Fugtalia Tena


Natalia Tena here plays Tonks in the Harry Potter films, a character who — like or dislike her in the books, and I get the sense most people fall in the latter camp even though I fall into the former — is either unlikable or a total afterthought on screen. It’s a bummer. I don’t know that it’s Tena’s fault, but I do think she is not helping her cause here.

Convincing me that Tonks runs a rodeo-themed wedding chapel in Vegas is not making me want to see more of her. … Wait, shoot, that’s a lie, it IS making me want to see more of her. Damn her wizard tricks!

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  1. Annie
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    I have nothing against her in the books but she is a total snooze in the movies, whether or not that is her fault.

    Whoever did her makeup ought to be sacked.

  2. shay
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    But what is she standing in from of?!

  3. shay
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    damn it. *front

  4. Sandra
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    That…..hair…is just……oh, please God, make it go away! The outfit and the makeup are doing her no favors either. She looks like she’s running a rodeo-themed wedding chapel that runs special offers for Cruella DeVille impersonators.

  5. Lina
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    Oh, heavens. This is more-or-less appropriate bridal wear in certain parts of the US. Like, for actual rodeo weddings. It is so brain-breaking to see anyone wearing it outside of that context.

  6. val.
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    This is so bad it has to be a joke, right? Right?

    The hair, the makeup, the dress, the boots… well actually I quite like the boots but NOT WITH THAT DRESS.

  7. Minoli
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    She looks like old school Tori Spelling.

  8. Noire
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    Tonks is AMAZING in the books.

    I think the dress is cute! But I’m a huge sucker for lace. The boots, the hair, and the makeup are GOD AWFUL.

  9. Rachel
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    I sort of really like that dress. Maybe all in black?

  10. Willow
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    Tonks was amazing in the books and was one of my favourite minor characters, however “Movie Tonks” hardly even registers on the radar of characters I care about, it’s a pity they made her such an extremely minor part because she is quite important in the last book, which must be frustrating.

    This dress however, maybe on someone a little younger and in a colour, blue? Yellow? anything but white.

    And no cowboy boots.

  11. Jessica
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    I am neutral on Tonks in the books — I don’t dislike her at all, but I don’t really CARE as much as I do about everyone else — but I really find her irritating in the movie. I’m not sure why.

  12. Peggy
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    Dear Natalia. Fire your makeup artist. Your face should never be 4 shades lighter than your body. Especially not with a visible line where one meets the other. You look like a bad photoshop treatment of yourself. Did someone take your face and put it on this bad outfit?

  13. Kate
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    With all the colour matching foundation “technology” these days, how do people still end up with the over-powdered face look?

  14. cstiddy
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    Keep it up, Tonks, and you’re looking at Fug Madness 2012.

  15. funderpants
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    The dress is all” Nymphadora” and those ghastly shoes are all “Honkey-Tonks.” Yeowch.

    I had no idea I was in the minority of Tonks-lovers! I love this actress, too, especially in About a Boy. If we could see her in About a Great Outfit, though, I’d stand up and give a big ‘ole yee-haw.

  16. Amanda
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    I can’t think of anything to say except Holy Sh1t!

  17. vandalfan
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    (Oh, funderpants, you clever wag!) Remove and burn the boots, make the dress any color, even a print, add some bling, and fix her makeup. Her face is so off-colored it almost seems photoshopped here. The movies, of course, must edit, edit, edit, and poor Nymphadora gets barely a nod on screen, like Sir Nicholas, and so many others.

  18. Anna
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    Another (book) Nymphadora fan. But I am not a fan of those boots.

  19. Phoebe
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    I didn’t realize people didn’t like her! What’s wrong with Tonks??

  20. erin
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    I liked Tena in “About A Boy”. But she’s not right for Tonks.

  21. yeahandalso
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    I find her mildly annoying in the books, but not a huge problem. In the movie she is just kinda useless. I think she is only there so people don’t think Remus and Serius are a couple, cause seriously how cute would they be together?

