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Question: Can someone explain to me what exactly was the explanation for the Superman logo projectile that he throws off his chest towards the end? that just seemed like an incredible plot hole and totally unexplainable as Superman's suit is never shown to have any powers in this film series.

Eyexpress333

Chosen answer: It's not a plot hole. It's just a power we've never seen before or since. However, in the history of Superman (like in the old TV show and such) it's a common thing for Superman to suddenly have a power we'd never been told about then never see again. It's weak story telling, but it's not a plot hole.

Garlonuss

Question: This just interests me, but when Harry's name comes out of the Goblet of Fire, and he has to go and join the champions, why is Dumbledore angry with him? There's no way Harry could have submitted his own name because he's not of age yet, and he is not educated enough to over-ride Dumbledore's Age-Line spell or fool the Goblet into accepting him, and there's no way Hermione would have helped him because she's too moral about using magic for the wrong reasons; Dumbledore should know both these things already if he is such an intelligent and knowledgeable wizard.

Chosen answer: Quite simply, the first assumption anyone would have would be that, however the name got in there, it was because Harry wanted to circumvent the restriction. That's why, when Dumbledore comes back to see him a minute later, the first thing he did was grill Harry about how the name got in there. Harry hardly has a flawless record where school rules are concerned, and even Ron assumed he'd done it somehow.

Garlonuss

Question: In the bank, inside the lift, when John McClane is with the fake Detective Otto, what does he see in Detective Otto's badge that convinces him he is fake ?

rorschach2992

Chosen answer: He sees the reflection of his friend's badge number that he remembered from their conversation about the lottery earlier, so knows the badge was taken from his dead friend.

Captain Defenestrator

Question: In the epilogue, whose trolley is Harrys daughter riding on before they go through the 9 3/4 passage?

boardwaxmax

Chosen answer: She is riding on her brother James Sirius' trolly. He is the eldest of Harry and Ginny's three children.

raywest

Show generally

Question: Can the vampires in BtVS have their picture taken? I know in some other stories they can be. We know they don't show up in mirrors but I'm not sure if cameras were ever directly addressed.

crazymars2u

Chosen answer: It was addressed on Angel, and they can be photographed, just not well.

Captain Defenestrator

Question: How did Draco Malfoy get the Elder Wand at the end of book 7?

Chosen answer: Draco never physically possessed the Elder Wand, nor did he ever know he was briefly its master. Draco unintentionally won the Elder Wand's allegiance when he confronted and then disarmed Dumbledore when they were atop the Astronomy Tower in "The Half-Blood Prince. When the wand was forcefully removed from Dumbledore's hand, it sensed that its master (Dumbledore) had been defeated and switched its loyalty. Even if Dumbledore had lived and still retained custody of the wand, he would have no longer have been its true master. When Harry later disarmed Draco at Malfoy Manor, the Elder Wand then became Harry's property, even though the wand was still in Dumbledore's tomb at that time.

raywest

Question: What did Doc mean when he said "It's not revenge he's after. It's the reckoning"?

Gavin Jackson

Chosen answer: A reckoning is like a judgment day, exacting retribution for one's actions. Doc was very well educated and had a very large vocabulary. He was correctly pointing out the subtle difference between revenge (to make Wyatt feel better about losing Morgan and about Virgil's crippling injury) and the fact that Wyatt was bringing about a judgment day (or reckoning) for each of the men who hurt his family.

MovieFan612

Question: What is the purpose of the boots on the rafters in the scene where they find the first murdered priest?

Chosen answer: A suspense point. Just to make the audience think that the predator is up there.

shortdanzr

Trials and Tribble-ations - S5-E6

Question: Wouldn't Sisko have created a paradox by identifying himself by his real name to James T. Kirk before returning to the future?

jbrbbt

Chosen answer: No. He's given his name, that's all. Nothing there that might lead to a paradox. If he's gone into detail about his time travelling, that might cause an issue or two, but simply stating his name does nothing.

Tailkinker

New this week Answer: His last name is something Kirk will forget, since he was on temporary assignment and essentially passing through.

Answer: No more so than Sisko posing for a photo in the 21st century while pretending to be Gabriel Bell.

Question: In this movie and HP7 part one, the Weasley family are called "blood traitors." What is that? This also occurs in the books too. Can someone tell me what that remark refers to?

Chosen answer: Blood traitors are pure-blood families who consort with half-bloods and Muggles.

Guy

Question: Is there any particular reason as to why Lisbeth is dressed like a punk in the courtroom?

Gavin Jackson

Chosen answer: That is how Lisbeth prefers to dress, and she refuses to change for anyone or anything.

Phixius

Question: Did Narcissa Malfoy know that Harry was still alive when she goes to check the body after Voldemort "killed" Harry? The Malfoys all seem a bit nervous and afraid afterwards when Voldemort has Hagrid carry Harry's body to show everyone that he "defeated" Harry.

Chosen answer: Yes, she could feel his heart beating. If Harry had answered no, to her question of whether or not Draco still lived, Narcissa likely would have told Voldemort Harry was still alive. But as Draco survived long enough to have a chance to be saved from Voldemort, and Harry was the only one who could defeat him, Narcissa lied to aid Harry, ultimately for her son's benefit.

