By: C.A. PRINTUP
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” is coming out Friday, Nov. 18, and some students at IU South Bend are getting excited.
“This is her first non-book movie and I’m really interested to see how it does,” IUSB student Kyree Turner said. “I didn’t care for most of the Harry Potter films but I loved the books, though. I plan on going to see it Thursday on the premiere simply because I have nothing better to do but I won’t be judging it too harshly.”
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” is based on a novella Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling wrote as a companion to the original series. In the magical textbook, Newt Scamander—Rowling’s pseudonym—breaks down magical creatures and what they can do, where they can be found and how best to deal with the magical beasts. Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger make small cameo appearances in the margins, as if they were making notes in their textbooks.
While “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is set in the past, some Harry Potter characters will make appearances such as Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald making appearances in later movies, according to several sources such as Mirror.co.uk and slashfilm.com.
Controversy has already surrounded the film and its upcoming sequels. According to ET online, Johnny Depp will take on the role of Gellert Grindelwald in the upcoming sequels. This is a problem with many people as Depp was accused of abuse by his former wife Amber Heard. It is such a problem that creator J.K. Rowling and director David Yates have already had to make public statements about the casting.
She told E! News, “I didn’t approach him. Although he was approached, he was approached with my full blessing, because I thought he’d be amazing in the part. I can’t say much, because there are surprises in the movie, but I’m really happy with his performance. And I think the fans will be, too.”
While it is reported that Grindelwald will not be a part of the first movie, petitions are already popping up on change.org to get Depp removed from the film. But for the most part a lot of people are excited for it.
“I’m really excited because I’ve grown up with the books and I love that they’re doing more with Harry Potter so more people can discover the world [Rowling] created,” IUSB student Christian Yoder said.
Moviepilot.com predicts that “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” will be the lowest-grossing Harry Potter opening weekend. “Early projections have given Fantastic Beasts a cool $75 million on opening weekend—the lowest of all the Harry Potter movies thus far. These projections are based on several factors, including the amount of pre-sales tickets already sold in theatres,” Moviepilot.com reported.0
Tickets are being sold at most cinemas in the area. Get your broom and head to the nearest theatre.