Saturday, 3 July 2010

Riddle of the Sands

Expelliarmus  (Disarming Charm)

Description: Produces a jet of scarlet light. This spell is used to disarm another wizard, typically by causing the victim's wand to fly out of reach.[19][20]  It can also throw the target backwards when enough power is put into it. If it hits, or gets close, to another spell, if powerful enough, it will deflect the spell, causing it to hit its caster. As demonstrated in Prisoner of Azkaban, simultaneous use of this spell by multiple witches or wizards on a single person can throw the wizard back with much greater force.

And speaking of disarming…

Harry Potter actress' family charged over kill threats

The father and brother of an actress who starred in Harry Potter have been charged with threatening to kill her at her home in Leeds.

Abigail Abrahams, 22, was cast as Pauline Perlman, a classmate of the child wizard in the film series.

Ariel Abrahams, 54, and his son Adam, 28, are alleged to have threatened her at her Headingley home. The 28-year-old is also accused of assaulting his sister.
Both men appeared at Leeds Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.
The case was adjourned until July 12 for committal proceedings to Leeds Crown Court. 
Miss Abrahams first appeared as her character - the identical twin sister of  Polly Perlman - in Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
She will also feature in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, the final film in the saga.

The incurious BBC media studies graduate and intrepid truth-seeker who wrote this oddly uninformative piece didn’t dig into any detail as to why a father and brother of an actress would try to kill their own kinswoman.
Perhaps she broke some ancient Jewish dietary law or one of the Ten Commandments?
I’m sure a father and brother wouldn’t kill someone for no reason at all, even if the BBC can’t find time to discover what it is.

Oddly enough, some American journalist has the lowdown on a curiously similar case from a town nearby in England.
Oops, my PC’s sensitivity settings were turned up to lie by omission  again.

Mischief managed!

Hat tip to Big Hollywood.
Picture from here. 
Oh and Biased BBC got it too.


James Higham said...

More to that than meets the eye.

JuliaM said...

If I want to divine the real story in a BBC article, I look for the missing phrases and words. It works every time.

The BBC has invented anti-journalism.

Pray it never comes into contact with real journalism (an increasingly rare substance) or the resultant explosion could wipe out the galaxy.

DJ said...

The thing is that you could almost see a case for it, if the BBC did it across the board. There's a certain simple charm to Joe Friday-style 'just the facts, ma'am' reporting.

Trouble is the folks who can't possibly see why we need any background here will speculate until hell freezes over about the 'root causes' of any case where a Muslim is attacked by a white dude.

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