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Question: This has already been asked, but who is the black kid that reads about the Grim? Someone said it was Dean Thomas, which is what I thought, but you can see the original actor for Dean Thomas in a few scenes IN ADDITION to the new kid.

Chosen answer: This is NOT Dean Thomas, who is played again by the same actor from the first two HPs. This is just a random Hogwarts student. No special reason he was put in this film (no conspiracy theories!), just as an extra. Remember, there are students at the school whose names are never mentioned in the books. Check out IMDB, there are 2 kids, listed as Boy 1 and Boy 2. He's got to be one of them.

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Question: When Sam rips open the web on Frodo's face that Shelob made, what are those little black spots on Frodo's face?

Chosen answer: Dirt. You try crawling through swamps, up mountains and through a spider's cave and not get dirty.

Question: Someone submitted in the trivia section that there's a shop in Knockturn Alley where the entire set of Harry Potter books are in the window. I couldn't find them. Are they really there? I think if they are, they might be the British version of the books, and I have no idea what they look like.

Chosen answer: Yes they are there, and yes, they are the British versions of the books. This page has pictures of the British covers: http://www.bloomsbury.com/BookCatalog/subject.asp?Category_id=28

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Question: How come SG-1 or any other "SG" team don't bring a DHD from a different planet back to the SGC and then they could hook it up to dial faster?

Chosen answer: DHD's only work on the planet the gate is on. They aren't interchangeable between gates.

Grumpy Scot

Answer: As the previous answer, plus there'd be the problem of as soon as they disconnected the DHD from its Stargate, the Stargate would shut down as the DHD provides the power to open a wormhole (although under special circumstances such as a black hole power can be drawn from the dialled gate instead).

Question: Neo seems to understand enough about bending the rules of the Matrix that he can take on 100 Smiths and walk away with no damage whatsoever. Why then does he bleed when taking on the Frenchman's goons?

Chosen answer: Smith doesn't use any cutting weapons, whereas it is a blade that cuts him in the Cheatau. Remember, that sword was swung at full force, enough to cleanly chop off a person's hand, and Neo is only scratched.

Nick N.

Question: During the film's opening, when we see Rings of Power being given to the Nine, they all have characteristics that suggest that they were all leaders in the race of Men. This is continued later in Bree when Aragorn states that they were 'great kings of men'. Can someone explain what makes the Easterling, Khamul, a 'great king of men'?

Chosen answer: Easterlings are men, and Khamul was presumably one of their kings. Simple.

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Question: We know Professor Lupin is a werewolf, but is he also an animagus? If so, does he change into a wolf or something else?

Chosen answer: No - he's a werewolf, nothing more. His friends, Sirius, Peter Pettigrew and James Potter all became animagi so that they could help him, but he himself is not one.

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Question: Is there a reason why Uma Thurman's handwriting is so clumsy? I was thinking it would have something to do with her getting shot in the head.

Chosen answer: Maybe it does or maybe she just has bad penmanship.

Tobin OReilly

Question: I am very confused about the incentives for killing these people was, why these people in particular were killed, and in general what was going on.

Chosen answer: The incentive is the ownership of the lands and property held initially by Peter van Garrett, the older man killed at the start of the film. Van Garrett and his son are killed first, then the widow Winship when it becomes apparent that van Garrett married her, making her a possible inheritor. Once Ichabod arrives in town to investigate, it becomes necessary to remove witnesses to these events, so that they can't give him clues to what's really going on. Jonathan Masbath is killed because he witnessed the marriage and the change of will - he would be able to testify to both. The midwife and her husband were also aware of the situation - due to the widow Winship's pregnancy - so they were eliminated as well (their son was merely in the wrong place at the wrong time). Magistrate Philipse was consulted by the widow regarding the legal status of her unborn child, plus he was actively trying to help Ichabod, so his elimination became necessary. Once the van Garretts were out of the way (plus any inconvenient witnesses), the land now belongs to the van Tassel family. Balthus van Tassel is killed first - Katrina is his first-named heir, with his wife as the second. With Katrina's removal, the wife, Mary, inherits. As she explains in the film, her reason for this is that her family originally lived on the land, only to be evicted. Acting as the van Tassel family nurse, she arranged the death of van Tassel's first wife, Katrina's mother, then seduced Balthus into marrying her, thus placing her in the line of succession - she then proceeds to use the Horseman to eliminate everyone above her in that line.

