6 Harry Potter Facts Even Potterheads Didn't Know

5 Jul 2016 by Venetia Sng

There’s no doubt that we’re serious Potterheads, having read the whole collection of books and watched all 8 movies more than ten times each. It’s also our dream to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter aka holyland in Florida. So it’s safe to say we know pretty much anything and everything that’s HP related. BUT we still come across unknown interesting facts, so we’ve compiled some very rarely known facts about our beloved series. 

#1 The history of Azkaban

Harry Potter Azkaban

Azkaban was originally a fortress used by a dark wizard named Ekrizdis. He would lure in muggles into the fortress in order to torture or kill them.

#2 James Sirius Potter is 12 this year

Harry Potter Family

James (pictured in the middle) turned 11 last year and started his Hogwarts education on September 1st, 2015. No prizes for which house he got sorted into.

#3 Minerva McGonagall was married

Harry Potter Minerva Mcgonagall

McGonagall was married to her previous boss Elphinstone Urquart from the Ministry of Magic. Sadly, he died by a Tentacula bite only 3 years into the marriage. She never married again. 

#4 The Sorting Hat goes through ‘hatstalls’

Harry Potter Sorting Hat

You might’ve noticed that the hat took longer than usual to sort Harry Potter in his first year, that was because the hat couldn’t decide which house to put him in and was going through a ‘hatstall’. It also happened for McGonagall as the hat couldn’t decide whether to sort her into Gryffindor or Ravenclaw.

#5 Hufflepuff won the house cup in 2015

Harry Potter HufflePuff Nymphadora Tonks

Yes, it’s hip to be a Hufflepuff. Don’t go looking down the them, we’ve got cool people like Tonks, Newt Scamander from Fantastic Beasts and of course Cedric Diggory.

#6 Members of the DA kept their coins

If you read the Order of the Phoenix, you’d know that Hermione designed coins for all members of Dumbledore’s Army so that they could be updated about the DA meetings. It’s heartwarming to know that all the members kept the coins as ‘badges of honour’ after the war. 

Any other rare HP facts we should know about? Let us know in the comments below!


8 K-Pop Songs That Are Remakes

4 Jul 2016 by Venetia Sng

Did you know that some of our favourite K-pop songs by our favourite K-pop artists are actually remakes of the original English pop songs? We honestly didn’t know that ‘Run Devil Run’ was originally for Kesha! We list down 8 popular K-pop songs that are remakes!

#1 Maroon 5 vs Big Bang

#2 will.i.am vs Psy

#3 Britney Spears vs T-ara

#4 Corbin Bleu vs Shinee

#5 Jennifer Lopez vs Baby Vox

#6 Kesha vs Girls’ Generation

#7 Monrose vs f(x)

#8 Duffy vs Girls’ Generation

Did we miss out on any songs? Share it with us in the comment box below!

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Movie of the Week: The Legend of Tarzan

30 Jun 2016 by Venetia Sng

Our favourite True Blood hunk plays Tarzan clad in pants (no loincloth thank you) and no the movie won’t be about how Tarzan came to be – that will only be seen in some flashbacks. Read on to find out why you should catch our movie of the week!

It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa—where he was raised by the great apes—behind for an aristocratic life in Victorian London as John Clayton, 3rd Viscount Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane Porter (Margot Robbie) at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo Free State to serve as a trade emissary of the House of Commons, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the corrupt Belgian Captain Léon Rom (Christoph Waltz).

Here are 3 reasons why you need to catch The Legend of Tarzan this week! 

#1 Amazing cast

Margot Robbie as Jane Porter.Tarzan Margot Robbie

Jim Broadbent and Samuel L. Jackson as Prime Minister and George Washington Williams respectively.Tarzan Samuel L Jackson

Christoph Waltz as Captain Leon Rom aka the big baddie. Tarzan Christoph Waltz

#2 Director David Yates

David Yates Harry Potter

If you’ve seen the final four films of the Harry Potter series, you’d know that David Yates can’t do any wrong. By the way, he directed the Harry Potter spin off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, coming out in August this year too!

#3 Alexander Skarsgård trained hard

Tarzan Alexander Skarsgard

Trainer Magnus Lygdback revealed that Skarsgård impressed the entire cast and crew with his physical transformation. He said, “On the first day of filming, when he took off his shirt for the first time, the first thing you noticed was his huge back. You could hear people whispering, that’s when I knew we had done it.” Co-star Margot Robbie added, ‘”World’s failed me. My jaw was on the floor. As was everyone else’s in the crew. People stopped working and were staring. Even the men were like wow. It was amazing. He worked so hard, I am so impressed.”

The Legend of Tarzan will be swinging to a cinema near you 30 June!


YGE's New 4-Member Girl Group BLACKPINK

29 Jun 2016 by Venetia Sng

YG Entertainment is finally debuting their new girl group after months and years of speculation! The group will consist of 4 members, Jennie, Lisa, Jisoo and Rose – and the group is named BLACKPINK! As YG’s first girl group in seven years since 2NE1, we bet that they’re feeling lots of pressure right now. Check out all their teaser images in the gallery above and get to know them better with the bite-size trivia below!

#1 Jennie

Blackpink Jennie Kim

Jennie appeared in label-mate G-Dragon’s ‘That XX’ music video and lent her vocals for his single ‘Black’ from his album Coup D’etat.

