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Reactions: ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Teaser Trailer

So Warner Bros just thought they would tuck us in for bed in America, and wake up our UK friends across the pond with this teaser for the latest movie in the Harry Potter universe.

With J.K. Rowling making her screenwriting debut, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them tells the story of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) a Magizoologist who travels to New York City to meet with an important official at the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA). However, American wizarding authorities are soon on the hunt for Newt when creatures from his magical briefcase escape into the city, and threaten the already precarious relationship between American Wizards and No Maj (the American word for Muggles.)

Directed by David Yates, the film stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Ezra Miller, Carmen Ejogo, Faith Wood-Blagrove, Jon Voight and Ron Perlman. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to arrive in theaters November 18, 2016.

I’ve long been a Harry Potter fan and I am thrilled to see J.K. Rowling transitioning into screenwriting. You’ll have to watch the video below though, if you want to find out if this teaser trailer excites me enough to explore Magic in America! Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel!

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J.K. Rowling’s Latest Work is a Controversial Splendor


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released later this year on November 18, and in preparation for the big event, J.K. Rowling has released little stories over the past few days about magic in the Americas.

New information about the American wizarding world is undeniably exciting for Potter fans, but not everyone is jumping on board with these magical facts. In fact, many people are in uproar over some of the content, and some have went so far as to call Rowling racist. To garner more insight into why this is, I’ve summarized each of these new stories and their corresponding controversies.

Fourteenth Century-Seventeenth Century

The first installment of these stories is considered one of the most controversial pieces that Rowling has ever written.

It gave us a brief overview of magical life from the fourteenth century to the seventeenth century, zeroing in on Native Americans and their powers, specifically that of skin-walkers (a person who is able to transform into the animal of their choosing). But because skin-walkers are exclusive only to Navajo Indian folklore, many Native Americans accused Rowling of generalizing Indian culture.

Okay, I guess I can understand that.

But the backlash doesn’t end there. Some Native Americans are in uproar because they believe that Rowling is painting Native American culture in a bad light, and they are publicly defending their culture as spiritual, not evil.

While I do understand the concerns of Native Americans, I respectfully disagree with their sentiments. Rowling is in no way saying that Native Americans aren’t spiritual and beautiful. Instead, she is praising their race and culture in this story while trying to respectfully incorporate it into her fantasy world. If anything, this piece could act as a resurgence for Native American culture, as people who have read her work are now going to be Googling Native Americans to learn more. I grew up in the American southwest, where I learned and saw first hand what this amazing civilization and race did before modern times. I’m already fascinated with Native American culture, and Rowling’s piece made me want to research it even more.

I understand where the social justice warriors are coming from with their criticism, but the way I see it you can do one of two things here: call Rowling a racist who has no right to write about a culture that she hasn’t lived around or grew up in, or use her story as a platform to educate the masses about the deeply diverse and fascinating Native American culture.

It’s not fair to say that Rowling, who, like many of us, probably got most of her information about Native Americans online, is a racist.  She used the basic information available to her about skin-walkers and decided to incorporate that into her story, which is perfectly fine. Perhaps another one of the reasons why she received backlash is because she’s essentially calling Medicine Men wizards in this piece, but honestly, if I went to one and they somehow take away the migraines I’ve been dealing with forever, then I’d certainly think that magic was at play.

Seventeenth Century and Beyond

This section details the trials and hardships that were faced during the move from Europe to America, specifically highlighting the tensions between the Natives and Europeans, as well as focusing on the Puritans and their religious beliefs.

Native American history is taken into account once again with the mentioning of human trafficking and slaughter – events that happened because some of the settlers were dicks who thought that they were better than others. She doesn’t distort or lighten these historical facts, but people are upset at her mentioning of it because Rowling, again, took facts and melded it with her fictional world.

Scourers are introduced for first time in this piece. A Scourer is an individual or a group of people who have decided to take justice into their own hands. Unfortunately, as time went on Scourers became increasingly corrupt in their search to seek reward. As a result, the MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America) was formed to help weed out the Scourers and help protect the wizarding community (especially after the Salem Witch Trials).

Here’s my main issue with this section: MACUSA was formed in 1693. America was not known as the United States of America until our Declaration of Independence in 1776 – that’s nearly a century off. Damn you, damn you Rowling for further screwing up! Now my life is a lie, and I can no longer read your stories! (Read: I will continue to read everything and anything you put in front of me because no one is perfect and mistakes happen. I wouldn’t have even thought twice about this if the date wasn’t mentioned).

