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Villain Spotlight: Dolores Jane Umbridge

Hello there kiddies! Your boy with all the toys is back for another spotlight on one of my favorite villains. Today’s choice was actually given to me by one of our faithful readers and real life friends (yes…we have those…even girlfriends and stuff too. Suck it), @Nobes85. This one also goes out to our fellow Geek LadyLumos, who I feel is really going to like this one. Ladies and Germs, I give to you….The Hogwarts High Inquisitor herself…Dolores Jane Umbridge.


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30 Days Hath Novembeard- Day 20

As you saw back on day 14 of Novembeard, wizard beards are quite the trend amongst elderly mentor-figures. Following in the footsteps of Gandalf the Grey, Albus Dumbledore sports yet another iconic beard.

We got a badass over here.

Fortunately for us (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it), we get two different Dumbledores throughout the Harry Potter saga. The late, great Richard Harris played him for the first two movies, then Michael Gambon took over the role. This gives Dumbledore two unique beard-styles. Harris’s beard is classic wizard, while Gambon’s adds a little pizzazz to the look.


Gambon’s Dumbledore is certainly a bit more eccentric than Harris’s, but he got some sweet dueling scenes with Voldemort and effectively made me sob at the end of Half-Blood Prince. In flashbacks we saw Dumbledore rocking a younger version of the wizard beard.

He looks like a hippie turned…well, turned Hogwarts Headmaster.

I like the look of movie-Dumbledore’s beard. In the chapter illustrations for the books, he had more of a Santa beard, which just doesn’t fit such an awesome and powerful wizard as Dumbles.

Ho ho ho.

So here’s to you, Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. Your beard is a thing of beauty.

Alas! Ear wax!


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30 Days Hath Novembeard – Day 14

The Lord Of The Rings movies are a hotbed for all kinds of excellent facial hair (hell even the TREES have beards) but today we are singling out the greatest of all, Gandalf. None of that Gandalf the White shit either. While that beard certainly was respectable, we are going full on Gandalf The Grey beard.

I’m starting to think that I’m actually writing a sub series for Novembeard based solely on white or greyish beards. What does that say about me? I’m not sure that I want to know.

Gandalf is one of my favorite literary characters. As mentioned when Obi-Wan Kenobi was spotlighted, the mentor archetype has always been very interesting to me. Who cares if Merlin is clearly the basis for Gandalf? At least thanks to the Lord Of The Rings movies we have a tangible beard we can look at. While Merlin is a badass, his beard in the Excalibur movie is laughable at best.

Gandalf while remaining a classic study on wizards also brought them in the consciousness of 20th century. His impact can be felt all the way from Final Fantasy to Harry Potter. Quiet, stoic, wise and all powerful these attributes make not just a great Wizard, but a great beard as well.

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