Thoughts I’ve Had Reading Harry Potter Again as a 30-Something – Part 3

The third Harry Potter book is probably up there as one of my favorites.  The 4th one is still my favorite, but Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is so ripe with great characters, amazing character development, and excellent storytelling (the background on Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs, amiright?!).

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If you’ve been keeping up with my blog recently, you know that I’ve been posting my musings as I re-read the Harry Potter series for the umpteenth billion time.  If you’ve missed my other postings, you can check them out here:

Thoughts I’ve Had Reading Harry Potter Again as a 30-Something – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Thoughts I’ve Had Reading Harry Potter Again as a 30-Something –Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

And here lies my thoughts on book three, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  Do you share or disagree with my thoughts, particularly my theory on that stupid cat, Crookshanks?  Comment below and let me know!

 

I solemnly swear I’m up to no good…

 

Thoughts I’ve Had Reading Harry Potter Again as a 30-Something

Part 3:  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Do all the photos in The Daily Prophet move the same way?  Like, would a picture of Sirius Black on the front of one issue move the same way in all the papers or is each issue independent from the next?

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But how on earth was he going to persuade Uncle Vernon or Aunt Petunia to sign the form?
Um…MAGIC, PERHAPS??

Every time I read “Uncle Vernon”, this Tom Waits song plays in my head:

And I just imagine Vernon bouncing heavily around the house singing, “Uncle Vernon!  Uncle Vernon!”

There were no seats; instead, half a dozen brass bedsteads stood beside the curtained windows.
The Knight Bus sounds so magically perfect.  Muggle buses need to get on dis shit.

…and Hagrid was one of the bravest people Harry knew.
Yet, 0% of Harry’s children are named Hagrid…

Why didn’t the Accidental Magic Reversal Department modify the memories of all the Dursley’s and not just Aunt Marge?  That way none of them would remember “Aunt Marge’s Big Mistake”.

“Why would I go looking for someone I know wants to kill me?” said Harry blankly. 
Well, if ya just did that, Harry, your story would have ended right here at this moment.  AND THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER BECAUSE HARRY MINDED HIS OWN FUDGING BUSINESS.

So does anyone get injured or landed on when they make the jump into Platform 9¾?  People are bound to get run over if they don’t get out of the way of the wall, right?

I find it hard to believe that Hermione didn’t know what a dementor was and that she didn’t recognize the Patronus charm when Lupin used it on the train…she knows the ancient history of Hogsmeade for God’s sake…

…each pulled, Harry could only assume, by invisible horses, because when they climbed inside and shut the door, the coach set off all by itself, bumping and swaying in procession.
Wouldn’t Harry be able to see the Thestrals even before Sirius dies since he technically saw his mom die?

Divination would probably be my favorite subject at Hogwarts.

If Dumbledore actually cared about any of his students other than Harry, couldn’t he use the tears of Faux to fix Malfoy’s arm and shut him the F up after Buckbeak’s attack?

Remus Lupin was probably the best teacher any of these kids ever had.

Neville’s grandma’s clothes are insane.   A HAT WITH A STUFFED VULTURE ON TOP?  Do you know how big a vulture is?  How heavy is that hat?!  Here’s a human with a vulture, for science:

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I wonder what my Boggart would be…

CROOKSHANKS KNOWS SCABBERS IS AN ANIMAGUS.  IS CROOKSHANKS ALSO AN UNREGISTERED ANIMAGUS?!?!?!?!!!!  OMG…

I still don’t understand why wizards need a permission slip to visit Hogsmeade, but they have free reign of The Forbidden Forest, Knockturn Alley, Diagon Alley, and basically the entire Hogwarts campus.

And I am telling you all to turn to page 394.
If you don’t read that in Alan Rickman’s voice, there’s something wrong with you.  #always ❤

D’you know what that— (he called Snape something that made Hermione say “Ron!”)…
CAULDRON BUM?  BLASTENDED SKANK?  WHAT WAS THE WIZARD SWEAR, RON??

He handed them to her, and as the team watched in amazement, Hermione tapped them with her wand and said, ‘Impervius!’”
“There!” she said, handing them back to Harry.  “They’ll repel water!”
“Wood looked as though he could have kissed her.
Lucky girl…

Lupin:  “I don’t pretend to be an expert at fighting dementors, Harry…quite the contrary…
SAYS THE DEFENSE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS TEACHER.

