Potter Head July BLOG TOUR: Hopes and Fears About Spin Offs

Well hello, dear stranger, are you ready to FRET and HOPE at unprecedented levels about the thing we all love so terribly much? *high five* Excellent. Because that’s precisely what I’m here to help you with.

I fee like I should perhaps hold up a moment to note that if you haven’t read the HP series firstly: what are you doing?! And secondly, this post will probably spoil you.

Thanks to the ever wonderful Aentee @ Read at Midnight there is a ridiculously fun blog FESTIVAL going on in celebration of Harry Potter – because there is never a reason not to celebrated good ol’ HP (although, to be fair, it is his birthday at the end of the month). Anyhoo, today I’m going to be discussing my hopes and fears about spin-offs for Harry Potter. What spin offs? Well let me explain.

There are seven books in the series (and for the sake of you who might not have read it (despicable human beings) I shall list):

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone;
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets;
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban;
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire;
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix;
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince;
  7. and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

But this well-known list of books was the not the story done and dusted. You see, the last book for the series was published in 2007 (YES I KNOW, THAT LONG AGO). However, in the year 2000 J. K. Rowling published Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, in 2001 she published Quidditch Through the Ages, and then a few years later in 2008 she threw her quill into the air going OH WHY NOT and wrote The Tales of Beedle the Bard. These are the main spin offs for the Harry Potter series by Rowling herself. If you include fan fiction as spin offs then I shall waggle my finger at you and kindly state that there are other posts in this “festival” discussing fan fiction (what fun! Off you pop!). However, they are not the only spin-off-y sort of thing Rowling has done.

In 2008 she also published Harry Potter: The Prequel (book #0.5) which I bet you just fell off your chair for because you didn’t know it existed. Well, it does, and it’s the story of Sirius and James.

Well, it’s a white book so this looks very strange.

BUT OH, I tell lies. The Hogwarts Library (Fantastic Beasts, etc) are no longer the main spin offs. If you’ve ventured out from under your rock then I’d say you might have heard of the mysterious beast that is called:


*sound of millions of people fainting* and I think it’s safe to say we’re all a wee bit excited about it.

Nonetheless, whilst I urge you to run off and check out of the other spin-offs I’ve discussed today, we’re going to flail enthusiastically over two things: the movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the eighth, *more fainting*, Harry Potter instalment: The Cursed Child.

 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
(and also Eddie Redmayne because THAT MAN)

RELEASE DATE: 18th November 2016
This is official the “USA” release date but let’s hope the rest of the world gets it then, too.

image source: imdb.com

OKAY. So let’s talk about this piece of potential magnificence that shall grace our screens in the near future! Fantastic Beasts is a full length feature film based off the book by Rowling of the same name. HOWEVER. It is not that book. This is the story of the author of the book. Still following? Excellent.

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I’m so excited for this one. I’m really expecting it to be something completely magical. But I am also  a tad worried. When Rowling finished the seven books of the HP series she said that she wouldn’t write anymore of it, but this year she’s decided to set every Potterhead’s teeth on edge by going SURPRISE and throwing a bunch of new material at us.

I think it’s fair to say that this isn’t “unexpected”. I mean, she knows that people want more, and I can only imagine how much money she’s going to make. I think she could quite literally fill a pool with money to roll around in now if she wanted. Marvellous.

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Why am I anxious about this? I think you could definitely put me in the camp of being quite content to let things be. I love the books and I love the movies and I’m so nervous that adding more and more to the Harry Potter world is eventually going to make it BLOW. I’m also a bit concerned that any newbies to the HP world (if there are any HP virgins left, that is) might not be impressed – what if it’s just not the same?! WHAT IF IT ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH!?! *chaos on the streets*. I think I will cry for the rest of eternity if this movie does meet the mark.