Rappaport’s Law

In an already secretive America, witches and wizards seldom mingle outside of their own kind. The president of MACUSA, Emily Rappaport, created a law segregating No-Majs from magic users to help protect their way of life. However, a massive breach was made by the Keeper of Treasure (and Dragot’s daughter), Dorcus Twelvetree. A poor performer of magic, Dorcus was more or less a socialite who became infatuated with a young man named Bartholomew Barebone. Unknown to Dorcus, this young man came from a family of Scourers, and as such had a deep disdain for magic. Bartholomew wooed young Dorcus into telling him the secrets of the MACUSA and Ilvermorny, which led to a sort of new-age witch hunt that harmed the already shaky American wizarding community. Because of all this, Rappaport’s Law was passed, which banned all mingling between wizards and No-Majs; no friendships, marriages, etc.

I found this part to be pretty harmless, but there are some people that are upset because they believe that the fictional magical segregation mirrors the very real racial segregation of America. I understand their concerns – this story takes place in a very tough time for civil rights, afterall. We thankfully have moved on from this era (for the most part), and today we are a country that strives for equality and happiness. But we need to remember that this story is a work of fiction by an author, and fiction will ALWAYS have similarities to reality.

1920s Wizarding America

Rappaport’s Law is still firmly in place in the 1920s, even though many witches and wizards stood with both sides during the Great War of 1914-1918, aiding in the prevention of some loss of life.

MACUSA has relocated from Washington, D.C. to New York City, and it’s been brought to my attention that some folks are displeased with this. What is the problem with it being in New York? Wizards and Witches live in secrecy, but that doesn’t mean they don’t live among us, especially in New York, which is a major world hub. Rowling’s historical timeline ends in the 1920s, but maybe she eventually said fuck it and moved the MACUSA to Las Vegas in the 1990s when the Excalibur opened. It would be a hilarious little tongue in cheek, “hahaha we’re literally right under your nose.” Who knows?

As far as education goes, American wizards have the opportunity to attend Ilvermorny, one of the top wizarding schools in the world. The wizarding world practices the magical equivalent of common core education, but because there were initially no wand makers in the new world, American wizards were falling behind their international peers.

So, in came wand makers and legislation for them.

Wand permits were introduced in the last half of the nineteenth century. Anyone carrying a wand needed a permit so that any mischief that may occur could be controlled. In total there were four wand makers, each coming from different locations and each with their own special abilities. It doesn’t seem that the wand chooses the wizard here in America, though, but rather magic users could buy their wands according to the type of magic they favored ( in order to maximize spells).

We also learned that wizards gave no care for prohibition. They were already on the down low about existing, so why not keep that ‘Gigglewater’ flowing?

This section has one parallel that really stands out here. If you replaced wand permits with gun permits, then you basically have the second amendment. If you own a wand (gun), then you have a permit as to identify ownership in case of death and craziness. Hey, everyone needs accountability.

In conclusion…

To close, these stories are short, and some of them come off as insensitive even. There is no doubt about that.

I can understand the detractor’s points of view on these, but there also seems to be a bit of nit-picking coming through, and for what reason? Because it’s something new, and some people think that Harry Potter was done after book seven? There are so many people, including fans, who are turning their noses up to this new world that J.K. Rowling is taking time to create for us, even though it’s something that a lot of people have been asking for. I remember being one of those people who wondered if she’d do a story set in America, wanting to know if there were wizarding schools outside of Europe.

She’s finally creating these worlds for us, and it’s wonderful and amazing.

I am one of those people who will sit here and defend ANY author I read and admire, primarily because it’s THEIR world, THEIR story, THEIR way. Yes, she is taking some liberties, intertwining history with her wizarding worlds, but that’s what writing is. If you don’t borrow a little from here, a little from there, and put your own twist on things, then there would be no great literature there would be nothing new.

Sit down and read these stories for what they are: a work of fiction.

These stories are something that another person is taking time out of their day and families to create for other people, to give folks a way to escape reality just for a short time and imagine a world that is awesome and fun. No one is telling you to read it or watch the subsequent movies, but it’s wrong to sit here and criticize everything that is written in a piece of fiction. There are far more abhorrent things going on in the world, and frankly it’s a waste of time to sit here and get your knickers in a twist over someone’s writing.

