As any self-respecting Potter fan knows by now, we've got a terrific new installment to the series coming out really, really soon!
I've been eagerly swallowing up newspaper articles and fan theories as a precursor to the first film, which will be hitting UK cinemas on 18th November (or the 16th November for you lucky Americans over the pond). But the latest reveal gave me the inspiration for an article based on what we should expect - for the five movies that will be in this new franchise.
Some people might regard this as our good old friend JK looking for some extra cash, but I'm holding a slightly more positive outlook on this. She probably realised how thirsty the Harry Potter fandom are for new content, and giving us this in the form of five films that will probably stretch over decade, she's probably pacifying us. This should stop us complaining about the constant changes to canon for a little longer.
We do get to meet a younger Dumbledore in these films at some point, along with Grindelwald. Does this mean that we don't just get confirmed gay Dumbledore, we get visual proof of gay Dumbledore too? As a series with so many characters that just... Needed to identify as LGBT+ but didn't, I sure hope so.
As for the main character - at least in the first movie - he's a well known figure for any hardcore Harry Potter fan. Newt Scamander (full name Newton Artemis Fido Scamander) is the author of 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them', one of Harry's school books. Eagle eyed readers might notice the subtle link to the name of the movie there.
Newt ends up in New York gathering information for the aforementioned book, in 1918, after joining a job with the Ministry, in the Beast Division of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. Which is the main focus of the film, as far as I can gather.
Then we have the North American school of magic - Ilvermorny, and its four houses:
- Horned Serpent; a horned serpent with a jewel in its forehead
- Pukwudgie; a small, grey creature with massive ears
- Thunderbird; a bird that creates storms as it flies
- Wampus; a panther-like animal that is apparently almost impossible to kill
There's a sorting test for the Ilvermorny Houses on Pottermore up now, so if you haven't had a chance to discover it already, it's a brilliant test and I really recommend you take it! It's much like the other quizzes on Pottermore, beautifully done and perfectly illustrated.
We also know a lot more about the American Wizarding World now too, for example the Magical Congress of the United States of America, which is their version of the Ministry for Magic. It's currently situated in New York, under the leadership of Samuel G. Quahog. There's far too much information on this to condense here, but it's a really richly backgrounded story, much like every other part of JK Rowling's backstory for the Wizarding World. It's all up on the Harry Potter Wikia too, to stop you having to do individual searches for each piece of information you'd like to read.
We've also been told about the presence of a Muggle Anti-Magical group named the New Salem Philanthropic Society, who look to be the main adversaries in the film. This idea is completely new in the Wizarding World, considering that the Harry Potter books focused on discrimination happening the other way around, so this idea is just amazing. It's new, it's fresh, and I honestly can't wait to watch the film and find out more.
Unfortunately, as I'm not among the privileged, it may be a long while until I have both the money and the time to watch the actual film and give you all my opinion on it. But I've been reading the reviews of it so far, and the shots and promotional photos that are scattered around the web, and I'm honestly really excited.
I'll be keeping an eye out for any more interesting theories and explanations in the lead up to the release, which will doubtless roll out in their thousands as we get closer and closer to 18th November.
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Published by Ellie Crowson-Jeffery