J.K. Rowling's (kind of) New Film: Fantastic or FAN-tastic?

With the mind blowing success of every single Harry Potter movie ever made, it must have seemed like a shame to put an end to such a magical era. The first Harry Potter movie was released over 10 years ago in 2001! And by the time we reached it's final instalment in 2011, die hard fans like me were left feeling a little bit lost about where to take our journey next.

For me, the magic of Harry Potter will always live on regardless of the end of the book and film series. There are new ways to re-experience Harry Potter all the time - whether that's on Pottermore, by visiting the numerous Harry Potter attractions worldwide, by joining a Harry Potter inspired society at university, joining a Quidditch team somewhere in the world, or even just by simply re-reading the books or re-watching the films. And Rowling is still hugely instrumental in all of this. Having released extra character information about Professor Umbridge and many more characters on Pottermore, there's absolutely no way for the fan base to feel like their journey has come to a complete end.

Alison Sudol 
By now, most of us already know about the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie being in pre-production. It's set for release in November 2016, which gives us just over a year to wait unfortunately. But there has been a great deal of casting news and updates, with Eddie Redmayne landing himself the lead role as Newt Scamander (author of FBAWTFT), Ezra Miller playing Kredan, Dan Fogler playing Jacob, Alison Sudol (aka A Fine Frenzy) playing Queenie and Katherine Waterston playing Porpentina. There have also been open casting calls for 8-12 year olds for the character of Modesty, giving newbies the opportunity to step in to the spotlight and rise to fame!

There are plenty of reasons why the movie is most likely going to be a perpetual tidal wave of success. It's got Eddie Redmayne as the lead, it's based on something written by J.K. Rowling and it's offering us a whole new perspective on Rowling's world of magic. Following Newt's story, the film is going to be set 70 years in advance of Harry's and it's going to be in New York! The only overseas interaction we've had from the Harry Potter films has been in it's fourth instalment with the arrival of the delicate, soft voiced and effortlessly beautiful Beauxbatons Academy girls from France and the dark-eyed, muscular and fierce Durmstrang boys from Sweden. But heading to New York is going to be even more exciting and it just seems like the perfect setting for magic. Not to mention that we'll be in a completely different time frame, adding that extra historical quality to a world that already seems tangible and very, very real.

My question, however, is more about the foundation of that success. Is the movie going to be fantastic on it's own or is it going to be FAN-tastic because it's already got a base of over a million eager Harry Potter fans waiting for a brand new magic fix? I have no doubt that the movie is going to be brilliant in my eyes. It's being directed by David Yates, who also directed the last four films in the Harry Potter series. Clearly an incredibly difficult task, because those are the four films where every important minuscule detail started to become magnified as part of a completely colossal complex plot, Yates handled the task with commendable intricacy. That same attention to detail and commitment to making the films a success are both traits that I am positive he will apply to the making of FBAWTFT too.

But then again, it may just be my inner Potterhead speaking out in favour and support of this new movie. And if the rest of the fan base is thinking the way I am, then maybe the movie is going to be more FAN-tastic than fantastic. Either way, I'm pretty sure it's all going to be a massive success. It's impossible for anybody to resist the temptation of fantasy and magic, particularly to such an amplified and expertly crafted degree. It will definitely have rocketing box office sales and people talking about it for years. I mean look at it now? Over a year in advance of it's release date and the atmosphere is already bubbling with excited anticipation.

I can't wait! Can you?!