Harry Potter is a household name – and has been since the 90s. The character has led both the eponymous fantasy films and novels written by JK Rowling. Shortly after the success of the first edition of his novel, Harry Potter succeeded in attracting the attention of children of his generation. This success has translated into its adaptation with no less than eight films – starting with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 2001 and ending with Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in 2011.
On this week’s episode of the Gadgets 360 Orbital podcast, host Akhil Arora talks to Harry Potter Ali Pardiwala fan and pop culture enthusiast Nikhila Makker talk about the Harry Potter universe. The conversation comes as Rowling’s Wizarding World franchise releases its third installment in the Fantastic Beasts film series, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.
Earlier this year, Harry Potter fans celebrated the reunion of his universe through the special documentary, Harry Potter: Return to Hogwarts. It featured the trio – Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) – alongside much of the ensemble, as they talked about their directing experiences of films, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter film.
For a large number of Harry Potter fans, Return to Hogwarts marked a nostalgic return to the magical world that first came to life on screen for many teenagers two decades ago. But the huge success of Harry Potter films have encouraged the film studio Warner Bros. and the team of producers that included Rowling – and they continued to make more films, even after the eighth in 2011.
But the wizarding world has lost its luster in recent years. Much of this focused on the transphobic comments repeatedly spewed out by Rowling. There have also been criticisms of the casting of actors, including Johnny Depp, and the way Rowling has tried to defend the named actor in the domestic abuse allegations.
And on top of all that, the Fantastic Beasts movies have been either mundane or downright terrible.
We talk about all this and more – as we try to answer this big question: the Harry Potter the universe says goodbye? You can listen to our half-hour conversation by hitting the play button on the embedded Spotify player above.
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