This week’s discussion is taking on a particular theme…
Since we’re only a mere few days away from the release of the Cursed Child book (EEEEKKKKKK!) I thought it’d only be fitting for this week’s chat to be about all things Harry Potter.
I didn’t quite know WHAT to write about, since there’s so much of the wizarding world to explore, so I did a poll on twitter…
…and it basically showed that we can’t miss ANYTHING here today. So this will be a good old ramble about everything Harry Potter related.
I’ll warn you now: If you HAVEN’T read all the Harry Potter books, leave now. This will likely contain spoilers, and you probably won’t have a clue what’s going on with magic spells and wand properties etc etc.
This is probably my longest discussion yet, so get comfy and let’s talk, Potterheads!
Now, I wanted to talk about the original series a little bit first, but with there being SO MUCH to talk about, what to do?
I’ve made a little personal profile, listing all the key facts about myself regarding the wizarding world. And I want you to fill this in too in the comments! I’d love to see them all!
Age I read the series: 7-10 (I think. And yes, it took me a very long while)
Hogwarts House: Slytherin – by the old Pottermore. The updated Pottermore says I’m a Gryffindor and has given me a serious (Sirius) identity crisis. I still say I’m Slytherin, because I have been for years. Maybe I’ve gotten braver over the years? Or do I say I’m a Slytherdor?
Ilvermorny House: Thunderbird (and I now want sorting quizzes for all the wizarding schools, thanks)
Wand (if you know through Pottermore): Cedar wood with a Phoenix feather core 12 ¾” and Surprisingly Swishy flexibility
Favourite book: Deathly Hallows – I have a thing for small details and backstories and complex plots coming together, and that book is FULL of them.
Favourite movie: Philosopher’s Stone – purely for nostalgia. It gives me such a wonderful feeling inside and reminds me of Christmas because I always seem to watch it around then.
Favourite Character: Hermione Granger.
Why? She was the first person I idolized, despite being fictional. When I was younger I loved doing homework and encouraged myself to read so I’d be more like her.
Another character you’re particularly fond of? Luna Lovegood! I just adore how whimsical she is ❤
Fill this ^ in down below in the comments!
To put it simply, JK Rowling has literally taken over the world with it. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of another book or film series that has wormed it’s way into every country, and has had such a devoted fanbase for so many years. Most popular things die down after a while – Harry Potter just keeps giving.
But why do we love it so much?
Well, the only reason I can give – and actually explain without talking for years – is because it makes so much sense.
JK Rowling thought everything through. How the wizarding world fits in with the muggle world. How magic can affect different things – objects, electricity, people. There’s an endless list of magical places, objects, animals, spells, potions, EVERYTHING. It’s so believable. I mean, if Hagrid knocked down my door right now and told me it’s all real, I’d be like Harry and just accept it within three minutes like “yeah sure let’s go explore” and start running into brick walls hoping to find the Hogwarts train on the other side (though my acceptance would be out of sheer hope).
Of course, there’s other reasons why it’s so great. The ridiculously complex story that never fails to give out small details for us Potterheads to really cherish. The complicated characters and accurate sense of growing up. And let’s not forget – sassy Harry.
But to talk about it all would leave us talking about it for years. Which, to be fair, we ARE already doing because THIS FANDOM HAS NOT DIED. GO US!
Ahhhh, the day Cursed Child was announced. I actually had VERY mixed feelings about it.
First of all, I went into fangirl mode because WE’RE FINALLY GETTING MORE OF THE WIZARDING WORLD!!!
And then I realized the play was only being shown in London. And was really quite expensive. And even though I do live in England, a lot closer than most fans are…to travel there, get the tickets and book a hotel for however many nights would still cost hundreds. Because come on, it’s London.
So at first, I was happy but also jealous of the people who could go. If there was more to the wizarding world, I needed to know, and the idea of not knowing an entire story when others do…well, it didn’t settle well with me to say the least.
OOOOOHHHHH AND THEN.
THERE WAS ANOTHER ANNOUNCEMENT.
The book. The play. The Screenplay.
Whatever you want to call it, the screenplay/script of the play is being published, so we WILL be able to know the story!
AND THAT’S WHEN MY FULL FANGIRL FORM BURST FROM ITS INNER DEPTHS AND FLOURISHED ONCE AGAIN IN THE SPECTACULAR WONDER THAT IS THE WIZARDING WORLD.
To be honest, I don’t have that many hopes. Just having more information on the wizarding world fills everything I hoped for in the last few years.
But obviously, there’s a few things…
I hope there’s a more diverse Hogwarts houses for the next generation. I’m pretty sure a certain someone is going to end up in Slytherin, but I want there to be more Ravenclaws and Hufflepuffs too!
I hope to see at least a bit about each of the next generation. Not just the main lot, but Victoire and Louis (Bill & Fleur’s), Teddy (Tonks & Lupin’s), Fred II and Roxanne (George & Angelina’s), Lorcan and Lysander (Luna & Rolf’s) AND SO ON. There’s too many to list, wow.
I hope to see at least a tiny hint of Luna Lovegood. For some reason it doesn’t feel likely, even though one of Harry’s kids has a middle name after her, but still. I just hope to hear something about how she’s doing. If she’s still as random as ever.
I hope that the personalities of the new characters will be just a thorough as it would be in a normal novel, rather than a play. I’ve not read many plays, so I’m not a good judge. But if it’s what the actors judge their performance on, it’s got to be good, right?
Now, we can’t forget about this other chunk of the wizarding world now, can we? Because the Wizarding world is actually the WORLD now, with new schools introduced all over the globe and Fantastic Beasts being set in America.
And there’s been a new trailer release at San Diego Comic Con!
It looks incredible(if you haven’t seen it, click here) and I honestly cannot wait for this film to hit the big screen. I’m so intrigued to how they’ve turned that tiny wizarding textbook into an epic adventure through the wizarding world. Plus the magical creatures are one of my favourite things about Harry Potter, so having a film based on them feels like a blessing!
To quote the man at the end of the new trailer…“I wanna be a wizarrdddd” 😆
Now I’ve rambled on enough, it’s your turn!
What’s your personal profile? (the facts from the first section!)
Why would you say Harry Potter is so great?
What was your reaction to the Cursed Child news?
Will you be watching the play, or just getting the book like me?
What do you hope to see in Cursed Child?
And what do you think of the new Fantastic Beasts trailer?
Also – feel free to talk about anything else Harry Potter related in the comments too! I just didn’t want this post to end up being miles long! I’ll happily chat about Harry Potter all day though so fire away 😀
Join the discussion in the comments!
Until next time…
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