Harry Potter and the Ghouls of Silverpine
Location: Fenris Isle, Silverpine Forest
Hey kids! Remember the four Wizards that started Hogwarts in your favorite series of books? Yea! There was Godric Griffindor, and Helga Hufflepuff and a servant of the Lich King… Wait. What?
Yes, apparently long before there was Hogwarts, Harry, Ron or Hermoine there was Thule Ravenclaw, a wizard of Lordaeron that at the height of the Third War decided to switch sides and sign on with the Lich King’s forces. Which leads me to wonder if Slytherin was really that bad of a house in Harry Potter… or if they were constantly getting framed by the Ravenclaws. I mean, we’re talking about a guy who has undead gnolls and zombies crawling all over Silverpine.
Okay okay okay. I’ll stop mixing up my Fantasy before the Tolkien fans show up and tell me that their fandom is the “original” and “best”. But these ghouls were probably my first double take in wandering around WoW. I didn’t even make the Harry Potter connection while I was running around the first time, and I don’t think I’m the only one. From browsing both WoWhead and Thottbot, I couldn’t find a comment on any of these that had anything to do with Harry Potter. And we’re talking about websites that are reknown for having comments with far fetched theories about what certain things in the game are references to. So why is it that no one is drawing connections to Harry Potter? Is it because Ravenclaw has nothing to do with Undead Hyena-Men and Zombies? Are you sure? I mean all we know from those books is that Ravenclaw’s are smart (Smart enough to raise the dead?) and Luna and Cho are in that house. We can’t say for certain that they’re not raising an undead army for the Lich King. Who, and lets be honest, could take some Villain lessons from Voldemort. Ack! Sorry, I got back on the Harry Potter thought train again… (And apparently I’m the only one…)
But why are these guys in Silverpine to begin with? I mean, they talk alot about hating the Forsaken, serving the Lich King, and spend most of their time just wandering around the forest. They don’t seem to have alot of determination about their goals, because they’ve chosen to setup camp accross the lake from the Undercity and still don’t really do anything beside attack random travelers. They’re essentially the equivilant of a kid who sits in the zoo and taunts the animals. Doesn’t even do anything like throw popcorn at the tiger. Just calls it names. That’s all these guys are doing. In the name of the Lich King no less. Truly his agents are to be feared!
The best part is despite these guys having control of the majority of the north and east of Silverpine, they are hardly a valid threat. Granted, a small army of Gnolls may seem like a terrifying sight as they meander around an abandoned farm, but in no way are they any match for the real terror of the forest, the Worgen. The Worgen’s boss is in an instance. The Worgen are savage and brutal killers. The worgen have wandering elites for no reason other than to kill you. So these scourge wannabe’s are really just like the comedic relief villains. They half ass everything, including killing (I’ll got another post for that). So it almost seems wrong NOT to just make Harry Potter jokes out of them. So, how many Undead Ravenclaws does it take to beat up a Griffindor? ;D