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J.K. Rowling Should Leave The Wizarding World Alone

Vanessa Gomez |
September 17, 2013 | 7:06 a.m. PDT


The author announced she will take us back into the wizarding world, which could be a big mistake. (Photo via Twitter)
The author announced she will take us back into the wizarding world, which could be a big mistake. (Photo via Twitter)
Just when you thought Platform 9 3/4 would be gone forever and you thought you had already learned all the spells you could, J.K. Rowling is about to prove you wrong. Rowling is taking us back into the wizarding world, and it doesn't look like it's the best idea. 

For all the Potter fans out there, this is definitely the biggest entertainment story of the week. The question that immediately popped into my head when I heard this news was "Why?" 

Rowling is adapting her Hogwarts textbook "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" into a screenplay. She released a statement about the movie and said it is "neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world." Newt Scamander, the former headmaster at Hogwarts, will be the center of the movie since he is the fictitious author of the textbook. Fans have heard about him since the first book of the Harry Potter series, and we will now watch his story unveil. 

I honestly don't even know where to start with this one. J.K. Rowling: What are you thinking?! I don't think she's ever heard of the saying "Quit while you're ahead." Rowling should be retired by now. She made millions and millions of dollars from her books and movies of the series. I am not a die-hard fan who can quote every line of the movies or books or recite the spells by heart, but I'm still a fan; I've read all the books and have seen all of the movies. Personally, I don't want to be brought back into the wizarding world because it's not going to be the same as before. 

In her statement she said, "The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films." This worries me because I have a feeling that when I watch the film, all I'm going to want to see are the characters we have known for so long; Harry, Ron and Hermione.  I understand some of the fans may be excited for it because it will bring them back into that imaginary world, but if it's not exactly how the fans pictured it, then all hell is going to break loose. 

Even though I miss the wizarding world, I'm not sure if I will go see the movie because I don't want to ruin a good experience. It's like when you're eating your favorite ice cream and you are content with the two scoops you had, but then you decide to put one more scoop into your bowl because it's just that good. But, after you eat that one more scoop, you get a stomachache because it's just too much. That is how this film is going to be. I am content with the two scoops I've already had with the wizarding world, and if I take one more, I know it's going to be a mistake. I will regret it in the end because it's not going to be as good as I'd hoped. 

I understand Rowling is a legend now because of her books and movie adaptations, so some may say, "Well why not make another movie?" But, I think her fans are going to expect so much from it since they know the world so well. I think that they will leave the theatre disappointed because honestly, nothing can ever be as good as Harry fighting Lord Voldemort or watching Harry fly in his first Quidditch match. 

The last thing in Rowling's statement was "I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it." All I hope is that she made the right decision and doesn't regret anything in the end.

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