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Question: Does anyone know what Fred and George's odds were on the champions at the first and second tasks, and whether they changed?

Chosen answer: The odds given first were Krum 7/4, Cedric 4/1, Fleur 10/1, Harry 37/1. The second time it is near impossible to tell because of the way the board is being held.

Question: I don't know if this is answered in the books but exactly why did Neville get upset when Moody was doing one of the "Unforgivable" curses?

Chosen answer: Because both Neville's parents, who were aurors, were tortured by Bellatrix LeStrange using the Cruciatus curse so severely that they suffered permanent brain damage. They no longer recognize anyone, including Neville. That is why Neville lives with his grandmother.

raywest Premium member

Question: In the scene when Harry is packing his trunk at the end and Dumbledore is talking to him about setting the curtains on fire, does anyone know what is written on the top section of the four-poster bed?

Chosen answer: Roman numeral GXXV (Gryffindor 25).

raywest Premium member

Question: If Crouch used the polyjuice potion to be certain people, how was he able to take their voice as well? When Harry and Ron used the potion before, they kept their normal voices.

Chosen answer: This is never covered in the book either, but Crouch was a fully trained wizard while Harry and Ron are not. It's not unreasonable to think that there is a spell that allows you to imitate voices perfectly. There were candies in the last film that made people sound like monkies and lions, a voice spell wouldn't be that different.

Grumpy Scot

Answer: In book two it states that the voices DO change.

To quote from chapter 12 as read by Stephen Fry: "Are you two OK?" Goyle 's low rasp of a voice issued from his mouth.

Question: When Neo goes into the Oracles apartment, the woman who opened the door said that the kids were the other potentials. What did she mean by that?

Chosen answer: She means that they are other people who may be "the One". They're not, of course, but this is in a way a test of Neo to see if he is ready to become "the One" or if he doubts himself too much.

Twotall

Question: In the hospital scene when Terminator and John rescue Sarah. The T-1000 goes through the bars and then the pistol gets caught in the bars. I don't get it. Could someone explains this to me?

Chosen answer: He is made out of liquid metal, so he can just "walk through" the bars while feeding himself around them (by turning sections of him liquid), most likely to intimidate the people he's after. However, the gun is just a normal gun he'd picked up, and so at the angle he was holding it at, it couldn't get through the bars so it got stuck.

Gary O'Reilly

Question: At imdb's trivia section for this movie there's a mentioning of the Michael Palin line "Hey, but I didn't eat the mousse" line being an ad-lib. What scene is this in?

Chosen answer: At the end scene where death shows up to the dinner party and kills everyone. They all die because they eat bad salmon mousse. After their spirits leave their body, Michael Palin says the line.

RJR99SS

Question: What are the titles of the piano pieces played in the movie.

Chosen answer: A search on Google for sheet music just shows the titles of the tunes to be how they are listed on the soundtrack: Victor's Piano Solo, or Corpse Bride (Main Theme), or The Piano Duet. A web site (http://www.bluntinstrument.org.uk) suggests that "Victor's Piano Solo" appears to ape the famous moody first movement of Beethoven's 'Moonlight' piano sonata.

GrafSpee

Question: Sometime after Lestats death, Louis is told that a vampires' punishment for killing it's own kind is death. After Claudia and the vampire woman are found turned to dust, Louis begins killing some of the vampires in retaliation, so why didn't any remaining vampires go after Louis and give him the same punishment?

Chosen answer: Firstly, it may not be widely known that he was responsible - he wiped out the theatre coven, other than Armand, who supports him, leaving no-one to tell the tale. Secondly, he has the favour of Armand, a known power in the vampiric world - to go after Louis would risk Armand's wrath, which would not be an appealing prospect to any would-be vengeance-seekers.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: What does the phrase "not until the fat lady sings" mean?

Chosen answer: It's an opera reference. The common phrase is, "It's not over until the fat lady sings." Many operatic sopranos (female lead performers with high-toned singing voices) are of large girth. In an opera, the soprano usually sings a dramatic aria just before the big finale. Basically it means that unless every option has run out, there's still hope of succeeding.

raywest Premium member

Question: I read somewhere that at the very end of the film, when the flying saucer has flown away, you can hear Scully whisper "I saw it" or something to that effect. Has anyone tried listening for that?

Chosen answer: It's actually fairly clear. I've heard it every time I've watched the movie.

MoonFaery Premium member

Question: The end of the movie, where Luke is brought to Tatooine, is often jokingly referred to as "The Harry Potter scene." However, every time I hear the tunes played at the exact moment Obi-Wan hands the baby to Beru, I can't help thinking about the Harry Potter theme. Was this done on purpose by John Williams, who also composed the music of the Harry Potter movies?

Chosen answer: According to IMDb: "Composer John Williams included a small 11-tone musical cue in the scene reminiscent of his score for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001). It can be heard when Obi-Wan arrives at Owen and Beru's house."

Question: Why were all the women wearing latex outfits in the movie? Is it supposed to be a futuristic society or what?

Chosen answer: No, it's a movie world. All the women are beautiful and wear very tight clothing. There's a cartoon working for the police, all phone numbers begin with 555, guns make cars explode etc, etc. Basically, every action movie cliche you've ever seen is true here.

Grumpy Scot

Question: We are told that the ringwraiths were once kings of men, I was wondering what men were they kings of?

Chosen answer: In most cases, it's not been established. The only Nazgul to have been named by Tolkien, Khamul, was a king of the Men of the East (also known as the Easterlings), who fought for Sauron in the War. Tolkien also states that three of the Nazgul were of the Numenorean race but precisely who they were and where their realms might have been have never been revealed.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: When K and J are about to leave the police station, J says that he has a report to do. At that moment, his boss arrives and tells him he did a good report. Who did his report? It couldn't have been the MIB, because J was the only person who saw the entire chase.

Chosen answer: The MIB - or K specifically - had already erased the memories of all the police that were involved to cover up the alien sighting. It stands to reason therefore that theyd already have a cover story in place - that is the report that the captain is reading, and for which he congratualtes J.

roboc

Season 4 generally

Question: From "The 4th Grade" onwards there's a new opening intro for the show. The final clip shows a live action scene from a guy jumping away from an explosion, where it that clip from?

Chosen answer: It's from Bad Boys.

Question: How did the ox (or dog) get the alien inside of it? Did it get facehugged or something? If so, how did the facehugger survive the escape pod and come to land?

Chosen answer: The facehugger came down in the escape pod and survived the crash - as has been previously established, they're tough little critters. In the theatrical release, we see the dog standing in the escape pod while it's being moved, with the facehugger moving towards it. With the Ox, the 'hugger presumably left the pod and impregnated the first creature that it came across.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: When and where does Frank get kicked in the groin? (Not during "Planet Schmanet, Janet").

Bondfool

Chosen answer: She kicks him in the groin when he has her cornered on the stairway.

Question: The round conference table on Geonosis (where Dooku is updating the other separatists) looks an awful lot like the symbol of the Empire, especially when viewed from above. Is this intentional?

Matty Blast

Chosen answer: Yes.

Phixius Premium member

Question: In Episode II, the symbols on the Republican ships had eight spikes on them. In this episode, there are only six. Why did the symbol change? It cannot be due to the forming of the Empire because we can see the changed symbols early in the movie, before the Empire is formed.

Matty Blast

Chosen answer: The symbol seen in Episode II is the general all-purpose symbol of the Republic. The symbol seen in Episode III (which also happens to be the symbol of the Empire) is the designation for wartime. War was only declared at the end of Episode II, the old symbols had simply not been repainted.

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