It’s been 17 years since the Sorcerer’s Stone blessed cinemas with the bespectacled wizard we all know and love. Harry Potter is nothing less than a cultural phenomenon: influencing an entire generation to read, and wish they all possessed wands and went to Hogwarts. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second in a 5 part spinoff series, is due to hit theatres in November. There’s a seven-decade gap between Harry and Newt, Fantastic Beasts protagonist, and thus ample material of the Wizarding world for us all. Win. But what other spinoffs would we like to see? We have a few in mind. JK Rowling, take notes.
#1 The Founders of Hogwarts
Seeing the houses namesakes and their adventures would be worthy of chronicles all on their own. The wonders of Gryffindor and his judgmental Sorting Hat, the vengeful Rowena Ravenclaw as she dispatched the Bloody Baron on her deathbed. Not to mention the sneaky snake of Salazar Slytherin who hid a monolithic basilisk in the depths of the school. Or what about Helga Hufflepuff? Was she as giddy and forgiving as it seems? We demand answers and 10th Century magic.
#2 The Marauders
Harry Potter fans deserve to see the Sirius Black and James Potter bromance before each of their untimely deaths. More than just Pensieve memory drops and after world encounters, give the previous generation a little more backstory please. Remus warrants his own storyline, though maybe not so much rat boy Peter Pettigrew. A little Snape action wouldn’t hurt either. Oh, and Harry’s mother: brave, courageous Lily. She needs more screen time, and watching the Marauder’s craft their map is the ultimate way to do it.
#3 Hogwarts: The Next Generation
A new golden trio in the way of Harry, Ron, Hermione and Malfoy’s offspring taking on the hallowed halls would be a sight for sore eyes. You know Albus Severus, Rose Weasley and Scorpius Malfoy would be just as mischievous as their parents. Where would the sorting hat place them? Who would be their roommates? Would Albus and Rose put their families’ differences aside and befriend Scorpius? What other offspring make an appearance? These questions need answers!
#4 The Dark Magic Order
Weaving its way along the timeline of Voldemort’s war on the magic world, his army of followers would have a unique perspective. Bound by loyalty or fear? A little of both perhaps. Dark arts and Death Eaters are an unsightly bunch, but as the protagonists of their own film, they would be a gang worth watching. Karkaroff, Lestrange, Malfoy, Crouch and the other Black: all under the power of the Dark Lord’s bid to take over the world.
#5 The International Wizarding World
Is magic a purely European phenomenon? We gather not. If Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is any indication, the magic settles all over the globe. Show us the tranquil magic of the Japanese wizards, the tenacity of African wizards. Or the charms of South American witches. Australian outback magic even. If the Goblet of Fire extravaganza is anything to go by, they’ll be welcomed with open arms. A passport to magic is all we ask for.
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