How did Fred and George know how to work the Marauder’s Map?

I wonder if they ever reversed or removed Peter Pettigrew’s Order of Merlin, First Class award after they learned the truth about him…

And here lies an awkward wizard boner:  “She smiled at Harry as the teams faced each other behind their captains, and he felt a slight lurch in the region of his stomach that he didn’t think had anything to do with nerves.”

The hearing will take place on April 20th, and we ask you to present yourself and your hippogriff at the Committee’s offices in London on that date.
Exactly HOW will that happen??  Look how big this thing is!!

Reading how mean James and his friends were to Snape is heartbreaking, knowing Snape’s backstory now…

So in the book Hermione slaps Malfoy…but the punch in the movie is just SO much more effective…

Do any other teachers besides Snape and McGonagall give and take house points away?

Then came Astronomy at midnight…
IF I EVER HAVE AN ASTRONOMY FINAL EXAM AT MIDNIGHT AFTER A DAY OF OTHER EXAMS INCLUDING POTIONS…KILL ME.

Crookshanks is “friends” with Black’s animagus dog, tries to protect Black from Harry, and somehow knows something is up with Scabbers the rat…the proof is getting stronger and stronger that Crookshanks is an animagus, too…

FURTHERMORE…

This cat—Crookshanks, did you call him?—told me Peter had left blood on the sheets…
HE TOLD YOU?  Of course he did, because he’s an animagus!!

I’m not giving up on this theory…it’s a good one, right??

Aww, thanks Ron!  😉

OOOH the things Wormtail must have seen as a rat growing up in a house of five young boys…

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Ah, well, Snape…Harry Potter, you know…we’ve all got a bit of a blind spot where he’s concerned.
Ya don’t say??

I still have so many questions about this time changing thing…

You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble? Your father is alive in you, Harry, and shows himself most plainly when you have need of him.

The letter Sirius writes Harry at the end of this book still makes me cry…

 

Mischief Managed.

 

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50 Fun Facts about the United States

Every state in our nation has a wealth of fun facts to share…here are just a few to help showcase your state pride!

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50 Fun Facts about the United States

Alabama:  Montgomery is the capital and birthplace of the Confederate States of America…and the Confederate flag was designed and first flown in Alabama in 1861.

Alaska:  Of the 20 highest peaks in the United States, 17 of them are in Alaska.

Arizona:  The Bolo tie is the official state neck ware of Arizona.

Arkansas:  Stuttgart, Arkansas is home to the World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest.

California:  More turkeys are raised in California than in any other state in the United States.

Colorado:  Colorado has more microbreweries per capita than any other state.

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Connecticut:  Connecticut is home to the oldest US newspaper still in publication:  The Hartford Courant, established in 1764.  It also has approximately 145 newspapers published in the state.

Delaware:  Delaware is the only state without any National Park System units, such as national parks, seashores, historic sites, memorials, and monuments.

Florida:  Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators, where the drink was first developed.

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Georgia:  In Gainesville, the Chicken Capital of the World, it’s illegal to eat chicken with a fork.

Hawaii:  Hawaii is the most isolated population center in the world.  It’s 2,390 miles from California, 3,850 miles from Japan, 4,900 miles from China, and 5,280 miles from the Philippines.

Idaho:  Bruneau Dunes State Park contains North America’s tallest single structured sand dune.  It stands 470 feet high.

Illinois:  Illinois is home to the first skyscraper, the first aquarium, the first Mormon Temple, and the first McDonald’s.

Indiana:  Santa Claus, Indiana receives more than half a million letters and requests at Christmas time.

Iowa:  Burlington’s Snake Alley has been dubbed the most crooked street in the world.

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Kansas:  Kansas won the award for the most beautiful license plate for the wheat plate design issued in 1981.

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Kentucky:  Kentucky is the state where both Abraham Lincoln, President of the Union, and Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, were born.  They were born less than one hundred miles and one year apart.

Louisiana:  Metairie is home to the longest bridge over water in the world, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.  The Causeway is 24 miles long.

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Maine:  Eastport is the most eastern city in the US.  It’s considered the first place in the country to receive the rays of the morning sun.

