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A Look Back on Rowling’s Wizarding World in 2016

A Look Back on Rowling’s Wizarding World in 2016

2016 was an extraordinarily magical year for fans of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world. Following the successful release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in 2011, the fandom has ached for more magic and wonder from the mind of Ms. Rowling. The vastness of such a universe that could include not only Harry’s story, but many of those before and after him, has left many Rowling followers curious about the tales we just haven’t heard yet. After what seemed like an endless stream of statements insisting that the wizarding world was indeed complete, this year, everything changed.

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The hype leading up to the November premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was intense, to say the least. Hardcore fans of the Harry Potter book series recognized the name of the film as the title of a Hogwarts textbook written by magizoologist Newt Scamander. The textbook, originally published in 2001 in our world, was written as just that–a textbook–leaving the plot of the film a complete mystery until the release of trailer after trailer, consecutively revealing the characters, storylines, and magical creatures to look forward to.

As if Rowling’s screenwriting debut wasn’t exciting enough on the silver screen, the script was also published for consumption by the thousands of hungry fans just dying for a fresh wizarding adventure.

Turns out, Fantastic Beasts was more than just a cinematic return to magic, but a true love letter to Hufflepuffs everywhere.

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If you thought J.K. Rowling had to fight tooth and nail to convince audiences that Fantastic Beasts wasn’t being labeled a prequel, look back on her conversations regarding The Cursed Child. For ages Rowling discussed Cursed Child online, strongly hinting at the fact that the story wouldn’t lead up to that of Harry Potter’s.

Fans were finally satiated and on the same page when Albus Severus’ storyline was revealed, alongside the news that those who couldn’t make it to London to see the show would still be able to follow the story with the print and release of the script itself.

Though reviews have been mixed (Trolley Witch, anyone?), there’s no denying the effect Cursed Child has had on longtime Rowling devotees. The play has been so successful that it’s officially set for Broadway in Spring 2018, and the published script topped multiple Amazon lists for the year, including 2016’s Top Selling Book Overall.

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Two brand new wizarding stories certainly deserved celebration, and the team at Pottermore more than delivered with their new website. Pottermore began posting news regarding both Fantastic Beasts and The Cursed Child, alongside reopening the beloved Hogwarts Sorting Quiz.

But, the site didn’t stop there. Pottermore finally debuted the long-awaited Patronus Quiz, and surprised us all with an Ilvermorny Sorting Quiz on top of that. Pottermore e-books came along soon afterwards, making 2016 almost as big of a year for the site staff as for J.K. Rowling herself.

Did we miss any of your favorite Potter moments of 2016? Let’s discuss in the comments below, or find me on Twitter @bekahbabble!

Featured Image Credit: Pottermore

Image Credits: Warner Bros. Pictures, Pottermore

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