J.K. Rowling is known for creating one of the largest fictional universes in all of literature, and it is about to get even bigger. Rowling just signed on to write a screenplay for Warner Bros. surrounding the author of “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them,” a textbook frequently mentioned in the original Harry Potter series and one that was turned into an actual book, along with “Quidditch Through The Ages” in 2001 for a British charity.
Newt Scamander, the fictional author of the book and protagonist for the movie, is already near and dear to Rowling’s heart; the idea of fleshing out his character even more is what attracted her to the project.
Set in New York in the 20s, the movie will show not only a wizarding community outside of Europe, but will also take a look into the past and history of the world of Harry Potter that had previously only existed in the minds of readers.
But is that where they should stay?
The most wonderful thing about the Harry Potter universe is that even with its expansive nature, there is always room for the reader to imagine new settings and characters.
Is introducing a new movie, along with all new characters and information, actually taking something away from the readers instead of giving them more?
On one hand, not only will this movie give readers new canon information, storylines and characters to fall in love with — but it will also hopefully inspire a whole new generation of readers to pick up the series.
It’s not like the series is struggling to stay relevant, however.
Harry Potter is a fixture in today’s society, and is one of the most detailed and loved books available.
Furthermore, this movie feels a bit like beating a dead horse — or unicorn, for that matter. Harry Potter is over. Is it not time for another kind of series, one without witchcraft and wizardry, to come into the limelight?
It is unlikely that another series will achieve the same level of fame as Harry Potter in the foreseeable future, but isn’t it time to let another series try?
I’m just as excited as the next person to brush off my robes, scarf, hat and wand, but there are so many other good books out that deserve their time in the sun.
Harry Potter is held so close to so many people’s hearts and has changed so many people’s lives that adding more could only be detrimental. Maybe we should just let things stay at “All was well.