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):
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone;
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets;
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban;
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire;
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix;
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince;
- 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.
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:
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD
*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.
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.
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.
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.
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 . . .
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*
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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?