Nov 18, 2016
Harry Potter Universe
In this episode:
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.
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
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 audience.
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.
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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