Fantastic Beasts: Will It Work?

After the conclusion to the epic Harry Potter franchise, we thought maybe that was it for the Harry Potter universe, on the silver screen at least, but we were wrong. Later it was announced that a trilogy based on Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off book; Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them, was planned. The book is a reproduction of a textbook owned by Harry Potter and written by magizoologist (a person who studies magical creatures), Newt Scamander. It  contains the history of Magizoology and describes 85 magical species found around the world. The movie, however, seems to revolve around perhaps one of Scamander’s various adventures.

It sure sounds awesome to return to the Harry Potter universe again, but is this how we wanted to return to it? Will this trilogy work? Here’s why it could work and why it could fail.

Why it could work:


1-The universe.


The Harry Potter universe is a rich one. With an interesting history, a huge variety of creatures, a huge number of characters, a wide range of possibilities and much more. And it’s a universe that we fell in love with the moment Harry got on that train. Even after eight movies we still feel that there’s a lot we don’t know about this mysterious world. Perhaps one of the reasons we didn’t want that franchise to end is because we wanted to explore that universe more. Fantastic Beasts gives us this opportunity.


2-A new setting.


Fantastic Beasts not only gives us the opportunity to revisit the Harry Potter universe, but it also allows us to see the wizard world in America. That’s a part we’ve never visited before. It’s definitely interesting to see how another country deals with wizardry.


3-Eddie Redmayne.


After Les Miserables, The Theory Of Everything and The Danish Girl, Eddie Redmayne established himself as one of the best actors out there. And there’s something about him that makes him look like he belongs to that universe, so much that I got a “about time!” vibe when I heard he was cast as Newt Scamander. It’s unquestionable that Redmayne will nail the character and give us an awesome performance as always.



Why it could fail:


1-No Harry.


No matter how interesting the Harry Potter universe is, it’s way less interesting without Harry in it. After all, it is Harry’s story. We watched him grow up and change over the years. We’re connected to Harry. We loved exploring that universe with Harry and through his eyes. The absence of the character that everything revolved around is definitely one of Fantastic Beasts’ biggest problems.


2-A trilogy, because reasons.


When The Deathly Hallows was divided into two movies, it didn’t work out well for the dragged Part 1. Now, one book is being made into three movies. Sure, the movies have their own story since the book barely has any, but that makes it even worse. What if this arc isn’t rich enough to be made into three exciting not-at-all dragged movies?


3-The downfall of Harry Potter.



Towards the end of the franchise, the Harry Potter movies kept getting weaker. It’s actually pretty surprising that 2,3 and 4 broke the sequel curse and were that good. Starting with Order Of The Phoenix, the movies kept getting more bland and slow-paced. Fantastic Beasts, even if it’s kind of a thing of its own, is still a Harry Potter movie, and it’s coming after eight Harry Potter movies, so there’s a huge chance that this trilogy will suffer from a dragged plot.



We won’t know for sure whether or not Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them will work till we actually see it, but personally, I believe that even if it’s good, it will never be as good as the Harry Potter movies, which will make it fail because it WILL be compared to Harry Potter.


Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them arrives on November 18, 2016. Check out this trailer to see some of what the Harry Potter spin-off has in store.


-Mohamed Sherif


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