But then again, we are also a world (and country) that bans books because they’re too depressing or include nudity…because READING about someone losing their pants is apparently scandalous.

You’ve heard my thoughts on the controversy, now share yours in the comments!

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5 Things Missing from the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Trailer

The announcement trailer for J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was recently released, and, to be quite blunt, it’s super boring.

If you haven’t yet seen the trailer, check it out below and formulate your own opinion:

Now I know it’s not totally fair to assume that an announcement trailer would show much detail (it is a teaser, after all), but I think a lot of us Rowling fans were expecting something a little more, well, magical.

I’m positive that things will get much more magical as time progresses, but for now, here are 5 things that are sorely missing from the trailer:

1. Fantastic beasts

Call me crazy, but when I heard that the trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was comingI expected to see some fantastic beasts. Instead, the closest thing we get to beasts is the sound of a jungle in Newt’s magical briefcase.

Well, unless you count the super brief look we got of Colin Farrell, who I think most of us ladies can agree is definitely a beast of a man.

Either way, the exclusion of the film’s namesake was a real disappointment.

2. An antagonist

Speaking of Colin Farrell, he is set to play an antagonist of sorts in the film, but you’d never be able to tell it from this trailer.

The trailer makes it appear that the so called fantastic beasts are the only call for concern within the film, but I think we all know better than to believe that.

That’s where Farrell steps in.

He will be playing Graves, a wizard employed at the Magical Congress of the United States of America and, quite possibly, the story’s villain. After the beasts get loose from their leathery holding cell, Graves is tasked with hunting down Newt.

That’s pretty much all we know about his character right now, and it’s clear that he’s definitely not an antagonist on the level of, say, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, but rather he’s a dude just doing his job.

Perhaps we haven’t even met the big bad yet… if there even is one.

3. A powerful score

When it comes to the cinematic world of Harry Potter, the one thing that is more iconic than the boy who lived is the franchise’s musical score.

John Williams (who composed the score for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jaws, and Jurassic Park) was responsible for creating the score for the first three Harry Potter films, but his score was obviously used in later films as well.

Those later films were composed by Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper, and Alexandre Desplat, but it truly was John Williams initial score that set the tone for the entire franchise. It gave Harry Potter the magical and mysterious flare it needed in order for it to be properly translated from print to cinema, and, disagree if you’d like, but the films would not be the same without it.

So when listening to the score in the trailer for Fantastic Beasts, I couldn’t help but feel majorly underwhelmed. The music is delightful, no doubt, but it’s ridiculously generic and does not help set the tone of the film one bit.

As far as I know, director David Yates has not officially announced a composer for the film, but my money is on either Hooper or Desplat stepping in to do the job.

Hopefully the next time a new trailer comes around, it will have brought a worthy score along with it.

4. The rest of the main cast

Fantastic Beasts is all about Newt Scamander’s adventure in New York with his magical case full of magical creatures… on the surface, at least. The true heart of the film lies in the adventure of four unlikely friends, as confirmed by star Eddie Redmayne himself.

“The assumption is Newt’s front and center, but it’s a quartet,” he told Entertainment Weekly. The other three members of this quartet are Tina (Katherine Waterston), Queenie (Alison Sudol), and Jacob (Dan Fogler).

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But if their dynamic is so central to the story, then why isn’t this highlighted in the trailer?

We do see Tina heavily featured in the trailer, but the other members of this little tight knit magical friendship seem to get the shaft. But, to be sort of fair, we do see Jacob blurred in the background in the end of the trailer.

A good theatrical trailer should be able to show the heart of the film to audiences in under 2 minutes, and if the heart of this film is indeed this friendship, then Warner Bros. has really dun goofed.

5. Uhhhh…

Okay, I admit it: I can’t come up with a fifth thing missing from the trailer.

This may seem surprising, as I know it may seem like I’m just trying to find things wrong with this trailer just to be an ass, but I’m simply just a fangirl with super high expectations about, well, everything.

I’ve spent the last few months gathering intel about this film and getting hyped up about what I was reading,  and after viewing the trailer, I have found the written reveals to be far more exciting and captivating than the cinematic ones.

