JK Rowling recently tweeted hopeful messages to the disappointed people after the US elections, urging them to stand together for the vulnerable and challenge the bigots.
Her Harry Potter series tackled politics through sub-stories. She expressed her political conscience through Twitter last year, saying that Voldemort is ‘nowhere near as bad’ as Trump, but her Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them villain, Gellert Grindelwald, will be a more modern threat manipulating media and politicians.
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The Power of the Ordinary
Populism supports the power of regular people having their own voice and rights. It comes from the Latin word populus, which literally means ‘people’.
The story of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them highlights how biased people, particularly the No-Majs or non-magical, oppress and intimidate wizards or witches.
Inspiring her script are the Great Depression, Salem witch trials and the rise of populism today. She said that her heroes are people who are discriminated or stigmatised. They are regular people struggling to find their rightful place and fighting for it against the elites.
Rowling said that the period in her new film threatened to become dystopian, as depicted in the story of Harry Potter. Although she created it years ago, she insists that it does not directly attack any political figure or issue, but rather pertains to the economic and political matter in general.
The Fantastic Surprise
The story’s hero, Newt Scamander, is a wizard banished from Hogwarts who became a magizoologist. He came from the school’s House of Hufflepuff, which students considered as an underdog. The author says this is the chance for one Hufflepuff student to prove his worth despite the stereotype.
Newt travels to New York in 1926 where magical folks live in secret to avoid persecution by No-Majs. The story begins its twist when his beasts escape from his expandable suitcase, causing more complications and exposing their existence to the non-magical people.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is Rowling’s first screenplay that is not based on a novel. The director says it adds charm to the film because no one knows how the story will go.
Rowling’s Harry Potter stories continue to inspire people of all ages and beliefs. With her new film adaptation set in the same world, she shows that heroism always begins with regular people.