Contain possible spoilers!
‘Fantastic Beasts and the Crimes of Grindelwald’ comes out tomorrow – both the film and the screenplay – and I’m looking forwards to both. Though I have a bit of a dilemma, because I’m not sure what to do first – do I watch the film OR do I read the screenplay first?
I read the screenplay for ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’ during the BookTube-A- Thon this year, and I actually really liked it. I studied film for two years and reading the script reminded me of that time a little. I really enjoyed having a look at the script directions, they didn’t give that much more information than from the film, but they made me connect with the characters more, specially with Newt.
Newt Scamander is a great character in my opinion. He’s definitely a different kind of hero/protagonist – he’s definitely not like your usual Hollywood hero, and that’s what I like about him. Harry Potter was very heroic, and hands on, always running towards danger. Newt is very nurturing, he doesn’t have a problem with taking a maternal role for his Beats, while if we were to compare him to Harry we know that Harry wouldn’t be comfortable taking that role.
Thought, I don’t see no point comparing Newt to Harry, they are completely different. Harry is a Gryffindor and the house virtues are of courage, bravery and determination, which suited Harry story line perfectly. Newt is from Hufflepuff, and they value hard work, patience, loyalty, and fair play, and I think that these virtues are very important for this new era of the Wizarding world. If Newt was to like anyone we know from the Harry Potter world, it would be Hagrid.
I watched a very interesting Youtube video about Newt’s masculinity in the channel Pop Culture Detective – in this video, the creator talks about the Newt’s masculinity and compares it against Hollywood’s masculinity. It’s super interesting, it’s really worth a watch. The creator put into words what I was already feeling and thinking about Newt – that Newt has a different type of masculinity for a hero/protagonist, and that his nurturing nature shouldn’t take away from his masculinity – in my opinion it adds to it.
I’ve said that Newt is a different kind of hero/protagonist, so much so that sometimes he’s not a hero at all sometimes, I mean he gets beat up pretty badly! and he doesn’t really save Credence in the end.Though Newt does save the day, so that makes him the hero in the end.
I loved learning about other magical schools like Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in this film/ screenplay- there’s a really cool scene that didn’t make into the film of Tina and Queenie singing their school song on Youtube. The new film is set in Paris, I hope that we get to see other schools as well as Hogwarts, like Beauxbatons.
I’m also very excited to see the different / new characters in this new part of the story, like a younger Dumbledore, Nicolas Flamel and Nagini. I’m very excited to know what role Nagini plays in this film and what she adds to the Harry Potter series.
I know that Credence is going to play a very important part in this story, like he did in ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’ , but I don’t know how much yet or how and why, and I don’t want to think about it – I want to be surprised. Theories are super fun to have but I decided that I didn’t want to think about it too much and just enjoy it when it comes out. This way I’m not setting myself up to be disappointed.
I’m so glad that we’re having more film / books in the Wizarding world, I won’t ever be sick of this universe!