From: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Who said it?: Mr. Ollivander
The story behind the quote: This week, I’m giving two quotes in one post since they do come pretty much from the same clip. The quotes come from the Harry Potter series. Specifically, it comes from the first book/movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The books are all about Harry Potter discovering that he is a wizard and his adventure to battle against “He Who Shall Not Be Named” Voldemont.
The quote comes early in both the book and the movie. Harry Potter (played by a very young Daniel Radcliffe) visits visits the shop of the renowned wandmaker, Ollivander’s. Harry meets the Garrick Ollivander (played by John Hurt) and tries out different wants. Mr. Ollivander finally gives a specific wand to Harry and it seems to both with the young boy. The old shopkeeper then regales Harry with the history of the wand he’s holding as well as how weird that he bonded with that specific wand. This is when the quotes are given.
Geek wisdom: Since there are two quotes, there are two pieces of Geek Wisdom we can pull from them.
For “the wand chooses the wizard, Mr. Potter,” there is a certain thing called destiny and fate. Sometimes, things are just meant to happen. Rather than fight it, it’s better to accept it and deal with whatever consequences there might be.
For “we do not speak his name,” that’s partially because the wizard world is afraid to think of that time of history when Voldemont terrorized them. This is a mistake as, if we do not openly talk about the terrible things done in the past, we cannot learn from them. We have to be brave to let the dark past out in the open so we can make sure these events do not happen again.
From: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Who said it?: Indiana Jones
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes the first Indiana Jones movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark. This is the film that launched a franchise, which not included a series of movies, but a live-action television series as well as various video games. The film introduces the series’ protagonist, archeologist and professor Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones, as he hunts for the Biblical Ark of the Covenant.
The quote comes from the the middle of the film. Indiana Jones (played by Harrison Ford) finds the location of the Well of Souls, the place where the Ark of the Covenant is supposed to be hidden. When his partner Sallah (played by John Rhys-Davies) comments that he thinks the floor is moving, Indy drops a torch in the Well of Souls and discovers that the room is full of snakes. While Indy can usually brave anything, he does have a thing for snakes…
Geek wisdom: Although Indiana Jones has a phobia of snakes, he still did jump down to try to retrieve the Ark of the Covenant. That’s what true bravery is. Being brave isn’t not being scared of anything. True bravery is facing your fear and powering through, even if every fiber of your being is telling you to run away.
From: Star Wars (specifically Episode IV)
Who said it?: Obi-Wan Kenobi
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from, what else, Star Wars. Specifically, it comes from Episode IV, the first film in the film franchise. Honestly, do I even have to tell you what Star Wars is now?
The quote comes from the middle of the film. Luke Skywalker is performing lightsaber training but fails. Obi-Wan Kenobi tells him that he’s relying too much on his eyes and should just give in to the Force. The old Jedi Master puts a helmet on Luke to cover his eyes. When he successfully deflects the laser blasts from the drone, Han Solo, who had been watching the entire event, calls it luck. This is when Obi-Wan delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: There is indeed randomness in the world, both good and bad. Events will happen without notice and all of a sudden. It’s what we do with these moments that will determine our “luck” though. Do we take them as opportunities or as hurdles?
We make our own luck most of the time.
Who said it?: The Lord of The Rings trilogy
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, both the books and the movies. The Lord of the Rings is a follow up to JRR Tolkien’s book, The Hobbit. In The Lord of the Rings, Frodo Baggins finds The One Ring in the possession of his uncle, Bilbo Baggins. What follows is a quest to go to Mordor to destroy The One Ring.
The quote comes sporadically from each book and film and is most notable from coming from Gollum, who lost the ring to Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit. As the One Ring has already corrupted Gollum, the “creature” lusts for the ring, calling it by the quote.
Later, in Return of the King (the film version), Gollum’s past is expanded on and it is revealed that he was an ordinary Hobbit named Smeagol. But, when he and his cousin accidentally find the ring, he is almost instantly corrupted by its power.
Geek wisdom: We all have some material object that we love and cherish. However, we should not let this love change us and forget that the object that we find precious is just that: a material object. We shouldn’t let our obsession change us for the worse.
From: Enter the Dragon
Who said it?: Lee
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 1973 martial arts movie, Enter the Dragon, starring martial arts superstar and Jeet Kune Do master, Bruce Lee. Enter the Dragon was the legendary Bruce Lee’s last film that he was able to complete. It is widely known to be one of the best martial arts movies ever made.