Phixius

Question: Just regarding the entrance to the great hall. In Deathly Hallows Part II it is shown that the double doors of the dining hall lead out straight to the courtyard area (where Harry's final battle with Voldemort takes place in case it needed clarifying). This is all on the same level (i.e. no stairs going up or down a storey). However, in earlier films, e.g. Philosopher's Stone, when the new students arrive they are all shown walking up some stairs and then waiting outside the hall entrance (the same place where young Voldemort and Dumbledore talk over the future of the school in The Chamber of Secrets). Having also visited Christ Church college at Oxford (filmed at this location) I know that there are stairs, so basically (and finally!), my question is whether anyone can explain why Hogwarts seems to have changed. I can't work it out, either decision by the producers/directors/etc. or I've failed to recognise/remember some detail. Either way, any help would be very much appreciated!P.S. (Sorry for the essay).

Chosen answer: Hogwarts has changed because it's been torn apart by the battle! That entrance hall (and the stairs) is still there, but now it's missing walls and a ceiling.

Phixius

Question: Isn't it revealed in the book that Dumbledore is gay? If so, why did they leave this out?

Chosen answer: No, it is not stated in any of the books that Dumbledore is gay. When asked about his romantic history, Rowling stated that she "always thought" Dumbledore was gay. But that's as specific as it gets.

Phixius

Question: At almost the end of the Titanic, they show pictures of Rose doing the things that she had talked about doing with Jack. EX. riding a horse with one leg on each side. Then they show "Old Rose." Is she asleep dreaming about Jack or is she dead and has gone to "be with Jack." I was wondering because they show Jack and Rose kissing by the clock, on the boat, at the very end. Then the screen goes white. So I figured that she had died. Am I correct?

belmontpark08

Chosen answer: I believe you are correct: Rose has died.

Phixius

Answer: James Cameron states that he deliberately left that ambiguous. I don't know...her dying then does seem a nice and tidy way to round off the story, but it would also seem sad to me if she had died then. For one thing, she's only just let go of her huge burden, and is now able to enjoy her life in a whole new way. For another, Jack's whole ethos was for her to survive, and to die warm in HER bed - not out at the wreck site on that night, and here she is out at the wreck site at night, at the end of the film. It seems to be not how he would have wanted it - he wouldn't have wanted the pattern of her whole life and death to be overshadowed by Titanic or by his death. For a final thing, she has a life she enjoys - goldfish, a dog, pictures, a hobby of pottery, a beautiful house, and a loving granddaughter who seems to be bonding with Brock after years of seemingly being singularly devoted to caring for her. I kind of think a little bit of her heart was and would always be encapsulated in that diamond, and belonged always to that era when Jack was alive, and to the ship where she met him. When we see it falling into the water we slip into we're the point of view of that part of her heart - back to the ship, but back to the ship during its heyday, which means back to when all the passengers were still alive, including Jack, and now could never again die. She is content that this part of her remains always with Jack in time and place, which frees her to live her life with the other parts of her heart that belong with Lizzie and her pets and home on land. Think about it - a heaven she goes to that doesn't include any part of the good life she's had after Titanic? Seems a bit lopsided and unhealthy to me. Plus, it's nice if not every story about an old person ends with them dying.

Question: When Roger is explaining the escape plan, he says that Tom will run under the vorlager, the cooler, and the wire. The cooler and the wire are obvious, but what's the vorlager?

Cubs Fan

Chosen answer: Vorlage is German for "forward position," so this likely refers to either the main gate, or a machine gun nest.

Captain Defenestrator

Question: How could Harry have known what floor the terrorist leader was going to get off on during the hotel chase sequence?

jbrbbt

Chosen answer: He didn't really. Harry just knew he was heading up. He pressed the top floor to get the elevator moving and kept an eye on him on the way up. If the terrorist's elevator suddenly stops, Harry can press the button for that floor to stop his elevator.

XIII

Question: In the scene where Adam Sandler is shooting with the nail gun, he hits Mr. Larsen's head with the nail gun with the construction hat on. But in the tournament when he sees him again, the hat off but the nail is still in his head? How did he take it off without damage?

Chosen answer: Although the premise of having the nail still in his head after so long is a little far fetched. But the hat would have been 'cut apart' to expose the nail by itself. Probably in a hospital ER.

XIII

Question: When Peter pauses the world, the dwarf is easily seen making an expression. How come?

bk123456

Chosen answer: This is nothing more than a lame "breaking the fourth wall" gag. Basically, by making the expression the dwarf is showing that all of the actors are just standing still, as opposed to being really frozen.

Manky

Question: During the second movie we see many Autobots, Tex Two Idiot Robotwins and some Motorcyclebots. But now it are only nine Autobots again in the movie. Where did the other Autobots went? Did they got killed or went in hiding?

Chosen answer: Mudflap and Skids (the two idiot robots I believe you are talking about) were removed from the film due to negative fan reaction. While we don't hear what happened to them in the context of the plot, no reason not to assume they were killed in fighting between the movies. Arcee and Chromia (2 of the motocycles) were killed in the last film.

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