When I was growing up, I lived and breathed Harry Potter. I remember when I went to see the first movie, age 9, when I read the first book, all the way till the last movies and books 10 years later. The second part of the last movie even premiered on my birthday July 15th. And I will always have positive memories about it. But lately, I simply can’t stand it. The new prequel ‘Fantastic Beasts and where to find them’ suffers because it doesn’t have the magic trio, Hogwarts or even ‘he-who-must-not-be-named’ and I while I understand it’s a different story, the magic is just not there. Recently, I have also been disappointed with J K Rowling and her inclusion of minorities in the story as an after thought.
The magic world was never inclusive, but suddenly after the books had been published, more and more came out retroactively and made canon. I find hard to believe that this had always been planned and that the author is being honest about it.
Additionally, her view on Johnny Depp shocked and disgusted me. And so, I stand back from the new movies so I can continue to treasure my childhood memories.