You know what I hate? Change. I hate changing my style. I hate changing my hair. And I hate when the world changes the things I know. So, when all of this “Harry Potter” stuff started happening, I hated it. I hated that a story that I accepted was over, wasn’t actually over. But I realized that hating it wouldn’t stop anything, and I should just be happy because no matter what I thought, it was happening.
I know. I’m insane.
But apparently J.K. Rowling’s letter to me asking my input about these films got lost in the mail, just like my Hogwarts acceptance letter. So whatever. Such a shame.
Anyway, it’s happening. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is happening. The American prequel to the world we fell in love with is happening. So that’s cool. Really. And everyone’s been pretty pumped about the whole thing. In case you’re behind, “Fantastic Beasts” is a prequel to the “Harry Potter” series. The film is a fake documentary based off of the fictional guide our girl J.K. wrote in 2001. It’s the guide that every wizard had to purchase for school. It was (fictitiously) written by Newt Scamander, who just so happens to be the star of the new film trilogy. The script of which is written by Rowling. Which is something that’s never happened before.
So, it’s fine. Everything will be fine. Our favorite author is writing the script for a magical world we love. Photos were released and a brief plot was explain and us nerds started feeling better. I mean, it takes place in America. In the ’20s. And it has a hot cast. It’s hard to hate that.
Everyone was finally on board. And then, one little word caused shit to hit the fan. It was oh-so-casually released that in America, non-wizards have a name. Which we knew. Obviously. We’ve been cool with the “Harry Potter” lingo forever. Jokingly calling our uneducated friends muggles was just the way we nerds liked to blow off steam.
But guess what? That’s all a big freaking lie. Because “muggles” in America? Yeah. That’s not a thing. They’re not called muggles at all. According to Entertainment Weekly they’re called “No-Maj.” You know. Like “no magic.” No-Maj.
I don’t know guys. On one hand, I’m really mad. and I’m not the only one. People don’t like it because it’s different. People don’t like it because it changes everything. And some people don’t like it because it apparently sounds racist (a bit of a stretch). And I get it. Minus the race stuff. Relax. But on the other hand, as my boss tells me, I’m actually insane. And alllll of this change? It’s a good thing. Like how some places call it “soda” and some call it “pop,” naturally there would be a different word for different regions. It just makes sense, or whatever.
No matter how we feel about this, it’s happening. It’s already here. And no matter how much we hate it, let’s be real: We’re still going to be the first in line for the midnight release of these movies, whether we’re No-Majes or not. The first of the three-part trilogy is set to be released on November 18, 2016. Which means we have about a year to wrap our heads around all of these changes.
Sigh. When will the curve-balls stop, Jo? .
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