Chapter 2: Harry Potter The Vanishing Glass

Synopsis Chapter 2: The Vanishing Glass

Ten years have passed since baby → Harry was left with → the Dursleys. The living room is full of pictures of → Dudley, but none of Harry. Harry, who sleeps in a spidery cupboard, is awakened by his → aunt Petunia, who is telling him to cook breakfast. It is Dudley's birthday and the kitchen table is covered with presents. We are told that Dudley enjoys punching Harry but doesn't usually catch him. Harry is described in detail. Dudley comes into the kitchen and almost throws a tantrum because he has fewer presents than the year before.

The Dursleys find out that → Mrs. Figg, the cat-obsessed lady nearby who usually watches Harry while the Dursleys take Dudley on his birthday trip, has broken her leg. They discuss what to do with Harry, and Dudley wails that he doesn't want him to come. Dudley's friend, Piers Polkiss, arrives and because they don't know what else to do with him, Harry gets to come along to the zoo. → Uncle Vernon warns Harry that if anything strange happens, Harry will be in major trouble. (Strange things seem to happen around Harry, and the Dursleys don't believe him when he says he didn't cause them.)
On the way to the zoo, Uncle Vernon becomes angry when Harry mentions he dreamed about a flying motorcycle.

The zoo goes well at first, and Harry even gets some ice cream. When they get to the reptile house, Harry has a conversation with a large boa constrictor. When Dudley pushes Harry out of the way so he can see the snake's strange behavior, the glass enclosing the snake vanishes. The snake slides out, saying that it will go to his natural environment in Brazil and thanking Harry.

In the car, Dudley and Piers greatly exaggerate their encounter with the snake, and when they are home and Piers is gone, Harry is sent to his cupboard by a furious Uncle Vernon. Later, Harry is lying in his cupboard, thinking. The only thing he remembers about his past is a flash of green light and a pain in his forehead. He also remembers how sometimes, when he's out with the Dursleys, strange looking people seem to recognize him.

Greater Picture Harry Potter The Vanishing Glass Chapter 2

The scene with the snake could be construed as a hint of what is to come in the next two chapters. Harry and the snake are in almost the same position, as both are prisoners and are cut off from the world in which they belong: Harry, stuck with the Dursleys, is being prevented from joining the Wizarding world, just as the snake, captive in the zoo, cannot enter the world of the Amazon jungle. Also, both were raised away from their home, and so have no knowledge of their native worlds. And finally, each in turn is released from their prison, and head for an unknown future, somehow believing that it must be better then what they are leaving behind. In this chapter we learn of Harry's → ability to speak to snakes, a fact that will be extremely important in future books.

While it seems that these early signs of magic could be the trigger which sent the active phase of Albus Dumbledore's great plan into action, we must recall that Harry is about to turn 11, and it is in the September after they reach the age of 11 that magical children are invited to attend school. The author has stated that Hogwarts is the only Wizarding school in the UK, thus every magical child will receive the opportunity to attend when he or she reaches 11. Not all children do attend; some, like → Marvolo Gaunt, who we will meet later, likely would not trust the established school system with their children.

Under the pretext of telling us why the Dursleys are afraid to leave Harry home alone, we learn how Harry used his powers before he knew he was a Wizard, basically in self-defense. This story is contrasted in → Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince with the story of how the boy → Tom Riddle (later known as → Lord Voldemort) used his powers to terrorize others before he knew he was a wizard. This comparison adds another layer to the good vs. evil theme

Muggles Guide Harry Potter Chapter 1 The Boy Who Lived

Synopsis Chapter 1 The Boy Who Lived

Mr and Mrs Dursley, of → number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you'd expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn't hold with such nonsense.

→ Mr Dursley was the director of a firm called Grunnings, which made drills. He was a big, beefy man with hardlyany neck, although he did have a very large moustache. → Mrs Dursley was thin and blond and had nearly twice the usual amount of neck, which came in very useful as she spent so much of her time craning over garden fences, spying on the neighbours. The Dursleys had a small son called

→ Dudley and in their opinion there was no finer boy anywhere.

Mr Dursley notices strange events on his way to work: a cat on Privet Drive happens to be reading a map, and people dressed in colourful robes are walking in the streets. Mr Dursley attempts to disregard these oddities. During his lunch break, he sees another group of curiously robed people, and hears mention of the Potters and their son, Harry.

He is reminded of the Dursleys' shameful secret, and the reason why they pretend the Potters don't exist. When Mr Dursley arrives home, he hears reports of unforeseen shooting stars and flocks of owls flying during the daytime. Previously unwilling to discuss the Potters with Mrs Dursley, he finally verifies with her that their nephew's name is Harry. Mr Dursley sleeps uneasily.

