Last year, Newt Scamander made his big screen debut as the protagnoist in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a prequel to the Harry Potter series. Set decades before Harry’s adventures, Fantastic Beasts gave us a new and insightful look at the wizarding world that J.K Rowling has created. As the hype for the sequel is beginning to ramp up, and stars like Jude Law are hopping on board, fans are craving new details about the film.
While fans know who Newt Scamander is and what his motivations are, there is a shocking amount that is unknown about him. Like, for example, his Patronus. One fan on Twitter asked J.K Rowling what Newt Scamander’s Dementor-fighting animal spirit would be, and she replied with a pretty straightforward answer: it’s a spoiler. You can check out the tweet below.
Big spoiler. https://t.co/kmwXNaOEtT
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) April 26, 2017
It hasn’t been revealed if Newt Scamander can even do the Patronus spell, so it makes sense that J.K Rowling is steering away from this question. Furthermore, if a Patronus charm is used, it’s implied that it’s being used to ward off the soul-sucking Dementors, the jailers of Azkaban. Maybe there’s a chance they’ll be returning in the second film?
Another reason why Scamander’s Patronus animal could be a spoiler is that the Patronus charm is personal to each individual character, as they represent a happy memory. Perhaps Rowling doesn’t want to reveal Scamander’s elusive backstory just yet?
What do you think Newt Scamander’s Patronus charm is? Sound off in the comments below!
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is available on Blu-Ray/DVD as well as on Digital HD. Fantastic Beasts 2, starring Eddie Redmayne, Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski, Katherine Waterston as Tina Goldstein, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein, Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore, Ezra Miller as Credence Barebone and Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald, opens in theaters on November 16, 2018.
Source: J.K Rowling
10 Book-To-Film Adaptations That Succeeded (And 15 That Failed)
As tomorrow’s big Netflix release, the second go-around at adapting A Series of Unfortunate Events, proves, adaptations of beloved source material are not easy to make.
Books and film, like all arts, have a special relationship. The turn of the century saw a massive increase in adaptations of epic fantasy and science-fiction, particularly for the coveted youth market, thanks mostly to two big franchises – Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. Both legitimized fantasy as big-budget spectacle and prestige entertainment, when done with care. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and the years since are littered with attempts at replicating the magic of those films, including the original Unfortunate Events movie, which is first up on our list (as an ambitious-but-flawed failure).
Now, in the age of Peak TV, adapting these massive sagas are possible on television too. The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones both kicked open doors to imitators in the same ways Potter and Rings did, in terms of scope and budget. Shows like MTV’s Shannara and Hulu’s upcoming The Handmaid’s Tale, both based on famous books, draw directly from this trend. It’s also given second life to properties that didn’t work as features, such as Unfortunate Events.
For this article, I focused on the biggest in YA and children’s literature, in honor of Unfortunate Events return to screens (I’ll be recapping a “book” aka two episodes a day starting tomorrow morning!), while focusing on the criteria to rank them by. When it comes to judging these stories – some classics, some decidedly not – I kept in mind whether the films a) received a sequel b) made money at the box-office and c) were critically acclaimed.
- Honorary success mentions: Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Stardust, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
- Honorary failure mentions: Bridge to Terabithia, Charlotte’s Web, The Host
Click Next to scroll through all the failures and successes.