The time has finally arrived for all Harry Potter fans to be transported back into the witch and wizarding world that everyone knows and loves. J. K. Rowling has created another masterpiece as a prequel to the seven book Harry Potter series. Rowling’s new film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, will be released in theaters on November 18th.
The movie takes place in 1926 and follows the adventures of Newt Scamander, a writer who is working on what will soon become the Hogwarts textbook that Harry Potter reads when he attends Hogwarts. In the movie, Newt travels the world to find new magical creatures, but when he arrives in America, he accidentally lets a briefcase full of fantastic beasts escape all around New York City. Newt must catch all of the creatures while running away from the North American wizarding government (pottermore.com).
In an interview with Time.com, Eddie Redmayne, who plays Newt Scamander, said, “Newt feels more at home with creatures than he does with human beings.” In response to Newt’s character, J. K. Rowling said, “My heroes are always people who feel themselves to be set apart, stigmatized or othered.” She also said “that’s at the heart of most of what I write, and it’s certainly at the heart of this movie.”
Dylan DeVane (‘19) has always been a fan of the Harry Potter series. DeVane said, “The series has always entertained me. The wording and detail J.K. Rowling put into the books and David Heyman put into the movies has always kept me hooked. The amount of creativity put into it bewilders me.”
Devane is also very excited about the release of the new movie. “I feel like it will give me a little more insight on the many creatures of the Harry Potter series. I believe it may also add information on the history of Hogwarts and the Ministry of Magic. Overall it looks good.”
Rowling has also had recent success in her story of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Although the story is written as a play to be performed in London, the screenplay has been released in America for everyone else to enjoy.