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Question: There's probably an obvious answer to this but is there any actual in-show significance to the 'Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs' song heard at the end of every episode? I ask mainly because I remembered there was one show in particular where Frasier unintentionally scars Lilith emotionally and pretty much cements the end of their relationship over a misunderstanding about scrambled eggs. Were there any similar conflicts over a tossed salad?

Chosen answer: In the last episode, they explained that Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs is a metaphor for the mixed-up people to whom Frasier dispenses his radio psychiatric advice.

Question: What did they do with the model of Titanic after they were done filming?

Chosen answer: There were many different "models". There were many miniatures, CG models and the full scale model down in Rosarita Beach, Mexico. The full scale model was disassembled by crew. Many other "regular folk" who knew about it, went to Mexico to grab what was left. Occasionally, various pieces come up for auction on EBAY.

Lynette Carrington

Question: Even if Karl and Sarah don't get together at the end, I couldn't see what exactly was stopping them?

Chosen answer: It's because of the complications that Sarah was having with her troubled brother. Apart from that, who's to say they don't eventually get together?

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Question: Does it seem strange to anyone else that these kids, including teenagers, can't help take care of themselves for two weeks? My family has six kids and we can function for a week or two when Mom and Dad go out of town. In a large family, parents usually raise their children to help out a lot more and be more responsible.

Chosen answer: It seems that the fact the family can't take care of themselves is added to part of the humour of the film. 12 children is a lot, and think about all those rows and all that mess.

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It's not like they couldn't take care of themselves. As shown with the breakfast scene at the beginning, they seem to function pretty well when they all get along. Tom and Kate were just usually home more frequently than some other parents. It also didn't help that it was the first time that one of the parents was gone for an extended period and the parent that was left home (Tom) had never had to deal with all the kids on his own. Also, the only time we see complete chaos in the house is the first day that Kate has been gone. After that the kids are more behaved (at home).

Question: Do Quentin Tarantino and/or Uma Thurman have some sort of fanmail address, electronic or otherwise?

Chosen answer: http://contactanycelebrity.com - very trustworthy, and you can contact them by post or e-mail.

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Question: Does anyone know why in some scenes with Malfoy and Crabbe that there's a tall, skinny, nasty looking kid accompanying them instead of Goyle? Did Cuaron think the actor who plays Goyle was looking too cuddly and teddy bear-like?

Chosen answer: The character that you see is actually Blaise Zabini and he is standing with Goyle not Crabbe. Harry turned into Goyle in Chamber of Secrets and Ron turns into Crabbe. The actor who played Crabbe was actually arrested for growing marijuana in his home so the director had to replace him.

Question: During The Ride of the Rohirrim, after Gothmog (Pink Orc Captain) shouts "Fire at will", you can see a black haired and black bearded rider wearing a suit of chainmail with a long axe in the front of the shot (only for a second or so) I think this is Peter Jackson but I am not sure, does anybody know?

Chosen answer: I can see who you mean, but I'm pretty certain that it's not Peter Jackson - the resemblance isn't really that close. Besides, I strongly suspect that the studio would be dead set against anything that put their director (scriptwriter/producer/etc) on a horse in the middle of a charge - I've never read anything to indicate that Jackson is an experienced rider, and there are risks in what's being portrayed in that scene.

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Question: Why in the end credits does it say 'featuring' Sean Bean and Ian Holm? Why are they separate from the rest of the characters who are just plainly listed?

Chosen answer: The 'featuring' credit is often given to an actor who plays a role that could be considered lesser than what they'd normally play. Sean Bean and Ian Holm are both associated with major roles in films, whereas, in these films, Bean appears as a relatively minor part of an ensemble, and Ian Holm also plays a very limited part.

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Question: When they board Air Force One, Bill Pullman tells the pilot that they are ready to take off. He then says something to a female flight attendant, she nods and then walks away. Could someone who has subtitles please tell me what he says to her?

Chosen answer: "Could you please get a blanket for my daughter?"

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Question: Did Jesus really invent the table? I don't remember that in the Bible.

Chosen answer: Um, no, he didn't. The Egyptians had tables (that wouldn't look that out of place in a modern house) around 2000 years before the birth of Christ.

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Question: Exactly how is Neo able to reach inside Trinity's body when he removes the bullet from her torso, and when he restarts her heart?

Chosen answer: Neo is able to affect things in the Matrix at the code level - he's effectively altering the code that makes up Trinity's 'physical' body.

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