24 Stars You Never Noticed Were in Harry Potter Movies

Welcome to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Please take off your cloaks and put away your wands and brooms! One of the bestselling series of novels in the world with over 450 million copies sold, the Harry Potter books quickly overshadowed popular series like Goosebumps, the Berenstein Bears and Sweet Valley High by at least 100 million copies despite each of them having at least five dozen books. Talk about incredible!

Naturally, the success of J.K. Rowling’s books set the stage for a film adaptation where the ten novels were transformed into a series of eight movies released between 2001 and 2011 that grossed nearly $8 billion at the box office. To put its incredible success into perspective, Harry Potter became the highest grossing series until Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought the intergalactic tale back to the top of the list four years later in 2015.

With Harry Potter fans around the world taking sides when it comes to Hogwarts’ famed Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff houses, the pop culture success of the series is absolutely groundbreaking not only for Rowling but for the actors as well. But, outside of Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, which other actors joined the world of Hogwarts for a little magic? From small roles and cameos to uncredited appearances, take a look at 24 stars you never noticed were in the Harry Potter movies. Will you recognize them? Let’s find out!

Teen Mom Cast Then and Now

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage! Or…maybe not in that order! If you’re a reality television junkie who lives for new seasons of shows like Big Brother, Duck Dynasty and The Bachelor, chances are you’ve been sucked into the drama of teen pregnancy as it unfolded first on MTV’s 16 and Pregnant and later on spinoff series like Teen Mom and Teen Mom OG. It’s ok, admit it! Your secret is safe with us!

Making its debut in 2009 and documenting the lives of pregnant teens as they prepared to give birth, 16 and Pregnant enjoyed a successful four-year run until 2012 when fans demanded follow ups with their favorite stars. As a result, MTV jumped on the bandwagon and saw a franchise opportunity with the release of the first season of Teen Mom right on the heels of the original series. As luck would have it, the new show was the network’s biggest success all year!

With a total of three Teen Mom seasons as well as 16 and Pregnant, dozens of teenagers have made their reality television debut with some obviously becoming more memorable than others. But which teen moms were lucky enough to join the hit MTV series and what do they look like now? Aren’t you just a little curious? Join us as we take a look at the cast of Teen Mom to see just how teen pregnancy, heartache and the spotlight has changed their lives. Let’s get started!

Cast of Jersey Shore Then and Now

Are you a reality television junkie? These days, it’s hard to channel surf without seeing the likes of the Kardashians, Honey Boo Boo, Gordon Ramsay or even the newest bachelor or bachelorette. As contestants line up to sing their hearts out on American Idol or the housewives dish the dirt on The Real Housewives of Orange County, viewers can’t help but watch in anticipation while cheering on their favorite contestants and stars. But when did reality television first get its start?

Seeing a huge boost in 2000 with Survivor on CBS, MTV had already tapped the reality television market with The Real World and Road Rules only to follow up their success in 2009 with shows like Teen Mom and Jersey Shore to attract a younger audience. While Teen Mom followed stories of teenage pregnancy, Jersey Shore became an even bigger hit documenting the lives of eight young adults living together for the summer first on the New Jersey beach and then in Miami and Italy until 2012.

With millions of viewers instantly hooked by the train wreck of opinionated Italian-Americans getting plastered, fighting and hooking up, Jersey Shore was more than a hit reality series as it became a lifestyle for viewers desperate to be just like Snooki, The Situation, Sammi and the others. But, now that the series has been over for four years, what has everyone been up to? Join us as we take a look at the cast of Jersey Shore then and now! Come on, aren’t you the least bit curious?

20 Scary Images of Medical Equipment Then and Now

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” Or does it? While some may recall a time when cure-all tonics solved every ailment, leeches were used to extract blood and doctors made house calls, it’s undeniable that the medical field has seen some of the most fascinating transformations over the last 100 years. After all, does your doctor still make house calls, use snail slime to treat warts or prescribe arsenic to treat fevers or headaches? We certainly hope not!

Much like common “cures” used in early medicine, there were also dozens of strange devices like birth chairs, Civil War bone chain saws and dental screw forceps that, thank goodness, are now considered barbaric and highly unsafe. Whew! But, did you know that aside from these horrific devices, some of the most common medical equipment found in doctors’ offices and at hospitals today have actually been around just as long?

Taking a look back over the last century to see how much the field of medicine has advanced, we couldn’t help but wonder which devices have lasted this long and how much they’ve changed. Aren’t you curious? Join us for a sneak peek at 20 scary images of medical equipment then and now! Will you recognize some of these early contraptions that have transformed into some of the most advanced medical equipment today? Let’s find out!

