I was late night scrolling on my Facebook news feed and the same story kept showing up on all my friends’ feeds.
Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling’s announced the preproduction of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
It is set in New York around a group of witches and wizards, 70 years before Harry, Hermione and Ron were ever waiting for their first train ride to Hogwarts on Platform 9 3/4.
The movie follows fictitious author Newt Scamander and his adventures documenting fantastical beasts.
This is not a prequel or a sequel of any kind.
This movie can stand on its own in the Potterverse.
Even though it felt more like a bad break up having to realize that Harry’s story had to come to an end, I can always come around to the idea of more from this extraordinary world.
Warner Brothers contacted Rowling about this new movie idea and frankly they probably just missed the constant money flow they got with a decade of Potter films.
Rowling has taken on the task of writing the script. Books are usually ruined by the screen plays, either by additions or subtractions but the Potter series has seemed to have a solid track record with eight quality films under its belt.
She wrote “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” as well as “Quidditch Through the Ages” for the international charity Comic Relief in 2001.
These books are actually textbooks that fans remember existing in the Harry Potter world.
If this movie does well, it could set up a whole new series based on these other novels.
Rowling lives in this world, sees things how they see and goes above and beyond her attention to detail. This is what makes Potterverse such a powerful world that people around the world relate to.
I just want this movie to keep with the same nostalgia that I have grown up with. Ideally it would be nice to hide some Easter eggs throughout the movie; Easter eggs are subtle hints poking fun at foreshadowing during a movie. It wouldn’t hurt if they got Robbie Coltrane to Morgan Freeman the movie, but that’s wishful thinking.
Time will reveal if our expectations for this movie will be met.