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Maryland:  The first school in the US, King Williams School, opened in Maryland in 1696.

Massachusetts:  There is a house in Rockport built entirely of newspaper.

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Michigan:  Michigan has more than 11,000 inland lakes and 36,000 miles of streams.  It also has 116 lighthouses and navigational lights and has more shoreline than any other state except Alaska.

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Minnesota:  Minnesota is home to the first stapler, the first practical pair of water skis, the first automatic pop-up toaster, the first pair of rollerblades, Scotch tape, Wheaties cereal, Bisquick, the Bundt pan, Green Giant vegetables, and Aveda beauty products.

Mississippi:  Natchez was settled by the French in 1716 and is the oldest permanent settlement on the Mississippi River.  It once housed 500 millionaires, more than any other city except NYC, and now has more than 500 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Missouri:  The St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904 saw the invention of iced tea and the ice cream cone.

Montana:  Out of Montana’s 56 counties, 46 are considered “frontier counties”, with an average population of 6 or fewer people per square mile.

Nebraska:  Nebraska has more miles of river than any other state.

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Nevada:  Not surprisingly, Las Vegas has the majority of the largest hotels in the world and is home to more hotel rooms than any other place on earth.

New Hampshire:  The first free public library was established in Peterborough in 1833.

New Jersey:  New Jersey has the highest population density in the US…an average of 1,030 people per square mile, which is 13X the national average.

New Mexico:  Santa Fe is the highest capital city in the United States, at 7,000 feet above sea level.

New York:  New York City has more than 700 miles of subway track.

North Carolina:  The Biltmore Estate in Ashville is America’s largest home and includes a 255-room chateau, an award-winning winery, and extensive gardens.

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North Dakota:  North Dakota grows more sunflowers than any other state.

Ohio:  The first ambulance service was established in Cincinnati in 1865 and Akron was the first city to use police cars.  Cincinnati also had the first professional fire department.

Oklahoma:  Oklahoma as the largest Native American population of any state in the US.  It’s tribal headquarters for about 40 recognized tribes.

Oregon:  Oregon has more ghost towns than any other state.

Pennsylvania:  The first public zoo, The Philadelphia Zoo, was founded in Pennsylvania by Benjamin Franklin.

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Rhode Island:  Rhode Island has no country government.  It is divided into 39 municipalities, each having its own form of local government.

South Carolina:  South Carolina was home to the first battle of the Civil War.

South Dakota:  Badlands National Park contains the world’s richest Oligocene epoch fossil beds, dating 23 to 35 million years old.  It’s also home to the largest, protected mixed grass prairie in the US.

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Tennessee:  Tennessee has more than 3,800 documented caves.

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Texas:  Texas is the only state to have the flags of six different nations fly over it:  Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, Confederate States, and The United States.

Utah:  Levan is “navel” spelled backwards.  It’s so named because it’s located in the center of Utah.

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Vermont:  Montpelier, Vermont is the only US state capital without a McDonald’s.

Virginia:  Eight US Presidents were born in Virginia:  George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson.

Washington:  The forests of the Olympic Peninsula are among the rainiest places in the world and are the only rainforests in the continental US.

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West Virginia:  West Virginia is considered the southern most north state and the northern most south state.

Wisconsin:  The Republican party was founded in Ripon, Wisconsin in 1854.

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Wyoming:  Wyoming was the first state to give women the right to vote.

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And the Bitches Whatevered Cross Stitch Pattern

This is my new favorite thing:

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I don’t know what it is about unicorns, but they’re freaking everywhere nowadays.  I mean, don’t get me wrong…I’m all about this trend, but holy guacamole you’d be hard-pressed to find something WITHOUT a unicorn on it.

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So when I was thinking of a fun way to dress up my next cross stitch pattern, I pretty much had to put a unicorn on it…and I just love how this pattern turned out!

Wanna make your own unicorn mantra cross stitch pattern?  You can download my pattern for free right here!

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Finding Out What Happens Next

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“She was a girl who could not wait.  Life was so interesting she had to find out what happened next.”
–Beverly Cleary

 

Come back every Tuesday for “The Bees Knees”, where I post the best quotes from my favorite movies, TV shows, songs, and books.

