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BY BREE STOPPER
Growing up in the late 90’s to early 2000’s was the time to be alive — mainly because this was when magic was created. J.K. Rowling released Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on July 26th, 1997 and from that point on the imagination of children expanded.
With the series finally reaching it’s end with the Deathly Hallows book released in 2007, and the shocking realization that the series was actually ending, with the 2011 Deathly Hallows part 2 movie release, fans couldn’t help but feel their age — and an end to their childhood.
But the magic will live on. In 2001, J.K. Rowling released a collection of books called “The Hogwarts Library”, three books that are prequels to the beloved book series. This collection included the books “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, “Quidditch Through The Ages”, and “The Tales of Beedle the Bard”. These books gave a sort of history to the beloved series, and made fans feel like they were a part of Hogwarts.
The upcoming release of the movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” has breathed new life back into the already explosive Harry Potter fan base. Since it has been nearly five years since the end, fans are excited to know that the magic is still there.
“I think it’s fantastic that they’re continuing the film version of the Harry Potter mythology” said Eli Benson, a psychology major at CCM. “Not just for the sake of additional content for long time fans, but to also serve as an introduction into the mythos for new viewers. The beauty of Harry Potter conceptually, is that it’s a timeless tale that speaks to all of us about finding your calling in life, or in some cases having your calling find you and rising above our personal
plights to reach or even exceed our maximum potential. I very much look forward to Fantastic Beasts.”
A long time problem that fans have had with the Harry Potter movies is they felt it some of them didn’t follow the book. Rowling announced that she would be a screenwriter for this movie, and future movies to come of the Hogwarts Library trilogy.
“Well I’m literally counting down the days to the new movie. It’s going to be fantastic. I can’t wait to see how a movie comes out that comes directly from Rowling because yeah the original films were great,” said Katie Schmid a student at Montclair State. “But Steve Kloves also messed up a lot so this time they have no choice but to do exactly what she wrote which I hope is going to really show. The fanbase has always been there laying quietly but it’s great to see people getting excited about HP again. The fanbase is as strong as ever really and pretty excited for more.” That fanbase appears to be as ravenous for new material as ever.
“I’m very excited to see the new schools that are going to be in it,” said Chris Wahler, a criminal justice major. “It’s going to be interesting to see everything from years before Harry, Ron, Hermione. I can’t wait to see what ‘beasts’ are chosen to appear on-screen, and I’m sure the effects will be insane. I hope that there will be some creatures that will be new to us fans — something new and crazy that we can awe over.”
The stakes are high and the expectations are even higher as the start of a new Hogwarts adventure beings, one predating Voldemort. While the fan base is still laying low on social media and no leaks are found, excitement can still be seen oozing from the anxious muggles.