Anyone who is fairly familiar with our generation, with social media, or with Pinterest knows well that Harry Potter fans aren’t to be messed with.
But will author J.K. Rowling be the one who ruins the series for her committed readers?
As the countdown to the premiere of The Cursed Child performance draws to a close in a month, fans are getting restless. They yearn to get their hands on the eighth addition to the Harry Potter series. Rowling has promised a book for her fans, but that doesn’t mean that they’ll wait quietly until in hits bookstores later this year. The Inquisitr reports that the hype over Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reflects that which occurred when The Half-Blood Prince was published.
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was one of the most anticipated books in history, and the people producing it for J.K. Rowling were worried it might leak online before it could be released. This was due to a security issue with Bloomsbury Publishing, which had been subject to leaks prior to the book’s official release. That says a lot when the public so eagerly awaits your next book that they’ll try to leak the plot ahead of time.”
Fans will likely scramble over an early copy of Cursed Child, so security will undoubtedly be high up to its release this coming summer.
Dampening the seemingly exciting future of the Harry Potter franchise, many critics and fanatics alike have expressed their concerns that this upcoming play/book (and the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) will ultimately ruin the series.
Fantastic Beasts is set to release this November and Rowling has announced that the script will premiere soon after.
“J.K. Rowling announced that she will be publishing the screenplay of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The script for the Rowling-penned prequel/spinoff will be available as an eBook on Pottermore the day after its November release.”
“It’s a good time to be a Harry Potter fan,” Independent said. But many long-time, committed fans disagree.
Refinery29 addressed this topic, arguing that Rowling is just “an author keeping her universe alive, indulging her loyal readers and making her fan-base very, very happy,” but that this is not necessarily good or beneficial to the series.
Writer Carolyn L. Todd explained her position clearly: the franchise is just too much.
“As a one-time HP diehard — one who attended each and every midnight book release party at her local Barnes & Noble — I’m not psyched about a world with no less than three Harry Potter Theme parks, a Twitter-feed spitting out new deets courtesy of J.K. on the daily, and a seemingly infinite slate of HP projects lined up years into the future. Harry Potter has ballooned into a sprawling, scripted, franchised, beast that would be right at home in Newt Scamander’s volume — except this beast doesn’t feel so magical.”
Todd’s point of view inherently holds water–after all, the newest addition to the series (Cursed Child) won’t even be written by Rowling herself but by Jack Thorne. Is this one of the first signs of the deterioration of the Harry Potter universe?
“See, once upon a time, Harry Potter was special and rare,” Todd said. “What we didn’t know, we filled in with our imagination, joyfully. Now, a stream of selectively curated tidbits has swelled into a full-blown, all-you-can-eat buffet of Harry Potter. The past, present, future of the Harry Potter world is now generously doled out on the screen, the stage, Twitter, e-books, real books, and so forth. And the spell is wearing off (sorry, I had to).”
Is the series losing its magic? Leave your comments below and tell us what you think!
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