25 Extreme Home Renos

Love it, list it, fix it, sell it? Whether you’re buying a fixer upper or you’ve been in your home for years, chances are you’ve dreamed of remodeling or renovating at least one part of your house or another. From kitchen cabinets and bathroom fixtures to updating the master bedroom or expanding the laundry room, renovations of any kind can get expensive fairly quickly as you diligently work to guarantee the construction is up to code while keeping a close eye on the budget and ensuring it’s exactly what you want.

Although the majority of both new and old homeowners are keen on sticking to their renovation budgets even if it means compromising on something they truly want, there are a few people in the world who are willing to spend anything to see their renovation dreams come true! Why choose between granite countertops and a Jacuzzi tub or an indoor pool and a home theater when you can afford to have it all?

Are you looking for some inspiration for your next home renovation project? From turning your first floor into an airplane simulator or transforming a cave into your home sweet home, we’ve found it all in these unconventional and uniquely beautiful 25 extreme home renos that are certain to leave you speechless and inspired!

Looking Back: What Hillary Had to Say About the Lewinsky Scandal

Bill and Hillary Clinton were together since their paths first crossed when both of them were in their early 20s – decades before either of them would see any political power. Story has it, Bill and Hillary were a cliched tale of a “love at first sign” relationship. The two met at the library at Yale University while they were studying towards their legal degrees. After exchanging a few looks the two got introduced and started dating almost immediately and the rest is history.

About 20 years after the lovebirds wed, Bill was elected into the oval office where he served two terms between 1993 and 2001. His time as president was quite eventful, but this article will focus on what is (unfortunately for him) the most memorable event of his presidency – the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock in the mid-90s, then you’re well aware of the affair that went down (pun intended) between Bill and Monica. Long story short, the White House hired Monica Lewinsky, a recent college graduate, to work as an intern alongside the President’s staff. While working in the White House, Monica began to develop a “personal” relationship with president Clinton, which eventually turned sexual. Understandably, Monica wanted to share her experiences with who she thought was a close friend, but her confidant ended up recording all of their phone conversations and eventually leaking them to the press.

Although Bill tried his best to deny the allegations at first, the affair was somewhat of an open secret among White House staffers. In fact, a vast majority of the White House was aware of what was going on months (if not years) before the scandal made national news. Once the media frenzy did break out, Hillary’s temper was notoriously short, which is understandable considering her position.

According to a book by White House reporter Kate Andersen Brower, the mood in the White House changed significantly once the story began to populate the media. A maid reports that “you could feel the sadness” in the family’s private living quarters. Relations were so tense, that Hillary often missed appointments and made Bill sleep on a couch in their study – likely making him the first president to be sent to the doghouse for months on end.

Other employees remember Hilary becoming very tense. According to one storeroom manager, Hillary was so overwhelmed with the scandal, that “if you said something [wrong] she would snap.” Despite the devastating fallout, however, Hillary remained by Bill’s side, and the two are still together to this day. Many questioned her judgment, but Bill and Hillary were a powerful team, their politics were their legacy so Hillary decided to tough it out. Chances are that if she left him in 1998, it would likely be the end of his presidency and the blame would be shifted to her.

In her memoir, Hillary writes that the Lewinsky scandal was a source of great turmoil for her and their then 18-year-old daughter. “These were terrible moments for all of us. I didn’t know whether our marriage could — or should — survive such a stinging betrayal, but I knew I had to work through my feelings carefully, on my own timetable.”

As devastating as the scandal was, it ironically ended up benefiting Hillary in the long term. Years after the fallout, the public opinion on Hillary has shifted, and many now consider her “strong, intelligent, brave, and loyal.” These features, along with her strong political ambitions eventually led to her securing the Democratic nomination, putting her in the running to be the first ever female president of the United States.

How Bill & Hillary Clinton Met

Before becoming one of the most powerful political couples in the world, Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham (now Clinton) both attended Yale University law school where the two constantly ran into one another. At the time they met (some time in 1970), Hillary was 23 and Bill was 24. Story has it that the lovebirds would share multiple campus encounters before Hillary would finally make the first move.

As told from Hillary’s point of view, the two exchanged a number of flirtatious looks at the Yale library before she decided to approach him. Years later, in a media interview, Hillary recalled waking up to Bill and confronting him – “if you’re going to keep looking at me, and I’m going to keep looking back, we might as well be introduced — I’m Hillary Rodham.” As far as Bill’s recollection of the event goes – he was so taken aback by her straightforwardness, that he was at a loss for words and had to mumble his own name back.

