It’s been a long few years for Harry Potter fans as we came to terms with Harry and Ginny actually getting together, then JK told us she was wrong and Harry should have been with Hermione. “But what about Ron?!” we cried, as twenty somethings across the country offered themselves as the wives of a fictional redhead. Or perhaps that was just my friends and I, as PPD (Post Potter Disorder) took full hold of our brains. Now, the quite frankly magical J.K. Rowling has enticed an entire fandom with one nonsensical tweet:
After several hours of riddle solving, and a dramatic moment in which the whole of twitter thought it said “Harry Returns!”, the riddle was solved by an expert fan, and we were given an insight into the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them movies. Newt Scamander in New York gives the hole franchise a more glamorous, Hollywood feel than the Harry Potter books, and I hope that will be a good thing. It would perhaps be a mistake on the production company’s side to try and recreate the gothic hallways and cobwebbed magic of Hogwarts. Whereas putting a wizard in the bright lights of the big city, on the hunt for some fantastic beasts sounds like it could be brilliant fun and potentially hilarious in all the right ways. So in my head, I have a whole plot planned out, and I cannot wait for the new movies to be released!
Being on Twitter during the anagram solving was like being on Mugglenet in 2006. Full of anticipation, questioning and excitement as a fandom that had perhaps been crumbling slightly came together, thrilled at the prospect of new information about a world they know so intimately and love so dearly. Whether this was a masterful piece of marketing, or a cheeky insight into J.K. Rowling’s appreciation for the Potterheads, it was definitely a genius move.
We are a generation of Harry Potter fans, who each know the characters, and what house they’d like to be in. We have grown up alongside the characters from J.K. Rowling’s imagination. At my school, every assembly was ended with an appropriate quote from Harry Potter. Wearing clothing emblazoned with the Hogwarts crest is completely acceptable and I love the unity that has come about because of a share nerdy love of this fictional place. I am VERY excited for the upcoming development to the Harry Potter franchise and look forward to more tantalising tweets from J.K. Rowling.