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On May 2 in fictional history, a major event occurred in the Harry Potter universe. As of writing in 2020, it has been twenty-two years.
This was the Battle of Hogwarts, which served as both the culmination to Harry’s omnipresent battle against Lord Voldemort as well as the finale to the series as a whole.
In this battle, a great number of witches and wizards on both sides lost their lives.
While it would be impossible without JK Rowling’s help to name all of them, there were a few who had a big role in Harry Potter.
Raise your wands for those lost.
Sixth year Colin Creevey, a muggle-born Gryffindor, was one of many fatalities in the Battle of Hogwarts.
One year below Harry Potter, Colin joined Dumbledore’s Army in his fourth year and became a loyal member, sneaking back to battle after previously being turned away because of his age.
Colin’s body was later recovered by Neville Longbottom and Oliver Wood. His killer remains unidentified.
Lavender, a seventh-year Gryffindor and classmate to Harry Potter, was mauled by the werewolf Fenrir Greyback during the Battle of Hogwarts.
An ex-girlfriend of Ron Weasley, she shared a dormitory with his future wife Hermione Granger for the six years that the latter attended Hogwarts.
Her best friend was Parvati Patil and favourite teacher was Sybill Trelawney, both of whom survived.
Depending on whether you read the Deathly Hallows book or watched Deathly Hallows Part 2, your knowledge of this slot may differ.
While Crabbe died in the book, it was Goyle who perished in the 2011 final film in the eight-part series.
Although neither were very bright and tried to kill the main characters, both were part of the stories since Philosopher’s Stone, the very beginning.
Either way, Draco Malfoy lost one of his longtime henchmen.
Known to many as Lord Voldemort’s loyal pet snake. However, Nagini was once a human woman with an affliction (Maledictus) that cursed her to transform into a snake.
Considering she appeared in Crimes Of Grindelwald which takes place in 1927 and the fact that the Battle of Hogwarts is set in 1998, Nagini lives for more than seven decades after the events of the prequel series.
Her long and tortured life came to an end when Neville Longbottom, in his act of heroic glory, slayed Nagini as she was a Horcrux.
Wife to Remus John Lupin and mother to newborn Teddy Lupin, Auror Nymphadora Tonks met her end in the Battle of Hogwarts at the hands of her own aunt, Bellatrix Lestrange.
Due to both her profession and membership in the Order of the Phoenix, Tonks was no stranger to putting her life on the line for an honourable cause.
It is a shame that despite Tonks’ heroic actions, her son will grow up without a mother.
Deranged Death Eater, fanatical follower of Lord Voldemort and murderer of beloved characters (Sirius Black, Dobby, Tonks), Bellatrix Lestrange’s reign of terror came to an eventful close during the Battle of Hogwarts.
In what can be seen as an unlikely defeat, Bellatrix was bested in battle by Molly Weasley, who showed she was much more than just a housewife and mother.
With her death, the countless people whom she killed as well as those whose lives were ruined by her actions, now have justice.
Inseparable from his twin brother George. Fred Weasley, at twenty years of age, fought and died in the Battle of Hogwarts. His other siblings are Bill, Charlie, Percy (with whom he’d reconciled with during the Battle), Ron and Ginny.
Fred was also the future brother-in-law to Harry Potter and Hermione Granger through their marriages to his siblings, though he did not live to see this.
As one of the main sources of comic reliefs in Harry Potter, breaking up the twins permanently was one of the most devastating losses in the Battle of Hogwarts.
Werewolf. Marauder. Husband. Father. Former Defence Against the Dark Arts professor at Hogwarts. Remus Lupin was all of these things and more.
A close friend/mentor to Harry Potter, Remus fought alongside his late friends’ son on multiple occasions including at the Department of Mysteries.
Remus’ death sadly leaves Edward ‘Teddy’ Lupin an orphan. However, the boy has Harry Potter watching over him, so he will probably be fine.
Not only did Lord Voldemort die in the Battle of Hogwarts – the last remnants of Tom Marvolo Riddle were destroyed alongside him.
For the previous seventeen years, he had been facing downfall after downfall at the hands of a powerful young man, Harry Potter.
In the end, his quest to kill The Boy Who Lived ultimately failed, with Voldemort’s long life filled with evil came to a dramatic end.
Perhaps the most complicated character in the entire Harry Potter series, Snape was murdered by Lord Voldemort for control of the Elder Wand, before the final battle between the Dark Lord and Harry Potter.