Later that night, a mysterious man by the name of → Albus Dumbledore appears in Privet Drive. He removes from his robes a → Put-Outer with which he extinguishes the street lights. Dumbledore addresses the cat which seemed to be reading a map earlier as → Professor McGonagall, prompting the cat to transform into a robed woman. The couple talk about how recent celebrations have left "→ Muggles" inquisitive. Dumbledore confirms with McGonagall that → James and → Lily Potter are dead, and their infant son → Harry was apparently involved in the defeat of their assailant, an entity named "You-Know-Who" or → Voldemort. Harry, according to Dumbledore, is due to arrive at Privet Drive soon by means of someone named → Hagrid.

Hagrid arrives transporting himself and Harry on a flying motorbike. Dumbledore leaves the baby on the doorstep of number four with a letter. McGonagall despairs at the fact that Harry, a definite celebrity, will spend his childhood with such people. Hagrid re-mounts his motorcycle, McGonagall once again becomes a cat, and Dumbledore re-illuminates the streetlights, and they all depart.

Greater Picture Harry Potter Chapter 1 The Boy Who Lived

This chapter provides the framework for the contrast that will be echoed throughout the series between the magical and the mundane. The events that immediately result in Harry's being orphaned are not discussed in this chapter, but are gradually revealed throughout the series. They are included here by way of reference.

Harry Potter is orphaned when the Dark → Lord Voldemort murders his wizarding parents, → Lily and → James Potter. Voldemort breaks into the Potters' house in the village of → Godric's Hollow and duels with James.

Voldemort kills James and attempts to do the same to Lily and Harry. He is successful in killing Lily, ignoring her pleas to spare their lives, but his attempt to kill Harry backfires and Voldemort is apparently killed instead. When Harry is older and, during his first year at Hogwarts, → meets with Voldemort, Voldemort states that Harry's mother need not have died. Lily's sacrificial attempt to save Harry, however, causes the → curse, which Voldemort consequently attempts on Harry, to backfire. This forms a connection between attacker and victim, during which, parts of Voldemort's powers are transferred to the infant, and give Harry a lightning-bolt shaped scar on his forehead.

The protection that Lily gives her son — which → Albus Dumbledore later explains as her "love" for Harry — destroys Voldemort's physical body and would have killed him completely had it not been for the Dark magic he had been using to split his soul, called → Horcruxes. The downfall of Voldemort renders Harry an extremely popular figure in the wizarding world.

It is entirely possible that, because of the → Fidelius charm that was meant to protect the Potters from Voldemort still being active, Hagrid would have been unable to find the place until one of the parties to the secret was there. We can safely assume that Sirius, as one of James' closest friends, would have been aware of the Potters' location; in fact, he does say, in → Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, that he had seen "the bodies and the destruction" of the house, so he must have known the secret, either before the Fidelius charm was performed, or by → Peter Pettigrew (who we will not meet until → the third book) informing him of it afterwards. It has been conjectured that Hagrid was unable to enter the remains of the house to recover Harry until Sirius appeared on the scene, and it could have been Sirius who actually removed Harry from the wreckage and passed him to Hagrid to carry back to Little Whinging. Hagrid does say, however, in → Chapter 4, that he took Harry from the wreckage himself, so we have to assume either that Hagrid was in on the secret, or else that the Fidelius charm ends automatically when the secret it is designed to protect (in this case, the whereabouts of James and Lily) is no longer operative.

We could speculate as to
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which it is, but given that the house is apparently visible to all wizards by the time of → the seventh book, it is most likely that the charm had simply ended with Lily's death. The fact that Sirius had seen "the wreckage" was also thought to be significant; the Killing Curse does not affect things, only people, and so does not leave wreckage. So the house would have been intact when Voldemort died,
giving us a standing house, three dead bodies, and Harry.

Add to this the fact that in → Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Voldemort had his wand back, and we are drawn inescapably to the conclusion that someone, most likely Peter Pettigrew, was there with Voldemort, was aware of his downfall, recovered his wand (and perhaps concealed his body), and destroyed the house, either in revenge or in frustration, while leaving Harry untouched, likely out of fear that whatever had felled Voldemort would kill anyone who tried to attack Harry.

We have found out since that the destruction in the house was restricted to the room in which Lily was killed and Harry was sleeping; it is possible that Pettigrew blasted his way out of the house carrying Voldemort's body rather than trying to carry it back down the stairs. The fact that Voldemort, in his memory of that night as viewed in → the seventh book, does not recall Peter accompanying him is inconclusive; Voldemort does not seem to pay much attention to his Death Eaters, unless they are directly in his way.

Plot Summary and Parent reviews for Shazam

Very funny, family values, some scary demon creatures, no sex

I saw an early release of this film today with our 10 year old who is easily frightened. I always look to common sense media to see if a movie will be too scary for my own son, so I decided to return the favor today. Despite the PG 13 rating, overall I do not think this movie was scary, especially in comparison to other superhero movies, but I will go over the scary and violent scenes so you can determine for yourself if your child can view it:

1. There was a car accident scene and a man was thrown though the windshield. He did not die, but was bloody and it was jarring.

