After enjoying Doctor Strange just a few weeks ago, it is such a rare thrill to watch another movie that keeps me riveted to the screen. JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them makes up for all the lackluster movies we have seen this year. It’s awesome to finally see the wizarding world outside of Hogwarts.
The truth is, I’ve always felt the Harry Potter movies did not do much justice to JKR’s books. I always felt they never captured the wonder I felt while reading the books. With no actual story behind this film, the movie gave JKR more room to let her imagination run wild. What we wanted to see more in Harry Potter movies we saw in Fantastic Beasts. We see more magical creatures, more action, and better humor. ( Read more )
One of the best character actors of all time, Alan Rickman, passed away on January 14, 2016. While he was probably recognized as the iconic Hans Gruber in Die Hard, Rickman played so many great villains that couldn’t have been done by any other actor. And of course, we remember him most as the misunderstood character and villain in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series. For all its flaws and beauty, the one thing that made the movie series worthy to watch was Alan Rickman’s Severus Snape. ( Read more )
With JK Rowling’s worldwide phenomenon now over, many aspiring authors and entertainment producers are desperate to fill the void. Many have tried and failed. Some almost came close, but are still a distant 2nd and 3rd. One of those that tried is Lev Grossman with The Magicians. Unlike many young adult authors that attempted different formulas to spawn fantasy stories, The Magicians appears to be an adult version of JKR’s Harry Potter. ( Read more )