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The Harry Potter Universe is still alive and thriving

By Tori Helman

All was not well in Harry’s world even though He says it is in the last book. J.K. Rowling has been co-writing a play with Jack Thorne and Jack Tiffany called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. You can tell by the title of this play that all was not well after we left Harry with his family on Platform 9 ¾. The summary of the play also gives it away that all was not well. The summary is “It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”

The play is not going to be a happy one as you can tell from the summary. The summary also makes you wonder about what from Harry’s past is going to come up in the play. Is it going to be Death Eaters that are out to get him? Or is it going to be Harry struggling with the choices that were made during the war? No one knows yet. This play is obviously also going to be a big production. The play is going to be split into two parts and it is going to have over 30 different actors in it. Unfortunately for us who live in America we will not be able to see the play when it comes out because the play is only showing at the Palace Theatre in London. The only way we would be able to see it would be to fly to London but that will cost a lot of money. I know I don’t have that kind of money but if I did I would be flying there to see it opening night.

Now let’s rewind to the 1920’s where the newest film in the Harry Potter universe will be taking place. The movie is called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. This movie is based off the Hogwarts textbook called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The movie is planned to come on November 18th, 2016. The movie is also getting split into three parts. This movie unlike the other Harry Potter movies will be taking place in America. Which means we will find out about the American version of the Ministry of Magic which is called “the Magical Congress of the United States of America”. It has also been revealed that in America they don’t call non-magical folk muggles. They call them no-maj, which is short for no magic.

The summary is “Eccentric magizoologist Newt Scamander (Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne) comes to New York (for a reason we won’t disclose) with his trusty weathered case. This case is one of those way-way-way-bigger-on-the-inside magical devices, and within are expansive habitats for a collection of rare and endangered magical creatures from Newt’s travels around globe. He discovers the American wizarding community is fearfully hiding from Muggles (who are called “No-Maj” in the States) and the threat of public exposure is an even graver concern than in the UK (remember the Salem witch trials?). Fantastic Beasts is the story of what happens when this uniquely skilled English wizard travels to wiz-phobic America and a variety of his creatures, some quite dangerous … get out of their case.”



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