2. The villain controlled demon-like creatures which were supposed to be the seven deadly sins. These creatures were monotone with red glowing eyes but large and rather frightening, and would battle civilians and the hero (known as Shazam).

3. There was one very intense scene with the seven deadly sins attacked civilians. This scene also had fratricide and patricide, which obviously could be distressing to see. (I think that without this scene, the movie could have been PG, and without this scene it would be comparable in scariness to the 2015 Goosebumps movie starring Jack Black).

4. There were some intense action moments of peril.

5. There was shooting, but the hero is bullet proof, so he did not get hurt. But if your child will not understand not to imitate that behavior, I would not recommend the movie.

6. There were scenes when the main character was being subjected to painful "tests" by his friend, to see what his superpowers were. Again, if your child will not understand not to imitate that behavior, I would not recommend the movie.

Other things which MAY be considered inappropriate are the fact that the main character Bobby is slightly disrespectful of authority, and he goes into a "Gentleman's Club" although we only see the outside, we do not see any scantily clad women at all. What did the movie NOT have? The movie did not have any blood as a result of violence (except for one character getting a cut) .

There is no swearing, although in one scene the "F" word is obviously bleeped out, said over television which the characters are watching. Other than seeing the outside of the Gentleman's Club, there is no sex and no allusions to sex nor anything sexy at all. There is no drinking, smoking, nor drugs. There is no bloody violence.

Overall though this was a great movie. It was funny. We were laughing throughout. It also had good messages about friendship and family, as the main character Bobby becomes part of a foster family who he learns to bond with and love, and he learns how to become a good friend. I would recommend this movie if you think your child will not be too scared of the demon characters and understands not to "try this at home" (referring to the superhero power tests). Looking forward to the sequel.

Plot Summary Shazam Movie

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson's case, by shouting out one word - SHAZAM. - this streetwise fourteen-year-old foster kid can turn into the grown-up superhero Shazam.

In Philadelphia, Billy Batson is an abandoned child who is proving a nuisance to Child Services and the authorities with his stubborn search for his lost mother. However, in his latest foster home, Billy makes a new friend, Freddy, and finds himself selected by the Wizard Shazam to be his new champion. Now endowed with the ability to instantly become an adult superhero by speaking the wizard's name, Billy gleefully explores his new powers with Freddy. However, Billy soon learns that he has a deadly enemy, Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, who was previously rejected by the wizard and has accepted the power of the Seven Deadly Sins instead. Now pursued by this mad scientist for his own power as well, Billy must face up to the responsibilities of his calling while learning the power of a special magic with his true family that Sivana can never understand.

—Kenneth Chisholm (

Shazam. explores Billy Batson's life; an abandoned 14-year-old looking for his parents; isolating himself from anyone willing to give him anything until he is given a final chance to settle in with a new foster family (themselves orphans) hoping they can help him see sense. Billy finds himself out of his depth quickly and it ends as so many had before; him running away. But this time; he runs into a powerful wizard and must take the mantle of Shazam. Leaving him with a confusing face, a confusing body, confusing powers, and no-one to turn to, but his foster family.

—Adam Zenasni

Shazam Zachary Levi Biography

Mini Biography Shazam Zachary Levi

The middle child between two sisters, Zachary Levi was born as Zachary Levi Pugh, on September 29, 1980, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, to Susan (Hoctor) and Darrell Pugh. He uses his middle name as his stage surname, because his birth name, "Pugh", which is of Welsh origin, sounds too much like "Pew"; his other ancestry includes English, French, German, Irish, and Scottish. He grew up all over the country, before his family put down roots in Ventura County, California. At the early age of six, Zachary began acting, singing and dancing in school and local theater productions.

After graduating from Buena High School, he headed to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of acting. Zachary began acting in theater, performing roles in such regional productions like Grease, The Outsiders, Oliver, The Wizard of Oz and Big River. It was his portrayal of Jesus in Ojai's Godspell that brought him to the attention of Hollywood.

He had a supporting role in the television movie Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie (2002) with David Krumholtz, Tory Kittles, Jennifer Morrison and Nicholas Turturro. He then began acting as Kipp Steadman in the TV series Less Than Perfect (2002) with Sara Rue, Andrea Parker, Eric Roberts, Andy Dick and Sherri Shepherd.

He was seen in the television movie See Jane Date (2003) on the WB with Charisma Carpenter, Holly Marie Combs, Linda Dano and Rachelle Lefevre. In his spare time, Zachary enjoys skateboarding, snowboarding, skydiving and participating in various other sports. He lives in Los Angeles

Was ranked #22 on Entertainment Weekly's '30 Under 30' the actors list. (2008).

Zac's best friend is Joel David Moore. Moore is also his business partner with the production company Coattails Entertainment.

Aside from an actor, Zac has worked as a busboy, at Blockbuster, and at a car wash.

Owns two motorcycles, a Harley-Davidson FXDX and a Ducati Monster 750CC.

One of Zac's icons is the late John Ritter.

