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Question: Am I mistaken or does Malfoy mean Bad Dragon?

Chosen answer: According to Language Realm - Malfoy can be taken as "mal" and "foi" or translated to "bad faith or evil belief". Draco, of course, is akin to the Greek "drakon" for dragon. So where Draco refers to a dragon, the name Malfoy itself, does not mean Bad Dragon - but Bad Faith (which in itself makes sense in the Rowling realm).

Zwn Annwn

Question: In the flashback that shows Josie at her house before prom, how could Billy have called her right before his limo appeared in front of her house? The year would have had to be 1990 or 1991, when Josie was a senior (or earlier, if she was younger but senior Billy asked her to prom). Were cell phones common during that time?

Chosen answer: Cell phones perhaps not, but car phones would have been common in limousines.

Sierra1 Premium member

Question: Why was the playfair cipher on the missing page invisible? Thomas Gates wrote it in normal ink.

Blibbetyblip

Chosen answer: Thomas Gates didn't write it in normal ink. He wrote in pencil. The cipher wasn't written on that page, it was written on the facing page and minute bits "transferred" onto the page with the names.

shortdanzr Premium member

Question: How does finding the treasure clear Thomas Gates of plotting Lincoln's death?

Blibbetyblip

Chosen answer: Because it verifies the story that the Gates family has passed down, that the pages were burned to protect the city of gold's location, not to hide his name as a plotter.

Boobra

Question: What is the name of the song that is played in the boat, while they have a party, at the end of Fantastic Four?

Chosen answer: That song is "New World Symphony" by Miri Ben-Ari.

Question: I heard the reason this movie is so popular and gets shown on TV a lot is that due to a copyright error it is free for TV stations to show. Is this true?

Chosen answer: Essentially, the answer is no. While there was indeed a clerical error in 1974 that caused a lapse in the copyright television stations were still required to pay royalties. While a box-office flop the film was lauded critically from the start and was nominated for multiple Academy and Golden Globe Awards. Its popularity grew over the years as the movie gained the status of a Classic Holiday Favorite and won the favor of new generations through annual airing of the movie and the success of DVD sales.

OneHappyHusky

Question: What is the creature that roars at the maid in the Leaky Cauldron scene?

Chosen answer: We're never told. This scene is not in the book, and it is never elaborated on in the film. It was just added to be amusing.

Phixius Premium member

Question: Is there any particular reason why the chorus lyrics were cut from a number of the songs? They used all of the lyrics in the verses, but not the chorus', which I found odd.

Chosen answer: From what I heard, the chorus songs (known as "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd") were cut due to time and inability to make the chorus work on-screen. Actors were set up to play "ghost narrators" at first, so that indicates that the filmmakers did want to include the songs. They were just not able to find a way to make them work satisfactorily for them. Also, I think (can't verify) I also heard that Stephen Sondheim, the show's original creator and composer/lyricist, agreed that these cuts needed to be made for the film to work.

Question: In the scene where Jack, Barbossa, Elizabeth meets with Beckett, Davy Jones, and Will on the little island. Beckett tells Jack that he honored their deal to bring him to the Brethren court and lure the pirates out, but then why does Beckett then hand Jack over to Davy Jones? wasn't the deal that he would keep Jack safe from Jones if Jack led him to Pirate's Cove? He even says "come collect your reward." was he just being sarcastic?

Chosen answer: Beckett's ruthless and untrustworthy. He's simply not keeping to the deal. The reference to a reward is entirely sarcastic.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: What is meant by Crouch Jr's line "I'll show you mine if you show me yours" and Dumbledore's sudden lurch to reveal Harry's scar (The scar that Wormtail makes, not his thunderbolt one)?

Blibbetyblip

Chosen answer: Crouch, Jr. is referring to the fact that both he and Harry now have marks on their arms given in service to Voldemort. At this point Dumbledore doesn't realize that Harry has been cut and had his blood removed to bring Voldemort back. Given his immense knowledge however, Dumbledore is probably aware of the spells that can be used to bring someone back. When Crouch, Jr. says this (referring to his own Dark Mark), it triggers the recognition of what might have happened to Harry and Dumbledore rushes to confirm Harry's forearm scar for himself.

Guy

Question: It's obvious that both Giselle and Edward know that jumping back into the sewer will get them back to where they came from, so why doesn't Giselle jump back in right away when she is first tossed into New York?

