“Do you know anything about the wizarding community in America Mr Scamander?” It’s been nine years since the last Harry Potter book and five years since the last film. It’s time for a new scruffy haired wizard to take the helm.
The Harry Potter series we know and love began in 1991 and practically took place in real time which meant, apart from a mention of Margaret Thatcher trying to throw the Minister for Magic out of a window, there were very few references to current events. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them however, is set during “The roaring 20s”, the time of Prohibition, The Wall Street Crash and The Women’s Suffrage Movement. It’s our first opportunity to see how the Wizarding World was affected by the Muggle goings-on that shaped history, or was it the other way round?
Perhaps one of the most mysterious characters in the Harry Potter series, Gellert Grindewald is set to play a big part in the Fantastic Beasts films. He was first mentioned in The Philosopher’s Stone via Albus Dumbledore’s Wizarding Card which explained, “Dumbledore is particularly famous for his defeat of the dark wizard Grindewald in 1945.”
That was the last we heard of Grindewald, until it was revealed in the final book that before the famous duel Dumbledore and Grindewald were once friends. Hopefully, Fantasic Beasts will fill in some of the blanks about Grindlewald’s past, whilst giving us a glimpse of the man Dumbledore once was.
Something to fill the void
In the years since the last Harry Potter instalment, JK Rowling has sustained us with drips of extra information via Pottermore. The release of The Cursed Child in July was supposed to give us closure, but the truth is, we’re lost without our fix of the Wizarding World. With the Fantastic Beast films set to cover the twenty years up to the rise of Voldemort, there’s potential for a new group of wizards to win our hearts and fill the void left by the boy who lived.