Had to get 14 stitches on his hand after putting it through a light fixture in his living room during a game of tennis on his Nintendo Wii.

Is a good poker player.

In 2007, Daily News named Zachary Levi as one of five actors to watch.

Was already offered a role in the theater production of "Young Frankenstein" in New York when Chuck (2007) pushed through with filming and got picked up. Roger Bart took the role in his place, instead.

Is friends with Reaper (2007) star Bret Harrison. They did a photo shoot together for USA Weekend as "Most Likely to Be Breakout Stars" in 2007.

Loves filming action scenes.

Owns a Nissan GT-R super sports car, one of the first people to get one in the US.
Performed as a singer with Katharine McPhee in her recording of "Terrified", and can be seen in her music video.

Launched a website called "The Nerd Machine" and every year since 2010 hosts an event called Nerd
HQ which coincides with Comic Con San Diego and raises money for the charity Operation Smile.

He has English, French, German, Irish, Welsh, Northern Irish, Scottish, and Swiss ancestry.

Married Canadian and fellow actor Missy Peregrym in 2014.

His wife, Missy, filed for divorce after a 4 month separation (April, 2015).

Born on the same date as Chrissy Metz.

Personal Quotes of Shazam Zachary Levi

I believe in conscientious capitalism; that's a kind of driving force with me.

Fans will treat something preciously if they're given the opportunity to do so.

Entertainment has this way of resetting itself.

People don't talk about religion a lot in Hollywood because it's not an incredibly safe place to do it.
Being nerdy just means being passionate about something, including everyone - the coolest people on Earth are passionate and therefore nerdy about something whatever it is, whether it's sports, or gaming, or technology, or fashion, or beauty, or food, or whatever.

I mean, I like to consider myself a reasonably athletic guy.

I started in theater, and I love to go back to theater, just to have the experience and recharge my batteries, creatively.

A lot of people, especially Christians, want to put you in this box of being a Christian actor, and I don't believe in it. You do yourself and everyone else a big disservice when you start thinking about it as 'Christian art.' That's why most Christian art is bad. They don't put a premium on the 'art.'

You know, Hollywood is a very interesting town - always has been, always will be.

On a personal level, I love the idea of hosting an awards show. I think that sounds like kind of a fun thing to do.

Oh I've done bungee jumping. Skydiving, I have motorcycles that I ride. I'm a little bit of an adrenaline junkie in that way.

My whole background, my whole life was just lots and lots of theater, a lot of that being musical theater.

I want to go create my own independent content and entertainment, in new models and in new ways, and essentially show studios and networks that people are good.

I think that Family Guy (1999) is hysterical. It's edgy and hip - and they can do whatever they want to do because it's animated and they're not limited by budget.

I believe in incentivizing people. If you can incentivize people in anything, whether it's in politics; in life; in spirituality; in business; just take care of folks. Incentivize them and all of a sudden it's amazing the difference that you'll see.

Films are really cool because, every couple months, or however many times you can get a job because there's a lot of luck involved in that, you're playing a different character.

Aladdin (1992) was probably my favourite Disney animation when I was a kid. The animation was great and Robin Williams was unbelievable as the Genie. Aladdin (1992) was an amazing adventure and the lead character was a hero for guys, which I loved. It wasn't a princess or a girl beating the odds; it was a street rat. That seemed really cool to me.

There has been a kind of stereotypical 'gamer dude' that has been representative for the gamer community in the years past. But I want to spearhead or be a part of changing that.

There are a lot of people who consider themselves 'spiritual,' but that can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. I don't really talk about it that often, because there's too much talk in the world. Especially with Christians, there's more proselytizing than there is actual living proof of it. That's kind of sad.
If somebody says 'singer-songwriter' to me, the first person I think of is James Taylor. There are plenty of modern singer-songwriters, but there is something about James Taylor that has always resonated with me.

If I have my way, I want to go start making really interactive television. Stuff where you can sit and watch real actors do a real series and they can get into some kind of gun battle and all of a sudden your television prompts you to pick up your controller and all of a sudden, you're playing a first-person shooter.

I'll watch a Pixar movie over and over and over again. I'll be with friends of mine who have kids, that want to watch Finding Nemo (2003), and I'm like, 'Yeah, okay, let's watch 'Nemo' again, for the seven billionth time!,' because they're amazing movies.

The 11 best Brie Larson movies

In her young career, Brie Larson has already made an incredibly large mark on the film industry. At 28-years-old, she’s already an Oscar winner, and has even scored her first big franchise film. Set to play Captain Marvel, Larson’s range has been shown throughout the years. Whether its being the voice of reason, or the outspoken lead, Larson is always terrific, and is quickly budding into the next big superstar in Hollywood.

The 11 best Brie Larson movies

Captain Marvel

I enjoyed this movie. It's an OK movie. The kind of movie that would've gone under the radar if it wasn't because it ties to The Avengers and the polemic around Brie Larsson's persona.

