Reviews By Ryan: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

April 13, 2016

Many Harry Potters fans were dismayed as the final movie of the beloved series was released, yet it seems J.K. Rowling is not finished yet. Though there have been whispers of the author diving back into the critically acclaimed universe, there have not been many solid announcements. That is until it was reported that the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a small guidebook which Rowling wrote for charity, will be turned into a trilogy.

 

Though the book itself is rather small, Rowling has been working on writing a screenplay based on the fictional author of the book Newt Scamander. For this film the wizarding world is coming to America, and in preparation Rowling has been slowly releasing the magical history of North America.

 

Reading through the eras of magical influence, it is hard not to be intrigued by how Rowling has interwoven magical history with points in American. She begins by recording how the magical community knew of America before any of what they call No-Maj’s, or normal people. Rowling continues by describing the spiritual practices of the Native Americans, even bringing in the native lore of skinwalkers.

 

Rowling takes the readers through the centuries, giving the expected influence of the Salem Witch Trials on the American community, and works her way up to the time period in which the movie is expected to occur. This news has left many fans in confusion as they are trying to decide how they feel about the expansion. Many had already relegated themselves to accept the death of their favorite series, so this has appeared as a far away hope. Others think that this trilogy is an attempt to continue to make more money off of the wizarding world. Student and local Harry Potter fan Kasha Saltz is excited for the expansion, though there is hesitation to be truly excited.

 

When it comes down to it, this is not going to be Harry Potter. Though it is in the same universe, fans looking for an extension of the original series will be ultimately disappointed. Those who just want more time with the world, though, will have three more great movies to look forward to. There is a great amount of potential, and with the amount of success J.K. Rowling has achieved, it can be trusted that she will build another franchise even if it is on the remains of her las

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