The idea for this post has been floating around in my head for a while, but I wasn’t planning to publish it anytime soon because I feel that I need to post about something other than books. However, for reasons I will discuss at the end of this post, it now seems appropriate.
I should get this out of the way – if J.K. Rowling never writes another book set in Harry’s world, I would be fine with that. Really. I’m quite satisfied to reread the currently existing stories. That said, if she writes more about his universe and those books are great, then I’ll be very happy.
Out of many things Rowling could write about, I think there are three main possibilities. Sure, she could write about the founding of Hogwarts but I don’t think that would be as thrilling as the ideas that follow. I’m going to write about them in order from that which I am only mildly interested in to that which I would love.
Let’s call the first option HP2.0. It takes place after Deathly Hallows, telling the story of either the next generation or Harry’s adult life. It seems like many fans want this; after all, the logical question is, “What happens next?” However, I don’t particularly want to read about The Trio’s kids or Harry’s midlife crisis. While I would likely read those books at some point just to see if they were good, I would be in no hurry to get them on their date of publication. I don’t care what happens afterwards – I’m more interested in knowing the history of the Wizarding world. I want to know what occurred before Harry. I want to know what happened to make his world the way it is by the time he attends Hogwarts.
Therefore, I would love to read a prequel! Two possibilities immediately spring to my mind. Because my brain is fried, I cannot think of a catchy title so I’ll call the first one For The Greater Good because it’s about Albus and Gellert. According to the Harry Potter Wiki page for Dumbledore, he was born in the early 1880s so these books would probably begin sometime around the turn of the century. Ideally, they would cover far more years than the original series ever did. See, the difference between prequels and sequels for Harry Potter is that we don’t have an established history of what happened afterwards. I do know the history of what came before, though, and I know that I would enjoy reading about everything from Dumbledore’s later years at Hogwarts through to just before either Voldemort’s rise to power or the Potters’ deaths.
I want to know more about how difficult it was to live with Ariana. I want to read about Aberforth and his goats. I want to read about searching for and fighting over the Hallows; Rowling said that Dumbledore was in love with Grindelwald so that made it hard for him to give up the Hallows when he realized what Grindelwald was willing to do. I want to read about the Wizarding world circa World War II because it’s implied that Grindelwald was behind it – he was defeated in 1945. Basically, I want to read about Dumbledore changing from the young dude who thought he could take on the world to the man who realized that it was his duty to stop others from going too far with their power. Dumbledore’s character was developed a great deal more in the final book, but his story wasn’t explained as in much detail as I wanted.
As for my favorite prequel option, I would love to read about Harry’s parents and their generation. I’ll call this Marauder Era. Because there are concrete dates for these years, I’m going to say that these books would cover the years from 1969 to 1981. They could begin slightly before the kids attend Hogwarts (in order to give some background) and end when the Potters died.
Sirius, James, Snape, and Lily are each fascinating characters but I want Marauder Era for other reasons. Rowling needs to write more about Lupin because he is the Bestest Werewolf Ever and also my favorite character (and that’s not just in Harry Potter – it’s in probably all books). Peter Pettigrew deserves more pagetime as well. I think many people wrote him off as either a creepy guy or a pathetic follower – I want to know why. Why does he always need a leader, whether in the form of teenage pranksters to evil overlords? Finally, there needs to be more stories about Bellatrix, Andromeda, and Narcissa Black. As kids, were they nearly the same people they are as adults or did something happen that made them change?
For a while it seemed that J.K. Rowling wasn’t up to much, but lately she’s been in the news again for The Cuckoo’s Calling and a new movie. Two days ago, Rowling announced that she is writing a screenplay based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Those sequels I dreamed of are a reality now, but not in the form I expected. I never considered her Harry Potter supplements like Fantastic Beasts, Quidditch Through the Ages, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard as options for films because I thought she would create new material. I’m excited for this new movie, though. First, it has made fans talk about other possible adaptations – Fantastic Beasts is apparently a series but I’m not sure if that book will be split into multiple films or whether each of her supplements gets a film – like Hogwarts, A History. Secondly, it’s to be set in nineteen-twenties America. Roaring twenties Wizarding world, ooh! As I wrote earlier, the history of Harry Potter intrigues me and there is so much new information Rowling can give us.
Which Harry Potter follow-up would you be most interested in – HP2.0, For The Greater Good, or Marauder Era? And what do you think about the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film?