Ian McKellen Warns Students, If You Do Not Study ‘You Shall Not Pass!’

Oct 20, 2014 at 11:20 am |

Ian Mckellen Back Stage West Host Discussion

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If Gandalf can encourage mankind to rise-up against the evils of Mordor, hopefully he can convince good English children to pick up their schoolbooks.

One of the world’s finest English actors, Sir Ian Mckellen, recently made a appearance at a school in Bristol, England to give the school children a small taste of Gandalf, the wizard character from The Lord of the Rings films. Watch below as he addresses a group of English fledglings, and delivers to them a speech filled with as much grandeur and solidarity as when he spoke the same lines in the film.

Mckellen told the students, “In your preparation for your examinations, if you don’t do your revision properly, do you know what will happen? You shall not pass!”

Even better, Mckellen’s initial reason for the visitation was to discuss with the children gay rights issues and the challenge of preventing the use of homophobic language in schools. After the visit Mckellen took to his Twitter to commend the school’s efforts in their fight against homophobia.


Hopefully these little hobbits will follow McKellen’s key advice and continue to fight their way towards the best education possible. Study, “You Fools!”

Gandalf made a visit to Chew Valley School in England to discuss gay rights and homophobia. Find out what else the wizard had to say. Click here!