As revealed in Deathly Hallows, Snape had a long, passionate love for Lily Evans, Harry Potter’s mother, which he retained even in his dying moments.
While Snape was no saint – he was also not as evil or heartless as you may have once believed him to be. He loved someone who didn’t (or couldn’t) love him back.
Of course, we lost Alan Rickman, the actor who played Snape in all eight films, to cancer in 2016. Rest in peace to Rickman most importantly, as the only real person on this list.
After the rights were initially acquired by SONY, the responsibility now lies with Engage, a UK-based production company.
But who are Engage? And how did they even get involved in the first place?
The process of GONE finding its way into Engage’s hands started with a young woman named Imogen Hennell.
Imogen, a fan of the books, heard from her father Ian that he had invested money into Engage Productions. She later attended a party which BAFTA-winning producer AJ Riach was also present at, although the two did not speak.
After speaking with her father, Imogen contacted Michael Grant on Twitter and found out there were no imminent plans to adapt GONE. She passed this on to her father, who spoke with AJ Riach and the latter subsequently acquired the rights after reading the books.
Since Engage bought the rights, a teaser was shot for marketing purposes in late 2019, featuring a combination of professional actors and fans playing five major characters from the novels – Sam Temple, Edilio Escobar, Albert Hillsborough, Dekka Talent and EZ.
Along with Harry Potter and Ronald Weasley, Hermione Jean Granger is one of three main characters in the Harry Potter series.
She was played by Emma Watson in all eight films, growing from an 11-year-old Muggle-born first year to a young woman and powerful witch.
Hermione is the favourite character of both author JK Rowling and screenwriter Steve Kloves, who scripted seven of the movies.
One of Hermione’s most defining traits is her intelligence. From very early on, it is clear that she excels when compared to her classmates by quite a mile.
In fact, this intelligence almost led to her being Sorted into Ravenclaw, the Hogwarts House which values this quality.
When she was younger, this intelligence came across as being stuck-up or bossy, which often rubbed people the wrong way. Thus, Hermione found it difficult to make friends.
Although introduced almost immediately after Harry boards the Hogwarts Express for the first time, she enters his life as a friend much later compared to Ron.
As ardent Potter fans will remember, the two boys befriended Hermione after they survived a troll attack together.
From then on, Hermione’s intelligence became a great asset to the group. Whether it was something small to helping with homework… to much later, when it was a matter of life or death.
Although petrified into unconsciousness at the time, it is Hermione’s research that helps Harry figure out that a Basilisk was roaming Hogwarts’ pipes during Chamber of Secrets.
In Prisoner of Azkaban, Hermione’s time-turner helps save two innocent lives; Sirius Black, who had been wrongly imprisoned for murder over a decade earlier and the hippogriff Buckbeak, who was being unfairly sentenced to death.
In Order of the Phoenix, it was Hermione who had the idea for what later became the Dumbledore’s Army, a group that played an important role in the fall of Lord Voldemort.
Finally, in Deathly Hallows, it is clear that Harry and Ron would have struggled on the quest for Horcruxes had Hermione not been there whether it be sourcing shelter, healing splinching or getting out of dangerous situations.
While typically listed third (i.e. Harry, Ron, Hermione), Ms. Granger was ultimately an invaluable part of Harry Potter’s life, on some occasions saving him as well as being a true friend.
GONE is a six-novel dystopia/science-fiction/horror series written by Michael Grant and published between 2008 and 2013.
Although there has been serious talks of a potential television adaptation since 2013, elements did not start to come into fruition until six years later. GONE TV has the backing of Engage, a UK production company as well as the recent shooting of a marketing tool teaser that starred actors as Sam, Edilio, Dekka, Albert and EZ.
As the potential TV series is based on an existing work, it has the advantage of at least some of the audience already knowing the setting, core characters and story. This allows for some deviation to keep everyone on their toes.
This post is a character guide for the casual viewer, someone who may not have read the books though has seen the hype. Here’s a chance for you to catch up.
The first thing you need to know is this: GONE focuses on children aged fourteen and under in Perdido Beach, a fictional Californian beach town. One day, for unexplained reasons initially, everyone aged fifteen and over mysteriously disappears into thin air. Poof. Vanish. GONE.
The stranded kids, now trapped by a mysterious dome, create a new society known as the FAYZ (Fallout Alley Youth Zone), named due to the town having a history of nuclear disasters and having a power plant to prevent such an occurrence.