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My other weird fear about this movie? It’s set in America. My brain starts short-circuiting every time I think about that. Guys, we’re going to watch an entire HP related movie with American accents, *twitching*. I don’t really have any problem with it but I feel like I have to do some mental gymnastics to reshape the wizarding world. It was a bit like when you discover the other magical schools – that moment of WAIT WHAT! THERE’S MORE?! Which leads to my next point . . .

image source: pottermore.com

IT’S GOING TO BE SET IN AMERICA *runs in excited circles*. That means that there could be wizards in Antarctica, Mauritius, CYPRUS – anywhere! Literally. Maybe even the moon . . . no you’re right, that would just be silly. But I am very excited about how we are completely expanding the world of magic to new places and it’s all just so terribly exciting that I might have to run up and down the street to herald the good news. Who wants to take bets that this is going to smash box-office records? *waggles eyebrows*

image source: imdb.com

The thing I’m most looking forward to, though, is the fact that we are getting another movie (and more), with beautiful actors (aka Eddie Redmayne) and a whole new plot of intrigue and fantabulousness. It’s going to be magnificent, you can’t deny it. I think I would be feeling very stressed if I was the director for this movie, I bet they’ve aged 20 years in the time it’s take to make it.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
(and my grand dilemma of 2016)

RELEASE DATE: 31st July 2016

Well, obviously I have to talk about this beauty. When I first heard that there was going to be another HP thing in cannon with the original series I half fainted and half screech WHYYY  out to the universe. I’m so nervous for this one guys. I have to say, I’m glad that I’ll probably only get to read it because the nerves of seeing it performed live by people other than the original cast would destroy me – the cast does look fabulous and on point, mind you, but I think I would just melt into a puddle of omgthisisreallyhappening.

So I have similar reasons when it comes to expectations compared to the reality of the show/book with this one as for Fantastic Beasts, but I feel like this is the bigger of the two. Fantastic Beasts is a whole other thing in a whole different place. The Cursed Child is about Albus Potter *squeals* and still has all the original cast. *breathes into paper bag*

At least, I believe that’s what it is. This is the official Goodreads description:

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.

For the sake of possibly two of you reading this who have somehow gone thus far not knowing what this is, I shall elaborate: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth book in the HP series. It follows the events of the previous seven, but is now about Harry’s youngest son, Albus Potter. More than that, I haven’t looked at. I don’t want to know anymore. I want to be surprised and blown away and sobbing my heart out because I love it so much – so if this play doesn’t meeting these expectations of mine (and the world’s) then woah-ho, good luck to you Rowling, sir!

The Weasley’s || image source: pottermore.com

So, how is it working? The “book” is coming out on July 31st (Harry’s birthday, of course) this year (2016, in case you forgot). It’s a play being performed in two parts on West End, currently. Rowling, being her good ol’ self, is publishing the script in book format for the rest of the world so that no-one has to miss out. Which is glorious.

The Potters || image source: pottermore.com

Why are you so inexplicably terrified to pick up this book? I can answer that question for you! You’re worried that the story is not going to go in the direction that you subconsciously have been plotting since the last book was published. I know I am. I haven’t thought all that much about it, to be fair, it makes me too sad, really. I am absolutely shaking in my boots that I will read this play and go, NUP – average! I’m not sure Rowling is capable of doing just “average” but imagine if it was just meh?!! Imagine if we read it and go – I CAN’T DEAL WITH THIS BECAUSE IT’S NOT HARRYRONHERMIONEDRACOSNAPEDOBBY. *deep breathing*. We can do this guys, everything is going to be okay. I promise?

The Malfoys || image source: pottermore.com

But what is this grand dilemma of 2016 that you were talking about Kirstie? Ah, I’m glad you asked. Well, I’m going to be flying halfway across the world on the 31st of July. *crickets*. You see? DO. YOU. SEE. I will not be even  remotely close to what we call a bookstore. I will be up in the clouds with many other distressed people who do not have the 8th HP book to read. It will be 24 hours of complete torture. One cannot possibly wait beyond the release date to pick up this book, it is simply not allowed. So, what’s my plan? My plan is that I’m going to buy this book in the airport right before I take off and if it’s not there I shall sue the universe. Obviously. But failing that, I fully expect all of you to tide me over via hilarious and beautiful Tweets, Instagram photos, and general wails of delight over the internet.

