Holly and I went to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and we’ll probably be podcasting on it soon (statute of limitations and all…), but I thought I would muse for a moment on the fact that this is the beginning of a five movie franchise. I’ve written one of these sorts of posts before, and hope to continue them. So what about this series?
I’ll try to avoid spoilers! But a few things to be said first. This movie was based on a character who was known only by name in the Harry Potter books – the in-universe author of the book “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” That book is a textbook used in the magical creatures class that Hagrid teaches. So this film is a way to go back and see this fictional author, Newt Scamander, in his element with all kinds of cool magical beasts. Which seems great as a one-off book.
Also to note, this movie is set in the earlier part of the 20th century, during the wizarding war centered around Grindelwald. So there’s plenty of unexplored/unexplained storytelling to explore there – but as far as we know from the Harry Potter books, it’s not like Newt Scamander’s name comes up as the hero of that war.
Alright, with those elements out of the way, let’s talk about what I might do with the films, and then briefly discuss some of the current rumors and talk!
So some of my favorite stories are time travel stories. Partly because it is interesting to think what the future would be like, but also what it would be like to go into the past. Sometimes Time Travel is the main part of the story, other times it is a by product, and then other times it can be used as a Deus Ex Machina to solve all problems. In any way it is used it is still interesting how it is used and the rules that the creator sets up around said time travel.
As David and I were discussing this post we came up with three areas that we felt define the differences in time travel stories. One, how is time travel possible? Two, how does time travel affect the greater universe and timeline? Three, how does time travel affect the traveller? Continue reading →
Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! This week hosts Holly and David were joined by Julia to discuss Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. As Julia said, she had… thoughts. And as Holly said, she had to talk to someone about it! Spoilers abound as we describe and take apart this play. Sorry it’s a little long, but hey, it’s shorter than the 5 hours it would take to see the play…
Having just read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – and planning to podcast on it for Sunday – I thought back to this post originally from our 2014 A to Z Challenge. The original post sparked quite a bit of conversation so if you’re interested, definitely click through to read that. Even just reading my own thoughts here, it’s fascinating looking at what has since happened, in the form of a sequel story like Cursed Child. Anyway, hope you enjoy!
So maybe you’ve heard about it, and maybe you haven’t, but recently Harry Potter series author J.K. Rowling did an interview saying that she thought that Hermione Granger and Harry Potter should have ended up together, instead of Hermione and Ron Weasley.
In keeping with our A to Z challenge, I will look a bit at why this doesn’t work for these characters, but I also want to look at the idea of an author making these sorts of declarations or changes after the fact. So it’s sort of a character study… hey, they both start with H, that has to count for something, right?
So in honor of the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child I thought it would be fun to remember some of my favorite moments from Harry Potter. These books are ones that David and I have both loved and I am excited to read this next chapter in the life of Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Throughout the books there have been just superb moments that were heartbreaking, funny, exciting, or just plain awesome. So here are some of my favorite moments, characters, or things from Harry Potter.