The quote comes relatively early in the film. Lee (played by Bruce Lee) is set to fight O’Hara (played by another martial artist, Bob Wall). O’Hara makes a demonstration of his power by breaking a board in half with a single punch. Instead of being intimidated, Lee delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: It’s always so easy for bullies to implement their will over others when people don’t fight back. But once they do fight back, they may not be so eager to even try to impose their will anymore.
From: Godzilla (2014)
Who said it?: Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 2014 reboot of the Godzilla franchise. As such, this version of Godzilla does not take into account the Japanese Toho productions featuring the King of the Monsters.
The quote in the middle of the film. The US military forces have tried to take out Godzilla as well as the new monster, dubbed the MUTO, have failed. Dr. Serizawa (played by Ken Watanabe) is brought in to consult has he has been analyzing both Godzilla and the MUTO creature. When the General asked Dr. Serizawa if Godzilla can actually defeat the MUTO, the Japanese scientist delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: You can delay the inevitable but you can’t prevent it from happening. You will eventually have to let go and let nature take its course, even if you may not want to.
From: Jaime Lanniser
Who said it?: Game of Thrones/A Song of Fire and Ice
The story behind the quote: Since the HBO series Game of Thrones just ended, I decided to punctuate its closure with a quote from the series. Game of Thrones is based on the book series A Song of Fire and Ice by George R. R. Martin. It is a fantasy series filler with political intrigue all about different warring families trying to win the Iron Throne.
The quote actually comes from the first episode of the HBO series. Jaime Lanniser and his twin sister Cirsei Lanniser are having sex in a tower when Bran Stark accidentally sees them in the act while climbing the tower. Jaime catches the boy spying on them before he slips and falls off the tower. When Cirsei yells that the boy saw them, Jaime asks Bram his age. Jaime then looks at Cirsei and realizing that Bram can ruin them, delivers the quote before pushing him off the tower.
Geek wisdom: While what Jaime did can be said to be a truly despicable act, he did it to ensure that his loved ones will be safe. And people do actually do terrible things in the name of love. He had to do that distasteful thing to help the people he loves, even if his reputation will be in tatters afterwards. But, since what he did was for the benefit of the people around him, he was willing to do it, reputation be damned.
Who said it?: The Old Man/The OCP Chairman
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 1987 sci-fi/cyberpunk movie, Robocop. The film is about Officer Alex Murphy (played by Peter Weller) who is gunned down on duty. But, thanks to Omni Consumer Products, also known as OCP, Murphy is resurrected as Robocop to be the future of law enforcement.
The quote comes early in the film, before Murphy becomes Robocop. OCP senior VP, Dick Jones (played by Ronnie Cox), demonstrates his newest creation, the ED-209. It’s a machine that’s supposed to take over the police force. Unfortunately, the demonstration takes a turn for the worse. As the OCP Chairman, AKA The Old Man (played by Dan O’Herlihy) laments the fiasco, Dick Jones tries to save face by saying this was just a glitch. This is when The Old Man yells out the quote.
Geek wisdom: People will try to downplay the negatives when it’s so painfully obvious that they’re trying to save face. It’s does seem insulting to the people who are actually involved by the problem as it makes it seem as if nothing’s happened. Sometimes it’s best to admit the gravity of the situation.
From: Avengers: Age of Ultron
Who said it?: Vision
The story behind the quote: Since we still have Avengers: Endgame fever, I might as well include another quote from the Marvel Cinematic Universe… specifically, Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The quote comes from the end of the film. Vision (played by Paul Bettany) finds the last version of Ultron (voiced by James Spader). With Ultron’s plan to save humanity by destroying it failed, Vision comments that, while humans are flawed, there is a certain grace to their way of destructive thinking, which Ultron doesn’t understand. Ultron comments that the human race is doomed. Vision does agree with Ultron but he retorts by delivering the quote…
Geek wisdom: Life is beautiful and we only have a short time on this world. We have to make the most of our time while we can still enjoy it. While death is inevitable, that just makes living more precious.
From: Avengers: Infinity War
Who said it?: Thanos
The story behind the quote: While I have touched upon a lot of quotes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the past, this is the first quote from a villian. Avengers: Infinity War focuses on Thanos (played by Josh Brolin) and his quest to gather the Infinity Stones to fulfill his plan to eliminate half the galaxy’s population to prevent suffering from a lack of resources. The Avengers stumble upon the plot and try to stop him.
The quote comes from the early part of the film. Thor’s ship, from the end of Thor: Ragnarok, is attacked by Thanos. As Thanos surveys the carnage, he explains that he knows the pain of losing, despite knowing their in the right. This is when he delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Time marches on and waits for no one. Whatever the future will hold, it’s something that’s going to happen and, while you can try to procrastinate and delay the inevitable, it will come despite your attempts to stop it. That’s just the way time works.