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:

Umbridge order 2 Umbridge Order

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

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Gryffindor Notice Board

Gryffindor Notice Board

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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 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

The Many Deaths of Neville Longbottom – Episode 4

End of Year 3

This one sparks an interesting debate within me.  The thought is that, if Neville had been the Chosen One rather than Harry, Sirius would not have been Secret Keeper, he wouldn’t have switched with Peter Pettigrew at the last minute, Pettigrew wouldn’t have faked his own death when Voldemort fell, and Sirius wouldn’t have gone to Azkaban, broken out and caused Dementors to be placed at Hogwarts.  Hence, Neville’s third year at Hogwarts would have been uneventful.  Perhaps Lupin might have stayed past one year (I never liked the idea of the position of DADA teacher actually being cursed as it was established in Half-Blood Prince. I just liked the running gag aspect.)

I am a little regretful that I put Scabbers in the comic, as the above explanation explains why he probably wouldn’t have been a rat.  However, upon consideration, it is possible that he would have still hidden from Voldemort and the Death Eaters as a rat.  After all, he had already been spying for Voldemort for a year before the Potters’ deaths, which meant he would have changed sides anyway.  In my alternate universe, even if Pettigrew hadn’t been the one to rat out (pardon the pun) the Longbottoms, he would have had to go on the run after Voldemort’s first downfall.  So, maybe he would have been Ron’s pet after all, and hung around, possibly indefinitely.

Stay tuned for more!

Previous Neville Comics:
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3

The Many Deaths of Neville Longbottom – Episode 3

The Many Deaths of Neville Longbottom – Episode 3

Obliviate

So, while I was making these comics years ago, I had decided not to kill Neville every time.  Sometimes, bad stuff just happens.  Without Ron’s broken wand, Neville ends up in St. Mungo’s.

Also, I’d just like to point out that Lockhart’s robes are fabulous, darling.

Previous Neville Comics:
Episode 1
Episode 2

The Many Deaths of Neville Longbottom – Episode 2

Devil's Snare

So, as much as I love this one artistically, I have a problem with it.  It’s established that Neville’s best subject is Herbology (JKR has said that Neville becomes Herbology teacher at Hogwarts), though this doesn’t actually really become settled until Goblet of Fire or so.  So, it is possible that Neville’s skill at Herbology was late-blooming, and he could have met his end in the Devil’s Snare under the trapdoor.  It is far more likely, however, that he would have been beaten to death by a bishop on the chess board or just died of starvation in the room with the keys, but we’ll never know.

Previous Neville Comics:
Episode 1