#2 Lisa

Blackpink Lisa

Lisa, also known as Lalisa Manoban is Thai. She modelled for YG’s fashion brand NONA9ON.

Blackpink Lisa Nonagon

#3 Jisoo

Blackpink Jisoo

Jisoo appeared in numerous commercial films (CFs), including Samsonite RED with actor Lee Min-ho. She was also featured in her label-mate’s music videos, such as Epik High’s ‘Happen Ending’.

#4 Rose

Blackpink Rose

Rose is from Melbourne, Australia. She was featured in label-mate’s G-Dragon’s song ‘Without You’ from his album One of a Kind.

Image Credit: YG Entertainment

Are you excited for YG’s new girl group? Let us know in the comments below!

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10 K-Pop Boy Groups With The Most Music Show Wins

27 Jun 2016 by Venetia Sng

Let’s move on to the boys now that we’re done with the girls. Which boy band has the most music show wins? Music shows including Inkigayo, Music Bank, M! Countdown, Show Champion and The Show. EXO? Big Bang? Shinhwa? Read on to find out.

#10 (tie) Infinite – 35 wins

Chaser – 7 wins
Man In Love – 7 wins
Bad – 6 wins
Last Romeo – 6 wins
Destiny – 4 wins
Paradise – 2 wins
Be Mine – 2 wins
Back – 1 win

#10 (tie) CNBlue – 35 wins

Intuition – 7 wins
You’re So Fine – 6 wins
Cinderella – 5 wins
I’m Sorry – 5 wins
Hey You – 4 wins
Love – 4 wins
Can’t Stop – 2 wins
I’m A Loner – 2 wins

#9 2PM – 41 wins

Again Again – 8 wins
Hands Up – 7 wins
Without U -7 wins
Heartbeat – 7 wins
I’ll Be Back – 5 wins
I Hate You – 5 wins
Come Back When You Hear This Song – 1 win
My House – 1 win

#8 Beast – 46 wins

Good Luck – 10 wins
12:30 – 8 wins
Fiction – 7 wins
Beautiful Night – 5 wins
YeY – 4 wins
Shadow – 3 wins
Gotta Go To Work – 2 wins
Breath – 2 wins
No More – 1 win
Will You Be Okay? – 1 win
On Rainy Days – 1 win
Beautiful – 1 win
Shock – 1 win

#7 TVXQ – 48 wins

Mirotic – 8 wins
Something – 7 wins
Keep Your Head Down – 7 wins
O – 6 wins
Hug – 5 wins
Rising Sun – 4 wins
Believe – 4 wins
The Way You Are – 4 wins
Before You Go – 2 wins
Tri-Angle – 1 win

#6 Shinee – 53 wins

Dream Girl – 10 wins
View – 9 wins
Sherlock – 8 wins
Everybody – 6 wins
Ring Ding Dong – 6 wins
Lucifer – 4 wins
Juliette – 4 wins
Married to the Music – 2 wins
Hello – 2 wins
Love Like Oxygen – 2 wins

#5 G.O.D – 55 wins

Lies – 9 wins
Road – 7 wins
Friday Night – 6 wins
2 Love – 5 wins
The Reason Why Opposites Attract – 5 wins
An Ordinary Day – 5 wins
Place Where You Need To Be – 5 wins
Sorrow – 5 wins
I Need You – 5 wins
Love and Memory – 2 wins
0% – 1 win

#4 Super Junior – 57 wins

Mr. Simple – 11 wins
Sorry, Sorry – 10 wins
Mamacita – 9 wins
Sexy, Free & Single – 8 wins
Bonamana – 6 wins
U – 5 wins
No Other – 2 wins
It’s You – 2 wins
Don’t Don – 2 wins
Dancing Out – 2 wins

#3 Shinhwa – 60 wins

Sniper – 10 wins
This Love – 8 wins
Yo! – 7 wins
T.O.P – 6 wins
Brand New – 5 wins
Only One – 5 wins
Your Wedding – 4 wins
Perfect Man – 4 wins
Once in a Life Time – 3 wins 
Crazy – 2 wins
Hey, Come On – 2 wins
All Your Dreams – 2 wins
Venus – 1 win
I Pray 4 U – 1 win

#2 EXO – 76 wins

Call Me Baby – 18 wins
Growl – 14 wins
Love Me Right – 11 wins
Overdose – 10 wins
Miracles in December – 10 wins
Monster – 5 wins
Wolf – 4 wins
Sing for You – 3 wins
December, 2014 – 1 win

#1 Big Bang – 78 wins

Haru Haru – 12 wins
Loser – 10 wins
Tonight – 9 wins
Last Farewell – 8 wins
Blue – 7 wins
Sunset Glow – 7 wins
Lies – 6 wins
Let’s Not Fall In Love – 5 wins
Love Song – 5 wins
Bang Bang Bang – 4 wins
Sober – 3 wins
Fantastic Baby – 2 wins

*List is updated as of June 2016

It was a close fight amongst the guys but Big Bang topped the list (for now)! We think EXO will take the top spot soon ’cause they’re still in the midst of promoting their new album. Did your favourite make it to the list? Let us know in the comments below!

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