Last week I did something foolish. I clicked a link posted by a “friend” on Facebook and after excitedly reading the title and skimming the article, bounced up and down with the best news I’d heard in several years. There was going to be a new book in the Harry Potter world. JK Rowling was excited to return to that world and was actually most of the way through the book. Ecstatic was not extreme enough a word for the high that I was riding. The mistake though was in trusting that friend of mine.
It wasn’t on a major news site and this was the only friend posting about it. Usually, this causes me to take news with some pause, think about the site that it’s coming from, check the date for the time relevance, that kind of thing. Had I done that minimal research in this case, I would have been safe. Instead I went ahead and posted it to twitter, exclaiming that I had no words for what I was feeling. It was quickly pointed out to me by a couple of friends who were wise enough to check that this post had been published on April 1, 2013… as an April Fool’s joke.
With my recent heartbreak, it’s only natural that the links I saw popping up today had me a bit skeptical. Not even a week later and we get an actual announcement of Rowling returning to that world? Sure, it’s not in book form, but it’s still revisiting a world that has made such an impact on so many lives!
That’s right, it’s been confirmed and it’s real. JK Rowling will write a screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. If that name sounds familiar, good job, you were paying attention when you read the books! Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a textbook used at Hogwarts in some of the books in the Harry Potter series.
The movie is not going to be a prequel or a continuation of the Harry story (how could it be if the book is used as a text in that story), but it will simply be another story told in the same world. This means that our favorite characters will not be back, unless Buckbeak somehow makes it in. I happen to be really ok with this, as I feel that Harry’s story has been told and doesn’t need to be revisited, but I bet that there are those who are at least a tiny bit disappointed to not see familiar faces in this one.
How do you feel about it? Are you already looking to buy tickets or will you skip this one?