Fudge might have appointed someone else, etc.  But, assuming Umbridge did take over, it stands to reason that Harry Potter would still have gathered students together to try to defend themselves against Voldemort.  Unfortunately, that assumption includes belief that Harry Potter in the new Neville-centered universe was anything like the old Potter.  Harry’s parents were wealthy, and we know from canon that James Potter was a bit of a prat in school, so it stands that Harry might have been a Quidditch jock and a bit of a prat, and might not have cared so much about defeating Voldemort and avenging the loss of his now-alive parents.

So, what does this mean for Neville? How does he end up at the Ministry of Magic? Voldemort would still need the prophecy, if only to find out how to kill Neville.  Only Neville and Voldemort can touch it, so Voldy’s got to lure him somehow.  He’d probably just manipulate Neville’s thoughts as he did with Harry.  I like the thought of Neville bringing Luna with him.  She’s the kind of person who gravitates toward the outcast, the helpless, the lost.  Besides, both she and Neville can see Thestrals, so just a quick flight and they’re off to the Ministry and their inevitable death at the hands of Death Eaters.  I like to think, however, that the Order of the Phoenix still shows up.  Harry had connections to the Order (Sirius, the Weasleys), so why not Neville, even if Voldemort kills off his parents as he did to Harry’s in the original storyline? Maybe Mad-Eye Moody was really good friends with the Longbottoms and took him in, or Kingsley Shacklebolt, or Daedalus Diggle?

In any case, this is the last of the Neville comics, at least for a long time.  I made these all a long time ago, and there aren’t any more.  If I do manage to find time for some Photoshop fun, I’ll try to post in the future.  But for now, I’ll have to give you something else from my Archives of Stuff I Made When I Was Bored.

Previous Neville Comics:
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5

The Many Deaths of Neville Longbottom – Episode 5

Priori Incantatem

We haven’t had a death in a while, so here’s a no-brainer.  That is, at first glance.  You see, Harry survived his duel with Voldy in the graveyard because their wands share the same core, initiating the Priori Incantatem enchantment.

(Don’t get me started on the weirdness of that idea.  Really? Two wands, same core, and instead of exploding or merging or something ridiculously awesome, they just force each other to show the previous spells they cast? What are they, the NSA? I think it was all just a plot excuse to have Cedric and Harry’s parents’ ghosts talk to him, but it’s ridiculous.  Though not quite as ridiculous as Moody/Crouch doing all sorts of elaborate plotting and manipulation of the Triwizard Tournament to get Harry into the graveyard.  Why not just kidnap Harry and take him to Voldemort?  He’s already supposed to be dead and buried at Azkaban and the real Moody was in a trunk, so who cares if his reputation is ruined by kidnapping The Boy Who Lived?)

Anyway.  Neville used his father’s wand, which may or may not be true in my alternate universe. It really just depends on what happened to Neville’s parents.  Did Voldemort kill them both? Was Frank or Alice Longbottom on duty for the Order or the Ministry at the time, and only one of them was killed? In any case, under ordinary circumstances, Neville wouldn’t have had the phoenix-core wand he would have needed to defend himself against Voldemort.

Or would he? Wands choose the wizard, and no doubt Harry’s holly wand chose Harry because it sensed he would need it against Voldemort.  But would it have chosen Harry if Voldemort had not tried to kill him? Would it have chosen Neville instead? Also, would Cedric Diggory have died, or would he still be in that maze wondering what happened to Neville?

The mind boggles.

Previous Neville Comics:
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4