Ever since Harry Potter leaped from an idea in Joanne K. Rowling’s mind, he’s been an instant hit with fans. People all over the world love Harry Potter. The first book broke into the popular imagination and caused a sensation. Publication of six more books followed. The series now has seven adored books. These books tell a story that begins when young Harry Potter finds out he’s a wizard. They conclude as the teen Harry works with his peers to defeat the evil Lord Voldemort. With the publication of the last novel in 2007, fans have hungered for more adventures. Rowling has been largely writing other works in the aftermath of Harry Potter and The Deadly Hallows. These are not related to her work on Harry Potter.
While there are no big Harry Potter novels in the works, Rowling has been expanding the Harry Potter universe and what we know about it. In addition, she’s also allowing other works of fiction to be written about Harry Potter by other writers. For fans, this means their favorite place is open for business and yet more adventures. The new works have allowed us to explore this ever growing world and come to know it better. Making sense of new information has been a delightful task for readers. There are two series that have built on her work and brought us more insights into how the modern day Harry Potter world came to be what it is.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Of all the books published about Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has received some of the most mixed reviews. This one began as an idea for a stage play and has been released in book form. In 2013, the idea for a new work based on Harry Potter began to take shape. Rowling allowed it and the writers ran with her world. The play is set nineteen years after the last book. It expands Rowling’s universe and answers questions about the fate of many characters.
In the play, we learn a lot about the future of the characters. Harry Potter has married Ginny Weasley. He’s the Head of Magical Law Enforcement and polices the world for his fellow witches and wizards. His wife is a sport columnist. The book fills us on many other older Harry Potter characters as well. Friends Hermione and Ron Weasley are the Minister of Magic and the manager of a wizard joke store respectively.
The focus of the play is on the teens. Harry Potter’s eldest son is successful in every way. His younger son, however, struggles when he is sorted into Slytherin. Making friends with Scorpius Malfoy, son of Draco Malfoy, the two explore alternative histories. They wind up battling Voldemort’s daughter and saving history from undesirable outcomes.
Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them
The second major spin off of Harry Potter is the Fantastic Beasts series. This series has been both books and movies. Two movies have been released already, giving fans much to chew on. Unlike the Cursed Child, this one is about the past rather than the future.
The series is set in the days before Harry Potter arrived at Hogwarts. Here, we see a young Grindelwald, a young wizard of great promise who lured Dumbledore into a different world before he began teaching at Hogwarts. The series shows us how he rose to power and what it meant for the community. Viewers are brought to America to follow along with Newt Scamander. Scamander is someone who studies magical creatures. His works are required reading at Hogwarts. The young Scamander is in New York City on his way to Arizona. This book shows fans a magical world that is not centered on the United Kingdom. Fans spend time learning how the United States does magic as Scamander attempts to control his creatures.
We are introduced to a world in which magic not just a European activity but one that includes magical people in other places. This world is being developed over time and will be expanded soon.
Rowling has also revealed bits and pieces for her fans. We have been filled on the background of many Harry Potter characters including his grandparents and characters like Draco Malfoy.
One of the most delightful things about the world of Harry Potter is that it is not a static place. Rowling will continue to allow fans to see what the world has to offer fans. While she might not write brand new books of her own, she is likely to let others do so on her behalf. Fans everywhere can continue to enjoy new developments as they emerge from her fertile pen. The world of Harry Potter is one with endless possibilities.