The Dark Side of Harry Potter

There are so many great characters in the Harry Potter series that could have been developed so much more than the were. Characters who were intriguing with depth to them, Regulus Black, Blaise Zabini,Aberforth Dumbledore, Millicent Bulstrode, and even Grindalvald himself just to name a few.
None of these characters got an action figure sadly, but there were some that did…also awesome and unsung characters that I would love to know more  about…I can at least share their action figure reviews with you, though and they are awesome to look at…Some may even call them fantastic beasts…and they’d likely get hexed for  their pains!
Check here for Kreacher, Griphook, Buck Beak and Kreacher…Yes I am aware I typed that twice…
Morticia
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Greek Mythology 3/Self Help

 

Gomez was previously published in the Messenger but his series of articles, Those Insightful Greeks does not appear to open any longer.

If you’d like to see the previous article in the series, it is available here:

https://batwebgothicreviews.wordpress.com/2017/06/11/those-insightful-greeksself-help-mythology/

 

Shop Gothic for less

We all love to follow the most popular Gothic shops and fang girl over all their delectable items. Only we can’t afford as many as we’d like  or at some times any at all. Just DAMN IT! Only there are many awesome alternatives that people don’t know about and I’m not even talking about buying on Ebay from China though that can rock too.
What I’m talking about is finding similar items as well as quality for a fraction of the price of the popular and awesome shops we all covet and adore. Below I’ve put links to some items I’ve reviewed from awesome bat bags to jewelry. I can’t put them all here, there are tons more some from the brands I’ve shown and some from others you’ve yet to discover so if you find the below links helpful subscribe to our channel and check the playlists from which these items came. You’ll be able to shop large and spend little, I promise!
Here is my favorite bat pendant ever! And trust me Alchemy Gothic and other such places would want far more for it so it’s a steal here from realmetaljewelry.com plus free shipping! I love free shipping!
A really neat Gothic bat ring with black stone from overstock.
And this is the most awesome purse ever because it’s shaped like a bat! It doesn’t have a boring square or rectangle look with a bat on it, it is shaped like an actual freaking beautiful bat! And unlike others from other popular companies for 50 and up this is under 20 dollars including shipping!
Here is an awesome bat pendant, a raven pendant and tons ,ore things this company has in high quality pewter, very much Alchemy Gothic in nature except far less costly again for pewter! You have to see it to believe it so watch away and happy shopping!
And who doesn’t love gargoyles, skulls and ancient spells?

Role play in LOTR

It seems to me that most fans of Lord of the Rings tend to stick to strict categories when playing characters within this setting, and always with the same kind of affiliation, Orcs are bad, humans are good.

I am not surprised therefore, that such rigidity takes away the fun, the space for growing and exploring which I expect from my role play campaigns. For myself, I don’t play standard characters too often, what would be the point?

Instead, I work within the world established by Tolkien but push the boundaries as much as I can, because there is a lot of unknowns still, a lot to work with and develop, if people don’t get stuck in “the author wrote it so it must be universally true,” ad idea rejected by a school of literary criticism generations before ours.

The bottom line: no RP world is dead, only the imagination that fuels it can be slowly killing itself. I say, venture out, and make Orcs with questionable motifs, additional races that have no right to exist in this world, different magical rules and history that only at times coincides with the established one. I certainly have, and never looked back myself.

Note: The featured image  is rather reminiscent of one unusual character I have been working with.

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Feel free to just read the post and ignore all else, but if you are as much of a LOTR fan as we are, you might also find the following LOTR One Ring youtube video to be fun:

 

 

 

 

Balerion the Dragon

There are several possibilities to tie to the most powerful dragon of old In GRR Martin’s world of Ice and Fire.

The Greek, or perhaps Persian hero Bellerophon reinterpreted by the Greeks has the prefix Bel that has been related to destruction in some theories.

Celtic god Belenus related to light, sunlight in particular, possibly its adverse affects in some variations and the slain god Balder also appear to share some of the consonants with each other as well as the Light attributes.

It is just as likely that the name Balerion could be related to the English word “baleful” based on his reputation but even the later word does not in any way contradict the more destructive elements of Sunlight.

Especially since both Apollo, equated with Belenus and his cognate Semitic God Reshef both appear to carry arrows, perhaps reminding of the destructive potential of sunlight equal to its healing powers.

Equally telling is the mention of Balerion naming related to an ancient god of Valyria.
As a conclusion, I would suggest that the name Balerion might be loosely translated as “glaring sunlight.”