If anything Captain Marvel piggy bagged on The Avengers fandom because otherwise mist people wouldn't be interested in this version of a female Superman. Samuel L Jackson, the cat and the aliens save the movie and make it worth the ticket. Not so much the Captain Marvel character and her story line.

Short Term 12


Playing a counselor at an at-risk youth center, Larson is heartbreaking and altogether enthralling in the film. It’s a tender, sweet and emotional piece of work. Director Destin Cretton lets the movie breathe and allows the cast to do their thing. The characters have a lived-in quality to them as well. As a result, they all feel entirely authentic. Lakeith Stanfield, in particular, is fantastic as one of the kids in the center. It’s smartly written and directed with a great attention to detail by Cretton.

21 Jump Street


Larson plays a student who has an attraction to Jonah Hill’s character despite already being involved with Dave Franco in this riotous comedy. The movie delivers big laughs from start to finish. It is bolstered by two charismatic performances from Hill and Channing Tatum. Fully embracing its inherently silly premise. Larson proves here she can adapt to any role. A soft and subtle performance in this movie, Larson stands out among all the chaos of the film. Instantly quotable, 21 Jump Street was a major surprise in 2011, and one of the better comedies of recent memory.

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The one that won Larson her Oscar, Room is a breathtaking film with excellent work from the cast. Larson gives her everything to this role as a mom trapped in a kidnapping situation with her son. The movie is a harrowing look at their life after getting out of the situation. Larson’s performance is the standout, but youngster Jacob Tremblay is astounding and Joan Allen is a revelation as well. Smartly written and skillfully directed by Lenny Abrahamson, Room is a film that sticks with you long after it’s final scene.



Going back to comedy briefly, Larson had a small role as Amy Schumer’s sister in Trainwreck. One of the only stable presences in Schumer’s life in the film, Larson is once again great. The movie offers some very funny insight into modern dating and relationships. A hilarious turn from John Cena is one of the more memorable moments in the movie. Bill Hader also brings a surprising amount of heft to his role as Schumer’s love interest. To this day, Trainwreck is arguably Schumer’s best film thus far. It’s also another nice notch in the belt of Judd Apatow.

Kong: Skull Island


One of her first big franchise outings, Larson joined Tom Hiddleston and a pretty solid supporting cast for this film. Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ 70’s monster flick feels familiar but ultimately is a fun time. With its period soundtrack, Kong sets up its world pretty well and allows its monsters to take center stage when necessary instead of hiding them mostly off-screen. The action is just flat out fun and engaging. A nice supporting cast of Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly, Corey Hawkins, and Jason Mitchell give the film some decent side characters.

The Glass Castle


Though critics may have found the film a little melodramatic, The Glass Castle is a worthy watch. Brie Larson is stellar once again and Woody Harellson turns some really solid work here as well. The real-life drama plays well into the movie and the story keeps the viewer engaged. With talent all around and some great acting, The Glass Castle can slip into melodrama territory at times, but the narrative more than redeems itself with emotionally impactful moments. The film shows the darker moments of its main character’s situation. A scattering of light moments in between reminding the viewer their life is fairly grim ground the cast.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World


Despite the movie being a box office bomb, here’s a movie that has found an audience in home release. Moviegoers goers weren’t sure what it was at the time, but Scott Pilgrim has now gained cult-status of sorts. The Edgar Wright film starred Larson of course, but also Michael Cera as the title character. Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead also show up int he surprisingly star-studded cast. The movie features some eye popping visuals, incredible fight sequences, and fresh story telling to boot. The movies sharp humor and solid performances boost the film above traditional fare. Larson’s role is small but we sure got a glimpse of the talent she had.

The Spectacular Now


In a movie about teen alcoholism, one could expect any various amounts of heavy-handedness. However, the subject is treated with grace and subtlety in this film. Larson plays a high schooler here and the movie centers on her breakup with a hard partying life-of-the-party type. Miles Teller is great in this one as director James Pondsoldt skillfully directs this movie away from turning into a cliche. We’ve seen teenager social issues handled badly before and this movie is an exception. Larson had just a small role, but she drives the plot forward with her actions. Shailene Woodley is also great in the film.

Free Fire


In this whacky and eccentric thriller, Larson wields a gun and takes part in a warehouse shootout. Part Resevoir Dogs, part Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, the movie is a fun and self-contained comedic thriller. It’s claustrophobic setting and well-written characters keep the narrative fresh. The movie is a violent but altogether fun shoot ‘em up film. The plot goes to familiar places but a strong cast more than holds all the pieces together to turn in an entertaining movie. So far it is one of bold director Ben Wheatley’s best.



Oren Moverman‘s corrupt cop drama isn’t an easy watch sometimes. It tackles very heavy themes. However, in the movie Woody Harrelson is hard to ignore as an excessively corrupt cop in Los Angeles. His daughter, of course played by Brie Larson, has a memorable scene with the actor where she calls out his actions. It’s a rare moment of good morality in film desperately in search of one. Larson shines in this limited role and before really showing the world what she could in Room, proved she had to chops to hold the screen with anyone. This is an emotional film, and is filled with great performances, even when it treads familiar water.