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9 Delicious No-Bake Summer Desserts

Lez be honest…summer is the worst sometimes.  Here in Chicago, we’ve been pushing temperatures north of 90 degrees F even AFTER THE FREAKING SUN GOES DOWN.  Sure, with an amazing air conditioning system, summer can be a breeze for us Midwesterners…but for those of us getting by on one tiny air conditioner that doesn’t cool any room in the house except the room it’s in, well, summer sucks.

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Because my kitchen is in the back of my apartment, it hardly ever gets cool air from the air conditioner, so cooking in the summer is usually a ton of salads and dinners spent in air conditioned restaurants…and when it comes to dessert, the oven RARELY goes on in the summer.

Thankfully, there are a ton of delicious no-bake summer desserts that can quench your sweet-tooth without heating up your kitchen.  Cool, refreshing, and often infused with alcohol and fruit, these no-bake summer desserts are a great way to cool off without heating up your house.

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9 Delicious No-Bake Summer Desserts

No-Bake Mini Cheesecakes
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No-Bake Pistachio Coconut Pie
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No-Bake Strawberry Jell-O Lasagna
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No-Bake Lemon Blueberry Parfaits
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No-Bake Cookie Dough Dip
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No-Bake Pineapple Dream Dessert
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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert
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No-Bake Rum Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
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No-Bake Strawberry Daiquiri Cheesecake
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10 Books to Read if You Love The Princess Bride

What do you love most about The Princess Bride? Is it the swashbuckling adventures? The wit and sarcasm? The tales of true love? No matter what it is that keeps you coming back to watching the movie or reading the book, there’s no denying that this story holds a special place in the hearts of children and adults of all ages.

And if you are craving more tales of evil pirates or stories of mythical creatures, there are a whole slew of other books you could read that have all the things you love about The Princess Bride (except ROUS’s, of course!).

Filled with romance, travel, and journeys to lands unknown, these 10 books are sure to satisfy whatever craving you have to jump back into a story that helps you escape reality and indulge in the comfort of your own imagination.

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10 Books to Read if You Love The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride, William Goldman
Granted, the book is slightly different from the film, but chances are if you love the movie, you’re gonna love the book…at least give it a try for Prince Humperdinck alone!

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride, Cary Elwes
Well, this is just a no-brainer. Written by Cary Elwes (Westley), As You Wish explores the making and production of The Princess Bride film, complete with behind-the-scene stories and memories from the entire cast.

Stardust, Neil Gaiman
Take a journey into a magical land as a young boy pursues his one true love. Sound familiar? This charming story features the adventure and humor that make The Princess Bride so wonderful, as well as a little romance!

The Last Unicorn, Peter S. Beagle
This fantastical quest of concealed identity is the perfect book to cozy up with if you love The Princess Bride. The Last Unicorn was also made into a wonderfully cheesy movie if you’d rather indulge in the story that way.

The Thousand Autumns, Jacob de Zoet
The strength of true love, the power of faith, the thrill of the adventure…it’s all here in The Thousand Autumns by Jacob de Zoet.

Candide, Voltaire
Pirates? Check. Exciting adventures? Check. Love and revenge? Check and check. Candide is a breathless tour of far off lands and the quest for true love.

Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott
Ivanhoe may not have the wit and sarcasm of The Princess Bride, but it sure packs in the romance.

Guenevere: Queen of the Summer Country, Rosalind Miles
Guenevere is a romantic and heart-wrenching narrative, complete with all the pageantry, politics, war, lust, love, and conflict the Brits so gallantly require in their legends. A fairy tale likened to Buttercup’s adventures, Guenevere is sure to appease lovers of the King Arthur legends and romantic fairy tales.

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
If you love Buttercup’s wit and sass, chances are you’re gonna fall in love with Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. A story about romance, love, and a fun-loving sarcastic leading lady, Pride and Prejudice is one swashbuckling pirate away from The Princess Bride.

The Book of Lost Things, John Connolly
A fantastic book filled with epic adventures, lots of magical heroes and monsters, and travels in far off lands, The Book of Lost Things is maybe one of my favorite novels of all time. While it lacks the romance of The Princess Bride, it makes up for it in amazing characters and harrowing journeys.

