The spin-off we anticipate is almost here, “The Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them” film is finally out, and it’s left us more excited than ever. Energy levels are high; we don’t think the concoction of caffeine and red bull might give us the same kind of kick.
The narrative unfolds in 1926 as Newt Scamander completes an international trip to find and record an amazing array of magical creatures. We have stars like Faith Wood, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight, Dan Fogler and Katherine Waterston – Blagrove to star in the film slated to release on November 18th this year.
Only take a look at this poster if you can’t hear the “Hedwig’s theme music” orchestrating in your head and tell us!
Harry Potter creator JK Rowling appears to be hedging her bets, mixing European-style fantasy beasties with monsters predicated on Native American mythology
Millions of wannabe Gryffindors and Hufflepuffs inspired to go check out the pictures. But with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them based on an original JK Rowling screenplay, buffs looking to flesh out the New York-set interval dream with oodles of backstory that is whimsical will need to discover new sources of reading.
Luckily Rowling herself “historical” notes relating to this brave New World of witchy wonders and has been sprinkling her Pottermore website with magical fairy dust in the kind of short stories. The newest piece is titled Ilvermorny School of Wizardry and Witchcraft and shows the sources of the US variant of Hogwarts.
North American magic has European origins
Rowling has been accused of cultural appropriation after suggesting the Native American “skinwalker” legend was a variation on her animagus theory from the Potter novels in a preceding Pottermore entry. So perhaps it’s no surprise that her new storyline hardly mentions the contributions of the indigenous population to North America’s first wizarding school. Ilvermory, an Irish witch named Isolt Sayre, who set out on the Mayflower in 1620 for life in the New World, ‘re told, started us, and an English muggle named James Steward, who met her there. The association’s earliest students included children in the Wampanoag and Narragansett tribes, but you can find precious few details about native magic might have shifted North American wizarding culture in new and interesting directions.
And homegrown witchcraft has Slytherin origins
Isolt, Rowling reveals, had traveled to escape her evil aunt Gormlaith, a descendant of Salazar Slytherin himself like perspectives on witchy innocence – with Death Eater. But as we’ve been told in books and the Potter movies, Slytherins are not always bad.
Dobby the house elf:
William the Pukwudgie seems a bit like Dobby the house elf, or possibly the more mean-minded Kreacher, from movies and the Harry Potter books. Picture: Allstar/Warner Bros/Sportsphoto Ltd
Not too long ago we spoke about the Americanization of “The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” I think the British author, J.K. Rowling is importing European fantasy raw materials that are quintessential across the oceans, also. The newest Pottermore has a Pukwudgie Homunculus (this one is named William) who Rowling describes as being “a short, grey-faced, big-eared creature distantly associated with the European goblin”, including: “Fiercely independent, crafty rather than over-fond of the world (whether magical or mundane), it possesses its powerful magic. Pukwudgies hunt with lethal, poisonous arrows and love playing tricks on humans.”
At least one new brilliant beast is rooted in indigenous myth
Might any of these creatures be among those primed to escape Newt’s “special” bag and wreak havoc in New York after this year?
American witches can’t hold their wands outside the school grounds.
Is this Rowling’s satire on some comment on gun control, or American drinking laws? Either way, we’re told that Ilvermory students and Where to Find Them are required to leave their aides that are magic at home when they leave the association.