Brie Larson Comedies and Music Career 2001 to 2008

Larson's first major role came as Emily, the younger daughter of Bob Saget's character, in the WB sitcom Raising Dad, which aired for one season during the 2001–02 television schedule. Hal Boedeker of Orlando Sentinel criticized the program and wrote that its cast members were "merrily joking through the show". She was next hired for the ABC sitcom Hope & Faith, but she and some other cast members were replaced after an unaired pilot.  In 2003, she starred alongside Beverley Mitchell in the Disney Channel movie Right on Track, based on the junior drag race star sisters Erica and Courtney Enders, and played minor roles in the 2004 comedies Sleepover and 13 Going on 30.


Larson developed an interest in music at age 11 when she learned to play the guitar. A music executive encouraged her to write her own songs, and she began self-recording and uploading tracks to her own website. After failing to get cast as Wendy Darling in the 2003 film Peter Pan, a heartbroken Larson penned and recorded a song named "Invisible Girl", which received airplay on KIIS-FM. She soon signed a recording deal with Tommy Mottola of Casablanca Records; she and Lindsay Lohan were the only artists signed by the label at that time. In 2005, she released the album Finally Out of P.E., in which she also co-wrote songs with other songwriters, including Blair Daly,

Pam Sheyne, Lindy Robbins, and Holly Brook. She named it after a gym teacher she disliked and has said that the songs she wrote were mostly about failed job opportunities. One of her singles, "She Said", was featured in the MTV series Total Request Live, was listed by Billboard in their weekly listings of the most-played videos in the channel, and peaked at number 31 on the Billboard Hot Single Sales. Larson went on tour with Jesse McCartney for Teen People's "Rock in Shop" mall concerts, opened for him during his Beautiful Soul tour, and also performed in New York City at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Even so, the album was not a success, selling only 3,500 copies. Larson later admitted to being disillusioned with her music career, saying, "I wanted to write all my own songs, and [the recording company] were afraid of that. I wanted to wear sneakers and play my guitar—they wanted heels and wind blown hair."

In 2006, Larson was cast alongside Logan Lerman and Cody Linley in the comedy film Hoot, about young vigilantes trying to save a group of owls. It received poor reviews, but Ruthe Stein of San Francisco Chronicle was appreciative of Larson and Linley for bringing "a dash of Indiana Jones to their roles".

She had a small part, the following year, in the Amber Heard-starring drama Remember the Daze, and she launched an arts and literature magazine, named Bunnies and Traps, for which she wrote her own opinion columns and accepted submissions from other artists and writers. Larson has said that she frequently considered giving up acting at that time, as she found it difficult to find much work, blaming it on filmmakers' inability to typecast her. She was particularly discouraged when she lost out on key roles in the films Thirteen (2003) and Juno (2007). To support herself, Larson worked as a club DJ.

Brie Larson Personal Quotes gallery

It's very scary to allow the world to see you.

It's really hard to see yourself and to recognize that you are a human being like everybody else. You just think everybody's judging you.

I'm so used to swimming with the piranhas. And they're really not that bad.

I was the type of person that would show a PowerPoint presentation about why I should do something versus crying and screaming over it.

I was three when I told my mom that I knew what my dharma was and that I wanted to be an actor.

I have a sister and her name is Mimsy, like from "Alice in Wonderland", so we've got some strange names in our family.

I didn't go to prom--I was home-schooled.

For some reason, chewing gum for me gets my brain going.

For me, the dumbest rule is that you can't chew gum in school.

I know how to have a conversation, but I've never done improv. I've never taken improv classes.

Singing is an incredible expression and something that is important to me, but where I feel comfortable with how much I reveal about myself is acting. I enjoy the characters, the costumes, the wigs and just being a chameleon.

Maybe you're not perfect, but you're willing to actually look at yourself and take some kind of accountability. That's a change. It might not mean that you can turn everything around, but I think there's something incredibly hopeful about that.

In the past I've been very into the falling part, very into the swimming in the dark, deep emotional water. Rampart (2011) I really went into it and it took me three times as long to get out of that depression as it did to just do the scenes. I had to learn to give it my all and then go home and laugh.

I'm learning with the older that I get that some feelings are just universal and that I'm not the only one who hates their hair or their life at times.

I wasn't interested in going to the school dances. I wasn't interested in going to the football games.

What I wanted was to be in my room painting my walls and doing weird stuff. That's what I wanted and I got to do what I wanted, so that, to me, is my high school experience.

I was home-schooled, was always very close with my mom and was very straight-laced and square. I was never the rebellious one, and I never threw hissy fits.

I think more things are becoming socially acceptable. I think that just by having more media, whether that's TV or Internet, we're able to see more things.