 

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As You Wish: The Cast of The Princess Bride – Where Are They Now

You may not know it, but chances are you’ve seen and heard the cast of The Princess Bride in recent movies and TV shows.  Toy Story, Gossip Girl, The Nightmare Before Christmas, House of Cards, Homeland, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Mascots, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia were all brought to you by someone who appeared in The Princess Bride…and today, we’re gonna take a look and see what’s become of Westley, Prince Humperdink, and the lovely Princess Buttercup.

Though some of the cast is no longer with us (RIP, Fezzik!), the majority of the characters you know and love are still alive and doing well…so, without further ado…

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The Cast of The Princess Bride: Where Are They Now?

Cary Elwes
Westley
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Though he was in some small films before being cast as Westley, it was The Princess Bride that really put Cary Elwes on the map…at least in America.  A British actor who gave a beautiful face to the swashbuckling love interest of Princess Buttercup, Elwes made a name for himself with his breakout role, working steadily after TPB wrapped filming.  He had roles in Glory, Hot Shots!, and of course Robin Hood: Men in Tights.  He also worked on Twister, Liar Liar, and Ella Enchanted.

He’s continued to work actively in film and TV and recently released a book titled As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride about the filming and production of the movie.  He has three movies due for release in 2017.

Robin Wright
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A soap opera actress by trade, Robin Wright’s film debut was The Princess Bride.  Not bad landing a leading role for your first film!  After starring as the most beautiful woman in the world, Wright went on to star in Forrest Gump, Message in a Bottle, Unbreakable, Moneyball, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and – most recently – the 2017 film, Wonder Woman.

Wright can also be seen as the calculating love-to-hate powerhouse politician, Claire Underwood, in the Netflix series, House of Cards.

Mandy Patinkin
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Mandy Patinkin does it all.  A well-loved actor, singer, comedian, and voice artist, Patinkin has had several roles both on stage and on screen…but is perhaps best known for this role as Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride.

A graduate of Julliard, Patinkin remained active after TPB, appearing in Dick Tracy and Alien Nation.  He also had a role in the 1991 Broadway production of The Secret Garden, a role which earned him a Drama Desk Award nomination.

Patinkin can be seen now in a variety of TV shows, most recently in Criminal Minds and Homeland.  He’s also currently filming a movie titled Life Itself, due out in 2018.

Wallace Shawn
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You know his voice anywhere…Any true TPB fan can’t say ‘inconceivable!’ without the same inflection in the voice as Wallace Shawn.  After his portrayal of Vizzini in The Princess Bride, Shawn went on to appear in a variety of TV shows and movies, including Gossip Girl, Clueless, and Southland Tales.

More recently, Shawn has done a tone of voice acting, namely as Rex in the Pixar film franchise, Toy Story.  He’s also voiced characters in The Incredibles, Family Guy, BoJack Horseman, and A Goofy Movie.

Shawn can be heard alongside John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Raven Symone, Ian McKellen, Sylvester Stallone, Danny DeVito, and Patrick Warburton in the upcoming fantasy film, Animal Crackers, due for release in 2017.

Billy Crystal
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You may not have recognized him as Miracle Max in The Princess Bride, but Billy Crystal’s performance as the magical witch doctor is one of the actors favorites.  Most of his roles in the film were improvised, including his famous line, “Have fun storming the castle!”

Reiner and Crystal were no strangers before TPB, having worked together in This is Spinal Tap.  The pair worked together again after TPB in one of Crystal’s most famous movies, When Harry Met Sally.  Crystal went on to do several other blockbuster comedies, including City Slickers and Monsters Inc.

Recently Crystal has been quiet and hasn’t been seen in many movies or TV shows.  He’s released a few books and specials in the last few years and has done philanthropic work with Comic Relief and various museums in the LA area.

Chris Sarandon
Prince Humperdink
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A student of improve and the stage, Chris Sarandon got his first TV role in the series, The Guiding Light.  He acted in a handful of Broadway and Shakespearan plays before being cast as Prince Humperdink.

Almost always typecast as the villain, Sarandon went on to voice the character of Jack Skellington in the Tim Burton film, The Nightmare Before Christmas.  He’s also voiced the character for various video games and sequels.  In the 1990’s, Sarandon returned to Broadway and was most recently cast as Signor Naccarelli in the six-time Tony award-winning Broadway musical, The Light in the Piazza.

