New addition to ‘Harry Potter’ universe holds excitement for fans
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 22:09
On Sept. 12, the “Harry Potter” fans of the world meandered their way onto the Internet and found news of the impossible. Or at least that is how it seemed.
That was the day that J.K. Rowling announced her new film series, which will be based in the world of her popular “Harry Potter” books and movies. The first movie in the series, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” will be set 70 years before the first book of “Harry Potter.”
The response was deafening. Fans across the world called and messaged each other, confirming the news. The Internet exploded with fan art, theories and speculation about what the other movies in the series would be. But, despite an overwhelmingly positive response, some of the reactions were hesitant.
A post on the Tumblr blog fandoms-confessions said, “I’m scared that ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is going to be bad, considering we had 10 amazing years of film.”
Other fans expressed similar thoughts, concerned that Rowling is losing sight of the integrity of the series in order to milk the franchise for more money. While few seem to outright object to the new material, there is a general sense of hesitancy, waiting and hoping that the movies are not gut-wrenchingly awful.
This concern is made all the more real by the introduction of “Pottermore,” an online Harry Potter interactive experience which launched to the public April of last year, and which was perceived by many fans to be a let-down, if not an all-out failure.
However, as a “Harry Potter” fan myself, while I can understand the nervousness, I tend to agree with the gung-ho excited portion of the fan base. Rowling has always exhibited a love of the “Harry Potter” series and a firm desire to maintain its values. She has always proven loyal to her fans, and has stayed connected with them long after the release of the final movie.
While there are certainly plenty of movies and books that have worn out their potential, “Harry Potter” is not one of them. The world of the books is one that is thriving with complexity. All subjects are filled out, from science and medicine to literature and history, all waiting eagerly to be further explored. Rowling cut no corners in the creation of the “Harry Potter” universe, and the work shows, enabling her to have seemingly endless options as far as what is available for expanding into more books or movies.
Rowling’s decision to make another series of movies is not an example of her scrambling to keep a fandom alive, but is rather an indication that she is listening to a still-thriving fandom, giving them what they are requesting because, thanks to years of hard work creating her series, she is capable of doing so.
Even if the movie is not quite up to the two-thumbs-up, best-movie-of-the-year experience we are hoping for, that does not make it any less important. When I walked out of the movie theater after seeing “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” there was a sense of loss. Never again would I read or watch something from the “Harry Potter” universe and have it be brand new. Never again would I be amazed, enraptured, terrified, sitting on the edge of my seat and waiting for what was going to happen next. It was over. I could rewatch or reread, but it would never be quite the same. Or so I thought, as did the majority of other fans. Now, suddenly, that has become a possibility, and even if the quality does turn out a bit lower than we are hoping, it will still reveal for us a whole new section of the “Harry Potter” universe for our enjoyment.
So put your reservations aside and relax. A breath of fresh air has hit the world of “Harry Potter,” and now all we need do is wait.