The Muppets Christmas Carol

Without Jim Henson there would not be the Muppets. On September 24, 1936 he was born. Sadly, he passed away before he could assist in my favorite Muppet movie: The Muppets Christmas Carol. In 1992, this film came to life in the re-imagining of Charles Dickens classic tale.

With Gonzo the Great in the role as Charles Dickens with Rizzo the Rat as his assistant he tells the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. With Kermit the Frog portraying Bob Cratchit, Scrooge sticks to his traditional cruel ways about Christmas. Upon his return home, there is song and dance about Scrooges ways by his past partners. During the night, Scrooge is visited by three ghosts. The first ghost, shows him his past giving us insight to his hatred of Christmas. The second ghost, is able to warm Scrooges spirit by showing him Bob Cratchits family. When Scrooge sees how Bob’s youngest son Tim is suffering from an illness, that would eventually kill him. After cruel words being fed back into his mouth, Scrooge is shown the future where he learns that no one will care about his death. He learns that Bob’s family is grief stricken by the death of Tim. After facing his doom, Scrooge returns to the Christmas of the present a changed man. As with the traditional story, we learn that Scrooge truly changes his ways becoming a philanthropist and second father to Tim Cratchit.

Sadly, Jim Henson passed away before The Muppets Christmas Carol could be finished. However, the film is dedicated in his memory. On September 24, 1936 Jim Henson was born, the mastermind behind the muppets bringing joy and laughter to future generations.

The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

The Phantom of the Opera (1925 film).jpgOn September 23, 1909 Gaston Leroux’s famous novel The Phantom the Opera was published in France. Throughout the years, this novel would grow on to become one of the most famous of all time. The haunting of The Paris Opera House captured the imagination. In 1925 The Phantom of the Opera was brought to life in the famous silent film.

Christine Daae is given the chance to star in the opera show after the lead Carlotta is taken ill. Unbeknownst to Christine, the mysterious man who has been giving her lessons orchestrated this. With the legend of the Phantom floating around, Christine follows him into his lair one night. After spending the night, she wakes up and unmasks him leading to the viewing of his hideous face. Upon seeing this she faints, yet manages to head up to the opera house by promising the phantom she is his. However, she doesn’t love him, she loves Raoul. After seeing Raoul propose to Christine and her accept, Erik, the Phantom vows revenge. He makes his grand appearance at the ball frightening Christine causing their to be plans for a trap to be made for him. However, this fails with Christine being held hostage by the mad man. Raoul and a policeman make their way below as an angry mob forms. Christine and Raoul escape with Erik being killed by the angry mob.

The Phantom of the Opera is one of the most iconic movies and books of all times. On September 23, 1909 , Gaston Leroux novel appeared in France. Without it, there would not be the mad man  Erik with the Paris Opera House capturing the imagination.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson: Tom Felton brought to life the blonde haired bad boy in the Harry Potter series. On September 22, 1987, the man who would become Draco Malfoy was born. Even though, Tom Felton has been able to maintain a career in acting away from Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy is quite possibly his most memorable role to me. In the 2007 film Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, he brings to life Draco Malfoy as villainous as always.

Harry Potter’s summer vacation ends with him going to trial for illegal use of magic. However, he had no choice when he and his cousin were attacked by dementors. Before the trial, Harry learns that his close friends are a part of The Order of the Phoenix, dedicated to stopping Lord Voldemort and his followers. In the previous film, Voldemort had come back to life with Harry relaying the news to everyone. But, the Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge, does not believe Harry and Albus Dumbledore, the Headmaster of Hogwarts, leading to a smear campaign. At the top of this vicious campaign is Lucius Malfoy, who’s son Draco spends his time berating Harry. Things get worse for Harry when the ministry places Dolores Umbridge as the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. Cruel and sadistic, Dolores takes hold of Hogwarts making Harry’s life miserable, firing teachers on a biased basis, and forbidding students from learning spells. During this time, Harry and his friends form a group of students to learn the spells to defend themselves. However, Umbridge has learned about this causing her to create the Inquistorial Squad as a means to catch them. Dumbledore’s Army, the group of students, are able to go undetected for a bit. With Christmas around the corner Harry receives his first kiss, but his joy is overshadowed when he has a vision of Arthur Weasley beign attacked. The father of his best friend Ron is found and brought to the hospital. In the meantime, Dumbledore has become aware of Harry’s psychic link with Voldemort leading him to have Harry learn occlumency through his least favorite teacher Snape. When Harry and his friends return to school, Harry’s occlumency classes are cut short when he views some of Snapes memories. At the same time Dumbledore’s Army is found out when Harry’s crush reveals the truth to Umbridge. During final exams, there are pranks pulled with Harry having a vision of Voldemort holding his godfather, Sirius Black, hostage. Harry alerts Ron and Hermione Granger. But, the trio are caught by Umbridge leading Hermione to create a diversion in the Forbidden Forest that works. Upon return to Hogwarts, Ron with Neville Longbottom, Luna Lovegood, and Ginny Weasley head off to the Ministry of Magic to rescue Sirius. However, Harry learns taht this is a trap when death eaters, including Lucius Malfoy, appear. The group makes a run for it finding refuge in a room with a veil. After the six are attacked, members of the Order of the Phoenix show up including Sirius. Sadly, Sirius is killed by Bellatrix Lestrange causing Harry to chase after her in a fleet of rage. When he encounters her, he finds Voldemort waiting for him. Luckily, Dumbledore arrives leading the two to have a duel. When the duel is over, Voldemort tries to take over Harry’s body, but fails. Voldemort leaves when the Fudge arrives with his advisers being forced to admit the truth. The movie closes with Harry’s name being cleared, the Death Eaters being found out, and Umbridge being forced out as he prepares for the next part in defeating Voldemort.

Tom Felton’s character of Draco Malfoy may have had a smaller role in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. However, he was still noticeable in this film. On September 22, 1987, Tom Felton was born with Draco Malfoy in the future.