The kids!! Does anyone else prefer Hermione’s daughter here to the one at the end of the seventh movie? I do || image source: pottermore.com

Give yourself a pat on the back – you made it to the end! That was jolly good fun to write so I hope you had a whale of a time reading my splattering of thoughts. I say we all do a bit of a limber up in preparation of reading HPATCC (okay that acronym needs work) because I’M PUMPED. Let’s hope I don’t terrifying my fellow plane passengers with uncontrollable sobbing for any of the aforementioned reasons on my way back.

Tell me, what are YOU most nervous for?

Let me know in the comments below!

End Note

~~ Kirstie ~~

15 thoughts on “Potter Head July BLOG TOUR: Hopes and Fears About Spin Offs

  1. Best. Post. Ever.

    “Guys, we’re going to watch an entire HP related movie with American accents, *twitching*.”

    I literally laughed out loud when I read this. It’s so true 😂

    P.S. Don’t worry, You will read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on July 31st! I’ll tweet you every page if I have to 😊

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  2. I was incredibly excited for the Cursed Child until the night the preview performances started, and then I suddenly realized that I was terrified exactly for the reasons you described. I’m trying really hard to convince myself that, even if I don’t agree with some plot choices, it can still be a great story, but it’s hard not to feel a little worried.

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  3. I am American so I don’t really mind watching a movie with American accents. 😉 However, it does really concern me because I feel like since Rowling made such a big deal about the Harry Potter movies needing to be filled with British actors and stuff because it was a British film, I feel the same way about writers. Rowling has done such a poor job representing American culture and history with the new additions in relationship to Ilvormony that I’m worried that the movie is also going to be looking at America and defining American wizards in a really disappointing way. And I am not interested in that at all.

    So, I don’t know. I have low expectations and no hope for something amazing. But maybe it will be great. It’s hard to say.

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    1. Yes interesting point!! I don’t really mind but I certainly think it’s going to be interesting with somewhat of a culture jump. I’m crossing my fingers that it delivers but I’m not expecting it to be quite the same calibre as the original series 😖


  4. I’m super super nervous for Cursed Child. In my fan ridden brain ideally Albus Potter would be sorted into Slytherin and be friends with Scorpious and that’s literally all I want. Well… okay, I’d also like it if Harry left Ginny and married someone else but I doubt that will happen. I just don’t want it to be a long cheesy repeat of the epilogue because that would kill me. It’s already painful enough that it will be in script form (with no audiobook no less) and not a traditional book format.

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    1. Haha whoah, they’re some pretty out there hopes! Wouldn’t that throw a spanner in the works though? But very true about the epilogue thing though – let’s have some fresh but good material hey?

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  5. I’m actually super pumped for Fantastic Beast! I think it’s perfect because we’ll get to see the american wizarding world (if their minister of magic is as annoying as Fudge), and EDDIE REDMAYNE ❤ ❤ Also it doesn't tie too closely with the 7 books so even if it's bad, it won't ruin the original. Cursed Child is another story though! I'm really really nervous and I don't think I'll buy it until I see how the world reacts to it. If it's good then HELL YEAH TAKE MY MONEY. But if it's bad I'll keep my distance with it xD

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    1. Ooh, I definitely don’t blame you for that little plan with The Cursed Child. Let’s all run in panicked circles in the hope that it does turn out good in the end! And that’s very true – with Fantastic Beasts being a . . . separate beast (hehe) altogether it shouldn’t taint the original series. Oh boy, I just cannot wait for these two to be released into the wild!


  6. I have so much apprehension to accompany my excitement with the Cursed Child. For Fantastic Beasts, I’m actually not as excited. It might be that I haven’t read the book or I feel that although it was written by Rowling, it isn’t a part of the core of HP. In many ways I feel the same about the Cursed Child, but that could be me trying to protect my fragile heart. Enjoyed your post!

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    1. I don’t blame you! I think the world will be on tender hooks until we either know the Cursed Child is good or bad. And I totally know what you mean with it feeling like it’s not quite part of the main HP things, but I still hope it’s fabulous!

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  7. Great post! I don’t think any cast of characters would be able to beat the original trio and their friends for me personally – hence my nervousness. I will still be first in line the day that Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts anyway, haha.

    Thanks for joining Potterhead July!!

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