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If you didn’t hate my little GoT theory, you may find my previous article related to Game of Thrones equally entertaining.

https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/56348115/posts/1507220250

The Psychology behind Theon Greyjoy

Theon Greyjoy is a good example of the tragic hero. Like Oedipus,
he is taken away from his father, even though Balon Greyjoy is still alive and
Eddard Stark is there to fill in the role of the father, Theon does not really benefit
from the potential of having two, and without a specific role model tries to find
his place in the world.
And like every tragic hero he has to contend with his plans being constantly
thwarted. While classical tragedies either refer to the impersonal power of Fate
or the more personal curses cast on the royal houses to which the heroes belong,
the instability of Westeros within the fictional world of Game of Thrones might
be to blame for all of Theon’s good intentions going awry.
At the same time, from a psychological point of view, just because Theon rejects
Eddard Stark as a father figure out of fear, he still needs a role model and finds it
in Robb Stark. Naturally, trying to follow him and implement the strategies that
have been working for Robb leads to a disaster for Theon as the behavioral
strategy of Robb contains a tragic flaw of its own, if of a different kind.
Oedipus has to prove himself and his worth, solving the riddle of the Sphinx.
Theon Greyjoy attempts to prove his worth as well, but instead of doing it like
Oedipus, on his own merit, he actually draws on his family connections and so
fails one step quicker than Oedipus.
A good psychological explanation to his failure might be found through the
words offered by the Spy Master Varys to Tyrion Lannister, showing who holds
true power at court.
In Theon’s case, his perception of power may have been shaped by looking at
two poor examples. Eddard Stark himself was never born to full leadership and
had to learn the art through experience, not necessary acquiring much practical
wisdom as a Lord of Winterfell.
In turn, his son Robb Stark was born to leadership but was trained under the
possibly inappropriate guidance of his father. Their failed strategies
of coping were the only ones Theon could observe and apply. No wonder then
that all of Theon’s machinations failed.
They were based on illusory and idealized concepts, like a father’s interest,
that may have been true in the Stark case Theon would have used for reference,
but fell apart when encountering the darker aspirations of his biological father
Balon Greyjoy.
In a most fascinating way, Theon got his first lesson in practical wisdom when he
encountered his father and was disabused of his preconceived illusions that were
only useful for his residence at the Stark household where he learned them.
Unlike Oedipus, Theon Greyjoy did not get to kill his father or marry his mother,
but he was shown the danger in his illusions and forced to deeply reconsider
what constitutes real power.
Naturally, Theon’s behavior does not need to be condoned for him to be
considered a tragic hero. The motives of Oedipus were different from those of
Achilles as well as those of Antigone. Some of such motives may have
originated with good reasons, while others were not. In either case, a tragic hero
does not need to be moral and Theon certainly was not. His actions had to have
negative consequences because he was forced into them through his tragic flaw
and the events stemming from them, not by conscious choice.
The only question remains if Theon Greyjoy ends up recovering from his
difficulty as a mythological hero of the Heracles kind, or go down in ashes, as
a true tragic hero of the Oedipus kind. Only the well crafted plot of Game of
Thrones would tell.

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Although this article stands on its own, if you are a hardcore Game of Thrones fan, you might also enjoy looking through a few related videos, dedicated to GoT jewelry and clothing:

Crazy apartment rental story of the week!