  22. Julia
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    How can anyone dislike Tonks? In the books, that is. On film… well, actually, she’s almost never actually on film.

    And although the dress is cute, in a twee sort of way, the rest of it… ::sigh::

  23. Meredith
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    People don’t like Tonks? Who doesn’t like Tonks? I love her! In the books. I always kind of forget that she’s in the movies. And I never realized that she was in About a Boy. I love that movie.

    Anywho, yeah, that’s really strange. Although I would have loved those boots when I was about 10, when I went through my cowboy phase.

  24. Noire
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    Remus and Sirius would be the best couple ever.

  25. zut
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    Count me among those mystified by the assertion that most people don’t like book-Tonks! I need to see some hard data here ;) Movie-Tonks is useless. Natalia here needs to hoist that dress up, donate those boots to the Lone-Star School for Wizards and Cowhands, and maybe aim a brief Cruciatus blast at her stylist.

  26. annie boomer
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    Is that not this 1980′s prom dress that she shortened and added a black sash…

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=300544910392&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT

  27. JK
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    I liked the character in the books when she was introduced, but then she got all mopey and love-weepy instead of butt-kicking and I lost interest. The movies? An absolute waste of the actress’s talent. This outfit? Also not doing her a bit of good.

  28. Jo
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    I love Tonks! Who doesn’t?? And I never ever ever forgive or forget JKR for brushing her aside in the book 7 final.

  29. Jo
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    Having said that, those boots and that hair stylist, they all have to go.

  30. Dillypoo
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    I love Tonks in the books and always picture Scarlett from Four Weddings and a Funeral as the perfect movie Tonks.

    The boots are the best part of this disaster.

  31. miwome
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    I looove Tonks in the books and find her movie version completely boring, which then turns into completely annoying because I wanted her to be lovable. Not boring. And then there she is, boring me like an annoying chump.

  32. LemonFresh
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    I love Tonks. I really really do. I don’t care at all about her in the movies, but they butcher an awful lot of things in those movies so I can’t get too worked up about it.

    But in the books, I love Tonks so much. Even when she’s all inexplicably emo in Book 6.

    This outfit… bleargh.

  33. Rose
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    Another for the “Who doesn’t like Tonks?” category here. I also agree that Natalia basically got to play the role of “Auror No. 3″ and not much else in the movies, so I don’t have anything against her. Her makeup in this picture, however, is killing me. Not even the dress/boots are bothering me as much as that is. She could be wearing The Greatest Dress of All Time, and I wouldn’t care because I’d still be giving her face the Goggly Eye of Confusion (Too Many Capital Letters, Not Funny Anymore).

  34. Cathleen
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    This is the picture they should use in the dictionary to illustrate “Scrolldown Fugs”.

  35. LYNN
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    Tonks should whip out her wand and give herslef a Banishing Charm on that entire look.

  36. Kristen
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    People dislike Tonks? :(

  37. Mary
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    Oh honey. There are some of us (and maybe we live in Texas) who still think boots and a cute little skirt can be a fun look. You are not helping our cause.

  38. holly
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    I have that dress in mint green (Betsey Johnson Tea Party Evening Dress.) With better hair, makeup, & accessories it’s really cute!

  39. novadame
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    I liked her in the books, though not with great affection or anything. I think this is one of the only poor casting choices made in the film adaptations. And I guess if they’re allowed one poor casting choice, I’d rather it be on Tonks than any of the other main or featured characters.

  40. Jennie-Suz
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    My biggest complaint about Book Tonks vs. Movie Tonks is that Book Tonks seems to be fun, generally carefree, is admittedly clumsy, and energetic. Movie Tonks is mannish, aggressive, and a complete afterthought in both execution and how I feel about her.

    My biggest complaint about this outfit is WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO YOURSELF!? I want to like the dress on its own, but I’m both too distracted by the cowboy boots and feel like it would be Rodeo Wedding even on it’s own.