I think it starts to feel really redundant when you start to do something the same way over and over again. I don't think it's good to become so dependent on a certain writing process.

I know that I'm an actor and I guess I could kind of put on an act, but it takes so much more time to be someone you are not. I feel so much better just being comfortable with myself and hopefully girls will accept that.

I had a tough time fitting in, as I guess most kids do. I felt like school was kind of a grand opportunity to figure yourself out and to figure out what you wanted.

I didn't have a regular school experience and wanted a more abstract way of learning. I started exploring in lots of different creative ways. It gave me the opportunity to travel and play music, so it was good for me.

Whenever you want something that you're not going to get, suddenly the whiny three-year-old comes out in you.

Sometimes I laugh with my parents, and sometimes I yell at them, and both are therapeutic.
[on Emma Stone] She is never afraid to show us the most difficult thing you can show the world: yourself. What that entails is not always pretty. But with Emma, it is real, and it is beautiful.

Brie Larson Captain Marvel Trivia

Brie Larson Captain Marvel Trivia 

Besides acting, she is also a professional singer.
Sang "Coming Around" in her movie Hoot (2006).
Read the book "Hoot" before she had read the screenplay.
Moved to Los Angeles, California, right before her ninth birthday (1998).
First job was performing in sketches on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992). Soon after, was cast in the television series, Schimmel (2000), which was announced in 2000 but never aired, since right before filming, Robert Schimmel was diagnosed with cancer. After being "on hold" for six months,

Fox canceled the show.
In May 2005, she went on tour with Jesse McCartney.
Daughter of Heather (Edwards) and Sylvain Desaulniers. Her paternal grandparents were Aurèle Desaulniers and Gabrielle Marie-Therese (Chatelain) Desaulniers (1931-2015), who were French-Canadians from Winnipeg. Her mother's family is based in California. Her mother has English, Swedish, German, Welsh, and Scottish ancestry. Brie's stage surname, "Larson", is after her matrilineal great-grandmother, Elva Josephine Larson.

Brie's go-to karaoke song is Usher Raymond's "Burn" from the album "Confessions" (2004).
Has acted since she was seven years old. However, she considered quitting acting several times as she found the film business to be too difficult and was unable to get the roles she wanted. She pursued careers in photography, interior design and animal training, but ultimately decided to stick with acting.

Was in a relationship with Alex Greenwald, vocalist with rock band Phantom Planet, (2013-2019).
To prepare for her role as Ma in Room (2015), she stayed at home for a whole month and went on a strict diet, to get an understanding of what Ma and Jack were going through.
Is a huge fan of the Super Mario Bros video games.

Shared the cover of Vanity Fair magazine's 2016 Hollywood issue with, Jane Fonda, Viola Davis, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Rachel Weisz, Lupita Nyong'o, Charlotte Rampling, Alicia Vikander, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Helen Mirren, Diane Keaton and Saoirse Ronan. Photographed by Annie Leibovitz.

Released a pop album "Finally Out of P.E." (2005), which flopped by selling only 3,500 copies. Larson even toured with Jesse McCartney for Teen People's Rock in Shop Tour. Despite rumors that she sang on the soundtrack to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), she lip-synched "Black Sheep" by the band Metric.

Was the 146th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar for Room (2015) at The Oscars (2016).

After a considerable period of frustration correcting people who consistently mispronounced her birth name "Desaulniers", Brie Larson changed it to Larson after her Kirsten Larson doll that she owned as a youngster.

Older sister of Raya Milaine Desaulniers (born January 5, 1993).
(March 2016-January 2019) was engaged to Alex Greenwald after he proposed to her shortly after she won her Academy Award.

Is one of 14 actresses to have won the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Critics' Choice Award, Golden Globe Award and SAG Award for the same performance. The others in chronological order are Julia Roberts for Erin Brockovich (2000), Renée Zellweger for Cold Mountain (2003), Reese Witherspoon for Walk the Line (2005), Helen Mirren for The Queen (2006), Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls (2006), Kate Winslet for The Reader (2008), Mo'Nique for Precious (2009), Natalie Portman for Black Swan (2010), Octavia Spencer for The Help (2011), Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables (2012), Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine (2013), Patricia Arquette for Boyhood (2014) and Julianne Moore for Still Alice (2014).

When Larson presented the Best Actor Oscar to Casey Affleck for his work in Manchester by the Sea (2016) at the 2017 Oscars (the previously year's Best Actress always presents the current year's Best Actor awards and vice versa) she politely handed him the award but did not clap or cheer for his win and looked unhappy about it. Larson later confirmed rumors that she was un-celebratory over Affleck's win due to his real life history of sexual harassment accusations and settled lawsuits, telling an interviewer that "what I did on stage speaks for itself" and that she would not discuss the matter any further.

Attended the March 2017 ceremony for her Kong: Skull Island (2017) co-star John Goodman when he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, alongside Jeff Bridges and Tom Hiddleston.
Is good friends with Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone and Amy Schumer.