Warning. there will be language as I tend to do that when type/venting when annoyed and it’s expressive and shit…adding a greater depth of understanding…and flowers!
This is a story about my crazy land lords who really just don’t give a ****
Weird but true as all the things that happen to me are.
Because of my pushing a while back the owners of the apartment complex where we rent started exterminating for ants yearly as it’s an issue here. They put a note on the door 2 weeks ago saying someone was coming the next day to do it at 9 fucking 30 A.M on a fucking Saturday. First off wtf on both counts, the 9-30 and the screwing with people on their weekend to get this done. but okay, whatever. So time rolls round and no showey up. It was raining so I figured if they were gonna bate outside too they never do when it rains so  supposed they’d come later…on another day when it wasn’t raining. Well 2 weeks went by and no reschedule or memo from the apartment manager so I call the  owner and ask what’s happening with the ant bating and they say “oh they came and you were not home.”
 HELL  NO! I was home and fucking up at that ungodly hour letting them fuck my Saturday.
So I tell the owner she needs to really check into  that because someone is lying to her and it’s not me. I want the ant bate put down so why would I not be there? She says she’ll do that and calls back not long after with bullshit!
So they want to reschedule except I have to pay 45 dollars. Hell no fuckheads. I did nothing wrong so fuck you. Manager said she came with the ant guy and we weren’t home. Fuck you we were. Then I figured it out! Alas the explanation, the solving of the great mystery as to wtf happened requires a mild diversion, but the good news is this is where it starts to get a little weird and creepy. For some weird reason, this town is full of people who really like tap on your door instead of knocking. And by tap I mean literally very softly touching your door.Like the baby of a grown up knock…Like the baby Jesus of knocks…where he’s still a baby and all gentle and shit. Like if you’re not right there at the door waiting you may not hear them. Even pizza people do it when bringing food in this town! I think my husband hears better than I and when he was a foot further away with the t.v on at normal volume while we pizza waited he missed the tap and I heard it and got up to get the food. Just the people around here are always literally tapping. Like maybe they don’t want to disturb us, yet they want us to be aware they’re there so I guess we do have to be disturbed for that to happen because we sorta  need to know they’re there. LOL. Literally you have to be standing right at the door to hear it.
When it comes to ant bate people or anyone else coming with a few hour time window starting at 9-30 until whenever they get to our apartment, I’m not sitting there with no t.v no music nothing when they could knock hard or god forbid ring the fucking bell!!! Yeah there is a new concept!
RING THE BELL. RING THE DOORBELL!
In case you were assuming we don’t have a door bell, we do. Assuming we did not would be logical as everyone else seems to but it’s right in the middle of the door in plain sight!
Does anyone use it, though? A surprising few…No kidding.
And I swear in this town it’s creepy because it’s a lot of people who seem afraid to knock and unenlightened about the invention of the door bell.. WTF.
 So yeah after I got over the total WTF of we were home waiting n the ant guy, I finally figured he tapped and we were pissing or in the kitchen or something and missed the god damn tap.Why should there be a tap? Why not a real grown up adult knock or a ring of the door bell?!! When I shared this revolation with the apartment complex owner she actually said no that did not happen. She was not there, of course so how she knows that this did not happen is beyond me but people seem to realy love to decide what happened when they weren’t there because it’s easier for them…yeah, fuck off.
So today the manager, who came with the ant extermination guy the  time we supposedly weren’t home, came for something else, a water problem in another apartment, so they’re telling everyone the water will be off for a bit while they’re fixing this. She tapped on the god damn door sure as shit so then I was certain that’s what happened. she didn’t lie about coming to our place as I had originally suspected, but she did tap so lightly no one would hear her. I told her this. I was walking past the door at the time and it’s the only reason I heard her which I also told her. While I was at it, I explained what the doorbell was for and why it was a good idea to use it as well…and when she returned later today she did use it so progress is being made…At least a little. LOL.
 I understand the owners not wanting to pay the 45 dollaar fee for the  ant bate people to return as they did their part but were I them I’d take it out of the manager’s check because tapping like that and fucking me out of my ant treatment is just bullshit! And stupid!And generally just not cool! But nope, they’ll never take any responsibility. I just bought ant bate but as so ready to move as that shit pisses me off and they’re always doing something and I’m always having to force them to do the right thing…I.e with the mold situation last year I had to actually threaten the owner into getting a hotel for us and I was the one who knew what the owners legally had to do rather than them being aware. Not them. Nope they didn’t bother to check into what they should be doing, just thought they’d screw us over, but no, not into that.
But because I can’t make them on the bate thing they won this little round. At least she’ll use the bell from now on. Maybe. Hopefully. I am putting a sign on the door to remind people to ring rather  than tapping..sounds really crazy that anyone would need to do that but see above…weird tappers up in this freaky town.

How alien plants learn to say ‘Feed me!’

Though the Original Little shop of Horrors from 1960 and the charming musical remake in 1986 do have some differences the important bits, the bits that tell the most about Dear old Audrey II, remain the same. Yes Audrey II is a mean green mother from Outer Space, and though he didn’t call himself this in the original movie, the idea that he was n alien plant form was there  as creator inspiration. We always assume that aliens are going to be smarter if they arrive here before  we find their world instead. If they’ve got world travel down they must know more than us.
So it’s no real surprise, considering this, that the mean green mother from outer space can talk and demand to be fed. One could still wonder how he learned English though. One theory could be that his fascinating abilities over mind control, hypnotism and such allows him an ability to mind merge, and through this process, to pick up any language he likes…Spanish, English, Latin…Java Script…Perhaps even Irish Gaelic considering in the world of Monster High he has a daughter named Venus mcFly. She’s a leaf off the old plant for she can control any mind just as well as her dear old dad!
Or an even better theory of how Audrey learned to talk,( I have 2 of them with the later being my favorite,) is that  when Audrey II tastes/ingests blood he is able to know, through this blood, all that the ‘donor knew, English included. So as soon as Audrey II tastes Seymour’s blood he learns a lot. Seamour’s knowledge combines with Audrey II’s cunning intelligence and our Mean Green Mother becomes unstoppable…Until he is stopped that is. Poor Audrey II! He was having so much fun.