Movie Post Season: Round 8
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them Inspires Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire
In which we all learn that the world is a little bit bigger than we thought.
There are a lot of reasons why I think that Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire is the most important story in the series. The idea that it finally zoomed out on the world we’ve seen in the past, the idea that it finally brings about the return of Voldemort, fully corporal and in terrifying power, (I truly believe that “Flesh Blood And Bone” is the best writing that Rowling puts forward in the series.) and of course, the death of Cedric Diggory, a burned bridge beyond any before.
There was death in the Wizarding world before but never so direct, so impactful on our main character, never in his view. It was in the margins, but with Cedric, he’s dead, and it’s over. There is nothing else, no way to bring him back, no last moment of clarity. His death is useless, petty and sad. It can’t even be called tragic, there’s no narrative to clean it up. He was a good person, who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. (Tragedy is to be saved for the next iteration and Sirius Black)
And this changes things. It changes the tone a trajectory of the series. It changes Harry’s opinion about who he is, why he is, and what he can do moving forward. It’s this moment that moves him from being a passive protagonist, someone who plot happens to, to an active one, someone who acts thus creating plot, and it’s a brilliant spot to put him in.
So, why does this make it a good match with Fantastic Beasts? Mostly the world expansion, it’s unlikely anyone would have wondered “what’s up with Wizards elsewhere?” in anything more than a passing fandom way if we hadn’t been introduced to Beauxbatons and Durmstrang here. It’s an important change in the way we all see the series.