ANGLES: More Harry Potter movies, or no?

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Fantastic Beasts trilogy will help fans ‘relive the magic’

 

Fans of the wizarding world of Harry Potter have a new reason to rejoice. Warner Bros. recently announced that the Harry Potter spinoff novel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, will be made into not one, not two but three movies, all with screenplays written by J.K. Rowling herself.

Originally published in 2001, the pseudo-textbook chronicles the adventures of renowned Hufflepuff magizoologist (one who studies magical creatures) Newt Scamander in 1920s New York, 70 years prior to the start of Harry’s now-famous story.  The book is not a prequel or sequel to the seven Harry Potter novels, but instead, a separate excursion into the wizarding world.

I think that making this book into three new movies is a fantastic idea.  As a fan of both the books and movies, I would welcome any opportunity to return to the world of Harry Potter.

As anyone who enjoyed the books and movies would attest, the day part two of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows premiered was a bittersweet one.  Yes, we were finally able to witness the epic conclusion that we had waited over 10 years to experience.

Sadly, though, when the movie ended, so did our time with Harry, Ron, Hermione and all the other characters that had essentially become parts of our lives growing up.  It was a sad reality check that no one was ready to accept.

But this recent news changed all of that.  There had been buzz around Fantastic Beasts being made into a movie for well over a year, but never could I have imagined that three new movies would be the result from Rowling’s magical genius.  I had hesitated to hope that even one new movie would be made.

Some will argue that a trilogy for one 42-page book is a bit excessive (and yes, I concede that this may just be a clever marketing ploy on behalf of executives at Warner Bros. to ensure a profit from an already-successful franchise), but although these arguments have merit, the critics are mistaken.

Who wouldn’t want to go see three new Harry Potter-themed movies?  While not everyone is a die-hard fan, even the casual moviegoer or reader is likely to say that the world of Harry Potter is highly entertaining and just plain fun.

Ever since the movies wrapped in 2011, spaces in the hearts of fans have been left empty, unable to be filled by the likes of the Hobbit trilogy, The Hunger Games or Divergent.  Put simply, Harry Potter is pretty much irreplaceable.

But if you do believe the new Fantastic Beasts trilogy is just another way for Hollywood to make more money, by all means, skip the movies.

I, for one, think this is a great way to carry on the realm of witches and wizards that many have come to know and love.

Yes, it’s probably not going to live up to the eight other movies in the Harry Potter series, but do we really want it to?

By explicitly stating that this trilogy is neither a sequel nor a prequel to Harry’s adventures, Rowling is making sure her fans know that this is a separate “beast” entirely, opening a new door into the magical world with which we grew up.

Through the creation of the Fantastic Beasts trilogy, Rowling and Warner Bros. are refusing to let the magic of Harry Potter end on Platform 9 ¾ where the next generation of wizards waved goodbye to their famous parents.

Instead, these movies will take audiences on a whole new adventure, letting us experience a different side of Harry Potter magic we have never seen before.

I can’t wait to journey back to Hogwarts and relive the magic all over again.

Kaylyn Deiter is a freshman English and journalism major from Aberdeen, S.D.

 

 

 

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Let the Harry Potter series fade gracefully into the past

You know the feeling when you revisit a place where something amazing happened, like a play or a football game or summer camp, and it’s just not the same?

Everyone’s experienced the disappointment of going back to that place that gave them so many good memories, only to realize that it wasn’t the physical structure that made the memories good, it was the people and the noise and the now-ness.

And we all know that now-ness turns into the past, which we shouldn’t bother trying to get back.

This is precisely how I feel about Warner Bros.’ decision to turn J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into not one, not two, but three movies.

The Harry Potter series had a good run. It churned out eight wonderful movies that gave tweens everywhere the irrepressible desire to run through walls and own dirty, dangerous birds.

A cultural cult if there ever was one, these movies crafted a world of which we wanted to be a part, and in a way, we were.

But it is no more. With the release of the final movie in 2011, the draw of Harry Potter movies moved from present to past. We no longer wait with bated breath for their arrival, but we remember with fondness how each movie fits into our lives. The now-ness of the series is gone. There isn’t any use trying to get it back.

If that’s the case, you ask, then what about the three movies in the making that say otherwise?

Everybody say it together: money.

Warner Bros. made billions of dollars from the ultra-successful series, as did Rowling. I won’t say anything inflammatory against a fellow hard-working writer, but I will express my displeasure at the production company.

The futility of successfully continuing the Harry Potter legacy is obvious, which makes their real motivation that much easier to spot.

So does the fact that Fantastic Beasts is a whopping 42 pages long. That’s like me submitting for their consideration my yet-to-be-written senior thesis. Or a reasonably long restaurant menu.

We can practically hear the wind whistling through Warner Bros.’ empty coffers and the light bulb flickering on as someone says, “Hey, isn’t there one more Harry Potter book left?”

It’s tempting to let our good memories of Harry Potter snooker us into believing that one more movie can’t hurt. Maybe it won’t, but I can guarantee these movies will leave us feeling much like we do when returning for a coat after a play: dark and empty and desperately unmagical.

 

Hannah Redder is a junior English and journalism major from Mitchell, S.D.