Despite the rough introduction, the two seemingly hit it off right away. Just a few days after their first meeting the young couple went on their first date. The date obviously went well, and the couple continued to casually see each other, eventually becoming inseparable. Their relationship was going so well that Bill decided to put his plans of becoming a coordinator for the George McGovern presidential campaign on hold, in order to move in with Hillary just a month or so after meeting her.

A few years later, the couple graduated from Yale and their relationship was going stronger than ever. To celebrate their graduation, the lovebirds decided to travel to Europe. Shortly after landing in London, and walking about the popular tourist hot spots, the couple found themselves on the shore of Lake Ennerdale, where Bill finally popped the question.

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What many people don’t realize is that Hillary actually said no that day, but Bill didn’t give up. Hillary said that he would go on to propose again and again, getting the same polite “not now,” rejection out of Ms. Rodham. In order to finally get a yes out of Hillary, Bill had to get creative.

Another year later, the couple moved to Arkansas, where the two were in limbo between their academics and careers. Before committing to a career path, Hillary decided to take another trip home to Chicago to visit friends and scope out potential career opportunities over there. On the way to the airport, the couple passed a small red brick house with a ‘For Sale’ sign and Hillary made an offhand remark about it being “a sweet-looking little house.”

When Hillary came back from her trip, Bill was waiting in the airport to pick her up, with his final wooing attempt up his sleeve. “Remember that house you liked?” he asked. Turns out that while she was in Chicago visiting friends he put down a deposit on the home and took out a mortgage. “You better marry me, because I can’t live in it by myself,” he said, presenting her with an engagement ring. This time, Hillary finally said yes.

The couple tied the knot on October 11, 1975 in a small living room ceremony. Aside from a local minister and his wife, Bill and Hillary had a short guest list of 15 of their closest friends and family members in attendance. Following the intimate ceremony, a few hundred others gathered to celebrate in their backyard. Five years after the two said their vows, their first and only daughter, Chelsea Clinton was born.

The Meaning Behind Penn Jillette’s Red Fingernail

Penn Fraser Jillette is a talented American entertainer. He is sort of a jack-of-all trades when it comes to performing. Jillette is a musician, comedian, inventor, juggler, actor and a writer, but he is likely best known for being half of the comedy magician duo – Penn & Teller. The duo has been performing their act since the late 1970s, which has brought them worldwide recognition, not to mention super fat paychecks.

Today, Penn & Teller continue to put on a show, currently headlining in Las Vegas at The Rio. During the majority of their acts, Penn does all of the talking and storytelling, leaving Teller to communicate non-verbally. Over the years, Penn’s personality and storytelling developed, making him beloved by the masses.

Many that have watched Penn perform likely noticed that one of his fingernails on his left hand is always painted red. For years, it was a mystery as to why Penn did this, but he eventually spilled the beans, putting the speculations to rest. Before coming out with the serious answer, Penn joked in an interview (like any self respecting comedian would) that the red nail polish was a reminder of the reporter he shot for asking personal questions.

Eventually he did reveal the mystery, and his reasoning turned out to be very touching. In a tweet back in March of 2012 he said that the nailpolish served as a reminder of his late mother. The story goes back to the very beginning of Penn’s career. As he started to gain popularity and began performing, his mother said that he would need to get a manicure as people would be paying attention to his hands. After that comment, Penn went out and painted all of his fingernails red as a joke. Penn remembers that his mother found it “disgusting,” so he decided to keep the joking running. Obviously he couldn’t go on performing with red nails all of the time, so he decided to leave just one painted in memory of his mother.

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On that same finger, Penn also wears his late father’s ring. Together, the red nail and the ring serve as a reminder of his parents. Penn explains – “I don’t need anything to remember them by, but I like having something to remember them by.” In another interview with Skepticality back in 2012, Penn admitted that at one point he considered changing the meaning behind the red polish, and telling his daugher that it was for her. However, during his appearance on the Chopped Tournament of Stars two years later, Penn told the full story of his mother and said that he kept the meaning in respect for her.

Penn obviously holds his family in high regard, but he also admitted to there being a second use for his red nail. In another interview he confessed that the painted nail also serves as a great misdirection tool when he’s performing magic tricks, especially those involving sleight of hand.

For those interested in replicating the same colour on their fingernails – Penn uses Jelly Apple Red (#054) by Essie.

Amy Schumer is Changing the Face of Comedy

If you haven’t been keeping up, Amy Schumer has been taking the world of comedy by storm. The 35-year-old gained much of her popularity due to the gutty subject matter of her material. If you’re not familiar with her stand-up style, Amy is best known for over sharing the private details of her day to day life. In a GQ interview she explained that her onstage “character” often bleeds through to her real life, although her demeanor is usually far more tame.