Here are some of the important characters that you should familiarise yourself with:
Sam Temple is the overall protagonist of the novels, although the focus does shift around various people.
He lives in Perdido Beach, CA and is the son of a single mother, Constance (Connie), who works as a nurse at Coates Academy, a nearby private school. Sam attends Perdido Beach School.
Like his best friend, Quinn Gaither, Sam is a surfer and even after being thrust into the FAYZ, he still craves the familiarity and comfort of the waves.
Prior to the events of GONE (which is the name of both the first book and overall series), Sam had a crush on Astrid Ellison, a fellow student and she later becomes his girlfriend. More on Astrid below.
His main rivalries throughout the series are with a mysterious being known as the Gaiaphage and Coates Academy students Caine Soren and Drake Merwin. Sam’s relationship with both evolves significantly from a simple teenage boy rivalry, however these are deep spoilers, so I would say watch the show to learn those.
Sam also develops new friendships with other characters such as Honduran student Edilio Escobar as well as Coates Academy newcomers Dekka Talent, Brianna (The Breeze) and Computer Jack.
Astrid Ellison – known as Astrid the Genius, is an extremely intelligent girl who attends Perdido Beach School and is known for being very smart as well as attractive.
She lives with her parents, of whom her father works in the local power plant prior to the town-wide disappearances. Astrid also has a younger brother, Peter (known as Little Pete), who is severely autistic.
Although Astrid would have been aware of classmates such as Sam Temple due to being from the same small town, they did not really interact until after the FAYZ came into effect.
Caine Soren is the intelligent, charming and diplomatic leader of the Coates Academy students, who link together with the kids from Perdido Beach at the start of the FAYZ. However, his amiable personality is a facade as he is truly a ruthless dictator who wants power and control.
His rivalry with Sam Temple is one of the main story arcs of the novels and as mentioned earlier, has a much deeper reason than just clashing teenage boys.
Caine’s strongest relationship in the novels is with Diana Ladris, a fellow Coates Student and his right-hand woman, who later becomes his lover. He has also worked with Drake Merwin, Howard Bassem and Orc throughout the series although he never fully trusted or liked these individuals.
Diana is a student at Coates Academy, who was sent there for assaulting her father after discovering he had a mistress.
She, like Caine, can present a charming and friendly facade, though drops the act behind closed doors. Like many of the other characters, Diana possesses mutant powers, with hers being the ability to guage the level of everyone else’s.
Without going too deeply into novel spoilers, Diana is much more than simply a ‘female sidekick’ or ‘Caine’s girlfriend’ and we see her grow and change as the books progress.
Diana’s alliances and friendships by the end of book six are practically the polar opposite of where her loyalties were placed in the first novel.
Albert Hillsborough, before the FAYZ hit, was simply a near- anonymous African-American student, one of the few at Perdido Beach School and not particularly important in the school’s social hierarchy.
However while the nightmare of the FAYZ was a horrible experience for most people, Albert truly came into his own as a powerful business magnate, starting with the local McDonalds and later the whole FAYZ.
While at the start of the series, Albert is basically just another kid who takes control of McDonalds, he slips further and further into neutrality as the story unfolds. While he, like many, prefers Sam as a person, he does not actively show preference to either him or Caine.
Little Pete is Astrid Ellison’s four, later five-year-old autistic younger brother as well as, to the surprise of many, the single most powerful individual in the FAYZ.
Due to his autism, Little Pete does not directly engage with many of the other characters, including his sister, though his actions directly influence the events of the whole series.
Many of the other kids encountered by Astrid are disrespectful and crude towards Little Pete. Such behaviour has included insulting his intelligence (calling him ‘retarded’) and throwing rocks at him.
Whenever you find a book or series that is compelling, has interesting characters and feels real, there is a natural desire for screen adaptation. It has been done countless times, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings to the superheroes from Marvel and DC Comics.
As fans of adapted material have learned over time, the source text is usually changed and reworked for the screen, for various reasons. It could be changing the order of events, or eliminating moments and characters completely.
GONE, a popular Young Adult collection of novels by Michael Grant is in the beginning stages of potentially having a television series based on the books put into production.
Firstly, as a fan of these books, this is very exciting news. Grant’s world of the FAYZ is cruel, unpredictable and very vivid. A visual take on it would be highly interesting to see.