Chosen answer: Obviously, Giselle didn't know. She was shoved into the wishing well by the hag and had no idea what had happened to her. Edward, being familiar with his stepmother's magic, was better prepared.

Super Grover Premium member

Question: Near the end of the film, what was the "zombie" who was on the roof trying to do? was he trying to get out? Make a bigger hole for others to come in? I didn't get this part.

Chosen answer: He was making a hole big enough for the others to get in. When the final "assault" happens, you see all of the zombie/mutants climbing up the building, presumably to get into that hole.

Gary O'Reilly

Butters' Very Own Episode - S5-E14

Question: I would have sworn the first time this episode aired, the group of alleged murderers (Ramseys, Condit, and Simpson) were chanting (or mentioned) the "Got Away With It Club" in the restaurant. I just saw a rerun and this time, Condit was saying something nonsensical while the rest chanted "one of us". Was it changed, or was it just my imagination?

Rlvlk

Chosen answer: During them all chanting "One of us", Condit is saying "Gooble Gobble," a reference to the chant from the movie Freaks. I have seen the episode a few times and I don't think there is anything different.

Lummie Premium member

Question: In the scene with Cutler Beckett, Davy Jones, and Will Turner, when they are discussing the brethren court and the first meeting, Davy Jones speaks to Beckett like he was there. Does this mean that Beckett was a former pirate and is this what Jack Sparrow meant by leaving his mark on Beckett?

Chosen answer: No, Beckett is not a former pirate. The first meeting of the Brethren Court, from all indications in the film, was well over a hundred years before the events shown here, long before any of the human characters were born. Exactly how Jack left his mark on Beckett is never explained in the films; given Jack's ability to outwit people, Beckett may be referring to something psychological rather than an actual physical scar.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: How did they manage to film the deserted New York city scenes? Was it a mixture of studio/CGI work?

Chosen answer: They actually shut down and cleared the streets in New York to film some of these scenes. in an interview with an Australian Magazine Will Smith admits he was not very popular after doing this and recieved "a lot of middle fingers".

Simpsonholic

Question: The question is if all the bridges and tunnels to Manhattan are destroyed, how does one drive from New York to The Colony in Vermont? How do Anna and Ethan drive to Manhattan to meet Robert Neville in the first place?

Chosen answer: In the alternative ending Dr.Neville, Anna and Ethan are seen driving a car over a bridge that wasn't destroyed. The army would need to leave a entry/exit point, but it would have been heavily guarded until everyone died.

Question: When Matt Damon is ambushed by Mark Wahlberg in the end of the movie, just before Mark shoots him he says "Okay". Does this mean "Okay, shoot me" or "Okay, I admit it"?

Chosen answer: It's like he's acknowledging he can't escape the original lie that brought him to this moment. There's no way out once you buy in. He's tired of lying and killing his way out of problems, and recognizes that he's reaping what he sowed, hence the resigned "okay."

Question: When Sonny and Layla are in the Laundry, why does Layla put coins in 3 different washing machines? I'm guessing it's because she has a lot of laundry but that would have to be a lot of clothes to wash in one go.

Joe Mc

Chosen answer: I used to have to use the local laundromat and I would use anywhere from four to six machines at once. When you have to leave your home to do laundry you tend to put it off as long as possible. She's also probably separating the different types - light, dark, delicates, etc.

Phixius Premium member

Season 1 generally

Question: Which episode aired first, "Unreasonable Doubt" or "Netherworld"? I have the season 1 DVD set, and "Netherworld" is listed as episode number five, but in episode guides I've seen, "Unreasonable Doubt" is.

Cubs Fan Premium member

Chosen answer: Unreasonable Doubt aired as the fifth episode, on July 14 2002, with Netherworld airing as the eighth episode on August 4th. One possible explanation is that the networks are sometimes known to air episodes out of their actual production order. In cases like this, the DVD release usually uses the production order, thus placing the episodes in the order which they were intended to be watched.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: The premise of "Santa Clause 2" is that the new Santa must find a wife within one year of becoming Santa, or he goes back to being a normal guy. So, what happened to the prior Mrs. Claus, the one that was married to the Santa that fell off the roof in the first movie - or for that matter, the ones married to any of the prior Santas? Do they just disappear when their husbands are no longer Santa?

Chosen answer: They become widows, presumably, stop being "Mrs. Claus", and go back to living a normal life.

Phixius Premium member

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