Became close friends with Shailene Woodley during the filming of The Spectacular Now (2013). Larson was having dinner at Woodley's rented apartment when she got the call offering her the lead role in Short Term 12 (2013).

Made home movies as a child, casting her cousins and making sets in her garage.
Daughter of Sylvain (born December 15, 1962) and Heather (née Edwards) Desaulniers (born June 18, 1965). Both were born and raised in the state of California.

Maternal granddaughter of Bob Edwards (born 1939), born in the state of California, and Bonnie (née Hunt) Merrill (born 1940), born in the state of Utah. They married in 1960 and divorced in 1972.
Maternal great granddaughter of James (1911-1949) and Elva (née Larson) Hunt (1915-1997).
Both were born and raised in the state of Utah.

Can speak English and French fluently.
She is a big fan of the Metroid game series and has expressed interest in playing the main character Samus Aran in a possible movie adaption.
Suffers from a severe allergy to cats (ailurophobia), a condition that plagued her somewhat during the Captain Marvel (2019) production shoot.

For her movie "Captain Marvel", she insisted on having ankle-length body-armor as her character's primary costume; according to Larson, "I just couldn't see myself strolling around in a bathing suit for two hours and change" (referring to Carol Danvers's red Kree uniform and black Warbird outfit, both of which bared her legs).
She considers herself to be an introvert.
She has asthma. source: IMDB

Brie Larson Captain Marvel Biography

Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers (born October 1, 1989), known professionally as Brie Larson, is an American actress and filmmaker. Noted for her supporting work in comedies when a teenager, she has since expanded to leading roles in independent dramas and film franchises, receiving such accolades as an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.

Mini Bio Brie Larson Captain Marvel

Brie Larson has built an impressive career as an acclaimed television actress, rising feature film star and emerging recording artist. A native of Sacramento, Brie started studying drama at the early age of 6, as the youngest student ever to attend the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. She starred in one of Disney Channel's most watched original movies, Right on Track (2003), as well as the WB's Raising Dad (2001) and MGM's teen comedy Sleepover (2004) - all before graduating from middle school.

Brie's work includes the coming-of-age drama Tanner Hall (2009) and the dark comedy, Just Peck (2009), with Marcia Cross and Keir Gilchrist. She earned critical praise for her role in the independent feature, Remember the Daze (2007) (aka "The Beautiful Ordinary"), singled out by Variety as the "scene stealer" of the film, opposite Amber Heard and Leighton Meester.

Brie garnered considerable acclaim for her series regular role of "Kate", Toni Collette's sarcastic and rebellious daughter, in Showtime's breakout drama United States of Tara (2009), created by Academy Award-winning writer Diablo Cody and based on an original idea by Steven Spielberg.

She starred in The Trouble with Bliss (2011) opposite Michael C. Hall, playing a young girl out to seduce him while, in turn, teaching him more about his own life. She also starred in Universal's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) and Noah Baumbach's Greenberg (2010). In Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), Brie played rock star "Envy Adams", former flame of Michael Cera, and in Greenberg (2010), she starred as a young temptress trying to flirt with Ben Stiller, a New Yorker traveling West to try to figure out his life.

In addition to her talents as an actress, Brie has simultaneously nurtured an ever-growing musical career. At 13, Brie landed her first record deal at Universal Records with Tommy Mottola, who signed her sight-unseen. Her first release in 2005 led to a nationwide tour.
Source:  IMDb Mini Biography By: anonymous

After a year-long absence from the screen, Larson starred as Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Captain Marvel (2019), which marked Marvel Studios' first female-led film.[107][108] Initially skeptical about taking on such a high-profile role, she agreed after viewing it as a platform to empower young women and found a connection with her character's flaws and humanity.[2][109] In preparation, she underwent nine months of physical training in judo, boxing, and wrestling, and interacted with servicemen at the Nellis Air Force Base.

Stephanie Zacharek of Time wrote that "Larson, a perceptive, low-key actor, carries the whole affair capably" and took note of how much she stood out in the film's quieter moments; David Sims of The Atlantic bemoaned the lack of depth in her role but commended the actress for effectively portraying her character's struggle for independence from authoritarian men. Captain Marvel earned over $760 million worldwide to emerge as Larson's highest-grossing release.

Upcoming projects Brie Larson
Larson will next reprise the role of Danvers in Avengers: Endgame, after which she will team with Destin Daniel Cretton for the third time in Just Mercy, an adaptation of Bryan Stevenson's memoir of the same name, co-starring Michael B. Jordan. She will serve as the producer and star as Victoria Woodhull, the first female presidential candidate in American history, in an eponymous biopic produced by Amazon Studios. Larson has also committed to star in an Apple Inc. drama series based on the life of CIA agent Amaryllis Fox, and in two films for Netflix: Lady Business, about challenges faced by female entrepreneurs, and I’m Thinking of Ending Things, based on Iain Reid's debut novel of the same name.