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The Fangirl: Entry One

What does "Fantastic Beasts" mean for the future of the cinematic Wizarding World?

Molly Manley, Managing Editor

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If you’re a serious “Potterhead” like me, you obviously know what I am talking about when I say I need a bowtruckle as cute as Pickett right now, but if that makes absolutely no sense to you, you just witnessed me “geeking” out.

On Nov. 18, J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter welcomed new characters in an older story with “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. Taking place in 1920s New York, Rowling follows the adventures of magical zoologist, Newt Scamander, American witches Tina and Queenie Goldstein, and Jacob Kowalski ,a baking no-maj (more commonly known to us “Potterheads” as muggles).

Years ago, before there were even talks about the movie being created, I read the short textbook Rowling published to benefit the charity Comic Relief. It wasn’t much, just little descriptions about the beloved creatures mentioned throughout the series and notes ‘written’ in the margins from the Golden Trio, Harry, Ron and Hermione.

Now taking that short peek into the bigger world outside of the books excited me. I appreciate any additions to the world of Harry Potter, official or fan-made, but when I heard they were going to be adapting a textbook into a movie, I was skeptical.

As a fan, I have had years to read fan-made theories and come up with my own ideas about my favorite characters, and, as a fan, I didn’t want to be disappointed by the written word. Rowling is my literary queen, but I was so afraid that my version of the story would be better than hers.

But now that I have seen the movie, I could not be happier that it is a part of Potter history. I feel like most “Potterheads” would relate the most to Eddie Redmayne’s brilliant performance as Newt: someone who spends most of their time alone obsessing over one thing.

Just like most of the Wizarding World’s followers, Newt found himself in an entirely new magical environment, unsure of whether to disapprove of certain aspects or to be enthralled by the new, exciting magic.

The rest of the ensemble is amazing: Tina with her hardworking attitude, Queenie’s whimsical nature, and Kowalski the-no-maj offers a new perspective to the Wizarding World.

Now that it is confirmed that there will be five other installments to this series, I have one question: why Johnny Depp?

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The Fangirl: Entry One