Nov 18, 2016
Harry Potter Universe
In this episode:
- With the upcoming release of
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we wanted to discuss our
love of the Harry Potter franchise and kind of survey the series
and expanded universe.
- With the books, we love them. They’re
a part of our childhoods and young adulthoods, and on re-reads,
they stand up just as well. Void has listened to the audiobooks of
Harry Potter multiple times, while Beej never has. He’s only read
the physical books over and over again.
- We discuss the change in tone the
books take, going from children’s books in the first three, to the
serious war story in the last set. That tone is also carried over
into the movies, with each director doing his best to fit the tone
and atmosphere of the movie with the narrative’s intended
- We discuss the extended universe of
Harry Potter, which includes new short stories, Pottermore, the
Cursed Child, as well as the upcoming Fantastic Beasts film. Void
loves them. A lot. He keeps up with them, reads as they come out
and has become invested in the world. Beej, however, feels all the
expansion makes the idea of the original series lose its charm, and
he doesn’t feel as though the world is fleshed out enough for this
expansion. He’s open-minded, though and will eventually dig in and
read about the American setting he’s not into.
- Which brings us to Fantastic Beasts
and Where to Find Them. It’s set in the American past (1920s?), and
it’s the first Harry Potter movie that’s specifically written as a
screenplay. We are hoping this makes it more cohesive as a
narrative; however, the explosion from a single movie to a trilogy
to a 5-movie series before the first one has debuted makes us a
little wary. Judgment will be reserved until we see it, and we will
certainly do a Weekly Geekery segment on it when we do.
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