Harry Potter Spin-Off: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Having read all the books and seen all the movies, I can honestly say that I love the Harry Potter series. But it didn’t start out that way.

When the books first came out, I read them along with everyone else: Book 1, Book 2, and Book 3. But along the way, I lost interest. I don’t know why, I just did.

It wasn’t until 2009 that I got back into it. Within about a month I read them all from start to finish (including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, and Quidditch Through the Ages). I was instantly drawn back into that world, and excitedly saw The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 at the cinema, and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 at the midnight premiere.

Of course, when something is popular, everyone wants to know everything about it, and own ever piece of merchandise possible. We had trouble letting go of the story, and saying goodbye to the characters from our youth. So it’s no surprise that we have Pottermore, colouring books (read my post about them HERE), and now another movie.

The trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was released today, and the internet is going wild. The story goes like this:

The story revolves around Newt Scamander’s arrival at the Magical Congress of the United States of America, for a meeting with an important official. Central to the story and this meeting is a magically expanded briefcase which houses a number of dangerous creatures and their habitats. When the creatures escape from the briefcase, it sends the American wizarding authorities after Newt, and it threatens even further the state of magical and non-magical relations, which is already in a dangerous place, due to the threatening presence of the fanatical extremist group that call themselves, in short, “The Second Salemers”. The story tells of what effect this devastating mistake has on the state of wizard/No-Maj (the American term for a non-magical person) relations in New York City’s community of wizards and witches in 1926, the effort to correct the mistake, and the horrors of the resultant increase in violence, fear, and tension felt between magical and non-magical peoples.

We don’t learn all of this from the trailer, but we do get a glimpse of what is coming in 2016.

PROS:

CONS:

  • I’m nervous it was only made because the fandom won’t let go, and I’ve seen that go so badly for TV series and movies.

What do you think? Are you excited to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them? Let me know in the comments below.

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Adult Colouring Books

To my last breath I will attest that I was the one who brought back this ‘adult colouring-in’ trend.

As a primary school scripture teacher, I do a lot of colouring-in of simple black and white pictures to help bring them to life for the kids (links to Year 1/2 puzzles HERE, and Year 4/5 puzzles HERE). Despite the pictures being quite simple, I immediately felt relaxed; like I was transported back to the carefree days of my childhood, where the only thing we had to do for homework was to create a title page for our exercise books.

So I wasn’t surprised when adult colouring books became the new trend.

For those of you that are unaware, adult colouring books are much like regular colouring books, except they include intricate designs, like geometric patterns.

I had so far been avoiding them – not really seeing the appeal of spending time doing something to never be able to use again – but I caved in and bought these two the other day:

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I saw the Harry Potter one first, and got the other one because I was interested to give it a go.

The designs were really well done and actually quite beautiful.

I decided to start with Harry. I think it was about $16 from Target.

As you can see, I haven’t fully finished it, but it is definitely cool. There are a LOT of pictures to colour-in, and it takes you through the whole movie series.

For about $10 in Coles grocery store, I got ‘New Idea: Around the World Colouring Book’.

The first design that caught my eye was Elvis!

Not only does this book have great colouring pages, but they also have really intricate dot-to-dot activities.

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Unfortunately, I didn’t really like how it turned out. Maybe I didn’t do it properly, but it just seemed a bit weird (and yes, I know that is only half of it, but I am referring to the doubling-up of lines).

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In keeping with this new colouring trend, I have started making my own, with film, TV, etc., designs. Check them out HERE.

Let me know in the comments section if you’ve done any adult colouring, and what you think of it!