The world needs to move on from ‘Harry Potter’


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By Managing Editor

The final trailer for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” came out Sept. 28, and the newest addition to the “Harry Potter” franchise finally has a bit of a followable plot. And, it completely panders to its audience.

The addition to the already jam-packed franchise drops buzzwords like “Muggle,” and names of beloved characters like Gellert Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore, to assure filmmakers will have the attention of longtime fans. 

However, until the last trailer, the movie’s plot was weak, if not somewhat unclear. Newt Scamander lost a bunch of magical creatures in New York and has to find them, so what? Previous trailers made the movie look more like a feel-good, family comedy, the opposite of the grittier, more serious original movies with a few light moments thrown in. 

The Sept. 28 trailer gave the upcoming movie more conflict for fans to look forward to among Scamander, the wizards of New York and America’s “No-Maj” aka Muggle population. A war in Britain, possibly led by Grindelwald, was also mentioned in passing. 

The new trailer gives the movie a bit more character and intrigue, but comparing this addition to the quality of original eight movies is unrealistic, as is considering the “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” play and published script comparable to the original seven books.

Much like the “Fantastic Beasts” film, “The Cursed Child” used novelty and the nostalgia fans feel toward original “Harry Potter” characters, settings and concepts, to cash in.

It is understandable that it is hard for some to let go of a series that was the defining franchise for a generation of people born in the ’80s, ’90s and even 2000s, but nothing is ever going to compare to the original, so there’s no point in pretending even these spin-offs are worthy. Also, it seems like nobody has to move on entirely from the original series as IMAX announced on its website Oct. 3 that starting Oct. 13, the original eight movies will be shown in IMAX theaters across the country for a week.

Though both of these new works were created, at least partially, by “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling, they still seem to miss the mark. Rowling just continues to try to churn out stories in a series that was supposed to be over in 2011 with the final “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Part 2” movie.

A “Fantastic Beasts” novel was released in 2001 as a companion to the still-being-produced novels and films but was not a narrative story like the current movie. Instead, the book was supposed to represent one of the textbooks Hogwarts requires for its “Care of Magical Creatures” class, much like the companion book “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” released a few months after the final “Harry Potter” novel.

With the number of works that are part of the original series, the merchandise sold worldwide and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme parks in the U.S. and Japan, there is definitely enough “Harry Potter” to go around, and Rowling should be happy with what she has created. She and Hollywood need to stop adding story after story to this fictional universe before they end up beating the much-loved franchise into the dirt.