Wonders of the Wizarding World

Wonders of the Wizarding World

Alexandra Pursnani, Journalist/Editor

I’m sure we’ve all heard of J.K. Rowling and the wizarding world. Her version of the wizarding world has taken the real world by storm for the past 25 years, and continues to gain followers. Some people however, have not yet heard of the wizarding world, or know hardly anything about it; meanwhile the new Fantastic Beasts movie has just come out.

 

It all started with the book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in 1997. J.K. Rowling had just left her abusive husband only two months after giving birth to her first daughter, Jessica Rowling Arantes. She was homeless and needed a way to get back on her feet. She decided to continue on a story that she had begun a while back, when she was only a child.

 

 Harry Potter was an orphan, who’s parents died from an unforgivable curse known as the killing curse, pronounced Avada Kedavra. He was stuck living with his unloving aunt, uncle, and cousin, Vernon Dursley, Petunia Dursley, and Dudley Dursley, until he was eleven years of age. Eleven years was the time when Hogwarts, School of Witchcraft and Wizardry accepted every young witch and wizard in Britain, Ireland, and the United Kingdom to come to their school and practice their magic.

 

Before Hogwarts and other wizarding schools, young wizards and witches had to suppress their magic in order to avoid being persecuted by the muggles, or non-wizard folkes. Suppressing their magic would create an obscurus inside of them, containing all of their dark magic which acted like a virus. Eventually, after nine to ten years (on average) the obscurus would completely take over its host, who was no longer a human witch or wizard, but was an obscurial. The obscurial is extremely dangerous especially ones like Credence Barebone, the longest lived and most dangerous in history.

 

Us readers (and watchers) get taught about the obscurus in the Fantastic Beasts series. Many people have been complaining after seeing the new movie, claiming that there is no storyline. Perhaps that is true, but they also might not have read, or watched the previous Fantastic Beasts books, or movies.

 

So much more of the wizarding world is seen throughout the Fantastic Beasts such as, wand cores, history of Albus Dumbledore and other of the most powerful wizards in the wizarding history, many many more magical creatures, the obscurus, and so much more. The series mostly takes place in America, unlike J.K.’s most popular series, Harry Potter, which took place in Scotland. This gives fans a visual of the wizarding way in America, such as how in America, wizards/witches are legally not allowed to date or interact with muggles.

 

Rowling, J. K., & GrandPré, M. (1998). Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (1st Scholastic Td Ppbk Print., Sept.1999 ed.). Scholastic.

 

Rowling, J. K., Scamander, N., Redmayne, E., & Publishing, P. (2017). Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: A Harry Potter Hogwarts Library Book. Pottermore Publishing.

 

Rowling, J. K. (2018). Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – The Original Screenplay. Pottermore Publishing.