July 21, 2007 and July 15, 2011.
For many fans those are days that will linger in our memories for years to come. They were big days, bittersweet days, days were we were excited, apprehensive, sad and happy all at the same time; a cavalcade of emotions, as any good work of art should bring out of people. They were days were we came together as fans and celebrated the conclusions of sagas that were held near and dear to our hearts, that followed us as we grew and, as all things must, came to an end.
2007 was the release of the final Harry Potter book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and 2011 was the release of the final Harry Potter movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, marking the last times, in print and on screen respectively, that we’d see these characters and share in this world.
Such as it is with all fandoms. With very rare exceptions, seasons must end, series must close and things must come to some form of conclusion, good bad or indifferent.
But, as I’ve been waxing philosophically about all this, I should also do a 180 and say that there are many cases where fandoms live on, in one form or another. A reboot, a sequel, a prequel, tie-ins, a theme park, even just fanart in all it’s many incarnations, if something is loved well enough it’ll find a way back (I’ll leave it to you, dear reader, to decide if that’s a good thing or not. Me, I’m in the camp that it’s mostly a good thing…not always, but mostly ;)).
Such it is with the fictional universe J.K. Rowling created all the way back in 1997. We may yet again get to revisit it in 2016 (almost 20 years after the release of the first book) with the first of a three part film trilogy based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The book, a well-known first-year textbook at Hogwarts, was published for us Muggles in 2001, along with Quidditch Through the Ages, a very well circulating book from the Hogwarts school library. It was first announced back in 2013 how J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros pictures would create a movie (with the screenplay written by Rowling herself) based on the life of Fantastic Beasts “author” Newt Scamander and his adventures compiling the book 70 years before the events of the Harry Potter series (our friend Sarah reported the news on this very site), and we’ve had bits and pieces of info coming in since, like the confirmation that this will be a trilogy (EEEEEP!)
And I mention all of this again because it was reported that we may be close to casting our Newt. Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne, who’s made a big splash on everyone’s radar recently for his award winning turn in The Theory of Everything and other big films like Les Miserables and Jupiter Ascending. Considering they’re hoping to have part one of this trilogy out by November of next year and they haven’t officially cast their leading man yet, I’m hoping we’ll get some confirmation on this soon. Can we get more of my favorites in there somewhere? The actors who were too old to play students and too young to play professors during the first series of movies? Your Cumberbatches, your Hiddlestons, your Smiths, etc? Pretty please with sugar?
So there is more to look forward too. More to learn about this magical universe. I’m SO stoked! What about you readers? Do we want/need more? Were we happy with just the seven books and eight movies? Who do you think should play Scamander? Who do you think should round out the rest of the cast? Post away.
And if you’re looking to revisit the world of Potter and can’t make it to Florida yet, we’ve got you covered. Book 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7; movie 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 AND 8, plus the school books listed above, the collection of fairy tales called The Tales of Beedle the Bard (a favorite of mine), and an assortment of non fic too, just to keep all the bases covered. Hopefully that’ll keep us busy up until next November.
But still, THE WAITING! AND ALL THE SAD REFLECTION BEFORE! Quick, give me a laugh internet!
*chuckle* OK, good…
BWAHAHAHAHA! Better *thumbs up*
Until next time, End of Line.