Andre the Giant
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The French-born wrestler and actor, Andre the Giant, was a beast of a man.  Known as “The Eighth Wonder of the World”, Andre only had a handful of other acting gigs after his personal favorite role of his career, Fezzick in The Princess Bride.

Due to his gigantism and years of wrestling, Andre suffered severe health problems throughout his later years and he died in his sleep of congestive heart failure in January 1993.

A beloved cast member who was loved by both fans and fellow cast mates, Andre’s legacy and performance in TPB is still talked about fondly to this day.

Christopher Guest
Count Rugen
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The infamous “Six-Fingered Man” may not have been that funny in the film, but the actor who played Inigo Montoya’s nemesis, Count Rugen, is the same hilarious mind behind such classics as This is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, and the new Netflix film, Masots.

A trained actor and musician, Guest’s big break came with Rob Reiner on the film, This is Spinal Tap.  He also went on to perform on SNL before working with Reiner again in The Princess Bride.  After his work on TPB, Guest would go on to make a series of improvised films, mostly starring the same improv group made up of Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Michael McKean, Parker Posey, Bob Balaban, Jane Lynch, Jennifer Collidge, and Fred Willard.  Guest appears in several of his films, and has also acted in A Few Good Men and The Invention of Lying.  Currently, Guest is a member of the band, The Beyman Bros and can be seen in the Netflix special, Mascots (also starring many of his improv buddies!).  Guest is married to actress Jamie Lee Curtis and they have two adopted children.

Carol Kane
Valerie
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Best known for her role as Simka Dahblitz-Gravas on the TV series, Taxi, Carol Kane is a respected lady of comedy.  She earned two Emmy Awards for her work on Taxi and was a regular on the NBC series, All is Forgiven.

After her performance as Valerie, the wife of Miracle Max in The Princess Bride, Kane went on to appear in a handful of other TV sitcoms, as well as a few films, including Scrooged and Man on the Moon.  She was nominated for an Oscar for her work on Hester Street and also won appraise for her starring role in the off-Broadway  play, Love, Loss, and What I Wore in 2010.

From 2005 to 2014, Kane portrayed the evil headmistress Madame Morrible in the Broadway musical, Wicked and has continued to star in the role for various other renditions and performances.

Kane can currently be seen in the Netflix series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Fred Savage
The Grandson
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No stranger to the big screen, Fred Savage was in a handful of movies and TV shows before his performance as the sick grandson in The Princess Bride.  The year following filming of TPB, Savage was cast in the role that would define his career: Kevin Arnold in The Wonder Years.  He remained on the show until it ended in 1993.

Currently Savage has been working as a producer for several episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Friends with Benefits, and Happy Endings.

Peter Falk
The Grandfather
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Perhaps best known as Columbo, Peter Falk was a star in his own right before his cameo as the grandfather in The Princess Bride.  A veteran of stage and screen, Falk had most of his commercial success before filming TPB.  After The Princess Bride, Falk had a handful of other performances in film and TV and even returned to the stage for an off-Broadway production of Arthur Miller’s Mr. Peters’ Connections.

Falk passed away in June of 2011, after a battle with pneumonia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Mel Smith
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A graduate of Oxford University, Mel Smith got his start on stage, acting with the Oxford University Dramatic Society.  He also appeared in various BBC series, as well as the Marx Brothers film, A Night at the Opera.

After his performance as the torture-loving albino in The Princess Bride, Smith directed the 1989 film, The Tall Guy, which helped put fellow British actor, Emma Thompson, on the map.

In 2006, Smith returned to the stage, appearing in the play, Allegiance.  The following year he played the role of Wilbur Turnblad in the London production of Hairspray, which ran from October 2007 to January 2008.

Smith passed away from a heart attack in July 2013.

Peter Cook
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Coined “the father of modern satire”, Peter Cook was ranked number one in the Comedians’ Comedian, a poll of more than 300 comics, comedy writers, producers and directors throughout the English-speaking world.  He was a celebrated actor, writer, director, and host, appearing in various TV specials, films, stage performances, and even hosted SNL during the first season of the show.

Cook passed away in January 1995.

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