As many of us know, the Fantastic Beasts trailer dropped this weekend and it certainly is fantastic. (I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself). After watching the trailed and getting even more pumped for the movie because I already love Newt, I was reading some of the comments on the video.
Typically, reading YouTube comments is a mistake because they’re annoying, rude, and/or inconsiderate, but I noticed a pattern throughout several. A lot of people seem to think this movie is milking the wizarding world for money (which it totally isn’t, there’s still so many unanswered questions) but it got me thinking about why the wizarding world is so so important.
I’m glad that Fantastic Beasts is happening because it opens up a whole new generation of people to become just as enthralled with the Harry Potter universe as we are. It’s important because Harry Potter defies all standards. There’s so many complex and deep messages that only the Harry Potter series has the true power to convey. Let’s start with the obvious, Hermione Granger. Raise you’re hand if you looked up to Hermione as a kid.
It’s difficult to find a good role model in media from what we see in a lot of younger aged TV shows and movies. Unlike many other heroines I’ve noticed, Hermione is extremely quick-witted and smart, but she’s also not afraid to stick up for herself and be brash.
Harry Potter also goes out of the way to help redefine what family actually is. Your family doesn’t necessarily have to be your immediate family, and take Harry for example. He doesn’t have an any immediate family, so he lives with his Aunt and Uncle. Although they definitely don’t love Harry, they still do give him a home and it always makes me cry and Dudley and Harry say goodbye for the last time. But Harry’s family is at Hogwarts with the Weasley family and Hermione. I think this is such a powerful reminder that we make our own families.
Many of us also grew up with Harry Potter, which adds so much to the series because we were typically able to identify with every stage of Harry and the gang’s growth to create attachment to the characters and the books. Basically, Harry Potter sends the message of being able to do anything that you set your mind to, and the true power of friendships and love. And it does this all in the amazing setting of the wizarding world, what isn’t there to love?
Let’s discuss more Harry Potter! Did you read the books while growing up or later? Or have you seen the Fantastic Beasts trailer? What did you think of it?