However, we all must accept that as much as we would like it to, there is no way that this potential television series could resemble the books in every aspect. Some elements have to change in order for this process to work. One thing we do know is that Michael Grant would be scripting the show, should it be made.
Another factor is quite simple: money. Television projects usually have a much smaller budget than film and as such, there will be a financial limit on what could appear in each episode/season.
Obviously subject matter such as Gone would not work without the use of special effects but whereas they could be easily written in the books, there is a lot more practical work involved in filmmaking.
The issue of actors’ aging must also be contended with. In the novels, Michael Grant had the luxury of having years to write a story set across a much shorter period of time and as such, kept the characters the same age across each book.
If authentic teenagers are cast, then they will quickly start to look older.
On another note, I think it would be fair to say that most fans would prefer quality over aesthetic for this series.
Meaning, rather than obsessively find someone who resembles book-Sam and cannot act, instead perhaps hire people who may not exactly look like the descriptions but embody the parts and bring the familiarity that is needed for potential viewers who read the novels beforehand.
As I already said, while the events laid out in GONE (both the first book and overall series) tell a wonderful story as they are, it is highly likely that they will be altered, rearranged or removed in the production phase – no pun intended.
One indicator of this already is the recently shot teaser, which – Spoiler Alert – used the opening sequence from Hunger, book number two. It occurred to me then that the television series could use this horrific turn of events to kick us off. Following that, work backwards with flashbacks in the style of LOST to give an insight into the pre-FAYZ life only briefly touched on in the first book.
However, that could potentially alienate fans who just decided to watch a cool-looking TV series and had never read the books. While many would be very familiar with what is going on, there will be others that are not who might find this route hard to follow.
You remember Harry Potter, right? Anyone who read children’s literature and watched films during the late 90s to early 2010s will surely recall the thrilling adventures of the Boy Who Lived and his friends in the Wizarding World.
After seven books and eight movies, Harry and his friends bid farewell (at least cinematically) in 2011, after a decade-long run of near annual run of a new Harry Potter film being released.
The three lead actors; Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) have all had continued success in their acting careers. Likewise, the movements of other cast members such as Tom Felton, Domhnall Gleeson or Robert Pattinson are widely known.
Let us step out of the spotlight for a second and think about some of the other characters and the actors who played them. Not necessarily the centre of attention but still have sizeable roles in the story.
They have a direct connection to the protagonist, Harry in this case, and help him in his journey.
bonnie wright – ginny weasley
Then: Wright played Ginny Weasley, younger sister to Ron and – Spoiler Alert – eventual wife to Harry, in all eight films, with varying screen time in each appearance. Some of her most notable work in the series is in Chamber of Secrets and Half Blood Prince, the second and sixth movies.
Now: Wright graduated with a Bachelor’s from London College of Communication in 2012 and has since moved into directing. Her work in this field includes Separate We Come, Separate We Go which starred Potter co-star David Thewlis (Remus Lupin) and Medusa’s Ankles, with another Potter alumnus, Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) making an appearance.
James and oliver phelps – fred and george weasley
Then: Twins James and Oliver Phelps played Fred and George Weasley respectively in all eight films. Fred and George were the resident pranksters and older brothers to Ron as well as close friends of Harry.
Now: Since Potter ended, the Phelps Twins have largely continued to work as duo, in projects such as Danny and The Human Zoo. They also make frequent appearances at Harry Potter related conventions and events.
matthew lewis – neville longbottom
Then: Lewis appeared in all eight films as Neville Longbottom, an endearingly shy and forgetful classmate of the main trio, coming into his own in the later films, especially Deathly Hallows Part 2.
Now: Lewis has starred in multiple television series including The Syndicate, Bluestone 42, Ripper Street and Girlfriends. His film roles include Me Before You and Terminal.
Evanna lynch – luna lovegood
Then: Irish-born Lynch joined Harry Potter in its later years, appearing in the final four films between 2007 and 2011. Lynch had been a superfan of the books, having previously written to JK Rowling.
Now: Lynch appeared alongside the Phelps Twins in Danny and the Human Zoo while also starring in GBF, My Name is Emily and Madness Is The Method.
alfred enoch – dean thomas
Then: Enoch starred in seven of the films (only missing Deathly Hallows Part 1) as Harry’s classmate Dean Thomas, a muggle-born West Ham supporter who later dates Ginny Weasley.
