The Boy Who Lived!

There’s a special bond that some of us have with a certain fictional wizard. For those of us for whom Harry Potter existed in the realm of our imagination before Daniel Radcliff was even learning to read (maybe), J.K. Rowling‘s novels were an escape, an adventure, and a coming-of-age story that so closely echoed ours that it was impossible not to have an emotional attachment. And for those who doubt that a story about a child wizard saving the wizard universe from evil even remotely resembles my coming of age story, you probably never read the book so just stop right now.

Personally, I spent many a sleepless night waiting in line until midnight at my local Barnes & Noble to pick up the new Harry Potter book and devour it in 12 hours or less. I have read through the entire series at least 5 times, 3 of which readings occurred within a week. Never for a minute did I think that there would be more Harry Potter post-book 7, especially because J.K. Rowling was always so adamant about it.

When I first heard about the latest Harry Potter revival rumor this week, I immediately dismissed it because let’s face it- I’ve been burned before. Plus there’s the fact that the author is literally named J.K. and I live in perpetual fear that she is going to play a practical joke on us all and end it with a cackling “JUST KIDDING!”. But the rumors  have continued and have been perpetuated by reputable news sources so I think it may be time to say that Harry Potter may actually be the boy who lived again.

Now don’t get me wrong, this isn’t exactly what we had all hoped for. For one, Harry Potter won’t even be in it, as the new venture is going to be a prequel to the entire series. Second, Rowling is foraying for the first time into screenwriting rather than novel-writing, so who knows how that will go.

So what is the premise of this movie if Harry isn’t involved? Well, it is going to center on Newt Scamander, the author of Rowlings’ textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Warner Brothers is also already saying they plan for this to be a series because, let’s face it, we all know it’s going to make a boatload of money. Rowling is also involved in adapting her crime novel The Casual Vacancy  into a BBC miniseries for 2014.

I’m not as excited as I could be, probably because film adaptations just can’t get me going the same way as a 700 page novel. But it is nice to see J.K. return to her rightful place in the wizarding world. And I’m holding out hope that Harry Potter will also end up a BBC miniseries, so that we can see an unabridged version of the novels hit the screen. I still haven’t forgiven the omission of SPEW in the fourth movie, to be completely honest.