That said, there is seemingly no topic that Amy won’t discuss or make jokes about (on or off stage). She often talks about her sex life, and makes a habit of discussing her reproductive organs in great detail without any reservations. It’s this straightforwardness and general “rawness” that makes Amy so appealing to the masses.

Although she is extremely popular now, her comedy career wasn’t always so hot. She admits that it took her nearly 6 years to finally find her niche, and figure out the type of jokes that worked best. She explains that her stand-up provides a voice for women, while at the same time appealing to the male audience, too. In short, she aims to provide a brutally honest and unapologetic voice, and so far she has found great success doing it.

Her stand-up isn’t universally beloved, though. Much of her rawness can come off as crude to some viewers, painting her in an unappealing light. Amy explained that the two subjects that draw the most criticism are sex and food, with sex being especially polarizing. “Just broaching the subject makes people think of you a certain way,” she explains.

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A perfect example of this would be a bit she did about “letting a cab driver finger [her].” Schumer claims that the vivid story is factual, and the material made for a great bit. She also explained that while the jokes could make some people uncomfortable, putting it out there made her feel better, and let other people connect with her.

Despite the conflicting opinions on her comedy, Amy isn’t planning on changing for anyone. She said that receiving criticisms for who she is, is nothing new. “I’ve always had my wrist slapped for being myself,” she said. Regardless of the social situation, be it in school or out in a restaurant, there have always been people that disliked her demeanor. She even had boyfriends come and go because they couldn’t handle her “always on” personality. Granted, Amy isn’t lying to anyone, and in a recent GQ interview she straight up said “don’t invite me anywhere if you don’t want me to be an asshole.”

Regardless of what others have been saying about her, Amy’s confidence is seemingly higher than ever. That said, she seems to think that her time under the spotlight is limited, mainly due to to her being a woman. “I’m not going to shut up. And I think people only want women to speak for so long,” she noted in a GQ interview.

That said, Amy continues to speak out on issues that she feels passionate about, and she isn’t apologizing to anyone for her personality or beliefs. For now, this approach has been refreshing, because it’s not something that you see often in our Hollywood society.

Kim Kardashian West’s Story: On Kanye and Taylor Swift

If you’ve been keeping an eye on social media for the last couple of weeks, then you should be aware of the yet another Kanye and Taylor Swift debacle. The two have a long history, which goes all the way back to the MTV Video Music Awards of 2009. Their feud began when Kanye hopped onstage with Taylor still in the middle of her acceptance speech, and interrupted with the now famous words: “Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you and I’mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!”

Shortly after the incident, Kanye publically admitted to being in the wrong on the Jay Leno Show, and eventually extended an apology to Taylor over Twitter. The two seemingly made up, but their relationship remained rocky to say the least. Over the next couple of years both continued to make music, eventually moving on from the incident and portraying a seemingly friendly relationship on social media.

And just as things were starting to go so well, Kanye released The Life of Pablo – an album that included a track named ‘Famous,’ which had a callout to Taylor Swift. The lyrics included the following: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous.” Shortly after the release of the song, Taylor displayed her “outrage” over the lyrics that she apparently found demeaning. Kanye came out with a rebuttal, saying that Taylor approved the song long before it was released, claiming that she found it “funny and gave her blessings.”

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Not long after Kanye’s statement, Taylor’s camp came to her rescue and publically denied his allegations, claiming that Kanye didn’t call for approval. Now, the beef would likely end here, had it not been for Kanye’s loyal wife, Kim Kardashian, who on a GQ interview echoed her husband claiming that Taylor was made aware and approved the lyrics. “She totally approved that,” Kim said. “She wanted to all of a sudden act like she didn’t. I swear, my husband gets so much shit for things [when] he really was doing proper protocol and even called to get it approved.”

Kim didn’t stop there, and went on to claim that the conversation was secretly recorded on camera. Turns out she wasn’t bluffing either. Just a few days after the claim, Kim released the video recording of Kanye speaking to Taylor about the song on her Snapchat. Despite being publicly exposed as a liar, Taylor continues to hold her ground, gripping at any threads that are left. Shortly after the release of the recording, Taylor modified her story and said that she never specifically approved the line where Kanye called her a ‘bitch.” She went on to explain that “you can’t approve a song that you haven’t heard.”

Maybe true, but you have to hand it to Kim for standing up for her husband. That said, the video posted by Kim is edited. Snapchat doesn’t allow for long videos, so by default the video was chopped up into shorter clips. It’s hard to know with certainty what actually went down, but it’s entirely possible that Kardashian left out parts that were unfavourable to Kanye. It doesn’t appear that anything Taylor said was doctored in anyway, so for now, Kanye’s story seems to check out. Although both sides have been quiet for now, it’s likely that we’re going to hear more about this soon.