I grew up with Harry Potter, which I know is not unique to my generation. I certainly have not grown out of my love for the series and universe. I have read all the books, and when I say all I mean all. I have read the publications on Pottermore, the short stories in eBook, Cursed child, Tales of Beedle the Bard, Quidditch Through the Ages, and Fantastic Beasts and where to find them. So of course when there was an announcement of a Fantastic Beasts movie I knew I would be seeing it.
After reading cursed child I was a bit wary about Fantastic Beasts. While cursed child was not a bad read, it seemed more shallow than any of the other stories into the world, so I was a bit worried that any new delves into the Wizarding World might be similar. After seeing the movie I don’t feel like I need to worry about it anymore. I know that not everyone will agree with me but I felt like they brought a large amount of depth to the universe.
First, I found it fascinating to learn about wizarding in the United States, and some of the differences between how American wizards and English wizards live. It was very interesting to see how the US and British muggle, or no maj, governing systems melded with those of the wizarding world, and to see how the countries interacted.
Second, since Fantastic Beasts is set in the 1920s instead of the 1990s it was interesting to see how the era affected, and in some ways did not affect, the wizarding world. It was clear in the original Harry Potter books that the wizarding world was not quite as affected by the technological advancements of the 20th century, since they still held on to some of the old world ways. However, seeing a story almost 100 years earlier having so many similarities was really fun for me.
As a long time fan I really enjoyed having more lore added to a world I have spent much time escaping to. I am genuinely excited that there are more movies to come and really hope that J.K. Rowling continues to write the screenplays and bring us into her universe in new and fun ways.