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Fantastic Beasts And Why JK Rowling Will Always Be Our Queen

Why the Fandom will never die

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You have been warned.....

Australia released the highly anticipated movie on Thursday the 17th of November. I was fortunate enough to have had the privilege of an Advanced screening session on the 16th. Over two nights I have now watched the movie twice.

This has given me ample time to enjoy the film, over analyse, create theories and already begin to understand all over again, why the fandom will never quit. Very briefly put, it is all because of the imagination and more importantly, THE CAREFUL FORWARD PLANNING of J.K. Rowling, our Queen.

For those that have not seen the movie and to those that have, you may already know that it follows Newt Scamander on his adventures in New York City. Key to the main storyline is an idea that many witches, wizards and muggles alike (or should I say no-majs?) are not to familiar with; an 'Obscurus' is terrorising the city in the 1920's.

What is an Obscurus you may ask? It is a very young witch or wizard, who has been persecuted for their magic, or lives in fear of persecution. They attempt to completely suppress their magic instead of learning to control it.

What results is a dark, uncontrollable force which lives inside the child and lashes out randomly, injuring and killing those around it. No child has ever survived this to live past the age of 10. Until that is, we see Ezra Miller's character Credence, on 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them', learn to control the Obscurus within him.

Why am I going into this? Why is this important to why the fandom will never quit....because of what I found.

Wanting to know more about the obscurus, I picked up my long forgotten copy of the textbook version of Fantastic Beasts published in 2001, to read Newts words for myself. I opened to the title page, and lo and behold, there was the first hidden egg, hiding in plain sight.

The fictitious textbook is published by none other than:

Obscurus Books

18a Diagon Alley, London

The O of the Obscurus, looking strangely like an inverted colour scheme of the Obscurus we see in Newts' suitcase.

This leads to a cacophony of questions...

Why this publisher?

Is there a reason that the last scene we see of Newt, is him boarding a ship back to Britain, to do, as he says he will be, 'publishing his manuscript at the ministry'?

Is there more to the obscurus that was killed? The one that Grindelwald wanted so desperately on his side?

Was the obscurus, in fact, killed? The camera does show us a tiny wisp of black obscurus flee over the edge of the City Hall destruction...

The questions go on and on and on. We see, yet again, the timeless effort J.K. Rowling puts into her work. She has tied together two pieces of her art, written 15 years apart by using the same word, and the questions have already begun to roll, to create intrigue and suspense.

Why will the fandom go on? Because this is what she does. She forward plans. She leaves us little clues. Clues we do not perceive or understand until we re-read the Harry Potter series 5, 10, 20 times over. She is a masterful ninja, providing her loyal fans snippets of the future, all the while surprising them at every turn.

She is our Queen because she understands that readers, and now viewers of her written word, like to be challenged. That these people want to find the connections that the curious mind craves. She is our Queen because she encourages and allows her fans to use their own imagination in interpreting her events.

What will be next in the Fantastic World Series? Only J.K. Rowling can tell us that. But until then I am sure the Potter world of which I belong, won't let me down in creating an intricate web of what may or will come next!

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