Years ago, the world was introduced to the magical story of #HarryPotter. The novels by author #JKRowling became such a phenomenon that it was no shock that would eventually be turned into movies. With eight films to its name, Harry Potter became a major movie franchise as it found both financial and critical success. In 2011, the film series had its conclusion with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Yet, it would not be the last time that moviegoers would see the wizarding world on the silver screen. Arriving in theaters this season is #FantasticBeastsandWheretoFindThem. The new blockbuster begins a another series of fantasy films as it takes moviegoers into a new era with Newt Scamander as audiences latest guide into the wizarding world. The wizarding world is a big place and a number of stories could be captured on the big screen. So to commemorate Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’s release, I have decided to list potential stories that I would not mind seeing in the cinematic wizarding world.
5. The Founders Of Hogwarts
For years, viewers and readers alike have come to know Hogwarts and all of its wonder. The famous school has been home to countless adventures, with each journey being bigger than the last. Yet, while it was fun to see Harry, Ron and Hermione grow up in the school of witchcraft and wizardry, the fact remains that Hogwarts has a vast history. Any point in Hogwart’s history would be great to see in cinematic format, but perhaps one of the better tales to tell on the silver screen would be the origins of the school.
As fans know, Hogwarts was founded by four individuals: Godric Gryffindor, Rowena Ravenclaw, Helga Hufflepuff and Salazar Slytherin. I think having a movie based on the four founders would make for a compelling film. Not only could it expand on the school itself, but the film would have many dynamics going for it, like the story of Salazar Slytherin. Although the wizarding world is a big place, I still think that school of Hogwarts still has much to offer when it comes to cinematic storytelling.
4. Origins Of The Deathly Hallows
In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, we are introduced to the concept of three powerful items known as The Deathly Hallows. These items are the Cloak of Invisibility, the Resurrection Stone and the Elder Wand. Although these items played a pivotal part in the Harry Potter finale, I felt as though the Deathly Hallows could have been further explored. This is why I think a movie about the Deathly Hallows’ origins would be quite captivating. No doubt the film would center on the three brothers and how they acquired the three items.
I think this tale would make for an intriguing movie as it could explore the gravitas behind the three items and how they impact the wizarding world. The origins of the Deathly Hallows could benefit from having a film as it would bring a unique perspective to wizarding world, not to mention be an intriguing fantasy movie to see on screen.
3. The Story Of Albus Dumbledore
There are many characters from the Harry Potter series that are beloved by fans. Among these cherished characters is none other than the Headmaster of Hogwarts: Albus Dumbledore. For years, viewers have known Dumbledore as the elderly mentor to Harry Potter. However, it was discovered in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that Dumbledore had a complicated past. The professor’s backstory included a relationship with the dark wizard Grindelwald, and the secrets that circled the Dumbledores. It is because of these factors I believe that the story of Albus Dumbledore could be told in a cinematic format. The film could bring a new aspect to the wise headmaster, not to mention explore his relationship with the famous dark wizard. While reports about #FantasticBeasts suggest that Dumbledore will have a role to play in the new film series, I still think that seeing the humble beginnings of the Headmaster could work as a cinematic experience.
2. The Tale Of The Prince, The Potters And The Dark Lord
This one is a bit different from the previous entries as it could be told as individual stories or be one major tale. Harry Potter fans are quite familiar with characters such as Lilly, James, Voldemort and Severus Snape. Each of these characters have played a vital role in the Harry Potter books, but there is much about them that could be explored in a movie.
First and foremost, the story of Lily and James Potter is discussed periodically, but we never see just how they fell in love. The story of the Potter would no doubt include Snape as he has a history with both characters. Although seeing more of Snape’s background could take away from his presence in the original Potter stories, I do think it would be interesting to see a younger Snape, as it may add more to the Half Blood Prince’s tale.
Then there is Voldemort. Out of all these characters, Voldemort has the most development, but there are some aspects to the Dark Wizard that have yet to be seen, such as how Voldemort rose to power. There are plenty of stories that I think could work in favor for a genuine prequel to Harry Potter, and whether it is a film about the Potters, Snape, the Dark Lord (or all of the above), I think that it would only benefit the Harry Potter film series as a whole.
1. American Wizards And Ilvermorny
With Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them set in America, it opens the door to concept of something that I have pondered for years: American wizards. The new film goes into areas such as how the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) operates, but also mentioned in the movie is the country’s school for witchcraft and wizardry: Ilvermorny. Whether or not Ilvermorny will play a major role in the Fantastic Beasts films remains to be seen, but I would not mind seeing a film that centers on the American Magical School, preferably in a time that plays close to the events of Harry Potter. I think that a movie on Ilvermorny would work in the same sense as the Harry Potter films; which could be double-edged sword for the movie. On one hand, the movie would have similar elements to that of Harry Potter, and that could be a challenge for the film to differentiate from its predecessor. Yet I feel there are many benefits in having a Ilvermorny movie, as it could find its own voice by showing how the American school differs from that of Hogwarts, all the while paying tribute to its predecessor. As I said, Fantastic Beasts opened the door to new areas for the Wizarding World, and I can only hope that we will see more on Illvermorny in some form.
If there is one thing that Fantastic Beasts proves it is that the wizarding world is a big place and there are many stories that can be told on the silver screen. Although Fantastic Beasts will be bringing the magic in the coming years, it would be interesting to see if the filmmakers could introduce other wizarding world tales to the big screen;, whether it be a Harry Potter Prequel or a film about Ilvermorny. Whatever happens to this franchise, I believe that it is safe to say that wizarding world is here to stay in the fantastic realm of cinema.
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