I’ve been a huge Harry Potter fan since 2000, before the first movie even came out. I’ve read each of the books countless times, and seen each of the movies even more. To this day I refer to Jo Rowling as Our Queen. I absolutely love her to death. So trust me when I say that I only say the following out of pure love…
She was really starting to annoy the crap out of me!
Seriously, it felt like she was releasing new info on Twitter every other day to try and remain relevant. At first, I would quickly devour each little morsel of information she gave us, her starving subjects. But soon I grew bored of it all. She’d decided to not do the Harry Potter Encyclopedia she had promised us in favour of posting the information on Pottermore, which was fine with me. But she started announcing things that were just seemed like she was looking for attention. Like when she announced that she regretted putting Ron and Hermione together, that it should have been Harry and Hermione. That makes no sense! I could tell from the early books that Ron and Hermione would end up together. It was so obvious those two were meant for each other.
Anyway, I was both excited and further annoyed when I found out about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Excited because it’s a new story in the series. Annoyed because it’s exclusively a stage play in London’s West End. No one is going to be able to see unless they go all the way to London. True, it’s been announced that it’s going to released in printed form, but still…
Now, finally, she does something with the series that I very much love. Not only is she doing Fantastic Beasts, which is set in North America for once, she seriously fleshing this serious out on a whole new level. There’s now a North American Hogwarts, called Ilvermorny. It was founded in the seventeenth century by Isolt Sayre, an Irish girl who fled from her evil aunt to come to America on the Mayflower.
Here’s where it gets really interesting, at least to me. Isolt is a descendant of Salazar Slytherin. Up until this point, it had appeared that everyone tied to him was pure evil. But here we have one of his descendants actively running away from that way of life. It’s like one of the messages seen throughout the main Potter series; Not all Slytherins are bad. Harry tells his son this in the epilogue of Deathly Hallows, and here we see it literally happen.
But Isolt and Ilvermorny isn’t the only good things to come from this. I have countless friends in the UK, and I can tell you that this new layer of the Wizarding World wouldn’t feel real if it didn’t have separate lingo from the British. The biggest difference I can see this far is that Muggles are called No-Majs in America. That’s going to take some getting used to.
Hopefully she keeps going this route, expanding the Wizarding World itself and not flesh out the lives of Harry and his friends.