Now: Most notably, Enoch starred in the ABC series How To Get Away With Murder, opposite Viola Davis and produced by Shonda Rhimes. He has also appeared in Sherlock, Broadchurch, Mount Pleasant and Trust Me.
devon murray – seamus finnigan
Then: Murray had an eight-film stint as Seamus Finnigan, an Irish-born half-blood wizard and fellow Gryffindor classmate to Harry and his friends.
Now: Murray has largely stepped away from acting to pursue his interest in rearing animals, though he did appear in Damo and Ivor: The Movie. He has also made appearances at Harry Potter related events.
chris rankin – percy weasley
Then: Rankin played yet another Weasley sibling; third-born, Head Boy Percy, who definitely stood out among his family… not always for the right reasons.
Now: Rankin has worked in production roles on Atlantis, Downton Abbey and Discovery Witches while also attending conventions related to Harry Potter.
joshua herdman – gregory goyle
Then: What you may not know is that Herdman is one of the few cast members to appear in all eight films while portraying the same character throughout. (Dumbledore appeared in all eight played by different actors and Warwick Davis played multiple characters in all the films).
Now: Herdman is still acting, with roles in Marcella and the forthcoming Alex Rider series. He has also embarked on a career as a mixed martial artist.
stanislav ianevski – viktor krum
Then: Ianevski played Bulgarian Seeker and Tri-Wizard champion Viktor Krum in 2005’s Goblet of Fire, making his professional acting debut in the film. He returned for Deathly Hallows Part I, however, his scenes were cut from the final film.
Now: Ianevski has continued acting, starring in films such as Hostel: Part II, directed by Eli Roth.
Clémence poesy – fleur delacour
Then: Poesy played Fleur Delacour, Tri-Wizard Champion from Beauxbatons and later a member of the Weasley family following her marriage to oldest brother Bill (Domhnall Gleeson).
Now: Poesy has starred in films such as 127 Hours and In Bruges while also accruing television credits in War and Peace (2007), Gossip Girl and The Tunnel.
Beginning in 2008, the widely successful GONE series of novels, written by Michael Grant (also known for Animorphs and Front Lines), has spanned nine books over the course of eleven years.
For those who are unfamiliar, GONE tells the story of a small Californian town named Perdido Beach (translated as ‘Lost Beach’ in English) which falls victim to a strange anomaly, when everyone aged fifteen or older mysteriously disappears, leaving the younger residents to fend for themselves, now confined by an unusual barrier.
Although there has been murmurs over the years regarding a potential GONE screen adaptation, nothing has fully come to fruition as of now. However, a teaser was recently shot to be used as a marketing tool to potentially get a television series based on the novels into production.
Following a casting process, five actors were chosen to portray well-known characters from the books, in order to execute a specific scene. For anyone wondering exactly what was adapted, read the first chapter of Hunger – Book two.
What do we know about these lucky five individuals? Well, regardless of whether a series is picked up, they have played these beloved characters and no one can take that away.
It is unknown at this time whether they would remain in the roles should the project move forward any further.
Let’s find out a little more about the core five cast members.
Brian gershowitz – sam
Brian Gershowitz was cast as Sam Temple, the lead character in the novels, for this teaser.
Author Michael Grant revealed on Twitter that Gershowitz was a fan who auditioned successfully for the role.
Javion allen – albert
Javion Allen took on the role of Albert Hillsborough, an unpopular African-American student who becomes a ruthless businessman and among the most powerful individuals in The FAYZ.
Per Allen’s IMDB, his previous credits include ‘Langston Tributes‘, ‘Use of Force’ and ‘Chance‘.
charlotte williams – dekka
Charlotte Evelyn Williams landed the part of Dekka, a tomboyish African-American girl from Coates Academy who aligns with Sam Temple. The character is notable in the novels as being openly lesbian.
Williams’ previous credits include ‘Preacher‘ and ‘NCIS‘.
christian zamudio – edilio
In the novels, Edilio Escobar is an intelligent, practical and loyal Honduran boy who is among the first people to step up to the newfound responsibility in The FAYZ. Christian Zamudio portrays him in the teaser.
This appears to be Zamudio’s first major on-screen credit.
conor sherry – ez
Ill-fated EZ (or E. Zellicoe), is played by Conor Sherry, who describes himself as an actor and comedian on Twitter.
Sherry was the first of the cast to be revealed, albeit unidentified, as Michael Grant shared a snippet of the actor in character during a take.
While the teaser has just wrapped, it will, however, be several months until it is available to the viewing public.