Nitpicking Movies: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

After the smashing success of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the franchise needed a strong follow-up. Failure to keep the momentum could have caused the film series to stumble, as happened with Disney’s ill-fated attempt to adapt all seven Chronicles of Narnia. Fortunately, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets did the job well.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets provided a strong second chapter that continued the trend of staying mostly true to the novels that served as source material. It showed that Warner Brothers had struck gold with the casting of Daniel Radcliffe and demonstrated the progressively darker tone that sequels would take.

It also has several things that make me scrunch up my face and go, “Huh?” So, as with its predecessor, I’m going to launch into a series of nitpicks about this film.

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The Anatomy of Nerdrage

Argument

2018 marked the year I burned out on fan forums on the Internet. I always knew those places bred negativity, but I also like to communicate with nerds about nerdy things. Unfortunately, the deadly seriousness with which some people treat their hobbies eventually made me something of an Internet recluse.

It didn’t help that I familiarized myself with the controversy surrounding The Last Jedi, that Pathfinder announced a new edition, that the Hulk got punked by Thanos in Infinity War, or that Doctor Who introduced a female Doctor. Change hit all my areas of interest, and that always brings a wave of negativity with it.

But the big question is: Why? Why do people take entertainment so seriously? Why does it seem so much easier to focus on the negative rather than celebrate the positive? And what can fans do to create better discourse in the future?

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Out Now: Children of the Storm

Children of the Storm

Born and raised on the crashing waves of stormy seas or in the midst of mountain tempests, the creatures known as storm-kin represent a new race for your Pathfinder PCs! Similar to their elemental-kin cousins the sylphs and undines, storm-kin can foretell the coming of storms in their region and swim in even the roughest of seas.

This article and more than 170 more can be yours by signing up for the EN World TRAILseeker Patreon. $1 gets you access to the Patreon’s full backlog of articles!

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Image: Tamara Cvetkovic

Out Now: Pinespear: A Haven for Half-Orcs

Pinespear

While many half-orcs manage to blend in with human society, others wish they could find a place where their orcish heritage didn’t come with certain preconceived notions. They dream of a place where people don’t automatically assume that they exist as dumb muscle, or where people don’t view them with suspicion because of stories told about their ancestors’ brutality. Other half-orcs dream differently, imagining a society where they can indulge that brutality in a wild hunt that draws no judgment or paranoia from the populace when they return dripping with the blood of a fresh kill. Regardless of what a
specific half-orc wants, they can find a place of their own in the hidden village called Pinespear.

“Pinespear: A Haven for Half-Orcs” is my latest contribution to the TRAILseeker Patreon. Detailing a new half-orc village that can fit into any existing campaign setting, the article also provides adventure hooks and character traits for those who want to explore the hidden community known as Pinespear.

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Out Now: Monstrous Music

Monstrous Music

Legends tell of bards who can lull dragons to sleep or call down storms with their music, but how does that translate into RPG terms? “Monstrous Music” is an article for TRAILseeker that explores the music of dragons, fey, giants, and harpies, complete with bardic masterpieces your characters can learn pertaining to each of those creatures.

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Out Now: The Creature Codex

Creature Codex

Every Dungeons & Dragons game needs monsters, and the Creature Codex provides more than 400 new fiends and foes for your fantasy RPG experience.

The designers of the Creature Codex, Kobold Press, have a strong reputation for quality, imaginative products, which is why the Kickstarter for the book exceeded its funding goal by more than $200,000. If you didn’t participate in the Kickstarter, you can still order the book in print and PDF at KoboldPress.com and DriveThruRPG.com.

Why am I plugging this product (other than the fact that I love a good monster book)? Because it features my first publication for D&D 5th edition. My creature, the Corpse Thief, appears on page 66.

Corpse Thief

 

While I’m partial to my own creation, there are a ridiculous number of other creatures, both menacing and weird, that make a great addition to any D&D-style RPG. Some of my other favorites include the Light Dragon, the Keg Golem, and the Kitsune.

Bottom line: check out the Creature Codex now!