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Harry Potter and the Real World Terrorism Parallels

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Gregg Kilday from The Hollywood Reporter isn’t the first writer to observe possible similarities between “Harry Potter” big bad Voldemort and terrorist mastermind Osama Bin Laden. But in the immediate wake of Bin Laden’s death at the hands of U.S. Special Forces troops, Kilday wrote “Eerie Links Between ‘Harry Potter,’ Osama Bin Laden; Why Movie May Benefit” which lays out the connections between the two figures of evil and what they mean for the upcoming final film in the “Harry Potter” franchise, which is due out from Warner Brothers Pictures on July 15. According to Kilday:

“For a generation of kids who grew up reading Rowling’s books and watching Hollywood’s big-screen adaptations in the shadows of 9/11, there have been inevitable echoes of the real world in Harry’s sometimes reluctant quest to defeat Voldemort… just as Harry is known in the books as ‘the anointed one,’ a number of President Obama’s critics like Rush Limbaugh have frequently dismissed the president by disparagingly referring to him as ‘the anointed one’ as well.

As Kilday notes, the “Harry Potter” book series predates the events of 9/11 by almost five years, but that doesn’t necessarily negate the parallels — particularly since the “Potter” films didn’t begin to appear until late 2001. And even if the parallels weren’t intended by the filmmakers, that doesn’t negate them either; an audience’s interpretation of a film is just as valid as its creator’s. Sometimes the most interesting things about a movie are the things that wound up in them subconsciously.

I’ve only seen two “Harry Potter” movies, so I’m not particularly qualified to weigh in on the subject. But I firmly believe the real world invades popular culture more often than many realize. A big, poppy summer blockbuster opening this Friday, for example, contains some significant metaphors for the war in Iraq and the George W. Bush presidency. But we’ll talk about those in a few days.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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