Most people have at least heard of the Harry Potter series, written by British author J.K. Rowling, whether they have read the books and watched the movies or not.
However, not everyone knows about “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them”, a short guide that was released by Rowling in 2001 under the pseudonym Newt Scamander.
Newt Scamander is a fictitious character mentioned in the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
The short book is meant to be a reproduction of a textbook used by Harry and his friends in the first book, and it discusses Magizoology: the study of magical creatures introduced throughout the Harry Potter series.
Opposed to being a separate book for the public to enjoy, the guide was more of a way to recreate an object that was used in the Harry Potter series.
It talks about almost every magical creature introduced throughout the series and, unsurprisingly, where to find them.
Harry Potter officially came to an end after the eighth installment of the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, was released in 2011.
To many fans, this was an end of an era, and the Harry Potter series was now a legacy to be followed by other authors of imaginary series.
In 2013, however, Rowling, after Warner Brothers Pictures pitched the idea to her, announced that a movie would be created for Fantastic Beasts and Where the Find Them.
Directed by David Yates, the director for the Harry Potter installments, and with the screenplay written by Rowling, the movie is set to release next Friday on November 18, 2016, almost 16 years after the book was released.
“I think it’s cool that they’re trying to continue with the Harry Potter world … and keep fans interested,” Granite Bay High School senior and avid Harry Potter fan Chloe Miller said. “But (I also) don’t think people should really associate (the new movie) with Harry Potter as much as it seems like (they are) … If the movie isn’t good, people might be disappointed and the legacy of Harry Potter might be ruined.”
The film is intended to be the first of five installments, and technically the tenth overall installment in the series, including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the two-part stage play released in 2016, which was technically the ninth installment.
Newt Scamander, the author of the book in the Harry Potter world, will be played by Eddie Redmayne, and other actors will include Katherine Waterston and Dan Fogler.
The actors will be portraying individuals from the wizarding world, though it is set in 1926 American instead of at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
For many, the news that the spin-off was to be split into five separate movies seemed unnecessary.
The book itself is only 128 pages, so it was expected that only one movie would be made, opposed to five.
“It’s definitely not necessary to make five because that kind of feels like they are just dragging out the series and trying to make more money,” Miller said. “Yes, the fans want to see it as a movie, but fans see the Harry Potter world one way and five movies might (be too extensive) and change the current view of the wizarding world.”
However, other fans at GBHS think differently and trust J.K. Rowling’s artistic visions, though they still don’t think as many as five movies is necessary.
“I don’t think five movies are necessary, honestly,” senior Emily Schofield said. “But, I trust J.K. Rowling and her vision with the film. I mean look how good of a job she did with her input on the production of the Harry Potter films.”
The release of the movie will ultimately determine if the legacy of Harry Potter will be changed for better or for worse.
“I think if all is done well, as the original films were done, it will carry on the wizarding world legacy,” Schofield said. “(It will) allow future generations to be involved in the imaginary world that we were lucky enough to grow up with.”