In fact, unless you’ve been completely oblivious to the fact that this film is being made, the trailer offers no real reveals. It’s plain, dry, and to the basic very point: there’s a wizard with a briefcase full of magical creatures in NYC and some probably, possibly, definitely got out.

So, perhaps I may find this trailer to be lackluster only because I already know quite a bit about the story, but I still do feel that it needs a little more than a waving wand a roaring briefcase to get the casual Harry Potter fan to care about this film. It’s not a great first impression, but make no mistake, I have absolute faith that this film is going to be incredible – it’s written by the goddess J.K. Rowling after all.

Let’s hope the next theatrical trailer is a stunner! If not, then you’ll definitely hear about it from me.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters November 18, 2016.

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First Images of ‘Fantastic Beasts’ & American Word for ‘Muggle’

Warner Bros. is finally revealing some of its well kept magic secrets!

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s logo reveal, we now have some official photos from the set of J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!

These eight new photos from the set of the highly anticipated Harry Potter pre-quel (of sorts) come courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, who exclusively shared them online today in a preview of their latest print edition.

Check out the photos (along with the original captions) in our gallery:

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It’s difficult to garner any real plot information about the film based on these photos, but take a close look at the seal that Eddie Redmayne’s character is standing on. The words inscribed upon it are ‘The Magical Congress of the United States of America’, which (thanks to EW), we now know is the American equivalent of the Ministry of Magic.

The MACUSA is located within the Woolworth Building in New York, which at this point in time would have been brand spankin new.

By the looks of it, the place is SUPER Art Deco, which isn’t too surprising as the film will take place in New York City in the 1920s.

We don’t know much about how the American wizarding world works, but we do know one thing: the American word for Muggle. According to Rowling, American’s refer to Muggles as No-Maj [no madge], which is short for no magic.

Aren’t we Americans so clever?

More insight into the story and world will be revealed when the latest edition of Entertainment Weekly hits newsstands on Friday!

Do you think that Fantastic Beasts will have the same magic as the Harry Potter franchise? Let us know in the comments! 

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Official Logo for ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Unveiled

Warner Bros. has released the official logo for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and needless to say  it’s pretty damn epic!

Check out the logo, which was shared on the film’s brand spankin’ new Twitter page earlier today, below:

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a new film written by J.K Rowling that takes place in the Harry Potter universe decades before the boy who lived even, well, lived.

The film will star Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, and Ron Periman (to name a few), and is currently scheduled to be released on November 18 2016.

And for those of you that are bad at mental math (guilty), that’s more than a year. Ugh.

But fear not, GGW will keep you updated on all the latest news regarding the film!

Liking the artwork for the film so far? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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Colin Farrell Joins ‘Harry Potter’ Spinoff Film

Things are about to get a whole lot more magical for Colin Farrell!

The True Detective star will be joining the cast of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed today.

Farrell will play Graves, a wizard that main character Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) encounters in New York. We don’t know anything else about his role at the time, but with a name as ominous as Graves, there might be a chance that Farrell will be playing an antagonist in the film.

The Irish actor will join the already stellar cast of Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller and Alison Sudol.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a brand new story from J.K. Rowling that takes places 70 years before the events in Harry Potter, but it isn’t a prequel. The story follows a young wizard named Newt Scamander on his journey to find, well, magical beasts!

The film is currently scheduled for a November 2016 release.

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Rowling Announces New Film

J.K. Rowling recently announced that she’s bringing back the magical world of goblins, witches, trolls, and spells in her screenwriting debut with “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”.

The film will be produced by Warner Bros., the company responsible for all eight Harry Potter films, and will tell the story of Newt Scamander: author of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and famed magizoologist (a zoologist specializing in magical creatures).

And Potter fans: If the title of the film sounds familiar to you, it should! “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” was on Harry’s required reading list as a first year student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

But don’t expect to see the boy who lived in the upcoming saga.

“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” said Rowling in her official statement on her website. “Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.”

Daniel Radcliffe confirmed his iconic character’s absence in the film during a press event for the new Sky Arts series “A Young Doctor’s Notebook & Other Stories”, stating “I, needless to say, won’t be involved. I don’t know if any of us [the original cast] will be. I know nothing about it.”

A release date for the film has yet to be officially announced.

How do you feel about this rekindling of magic? Let us know in the comments below!

 
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